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The Midwest Google Apps Summit is a two day, hands on conference that focuses on integrating Google Apps for Education in K-12 and Higher Ed learning environments.  All presentations will be from the Google Education Trainers, Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps savvy educators and local Googley talent.

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Monday, November 17
 

9:45am

Engaging Learners in Collaborative Reflection with Google Hangouts On Air
This session demonstrates how to design learning experiences that incorporate Google Hangouts On Air and digital portfolios to foster students’ metacognitive thinking when engaging in the research, composition and the peer review process. This session will demonstrate how educators can assess student created content and support the workflow of helping students to curate these new products of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline D. Haebig

Caroline D. Haebig

Digital Learning, School District of New Berlin
Caroline D. Haebig works for the School District of New Berlin, a pK-12 district, in New Berlin, WI leading change by redefining learning using maker technology and design thinking, specializing in coaching for educators and administrators.


Monday November 17, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Wilderness 2/5

11:00am

Google Forms: The Basics
Learn how to use Google Forms to gather student data, facilitate workflow, and plan professional meetings. Google Forms are a simple way to get going with all of these tasks. This session will review simple examples and provide participants with the ability to create their own Google Form.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline D. Haebig

Caroline D. Haebig

Digital Learning, School District of New Berlin
Caroline D. Haebig works for the School District of New Berlin, a pK-12 district, in New Berlin, WI leading change by redefining learning using maker technology and design thinking, specializing in coaching for educators and administrators.


Monday November 17, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

11:00am

Three's Company - Avoiding a Comedy of Errors when Communicating with Groups
Have you ever noticed that there are many ways to communicate with groups in the Google tools? Come find out what your options are, how to look professional, and work effectively when communicating with groups of people. Avoid unknowingly making errors when working with the masses in tools like Google Groups, Google+, Google Contacts, Gmail, Documents, and Calendar.

Speakers
avatar for Hank Thiele

Hank Thiele

Superintendent, Community High School District 99


Monday November 17, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 1

1:00pm

Become a Spreadsheet Wizard
Do you find yourself constantly making tables in documents to try to convey a concept? Do you wonder what these spreadsheets are and why anyone would want to use one? Come discovery the sorcery behind a spreadsheet and find that it will be your favorite tool for sharing information. Learn simple tricks that will amaze your friends to powerful mind bending conjurations within spreadsheets.

Speakers
avatar for Hank Thiele

Hank Thiele

Superintendent, Community High School District 99


Monday November 17, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 1

1:00pm

Getting Ready to Go 1:1
Learn all about the process of getting ready to deploy 1,000 Chromebooks to incoming freshmen, faculty, and staff. Go behind the scenes of the preparation process and hear about implementation committees, site visits, professional development, pilot testing, and much more. Includes information on admin panel, web filter choices, insurance options, and attendees will walk away with links to materials and resources.

Moderators
avatar for Mina Marien

Mina Marien

Evanston Township High School, Evanston Township High School
Mina Marien is an instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, IL. She previously taught Latin and supported teachers in the World Languages department as an instructional coach. She loves working with students in classes throughout the school... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

2:15pm

Keeping IT Simple - Using Gmail, Calendar, and Google Drive
Overwhelmed with the number of emails in your Inbox? Can’t stay caught up with the latest extensions, web 2.0 applications, and other “cool tech tools”? Having trouble staying organized with all of your meeting or class notes? Take a closer look at one way to master the daily grind by using a few simple tools coupled with a system that integrates some of our favorite Google Tools. Encourage your students to do the same to help them start and stay on top of their busy lives.

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Wilderness 2/5

2:15pm

No Need to LMGTFY - Informal Q & A
No need to Let Me Google That For You! There has been almost a day of Googly learning! If you have any questions come in and get them answered! We will have some presenters and experienced Google Apps users availble to help you hit the ground running when you get back to your district. Stop on in and join the discussion! 

