Only the Beginning
In a world where preschoolers are texting their parents and already playing with virtual reality, how do we best prepare schools to serve students in a rapidly changing future? You are a messenger from the future and an architect of the possible; this session invites you to dream out loud. Learn how to support meaningful school change with courageous leadership, empowered teachers, engaged community, inspiring spaces, robust infrastructure, and (most importantly) a focus on student agency. Anecdotes and examples inspire and empower you to be a change agent, whatever your role in the school. Whatever you’re thinking… think bigger. This is only the beginning.
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, a global network of educational technologists which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit education companies. The EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available. They aim to inspire and empower other educators to do the same.
In this capacity, Dr. Wagner leads a global series of EdTechTeam Summits featuring Google for Education. Involved in leading the Google Teacher Academy since 2006, he now helps oversee the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), and the provider of the technology module for the Orange County Department of Educations’s Administrator Training Program. In addition, he works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other organizations 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. He is the author of More Now: A Message from The Future for The Educators of Today (2018).
Outside of his work, Mark loves playing hockey, practicing martial arts, and obsessing over his ’62 beetle. He enjoys songwriting, spending time in nature, and exploring the world with his friends and family. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Eva, and boys Clark and Finn. Naturally, he’s a U2 fan.
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Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
President & CEO, EdTechTeam, Inc.
5405 Alton Parkway Suite 5A-305, Irvine, Ca 92604