Rowland Baker has been an educator for over thirty years in both public and private schools. He served as a teacher for fourteen years, a principal in two different schools, a director of technology and an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in a county of about 45,000 students. He has also directed several statewide projects for the California Department of Education.
He has worked closely over the years with Institutes of Higher Education, the Association of California School Administrators, California School Leadership Academy, the California Technology Assistance Project and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).
Rowland serves on several state and national committees focused on technology and education. He was one of forty educators brought together from across the United States to help ISTE write the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators. Mr. Baker presented at the ICL Confernece in Austria, Octotber 2012, the Google Apps for Education Summit in Prague, Czech Republic. Rowland was also part of the EDusummIT in The Hague, Netherlands in 2009, and again in Paris France in 2011. He was invited to attend the UNESCO Congress on Open Educational Resources in Paris France in 2012. He was one of five educators invited to speak at the Dubai Global EdTech Forum. He is a sought after presenter that has presented at over a hundred conferences, both nationally and internationally.
He has received numerous award including, Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Distinguished Service Award from Phi Delta Kappa, and the Prestigious Montague Award for Outstanding Achievement from Association of California School Administrators, and ISTE's Making IT Happen Award.
Rowland is currently Executive Director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL), funded through the California Department of Education.
Lee currently holds a Diploma in Education and works as a part time EdTech consultant in schools around Asia. He has worked as an educator for over 20 years and currently is the Head of Technology Integration in an International School in Bangkok. Lee is a Google Certified Educator, Innovator and Trainer. He regularly gives training sessions on Google Apps in Education and Being Cloud Ready. Lee runs the Google Demo Slams Live on Air and owns one of the biggest Google Apps communities. Lee’s passions are learning about new tools that enhance learning and pushing the boundaries of education.
Rachel Small is the Teacher Librarian at Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, Massachusetts. Rachel has been fifth grade teacher, curriculum coordinator/ literacy coach, middle school English instructor, grad school instructor, and is currently a teacher librarian, presenter, consultant, and Google for Education Certified Trainer.
Rachel specializes in blending the teaching of best practices in literacy with connected learning and she guides educators to become passionate about innovative and adaptive learning techniques so students develop effective communication and collaboration skills to obtain information using a critical lens.
Dan Leighton is currently the Head of the Faculty of Computing, IT, Business and Media at Cottenham Academy, Cambridge, UK. He trained as a Biological Anthropologist at the University of Cambridge. He holds two MAs in Biological Anthropology and Creative Writing.
He is also a Computing at Schools UK Master Teacher. He was responsible for installing the first implementation of Google Apps for Education in the UK in 2007, is a Google Certified Teacher and a serious Moodlemeister. He is passionately committed to the cause of education and the promotion of effective teaching and learning in schools. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the UK and Europe and is known for his determined focus on evidence-based practice in educational technology.
Derek Harwell teaches IBMYP Computer Tech at the International School of Amsterdam and for the past two decades has facilitated various roles at ISA.
Derek's teaching career began when he made the decision to drop out of and start learning. Since then he has approached his teaching and learning from a different point of view. He went on to earn several university degrees prior to becoming a teacher.
Derek began using GAFE while president of ELMLE (affiliate of AMLE and ISTE in Europe) to better serve the online service for members as well as plan, register and present the yearly conference. In the past several years, he has implemented and assisted others in harnessing the power of many Google products in meeting classrooms and professional development need.
Ben is a Google Certified Teacher (GTAUK 2013), Google Education Trainer and a masters degree in leading innovation and change in education. He began teaching in 2004 and now, in addition to teaching secondary mathematics, he leads on technology for learning at his school having adopted Google Apps for Education in 2013.
Ben has utilised a number of Google tools in his classroom and supports other teachers who are developing their use of Google Apps in a variety of subjects and phases.
