EdTechTeam Global Summits featuring Google for Education
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April 28 & 29, 2015
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

This EdTechTeam Pennsylvania Summit featuring Google for Education is a collaborative effort between Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, and additional Eastern Pennsylvania Intermediate Units.

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.

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Lebanon, PA
April 28 & 29, 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


8:30AM - 9:30AM


10:00AM - 11:00AM

Session 1

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Session 2

12:30PM - 1:30PM


1:30PM - 2:30PM

Session 3

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Session 4

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Demo Slam

Day 2

7:30AM - 8:30AM


8:30AM - 9:30AM


10:00AM - 11:00AM

Session 5

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Session 6

12:30PM - 1:30PM


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.

Pre-Summit Workshops

Introducing One Day Pre-Summit Workshops

This one-day experience is designed to inform, inspire, and empower educational leaders. Workshops include sessions for leaders, educators, and technical staff. Breakfast and lunch are provided for all ticketed workshops.

April 27, 2015 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

GET Authorized Bootcamp (for Trainers)

Google Educator Trainer (GET) Train the Trainer (T3) Bootcamp serves two purposes: to raise awareness about how Google tools can be used in education to; ignite inquiry, promote collaboration, and allow for authentic publishing and sharing, (with students and among colleagues), and to prepare participants to pass the Google Educator Test and submit their certification application. Become a Google Educator to be recognized for your mastery.

Each session includes an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Educator Training Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google for teaching, learning, and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to help new users quickly understand the “core magic” of each app - and to challenge veteran users by revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined. The experience is grounded in Google culture, complete with high-energy fast-paced demonstrations and challenging activities that can truly be called “hard fun.” There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps - or for passing the Google Educator tests.

Important Notes: Certification is not included in the bootcamp (passing five tests, submitting an application, and approval from Google are required following the event). Taking tests and applying for certification is not necessary for participating in the bootcamp.

Google for Educational Leaders

This one-day experience is designed to inform, inspire, and empower educational leaders. Make the most of the free tools Google offers educational institutions. Understand the Google Apps suite, and how your support staff can manage student and teacher accounts. Be prepared to make decisions regarding the benefits (and limitations) of Chromebooks and Nexus devices. And learn which tools in the Google Apps Marketplace, the Chrome Web store, and Google Drive might best benefit your organization. This session also includes a segment focused on maximizing your own productivity with Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and more time-saving collaborative tools. Informed by case studies and best practices, this workshop is your best preparation for the two-day institute that follows.

Admin Console Technical Retreat

Do you manage Google Apps for your school or district? Have you configured your Admin Console around the best practices? The default console does not come configured for a school environment so find out what settings you really should change by attending this technical session. In the session will provide a deep dive of the Admin Console, which will include tips on how to manage users, groups, services and Chromebooks with ease. As well as a look at the third party services which will make your life easier and protect and secure your domain.

Topics covered include:

  • EDU focused Admin Console best practices
  • Deep dive walkthrough
  • OU Structures
  • Services
  • Groups
  • Chromebooks
  • Essential Third Party Tools
  • Deployment Best Practices
  • Asset Management
  • Troubleshooting
  • Security and Compliance
  • Backup
  • User Training
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!

Master of Ceremonies and Featured Speaker

  • Ken Shelton Los Angeles, California

Keynote Speakers

  • Jaime Casap Chief Education Evangelist
  • Lisa Thumann Director of Professional Development

Spotlight Speakers

  • Tracy Arner
  • Kim Meldrum Pedagogical Consultant
  • Ken Shelton Los Angeles, California
  • Dee Lanier
  • Tanya Avrith Amplified IT
  • Donnie Piercey Google Geo in EDU
    Teacher Advisory Board Member
  • Matt North

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Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services to school districts and communities across the state. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose of improving student learning.

IU 13 serves the 22 public school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as students in nonpublic schools, preschoolers, and adult learners throughout Pennsylvania.

