Past Events
Technology & Learning's TechForum, Chicago
2003 -- Keynote
Southeast Regional Technology in Teaching Conference (SRTTC)
2003 -- Keynote
CUE, California
2001 -- Keynote
2002 -- Keynote
World Technology Conference, Phoenix
2002 -- Keynote
TIE Conference, South Dakota
2002 -- Keynote
National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)
1998 -- San Diego
2000 -- Atlanta
2001 -- Chicago*
2003 -- Seattle* (* Spotlight Speaker)

I'm loving this; it's great! This is the best thing I've been to in years of going to conferences! [Overheard in Atlanta]

This was a homerun! This is what I came to this conference to see! [Overheard in Chicago]

MACUL -- Michigan State Educational Technology Conference
1998, 1999, 2000
SOITA/GMVETIC Conference in Ohio
2000 (Keynote)
2001 (Keynote Address)
2002 (Keynote Address)
North Carolina Educational Technology Conference
SchoolTech Expo
2000 -- NYC
2000 -- Chicago
2001 -- NYC (Keynote)
2001 -- Chicago
2002 -- NYC (Keynote) 2003 -- Chicago (Keynote)
Chicago Educational Technology Conference
I was at your keynote address at the recent "Rising to the Challenge" conference. I feel like a whole new world of possibilities has opened up. I'm very grateful for your work and for this incredible web site. [A Chicago Teacher]
Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference
2002 (Keynote Address)
Texas Middle School Education Conference
I*EARN International Conference in Callus, Espanya


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David Warlick
Public Speaker, Training,
Web Design & Applications for Education

I am a teacher at heart.  My goal is to inspire and energize audiences with ideas and possibilities that will challenge them to expand their perceptions of teaching and learning and to dare to consider our professional future with optimism and excitement.  

However, if in the process, members of my audience do not go away with real and practical ideas that they can implement in their classrooms tomorrow, then I have not done my job -- for I will always combine with high minded concepts, practical techniques for using today's technology in today's classrooms to teach for tomorrow's world.

-- David Warlick

Beginning of a presentation for about 150 Pennsylvania superintendents in 2001

Frequently Request
Keynote & Workshop Topics & Technical Issues
  Title Concurrent
Keynote Extended

The Art of Being Digital: Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century Classroom   x x
The Three "Ts" of Teaching in the Twenty-First Century   x  
Teacher-Philosophers of the 21st Century   x  
Using the Internet to Enhance Classroom Learning: Beyond the Basics     x
The Art & Technique of Creating Video Essays     x
Raw Materials for the Mind: Using Internet-based Information for Teaching & Learning x x  
ClassWebs: Cultivating the Internet for Learning x x x
Finding It on the Net: Becoming a Digital Detective x x  
Ethics & the Internet: Copyright, Plagiarism, and Attribution x x  
Building Online Learning Experiences for Students     x
Building Web Sites that Work for You x x x

sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) Technical Issues

In most instances, I will bring my own laptop, a Macintosh G4 Powerbook. My clients typically provide:

  • 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 the venue.
  • Speakers or house-sound for the computer (a standard miniplug).
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sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) 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:

  • 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?
Join this 25-year educator and technology pioneer in exploring the art of teaching in the 21st century classroom.

sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) The Three "Ts" of Teaching in the Twenty-First Century
  It 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 close supervision.

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.


sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) Teacher-Philosophers of the 21st Century

During 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 canvas.

Today, 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.

This entertaining 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.

This session is also designed as a keynote or featured speaker address.

sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) 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.


sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) 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.


sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) 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.


sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) ClassWebs: Cultivating the Internet for Learning
Our classrooms 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.


sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) 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.

sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) 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 assignments.

This session is most frequently offered as a concurrent session, but has also been a quite successful featured speaker topic at several conferences.


sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) 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 45 minutes.

The tool is called SLATE ( 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 delivery tool.

This workshop 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.


sqbullet.gif (939 bytes) Building Web Sites that Work for You

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 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.


Because 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.  Please contact David at: or 919-414-1845

to discuss availability and services.

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