The Google in Education Brisbane 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!
Google Representatives, International Experts, and Local Inspirations!
Keynote Speaker: Suan Yeo
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.
G+: Suan Yeo
Keynote Speaker: Jim Sill
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 Schoolin 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 Apps Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim leads professional development workshops on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production. In addition to consulting for educational institutions around the world, Jim consults for his wife in her 5th grade classroom. 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.
Spotlight Speaker: Chris Betcher
Chris Betcher started his career as an art teacher but over the years gradually drifted into the areas of graphics, design, digital multimedia, and pretty much anything to do with technology and computers, and he is particularly intrigued by how these digital tools can be used to improve learning. He currently works as the ICT Integrator at PLC Sydney, where he assists teachers and students discover how digital technology can make learning more fun, creative, engaging and meaningful. He has teaching experience in Australia and Canada, and has presented at numerous education conferences throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Chris is a Google Certified Teacher, a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, an Adobe Education Leader and an Adobe Certified Associate. He blogs and podcasts regularly, has written books and articles about education, and is a regular host on the Google Educast on the Edreach Network. He has a curious mind, asks way too many questions, and likes making things out of zeroes and ones.
Google+: Chris Betcher (116830524696476899564)
Spotlight Speaker: Mark Garrison
Mark Garrison is an innovative educator and a passionate advocate for technology in education. He is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for White Bear Lake Area Schools in Minnesota. Garrison earned a Masters in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Google Certified Teacher and one of 15 Youtube Star Teachers worldwide. His varied teaching background spans 17 years focused on upper elementary in addition to First Grade Reading, Middle School Music, Art and PE, High School Wood Shop and Instructional Technology Support.
In 2002 Mark Garrison and his wife paddled 3,000 miles from the Minnesota border to the Arctic Ocean. They now live in Minneapolis where they are raising 3 children and finding adventure in everyday life. Among his many hobbies, Mark collects and presents interesting and innovative websites that promote authenticity, collaboration, design and higher order thinking. His collection and contact information can be found at: www.GarrisonSites.com.
Spotlight Speaker: 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.
Spotlight Speaker: Wes Warner
Wes Warner is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Dive Master. Currently, he is the Head of Technologies at a private K-12 college in Brisbane which will go 1:1 laptops in Years 7-12 and 1:1 iPads in Prep - Year 6 in 2013.
In addition to teaching ICT, Wes has taught Business, Accounting and Economics as well as collaborating with educators in the United States to create an online course for high school students.
This passion has led him to push the boundaries of what can be done in education. He has delivered workshops and symposiums throughout Australia on how educators can leverage ICT in any educational setting. Wes is currently undertaking his Masters in Education (ICT) with a focus on games in education and learning management systems.
Google+ Wes Warner