The Google in Education Rocky Mountain 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!  

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Keynote Day 1: 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 the classroom. Using his industry experience, he has created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High School in Visalia, CA. By involving his students in real world video projects, his students have garnered awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level. Each year, students in his program produce sports highlights for local television, a bi-weekly TV show and multiple industrial videos for non-profit organizations.   As the administrator of an Apple Certified Training Center for Education, he also prepares his students for the Apple Certified Pro Certification Exam in Final Cut Pro.

Jim is a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Final Cut Pro Certified Trainer, and a Lead Learner for CUEtoYOU.  He leads professional development workshops around the world on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production. In addition to being a Central Valley CUE Board Member, he is also an active member of several video instruction advisory boards.  In 2009, Jim was awarded The Computer Using Educator (CUE) Outstanding Teacher award and nominated for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Teacher Award.

Contact Information
Twitter: mistersill
Skype: mistersill
Google +: Jim Sill

Keynote Day 2: Michael Wacker

A former elementary teacher, Michael has since served as online learning specialist on the student and adult learning side, online professional development coordinator, blended learning program manager, and currently with Ed Tech Team as the Director of Professional Development. 
With more than six years of progressively responsible experience in eLearning and Blended Learning, he is consulted around ideas of strategic design and innovation in public and private schools internationally to support the professional development and redesign of classrooms, pedagogy, and traditional instructional models, to better serve all learners. Michael's current role as Director of Professional Development with Ed Tech Team allows and supports his passion for adult and child learning, while allowing him to work and learn globally alongside tremendous teachers, leaders, and thinkers. Whenever possible Michael also serves as an adjunct professor for Regis University in Colorado on the online and face to face side. 

Michael's strengths are in helping to maximize learning opportunities through the design of dynamic spaces (online and face to face) of interaction, inquiry, and engagement for students, teachers, and administrators. Dedicated to educational innovation, he strives to utilize best practice eLearning techniques and leverage a pedagogy and technology that allows for anywhere, anytime learning. 

Michael Wacker is a Google Certified Teacher, and Certified Google Apps Trainer. Based out of Colorado, Michael leads workshops and consults internationally with his focus the Rocky Mountain region throughout the U.S. and Canada. Michael provides energetic, interactive, and productive workshops and trainings which are customized for each organization. He has experience working with administrators, educators, IT, and also support staff. 
Daddy & Husband! Learning and Instructional Design Consultant & Coach. Learner. Teacher. Education Consultant. Blended Learning Subject Matter Expert. Cage-Rattler. Professional Development. Faith, Family, Fellowship

 I am a lifetime learner that truly loves to engage, listen, and talk with folks smarter than myself. I view my blog/public posts as a personal journal and reflection opportunity for me. I am reflective, and a good listener. I enjoy designing and facilitating online learning spaces for educators to inquire, share, reflect, and connect. Whenever possible I take time to work in classrooms, espouse the possibilities of 21st century connected and open learning, and facilitate discussions around questions that I have, or something I want to learn more about. I love learning, and sharing new ideas, tools, and discussions with my peers. 

Contact Information
Twitter: mwacker

Chris Bell

Chris Bell currently serves as the District Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Saddleback Valley Unified School District in
Southern California. In this capacity, he oversees the instructional technology implementations in the district including mobile device initiatives, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classrooms, and online learning. He currently teaches computer programming for middle/high school students, Leading Edge Certification courses for the online teacher, and is adjunct faculty for the University of La Verne School of Teaching and Educational Leadership.

Chris is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, a Lead Learner for the CUEtoYOU Speakers Bureau, Orange County CUE Board President, and co-chair of CUE/iNACOL's e-Learning SIG (eLSIG). He is also a sitting member of several advisory boards with a focus towards online & blended learning. Chris is a core member of EdTechTeam and serves as the Director of Online Learning.

Contact Information
Email: [email protected]
Skype: cbell619
Twitter: cbell619
Google +:Chris Bell

Wendy Gorton

Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and lifelong learner. Currently, she is a 5th grade social studies teacher and technology developer in New York City. She has taught 4th graders in Los Angeles, and has been an elementary technology coordinator, a university technology specialist, an online teacher, a curriculum developer, and a research assistant. She is passionate about project-based learning and using technology like Google Apps to open her students up to collaboration and to the world! She is particularly passionate about international education, and was recently based out of India as a secondary technology integrator at an American school. She loves working with international teachers to find out how technology can make learning come alive for their students. She has been a conference and webinar presenter for ISTE and CUE, and she has lead  educational workshops in Canada, the US, Jamaica, Austria, and the Czech Republic - on topics such as Google Apps, iPad applications in the classroom, professional development, curriculum development, project-based learning, grant-writing, and global collaboration.

Her Master's degree is in educational technology. Her research focused on exploring how real-world science projects using technology increased student motivation. She is interested in research experiences for teachers, and has helped bring the world of science and social studies to her students as an NOAA Teacher at Sea, Earthwatch Educator Fellow, PolarHusky Teacher Explorer, JR Teacher at Sea, National Geographic Challenge Teacher, NEH Fellow, and participant in a wide range of projects - from learning archaeology in Wisconsin, and helping build shelters for sick Tasmanian devils in Australia, to dog-sledding in Scandinavia. She enjoys reaching out and volunteering with international organizations, and currently is collaborating with teacher education projects in Jamaica and Nepal.

Contact Information
Twitter: Wendy Gorton
Google+: Wendy Gorton

Cory Pavicich

Cory Pavicich has worked in educational technology as a classroom teacher, designer, and consultant, and holds an M. Ed. from Harvard University ('06) and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder (‘04). As a technologist, Cory served as Director of Technology at Watershed School, designed and taught computer-based summer camps for kids, and has taught at three Google Teacher Academies. Additionally, Cory has worked as a Solar Energy installer, as a contributor to a book in the field of leadership studies, and once spent a summer mowing lawns to pay his CU tuition.

When he is not teaching technology, you are likely to find Cory with his wife and young daughter building geodesic domes for the Burning Man festival and trying to keep their 1976 VW Camper mechanically sound and roadworthy.

Contact Information:
Cory Pavicich
Cory Pavicich (Google+)
@pavicich (Twitter)

Kim Randall

Kim Randall, a native Californian, is a professional development specialist and an independent consultant, 
globetrotting around the
country (and world) providing engaging and relevant professional development for educators and 
students. Her current clients include EdTechTeam, Discovery Education, Foothill College/Krause Center for Innovation, and CUE. Previously, Kim spent 10 years in the classroom, most recently as a technology teacher for a 1:1 program for grades 1-8 in Northern California. Her students won several awards in the California Student Media Festival. Kim has presented at several state and local conferences, including Colorado TIE, ASTE, ITSC, and CUE. She is thrilled to be a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps Certified Trainer, STAR Discovery Educator, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Kim earned her B.A. degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Kim holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Supplemental Teaching Credentials in Computer Applications and Spanish.

Contact Information: 
Twitter: @scubagirl812
Google+: Kim Randall

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