EdTechTeam Global Summits featuring Google for Education
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22 & 23 September, 2015
Xavier College

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.

Xavier College
Melbourne, Australia
22 & 23 September, 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

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Session 5

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Session 6

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Session 7

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Session 8

4:15PM - 5:00PM

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.

21 September, 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

GET Authorized Bootcamp (for Trainers)

Google Educator Trainer (GET) Train the Trainer (T3) Bootcamp serves two purposes: to raise awareness about how Google tools can be used in education to; ignite inquiry, promote collaboration, and allow for authentic publishing and sharing, (with students and among colleagues), and to prepare participants to pass the Google Educator Test and submit their certification application. Become a Google Educator to be recognized for your mastery.

Each session includes an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Educator Training Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google for teaching, learning, and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to help new users quickly understand the “core magic” of each app - and to challenge veteran users by revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined. The experience is grounded in Google culture, complete with high-energy fast-paced demonstrations and challenging activities that can truly be called “hard fun.” There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps - or for passing the Google Educator tests.

Important Notes: Certification is not included in the bootcamp (passing five tests, submitting an application, and approval from Google are required following the event). Taking tests and applying for certification is not necessary for participating in the bootcamp.

Google for Educational Leaders

This one-day experience is designed to inform, inspire, and empower educational leaders. Make the most of the free tools Google offers educational institutions. Understand the Google Apps suite, and how your support staff can manage student and teacher accounts. Be prepared to make decisions regarding the benefits (and limitations) of Chromebooks and Nexus devices. And learn which tools in the Google Apps Marketplace, the Chrome Web store, and Google Drive might best benefit your organization. This session also includes a segment focused on maximizing your own productivity with Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and more time-saving collaborative tools. Informed by case studies and best practices, this workshop is your best preparation for the two-day institute that follows.

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!

Keynote Speakers

  • Ken Shelton Los Angeles, California
  • Sally-Ann Williams Google, Australia

Spotlight Speakers

  • Suan Yeo Google Australia
  • Jim Sill USA and Australia
  • Kimberley Hall Melbourne, Australia
  • Holly Clark Educational Strategist, EdTechTeam
  • Chris Betcher Sydney, Australia
  • Anthony Speranza Melbourne, Australia
  • Tim Lee Amplified IT
  • Kim Sutton Sydney, Australia
  • Nick Brierley Sydney, Australia
  • Richard Lambert Melbourne, Australia
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Xavier College

Xavier College

The EdTechTeam Melbourne Summit featuring Google for Education to be held at Xavier College on 22 & 23 September, 2015. Xavier College was named after St Francis Xavier, one of the closest friends of St Ignatius of Loyola. The College educates over 2000 students at three campuses focusing on the Jesuit principles of education which include the centrality of the Catholic faith, pursuit of excellence, development of the whole person, care of each individual (Cura Personalis), and service to others. This year’s Melbourne Summit will be hosted at their Senior Campus located at 135 Barker’s Road, Kew. The Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre is a state­of­the­art theatre complex opened in 2008 and will be the central focus for the Melbourne Summit.

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Travel Information

Air Travel

Xavier College is located in the inner eastern suburb of Kew and is approximately 30 mins from Melbourne Airport.

Parking Instructions for Attendees

Carpooling to the event is HIGHLY recommended. Please do not park in any of the reserved spaces or in the spaces around the circular driveway which are clearly marked, access is needed all year round to these.

Xavier College is located in the inner eastern suburb of Kew and is approximately 30 mins from Melbourne Airport and 15 mins from Federation Square by Taxi. College is located close to public transport with the closet train station being Glenferrie, short 12 minute walk along the Glenferrie Rd fashion and café shopping strip.http://www.glenferrie.com.au/.The 109 tram departing from the Melbourne CBD is also a short walk from the Senior Campus (Stop 35).

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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

Keynote Presenters


Ken Shelton

Los Angeles, California

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 named 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.


Sally-Ann Williams

Google, Australia

Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community & Outreach Manager for Google Australia. She is responsible for a broad portfolio of programs including leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.

In her role leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement she manages over 45 partnerships & programs designed to inspire students, equip teachers, and connect the community to the possibilities careers in CS can lead to. Most recently this work has included national implementation strategies to support ACARA’s Digital Technology curriculum and help position Australia as a nation of innovators.

Prior to joining Google 8 years ago, Sally-Ann worked at several Australian tertiary institutions in a range of academic and academic administration roles spanning executive education, public sector management, research and postgraduate degrees and tertiary management. A life long learner she holds an undergraduate and research masters degree and several other postgraduate qualifications.

 

Summit Presenters


Suan Yeo

Google Australia

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.


Jim Sill

USA and Australia

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.


Kimberley Hall

Melbourne, Australia

Kimberley is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher and authorised Google Education Trainer who recently departed her Secondary English, IT, History and Future Leaders classrooms to work for the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne. Being part of a fabulous eLearning leadership team in an Apple Distinguished School, with 1:1 iPads and laptops, ensured that Kimberley is experienced in empowering others to pursue their own learning journey to seeing technology as an essential ingredient in their teaching and learning. She was also the leading teacher for student voice, engagement and local and global connections which allowed her the chance to collaborate with students on real world projects including philanthropic work.

Kimberley has been invited to present at conferences across Australia and around the world as well as facilitating workshops for both students and parents throughout her local school community. She has also collaborated with educational publishers and departments to produce ICT based resources for schools across Australia. Kimberley believes that ICT enables transformation of practice, can be harnessed to promote higher expectations and create a community of learners.


