(Not hands-on sessions – can even be Keynote addresses depending on your format. Meant to raise awareness and generate interest. Max time = 2 – 2.5 hours)
Reconsidering Computer Class
If our computer classes are still focused on teaching Microsoft Office, then we’re missing a wonderful opportunity to teach some of the skills that our students need NOW in order to be successful today.
This Changes Everything
In this presentation I point to a variety of web tools that, when used in a thoughtful, meaningful way can dramatically and immediately change how kids work with our content. I’m constantly updating this to reflect the latest tools and data that support their use. This is a good workshop to get your teachers excited about the many tools and applications on the web that change everything.
What Does Digital/Information Literacy Look like?
The term is used frequently when speaking about the kinds of skills that students and teachers should have in order to access and manage the resources on the web.It’s much more than a basic search. It’s about knowing copyright laws, effective researching skills and managing those resources, leveraging RSS to bring information to you, interpreting data, and having a truly global perspective. It’s about document management. It’s knowing how to efficiently find the information you want online and how to manage what you find. It’s knowing how to share it and discuss it with others. It’s knowing where to get images and music for your projects. And, it’s knowing how to present that information in meaningful ways. There’s more to consider, too. We’ll examine those ideas and others. All in all, we’ll be describing what could be the course outline for your school’s required computer class.
A 45 – Minute Social Studies Makeover
Imagine a Social Studies class where both students and the teacher collected, shared, and commented on articles on the web. And, imagine the teacher having a site where current events articles were collected automatically. Add to that scenario a place for students to carry on discussions after school hours, a way for students to effectively collaborate with other students from (potentially) around the world and the means for students to understand the world perspective on the news. Finally, imagine a social studies class where the student projects did NOT involve PowerPoint. We’ll set up such a class right in front of your eyes.
What Changes in a One-to-One Environment?
When students are each given a laptop, everything changes. Or at least it should. This session will address the overall understanding and knowledge of what the One-to-One program will look like to help shape professional development and get your teachers ready for it. Some suggested topics are (1) Information and Digital Literacy, (2) Collaboration Software Options, (3) Presentation Skills, (4) Levels of Teaching Innovation (LOTI), (5) Survey of Online Tools, (6) How Laptops Change What We Ask and What We Can Expect. This session will examine many of the ways that your school will change when you go One-to-One.
Developing a Personal Learning Network
After first defining a PLN, I use a series of free web tools to connect myself to other professionals from around the world, thus building a network of learners with whom I share my passion for education. Designed to show the power of the tools as personal professional development.
Top Ten Skills Every Teacher and Student Should Have
In this session I show a series of skills from information management skills to personal computing skills that I think are “must-have” skills for today’s learners.