Over the years, I have keynoted and presented at conferences all over the country. I use real examples from the classroom to share the importance of using new technology and pedagogical thinking to increase student engagement in the classroom. Here are just a few sessions that I could present.
Project Based Learning: Empowering Student Learning - This session will focus on the steps any educator can take to create a Project Based Learning environment in their classroom. From the traditional teacher designed projects to student created projects, this session will provide guidance and examples on how to help students get the most out of your class.
3D Design with Tinkercad - This session will cover some of the basics of 3D design using the free web-based tool, Tinkercad. Teachers will need a laptop and some imagination as they take an idea and create a 3D model. This session will show teachers how to sign up for an account, create 3D objects, upload to a 3D Community (Thingiverse), and brainstorm lessons that can incorporate 3D design.
20 Time: Creating a Genius Every Hour - Are you ready to take project based learning to the next level? 20 Time, AKA Genius Hour, is the program you are looking for to let your students explore the things they are most passionate. This session will guide teachers through the set up and implementation of Genius Hour. This session will also have examples of student work and collaboration time so teachers can leave the session ready to implement 20 Time in their class ASAP!
Ready, Set, Make - This session will explore the value of Making in schools. Teachers will have an opportunity to explore many different aspects of a Makerspace and see student created projects. Tools that can be found in a Makerspace will be discussed and many links and examples will be shown to give attendees a good feel of what a Makerspace can look like in their school. Also, you can't have a Makerspace session without making, so teachers will have some time to explore their creative side and Make something awesome.
Digital Tools to Support Reading and Writing: In this sessions, attendees will get an overview of different tools they can use in their classroom to engage students in the reading and writing process. From the uses of social media to great online tools, teachers will see examples and be given time to collaborate and discuss on the different ways these tools can be used in their classroom. (This is a good 60 minute session that will give teachers and overview of many different tools that can work in the K-12 classroom.)
Get Your Head in the Clouds: In this session, attendees will be shown different Cloud based tools that can help them streamline their work and increase student engagement in their classroom. The cloud is not vanishing any time soon and it is important for teachers to explore this growing area of technology to better prepare students for the world they are entering.
Google Apps for Education - As a Google Certified Innovator, I have been deeply involved in using Google in my classroom. From Google Drive to Google Classroom, these Google Apps have changed the way my students engage with content and how I plan my lessons. Attendees will be able to use Google Apps in this session and walk away with a new view of using these different tools to enhance the leaning experience in their classroom.
Remember Everything with Evernote - My love for cloud based computing goes back years. I have been using Evernote for all of my lesson planning needs and students use it for their note-taking needs as well. Having my lessons at my fingertips wherever I go has been a game changer for me. Attendees will set up a free Evernote account and learn how it can be used to organize their educational life and how they use it to support note-taking in the classroom with their students.
Workshop with Arduino and Raspberry Pi (Work in Progress)
I have been using Arduino and Raspberry Pi in Makerspaces and think they have a very important role in Makerspaces and learning. Using these tools requires hardware and software, so a session that focuses on these tools is best served as a workshop where all of the tools can be ordered in advance so attendees can learn about them and take home their own kit to continue the learning.
These are not the only sessions that I can present on at a conference. I am always willing to work with groups to tailor new sessions to the areas that would be most helpful to their educational community.
Feel free to look at my Visual CV for more information on my Educational Technology background.
You can also checkout my LinkedIn profile for more information.
Here is an example of a Keynote and an Ignite session.
Ignite Session ISTE 2014
If you are looking for a dedicated educator to help your district, conference, or company, please contact me and I will be excited to help.
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