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Behmer

Stacy Behmer

Coordinator of Digital Learning & Media Center, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Stacy is a former elementary and middle school teacher and also spent some time as a district technology director. She is currently the Coordinator of Digital Learning & Media Services at Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she works with a team of digital learning consultants... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Gross

Jessica Gross

Web Content Coordinator, CESA 5
Jessica is the webmaster and web guru at CESA 5, offering professional experience and support with online and print marketing for CESA 5 departments and school districts. Jessica holds a BA in Legal Studies from University of Wisconsin - Madison and has been with CESA 5 since early... Read More →
avatar for Brian Scheibach

Brian Scheibach

Director of Technology Services, CESA 5
Director of Technology Services, CESA 5 Portage, WI
avatar for Hank Thiele

Hank Thiele

Superintendent, Community High School District 99


Monday November 17, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Tundra A/B

2:15pm

Putting a WHY behind the HOW: Purposeful Technology Integration using Google Tools
As device acquisition increases, how can we be sure that all educators are effectively integrating technology into their curriculum? Join this session to hear about one district's technology integration framework, and their focus on increasing student efficiency, teacher efficiency, and student learning. In addition, several Google tools will be shared to help teachers meet those goals in the classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Zurawski-Wathke

Jen Zurawski-Wathke

Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist, School District of West De Pere
Jen is a Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist for the School District of West De Pere. Jen has a passion for creatively blending the world of literacy and technology. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics including Google Apps... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Wilderness 1

3:30pm

YouTube: from Consumer to Creator
YouTube isn't just for funny videos anymore! Come to this session to learn about how to use YouTube in your school and classroom! Attendees will learn how to create their own channel and playlists, upload and edit videos, and use YouTube for flipping the classroom. Come to hear how one district is using YouTube for their curriculum department, school announcements, and school wide book talks. From the most basic YouTube skills to the most extensive, there will be something for everyone to take away from this presentation!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Zurawski-Wathke

Jen Zurawski-Wathke

Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist, School District of West De Pere
Jen is a Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist for the School District of West De Pere. Jen has a passion for creatively blending the world of literacy and technology. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics including Google Apps... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wilderness 1
 
Tuesday, November 18
 

8:30am

SAMR, ESM, and IPI: Tools to Measure and Propel Engagement Forward
In this session, we will explore a possible pathway for measuring success using an ethnographic and engagement lens. Together, we will review the functionality of various tools for capturing data and using this to drive your movement forward. Leaving this session, you’ll have a framework for advancement in learning and teaching while never losing sight that happiness, joy, and passions trump policies, procedures, and standardization.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Bretag

Ryan Bretag

Chief Innovation Officer, District 225
Ryan Bretag has spent 15 years in education as a secondary English educator and administrator. In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, he focuses on innovation in learning and teaching, whole-child education, and project management for district and building-wide technology initiatives... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Tundra C/D

8:30am

Training with 1:1 - Chromebook Professional Development Series
Thinking of going 1:1 or are you off the ground but not quite soaring? Take a look at some different models of technology professional development. How do various schools tackle PD and what are some ways you can effectively engage and rally teachers at your school? Suggestions and specific examples will be shared including in-person, blended, and online professional development opportunities for all.

Moderators
avatar for Mina Marien

Mina Marien

Evanston Township High School, Evanston Township High School
Mina Marien is an instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, IL. She previously taught Latin and supported teachers in the World Languages department as an instructional coach. She loves working with students in classes throughout the school... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Tundra A/B

9:45am

Google Chrome - More than just a fast browser.
Google Chrome has fast become a “must install” browser and is certainly the best choice for Google Apps. However, there is much more than you can do with Chrome, much of which gets underutilized. We’ll talk about signing in, managing your bookmarks, apps and extensions and more!

