The Great Plains Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google Apps for Education in K-12 environments. Topics range from productivity apps like Google Docs and Forms to exploration and research apps such as Google Earth to creative tools like YouTube and Picasa. Learn how to become a Google Apps master and discover what makes Chromebooks such a great option for anybody that finds themselves living in the cloud. The 2013 Great Plains summit will return to Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska for its second year on July 18–19, 2013!
Registration for the 2013 Summit is Full! We are maintaining a wait list for those that wish to attend if a space opens up. Please email email@example.com to have your name added.
Registration costs $199. The schedule runs from around 8:30 to 3:30 with an opening keynote on Thursday, nearly 50 breakout sessions and a closing keynote on Friday followed by a "Demo Slam", an attendee favorite! Included also is a continental breakfast, full lunch both days and an afternoon cookie break.
We have an incredible lineup for 2013! Chris Lehmann, founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, will kick things off Thursday morning for our opening keynote. Sessions will be presented by an authoritative array of Google Certified Presenters and Teachers. We also welcome back our friend, author of the Thinking Stick and creator of the Google Apps Ninja program, Jeff Utecht.
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. The school was recognized by Ladies Home Journal as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the US, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School in 2009 and 2010 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Chris returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as an English Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Girls Basketball Coach and Ultimate Frisbee coach at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration.
In April of 2012, Chris won the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. In September of 2011, Chris was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in education reform. In June 2010, Chris was named as one of the “30 Most Influential People in EdTech” by Technology & Learning Magazine. In 2009, Chris was a honoree for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Outstanding Young Educator Award. Chris was named as one of “40 Under 40″ by Philadelphia Business Journal in 2009. In 2006, the National School Board Association named Chris one of “20 to Watch” among American administrators. In 2001, Chris was honored by MOUSE as a Champion of Technology and Education for his work on building the portal at the Beacon School. Chris has written for such education publications as Principal Leadership Magazine, Learning and Leading with Technology Magainze, and the School Library Journal. Chris has spoken at conferences all over the world, including TEDxPhilly, TEDxNYED, the National Association of Secondary Schools Conference, the Building Learning Communities conference, the International Society of Technology in Education, the Philadelphia Area Educational Technology Conference, The Yahoo Cybercitizen Conference, the Innovative Learning Conference, The Council of Educational Facilities Planners Regional Conference, the K12-Online Conference, the International Conference on Technology and Education and at LinuxWorld, and he has worked with many schools and districts in the U.S. and England as a consultant. Chris received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Chris is co-editor of What School Leaders Need to Know about Digital Technologies and Social Media, the author of the education blog this blog Practical Theory and is father to Jakob and Theo.
The 2013 Great Plains Google Summit will take place at Lincoln, Nebraska's Southwest High School. Situated conveniently near many dining and shopping opportunities, Southwest has ample parking and impressive indoor spaces. Southwest High School is located at 7001 S 14th Street, 68512.
If you are coming from the North side of Lincoln either via Interstate 80 or Highway 77, you'll want to take I-80 Exit 397 South towards Beatrice. Continue on Highway 77 for 5 miles until you get to W Old Cheney Road. Turn left (East) and continue to 14th Street. Turn right (South) and drive 1.2 miles. Southwest High School will be on your right.
Driving on Highway 77, turn right (East) on Saltillo Road, then turn left (North) almost immediately on 14th Street. Drive for 3 miles and Southwest High School will be on your left.
Between 84th Street and 70th street, there is a left turn for Pine Lake Road. Take Pine Lake Road to 14th Street and Southwest High School will be directly in front of you.
We invite you to use Google Maps to generate directions for wherever you may be visiting us from.
We have worked with the nearest hotel, the Holiday Inn—Lincoln Southwest, to provide conference attendees a rate of $109/night. This is a discount of around $20/night. The hotel is just a little over a mile from the conference site and very near shopping and dining areas. Tell them you are with the Great Plains Google Summit to get your special rate.
5865 Boboli Lane (site | map)
Lincoln, NE 68516
Newest hotel in South Lincoln. Very nice. Great Scooter's coffee shop just across green space. A little pricier than other hotels, but larger rooms and they say they have a fantastic breakfast.
Google Summit is offered for one credit hour through Doane College. Participants must attend both days, full days. Tuition is $207 and due by 8:30 on the first day. New Students must pay a $30 application fee. You will see Jackie Ediger at the registration table. Any questions, contact Jackie Ediger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment is required and accepted on-site via check or credit card.
Forms for credit must be received by 10am, Thursday, July 18.
Lincoln Public Schools
For hosting the conference and everything that involves!
Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA)
For handling our registration both online and on-site
Nebraska Educational Service Units
For both supporting and promoting the conference across Nebraska
Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA)
For promoting our summit. Be sure to attend the NETA Spring Conference held each April!
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