2014 Summit Recap

posted Oct 15, 2014, 5:17 PM by Rachel Wente-Chaney   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 5:25 PM ]

teachers at 2014 Oregon Google Summit
Another year.... Our fifth year.... And, if early evaluations hold true, the best one yet.
Jeremy Macdonald sent us off for the day of learning with a reminder to look up, be present, and pay attention. I can't imagine a better way to start the day. Oh, wait.... Maybe I can. Maybe a better way would have been for Jeremy to weave bicycles into his keynote and then transition that to computers being "bicycles for our brains." Oh, wait.... He did.

Jeremy set the stage for what I witnessed all day.... People collaborating and looking at each other as often as their computer screens; loud lunch outdoors; laughter in the hallways; high fives in the sessions. Collaborative learning.

And that's the core of my recap. The fun and learning at the summit is possible because of the excellent collaboration—not just presenters, not just keynote speakers, not just organizers, not just attendees. It's all us of together that make this my favorite place to be on the second Friday of October each year.

Signing off for another year, with warm appreciation for you all.

Thanks to the Jackson Middle School film crew for this year's fantastic video diary....

Here's the photo diary, too....

Put me in, Coach! Jeremy Macdonald...our keynote speaker

posted Oct 6, 2014, 3:26 PM by Rachel Wente-Chaney   [ updated Oct 6, 2014, 3:29 PM ]

Jeremy MacdonaldJeremy Macdonald, our keynote speaker for this year's summit, has been warming up for his speech his whole career. Just a few short years ago, Jeremy was a teacher in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He hustled and pushed to get adequate technology in the hands of his young, elementary school students. Jeremy was an early adopter of Google Apps and iPads in his classroom and has spent the years since trying to get them to play well together.

Jeremy MacdonaldJeremy is now the Director of Technology and Innovation at Redmond School District. He's still trying to get Google Apps and iPads to play well together (they share the sandbox better each day). He's also now focused on finding the right tools for the task, learner, and given day.

You can get a sense where Jeremy is headed in his latest post, bubbles and fog.

You'll hear echoes of that post in the challenging, uplifting, meaningful talk he's prepared for our Friday morning keynote.

I'm excited to hear it.   {rachel}

2013 Summit Recap and Evaluation

posted Oct 13, 2013, 8:43 PM by Rachel Wente-Chaney   [ updated Sep 21, 2014, 9:11 PM ]

There is much to celebrate about this year's summit. 
  • The depth of knowledge of our volunteer presenters was second to none. 
  • The attendee and presenter patience and flexibility with morning WiFi issues was remarkable and humbling.
  • Despite the challenges, we were still able to broadcast several sessions via Google Hangouts. See the playlist here.
  • The willingness to be silly and dance with 400 or so of our closest friends was a fine measure of the amazing educators in our state. 
  • Oregon's largest collaboratively choreographed dance routine was done in Google Slides. No fancy tools required. 
  • (We're making up the "Oregon's largest collaboratively choreographed" claim. We have no idea.)
  • The Beaverton Video Tech Cadre captured it all.
Thank you to our attendees, presenters, vendors, volunteers, hosts, supporters, and friends.

See you next year.

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Wireless Access

posted Oct 11, 2013, 11:58 AM by Rachel Wente-Chaney   [ updated Sep 21, 2014, 9:12 PM ]

Good morning. Thanks for the fun and enthusiasm during the morning welcome and groove time! 

We've battled wireless access through the morning, but have good technology support in the building and district office. We hope to see better and consistent connections during the lightning round at 11:30.

Thanks for your patience as attendees and a big thank you to our presenters who flexed and rolled through the first session. 


2013 Attendee Information

posted Oct 10, 2013, 11:40 AM by Rachel Wente-Chaney

Here's what you need to know for tomorrow's event:

1) Arriving and parking: Park on the north side of the building. Look carefully for signage. The address and map are on the summit location page: http://www.googlesummit.org/location

2) News and information: We will use the summit blog for any breaking news. Once we post, we'll also tweet the link: http://www.googlesummit.org/summit-blog

3) Sessions: We are still adding a few new workshops today. Stay tuned to the workshops page for all the great options: http://www.googlesummit.org/workshops

4) Hangouts: For those attending virtually…. We will post links to the session hangouts as they go live. Keep visiting the workshops page for the details. If you're new to hangouts, take a sneak peek here: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/

5) Communication: We won't be checking email very often as we enter final prep and the day itself. Please catch us on Twitter @ORVSD for questions. We'll have a few of us monitoring the feed and replying quickly.

6) Social: We encourage photos, recaps, and sharing. The hashtag for the summit is #goog13. You can find our social links on each page of the summit site.

It's that time of year again! An introduction to the count down.

posted Sep 11, 2013, 4:09 PM by Corin Richards

The leading weeks before statewide inservice day make me giddy. We welcome fall in Oregon with forty degree temperature shifts from morning to afternoon and parent/teacher nights; and we get to go back to school.

