EdTechTeam California Summit featuring Google for Education
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!  

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Keynote Speaker: Claire Hughes Johnson

Vice President, Google [X]

Self-Driving Cars

Claire leads the product, business and operations teams for Self-Driving Cars in Google [X], responsible for the product’s go-to-market strategy and ensuing business. Since joining Google in 2004, Claire has led teams in the consumer, business and product space, including the business teams behind the launches of Gmail, Google Checkout, Google Apps, and the sales, product & engineering teams of Google Offers. She also founded the Consumer Operations team that today supports all Google users. For Google's advertising products, she led the Global Online Sales organization, responsible respectively for acquiring and serving thousands of advertisers, merchants and channel partners. In addition she spent time leading commercialization efforts for new product areas, such as video and mobile ads. Claire also served as co-lead and executive sponsor of the Global [email protected] Network. She is a member of the Diversity Executive Council, and an advisor to Google Capital.

Prior to Google, Claire worked in management consulting, developing marketing and customer strategies for large media companies, including DirecTV, The New York Times and Dow Jones. Claire's career began in Massachusetts state politics, working for the Attorney General and running gubernatorial, state and local campaigns. Between elections, Claire spent a year working on the editorial side for a Hearst magazine publication.

Claire earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Brown University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She serves on the board of Hallmark Cards, Inc. and as a Trustee of Milton Academy. She lives in Menlo Park, CA with her husband and children.

Keynote Day 2Daniel 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, and was in the Advanced Technology Group at Apple where he wrote the first 100 web pages for 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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Google+: Dan Russell

Keynote: Evan Rapoport

Evan Rapoport is a Product Manager for Google Maps, including Street View and several products that help people publish their own photos on the map. He loves photography, pushing the limits of what smart phone cameras can do, and creating products that empower people to share their stories through pictures and maps. Before joining Google in 2011, he lived on Oahu for eight years where he worked in high tech. His previous projects include storytelling platforms for outdoor adventurers, K-12 educational tools for oceanography and environmental stewardship, and brain-computer interfaces for severely disabled people. He has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters. Evan also loves hiking, standup paddling, and the ocean.

Featured Speaker: Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. After 14 years as an Educational Leadership professor, Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of
Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. In 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 2013 he received the Technology Leadership Award for the state of Iowa. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He also is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.

Featured Speaker: Chris Craft, Ph.D.

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 named 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 or follow him on Twitter @crafty184. 

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Twitter: crafty184

Ben Friesen

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.

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Twitter @benjaminfriesen

Wendy Gorton

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!

Contact Information
Twitter: Wendy Gorton
Google+: Wendy Gorton

Roni Habib

Roni is the Educational Technology Coordinator and a Teacher at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.  He is a consultant for Ed-Tech companies and leads Ed-Tech professional development workshops for educators in California.  He is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, a Google Certified Teacher, and has taught subjects from Algebra to Positive Psychology.  He currently leads the "Happiness in Education" initiative.  Roni lived in Israel and Belgium before coming to the U.S. where he got his Masters of Education and teaching credential at Harvard.  He currently lives in Sunnyvale with his wife and two kids.

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e-mail: [email protected]

twitter: Roni_Habib

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.

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 group 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 through technical training and their unique GAFE Audit process

Contact Information
Twitter: @Amplifiedit

Monica Martinez

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. 

Tim Lee

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 

Contact Information
Twitter: @Amplifiedit

James Sanders

James Sanders is the founder and Executive Director 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. 

Contact Information
Twitter: jamestsanders

Molly Schroeder

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.

Contact Information: 
Twitter: @followmolly
Google+: Molly Schroeder

Jim Sill

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. 

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Twitter: mistersill 
Google +: Jim Sill

Lisa Thumann

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.

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Michael Wacker

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 High School online courses, technical development and course conversions, as well as curriculum course revisions and iterations. With more than five 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 an adjunct professor for Regis University in Colorado on the online and face to face side; working on aligning and re-imagining the teacher licensure program curriculum and the Master's level Ed Tech Degree with the University. 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.

Michael Wacker is a Google Certified Teacher, and Certified Google Apps Trainer. Based out of Colorado, Michael leads workshops and consults internationally with his focus the Rocky Mountain region throughout the U.S. and Canada. Michael provides energetic, interactive, and productive workshops and trainings which are customized for each organization. He has experience working with administrators, educators, IT, and also support staff.

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Twitter: mwacker

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, 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 - and 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. 

Contact Information
Email: [email protected]
Google +:markdwagner
Twitter: markwagner

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