EdTechTeam Global Summits featuring Google for Education
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Hong Kong Summit Featuring Google for Education

Sept 19 & 20, 2015
The Independent Schools Foundation Academy

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 Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, practicing administrators, and other solution providers.

The Independent Schools Foundation Academy
Hong Kong, China
Sept 19 & 20, 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

2:45PM - 3:30PM

Closing Keynote


Open to attendees from around the globe

The Summit includes two keynote presentations, 7 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 Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Employees, or teachers with local successful stories!

Keynote Presenters

  • Suan Yeo Google Australia
  • Kimberley Hall Melbourne, Australia
  • Holly Clark Portland, Oregon

Spotlight Speakers

  • Jim Sill EdTechTeam, Inc.
  • Ken Shelton Los Angeles, California
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The Independent Schools Foundation Academy

Introduction to The ISF Academy

The ISF Academy is a non-profit, Foundation Year (K3) to Grade 12, Private Independent School, emphasizing Chinese language and culture, with a global perspective. By drawing the best from the East and the West, The ISF Academy seeks to educate students for life in the 21st century, nurturing global citizens who are problem solvers, lateral thinkers and leaders able to thrive amidst uncertainty and social changes in a rapidly evolving global society. In the past, education has been shaped by the needs of the Industrial Age with an emphasis on discrete fields of study, linear thinking and intellectual conformity. In the Information Age, however, education demands applied creativity, innovation, diversity, interdisciplinary approaches, and effective multi-sensory communication. Students must learn to embrace change and lead innovation.

The ISF Academy’s learning programs develop students who reflect the School’s key descriptors: Independent, Chinese, Global. Our students develop independence by learning to think critically, communicate effectively and by participating in experiential learning programs which promote self-esteem, responsibility and compassion. ISF students are strongly connected to Chinese culture through language immersion in a rich Chinese cultural setting, and deep appreciation of Chinese traditions and moral values. ISF students also have a rich global engagement,physically through exposure to other countries and cultures, and intellectually through mastery of the English language and particularly through the globally oriented curricula of the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Our students engage in purposeful learning activities that help them master the skills of analysis, develop perspective and judgment, respect all living things, as well as communicate, connect, and be empowered to act within the community at large.

At The ISF Academy, we live by the principles of our core values: The Eight Virtues + One. We expect our students to embody these values, as they grow to become active and ethical members of society. The Eight Virtues + One are put into practice through the daily personal interactions within our school, through local community service, and through service projects abroad. All members of our learning community are expected to live ‘virtuously’ and seek the ‘One’ – wisdom.

These guiding statements – our Vision, Mission, and Values – have been shaped by the following three questions:

Our School’s Vision, Mission, and Values provide the framework to guide the daily business of The ISF Academy. They inform our thinking, planning, and decisions. They are specific and are used to make intelligent choices between competing and equally meritorious ideas. They help The ISF Academy to make tough decisions about what to do, which initiatives to pursue or decline. All actions must be viewed through the ‘lens’ of our values framework, and actions must align with values.

Our Vision

The Independent Schools Foundation Academy is a community of learners, independent in thought and action, deeply rooted in Chinese culture, global in understanding and experience, and excellent in all endeavors.

Our Mission

The ISF Academy:

Our Core Values

The Eight Virtues + One (八德一智)

Grounded in Chinese culture and with a global prospective, The ISF Academy community lives and learns under core values that draw from the school’s Chinese heritage and which are updated to be relevant to today’s world. The Eight Virtues + Onegive members of our school community a strong foundation from which to think, decide, and act. It prepares our students to meet all future challenges as active and ethical members of society.

Zhi 智 (Intelligence and Wisdom)
智 (zhi) means making the right choices in life. Wise choices require more than high academic achievement or exemplary behavior. Wisdom stems from knowledge, experience, judgment and a clear set of values to know what is right. The Eight Virtues guide us in our reflections and behavior to make the right choices in our interactions within and outside the school community. The Eight Virtues culminate in the achievement of 智.

