Only 88 days until the 2014 Summit!

What is the Great Plains Summit?

The Great Plains Summit Featuring Google for Education 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 Great Plains Summit will return to Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska for its third year July 17–18, 2014!


Registration Information

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. Summit registration is limited to 500 and sold out even earlier last year than the year before! Registration opens February 14.

Who presents?

We will have an incredible lineup for 2014! A respected speaker will kick things off Thursday morning for our opening keynote and sessions will be presented by an authoritative array of Google Certified Presenters and Teachers.

More Information

We'll announce 2014 presenters in the coming weeks.
Here were our 2013 presenters!
  • Chris Lehmann: Founding Principal of the Science Leadership Academy
  • Stacy Behmer: Grant Wood AEA, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Mitch Dowhower: Northwest Area Education Agency, Sioux City, IA
  • David Freeburg: Hopkins Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
  • Benjamin Friesen: Hopkins Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
  • Chad Kafka: Franklin Public Schools, Franklin, WI
  • Molly Schroeder, Edina Public Schools, Edina MN
  • Jim Sill, El Diamante High School, Ave Visalia, CA
  • Henry Thiele, Maine 207 Schools, Park Ridge, IL
  • John Unruh-Friesen, Hopkins Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jeff Utecht: Educator, Consultant & Presenter, Seattle, WA

The 2014 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.

Directions from North/I-80

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.

Directions from South/Hwy-77

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.

Directions from Southeast/Hwy-2

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.

Create Your Own Directions

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. Reservations must be made by July 3 to lock in this rate.

Holiday Inn — Lincoln Southwest

2500 Tamarin Ridge Road (site | map)
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68512
Front Desk: 402-421-1893
Hotel Fax: 402-421-1894

Other Recommended Hotels
Residence Inn—Lincoln South

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.

Hampton Inn Lincoln—South/Heritage Park

5922 Vandervoort Drive (site | map)
Lincoln, NE 68516
Still less than 10 minutes away by car, but right across the street from one of the most solid places to eat in Lincoln: Lazlo's. 

Thank You!

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.

2013 Summit Archive

We had an amazing array of sessions for the 2013 Great Plains Google Summit. Check it all out in the Archive!

View the Archive

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What you've said...

"Thanks to all that were involved in bringing this great professional opportunity to the Great Plains!"

"This is wonderful, I hope it will be held back in Nebraska again next year. I would love to attend again."

"I want to come again next year and I want to bring my friends!"

"This was a phenomenal conference, and I appreciated the opportunity to attend. Thank you for putting it on, and I'm looking forward to next year's Great Plains Summit!"

"I am recommending this to all of our staff when school starts this month! I am a school secretary and I got so much information from this conference that I would HIGHLY recommend it to ANY School employees! I don't think you can attend the Google Summit without learning a bazillion things!"

Ongoing Discussion

The summit may only happen two days a year, but discussion about Google Apps for Education happens every day, all day! Follow some of these discussion threads on Google Plus and Twitter to take part.