Digital Learning Coordinator
Jennie Magiera is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the [Academy for Urban School Leadership](http://auslchicago.org/), a network of 29 Chicago Public Schools, and previously taught math to 4th and 5th graders.
As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and Chicago Public School's 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, Jennie has been working to redefine education through effective technology use. She explores how to leverage 1:1 devices such as Chromebooks and iPads to increase student metacognition, self-efficacy and creativity.
Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at <@MsMagiera> or through her blog [TeachingLikeIt’s2999](http://www.teachinglikeits2999.com/).
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.
Chief Innovation Officer, EdTechTeam
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.
Principal - East Leyden High School
Jason Markey was named principal at East Leyden High School starting in the 2012-13 school year after previously serving the district both as an assistant principal and as a social studies teacher. Jason helped lead a district initiative to move the Leyden School District to 1:1, with every student issued a Google Chromebook. In 2012 Jason became a Google Certified Teacher with the goal of continuing his own growth as a learner first. Additionally, Jason was named as a 2014 Digital Principal of the Year by NASSP and was awarded the Bammy Educator’s Voice Award for Secondary School Principal. Jason believes strongly in the power of the web as a social connector and continuously looks for opportunities to learn from and collaborate with others.
Teacher, Trainer, Technologyer
Author, The 20Time Project
Kevin Brookhouser teaches English and digital citizenship at York School in Monterey, California. He is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps for EDU Certified Trainer, National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future, and University of California Certified Integrated Course Developer.
Kevin's students experience a blend of traditional literature and composition with a significant portion of new media studies. Shakespeare is definitely on the agenda, but so is podcasting, filmmaking, and audience building. Students participate in an innovative “20% project” where they spend a fifth of their time pursuing a large meaningful project of their choosing and share their work in a TED-style conference at the end of the year.
When not in the classroom, Kevin trains teachers and administrators around the United States to effectively employ technology in the classroom.
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.
Director, EdTechTeam Canada
A 15 year veteran at Rundle College Jr Sr High School in Calgary, Michelle currently serves as the Head of Educational Technology. In this role, Michelle, along with a tech savvy team students, collaborate with staff and students to effectively integrate technology into everyday educational practice.
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013; the first authorized trainer in the Canadian directory. This certification has resulted in an explosion of her Professional Learning Network and given Michelle the opportunity to travel throughout North America providing coaching, training, and curriculum integration strategies for other educators embarking on their own journey into the Google Apps environment.
Educational Technology Coordinator at Singapore American School
Jay is the High School Educational Technology Coordinator at Singapore American School where he is responsible for leading ed tech planning, professional learning, and technology integration with the goal of improved student learning. He's a Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, a Lead Learner at Google Teacher Academies in Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe and the US, an Apple Foundations Trainer and a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator. With a passion for training teachers in the effective use of technology married with contemporary pedagogy. Jay is a self-proclaimed nerdy teacher and for the past 20 years has worked at international schools in Egypt, Taiwan and Singapore and has served as an educational consultant for schools in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Previously, Jay was a Deputy Chief Examiner for IB Psychology with a strong background in teacher and examiner training, curriculum development, assessment and online learning.
Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Teacher and authorized Google Education Trainer, Kasey has led a variety of instructional technology trainings, including presentations at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza. Kasey was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 Instructional Technology Specialist of the year by TCEA. Kasey is co-leader of the North Texas Google Educator Group. She is also an EdCamp organizer, and has also been featured on edtech podcasts, including House of EdTech and Coffee with a Geek.
Kasey’s website and blog, [ShakeUpLearning.com](http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog), provides educators with instructional technology resources, tips and tricks, and classroom technology integration ideas. Here you will find great resources for Google apps, including guides and cheat sheets, mobile learning and apps, iPad tips, and social media tips for educators. Shake Up Learning, was recognized as a [Must Read EdTech Blog for 2014](http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2014/06/2014-honor-roll-edtechs-must-read-k-12-it-blogs), and a [2014 Edublog Awards Finalist](http://edublogawards.com/) for [best new blog](http://edublogawards.com/2014-awards/best-new-blog-2014/) and [best edtech resource blog](http://edublogawards.com/2014-awards/best-ed-tech-resource-sharing-blog-2014/). Kasey also received an honorable mention for the [Digital Innovation in Learning Awards](http://awards.edsurge.com/) given by EdSurge and Digital Promise, in the ['Sharing is Caring,'](https://app.achievery.com/earned/6084) category, for her work sharing educational resources on her blog and across social media. In addition, Kasey’s resources and tips have also been featured on other blogs and websites including: Edsurge, Edudemic, EdTech Magazine, Emerging Edtech, and more. As a blogger, Kasey uses her blog to create and share original technology integration ideas, resources, cheat sheets, and more!
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 a 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.