Zhong 忠 (Loyalty and Commitment)
The character 忠 (zhong) embodies the concept of loyalty and commitment to others and to ourselves. Through 忠, we show our devotion to people around us and to our own being. We are loyal to The ISF Academy, each other, our families and our community. In the community, we strive to be exemplary citizens of Hong Kong and the world. Among our peers, we stand by each other, help each other, and overcome all difficulties together. On a personal level, we are committed to our own values and principles, and we devote ourselves in the pursuit of our ideals, dreams, and passions, always striving for excellence.

Xiao 孝 (Respect and Obligation)
recog孝 (xiao) recognizes that we have an obligation toward our parents in our role as children, we respect our teachers in our role as students, and we respect and cherish our histories and traditions that define who we are. Xiao calls for an attitude of respect for not only those around us, but also for ourselves. Through 孝 we are connected to our past and our traditions; we are the inheritors and guardians of our culture, bridging the gap between the old and the new, building on the strengths of the past to create the future.

Ren 仁 (Compassion and Kindness)
We show kindness and care to all through 仁 (ren). We care for the natural world by being kind to all creatures and protecting the environment. We are kind and compassionate to those who are less fortunate than we are. We choose forgiveness over revenge, generosity of word and action over meanness. The character for 仁 depicts two people together, showing that 仁 is expressed outwardly, towards others. By treating each other with kindness and empathy, we move beyond difference and indifference, to create common ground and become one with those around you.

Ai 愛 (Love and Passion)
愛 (ai), or love, is an expression of our passion in life. We give our best in all of our endeavors; nothing is ‘half- hearted’. We show a love of learning and intellectual curiosity that goes beyond the classroom. We immerse ourselves in our hobbies and interests and appreciate the achievements of others. 愛 means that we find happiness in our friendships, with our families and our loved ones.

Li 禮 (Etiquette and Ceremony) The spirit of 禮 (li) is found in the exemplary, cultured behavior of the true gentleman or lady. In 禮we find the rules and precepts that constrain our actions, and mold our routines and interactions. 禮 also shapes our school discipline and ceremonies, providing signposts and rules to guide us through life. A person with 禮 treats others with courtesy and respect. We control our impulses and act after careful consideration. Our ceremonies and formal actions express 禮, showing our deep understanding and respect for our core values.

Yi 義 (Principles and Justice)
義 (yi) embodies the quality of being principled, committed to justice, and standing up for our beliefs. We believe in fairness, that right will prevail, and that we are all held accountable for our own actions. We show personal integrity in all that we do; we strive for higher standards that go beyond what is expedient, convenient, or arbitrary. We believe in justice in society and support it with our actions. We are trustworthy and always ready to help those around us.

He 和 (Harmony and Tolerance)
We live in moderation, tolerance, good humor and joy through the virtue of 和 (he). We control our tempers and promote peace. We seek to include and embrace others, replacing confrontation with understanding. We are peacemakers, avoiding words and actions that might cause unnecessary misunderstanding or conflicts. We seek to live with nature. We recognize that to achieve harmony, we need to give generously and receive graciously. We promote international and cross-cultural understanding.

Ping 平 (Balance and Equality)
平 (ping) means balance and equality. We know that in all dimensions of life there is a time for work, a time for rest, and a time for play. Through 平 we learn to find the balance between external demands and internal desires. Equality in our community is both the right and the responsibility of each member. We share common aspirations and goals that consider all genders, ethnicities, faiths, beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds, and physical abilities to be equal. 平 is closely tied to the concept of 和 (he): when we place these two characters together, they form the word ‘peace’ (和平). The ISF Academy strives to be a place of balance and peace.

History

Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong’s strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea has made it one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities.

