From 5-10 minute inspirational keynotes, to more in-depth presentations, I would be happy to design a session that meets your needs. All workshops can also be offered as condensed presentations.

I have recently offered the following presentations at regional and international conferences. For a listing of dates and locations where I have offered these presentations (and more), please see here.

Making Time to Create

MakingTimetoCreateMany of us find ourselves saying that we’re “not creative” or that we don’t have the time to allow our students to be creative in class. But there is lots of interesting research that shows that spending time in creative spaces not only makes us happier, but helps us process our thinking and understand the world around us. Making time to create, and valuing that process, opens us up to potential failure and helps us instill a growth mindset. Sharing our creative works can also help us connect with others in ways that extends our thinking, inspires us, and helps us grow in meaningful ways.

There is clearly lots of value in making time to create, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. We need practice, we need encouragement, and we need time. How can we make sure we bring these kinds of ongoing creative experiences to our classrooms on a regular basis? How can we make sure we are providing our students with the time to explore and find their medium for creativity? How can we build in structures that help them develop understandings about how to be creative? This session will focus on the value and purpose of creativity in a classroom setting, as well as strategies and suggestions for making time to create – for both you and your learners.

For a more detailed description, schedule and additional resources, please visit the presentation webpage.

The Power of Audience

tpoaWe know that students are spending lots of time on social media: watching, commenting, sharing, and creating. Often, we tend to view this as “wasted time”, but in looking closer at the skills, habits and dispositions it takes to be a successful creator in social media spaces, we can see that this is a great space for learning.

Successful social media content creators are building audience, community and influence on a global scale – with tools that our students have at their fingertips: an internet connection and a laptop. Can we, as educators, tap into these kind of engaging environments to help our students build audience, and influence, around ideas that matter, in the spaces they enjoy?

For a more detailed description, schedule and additional resources, please visit the presentation webpage.

Living with Laptops: A Digital Citizenship Workshop For Parents

At this parent workshop, we will talk about the elements of Digital Citizenship: including online safety, responsibility, behavior and balance – what they are, why they are important, how we can make good choices (meaning open and honest conversations with children, rather than monitoring/tracking), the difference between interacting in a face to face environment and an online environment, as well as parenting strategies to support this kind of behavior at home. All resources and materials used in this presentation can be found on the presentation wiki.

Digital Citizenship: The Forgotten Fundamental

In our excitement to use new technology tools to enable our students to connect, collaborate and share, we often neglect the attitudes, behaviors and ethics that go along with online interactions.

This session will highlight the essential aspects of digital citizenship and share examples of how these skills and concepts are integrated into the learning experiences of students at Yokohama International School, Japan. All resources and materials used in this presentation can be found on the presentation wiki.

Connecting Your Community:
How to Develop a Blogging Platform for Your School

A blogging portal is a great way to help make the learning environment in your classroom or school transparent to all stakeholders while connecting the whole community.

This presentation will share the vision and implementation process, as well as concrete examples from Yokohama International School’s successful blogging portal, The Learning Hub. All resources and materials used in this presentation can be found on the presentation wiki.

Transforming Your Classroom

Teaching internationally can be a real adventure. The excitement, enthusiasm and challenge that comes with our everyday experiences can be a great metaphor for our journey with technology in the classroom. You’re already a risk taker! Here is an opportunity to try something new in your classroom!

A mini-keynote designed to inspire and make connections to our real-life experiences, this presentation is a short 10 minutes.

Making a Lasting Impact

You might not realize it, but you’re a graphic designer – and so are your students. Finding, arranging and citing unique media to successfully communicate a message is increasingly crucial.

Learn how to share Creative Commons media, engage audiences with “Presentation Zen” techniques, and empower students to become responsible digital creators. All resources and materials used in this presentation can be found on the presentation wiki.

Hardware is Not Enough: The Teacher-Facilitator Partnership

Whether your school has already gone 1:1 or you’re just thinking about it, changing classroom practice doesn’t end with the distribution of hardware and software. Building and sustaining 21st century teaching and learning practices requires a new kind of support structure, focusing on human relationships and pedagogy. Many schools label this position as a Technology Facilitator, but there are a surprising number that don’t yet see the need for this role. It is the partnership between the teacher and facilitator that brings out the full potential of any laptop program.

In this session, Chrissy Hellyer (grade 5 classroom teacher) and Kim Cofino (Technology and Learning Coordinator) will describe and share examples of their successful Teacher-Facilitator partnership at the International School Bangkok (and beyond). Chrissy will offer insights, examples and resources from the perspective of the practicing classroom teacher. Kim will offer strategies, processes and resources from the perspective of the technology facilitator. All resources and materials used in this presentation, as well as the K12Online Conference version (a complete video presentation) can be found on presentation wiki.

Keynote: Going Global:
Culture Shock, Convergence and the Future of Education

Everything I need to know about the future of education I learned, not from kindergarten, but from living overseas. Looking at daily life in foreign lands reveals a colorful spectrum of inspiring metaphors for the shifts we need to make in education. Featuring voices from students and teachers from around the globe, this presentation will start with a look through an expatriate’s eyes at some vibrant details of daily life in many lands. Often what we may find initially chaotic, disorienting and strange in other countries can actually spark new ways of thinking about teaching and learning.

Then, again through the voices and viewpoints of teachers and students from all around the world, we’ll examine the unique aptitudes which allow successful expats to thrive in any environment: adaptability, flexibility, the ability to understand differing viewpoints and constructs, and the communications skills to collaborate across cultural, religious and linguistic barriers. These are exactly the skills that future students and teachers will need to confidently enter the digital, global, converging, collaborative world of tomorrow – wherever they might be physically located. All resources and materials used in this presentation can be found on the presentation wiki.

The 21st Century Learner

Looking to engage your students through the use of new technologies? Wondering about the key skills and attributes they will need for their future? Ready to start adapting your classroom to the needs of the 21st century learner? In this presentation we will focus on strategies for helping students learn with technology the way they live with technology. Bring the engagement and excitement students have about connected learning into your classroom by embracing the new technologies and skills students are experiencing outside of school. All resources and materials used in this presentation can be found on the presentation wiki.

Connecting to Learn, Learning to Connect:
Social Networking in the Classroom

Social Networks (like Ning) are a great way to: engage learners, empower all students, enhance dialogue and discussion, connect with classrooms around the school or around the world, promote and share multimedia hassle-free, differentiate by ability level and interest, and enable learners to be leaders in a truly collaborative environment.

Find out how social networks are being used in classrooms at all grade levels (from second grade to twelfth grade) to create globally collaborative projects, engage students at the appropriate learning level, and enhance curricular conversations outside the classroom. Rationale, online safety, planning process and classroom social networking examples and resources will be shared. All resources and materials used in this presentation (including an audio recording of the entire presentation from the Learning 2.008 conference in Shanghai, China in September 2008) can be found on the presentation wiki.