SPEAKER / EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST / BOARD DIRECTOR FOR CUE / STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION’S EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TASK FORCE
Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Using Educators “CUE.” Ken was also named to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Educational Technology Task Force.
Ken, both nationally and internationally, regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Creative Expression, Photography, Visual Learning, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He has worked as an Educator for over 10 years and currently teaches technology at the Middle School level.
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Generation NOW: 21st Century Learning
We have a startling level of accessibility to information and resources. Today’s learner is not only conditioned for immediate feedback, in many cases the desire for immediate results is expected. As a result, one of the more significant challenges we face is to appropriately engage and connect with today’s learner. When it comes to technology and digital resources, many of these forms of engagement can occur at varying lengths of time from seconds to semesters. Whether it be teaching, learning, or creating, we have a plethora of resources available, literally at our fingertips. During this interactive keynote we will explore ways in which these resources can foster increasing degrees of engagement from a teaching, learning, and creating perspective.
iInspiration, iMotivation, and Technology
Technology in its current state provides us with immediate access to information as well publication of our own original works. This poses both a challenge and a solution in Education. This session will take a closer look at how we can leverage our use of technology to facilitate higher levels of Intrinsic Inspiration and Motivation in both teaching and learning. The keynote will include a group discussions, and backchannel conversation, so all participants will be able to develop, identify, and share effective strategies to increase Inspiration and Motivation in teaching and learning through the use of technology.
In today’s age the terms learning and classroom have taken on a myriad of different and newer meanings. The environments in which both occur are physical and digital. Often times the design of these environments can be a determining factor in the desired outcomes. In both cases, the designs of each can not only influence the learner, but also the breadth and quality of their learning experience. It is this experience that can mean the difference between successful engagement in learning and disengagement. During this keynote we will examine ways in which we can leverage the designs of physical and digital space to create a unique learner experience as well as strategies for effective design of learning environments. Because, Design Matters.
Transformational Teaching and Learning with Technology
In our quest to provide students with a rich learning environment, we often strive to find ways to further engage our students. In some cases, this may involve the use of technology to a variety of degrees. Since technology has a ubiquitous influence in the everyday lives of our students, one of our biggest challenges is to identify ways in which we can leverage it for increased student learning. This keynote will examine a variety of methodologies and strategies for effectively implementing and integrating technology into the curriculum. We will also look at ways in we can leverage the use of technology to increase student engagement.
Information Literacy: Finding what you need, needing what you find
We have an astounding level of accessibility to information. In many cases our access to information can occur across a myriad of technological devices including a computer, a tablet device, a mobile device, and a smartphone. Given the mass quantities of information available, it is vital for us to develop strategies for not only finding what we need, but also being able to effectively filter out what we don’t need. This session will focus on identifying appropriate strategies for Information Literacy and why these skill sets are critical for our students and ourselves. In addition, we will identify appropriate methodologies for applying critical thinking skills to evaluate content.
Our world is surrounded by imagery. In many cases images are used to provide directions, information, or even tell stories. Join me as we examine the world of visual storytelling and how imagery can be used within any curricular discipline.
Develop, Design, Deliver: Producing Powerful and Effective Presentations
The purpose of this presentation/workshop is to provide all attendees the strategies, techniques and methods to produce effective presentations. The methods and examples shared are applicable to any format in which a presentation is to be delivered: professional development, classroom instruction, online instruction, professional conference, etc.
Visual Storytelling, Digital Storytelling, and Cinematic Narrative
Our world is surrounded by still and moving imagery. In many cases these are used to provide directions, information, or even tell stories. The most vital element to all of these, Literacy. This session will examine ways in which we can incorporate visual learning to support literacy across the curriculum
The Power of Podcasting
Podcasting give us and our students the ability to produce and publish original works in a variety of areas. This is particularly useful when Podcasting is used as both an assessment strategy and an instructional strategy. This session will explore the realm of podcasting and how we can effectively utilize it in any classroom. We will look at the 3 primary areas of podcasting: Audio, Video, and Multimedia. The session will include ways in which we can leverage the use of mobile devices to support the implementation of Podcasting as well.
My workshop menu can also include all things Google, which I have extensive experience in as well as pretty much anything regarding Apple Devices and Apps (iLife, Keynote, etc.)