IU 13 also administers the Harrisburg location of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). PaTTAN, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, works in partnership with families and education agencies to support programs and services to improve student learning and achievement.

Host City:

The city is situated in the center of Lancaster County, and its seven square miles are packed with art, museums, historical attractions, restaurants and cafes, theatres, shops and boutiques. A great deal of the city’s charm stems from the stories, architecture, and traditions rooted in its rich history.

Nearby Points of Interest

Explore the Arts From paintings and sculpture to photography and mosaics, the streets of Downtown Lancaster (particularly its “Gallery Row”) and the neighboring towns and villages hold plenty of art for any taste and style. Varieties of pottery, drawings, homemade jewelry and much more are available for purchasing or simply admiring. Peruse galleries for that perfect painting, and meet artists in person throughout Downtown Lancaster during First Fridays. Many museums are also filled with artistic creations, ranging from historical collections to hands-on activities.

Discover Amazing Flavors Lancaster County is the Garden Spot of America, and nowhere else is that more evident than at our farmers’ markets. The foods are picked-that-day fresh, conversations are neighborly, and the character is undeniably welcoming. It’s that same character that flows through the towns that these markets call home - Lancaster, Bird-in-Hand, Columbia, and Ephrata - they’re the Market Towns that offer a truly fresh taste of all Pennsylvania Dutch Country has to offer.

Additionally, you’re in for a treat when you dine at one of Lancaster County’s fine restaurants. Select mouth-watering dishes from eclectic menus, often featuring fresh, local ingredients!

Bring the Kids! No need to worry about your kids getting bored exploring the creative side PA Dutch County! Take them to kid-friendly museums such as the Hands-on House Children’s Museum, North Museum of Natural History & Science, National Toy Train Museum and the new Lancaster Science Factory - all offer interactive activities and events designated to show the little ones an educational and entertaining time.

Hotel Recommendations

Cork Factory Hotel
480 New Holland Ave #3000
Lancaster, PA 17602

It’s a destination completely of its own. Cork Factory Hotel at Urban Place is ideally situated in the historic City of Lancaster and has been meticulously preserved to retain its original spirit. Cork Factory Hotel is encompassed by the factory’s original brick interior walls and exposed wood ceilings. Stay in beautifully converted guest rooms and luxury suites, If 19th century brick walls and wood ceilings could talk, they would speak a familiar narrative. Enterprise & industry. American vision. An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. The buildings that make up Cork Factory Hotel once housed the historic Armstrong Cork and Kerr Glass companies. Today, the hotel preserves and honors that history. And it is not just in the architecture, it’s the attitude: honest, authentic and welcoming.

Wingate by Wyndham Lancaster
2110 Lincoln Hwy E
Lancaster, PA 17602

Wingate by Wyndham Lancaster / PA Dutch Country hotel near Tanger Outlets is located off Route 30. The Lancaster, PA, hotel helps you start each morning right with free hot continental breakfast and a free copy of USA Today. Take advantage of the comforts and conveniences offered in each guest room, like free Wi-Fi Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, microwaves and refrigerators. Unwind in the fitness center and whirlpool, or stop in at the 24-hour sundry shop. Handicapped-accessible rooms are available at this non-smoking hotel.

Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center
2300 Lincoln Hwy E
Lancaster, PA 17602

The Lancaster Host Resort is your full service resort in Pennsylvania, surrounded by the regions’s leading attractions. Located right across from Dutch Wonderland, and minutes away from The American Music Theatre and Sight and Sound Theatre. Grounds include a scenic 1.9 mile long trail for hiking and jogging and two refreshing swimming pools, one indoors and one outdoors, both heated.

