EdTechTeam Global Summits featuring Google for Education
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Bahrain Featuring Google for Education

April 24 & 25, 2015
Al Hekma International 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.

Al Hekma International School
Sanad, Bahrain
April 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

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.

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

  • Mark Garrison Director of Technology for White Bear Lake Area Schools
  • Ben Friesen Director of Professional Development
  • Chrystal Hoe Tech Integration Coordinator, Hopkinton Public Schools

Spotlight Speakers

  • Mark Wagner, Ph.D. President & CEO, EdTechTeam, Inc.
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Al Hekma International School

Al-Hekma International School (AHIS) is a co-educational international school offering an American curriculum to classes from Preschool through High School. The school was founded in 1985 and is fully accredited by the Bahraini Ministry of Education and the Middle States Association for Accreditation of Colleges & Schools (MSA) in the U.S.A.

AHIS’ mission is to be a leading international school in which students receive a comprehensive balanced education based on technology and academics while taking into account their social and cultural development. AHIS strives to create a confident and motivated lifelong learner who will further their aspirations and those of others.

Host City:

Bahrain is a country rich in history and culture, with ancient civilizations dating back to more than 5,000 years ago. The small desert island, located off the coast of Saudi Arabia, isn’t visible on a world map, yet there is no shortage of things to do and places to go. The country is known to be the most liberal in the region, with its vibrant nightlife and diverse culture drawing tens of thousands of tourists in annually.

Nearby Points of Interest:

A mix of tradition and modernization means getting to experience the best of both worlds, from the traditional souqs in Manama to the enormous malls in the city center. The ease of traveling within the island means there’s plenty of time to sightsee. The following sightseeing locations are of interest:

Manama Souq: The Manama Souq, located by Bab-Al-Bahrain, is a local market where you can shop for unique products such as traditional perfumes, jewelry, sweets, local handicrafts, antiques, handmade carpets, and much more.

Bahrain National Museum: Visitors to the museum will be taken on a journey through Bahrain’s history. The museum has halls displaying history about traditional handicrafts, burial mounds, ancient documents and manuscripts, Tylos, and the Islamic period.

Tree of Life: The Tree of Life is approximately 400 years old and is located in the middle of the desert. There is no apparent source of water and other vegetation for miles around. The survival of the tree remains a mystery. During the summer months, temperatures soar and reach up to 45°c and water sports such as jet skiing, sailing, and even pearl diving can be experienced. The mild and pleasant winters mean that rooftop lounges and outdoor sports such as golfing, tennis, and horseback riding can be enjoyed.

Hotel Recommendations

Hotels:

Movenpick Hotel Located right beside the airport, this five-star hotel has a magnificent view of a sprawling lagoon and plenty of amenities. The hotel is a 10 minute drive to the Manama city center and a 30 minute drive to AHIS.

143 Road 2403
Bahrain 1000, Muharraq, Bahrain
+973 1746 0000

Ritz Carlton This luxury hotel is a 20 minute drive from AHIS and is located in Manama, yet is far away from the city’s noise. The hotel has its own private beach, several pools, and a lounge with a sea view.

112 King Mohammed VI Ave
Seef 428, Bahrain
+973 1758 0000

The Gulf Hotel Located in Manama and 20 minutes away from AHIS, this hotel is in close proximity to downtown restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. The hotel is known for its spectacular service and has a wide range of amenities. The Gulf Hotel has several restaurants with cuisines ranging from Mexican to Thai to Italian.

Road No 3801
Manama, Bahrain
+973 1771 3000

Crowne Plaza The Crowne Plaza has excellent amenities including a health club and swimming pool. It is located in the heart of Manama and is 20 minutes away from AHIS.

P.O. Box No. 5831
Diplomatic Area, Manama, Bahrain
+973 1753 1122

Travel Information

Air Travel

Bahrain International Airport Located in Muharraq. The airport is 15 minutes away from Manama and 30 minutes away from Al-Hekma International School (AHIS).

Driving Directions

Upon arrival, visitors can choose to rent a car or take a cab. Public transportation is available, yet is not recommended, as bus timings are highly unpredictable. Driving in Bahrain is easy as the infrastructure is well developed and signs along the road clearly mark directions. A GPS can also be used to navigate through the country.

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


Mark Garrison

Director of Technology for White Bear Lake Area Schools

Mark Garrison is an innovative educator and a passionate advocate for technology in education. Garrison is currently the Director of Technology for White Bear Lake Area Schools in Minnesota. He earned a Masters in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota, is a Google Certified Teacher, adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota and was named one of 15 Youtube Star Teachers in 2011.

In 2002 Mark Garrison and his wife paddled 3,000 miles from the Minnesota border to the Arctic Ocean. They now live in Minneapolis where they raise three children and find adventure in everyday life.


Ben Friesen

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.


Chrystal Hoe

Tech Integration Coordinator, Hopkinton Public Schools

Chrystal Hoe is a Integration Coordinator and Certified Google Apps for Education Trainer. She presents and trains at conferences and workshops on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. Her background is Modern Language Pedagogy and she also holds a license in French, Educational Technology and Administration.

 

Summit Presenters


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.

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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