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Monday Keynote: Dean Shareski
Dean Shareski is a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom. Since late 2004 he has been immersed in understanding what the Read/Write Web is all about and how the new shape of knowledge changes how we all learn. Dean believes teachers and students ought to use technology to connect ideas and learners in safe, relevant, authentic ways to answer questions, share ideas and develop community. Learning can be, and should be, fun and personal. He was awarded the 2010 ISTE Award for Outstanding Leadership in Technology and Education. You can learn more at

Tuesday Author Keynote: Jarrett Krosoczka
Jarrett Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid.  Six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn’t stopped or slowed down since. He currently has authored twenty published books—ten picture books, nine graphic novels and his new chapter book—Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. His Lunch Lady series has twice won a Children's Choice Book Award, in the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year category, and was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. Jarrett's TED Talk, which chronicles his journey form boy to artist, has been viewed more than a half-million times. Both his Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are in development as feature films. While Jarrett awaits seeing his work adapted for the silver screen, he can be heard on The Book Report with JJK, his radio segment on Sirius XM's Kids Place Live. Jarrett is happily living out his childhood dream in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife and daughters and their pug, Ralph Macchio.

Sunday Spotlights

Mitch Dowhower
Mitch Dowhower is an expert in the field of Google Apps management. School districts across the world have benefited from Mitch's work. Wisconsin is one of the very first states that began Mitch's journey into Google Apps consulting. He has served as a spotlight speaker at every Google Apps Midwest Summit as well as the Google Apps Midwest Mini-Summits. Mitch serves as the Network Systems Administrator at the Northwest Area Education Agency in Sioux City, IA and holds a master's degree in organizational management. 

Naomi Harm
Naomi Harm, Master of Education in Professional Development, ME-PD, best known as an 21st century educational technology literacy specialist, welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise and best practices relating to technology infused teaching and learning environments. Her dynamic career focus includes many exciting and cutting edge jobs which include: an Intel National Senior Trainer, Google certified teacher, SMART certified trainer, certified online instructor, and manages her own "Innovative Educator" consulting corporation. Naomi is truly passionate about building global relationships with educational technology leaders, while engaging in meaningful and collaborative conversations to meet the needs of today's diverse learners.


Jennie Magiera
Jennie Magiera is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a network of 29 Chicago Public Schools. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and CPS’ 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, Jennie works to redefine education through digital learning. She explores how to leverage 1:1 devices such as Chromebooks and iPads to increase student metacognition, collaboration and creativity. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera.

Session 1: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

A.  Going Google! (beginning Google Admin Console) - Mitch Dowhowergafe pic

This workshop will assist your district with the beginning stages of going Google. Participants are urged to sign up for a Google Apps domain before the workshop. Topics will include an overview of the Google Admin Console and planning strategies.

B.  Any Device Will Do! Best Practices of BYOD Implementation, Classroom Management and Student Projects - Naomi Harm

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is more about instructional design and delivery, rather than tools, devices, or applications. Teachers who implement BYOD effectively also facilitate and nurture learning communities in their classrooms while recognizing the immediate needs of today’s digital age learners to collaborate, communicate, create, and think critically. This hands-on workshop will model effective mobile teaching and learning scenarios to implement a BYOD program in your K-12 schools and classrooms. The workshop is designed to increase your understanding of BYOD in order to lead to greater student engagement in learning and to empower teachers to design and create new compelling and motivating assignments.

The following topics will be addressed:
• Digital Age Learners and The 4 C’s of Digital Age Learning
• AUAIP's - Acceptible Use Academic Integrity Policies
• Building a Personal Learning Network
• Device Nuetral Strategies for Implementing BYOD
• Classroom Management Techniques and Solutions
• Project Based Learning for BYOD
• Levels of Instructional Technology Use


Session 2: 2 pm to 4 pm

C.  Google Apps Management (intermediate/advanced Google Admin Console)  - Mitch Dowhower

Do you already have Google Apps? This workshop will cover advanced methods of managing your Google Apps domain. Topics will include leveraging Google Apps Manager and FlashPanel to complete routine tasks more efficiently.

D.  Time Saving Scripts: Automate Your World with Google Scripts - Jennie Magieratime picture from

See how Google scripts can streamline your classroom, school and even life. From auto-graded spreadsheets, to forms that create their own calendar invitations or send automated emails, Google forms combined with some super scripts can truly automate your life.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will get to explore and play with four Google Scripts:
Doctopus & Goobric - For digitially distributing and sharing Google Docs, Presentations and Spreadsheets
Autocrat - For merging responses from a form into a Google Doc or PDF
FormMule - For auto-scheduling calendar appointments or sending emails
Flubaroo - For auto-grading quizzes