Hampton Inn
545 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA

A comfy hotel in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Unwind in a spacious guest room at Hampton Inn Lancaster, a 129-room hotel located 35 miles from Harrisburg International Airport. The hotel is situated in the middle of the famous Amish Country and is accessible by a half-mile drive from the main highway. Whether you’re traveling on business or on vacation with your loved ones, you’ll enjoy free in-room internet access, a fitness room and pool, and Hampton’s free hot breakfast. Savor delicious waffles and oatmeal, and enjoy as much juice and coffee as you’d like. Recline on our signature clean and fresh Hampton bed®, available as one king-sized or two queen-sized. Vacationing families and group bookings can enjoy the two beds and a pull-out sleeper-sofa in our Family mini-suite. The Hampton Inn Lancaster is a great choice for a hotel in Lancaster, PA.

Travel Information

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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:


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.


Master of Ceremonies and Featured Speaker

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.


Keynote Presenters

Jaime Casap

Chief Education Evangelist

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Jaime is a member of the Google for Education Team and works across other Google teams, including, Google Fiber, the Google Policy Team, the YouTube Team, and the Google Capital Team.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education and access, including South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu,) the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is on the GSV Advisors Advisory Board. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes and guest lectures.

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.


Summit Presenters

Tracy Arner

Tracy Arner, Coordinator of Innovation and Learner Engagement at Riverside Unified School District is responsible for the management of the Google Apps for Education and Haiku Learning Management System domains along with many of the other district wide applications for the 43,000 students and corresponding parents and 4,000 teachers/staff members. Ms. Arner began her career in education 12 years ago when she accidentally discovered an affinity and passion for inspiring teachers to implement technology in the classroom. Ms. Arner is constantly searching for innovative ways to use technology in the classroom and coaching and encouraging teachers to try new things to increase engagement and improve student learning. Ms. Arner attends and speaks at conferences around the country regarding ways to inspire teachers to be innovative and break new ground using multiple forms of technology in the classroom, especially leveraging the technology that students carry with them everyday. She supports the idea of educational democracy and allowing students to have a voice in how they demonstrate evidence of learning.

Kim Meldrum

Pedagogical Consultant

Kim Meldrum currently holds an Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is an experienced educator, administrator, Google Education Trainer and pedagogical consultant. Kim has more than twenty years experience in the field of education in Canada, as well as in South Africa where she volunteered to train teachers in an isolated Homeland. Kim possesses extensive knowledge in designing teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of divergent students. She is passionate about student learning and literacy development. Kim is a Pedagogical Consultant responsible for Technology Innovation and Digital Citizenship in her District. She is currently instrumental in the development and pedagogical support of one to one initiatives and her District’s implementation of GAFE, (Google Apps for Education).

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.

Dee Lanier

Sociologist turned Technologist, Dee Lanier is a passionate and energetic educator and learner with over a decade of instructional experience on the K-12 and collegiate level. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race-relations, and inequality. From 2007-2012 Dee served at Crossroads Charter HS as a full-time Vocational Studies teacher, Testing Coordinator and Title I Director. Dee most recently served as the Technology Catalyst for the Lower School at Trinity Episcopal School and is currently the Executive Director of UNCOMMEN, a nonprofit organization that leverages technology for social change, and is a board member of Charlotte Lab School. Dee is also a featured speaker at several educational technology conferences and curator of all things #thinkopen.

Tanya Avrith

Amplified IT

Tanya Avrith, M.A., EdTech, is a pedagogical consultant with Amplified IT, living in South Florida. She is a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator. Tanya previously served as the Lead Educational Technology and Digital Citizenship Teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada where she was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district wide Digital Citizenship Program (dcp.lbpsb.qc.ca). Tanya has presented to thousands of educators, students, and parents from all over Canada and the United States addressing strategies for learning how to harness the power of social media. She also helps plan and execute large scale deployments and professional development plans for iPad and Chromebook initiatives.

Donnie Piercey

Google Geo in EDU
Teacher Advisory Board Member

Donnie Piercey works in a hybrid role as a fifth grade teacher and district technology integration specialist for Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky. He is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom [website](http://www.mrpiercey.com). Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his eight year teaching career.

