The Google Apps for Education New Zealand 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 succes stories!
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Keynote Speaker: Suan Yeo
Suan heads up Google Enterprise Education efforts in Asia-Pacific, covering 48 countries in
this multi-diverse region. He is responsible for promoting the adoption of Google technology at the institution level for schools and universities. Suan is passionate about Educational Technology, and is constantly advocating for collaborative learning, open access and innovative experimentation. He is a lifelong learner, and firmly believes that no child should be left behind in education.
A Google veteran of 10 years, Suan most recently managed the Enterprise SMB business in Asia-Pacific, growing annual revenues to $15M in 3 years. Prior to that, he managed various teams in the Ad Sales organizations, pioneering teams and offices in Europe and Asia. Starting in Mountain View (Google HQ) in 2002, he’s moved to Dublin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and now lives in Sydney with his wife and 2 kids.
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Spotlight Speaker: Josh Bailey
Software engineers help build everything from feature films to spacecraft. Some also work for Google! Josh Bailey is a Google software engineer based at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He's been with Google over 6 years, most of that time based in Mountain
View, California. Josh is interested in big high performance networks and big high performance computers.
Josh is also interested in the increasing global demand, in not just the tech sector for software engineers, but also people who can help companies and society in general make sense of the increasing volume of data we all have to deal with and depend upon (from physics to demographics to finances).
Featured Speakers: Google Student Ambassadors
Alexandra is an ANZ Google Student Ambassador studying Arts/Science at Monash University in Clayton who is passionate about Google products, especially Google+.
Shane O'Connell is a well travelled entrepreneurial computer science student workingtoward a BSc at the University of Auckland.
Dorothy had the amazing opportunity to become a Google Certified Teacher in 2008 at the MountainView GTA in California.She is currently the Professional Development co-ordinator for the Manaiakalani Cluster of Year 1-13 schools in Auckland, NZ. The Manaiakalani Schools are implementing a 1:1 initiative in a mostly Maori and Pasifika community, and are excited to see fully engaged, digitally literate students making the most of the opportunities to learn, create and share. The Manaiakalani Schools all use Google Apps for Education to build effective Managed Learning Environments and were the first schools to implement the Teacher Dashboard
to support this. the last four years of research show the turnaround in student engagement and achievement outcomes resulting from this.
Dorothy is also the eLearning Team Leader at Pt England School where she discovered a passion for producing television, film and podcasts. She has presented at the Sydney GTA, ISTE, the Education Project in Bahrain and many other conferences throughout Aotearoa, NZ. She is a CoreEd eFellow and an Apple Distinguished Educator.
Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and lifelong learner. 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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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 was the director of the Google Teacher Academy from 2008-2012. He has also been 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 program. He also works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other for-profit entities 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.