GLOBAL SPEAKER / LAUNCH ME FOUNDER / ARTIST / PODSTOCK INVENTOR-INSPIRER / TECHNOLOGY FACILITATOR / APPLE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR
I am a change agent, a keynote speaker/trainer but I am first and foremost a teacher. I have been teaching for for over 23 years and I am on a mission to prepare kids for the future and to empower teachers to do the same.
Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.
Since 2007 he has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks (http://artsnacks.org) where he shares 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. This social “learning” network is his Petri-dish for learning to mentor teachers and students in virtual environments. He was selected to be in the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2011 and spends time helping schools that use Apple’s powerful tools get the most out of them for students and teachers.
Since 2003 he has been a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. At ESSDACK he researches and designs programs, training and staff development with a strong passion for helping teachers and learners become successful with educational uses of technology. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning and in his podcast Driving Questions in Education. He is a school board member in the town of Inman Kansas and is currently serving in his second term. He feels that one of his most important roles is to help vision what the future holds for learners and to help move schools in right, new directions. During his classroom tenure, he developed project-based approaches to learning that infused technology and problem solving skills. He created a film program for kids and developed it into a fully functioning curriculum at the high school level. He co-developed a PBL approach called the Life Practice Model with colleague Ginger Lewman and they provide training and certification in this powerful, student driven approach to learning.
Kevin has developed online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which he shares with parents, teachers and students around the country. He certifies instructors in this curriculum and supports trainers as they go out and do this important work. His recent book Don’t Stay Under The Couch Starbuck and The Bully is the centerpiece of his Pre-K-6 curriculum. He continues to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. He is passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners and works with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the “lost” learner. Kevin travels the country and the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a “tradigital” approach to education.
Kevin likes to bring his personal life experience and a sense of humor and creativity to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!
Kevin’s Newest Book
Everyone experiences adversity in life. We all get knocked down, set back, and beaten up at some point. It’s what we do in those difficult moments that defines who we are. Kevin Honeycutt experienced hardship at a much younger age than most, but those difficult times helped shape his belief that the best way out of darkness is to make your own light. Midnight Run is the story of Kevin’s journey out of the darkness.
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My Keynotes and Workshops
Trends, Tools and Tactics for 21st Century Learning
This keynote is a fun look at the exciting things that happen when educators step outside their boxes and try new tools. It reinforces the importance of relationships while encouraging teachers to become learners again through positive examples of student success.
Inspirational Teachers Change Minds & Lives
In this keynote I share stories and ideas geared toward inspired tired and uninspired teachers. We’ll explore tools and tactics designed to reanimate educators.
Music & The Lost Learner
Today’s tools make it easy to make music with kids. By painting their dark colors with sound, kids can express their frustrations and work through them. They can find symphonies within themselves they never knew we’re there. Join me for an excursion into some possibilities in connecting with learners through music.
Creating Meaningful Learning
Sitting in a desk having teaching done to you for eight hours a day can cause some learners to lose their passion for school permanently. Let’s explore the idea of making learning meaningful and irresistible using a bit of drama and today’s amazing technologies.
Creativity Is Essential
Creativity is all but extinguished in some schools and classrooms. Nobody meant for it to happen but with our focus almost exclusively fixed on test scores we find ourselves waging all out war on anything seen as non-essential. In these days of invention and the need for creative problem solving it turns out we in education may have taken the low ground in a time of a coming flood. Join me for a discussion about the need for creativity and some ideas about bringing it into daily learning.
Theatrical Teaching = Forever Learning
Remember your most inspiring teachers and professors? I’ll bet they had a dramatic passion for their subjects and brought them to life in front of your amazed eyes. In this session we’ll explore the potential, intentional role of theater, drama and storytelling in effecting teaching and lifelong learning.
Connecting With Lost Learners
We see them every day, hiding in plain site, kids who gave or checked out somewhere along the educational path. How can we re-find these kids and get them back onto the path to their future success?Join me for an exploration of today’s options for reigniting passion in these kids.
Launch Me, for kids
How can a person connect to the world and grow? How can we learn to market our talents while we cultivate them. How can we teach kids to do the same? With today’s tools and adequate passion we can teach kids to build the life they don’t know they want…yet. Join me for this fast paced journey into launching into the life you want and teaching kids to it too.
Could kids learn about business by being one? Today’s tools and resources allow kids to create, market and sell their ideas anywhere in the world. There are no barriers save for those we imposed on ourselves. Let’s explore some powerful tools and notions that kids could use to imagine a future where they are successful!
Serve Others & Serve Yourself
Nothing builds confidence like helping others. Let’s talk about the things that can happen in the hearts and minds of even your most challenging learners when it’s not all about them.
Learn 2 Love 2 Learn
The killer app for the 21st century is to teach kids to Learn To Love To Learn but how do we do that? Infusing passion and context into your teaching is a good place to start. Join me for this discussion about helping kids L2L2L.
