Thinking Differently in the 21st Century Classroom

Email: Cell Phone: 620-242-5265 Office: 620-663-9566

Cell Phone: 620-242-5265
Office: 620-663-9566

Steve Jobs once challenged us to think differently about technology.  In this keynote presentation, I challenge educators to think differently about their classroom.  From classroom design, to technology and social media.  I put forth the notion that we can push our students forward if we simply think differently because “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Trends and Tools for 21st Century Learning

This session is a fun look at the exciting things that happen when educators step outside their classrooms and try new tools. It reinforces the importance of relationships while encouraging teachers to become learners again through positive examples of student success. I will also discuss the topic of self-directed professional development and describe what it takes to build your own “personal learning network”.

Virtual Integrity

One can barely go a day without reading something about digital citizenship and the ethical use of media. This presentation demonstrates a new approach to teaching Internet Safety. How can our belief system affect not only what media we consume and purchase, but also how we view and use the Internet. The presentation will focus on virtues and how they should assist the 21st century student in decision-making about media and Internet use through the perspective of personal integrity.

Engaging Learners with Digital Tools

In this session I share free tools as well as stories about schools and classrooms that have used them to engage learners and learning. I teach educators to use exciting tools to reach even the reluctant learners. I also explore some of the tools educators can use to engage kids are growing up online while teaching them to be responsible online.

Digital Leadership

This presentation is designed for educational leaders during which I share tools and ideas for seeing the future and adapting to it in time to lead schools in positive, new directions.

Getting Personal with Social Media and Learning Networks

This session is an exploration of social networks as learning tools. Through numerous examples I will invite participants to begin developing their own Personal Learning Network. I will help participants see the effectiveness of these engaging learning environments, while sharing the importance of teaching good online behaviors. This workshop explores social media and how you can use it to your advantage. This training gives you the tools and knowledge you need to easily navigate the new world of social media. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, and social media tools such as blogs and wikis are introduced during this workshop.

Presentations Specifically Designed for Students and Parents

What’s Your Digital Legacy

In this presentation for kids, teachers, parents or educational leaders I explore the idea of Digital Legacy. This notion that everything people publish is forever associated with them is powerful and important and we can’t wait to start shaping student thinking around it.


Staying Safe Online and Cyber-Citizenship

This presentation explores the issues of online safety, digital citizenship and cyber-bullying. I share examples of tools and resources for helping educators and parents teach kids to be good people online. In this presentation I detail the differences between firewalls and teaching kids positive behaviors with digital tools and in virtual places. I talk about cyber-bullying and offer suggestions for guiding kids away from behaviors that are damaging to victims as well as bullies. This is a balanced conversation that illuminates many positive digital tools that educators can use to bring out the best in kids. Increase awareness and learn solutions to prevent CyberBullying by having a clear understanding of the who, what, where and how’s of Cyber Bullying.