Going 1:1 with Google for Education: Firsthand Experience with Google Apps and Chromebooks

Moderated by Kevin Hogan, eSchool News, Editor-at-Large



Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
Duration: 1 hour


In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Hank Thiele, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Learning at Maine Township High School District 207. Hank will discuss how the district has gone 1:1 with Google for Education solutions. The District is committed to providing a superior education for all its students, to build their passion for learning, and prepare them for their future careers.

Maine Township High School District near Chicago has used Google Apps for Education (GAFE) since 2007 and was one of the first K-12 districts to use the productivity suite. More than 7,000 students from a range of cultural backgrounds attend the three schools there. Now the three schools in the district are using Chromebooks as part of their 1:1 program.

During this webinar, we will cover:

  • The Google for Education solution which includes Chromebooks, tablets with Google Play for Education, and Google Apps for Education
  • How this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation
  • How a district has grown up with Google over the past 7 years
  • Hear first hand experience from a district planning to go 1:1 and year 1 with Chromebooks
  • Learn how the school district put the ingredients, like professional development, in place for a successful roll out and first year.



Webinar Speakers


James Leonard
Google for Education Team, Google

James Leonard







James Leonard is the Education Program Manager for the Midwest. James works with districts to successfully pilot, deploy, and scale Google for Education products like Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, and Android tablets. Prior to Google, James taught middle school Math and English Language Arts at River Glen School, a Bilingual Dual-Immersion K-8 school in San Jose, CA. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Boston College and a Graduate Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University.


Hank Thiele
Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Learning, Maine Township High School, District 207

Hank Thiele







Dr. Henry (Hank) Thiele is the Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning in the Maine 207 Schools in Park Ridge, IL. In this role he serves students and teachers by providing resources and communication and its impact on personalizing education. Before moving into his current role Hank was a high school science and music teacher for ten years while also serving in the role of technology coordinator. Hank has been a featured presenter at conferences such as T+L, ASCD, METC, IETC, ISTE, ICE, for corporations such as Google and Follett, and for many government agencies in Illinois. He is one of the co-founders of the Illinois Google EDU K-12 user group and has supported many schools in Illinois as they transition to Google Apps for Education. He also serves as a leader across Illinois in technology, learning, and professional learning on the Illinois Computing Education Conference Committee as Co-Chair for the past two years and as the President of Special Education and Technology (SET) Connections. Hank is a Google Certified Teacher, Administrator and Trainer and has taught for the Google Teacher Academy. His doctoral research was some of the first work investigating “Web 2.0” and its impact on communication, learning, and efficacy in the classroom.


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