EdTechTeam Global Summits featuring Google for Education
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We invite you to join us for the EdTechTeam
Texas Panhandle Summit Featuring Google for Education

June 24 & 25, 2015
Canyon High School

Two Full Days of Learning

This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Google in Education Experts

The program features Google for Education Innovative Educators, Google for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, and other solution providers.

Canyon High School
Canyon, TX
June 24 & 25, 2015

We are excited to announce the preliminary schedule

Check back often for details, including session titles, descriptions, and other fun events happening throughout the Summit

Day 1

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:30AM

Keynote

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Session 1

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Session 2

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Session 3

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Session 4

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Demo Slam

Day 2

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:30AM

Keynote

9:45AM - 10:45AM

Session 5

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Session 6

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Session 7

2:15PM - 3:15PM

Session 8

3:15PM - 4:00PM

Closing Keynote


Open to attendees from around the globe

The Summit includes two keynote presentations, 8 breakout sessions, a demo slam competition and a closing capstone session. Participants will be able to attend beginner through advanced sessions on uses of Google Apps in the classroom.

Pre-Summit Workshops

Introducing One Day Pre-Summit Workshops

This one-day experience is designed to inform, inspire, and empower educational leaders. Workshops include sessions for leaders, educators, and technical staff. Breakfast and lunch are provided for all ticketed workshops.

June 23, 2015 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Admin Console Technical Retreat

Do you manage Google Apps for your school or district? Have you configured your Admin Console around the best practices? The default console does not come configured for a school environment so find out what settings you really should change by attending this technical session. In the session will provide a deep dive of the Admin Console, which will include tips on how to manage users, groups, services and Chromebooks with ease. As well as a look at the third party services which will make your life easier and protect and secure your domain.

Topics covered include:

  • EDU focused Admin Console best practices
  • Deep dive walkthrough
  • OU Structures
  • Services
  • Groups
  • Chromebooks
  • Essential Third Party Tools
  • Deployment Best Practices
  • Asset Management
  • Troubleshooting
  • Security and Compliance
  • Backup
  • User Training
World class presenters

EdTechTeam Summit Presenters

All presenters are Google for Education Certified Innovators, Google for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees, or teachers with local successful stories!

Spotlight Speakers

  • Monica Martinez Director of PD, Southern USA and Latin America
  • Peggy Reimers
  • James Sanders Chief Innovation Officer, EdTechTeam
    Founder, BreakoutEDU
  • Donnie Piercey Google Geo in EDU
    Teacher Advisory Board Member
  • Nick Cusumano
  • Peter Henrie
  • Leslie Fisher
  • Beth Mossholder
Standard Registration

Group rates are now available online!

Register below and join us for Texas Panhandle Summit Featuring Google for Education to be held at Canyon High School on June 24 & 25, 2015.

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Canyon High School

Canyon Independent School District

Canyon Independent School District (CISD) is dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities to more than 9,350 PreK-12th grade students. Canyon ISD’s outstanding students, quality educators, innovative programs, technology-rich resources, and caring community make CISD a premiere school district. CISD is a fast growing district covering 732 square miles of Randall county serving students in both the city of Canyon and the community of south Amarillo. Canyon ISD has fifteen campuses with two 5-A high schools, Canyon High School and Randall High School.

Canyon ISD is an innovative learning leader in the area of technology. CISD is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district as well as a “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) district. All CISD campuses have Chromebooks, iPads, laptops, SMART boards in every classroom, quality online resources, robust WiFi access throughout, and more.

Canyon High School is the host campus for the Texas Panhandle Google Summit. It services 1,110 students with quality academic and extracurricular opportunities. Canyon High School is well known for success in all areas including academics, fine arts, athletics, CTE, and more.

Host City

Canyon, Texas is a thriving small town with the best of people, a strong educational system, and world renowned tourist attractions. Home to the second largest canyon in the nation, we are afforded recreational opportunities like no others! In Palo Duro Canyon, you can hike, bike, jeep, horseback ride, saunter, or camp in this breathtakingly beautiful natural gift. Paul Green’s Musical Drama TEXAS started performing in Palo Duro Canyon in 1965 and has since become the most attended outdoor drama in the United States. Canyon is also home to the largest museum in the state, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. In 2002, Canyon was selected as a Texas Main Street City. There are twenty-four historical markers in Canyon and the town continues to grow and prosper. Canyon is the home of Canyon ISD and West Texas A&M University. Along with parks, golf courses, and fabulous weather, the city of Canyon offers plentiful opportunities for individual and family activities

Nearby Points of Interest

Canyon is fortunate to have three of the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Texas…and so much more!

