The Google Apps for Education Hawaii Summit brings together world-class educational technology leaders.
All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees,
or teachers with local success stories!
Keynote: Daniel Russell, Ph.D.
Daniel Russell is the Űber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View. He earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence before he realized that magnifying and understanding human intelligence was his real passion. Twenty years ago he foreswore AI in favor of HI, and now enjoys teaching, learning, running and music, preferably all in one day. He worked at Xerox PARC before it was PARC.com, and was in the Advanced Technology Group at Apple where he wrote the first 100 web pages for www.Apple.com using SimpleText. He also worked at IBM and briefly at a startup that developed tablet computers before the iPad.
His keynote focuses on what it means to be literate in the age of Google - at a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds. Although you might think that "literacy" is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding. Knowing how to read is just the beginning of it - knowing how to frame a question, pose a query, interpret the texts that you find, organize (and use) the information you discover, and understand your metacognition - these are all critical parts of being literate as well. In his talk Dan reviews what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead.
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Chris Bell currently serves as the District Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Saddleback Valley Unified School District in Southern California. In this capacity, he oversees the instructional technology implementations in the district including mobile device initiatives, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classrooms, and online learning. He currently teaches computer programming for middle/high school students, Leading Edge Certification courses for the online teacher, and is adjunct faculty for the University of La Verne School of Teaching and Educational Leadership.
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher, consultant and fantasy football genius. His work as a business consultant and educator in Japan gave him an opportunity to study the Japanese tenets of Total Quality Management and adapt them to burgeoning, 21st century learning environments. His work as a teacher/researcher at the University Laboratory School allows him a unique chance to test drive horizon technologies and develop innovative pedagogical strategies he shares with visiting educators from around the world.
Brendan's research at the University Laboratory School directly informs his work as an Education Architect for The Janus Group. Working in partnership with the University of Hawaii's Curriculum Research & Development Group, The Janus Group provides local, national and international educators with 21st century professional development.
When not helping teachers and schools to transition to robust, 21st century learning environments you can find him on the road in a never ending quest for the perfect bowl of New England clam chowder.
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Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and lifelong learner. Currently, she is a 5th grade social studies teacher and technology developer in New York City. She has taught 4th graders in Los Angeles, and has been an elementary technology coordinator, a university technology specialist, an online teacher, a curriculum developer, and a research assistant. She is passionate about project-based learning and using technology like Google Apps to open her students up to collaboration and to the world! She is particularly passionate about international education, and was recently based out of India as a secondary technology integrator at an American school. She loves working with international teachers to find out how technology can make learning come alive for their students. She has been a conference and webinar presenter for ISTE and CUE, and she has lead educational workshops in Canada, the US, Jamaica, Austria, and the Czech Republic - on topics such as Google Apps, iPad applications in the classroom, professional development, curriculum development, project-based learning, grant-writing, and global collaboration.
Her Master's degree is in educational technology. Her research focused on exploring how real-world science projects using technology increased student motivation. She is interested in research experiences for teachers, and has helped bring the world of science and social studies to her students as an NOAA Teacher at Sea, Earthwatch Educator Fellow, PolarHusky Teacher Explorer, JR Teacher at Sea, National Geographic Challenge Teacher, NEH Fellow, and participant in a wide range of projects - from learning archaeology in Wisconsin, and helping build shelters for sick Tasmanian devils in Australia, to dog-sledding in Scandinavia. She enjoys reaching out and volunteering with international organizations, and currently is collaborating with teacher education projects in Jamaica and Nepal.
Molly Schroeder is an Elementary Technology Integration Specialist for Edina Public Schools. She previously taught 5th grade for 10 years prior to being the Technology Integration Specialist. She is responsible for training elementary teachers in how to better integrate technology into the classroom and curriculum. She is also owner of a Technology Consulting company, Flipped Education. Flipped Education produces unique, personalized professional development in technology integration for school districts around the country. In 2011, Molly helped to create and produce Flipped Education's first conference Superhero. Superhero is designed to match technology-education minded attendees with innovative and engaging presenters to change education through technology. Superhero is built to expand personal learning networks with a weekend of socialization, learning and fun in northern Minnesota.
She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. She has presented at the Google Teacher's Academy and she presents at conferences, workshops and National Conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. Her background is in elementary education and she also holds a certificate in Educational Technology and Gifted Education.
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After almost a decade in the video and television industry, Jim Sill hung up his producer hat and embarked on a career in education. Using his industry experience, he created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High Schoolin Visalia, CA. By involving students in real world video projects, they garnered awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level. With experience producing local television and industrial videos for non-profit organizations, many of his former students now work in the industry.
As a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Apps Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim leads professional development workshops on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production.
In addition to consulting for educational institutions around the world, Jim consults for his wife in her 5th grade classroom.
In 2012, Jim was featured in Edutopia
and their Teach2Learn
series for his work in Building Career Skills in Video Production
. He was also awarded The Computer Using Educator (CUE) Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and nominated for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Teacher Award.
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Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Mark Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as President and CEO of the EdTechTeam, which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit entities around the world.
In this capacity, Dr. Wagner leads a series of Google Apps for Education Summits around the globe in partnership with Google in Education. He was the director of the Google Teacher Academy and the Google Workshops for Educators by Computer Using Educators (CUE) from 2008-2012. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), the director of professional development for California Vision Technologies (CVT), and the provider of the technology module for Orange County’s Administrator Training Program. In addition, he works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other organisations that provide educational products and services.
Mark Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. His doctoral research focused on the use of video games in education, and specifically on the potential applications of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) as constructivist learning environments.