Keynote & Workshop Topics & Technical
In most instances, I will bring my own laptop,
a Macintosh G4 Powerbook. My clients typically provide:
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- A table for the laptop with a light weight chair or one
with wheels for computer demonstrations.
- A computer projector that can display 1024 x 768 screen pixels and a screen of appropriate
size for the venue.
- A high speed Internet connection (Ethernet) is necessary
for many of my presentations. Technical staff should also
be on hand to assist in TCP-IP configurations.
- A wireless lapel microphone, depending on the size of
- Speakers or house-sound for the computer (a standard miniplug).
for use in conference
and staff development
||The Art of Being Digital: Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century Classroom
As little as we know about the future for which we are preparing our students, it is clear that it will be a place that is governed by information. Accessing, processing, building with, and communicating that information is how we will all make our livings.
Being literate in this future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and do basic math. However, the concept of literacy in the 21st century will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3 Rs of the one room school house, a legacy that still strongly influences today's education environment.
This enlightening and thought-provoking address will make a case for a literacy model that extends out of reading, writing, and basic math to answer questions like:
Join this 25-year educator and technology pioneer in exploring the art of teaching in the 21st century classroom.
- What do you need to know, when most of recorded knowledge is a mouse-click away?
- How do you distinguish between good knowledge and bad knowledge?
- What does it do to the value of information, when everyone is a producer?
- How do we address ethics, when we are empowering our students with such prevailing skills?
||The Three "Ts" of Teaching
in the Twenty-First Century
is clear that the schools and classrooms that best prepare our
students for the 21st century will be dramatically different
from the schools I attended in the 1950s and 60s. However,
too many of our schools today are still based on the Industrial
Age design, preparing students for workplaces characterized
by working in straight rows, performing repetitive tasks, under
This enlightening talk and demonstration will reaffirm that
the difference between our good teachers and our best teachers
is a thin one, and in order to turn all of our classrooms
into dynamic, exciting, and highly effective learning environments,
three elements must be present.
This has been a highly successful address and has sparked
invitations to return and do next year's keynote address.
||Teacher-Philosophers of the 21st
the decades that we and our parents attended school, teaching
and learning were largely defined by limitations. We were
confined by the four walls of our classrooms, the two covers
of our textbooks, and a flat view of the world that resulted.
Our cultural image of education was restricted to this two-dimensional
however, we find ourselves in educational environments that
are characterized more by their lack of limits than their
restrictions. The Internet, wireless communication, information
capturing tools, and emerging pervasive computing provide
us access to information and experience that was unimagined
only 10 years ago.
address -- with a healthy amount of futurisms, current tools
innovation, and twists on a theme -- will dare the audience
to think about education in a new way and to redefine what
it means to plan it, to administer it, and fundamentally what
it means to be educated in the 21st century.
session is also designed as a keynote or featured speaker
||Using the Internet to Enhance
Classroom Learning: Beyond the Basics
||You have already discovered
that the Internet is a vast resource of information for your
students and for yourself, yet you feel that it can be much
more than a fancy encyclopedia or electronic postal service.
You want to learn more about this revolutionary technology.
You want to learn what you and your students can do now, with
the Internet, that you could never do before.
This Outstanding seminar will help you take a penetrating
look at the Internet. You will discover innovative,
unique characteristics of this extraordinary technology and
explore a wealth of practical learning applications that have
never before been available to educators. You will learn
not only how to more effectively integrate the global network
into your curriculum, but also how the Internet can be used
with word processors, spreadsheets, graphics software and
presentation tools, making the Net a binding piece in a rich
variety of information processing tools.
This presentation is typically engaged as a six-hour seminar
or a two or three day hands-on workshop.
||The Art & Technique of Creating Video Essays
||It is clear that information of value in the future will be the information that communicates itself most effectively and efficiently. Sometimes it will be text, and sometimes it will be images, animation, audio, or video. The information literate worker of the future will be proficient in all of these formats.
This engaging hands-on workshop will help educators learn to communicate through motion and sound, creating video essays that deliver a message. Topics will include:
- Constructing video essay assignments
- Selecting appropriate images and text from the Net
- Importing Net-accessed images into iMovie Video
- Video effects using iMovie
- Evaluating video essays
This is a 6-hour hands-on workshop and requires access to Apple Macintosh computers with iMovie.
||Raw Materials for the Mind: Using Today's Tools to Prepare Students for Their Future: Using Internet-based Information for Teaching & Learning
||In the Information age, it is information with which people will work. Many of us attended schools designed to produce machine operators. Our students will become information artisans, skilled in finding and synthesizing information raw materials, and building new and valuable information products. Included in this anecdote-rich presentation will be practical and compelling examples of how teachers can use Net-based information to create learning experiences for their students that were never possible before. Prepare to be amazed!