At Palo Duro Canyon State Park, visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, horseback riding, biking or even a breakfast on the rim of the canyon.

The “TEXAS” outdoor musical drama will take you back in time with romance, song, dance and creative technology to tell a tale of Texas history.

The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is the largest history museum in the state of Texas. Visitors can revisit the time of the dinosaurs or take a stroll through the Panhandle oil boom days. Enjoy entire sections dedicated to art, paleontology, petroleum, transportation and western heritage.

Canyon is also home to twenty-four Texas Historical Sites, including the site of the Conner Dugout and the JA Ranch.

Enjoy an authentic Chuck Wagon Breakfast and horseback riding with Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West.

Visit the Canyon Chamber of Commerce website to see a glimpse of all the quaint shops, restaurants, and business located in Canyon’s downtown square and throughout the city of Canyon. Canyon stores offer wonderful antiques, beautiful clothing, one-of-a-kind gifts and so much more. Visitors can enjoy a unique shopping experience in Canyon.

The Palo Duro Creek Golf Course is nestled right in the middle of Canyon.

Hotel Recommendations

Please note accommodations in both the cities of Canyon and Amarillo.

Hotel:

Best Western Hotel
2810 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79015
806-655-1818

Holiday Inn Express
2910 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79015
806-655-4555

Holiday Inn Express
6701 Hollywood Road
Amarillo, TX 79119
806-352-1900 or 800-315-2621

Comfort Inn
6318 Ventura Drive
Amarillo, TX 79110
806-353-5100

** Bed and Breakfast:**

Hudspeth House
1905 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79015
800-655-9809

Starlight Canyon
100 Brentwood Road
Amarillo, TX 79118
806-622-2382

RV Parks & Camping:

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Hwy 217 East
Canyon, TX 79015
806-488-2227

Palo Duro RV Park
I-27 & Hwy 217
Canyon, TX 79015
800-540-0567
806-488-2548

Travel Information

Airlines

Rental Cars In Airport Terminal:

Taxi Cab Services:

Texas Panhandle Google Summit Host Site

Canyon High School
1701 23rd Street
Canyon, Texas 79015
806-677-2740

Parking:

Parking is plentiful. Please park on the North side of Canyon High School for easy access to the North entrance.

About

Sessions include two keynote presentations, a demo slam competition, and a closing capstone session - plus two full days of informative breakouts, cutting-edge demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers.

Open to attendees from around the globe, this summit offers unique and cost-effective advantages for all participants:

Credit

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Participation for the general conference will be available after the conference. Please complete the following form and once attendance has been verified, a certificate will be emailed to you.

Graduate Credit

Graduate credit is available from Adams State College. Registration is available here. Each 1 hr credit costs $55 USD. Please use a credit card to register. Contact Christine Archer with EdTechTeam with any questions. Note: Some additional coursework is required for credit.

Presenters


Monica Martinez

Director of PD, Southern USA and Latin America

Monica Isabel Martinez is the Director of Professional Development in Latin America and Southern US for the EdTech Team. In this position, Monica develops and facilitates professional development on the most current technology trends for the purpose of improving teaching and learning through innovative processes. She has developed many technology programs some of which have been adopted by districts, universities, and others that have been rolled out state-wide. Monica has experience teaching students and professionals at all levels including elementary, secondary, and higher education while working in the US, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Canada and Germany. Monica has a master’s degree in Educational Technology and is also a Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer and Administrator.


Peggy Reimers

Peggy Reimers develops and facilitates professional development across the curriculum with Google Apps for Education, mobile learning devices, robotics, and other current technology trends. Formally a public school teacher, she shared her passion for technology and her creative, hands-on approach with elementary students for 26 years, teaching 5th and 6th grade robotics for nine years. Peggy went on to train other tech-inspired educators for 4 years while serving as Director of Professional Development for TCEA (an ISTE Affiliate). Peggy serves on the LEGO Education Advisory Panel and is an authorized Google Education Trainer. Her super power is figuring out which LEGO minifig hides in each shiny sealed bag.


James Sanders

Chief Innovation Officer, EdTechTeam
Founder, BreakoutEDU

James Sanders is the Director of Innovation for EdTechTeam and founder of Future Ready Schools. Previously, James served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House working on education open data initiatives. He was the founder of the White House Film Festival (showcasing technology in education) and helped develop the President’s postsecondary education agenda.

Before the White House, James oversaw innovation for KIPP Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area where he managed the region’s blended learning and technology integration initiatives. In addition to his work at KIPP and the White House, James served as a project manager for YouTube EDU (Google). At Google he created YouTube Teachers and managed the K-12 video content curation project. James is also the co-founder of ClassBadges, a website that allows teachers to award digital badges to students. ClassBadges was acquired by EdStart in April of 2014. His career in education began teaching history in both South Los Angeles and San Francisco during which he pioneered a paperless, fully-blended, classroom model.


