Welcome to the Gates Ideas website. Look around to find information about available topics for workshops, keynote addresses, conference presentations, resources, and consulting services that I provide. I bring to the table 39 years of classroom teaching experience in public education and a passion for the meaningful use of all things technology to empower educators to find and use the right tool(s) and strategies for the job.
I believe it is not about the tool itself, it’s all about getting the kids actively engaged in their learning and becoming true digital citizens. That means having the ability to locate, evaluate and understand information from the Internet, and being able to manage it and create meaning from it. I want to instill a sense of awareness, purpose and urgency with our teachers and students. I can help teachers create a collaborative and cooperative 21st Century learning environment in their classrooms.
I developed and have been teaching for the past three years a 3-credit graduate course called “iPads in Education” for Eduspire at various locations throughout PA. The course is ideal for the novice user yet comprehensive enough for others. My goals are to get teachers comfortable with the technology and confident in their ability to teach with it. It is about making sure the students do more with the iPADS than just play with apps. I have now written an “iPads in Education 2” course that will be offered in the summer of 2015. Check out the Eduspire website for future locations.
Check out the “Services” and “What I’m Doing” tab on this site. I am available to conduct a variety of professional development workshops, hands-on workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses for teachers, administrators, parents and focus groups. I am currently doing workshops on how the IPads change the overall practice of teaching and learning. If you are considering going to a One-to-One program, there are lots of items to consider beyond just the logistics. I can help with the overall understanding and knowledge of the tools available to help shape Professional Development and get your teachers ready for it.
While reviewing the services included here, check out my TEDx talk entitled “Why School Is More Important Than Ever”. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you. I can be reached through the “Contact Me” tab or by telephone at 717-773-6526.
James Gates, Consultant
“I wanted to express my gratitude and admiration for your help with the TedX Youth event. I am a longtime TED fan and have occasionally been able to share some outstanding Talks with my two sons. I attended the TedX Youth Camp Hill. It was an inspirational day.” – Josh Hooper, Executive Director, PA Environmental Resource Consortium
“Jim talks about important educational technology priorities every district should embrace and practice, and puts it “all” into perspective.” – Melanie Wiscount, Palmyra Area High School
“I thoroughly enjoyed your session yesterday at VU! Not only was your message one that I applaud, but you are a wonderful “deliver-er”. An essential combination and really effective in inspiring educators!” – Tara Parr, Perkiomen Valley School District
“I think the gift of being able to tell an engaging story that directly relates to the learning is most important. You definitely have that gift” – Lori Rodgers, Arin Intermediate Unit
“Excellent vision of tech in education….” – Thomas Murray, Quakertown Community School District