Technology Integration Specialist / Educational Speaker / Classroom Design and Innovation / Flexible Learning
Kayla is an energetic elementary educator who is passionate about innovation, classroom design, social media, and all things edtech.
Kayla Delzer is a 2nd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. She is a columnist for Edsurge.com, where she writes about a variety of edtech topics. She has eight years of teaching experience, all in second grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently in the process of becoming National Board Certified, the highest mark of professional accomplishment. On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners. Kayla is a technology and innovation enthusiast, and she frequently travels around the United States as a featured and keynote speaker. Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide. She is highly sought after by educational and technology companies to preview and review their products. Kayla sits on several advisory boards of educational companies, and works closely with Remind, Go Ennounce, GoNoodle, Amazon Education, and Creative Teaching Press to name a few. She was also recently selected as North Dakota’s Lead Digital Innovator by PBS. She is authoring her first book for educators based on best 21st century teaching practices for digital natives, due to be published in December 2016.
Speaker Menu Items
Reimagining Classrooms: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders
See video – Published on Oct 13, 2015 via TEDx
Why do some classrooms look the same now as they did 70 years ago? In this passionate talk, second grade teacher Kayla Delzer speaks about her mission to revitalize learning and the classroom environment. Kayla explains how to release the power in the classroom by giving students ownership of their learning and making it relevant to them. Breaking down the four walls of the classroom allows her students to become globally connected – and you won’t believe the endeavors her students conquer by embracing purposeful technology.
Bring the World to Your Classroom!
Description: Learn to take your students — no matter how young — anywhere from outer space, to the Minnesota Zoo, to classrooms in other states and countries. Discuss ways to safely encourage virtual exploration and student led classroom social media accounts. Leave this session ready to empower students to virtually “Share Their Story” and bring the world to your classroom.
Reimagining Learning Spaces
*This session is based off of my column, Why the 21st Century Classroom May Remind You of Starbucks.*
If we take a look at classrooms over the past 100 years, we are seeing the same type of learning environments, year after year. The world is changing, yet our classrooms are remaining much the same. Revitalizing space is a straightforward way to let students exercise choice in the learning environment and find academic success on their own terms. Leave this session with a good idea about how to turn your classroom into a flexible seating, student led “Starbucks for Kids” learning space.
iPads for Elementary Learners
Description: Transform your classroom into a 21st century learning zone. Come explore a typical day in the life of a connected second grade classroom student. The session will cover responsible iPad use, apps for creation and not just consumption, management tips, and digital citizenship. You’ll leave ready to seamlessly integrate anywhere from six to 1:1 iPads throughout the entire school day.
Demonstrating Student Understanding Through Technology*
Technology can give even the quietest students a voice and a chance to shine. This session will target different apps that help students demonstrate what they have learned using both their voice and work. Often students can show that they understand something, but have difficulty explaining how they know they have mastered a concept. Several student examples will be shown, and ample time will be provided to explore the apps.*If this is a session you would like me to present, a list of apps will be provided beforehand to download.
So You Think You Can Teach?
Description: This presentation is targeted at preservice teachers. Topics addressed include: advice for preservice teachers, launching a new school year, integrating technology in your classroom, classroom management, setting up a classroom, using social media in the classroom.
Twitter and Instagram for Teachers
Description: If you’ve signed up for Twitter or Instagram and are wondering how to get started, this class is for you. Both of these social media tools are now wildly popular. Come see why millions of users have flocked to these sites. You will leave with a good start of a PLN in each network
21st Century Parent Communication Tools
Description: Sending home only a weekly newsletter is no longer an option in our 21st century schools. During this session, you will learn how I utilize Remind 101 text messages daily, blogging, Twitter, Homeroom app, and emails to communicate classroom happenings with families.
Building a Blog
Description: This session is for any teacher who would like to develop a blog for classroom communication. We will dive into Blogger and walk step-by-step to get a blog launched and published. Come with some ideas for a blog title, and some pictures to upload.
What Others Are Saying
“Kayla Delzer was hands down the best guest speaker in our T&L 250 class at the University of North Dakota. Students learned so much from her presentation and she connected with each student. College students loved her teaching style and still mention her name. I know most of my class follows her on Twitter and on her blog. Kayla Delzer is AWESOME!”
– Patrick Marolt, UND Professor and Elementary Principal
“Three years ago my sister was teaching in a district. Over Christmas, she said, “Becky you have to check out this teacher, she is so creative and kind!” I checked out her webpage and fell in love with her style. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend two session that Mrs. Delzer was hosting. The two sessions guided me to many resources and tools to “enhance” my teaching. From the people I’ve connected with through Mrs. Delzer, it has re-energized my teaching and passion for what I do. I continue to follow her for ideas, thoughts, and tips. It’s a great reflection tool to network with teachers outside your district to inspire and share with. I’m very thankful for her willingness to share!”
– Becky Hayden, 3rd Grade Teacher
TEDxFargo – 2,000 attendees
TIES15 – 500 attendees
SNDU Keynote Orono School District Keynote
SDE I Teach 2nd National Conference
Cypress Fairbanks Digital Learning Conference
Most Likely to Succeed Mini-Documentary
Douglas County Schools Keynote