Donnie Piercey

Google Geo in EDU
Teacher Advisory Board Member

Donnie Piercey works in a hybrid role as a fifth grade teacher and district technology integration specialist for Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky. He is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom [website](http://www.mrpiercey.com). Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his eight year teaching career.

Donnie received a B.A. in Theology from Asbury University and got his Masters in Education from Auburn University (Montgomery). Donnie is also a Google Certified Teacher, an authorized Google Education Trainer, the Kentucky liaison to North Bay CUE, and a Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board (GTAB) member.

He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.


Nick Cusumano

Nick Cusumano is in his 21st year of teaching Theatre & Film in St. Peters, Missouri. Nick is a Google Education Trainer. In the May of 2013, he became a Google Certified Teacher at the Sydney, Australia, Google Teacher Academy. In July 2013, he was one of the featured speakers at Google in Education: Technology & Awareness Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. He was named a 2014 Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator. He co-hosts the TheatreCast podcast at [theatrecast.org](http://theatrecast.org/) and in his blog [edtech4theatre.com](http://edtech4theatre.com/) he showcases, creates, and curates content focused on educational technology resources for Theatre and Film teachers. He was recently featured in the Google for Education Community Newsletter discussing best practices for training sessions.

Peter Henrie

Peter Henrie has spent the last decade leading and supporting large scale system implementation and integration projects. As a founding member of Amplified IT, Peter shifted his focus to Google Apps for Education in 2009. Since then he has led some of Google’s key case studies such as University of St. Andrews in the UK and has been assisting schools across the US in going Google. If you can understand Peter’s thick Scottish accent he will certainly help you ensure your school is deploying GAFE with best practices in mind and will help you get the most out of the platform.


Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fishers interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple's road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.

Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to edcuators all over the world.


Beth Mossholder

Beth Mossholder is a Technology Coordinator, K-8 Technology Teacher, and consultant in Parker, Colorado. She currently manages 1:1 Chromebooks and Nexus 7 with Google Play for Education. She is a GAFE domain administrator, and has rolled out Google Apps for both staff and students. Beth has been working in education and encouraging technology use for over 14 years and presents at local,state, and international conferences sharing the creative ways to utilize Google tools, Nexus 7 tablets, and chromebooks. Beth is the founder and organizer behind GeekCampEDU, an EdTech event that integrates the best of formal conferencing and unconferencing at the local and district level. Beth is a moderator for the Google Play for Education Community. She became a Google Certified Teacher in Sydney, Australia in 2011, and also a Google Educator. Beth loves technology, teaching, and incorporating the two into a rich learning environment for students.

Committee


Chris Bell

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Bell has been with EdTechTeam since the company incorporated and is now the Chief Operating Officer tasked with organizing and directing the systems and operations within the company. Chris oversees the Global Summits and works closely with all departments to align their goals and objectives to the mission of EdTechTeam.

Chris most recently was the District Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Saddleback Valley Unified School District in Southern California. In this capacity, he oversaw the instructional technology project implementations in the district including 1:1 classrooms utilizing Chromebooks, mobile device initiatives, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classrooms, and online learning.

Chris has taught at all levels K-12 including online and has enjoyed working with pre-service teachers and online teachers. Chris was actively involved in the development of the Leading Edge Certification for Online & Blended Teaching, the Apps Certified Trainer program, and has developed online courses for Google (g.co/educourses). Chris is a Google Certified Teacher (Boulder 2009) and a Google Education Trainer


Chris Craft

Director of Online Learning

Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning educator and speaker based in South Carolina. As a classroom teacher, he has been recognized both locally and nationally for innovative teaching with technology. Most recently he was selected from among more than 1,000 teachers to be one of 20 to visit the White House and meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Jill Biden for a dialogue on the current state and future of education. Dr. Craft was also titled to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list for 2013. He has a B.A. in Spanish, a M.Ed in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina. Chris is a Google Certified Teacher, and a Google Education Trainer, and was recently accepted to be an Apple Distinguished Educator. Find out more about Chris at www.christophercraft.com or follow him on Twitter @crafty184


Ben Friensen

Director of Professional Development

Ben taught junior high science for 7 years and is now a Digital Content Specialist in the Hopkins Public Schools in Minnesota. He is Google Certified Teacher, an authorized Google Education Trainer and serves on the Google Geo Teachers Advisory Board. He enjoys traveling and sharing his passion for connecting students to the world. Ben is the Director of Professional Development – iOS Summits for the EdTechTeam.


