July 15, 2019

LIVE @ Great Plains Summit 2019 - PC035

LIVE @ Great Plains Summit 2019 - PC035

Jeff, Jesse, and Donnie keynoted the 2019 Great Plains Summit with a LIVE episode! Recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska in front of 400+ educators.


Jeff, Jesse, and Donnie keynoted the Great Plains Summit 2019.

This episode featured the following guest stars:

  • Ryan O'Donnell
  • Abby Fitzgerald
  • Kristin Giffin
  • Spencer Vogt
  • Lisa Highfill
  • Jim Sill
  • Eric Curts
  • Jessica Williams

Games Played & Conversations Had:

  • What is the next “big thing” like Fortnite or fidget spinners and how do we embrace them into our classroom cultures?
  • The Partial Credit Pyramid
  • What’s the correct pronunciation of GIF?
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Talk about the most infuriating/shocking thing you’ve heard come out of an administrator’s mouth.

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Jessica Williams

Technology Integration Specialist/Video Production Co-teacher

Jessica L. Williams is a Tech Integration Specialist and co-teacher for the IMS News class for Illing Middle School in Manchester, Connecticut. As a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Sphero Hero, WeVideo Ambassador, and District Teacher of the Year, she has presented at numerous conferences all over the world on how to effectively roll out and integrate technology in meaningful ways. Her interests include tinkering, design thinking, video production, improv, and creating!

Jim Sill

Teacher Coach and Tech Integrator

Jim Sill is an educational consultant for Deploy Learning who enjoys a great story and loves inspiring people to tell theirs. This makes him a popular keynote speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator. Bringing authentic learning experiences to clients is what drives his work.

As a former television producer, Jim Sill has been working in education for almost 20 years. Using his industry experience, he created an award-winning video production program in Central California. By involving students in real-world video projects, they garnered awards and recognition at the local, state and national levels. In 2012, Jim was featured in Edutopia and their Teach2Learn series for his work in Building Career Skills in Video Production.

Today, Jim lives in Melbourne, Australia and works with schools across region leading professional development workshops and helping to develop educational initiatives on using video for social change, understanding and developing Cinematic Narrative techniques, encouraging a creative student, Google in the Classroom, and much more. His experiences have led him to work with teachers on all seven continents.

Eric Curts

Technology Integration Specialist

Eric has been in education for 29 years, and currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio where he oversees Google for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is a co-leader of the Ohio Google Educator Group at bit.ly/gegohio. Eric runs the award-winning blog www.ControlAltAchieve.com where all of his edtech resources can be found, and is the author of the book "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects".

Lisa Highfill

Tech Integration Specialist, Pleasanton USD, Co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook

Lisa Highfill describes herself as a thinker, philosopher, debater, and geek. She was a classroom teacher for over twenty years, and is currently Pleasanton Unified School District’s Technology Integration coach. Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook and Teachers Give Teachers.

Ryan O Donnell

Educator & Podcast Host

Hi there! My name is Ryan O'Donnell and I am a Video Production teacher at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, California. Before teaching video, I have been a TOSA and social studies teacher. With over 20 years in education, I am passionate about professional development for teachers with a focus on using tools, techniques and strategies in order to help students become more engaged and connected. Along with being a full time teacher, I am a podcaster, co-hosting the ed tech podcast, "Check This Out" as well as a presenter at various workshops and conferences throughout the country.