This session can be offered as either a keynote, featured
speakers, or concurrent session.
||ClassWebs: Cultivating the Internet
are intricate and ever-shifting puzzles that exist under enormous
strain from many directions. Fitting something as global and
nebulous as the Internet into this already over-stressed puzzle
is a challenge. This is especially true when the Internet presents
teachers with brand new problems.
The key to integrating the global network and related technologies
into our classrooms is being able to mold and shape the Internet,
so that it fits our students' needs, our teaching styles,
and our curriculum standards. ClassWebs are web pages created
by teachers to help their students learn specific content
and skills. It is a process that empowers teachers to mold
technology for their needs.
This session will help participants learn to create and publish
online learning spaces for their students. Through small group
activities, participants will discover three unique qualities
of the Internet. The presenter will then demonstrate how these
qualities can be leveraged for teaching and learning buy constructing
web pages designed for student use -- web pages that put a
face on the Internet that is consistent with the teaching
and learning styles of a specific class and its instructional
objectives. The presenter will also demonstrate how such a
web page can be constructed in less time than it takes to
create a paper worksheet.
This session can either be presented as a concurrent conference
session or as a 6-hour or two-day hands-on workshop.
||Finding It on the Net: Becoming
a Digital Detective
||There are no
magic buttons on the Internet. Conducting deep and revealing
research over the global network involves strategy, uncovering
clues, and investigating a digital universe. This entertaining
and practical presentation will demonstrate a number of obscure
tips for searching the Internet including an approach called
S.E.A.R.C.H. Learning how this dynamic model for searching
the Internet can grow content and provoke creativity in teaching.
Learn to be Sherlock Holmes in Cyberspace.
This session is most frequently
offered as a concurrent session, but has been a quite successful
featured speaker topic at several conferences.
||Ethics & the Internet: Copyright, Plagiarism, & Attribution
||One of the greatest
challenges facing teachers in the Information age is sending
students out beyond the school's media center to find and use
information from a global Internet library. How do we
help our students identify, evaluate, and select the best building
blocks for their information products? How do wee teach
them to respect the intellectual property of other people?
This session will examine some of the fundamental problems of
Internet-based information and techniques for carrying out digital
investigations of that information. Participants will
also learn about a brand new and unorthodox strategy for evaluating
net info that reaches right down to the nature of our classroom
This session is most frequently offered as a concurrent
session, but has also been a quite successful featured speaker
topic at several conferences.
||Building Online Learning Experiences
for Your Students
||It is a condition of
computers in the classroom that as soon as our students enter
their online activities, we lose about 90% of their attention.
It becomes essential that we, in a sense, follow them into the
virtual activity so that we can guide their learning. One way
of doing this is by putting a face on the Internet, one that
reflects the students needs, our instructional objectives, and
our teaching styles.
In 1995, Dr. Bernie Dodge
invented a technique for creating online instructional activities
called WebQuests. This workshop introduces participants to this
tried-and-true activity structure and arms teachers with a tool
that not only enables them to create standards-based, content-rich,
and interactive online activities, but to do so in less than
The tool is called
SLATE (http://landmark-project.com/slate.php3). Not only will
workshop participants gain continued free access to SLATE,
but also a highly interactive web environment that enables
them to collaborate with other educators in building and maintaining
an educational links library, of which SLATE will be the integrated
is designed as a one to five day hands-on experience. One
day offers an introduction to concepts and to the tool. Two
or more days will have teachers building numerous online activities
for their students to use tomorrow.
||Building Web Sites that Work
People shop, learn, select restaurants and movies, sell their beanie babies, and report their taxes over the World Wide Web. Increasing they will expect to find valuable information about their children's schools and classrooms online, and they will expect it to be interactive, just like Amazon.com. Not only will parents and the community expect this information, but providing timely and valuable information through school web sites helps us do our jobs as educators.
This featured presentation will illustrate five things that are wrong with most school web sites and strategies for making your site one of your partners in prepare students for the future. The World Wide Web is the storefront through which the business of education will happen.
Depending on the audience, this session can be presented
as keynote, featured speaker, or concurrent session; or
as consulting service for organizations planning to implement
a web-based product.
of David Warlick's dynamic presentation style and use of multimedia,
any of these and other topics can be offered as a keynote,
featured speaker, or concurrent sessions for your conference.
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