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Aida Awad is an Educational Consultant, Google Certified Trainer, Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, former Earth Science Professor at Broward College, and Admin Academy presenter for the IL Principal's Assn. She’s a former high school administrator, long time science teacher, and geologist. Her deep engagement with educational technology integration and teacher training continues to forge change in the learning experience for students.
Aida was the Science Department Chair at Maine East High School for thirteen years, after teaching Earth Science, Geology, Chemistry and Physics at Maine West High School for nine years. Aida served as an adjunct instructor at Broward College and Oakton Community College, teaching Earth Science, Environmental Science and Oceanography courses, and as an adjunct instructor at Aurora University, teaching courses in educational technology integration.
Aida has been a Spotlight Speaker at the Midwest Google Summit, presenting on educational technology integration, literacy strategies in the connected classroom, and on integrating geospatial tools into the K-12 classroom. Aida is a Past President and Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). She was a co-convener of the Summit on the Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the Earth and Space Sciences, and a presenter at the Geological Sciences of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) GIFT workshop, and the AGU Fall meeting. Aida leads Climate Change and Sustainability teacher workshops for Northwestern University’s Office of STEM Education Programs, developed curriculum for the Watershed Dynamics and MyWorld GIS programs, and was a member of the Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) Assessment Team.
Aida received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Science from the University of Illinois Chicago, and her Master’s degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois Chicago. Aida was named as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
Dexter Roknich has been working in the technology field for about 11 years. Dexter focuses on working in high schools, and as an educational consultant and trainer. Dexter is a Google Certified Trainer, a technology integration specialist, and is currently the Lead Building IT at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL.
Technology has been a passion of his almost his entire life. He constantly strives to be up-to-date and knowledgeable about the latest and greatest tech. Dexter tells participants in the workshops he leads that he was so impressed with what Google had done with the GSuite for Education package he had to get involved! Since getting involved back n 2010 as a Google Education Trainer he has offered workshops on technology integration at many school districts, presented sessions and led workshops at conferences such as ICE, IETC, RSAC, Midwest Google Summits, and others.