Great Plains Summit 2021

The 2021 Summit Has Concluded

The Great Plains Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google Suite for Education in K-12 environments as well as other tech topics such as AR/VR, tech leadership and engaging learners of all ages.

Meet our 2021 Presenters!

Learn More about them See Our Schedule Below

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE

Bellevue Union School District

Santa Rosa, CA

Donald Carney

CEO

Fluidity Software, Inc.

Somerville, MA

Eric Curts

Technology Integration Specialist

Curtsworks LLC

Canton, OH

Book Author

Julia Dweck

Gifted Teacher

Willow Lane Elementary School

Allentown, PA

Shaelynn Farnsworth

National director of educator outreach and success

News Literacy Project

Conrad, IA

Patricia Flores

World Language Facilitator/Online Curriculum Wriiter

Frisco Independet School District

Frisco, Texas

Jen Giffen

Teacher Librarian

York Region District School Board

Ontario, Canada

Nadine Gilkison

District Technology Integration Specialist

Franklin Township Schools

Indianapolis, IN

Lisa Highfill

Instructional Technology Coach

Pleasanton Unified School District

Pleasanton, CA

Jessica Lenore Williams

Technology Department Head

Illing Middle School

Manchester, CT

Paula Martinez

Creator

SlidesMania

Madrid, Spain

John Meehan

English teacher, instructional coach

Bishop O’Connell High School

Arlington, VA

Book Author

Anne Nash

Senior Program Manager

Google for Education

Chicago, IL

Donnie Piercey

Fifth grade teacher

Fayette County Public Schools

Lexington, KY

Traci Plitz

Kindergarten teacher and K-3 technology integration specialist

Billings Public Schools

Billings, MT

Ebonee Rice

VP, Educator Network

News Literacy Project

Kendal Shomura

Google for Education Consultant

Amplified IT

Wanda Terral

Director of Technology

Lakeland School System

Memphis, TN

Victoria Thompson

STEM Coach

Technology Access Foundation

Seattle, WA

Daily Schedules

Tuesday Sessions (included in base registration)

Time Room A Room B Room C
9:00 am to 9:45 am CDT

Before You Turn It In: Self-Editing Tools for Google Docs

Eric Curts

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Password provided to attendees via email

Making your Canvas Course Interactive

Patricia Flores

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Password provided to attendees via email

Digital Notebooks + Master Slides = Powerful Instructional Resources

Paula Martínez

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Password provided to attendees via email

10:00 am to 10:45 am CDT

Making Media with Young Learners

Traci Piltz

PK–2

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Password provided to attendees via email

Chrome Accessibility Features

Anne Nash

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Password provided to attendees via email

Beginner Jamboarding

Julia Dweck

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Password provided to attendees via email

11:00 am to 11:45 am CDT

Sketchnoting 101

Jen Giffen

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Password provided to attendees via email

Culturally Responsive STEM Teaching

Victoria Thompson

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Password provided to attendees via email

Using Video to Drive Meaningful Instruction

George Barcenas

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Password provided to attendees via email

Tuesday Add-on Workshops

Time Room D Room E Room F
12:30pm to 2:00pm CDT

Customize A Choice Board with Slides

Paula Martínez

 

Podcasting from the Library/Learning Commons

Jen Giffen

 

Google Tools for Struggling Students

Eric Curts

 
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm CDT

Canvas + Google Apps = Interactive Learning

Patricia Flores

 

Level Up Your Jamboard Game!

Julia Dweck

 

Wednesday Sessions (included in base registration)

Time Room A Room B Room C
9:00 am to 9:45 am CDT

Blueprint for Building a HyperDoc Unit

Lisa Highfill

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Password provided to attendees via email

Google Drawings Can Do That!

Jessica Lenore Williams

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Password provided to attendees via email

Next Level Gamification: Tales of Soaring Success (and a Few Epic Failures) During a Pandemic Year

John Meehan

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Password provided to attendees via email

10:00 am to 10:45 am CDT

MathWhiteboard - an online collaborative whiteboard for Math teaching and learning

Donald Carney

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Password provided to attendees via email

What’s in Your Google Admin Space Toolbelt?

Kendal Shomura

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Password provided to attendees via email

Yes, Your K-5 Student CAN Do That!

Donnie Piercey

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Password provided to attendees via email

11:00 am to 11:45 am CDT

Don’t Fear the “F” Word!

Wanda Terral

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Password provided to attendees via email

Digital Quality > Quantity

Nadine elaine Gilkison

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Password provided to attendees via email

Teach Students to Think Critically About News Sources with Free Tools from the News Literacy Project!

Shaelynn Farnsworth and Ebonee Rice

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Password provided to attendees via email

Wednesday Add-on Workshops

Time Room D Room E Room F
12:30pm to 2:00pm CDT

Step-by-Step Gamification Essentials for Any Course!

John Meehan

 

You Can Bank on This!

Donnie Piercey

 
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm CDT

X, Y, and Devices

Victoria Thompson

 

Teaching Digitally: A Resource Roadmap for all Stakeholders

Nadine elaine Gilkison

 

Make Your Own Chrome Extension

Wanda Terral

 
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Discover

The Great Plains Summit is the perfect starting point for your journey if you are new to The Google Workspace for Education. From Docs to Sheets to Forms, we offer a variety of sessions aimed at the novice user. Walk in as a beginner, walk out with confidence!

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Climb Higher

Ready to take your Google Apps skills to the next level? Our presenters are ready to pull you up. Use scripting to tie Google apps together to create powerful workflows or see how to manage a school or district full of users and devices using the Administrator Dashboard.

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Expert-palooza!

We bring in some of the most-skilled and best-presenting k-12 edtech speakers from around the country. They can't wait to share their knowledge and experience with you.