Below are presentations I have delivered for district professional learning as well as conference sessions. Most presentations run about an hour. Some are all-day seminars that can be split into hour-long sessions. If you’re interested in having me come do one of these sessions (or a session specific to your needs), please contact me.
Engaging & Motivating Students with the 4 Cs of STEM
Learn how to utilize the 4 key ideas of STEM (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking) to engage students more with class content.
Transform Your Lessons into Interactive Presenatations
Pear Deck is a wonderful tool that allows you to take Powerpoint or Google Slide presentations and make them interactive for students. This session shows you how to use Pear Deck and gives ideas for implementing it in class.
Transform Your Classroom with Video
With video becoming easier to create and publish, students can use video to engage more with your class. Epuzzle, Screencastify, and Flipgrid are three apps that can be used alone or together to create wonderful opportunities to give your students a voice.
Gamifying Your Classroom: The Power of Narrative
Narrative has always been a part of humanity. Why not make it a part of your classroom? Utilize the power of narrative to set up a story that your students can actively participate in and create a more engaging classroom experience.
Here are some resources to help you get started:
Poetry Scavenger Hunt: One of my own designs. Change the terms for your course and hide the rest of the information around your room!
EMC2 Learning: Wonderful site with a bunch of pre-made template activities with narrative stuff already added!
Genially: Create site with pre-made templates for games, quizzes, and escape rooms.
Classcraft: Great site for getting you started with gamification.
Flip That Class
Learn what a flipped classroom is and why it can be beneficial to your classroom. Flipped classrooms free you up to focus on other key aspects of teaching than giving information.
Ready to take your ed tech game to the next level? This full-day seminar goes through advanced ed tech ideas and app smashing. If you enjoy using technology in your classroom, this session will give you a lot of great ideas for class.
ELA 4 Life – Writing Beyond the Essay
Most students see writing as nothing more than an essay written for class. Come take a look at ways you can change writing assignments into real-world applications. We’ll look at the principles of writing and how they translate into a modern-day context and utilize technology to increase engagement.
Check out this Wakelet collection with links to all the resources from the presentation.
Bonus Wakelet! All of my favorite design sites.
Do More with Google Slides
Google Slides is great for presentations, but its versatility allows you to use it for so much more! Come learn how you and your students can utilize this wonderful tool in a variety of ways. You may also learn a few tips, tricks, and hacks.
Student Project template (Novel Study)