Hong Kong as we know it today was born when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. Within 60 years, Kowloon, the New Territories and 235 Outlying Islands were also leased to Britain. However, the history of the more than 1100 square kilometres that Hong Kong now occupies predates the events of the Qing dynasty by more than a thousand years. And, as you explore the city’s colourful heritage, you’ll discover stories of powerful clans, marauding pirates and European traders. 

From its earliest days as a British colony, Hong Kong served as a centre of international trade. In the turbulent years of the early 20th century, the city’s population was bolstered by refugees, mostly from China. The arrival of immigrants in large numbers helped launch a new role for Hong Kong as a major manufacturing hub. It also brought economically stimulating energy and industry to the city’s character. In recent decades, as the economy of Mainland China has undergone a process of opening up, Hong Kong has transformed yet again – this time into a service-based economy as well as an important gateway to the world’s largest market.

Under the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 1 July 1997. This arrangement allows the city to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.

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Language and Culture

Hong Kong can mostly thank its colonial history and international harbour for the rich blend of cultures that give it its unique character. While the majority of the city’s population are Chinese speakers, simply walking the streets will expose you to a medley of Asian and European languages.

Chinese

Cantonese, a minority dialect of Mainland China, is spoken by 88 per cent of people in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, other Chinese dialects, such as Hakka, Taishanese and Teochiu are also present, as is Mandarin of course – China’s official dialect, which has become more widely spoken in Hong Kong since the reunification in 1997.

English

From Hong Kong’s establishment as a colonial port, through its period as a manufacturing hub, and up until its current role as an international financial centre, the city’s population has always looked outwards. As a result, English is widely spoken. Today, it is the language of preference in the government, business and tourism sectors. All official signs and public transport announcements, as well as most menus, are bilingual. As a visitor, you can expect to encounter minimal problems communicating in English as most taxi drivers, salespeople, tourism industry employees and police have reached competent levels of the language. In fact, many locals even pepper their Chinese speech with English words and phrases.

Multiculturalism

The comfort with which these languages and dialects co-exist reflects the high level of cultural tolerance in Hong Kong, where multiple denominations of Christian churches share space with Chinese joss houses; Buddhist, Taoist and Sikh temples; mosques and synagogues. Moreover, the presence of enduring and ancient cultures in a society that has had to constantly adapt to change has created a unique contemporary culture that is a true mixture of tradition and innovation. Hong Kong is where you’ll see elderly men playing ancient Chinese board games on digital tablets, where Christmas is celebrated with as much fervour as Chinese New Year,  and where state-of-the-art skyscrapers are designed in consultation with feng shui

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Climate

Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasons. The only predictable weather events that could have a significant impact on your travel plans are typhoons.

Typhoon season begins in May and ends in November. When a typhoon is approaching, warnings are broadcast on television and radio. There are various degrees of warning signals issued by the Hong Kong Observatory, but when the no. 8 signal is in place, most businesses and shops close down and flights may be cancelled. There is a separate warning system for heavy rain.

You can find detailed information about current and seasonal weather on the Hong Kong Observatory website. While you’re in Hong Kong, you can also dial 1878 200 and press ‘3’ for English to check the latest situation.

What to expect from Hong Kong’s seasons

Spring (March to May)
Temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool.
Average Temperature: 17oC – 26 oC

Summer (June to August)
Hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperature can exceed 31°C but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter.
Average Temperature: 26oC – 31 oC

Autumn (September to November)
There are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong.
Average Temperature: 19oC – 28 oC

Winter (December to February)
Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas.
Average Temperature: 12oC – 20 oC

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Transportation

There are plenty of ways to get around Hong Kong, whether it’s by taxi, ferry, rail, bus or tram. The city claims one of the world’s safest, most efficient and frequent public transport systems and a convenient payment method in the form of the Octopus Card.

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Some useful websites:

Discover Hong Kong
GovHK
Hong Kong Observatory

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


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.


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

Portland, Oregon

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.

 

Summit Presenters


Jim Sill

EdTechTeam, Inc.

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.


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.

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.