As a recovering music teacher for over 16 years, Mark Hammons currently is an Educational Technology Coordinator at the Fresno County Office of Education and serves as an advisor to educational organizations throughout the world. Mark regularly spends his time coaching educators by conducting hands-on learning opportunities and sharing ideas with attendees at Ed Tech conferences. In additional, Mark also provides multimedia and mobile solutions for educators throughout the United States. Mark holds an M.A. in Educational Technology specializing in mobile learning and instructional design. Mark is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, Authorized Google Education Trainer, New Media Consortium Ambassador and travels the world promoting Educational Technology to teachers and administrators. Prior to his arrival at FCOE, Mark spent three years as a Consultant for Accenture, a global management consulting firm.
Mark lives in Fresno, California with his wife and two children and is still connected to pageantry and the performing arts throughout California. As former percussion director, Mark now consults with various programs and is a sought out adjudicator for numerous events.
Lisa Highfill, the k-12 Instructional Technology Coach for the Pleasanton Unified, has a passion for innovative learning strategies and actively works to share and collaborate with teachers, parents, and community members in order to improve the quality of education. She has presented at numerous conferences across California, sharing ideas to improve the way kids experience learning. Lisa is a Google Certified Teacher and a part of the inaugural group of YouTube Star Teachers. She is a lead learner for CUE and a part of the Merit Staff at the Krause Center for Innovation.
San Diego, California
Jeff is an instructional technology coach for the San Diego County Office of Education where he works with the Online/Blended Learning Unit and the Juvenile Court and Community Schools spreading the love of technology and learning throughout San Diego County. He spent eight years teaching high school in a residential facility for students impacted by homelessness where he developed his passion for technology integration and educational equity. In 2005, he was selected as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence at California State University, San Marcos where he still works as an adjunct professor of educational technology in the School of Education. For the past five years, he has been working with students in the single-subject program at CSUSM to facilitate, not only the integration of technology, but promote the power of the personal learning network (PLN) for connecting, learning and personal/professional growth. He also teaches in the newly created SDSU/SDCOE Collaborative MA Program. As a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer, Jeff specializes in Google Apps for Education integration and professional development in many districts throughout San Diego County. For the past two years, he has helped facilitate the integration of GAFE, 1:1 Chromebooks, and blended learning throughout the SDCOE Juvenile Court and Community Schools.
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.
A recognized leader in the educational technology field, David Jakes focuses on using the design process to support the organizational growth, development and change required to create relevant and meaningful conditions for student learning in schools. David’s thought leadership includes addressing the increased need to develop agile, connected, and personalized learning environments that support a contemporary education, and how the use of technology can be reimagined to create boundless opportunities for learning.
Before his current position with the EdTechTeam as Director of Learning Spaces, David spent almost three decades in education as a teacher, technologist, and administrator. David's design experience includes working as a Digital Designer and Strategist for CannonDesign and The Third Teacher+, a leading architecture firm and learning space consultancy. David is a frequent presenter at national and international educational conferences where he speaks about the power and promise of a new expedition for learning, and the roles that all educators have in shaping that journey.
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.
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.
Kate Petty left the secondary English classroom to work in the EdTech Department at her district office. She currently works with students, teachers, and administrators as they move forward with a permanent union between Instruction and Technology. She is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, PBL-Certified, and Leading Edge Blended and Online Trainer. Kate enjoys spending time with her family, chocolate, and wine (although not necessarily in that order).
Tracy Purdy is a Digital Learning Specialist for the Elementary Schools at Edina Public Schools in Minnesota. She also has twelve years of experience teaching both fourth and sixth grade in Colorado and Minnesota respectively. Ms. Purdy has implemented her district’s first one-to-one Chromebook classroom and has participated and presented at numerous educational technology conferences. Ms. Purdy has her B.A. and M.A. in elementary education and is also a google certified teacher. In her spare time, she can be found alpine skiing in Colorado, enjoying Minnesota’s numerous lakes and chasing her two young sons around.
Google Geo EDU Advisory Board Member
Kim Randall, a native Californian, is a professional development specialist and an independent consultant, globetrotting around the country (and world) providing engaging and relevant professional development for educators and students. Her current clients include EdTechTeam, Discovery Education, Foothill College/Krause Center for Innovation, and CUE. Previously, Kim spent 10 years in the classroom, most recently as a technology teacher for a 1:1 program for grades 1-8 in Northern California. Her students won several awards in the California Student Media Festival. Kim has presented at several state and local conferences, including Colorado TIE, ASTE, ITSC, and CUE. She is thrilled to be a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps Certified Trainer, STAR Discovery Educator, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Kim earned her B.A. degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Kim holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Supplemental Teaching Credentials in Computer Applications and Spanish.
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.
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.
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.
I have been working in education for 6 years during which I was classically trained as a high school science teacher in the Napa Valley. I currently work for NapaLearns, a Non-Profit company dedicated to promoting innovative instruction and technology. My current position is to support the EdTech side of our districts PBL and BYOD initiative. I am also an Instructor for Touro Universities in their Master in Educational Technology program as well as help tech-ify our county BTSA program. During my free time I help manage my local CUE affiliate, the greatest organization dedicated to supporting Edtech in the North Bay area.
Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
President & CEO, EdTechTeam, Inc.
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.