The Google Apps for Education Middle East Summit is brought to you by a team of world-class educational technology leaders.  

Chris Bell

Chris Bell currently serves as the Assistant Director, eLearning for Julian Charter School, a K-12 independent study program based out of San Diego County. In this capacity, he oversees the online learning programs for students in grades 6-12. 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

Cindy Crannell

Cindy Crannell is currently an Elementary Technology Coach at the American School of Dubai. Originally from Chicago, she completed her undergraduate degree from Hope College in Holland Michigan, has her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from  The University of Minnesota and an Educational Technology Certificate from Michigan State University. Having been an Elementary classroom teacher for many years, now she enjoys empowering teachers and students to teach and learn through technology. Recently, she became a Google Certified Teacher in 2012 and is currently working on becoming a Google Certifie

d Trainer.  In the 2011/ 2012 school year she launched over 80 ipod touches in the Elementary school and this year is excited to have the opportunity to do the same with ipads.  Over the last two years she launched and successfully implemented a 2:1 Macbook program in the fifth grade into 6 classrooms.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family traveling the world, as she has lived outside the U.S. since 2006.

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Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ccrannell
Google +:Cindy Crannell

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

Allison Hart

A Minnesota native, Allison Hart moved to Dubai six years ago with her husband Adam (Director of High School Choirs at ASD), and this past March they welcomed their son Charlie.   Allison graduated from Luther College with a degree in Economics, Management and Spanish, and went on to earn a Masters in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University.   She enjoys her current role as Technology Integration Coach at the American School of Dubai, Middle School.

She has been heavily involved in implementing various school-wide systems and initiatives at ASD, such as Google Apps for Education, one to one laptops in 6th -12th grades, and Haiku LMS.  She loves to help students (and teachers!) overcome technology challenges on their own, and to create exciting learning experiences for Middle School students.


Email: [email protected]
Google+:   Allison Hart  

Tim Lee

Tim Lee is an IT and EdTech Consultant based in Virginia. After 8 years of years leading
 infrastructure re-design projects and laptop rollouts across public sector clients in the UK for BT, Microsoft and a number of other leading IT consultancies, Tim moved into the Education space. 

Tim has focused on Google Apps since 2009 when he lead the first adoption in Higher Ed (University of St Andrews) in Scotland. After moving to Virginia in 2010, he's been providing a Virtual CIO service to help schools re-design their infrastructure. As a Google Apps Edu Certified Trainer and part of the  Google Chromebook Crew for Education, Tim has assisted numerous schools adopt Google Apps and rollout ChromeBooks.

Tim is the founder of Amplified IT, a Google Apps Consultancy and Meraki Reseller company based in Hampton Roads, VA. Amplified IT is excited to be the first Authorized ChromeBook Reseller in the South!

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Twitter: @Amplifiedit

Daniel Mendes

Daniel Mendes comes from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has taught in Russia, South Africa and UAE over the past 8 years.

His passion for Educational technology began in University and was selected to become a provincial tech leader in the 'Telus to learn' initiative.  
Daniel is the K-12 Technology Coordinator at the American School of Dubai and has completed the requirements to become a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.

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Molly Schroeder

Molly Schroeder is an Elementary Technology Integration Specialist for Edina Public Schools. She previously taught 5th grade for 10 years prior to being the Technology Integration Specialist.  She is responsible for training elementary teachers in how to better integrate technology into the classroom and curriculum.  She is also owner of a Technology Consulting company, Flipped Education.  Flipped Education produces unique, personalized professional development in technology integration for school districts around the country.  In 2011, Molly helped to create and produce Flipped Education's first conference Superhero.  Superhero is designed to match technology-education minded attendees with innovative and engaging presenters to change education through technology. Superhero is built to expand personal learning networks with a weekend of socialization, learning and fun in northern Minnesota.
She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.  She has presented at the Google Teacher's Academy and she presents at conferences, workshops and National Conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. Her background is in elementary education and she also holds a certificate in Educational Technology and Gifted Education.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @followmolly
Email:  [email protected] 
Google+: Molly Schroeder
Blog: FollowMolly

Mark Wagner, Ph.D.

Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Mark Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as President and CEO of the
EdTechTeam, which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit entities around the world.

In this capacity, Dr. Wagner was the director of the Google Teacher Academy from 2008-2012. He has also been the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), the director of professional development for California Vision Technologies (CVT), and the provider of the technology module for Orange County’s Administrator Training Program program. He also works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other for-profit entities that provide educational products and services.

Mark Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. His doctoral research focused on the use of video games in education, and specifically on the potential applications of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) as constructivist learning environments.

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Email: [email protected]
Google +:markdwagner
Twitter: markwagner

Renee Williams

Renee Williams a Google Certified Teacher from GTA New York 2012 and is currently a Technology Integration Coach at the American School of Dubai’s Elementary School. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Renee has her Masters in special education, an Educational Leadership Certificate through Buffalo State, and is currently working towards her E-Learning Certificate through Wisconsin/Stout. Having been a classroom and special education teacher for many years, she now enjoys working with others in designing meaningful ways to link the ever-changing technologies to the core curriculum. This last fall, she attended the Google Teacher Academy in New York and co-presented at the first Google Teacher Summit this last July in Santa Clara. She is also a charter member of Tokyo’s chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a member of Computer-Using Educators, has taught courses in educational assessment for Seattle University, and in her ‘spare’ time has traveled to over 80 countries.

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Twitter: @renwill12
Google +: Renee Williams