Challenges & Opportunities for Today’s Learning Mind
In this keynote I delve into the multi-tasking, quick researching, opportunity seeking mind and seek to help participants imagine ways we can empower students to become skillful in using the tools of today to become better learners, headed toward brighter futures.
Powerful Tools 4 Challenging Times
In this presentation I explore the amazing and abundant free and affordable tools that we can use to offset costs, maximize effect and drive improvement in schools and businesses.
This keynote shares some of the ways kids think and communicate using today’s technologies. It is a call to arms for educators to join kids on the digital playgrounds they will one day leverage for success.
Social Learning Networks
This keynote is an exploration of social networks as learning tools. Through positive examples I will invite participants to begin what I call: Self-Directed staff development.
Creativity is Essential
This keynote is an exploration of the power of creativity in education. We’ll start by making the case that the business world and the world in general are looking to creative minds more than ever. Through sharing examples from the ArtSnacks network, I show how powerful creativity can be for learning.
Teaching “Wired” Learners
This keynote explores some of the tools educators could/should use to engage kids who’ve grown up online and texting. We deal with issues around digital responsibility, mentoring and preparing kids for success in virtual space.
Online Safety and Cyber-Citizenship
This keynote 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.
Kevin’s Tech Toolbox
This keynote is an always-changing romp through many exciting free tools we can use in schools. We explore the idea of teachers as explorers and the idea of taming the tools so we can use them in education.
Mentoring Digital Kids
In this keynote I use my experience building and maintaining the ArtSnacks network. I talk about the ways we can mentor kids in virtual places and show inspiring examples of kid’s behaviors online.
Hooking Learners with Digital Tools
In this keynote I share free tools as well as stories about schools and classrooms that have used them to engage learners and learning. I inspire educators to use exciting tools to reach even the reluctant learner.
Launch Me, for trainers and presenters
This keynote is geared toward people who present and train others. Whether your job is to talk to teachers, administrators, customers or kids I’ll show you great secrets for connecting to and deeply impacting your audience. I’ll also discuss strategies for marketing and getting noticed by people who don’t yet know they are your customer.
In this keynote I’m talking to everyone in your school from teachers to bus drivers and everyone in between. I’ll discuss the crucial impact of all of the faces that kids see at school and share stories where kids were transformed by positive mentors, no matter their role in the school community. I’ll touch on bullying and cyber-bullying and challenges EVERYONE to take an active role in the nurturing of young minds.
A few of my previous engagements:
Jan 2 Clinton MO
Jan 3 Vidalia LA
Jan 4 New Market IN
Jan 21 Anita IA
Jan 25 Olivia MN
Feb 04 Bay City MI
Feb 07 Chicago IL
Feb 11 Howard KS
Feb 17 Inman KS
Feb 19 Palm Springs FL
Feb 21 Marion IL
Feb 23 Mar 8 North/South Island NZ
Mar 15-17 Palm Springs CA
Mar 20-22 Detroit MI
Mar 23-24 Carolina Beach NC
Mar 26 Valley Center KS
Apr 3-3 Osceola IA
Apr 13/14 San Diego CA
Apr 17-18 Salt Lake City UT
Apr 20-21 Grand Rapids MI
Apr 25/26 Rock Springs WY
May 7-8 Flint MI
May 14 Buffalo NY
June 1-8 Christchurch NZ
June 10 Wellman IA
June 12 Montgomery AL
June 13 Kinzers PA
June 17 Joliet IL
June 18 Whitewater WI
June 19 Lincoln City IN
June 21-27 San Antonio TX
July 11-12 Scottsdale AZ
July 17-19 Wichita KS
July 22 Grand Rapids MI
July 23-24 Wyoming MI
July 25 Nashville TN
Aug 5 Cedar Rapids IA
August 7 Greeneville TN
August 8 Independence MO
August 9 Watsonville CA
August 12 Atchison KS
August 13-14 Imperial CA
August 22 Marysville MI
August 23 Downers Grove IL
August 26 Buffalo NY
August 29-30 Atchison KS
September 2-14 NZ
September 24 Saratoga Spr NY
September 26-27 Alliance NE
September 30 Ithaca MI
October 10 Augusta ME
October 14 Sheridan WY
Oct 18-21 Kananaskis, Alberta CA
October 21-25 Sandvika, Norway
Nov 2-9 Hong Kong
Nov 14 Springfield IL
Nov 21 Des Moines IA
Dec 2-3 Manchester NH
Dec 4-6 San Antonio TX
Dec 7 Wichita KS
Dec 9 Olivia MN
Jan 20 York NE
Feb 5 St. Charles MO
Feb 20 Hutchinson KS
May 18-29 Queensland AU
August 11 Grand Rapids MI