EdTechTeam Rhode Island Summit featuring Google for Education 
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!  

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Keynote Speaker: Lisa Thumann

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.

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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 travels the world leading professional development workshopson topics that include Using Video for Social Change, Cinematic Narrative Techniques, Encouraging a Creative Student, Google in the Classroom and much more. Today, Jim is an Educational Technology Consultant and works with educators around the world.

In 2012, Jim was featured on 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.

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Twitter: mistersill 
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Closing Session: Holly Clark

Holly Clark is a technology and innovation specialist from San Diego, California. She has been helping teachers redefine instruction in their classrooms by overseeing both 1:1 iPad and Chromebooks pilots and helping schools implement digital literacy programs. She is a Google Certified Teacher, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Columbia University. She has been working with technology integration and 1:1 environments since 2003. Presently she consults with schools internationally on improving their iPad integration and using Google Apps for Education to empower learning. Holly has taught for over 16 years and is a former administrator.

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Featured Speaker and Master of Ceremonies: Ken Shelton

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.

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Featured Speaker: Kim Meldrum

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).

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Featured Speaker: Julene Reed

Julene Reed is an educator with twenty–five years of experience as a classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and administrator. Julene is currently the Director of Academic Technology for St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, TN. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Discovery Education Leadership Council member, Google Certified Teacher/Administrator, Google Geo Teacher Advisory Board member, EdTech Team Member, Instructional Designer for ISTE and New Media Consortium’s Catalyst Academy, and Apple education author and presenter. Julene’s areas of expertise include global education, technology integration, digital media projects, challenge based learning, 21st century skills for education, laptop initiatives, mobile media devices in education (i.e., iPods and iPads), technology planning, interdisciplinary education, Google Apps for Education, web 2.0 tools, and more.  Julene has traveled globally through her work as an Advisory Council member of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and Polar Bears International. She is the Director of PBI’s Tundra Connections program, and she travels to Churchill, Canada annually to observe polar bears in the wild and conduct live educational videoconferences and webcasts with scientists. Her passion to make a difference in the world through education and technology are clearly evident in her work. 

Julene’s expertise and experience as a presenter along with her enthusiastic, energetic, and interactive approach to professional development provide meaningful, motivating, and engaging opportunities for educators of all levels and disciplines. As a consultant, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, she has led professional development sessions internationally through conferences, webinars, and independent consulting work. Julene is currently working on a doctorate in global leadership in education.

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Featured Speaker: Jeffery Heil

Jeff is an instructional technology coach for the San Diego County Office of Education where he works with the Online/Blended Learning Unit and the Juvenile Court and Community Schools spreading the love of technology and learning throughout San Diego County. He spent eight years teaching high school in a residential facility for students impacted by homelessness where he developed his passion for technology integration and educational equity. In 2005, he was selected as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence at California State University, San Marcos where he still works as an adjunct professor of educational technology in the School of Education. For the past five years, he has been working with students in the single-subject program at CSUSM to facilitate, not only the integration of technology, but promote the power of the personal learning network (PLN) for connecting, learning and personal/professional growth. He also teaches in the newly created SDSU/SDCOE Collaborative MA Program. As a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer, Jeff specializes in Google Apps for Education integration and professional development in many districts throughout San Diego County. For the past two years, he has helped facilitate the integration of GAFE, 1:1 Chromebooks, and blended learning throughout the SDCOE Juvenile Court and Community Schools.

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Twitter/Instagram: @jheil65

Email: [email protected]


Featured Speaker: 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.

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Featured Speaker: Alice Barr

Alice has lived, taught and traveled on five continents. She is the Instructional Technology Integrator for Yarmouth High School, an Apple distinguished School, in Yarmouth, Maine. She has facilitated a 1:1 laptop environment in grades 9 – 12, since 2004. Alice works directly with teachers and students integrating technology into the curriculum.

Alice teachers at The University of Southern Maine and provides professional development sessions locally and nationally during the year. A semi-finalist for the 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year, Alice is also a Google Certified Teacher and has been a member of [email protected] since 2006. 

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Google +alicebarr
Twitter: alicebarr

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