Staff training and support is one of the most overlooked aspects of a device rollout. If your Chromebooks are going to be used effectively in the classroom, you must provide staff with ongoing support, instruction, and inspiration.
John R. Sowash
Since 2011 I have worked with schools around the world, providing practical, hands-on professional development and technology integration support.
I began as a high school science teacher, explore the use of Google Docs and Wikis with my 9th grade students.
I eventually became a high school principal and helped my school launch one of the first 1:1 ipad programs in the country.
When the Chromebook made it’s appearance in 2011 I knew it was the perfect device for the classroom. I spent years exploring, testing, listening, and watching the use of Chromebooks in classrooms. This research culminated in my first book, The Chromebook Classroom, which was released in 2016.
In 2014 I started the Google Certification Academy, a program that helps educators earn their Google Certification. A few years later I added the Google Admin Bootcamp to help IT directors effectively manage the technical aspects of Chromebooks and Google Workspace for Education.
When I’m not speaking, writing, or researching technology in the classroom you can find me in my backyard with my wife, Nellie and our five kids: Jonelle (14), Johnny (12), Lillian (10), Ellie (8), and Caleb (6).
Work with me!
I would love to lead your school’s next professional development workshop. I have been speaking and consulting with schools and businesses for 11 years. My on-site workshops feature practical ideas for using technology in the classroom.
I also support 1:1 Chromebook initiatives through strategic planning and technical implementation.
Here are some of my most popular Chromebook workshops. Remember, each workshop is fully customizable based on the needs of your staff.
- Teach with Chrome (Chromebook session)
- Classroom Kickstart (Google Classroom session)
- Developing your Elementary Chromebook Classroom
- The Google Certification Academy
- Webinar series (30+ sessions)
To discuss setting up a PD session at your school, please fill out this form. I will follow up with you within 24 hours.
Kind words from districts I have worked with:
“John was an integral part of our rollout of over 1,000 Chromebooks. His experience saved us a tremendous amount of time and helped us to get devices into classrooms quickly.” – Robert Jeffers, Technology Coordinator, Worth School District, Illinois
“Thanks so much for such a great training! I really enjoyed learning from you!” – Ms. Sara Qureshi, 2nd Grade Teacher, Fairview South School, Skokie, IL
Thank you SO much for coming to our school! Using Google Classroom regularly, I wondered if yesterday may be repetitive. I assure you it was NOT. I love the tips and ideas. I think that was the best professional development training I have ever attended. – Michelle Ogaidi, Nevada City, CA
Please complete this short contact form if you would like to bring me to your school!
What do I offer?
- Technology training
- Conference keynotes & workshops
- Online courses
- Bulk book sales
- Technical consulting
- 1:1 program planning