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Announcing the 2012 miGoogle Conference!

posted Feb 10, 2012, 10:40 AM by John R. Sowash

Today I am excited to officially announce first ever miGoogle  Educators conference held at Southfield Christian School (Southfield, Michigan) on October 19, 2012. Details regarding the conference will be available soon on 

There are many ways that you can participate in this conference: 
1. Volunteer! If you would like to help plan this event, email me at  jsowash[at]southfieldchristian[dot]org
2. Present! Proposals will be accepted in the early spring in at 
3. Attend! Register starting in the spring at 

For updates about the conference, follow me (John Sowash) on twitter (@jrsowash) or Google+ (John R. Sowash).

Free Chromebook Workshop in Michigan

posted Feb 10, 2012, 10:37 AM by John R. Sowash

Interested in learning more about the Chromebook, Google's brand new web-powered netbook? Join me for a Free 3-hour workshop at Southfield
Christian School in Southfield, Michigan. This event is limited to 30 participants and has been designed specifically for educators and school technology leaders who desire to bring innovative new tools and technologies to their schools and classrooms. Visit
to reserve your seat!

* Interact with Chromebooks in hands-on activities.
* Learn the abilities of the Chromebooks units.
* Learn how administrators can change or update setting for an entire set with just a few clicks .
* Get pricing and ordering information.
* Learn about Google Apps Marketplace and the best apps for educators.

Workshop Details:
Date: Monday, February 20, 2012
Time: 9am-12pm (doors open at 8:30am)
Location: Southfield Christian School, 28650 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48034
Host: John Sowash, administrator at Southfield Christian School, Google Certified Teacher and Trainer. (

Pre-Registration is required for this event. Visit to reserve your seat!

Google Apps Podcast

posted Oct 13, 2011, 11:43 AM by Sean Beavers

Looking for a good overview on Google Apps?  The ed-tech podcast "The State of Tech" focused on Google Apps for Education recently, including benefits, practical uses, challenges, and additional resources.

The video version and audio version of the episode can be found online at:

K12 Great Lakes Meetup Rescheduled!

posted Oct 13, 2011, 11:39 AM by Sean Beavers

The K12 Great Lakes Meetup has been reschedule for Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00pm - 3:30pm. 

K12 Great Lakes Regional Group Meet-Up 2011

Where: SOITA
             150 East Sixth St.
             Franklin, OH 45005

When: Saturday, December 3rd
          12pm - 3:30pm

Who: Any K12 Great Lakes Users Group Member


The time has arrived for the K12 Great Lakes Apps User Group to get together! From far and wide the call goes out to all Great Lakes members to unite and participate in a day of fun, commodore, and more importantly sharing our collective wealth of experience and expertise using Google Apps.

Sessions will be presented on a variety of topics by Google Apps Certified Trainers as well as several tech coordinators and educators already using Google Apps for Education. Door prizes and swag items from Google will be handed out to attendees.  An agenda will be posted as soon as sessions are finalized.

Space is limited so please register by filling out the following form found here.

Certified Trainer Preparation Program Being Offered in October

posted Sep 15, 2011, 5:50 AM by Sean Beavers   [ updated Sep 15, 2011, 6:02 AM ]

SOITA, which stands for South Western Ohio Instructional Technology Association will be hosting a certified trainer preparation program October 17th through the 20th. This intensive four day camp will prepare individuals to take the six qualifying exams required to become a certified trainer. SOITA is one of only two certified training organizations in North America.

If interested, please download the attached flyer. Registration is limited to 16 participants.

K12 Great Lakes Regional Group Meetup 2011 Postponed

posted Aug 31, 2011, 6:06 PM by Sean Beavers   [ updated Sep 12, 2011, 12:57 PM ]

The K12 Great Lakes Regional Group meet-up has been postponed. A new date will be set in either October or November. Stay tuned...

New Product: Google+

posted Jun 29, 2011, 11:37 AM by John R. Sowash

Yesterday Google launched a brand new product called Google+. The product is currently in invitation-only Beta but will soon be released to the general public.

Google has been notoriously absent from social networking, not that they haven't tried. If Google+ takes off, it could have significant implications for educators, especially if it is included within the Google Apps for Education suite. This could potentially provide a secure, restricted social networking service for use in schools, similar to Edmodo for Schoology. For now, we'll have to wait and see. 

Here are a few resources related to the launch of Google+

Reflecting on a school year with Google Apps for Education

posted Jun 22, 2011, 5:28 PM by John R. Sowash

If you haven't seen it yet, take a look at the reent post on the Google Enterprise blog featuring Google Apps for Education. Make sure you watch the video about "The Creek Squad" tech support team. Read the post here.

EdReach "Google Educast"

posted Jun 21, 2011, 5:32 AM by John R. Sowash

If you enjoy listening to podcast and want to stay up to date about Google in Education, you might want to consider subscribing to the weekly "Google EduCast" produced by the collaborative blogging site 

Each week a panel of Google Certified Teachers and Trainers (including Michigan Educator John Sowash) talk about the latest updates, news, tips, and tricks related to Google in Education. 

To listen to the podcast, visit the Google EduCast page on or subscribe to the iTunes feed [iTunes link]

Growth of a Google Doc

posted Jun 15, 2011, 4:26 AM by Rich Kiker

This video highlights the growth and development of a Google Doc as an Elementary School student in Edmonton Public Schools takes us on a journey of how she collaborates with classmates and her teacher to create a finished piece of writing.

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