Holly Clark

Educational Strategist, EdTechTeam

Holly Clark is a technology and innovation specialist from San Diego, California. She has been helping teachers redefine instruction in their classrooms by overseeing both 1:1 iPad and Chromebooks pilots and helping schools implement digital literacy programs. She is a Google Certified Teacher, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Columbia University. She has been working with technology integration and 1:1 environments since 2003. Presently she consults with schools internationally on improving their iPad integration and using Google Apps for Education to empower learning. Holly has taught for over 16 years and is a former administrator.


Chris Betcher

Sydney, Australia

Chris Betcher started his career as an art teacher but evolved into graphics, design, multimedia, and pretty much anything to do with technology and computers. He is particularly intrigued by how digital tools can be used to improve learning. He currently works as the ICT Integrator at PLC Sydney, assisting teachers and students discover how digital technology can make learning more creative, engaging and meaningful. With teaching experience in Australia and Canada, he also presents at numerous education conferences in Australia and globally.

Chris is both a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Education Trainer, and is a regular host of the Google Educast on the Edreach Network. He has a curious mind, asks way too many questions, and likes making things out of zeroes and ones.


Anthony Speranza

Melbourne, Australia

Anthony Speranza is the ICT Learning & Teaching Leader at St. Mark’s Primary School in Dingley, Victoria. In his time at St. Mark’s, he has established several digital literacy initiatives, developed cyber-safety and global citizenship programs, and introduced multimedia software and hardware into P-6 classrooms.

Currently he is implementing a 1:1 Chromebook Program and is supporting teachers and students from Years Prep to 6 to utilise Google Apps for Education. He is an authorised Google Education Trainer, Google Certified Teacher, and the recipient of the 2014 DLTV Educator of the Year as awarded by Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria.

He is passionate about contemporary spaces, pedagogies, and collaborative practices amongst educators. Anthony is an avid speaker and facilitator at the local, national and international level.


Tim Lee

Amplified IT

Tim Lee is the Chief Technology Officer of the EdTechTeam and founder of Amplified IT. After 8 years of leading infrastructure re-design projects and rollouts, Tim shifted his focus to Google Apps in 2009. Tim applies his background in Technology infrastructure, deployment planning and leadership to assist schools and districts in re-designing their infrastructure and successfully move to the cloud. As one of the first Google Apps Edu Certified Trainers and Google ChromeBook Crew for Education, Tim has assisted numerous schools to adopt Google Apps and rollout Chromebooks and is ‘affectionately’ known as GAFE Yoda in the EdTechTeam circles.

Amplified IT is the technical arm of the EdTechTeam. Founded by a group of IT consultants, Amplified IT is an education-focused Google Apps consultancy with a unique approach that focuses on empowering schools and districts. Working with a large number of schools and districts has enabled Amplified IT to tailor best practices for the deployment of Google Apps to each school’s unique environment.Since 2008, Amplified IT has assisted hundreds of educational institutions worldwide to successfully adopt Google Apps and Chromebooks.


Kim Sutton

Sydney, Australia

Kim Sutton is an energetic educator with experiences educating in early childhood, primary and university. She currently works in a 1:1 blended BYOD environment utilising iPads and Chromebooks. Kim is excited by exploring new ways in which educational technology can be used to motivate, engage and extend independent learning experiences for all learners.

She firmly believes in giving students opportunities that will take their thinking and learning outside the box. Kim encourages critical and creative thought so that students can become not just joyful and engaged learners, but extraordinary people who will have profound impacts on their world.

She is a Google Certified Innovator, leader of the Sydney chapter of Google Educator Group and is known around the Twittersphere for her involvement in #aussieED. Kim’s education adventures have taken her around the world attending and speaking at conferences and summits.


Nick Brierley

Sydney, Australia

Nick Brierley is an Australian educator advocating for student talents, interests and needs inspiring classroom practice. He has completed studies in gifted education, religious education and educational leadership. Currently teaching in a Sydney primary school, Nick is interested in creativity, problem solving, digital pedagogy and curriculum innovation.

Nick has experience introducing Google Apps for Education into a school context and has conducted professional learning to ensure successful transition. He currently uses both Google and Apple tools in the classroom to inspire and impact student learning and motivation.

Nick has been approached to speak both internationally and around Australia about the Australian Curriculum, education and how technology can be integrated into an authentic and personalised learning process.

Nick is the co-founder of the #aussieED professional learning medium and writes, blogs, speaks and podcasts about education and education technology.


Richard Lambert

Melbourne, Australia

Rich Lambert is Assistant Principal of Kalinda Primary School in Ringwood, Victoria. He has worked in government primary schools for more than a decade, specialising in the impact new technologies can and should have on teaching and learning practices.

In 2006, Rich was part of a teaching team that won the Victorian Education Department’s Excellence Award for Innovative Curriculum. Following his move to an Assistant Principal position in 2010, Rich led Kalinda Primary to becoming one of the first Google Apps for Education schools in Australia.

In 2013, Rich became a Google Certified Teacher, the next year working as a mentor for the 2014 Google Teacher Academy.

In addition to his Assistant Principal role, Rich has worked as an education consultant over the last 5 years, speaking at various conferences and running PD sessions and workshops for school and Principal groups. He has assisted in Federal Government projects such as the [Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) ‘Illustrations of Practice’](http://www.teacherstandards.aitsl.edu.au/illustrations) resource and [Education Services Australia’s ‘ICT in Everyday Learning: a toolkit for teachers’](http://www.ictineverydaylearning.edu.au/) resource.

Rich has also worked on State projects, such as the [‘Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century’](http://teaching.global2.vic.edu.au/) professional learning programs.

Rich’s work at Kalinda Primary over the last 5 years has recently been featured on ACARA’s [Illustrations of Primary Curriculum Management](http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Illustrations/Metadata/IPCM00014?group=SchoolLocation) resource.

Rich is the co-author of ‘Action Stations: Digital Storytelling’ published by Curriculum Press.

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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