The Google Apps for Education Latin America Summit brings together world-class educational technology leaders.
All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees,
or teachers with local success stories!
Keynote Day 1: Jaime Casap
Jaime Casap is the Senior Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. With more than 15 years of technology experience, he is responsible for working with K12 educational institutions and organizations to bring current and future technological innovations into the education environment. Mr. Casap evangelizes the power of technology and the use of Google tools, such as Google Apps and Chromebooks, to help students build the skills needed to succeed, close the digital divide, and help level the playing field. He has worked with hundreds of school systems and states to build the capability to bring Google tools to millions of teachers and students.
Mr. Casap is also a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes in organizational behavior, leadership, and innovation. He serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for New Global Citizens and the Arizona STEM Education Program, and is a member of the Digital Education Council. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s from Arizona State University.
We have been discussing the integration of technology in education for as long as most of us can remember. In his keynote, Jaime will examine technology's role in education and why now it's no longer a question of whether we should integrate technology in education, but rather it is now a question of how we can leverage it to build the skills students will need to compete on a global scale.
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Keynote Day 2: William Florance
William leads Google’s Enterprise engagement with the Education Sector across Europe, Middle East and Africa where he and histeam are responsible for promoting the adoption and use of Google’s technology within educational institutions including both University and School sectors. William is an advocate for open education resources, equal access, and choice, thus ensuring no learner is excluded from opportunity.
Prior to joining Google, William was Head of International Sales and Marketing for Elluminate, Inc. (now Blackboard Collaborate). With Elluminate William and his team were intimately involved with the growth and widespread use of real-time collaboration solutions around the world with leading institutions such as The Open University in the UK, the National eLearning Centre in Saudi Arabia, and schools in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Throughout his career, William has had experience providing technology solutions for a broad range of industries. Home is outside London where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Spotlight Speaker: Chris Craft, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning educator and speaker based in South Carolina. He teaches students Spanish and Latin at CrossRoads Middle School in Columbia. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for innovative teaching with technology. 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 Apps EDU Certified Trainer. Find out more about Chris at www.christophercraft.com or follow him on Twitter @crafty184.
Juan De Luca
Juan is an experienced educator who is passionate about Educational Technology. He looks for creative and meaningful ways to integrate technology in order to leverage learning in K-12 and Higher Ed. classrooms.
Currently, Juan serves as the Extended Learning Coordinator in the American School Foundation (ASF) in Mexico City. He is in charge of over 25 after school activities including the Arts, Languages, Sports and Technology. He worked 3 years as a Digital Literacy Coach also at ASF, training K-12 teachers on the use of technology and planning exciting projects in the classrooms. Juan is currently teaching the SUNY Certificate in Educational Technologies, part of the Master's in Multidisciplinary Studies offered at ASF.
Juan has a Master's in Educational Technology and Training. He is a Google Certified Teacher, a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and an Apple Distinguished Educator.
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Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and lifelong learner. Currently, she is a 5th grade social studies teacher and technology developer in New York City. She has taught 4th graders in Los Angeles, and has been an elementary technology coordinator, a university technology specialist, an online teacher, a curriculum developer, and a research assistant. She is passionate about project-based learning and using technology like Google Apps to open her students up to collaboration and to the world! She is particularly passionate about international education, and was recently based out of India as a secondary technology integrator at an American school. She loves working with international teachers to find out how technology can make learning come alive for their students. She has been a conference and webinar presenter for ISTE and CUE, and she has lead educational workshops in Canada, the US, Jamaica, Austria, and the Czech Republic - on topics such as Google Apps, iPad applications in the classroom, professional development, curriculum development, project-based learning, grant-writing, and global collaboration.
Her Master's degree is in educational technology. Her research focused on exploring how real-world science projects using technology increased student motivation. She is interested in research experiences for teachers, and has helped bring the world of science and social studies to her students as an NOAA Teacher at Sea, Earthwatch Educator Fellow, PolarHusky Teacher Explorer, JR Teacher at Sea, National Geographic Challenge Teacher, NEH Fellow, and participant in a wide range of projects - from learning archaeology in Wisconsin, and helping build shelters for sick Tasmanian devils in Australia, to dog-sledding in Scandinavia. She enjoys reaching out and volunteering with international organizations, and currently is collaborating with teacher education projects in Jamaica and Nepal.
Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
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, which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit entities around the world.
In this capacity, Dr. Wagner was the director of the Google Teacher Academy from 2008-2012. He has also been the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), the director of professional development for California Vision Technologies (CVT), and the provider of the technology module for Orange County’s Administrator Training Program program. He also works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other for-profit entities 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.
Patty has 19 years of experience as an educator. She believes in the dire necessity of evolving and innovating education by seamlessly integrating technology and 21st Century skills; guiding educators to appeal, motivate, and teach their technological native students.
Currently, Patty contributes as a Digital Literacy Coach in the American School Foundation (ASF) in Mexico City. She guides teachers, administrators, parents and students through the world of digital fluency using diverse media and applications. Patty is currently teaching the SUNY Certificate in Educational Technologies, part of the Master's in Multidisciplinary Studies offered at ASF.
Patty has a Master's in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama. She is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and an Apple Distinguished Educator.
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