Today marks one month to the Google Summit! As someone who has shifted from statewide work to district work, I'm especially looking forward to the Summit this year. As professionals, we don't often get to play and learn together for a whole day. I can leave a job, but it's much harder to leave the people. This will be our time to reconnect and I get to be both a teacher and a learner!

That's what you'll find at this year's Google Summit, Oregon educators teaching and collaborating with other educators. We're re-imagining professional development of years past to be more exploratory, more open-ended, more learner-centered. Today when a Beaverton teacher asked about how much expertise we're looking for in our presenters, this was my response, "None of us are really experts, it seems, even if we're working with Google Apps every day. It's totally fine to say, 'I don't know, let's find out together.'" It's what I expect our teachers to do in terms of technology...in terms of the world every single day. In a rapidly 
Lewis Elementary School 9.11.13
changing landscape, there are no experts, but it sure helps to be a good inquirer
and that's exactly what we're asking for from our presenters and participants.

Bring your wonderment, your curiosity, your grit and resilience to the Google Summit. Be ready to fully engage and learn new things!
Thanks to Tim Lauer for the photo.             

Three Weeks and Counting.... Our Students Guide the Day

posted Sep 21, 2012, 4:03 PM by Rachel Wente-Chaney

2010 Google Summit - student volunteers
This week's feature: the kids. 

The summit is a success each year because of the dozens of volunteers on hand. Perhaps the most important volunteers are the student leaders from each host school.

Our first summit was held at Sherwood High School. The idea for a Google Summit wasn't hatched until late August (thanks, Paul!). We planned like crazy all through September. We did final prep like lunatics the first weeks of October, all the way through 7:00 a.m. of summit day.

The Sherwood student leadership team, pictured on the left, saved the day. They were our guides, both literal and figurative. In the literal sense, they showed us which rooms to use, which microphones worked, and which projectors didn't. They carried Flip cameras with them everywhere they went and captured the best of each session.

In a figurative sense, they are the guides for our ORVSD work. We spend each year providing training on digital tools and hosting events like the Google Summit because we want to help ourselves and our colleagues meet these students where they are. We want to ensure that Oregon students are being engaged in class and on the Web. We want to help them learn. To do that, we have to learn ourselves. We support teachers and district staff in that effort.

2011 Google Summit - student volunteers at Thurston Elementary
So.... Google Apps for Education are really great. As a training team, we use them for almost everything we do.  We use them as teachers in classrooms and we use them as principals and district staff in meeting rooms. We use them to power our statewide teams, from student information system teams to school improvement teams to curriculum teams.

And.... The Oregon Google Summit has been a lot of fun each year. We learn, share, and laugh a lot. We highlight new features and review basics. We do it all to improve how we communicate with each other. Most importantly, though, we do it to improve the learning tools we offer our students. It's important work.

See you in October..... 

{Rachel, on behalf of the ORVSD Training Team}

Springfield Public Schools Student Volunteers rocked the 2011 Google Summit at Thurston Elementary School. -->

Google Summit - Thank You - It's a Wrap

posted Oct 17, 2011, 10:57 PM by Rachel Wente-Chaney

Eric Edens and Julia Stiglitz
What a day.... Good people. Good food. Good apps. Good learning.

Special thanks to:
Eric Edens and Julia Stiglitz (Google)
Bob Friedler and Kari Parkinson (CompView)
Steve Nelson (Oregon Department of Education)
Our Vendors
Our Workshop Leaders
Thurston Elementary School - what a lovely place!
G Douglas Bundy
Paul Nelson
Cookie Monster and Sesame Street (for the theme inspiration)
and many more....

Summit Countdown T-1 and Counting....

posted Oct 17, 2011, 10:42 PM by Rachel Wente-Chaney

cookies in a jar
{In typical fashion, I forgot to publish this on time. The summit was great. :)}

Tomorrow's the day. Tomorrow's the day. Tomorrow's the day!

After months of planning, we're ready to welcome our Oregon K-12 peers to Thurston Elementary for the Google Summit. The rooms are set, the Chromebooks are unpacked, the cookie jars are out, and the stage is ready.

The school will be full tomorrow, with nearly 320 Oregon K-12 educators expected to attend. There are great sessions planned, exciting keynotes on deck, but one of the most meaningful parts of the day will be the synergy that occurs when you put a lot of creative, caring people in one place. We'll snap as many photos and videos as we're able. Sharing is good.

Summit Countdown T-2 and Counting....

posted Oct 17, 2011, 10:34 PM by Rachel Wente-Chaney

{In typical fashion, I forgot to publish this on time. The summit was great. :)}

G Douglas Bundy is this year's opening keynote speaker. I cannot wait to hear what he has to say. (Watch the video....) How can we go wrong with someone who is a life-long Star Wars fan and has visited a ninja temple? And someone who has blended music, technology, and education throughout his career?

I don't think we can go wrong.

In addition to being cool, G is a native Oregonian and Google Certified Teacher (Sydney, Australia cadre).

Welcome to the Google Summit, G. Inspire us.

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