Donnie received a B.A. in Theology from Asbury University and got his Masters in Education from Auburn University (Montgomery). Donnie is also a Google Certified Teacher, an authorized Google Education Trainer, the Kentucky liaison to North Bay CUE, and a Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board (GTAB) member.

He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

Matt North

Matt North has over 12 years working in the Information Technology field with 8 of those years devoted to technology in K-12 education. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a bachelors in Business Management. For the last 6 years Matt has also founded a business providing part time IT support for local businesses. He specializes in network and systems design, AD administration/integration, and general repair. Matt is also a Google Certified Administrator.

Matt has been on the technology staff with Lowndes County Schools(LCS) in Valdosta, Georgia for 8 years. LCS adopted GAFE three years ago and have experienced many victories and learned from mistakes along the way. He and his team have successfully rolled out a 1:1 Chromebook and tablet pilot 6 months ago, and have recently added to that project with 1000 more Chromebooks and Chromebases for specific grade levels.


Ken Zimmerman

Ken graduated from Millersville University with a BSed in Spanish Education with certification k-12. He completed his MSed in Curriculum and Instruction with a Focus in Technology at Capella University. Previously, Ken taught Spanish I-V at the HS level, served as a World Languages Department Instructional Facilitator and district wide Technology Integration Coach. Currently, Ken is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Digital Media at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 where he coordinates the Instructional Media Services (IMS). He provides professional development in the use of instructional technologies and strategies focusing on engaging and increasing student achievement. In addition, Ken provides professional development for educators who are part of the PA Hybrid Learning Institute focusing on blended learning instructional strategies.

Diahann Snisky

Technology Integration Specialist

Diahann Snisky works as a Technology Integration Specialist for Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21. CLIU21 provides services for 14 public school districts, 2 career and technical centers, non-public, private and charter schools. She attended Shippensburg University and earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Library Science. Throughout her career she has continued her education at a few institutions. Graduate school in Information Literacy at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned her Masters Degree in Education with a focus on K-12 Technology at DeSales University along with a certification as an instructional Technology Specialist.She then attended the Pennsylvania State University graduate school and received a certification in Educational Administration.

She currently provides training and staff development in curriculum and technology integration for educators. Designing and developing programs and teacher in-service courses. Mrs. Snisky provides leadership and support to school districts. She is a trained online facilitator for online PD courses/integrating online learning into ongoing PD.

Ann Johnston

Program Specialist for Instructional Technology Services

Ann Johnston serves as the Program Specialist for Instructional Technology Services at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit (LIU) #12, which supports 25 school districts, charter schools, career and technology schools, and non-public schools across Adams, Franklin, and York Counties. In this role, Ms. Johnston provides leadership, consultation, and professional learning opportunities in all areas of educational technology to districts and schools in the LIU region and beyond. This year, Ann is a hybrid learning coach as part of the PA Hybrid Learning Institute. In addition, she teaches graduate courses for Eduspire.

Ms. Johnston has Pennsylvania certifications as a K-12 Principal and as an Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS). She received her principal certification through the Johns Hopkins University/International Society for Technology in Education School Administration and Supervisory graduate certificate program, and her ITS certification from Philadelphia University. She has an M.S. Ed. in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University, a K-12 Integration Technology certificate from Penn State University, and a B.A. in French from Franklin and Marshall College and her certification as a French teacher through Millersville University. Ann taught grades 7 – 12 for 12 years at the Fairfield Area School District.

Karen Ditzler

Karen Ditzler is the Instructional Technology Specialist at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU #15). Karen taught second grade for ten years in West Shore School District. She was also an Instructional Integration Advisor at the elementary level. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in Elementary Education, Early Childhood and a Masters in Reading. Karen also completed her Instructional Technology Specialist certification through Clarion University. Karen is a Google Certified Teacher and a STAR Discovery Educator. She is passionate about infusing technology into education and finding ways for students and teachers to connect with people around the world.

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