Great Plains Summit 2021

Are You Ready for the 2021 Summit?!

The Great Plains Summit is a 2 day virtual conference focused on the use of Google Workspace for Education in K-12 environments as well as other tech topics such as AR/VR, tech leadership and engaging learners of all ages.

This year's summit will happen July 13–14, 2021.

Topics range from classroom tools like Google Classroom, Google Docs and Forms to exploration and research apps such as Google Earth and YouTube. The Great Plains Summit, due to the coronavirus, will be presented online for this, its ninth year.

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Meet our 2021 Presenters!

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George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE

Bellevue Union School District

Santa Rosa, CA

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

Wanda Terral

Director of Technology

Lakeland School System

Memphis, TN

Victoria Thompson

STEM Coach

Technology Access Foundation

Seattle, WA

Tom Woods

Google for Education Training Lead

Amplified IT

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

 

Making your Canvas Course Interactive

Patricia Flores

 

Digital Notebooks + Master Slides = Powerful Instructional Resources

Paula Martínez

 
10:00 am to 10:45 am CDT

Making Media with Young Learners

Traci Piltz

PK–2

 

Chrome Accessibility Features

Anne Nash

 

Beginner Jamboarding

Julia Dweck

 
11:00 am to 11:45 am CDT

Sketchnoting 101

Jen Giffen

 

Culturally Responsive STEM Teaching

Victoria Thompson

 

Using Video to Drive Meaningful Instruction

George Barcenas

 

Tuesday Add-on Master Classes

Time Room A Room B Room C
Noon to 1:15pm CDT

Digital Notebooks and Master Slides to Create Powerful Learning Resources

Paula Martínez

 

Podcasting from the Library/Learning Commons

Jen Giffen

 

Google Tools for Struggling Students

Eric Curts

 
1:30 pm to 2:45 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

 

Google Drawings Can Do That!

Jessica Lenore Williams

 

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

John Meehan

 
10:00 am to 10:45 am CDT

What’s in Your Google Admin Space Toolbelt?

Tom Woods

 

Yes, Your K-5 Student CAN Do That!

Donnie Piercey

 
11:00 am to 11:45 am CDT

Don’t Fear the “F” Word!

Wanda Terral

 

Digital Quality > Quantity

Nadine elaine Gilkison

 

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

Shaelynn Farnsworth and Ebonee Rice

 

Wednesday Add-on Master Classes

Time Room A Room B Room C
Noon to 1:15pm CDT

You Can Bank on This!

Donnie Piercey

 

Step-by-Step Gamification Essentials for Any Course!

John Meehan

 
1:30 pm to 2:45 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.