February 28 & March 1, 2015 
Hosted by Wolf Creek Public Schools
Ponoka Elementary School
Ponoka, Alberta

February 28 & March 1 Two-Day Workshops (8:30-3:30)

GET Authorized Educator Bootcamp (two days)

The Google Educator Certification Bootcamp serves two purposes: to raise awareness about how Google Apps can be used in education (with students and among colleagues), and to prepare participants to get qualified as a Google Educator, inspired to share with even more learners and teachers.

Each session includes an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Apps for Education Learning Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google Apps for teaching, learning, and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to challenge veteran users by revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined. The experience is packed with high-energy fast-paced demonstrations and challenging activities that can truly be called "hard fun." There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps - or for becoming a Google Educator.
During the afternoon on the second day of this two-day bootcamp, participants may differentiate their learning objective between preparing their applications to become Google Certified Educators, or diving even deeper into educational applications and learning/sharing more about the core magic in docs; as well as YouTube in EDU, Maps, Scripts, Chrome OS, Google Drive and more.

Important Notes
Certification is not included in the bootcamp (passing five tests, submitting an application, and approval from Google are required following the event). Taking tests and applying for certification is not necessary for participating in the bootcamp. 

Google Apps for Education Technical Retreat (for CTOs, SysAdmins, and Tech Support)

The two-day Google Apps for Education Technical Retreat is intended for an audience of technology directors, systems administrators, and others who support technology needs in schools. The content is focused on the process and challenges of migrating educational institutions from legacy systems (or current systems) to Google Apps for Education. Participants will learn best practices and current issues from experienced peers and experts. Prepared presentations and activities are supplemented by structured time for discussion and networking.

Sessions will include topics such as:
  • Overview of Google Apps Dashboard Settings
  • Migrating Data from Microsoft Exchange or First Class to Google Apps
  • Using Google’s API’s to Mass-Create Accounts for All Current Email Users.
  • Migrating Large Organizations
  • Using the Google Apps Manager Command-line Tool
  • Using the Google Apps Migration Tool
  • Managing Suborganizations & Setting Up Permissions for Individual Apps
  • Creating an Implementation Plan for Current Staff
  • Creating a Dual-Delivery Pilot to Test the Systems and Migration
  • Strategies for Roll-Out Beyond a Pilot
  • Retention Strategies for Legacy Systems
  • BONUS: Chromebook Deployment and Management

Productivity tips for Google Apps (particularly Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs) will also be included in this two-day retreat. Participants will leave better prepared to use and support these tools in an educational context.

February 28 One-Day Workshops Full Day (8:30-3:30)

Google Educator Workshop 

This one-day hands-on primer begins with a welcome activity that invites participants to co-create a new vision for education in the age of Google. Discover a tool kit of research tools for students and educators, including advanced search techniques, Google Books, Google Scholar, Google News, Google Alerts and more. Learn how Google Docs and Google Drive can facilitate collaboration and creation between students and among colleagues. Experience the ease of online publishing with Google Sites (and Blogger). Learn to expand your own personal learning network online with Google+. "Even more" inspiring instructional ideas conclude the day before a final reflection activity.