Wendy Gorton

Director of International Education

Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and a lifelong learner. She has taught 4th graders in Los Angeles, been an elementary technology coordinator, a university technology specialist, online teacher, and curriculum developer and research assistant. She is passionate about project-based learning and using awesome technology like Google Apps to open her students up to collaboration and to the world!

Her Master’s degree is in educational technology, where she focused on finding out how real-world science projects using technology increased motivation in her students, and she particularly enjoys research experiences for teachers, helping bring the world of science and social studies to her students using technology as a NOAA Teacher at Sea, Earthwatch Educator Fellow, PolarHusky Teacher Explorer, JR Teacher at Sea, and NEH Fellow, everywhere from learning archaeology in Wisconsin to helping build shelters for sick Tasmanian devils in Australia to dog-sledding in Scandinavia!

Networking with groups such as the Google Certified Teachers amazes her in the ability to find new tools, new project ideas, and–her favorite!– new classes to collaborate with on real-world projects. She loves the power of a PLN (personal learning network) and can’t wait to continue learning with and from folks at conferences!


Monica Martinez

Director of Professional Development

Monica Isabel Martinez is the Director of Professional Development in Latin America and Southern US for the EdTech Team. In this position, Monica develops and facilitates professional development on the most current technology trends for the purpose of improving teaching and learning through innovative processes. She has developed many technology programs some of which have been adopted by districts, universities, and others that have been rolled out state-wide. Monica has experience teaching students and professionals at all levels including elementary, secondary, and higher education while working in the US, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Canada and Germany. Monica has a master’s degree in Educational Technology and is also a Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer and Administrator.


James Sanders

Director of Innovation

James Sanders is the Director of Innovation for EdTechTeam and founder of Future Ready Schools. Previously, James served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House working on education open data initiatives. He was the founder of the White House Film Festival (showcasing technology in education) and helped develop the President’s postsecondary education agenda.

Before the White House, James oversaw innovation for KIPP Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area where he managed the region’s blended learning and technology integration initiatives. In addition to his work at KIPP and the White House, James served as a project manager for YouTube EDU (Google). At Google he created YouTube Teachers and managed the K-12 video content curation project. James is also the co-founder of ClassBadges, a website that allows teachers to award digital badges to students. ClassBadges was acquired by EdStart in April of 2014. His career in education began teaching history in both South Los Angeles and San Francisco during which he pioneered a paperless, fully-blended, classroom model.


Molly Schroeder

Director of Professional Development

Molly Schroeder is a Global Digital Age Learning Specialist, Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences, workshops and conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. Her background is in Elementary Education and she also holds a certificate in Educational Technology and Gifted Education.


Ken Shelton

Director of Professional Development

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Ken was also titled to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Educational Technology Task Force. Ken, both nationally and internationally, regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Digital Age Literacies, Creative Expression, Photography, Visual Learning, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He formerly worked as an Educator for over 13 years, including teaching technology for 10 years at the Middle School level.


Jim Sill

Director of Professional Development

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 School in 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 Education Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim leads professional development workshops on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production.

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.


Lisa Thumann

Director of Professional Development

Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this year.

Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings in the Eastern U.S. and works with districts and organizations to customize workshops and events.

Lisa is a Google Certified Teacher and an authorized Google Education Trainer. She has presented at ten of the Google Teacher Academies and presents at conferences, workshops and National Conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching.


Michael Wacker

Chief Professional Development Officer

A former elementary teacher, Michael has since served as Online Learning Specialist on the student and adult learning side. This experience included designing and facilitating teacher and administrator professional development online courses and workshops. On the student side, his experience involves directing the build and design of online courses, technical development and course conversions, as well as curriculum course revisions and iterations. With more than six years of progressively responsible experience in eLearning and Blended Learning, he is consulted around ideas of strategic design and innovation in public and private schools internationally to support the professional development and redesign of classrooms, pedagogy, and traditional instructional models, to better serve all learners. Michael’s strengths are in helping to maximize learning opportunities through the design of dynamic spaces (online and face to face) of interaction, inquiry, and engagement for students, teachers, and administrators. Dedicated to educational innovation, he strives to utilize best practice eLearning techniques and leverage a pedagogy and technology that allows for anywhere, anytime learning.


Mark Wagner

Chief Executive Officer

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, a global network of educational technologists which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit education companies. The EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available. They aim to inspire and empower other educators to do the same.

In this capacity, Dr. Wagner leads a global series of EdTechTeam Summits featuring Google for Education. He was the director of the Google Teacher Academy and the Google Workshops for Educators by Computer Using Educators (CUE) from 2008-2011. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), 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 organizations 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

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