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Tundra A/B

9:45am

Let's Hangout! Collaborating with Google Hangouts!
Attendees will walk away with a firm understanding of how to incorporate Google+ Hangouts into their curriculum. Participants will hear examples of how one district is using Hangouts for literacy activities, school wide announcements, professional development and MUCH more!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Zurawski-Wathke

Jen Zurawski-Wathke

Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist, School District of West De Pere
Jen is a Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist for the School District of West De Pere. Jen has a passion for creatively blending the world of literacy and technology. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics including Google Apps... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Wilderness 1

9:45am

Reimagining Leadership for 10X Thinking
With many decisions facing schools, one thing should remain at the core: a future minded focus on learning and the learner experience. Growing that future minded environment requires us to reimagine leadership as co-designers of a organization that thinks big, never lands, and empowers. Come explore shifts that create conditions for agility and agency that foster 10x thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Bretag

Ryan Bretag

Chief Innovation Officer, District 225
Ryan Bretag has spent 15 years in education as a secondary English educator and administrator. In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, he focuses on innovation in learning and teaching, whole-child education, and project management for district and building-wide technology initiatives... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Tundra C/D

11:00am

Awesome Tables : Become a Data Hero
Come learn how to use the Awesome Tables script with Google Spreadsheets and Sites. This is the easiest tool you will ever use with the most powerful results. Learn how to display, analyze, and share data in a snap and become a hero back at school! Capes are optional for this session but will be mandatory when you are done.

Speakers
avatar for Hank Thiele

Hank Thiele

Superintendent, Community High School District 99


Tuesday November 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Glacier A/B

11:00am

Google Apps for the Administrator
The best way to create a common culture around innovative teaching practices is to lead by example. This session focuses on how people who are in administrative roles can leverage Google Apps to create a culture of innovation and collaboration while building upon established administrative norms. Focus areas are on Google Apps for communication and workflow as well as Google Drive organization.

Speakers
avatar for David Freeburg

David Freeburg

Elementary Associate Principal, Eden Prairie Public Schools
David Freeburg works for the Eden Prairie Public Schools as an elementary Associate Principal. In this role he works to support students and, teachers with learning experiences that can be leveraged for personalized learning opportunities. He uses his background as a Google Certified... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

11:00am

SAMR, ESM, and IPI: Tools to Measure and Propel Engagement Forward
In this session, we will explore a possible pathway for measuring success using an ethnographic and engagement lens. Together, we will review the functionality of various tools for capturing data and using this to drive your movement forward. Leaving this session, you’ll have a framework for advancement in learning and teaching while never losing sight that happiness, joy, and passions trump policies, procedures, and standardization.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Bretag

Ryan Bretag

Chief Innovation Officer, District 225
Ryan Bretag has spent 15 years in education as a secondary English educator and administrator. In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, he focuses on innovation in learning and teaching, whole-child education, and project management for district and building-wide technology initiatives... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tundra C/D

1:00pm

Above & Beyond - Templates, Apps, and nerdy Google Drive Tips
This session will focus on all of the "add ons", apps, and other tips and tricks that will elevate your use of Google Drive!

Speakers
avatar for Andy Crozier

Andy Crozier

Superintendent, Andrew CSD
Andy Crozier is the Superintendent of Andrew Community Schools in Andrew, IA and Easton Valley Community Schools in Preston, IA. Andy has lead professional development for superintendents, principals, technology directors, and teachers in many different areas of educational technology... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 4

1:00pm

No need to LMGTFY - Informal Q & A
No need to Let Me Google That For You! There has been a couple great days of Googly learning! If you have any questions come in and get them answered! We will have some presenters and experienced Google Apps users availble to help you hit the ground running when you get back to your district. Stop on in and join the discussion! 

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Behmer

Stacy Behmer

Coordinator of Digital Learning & Media Center, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Stacy is a former elementary and middle school teacher and also spent some time as a district technology director. She is currently the Coordinator of Digital Learning & Media Services at Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she works with a team of digital learning consultants... Read More →
avatar for Karl Hehr

Karl Hehr

Technology Director, Ames Community Schools
Tech director @ Ames CSD. Passionate, driven & outspoken advocate for change in education. Apple fanboy, CCA, DEN Star Educator & Google Certified Trainer.
avatar for Hank Thiele

Hank Thiele

Superintendent, Community High School District 99


Tuesday November 18, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sandstone 8/9