Ben helps lead the Google Educator Group for UK and regularly shares on Google+ communities related to the use of educational technology including Google Apps. Check out Ben's blog: Evolving EdTech
Sarah Woods is an MYP Design Technology teacher at the International School of Amsterdam; previous to that she was was the IT Director and an IT Integration Coach at Pechersk School International in Ukraine. She can also be seen on the TEDx stage in her talk, “Identity: Where Fear and Change Intersect in Education”. She is a member of the ECIS technology committee and holds a Masters of Science in Education in K-12 Technology Integration. Sarah is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator and has worked extensively with Google Apps for Education in schools for teaching and learning, resource management, calendaring, collaboration, curation and much more! She has worked in international schools for 9 years.
Sarah has a unique presentation style and her sessions reflect her passion for student-directed learning. Expect to get your laptop out and try new things - her hero is Miss Frizzle, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"
Director eLearning at the Inter Community School Zurich Switzerland, An Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Apps for Education Trainer, and Principal Training Center Course Facilitator.
John worked in United States, Tanzania, China, Japan, Czech Republic and now Switzerland as an Elementary School Teacher, Information Technology Specialist , IT Coordinator, IT Director and currently Director of eLearning. Previous to this, John worked in Television and Print Advertising: Boston Massachusetts (Warner Communications), and San Francisco California (The Bay Guardian). John runs the blog: http://beyonddigital.org/.
John is involved facilitating Google Apps for Education workshops and sessions with Parents, Students , Faculty and at Education conferences.
Bogdan is passionate about Science, Gamification and IT integration. Working smarter is the way to go - this is his motto - so he's constantly trying out tools that can ease his life as a teacher and trainer and allow him to spend more time on teaching/facilitating the learning process. He’s been teaching Science for 10 years and for the past years he’s been working with educators from all over the world,
The Google Suite for Education platform fits him like a glove. Be it a mix and match of the core Google Apps or 3rd party applications, add-ons and extensions like Flubaroo, Autocrat, Doctopus, Goobric or WeVideo, he is eager to share his insights with other GAFE enthusiasts. He is a big fan of self-directed learning and hands-on activities, so make sure you have your laptops with you and you’re ready try out new things.
Connect with Bogdan:https://plus.google.com/+copilbogdan
Joe is an assistant principal at Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Joe has been in education for nine years with four of those years as an administrator at the elementary and junior high level, and five years as a classroom teacher.
He is a Certified Google for Education Trainer and GEG Arkansas leader.
Joe has a bachelors degree in health and physical education from Arkansas Tech University, received masters in educational leadership at the University of Arkansas, and is currently working on his doctorate.
Jon is a Google Certified Teacher with an MSc in IT. Having been in education since 2007 as teacher, governor and head of faculty; he is now pioneering EdTech change in his own school and beyond. Believing Google is an absolute game changer for all in education, he is passionate about the power of GAFE and effective implementation of all its facets. Driven by this and his experience of using the GAFE suite, Jon thoroughly enjoys supporting and collaborating with other educators in his new role as an EdTech Advisor.
Oli is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer with experience delivering training on a range of scales: from small groups up to conference level. A Maths Teacher by trade, he has spent many years researching what technology works and what doesn't in the classroom environment. He has advanced understanding of Google Apps products and understands how to support schools to leverage the tools to support teaching and learning.
Oli understands that school budgets are tightly stretched and knows how to use free web tools to support staff and students. Collaboration and simplicity is at the heart of everything he does. He believes that technology should not be a barrier to learning, but instead offers the chance to do things in a more effective and engaging way inside and outside of the classroom. Experience has taught him that the ease of use that comes with modern web-tools enables even the most tech-resistant teachers to become digitally-literate teachers in no time!
Oli is also an experienced coder who has launched popular Google Add-ons such as 'Super Quiz' and 'Form Values'. He can create custom programs, from homework calendars to observation forms - saving you time whilst improving efficiency.
Davis is currently the IT Specialist and ICT Teacher Bangkok Christian International School. He is passionate about project-based learning and using the technology to open his students up to collaboration with friends and the community. He enjoys working with teachers to find out how they can make learning come alive for their students. He also enjoys motivating teachers and students to integrate technology across various disciplines. He has been a presenter in a summit for AppsEvents, EdTechTeam, training/workshops for EIS and most recently at DeepLearning Conference. He has led educational workshops on topics such as Google Apps and Professional Development. He is always on the lookout for new tools to use and share to empower students and teachers. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer.