Conference & School Keynotes

Providing passional and thought-provoking keynotes


Current Keynotes

Respecting Students and Their Culture

Technology has had a significant influence on the current generation of students in our schools. Understanding their culture and how technology has influenced them is something that every educator needs to know and understand. Why are they hanging out in their phones? How do they talk today? What are the impacts the technology is having on the way this generation learns and expects to be taught? It is a new digitally connected world and “I’m not good at technology” is no longer an excuse educators can afford to hide behind. We need to meet them where they are at…and increasingly that place is in devices.

A New Learning Landscape

It’s not just our schools that are changing, it’s society as a whole. A new learning landscape is emerging. A landscape of global education. What does this mean for our schools, our students, and communities? This presentation looks towards the future and what awaits today’s students.

The Speed of Normalcy

We live in a digital world, we work in a digital world and we learn in a digital world. It’s time to stop apologizing for being connected and start thinking about how the connection is affecting the way we work, play and live and learn.

PD Days & Sessions

Workshops & Conference Sessions

I deliver a number of different sessions for schools and conferences.

Below are some of my most popular sessions at the moment. My sessions are all customized to the audience and the outcomes needed by the school or conference.


Thought-Provoking Sessions

Getting Social with Students 
Let’s face it, kids are social and they want to connect! They want to connect with each other, with their teachers, with their school at large. This will be a discussion on the use of social networking tools with student bodies to engage them in learning, foster school spirit, and just have fun! We take a look at how some schools are using social networks to communicate with students as well as the school community at large. Come with ideas to share, questions on how to get started, and be ready to take a look at social-networks through the eyes of kids today.

The Changing Nature of Communication
Being a leader in the 21st Century means going beyond e-mail and newsletters into the new digital world of communicating with parents and students. Understanding that society today wants information in short and more frequent bursts is the first step in utilizing tools that allow you to communicate using the new web. This presentation demonstrates and discusses the different ways schools and school leaders can harness the power of the Internet to communicate with their school communities.

Moving from Consumers to Producers of Knowledge
Content is free, production of knowledge is at an all-time high. How do schools take advantage of the productive power of the web? How can schools engage students in meaningful projects that focus on creativity and apply the content students are learning? This session will be a discussion on how to move schools, classrooms, and students from consumers to producers of knowledge.

Leading a Successful 1:1 School 
1:1 technology integration begins with you! Join us as we work in a PLC to share implementation successes and work to solve challenges. While different devices and problems may affect different buildings, a unified voice across the district is an important first step in success.

How to Engage Your School Community Using Facebook
This session is for administrators and technology leaders to understand the power of Facebook to tell your school and district’s story. Facebook is the social media of our parent generation, not student generation. Learn how to post, what to post and when to post to get the most engagement out of your followers and pass that next levy or bond.

Digital Citizenship: Moving from Private to Public
Technology is part of our everyday lives and it is for our students as well. It is time we stop treating digital citizenship as 30-minute lessons and instead help prepare students for the workspaces of the future. Come be part of a conversation of how we help students move from private to public in safe and meaningful ways that prepare them for their future.

Digital Distraction: Beyond Counting Notifications
Digital Distraction is real, but counting the number of notifications students get on their phone during class isn’t a solution. This session will look at ways we can all be more digitally aware and how we can use opportunities to have true and honest conversations about the world we live in with students.  
Theory-Based Sessions

Flipping Your Classroom (Reverse Instruction): Getting Started with the Flip
When content is free and accessible to students anywhere and anytime how do we flip the instruction in our classroom to take advantage of anywhere anytime learning? This workshop will discuss the pedagogy behind reverse instruction along with examples of how teachers are flipping their classrooms to take advantage of the web and the resources it has to offer. This is not about video creation or having students passively watch a lecture. This is about engaging students in the learning process. Walk away with strategies you can start using tomorrow in your own classroom.

Looking for Learning in the Digital Classroom (ADMIN)
Just because the laptops are open does that mean learning is occurring? We need to move beyond doing old activities in new ways to doing whole new activities that lead to deeper more meaningful learning. This session will help administrators learn what to look for in the digital classroom. Using new theories and new standards, administrators will walk away with a greater understanding of how digital tools change the learning landscape and allow for authentic learning experiences.

Supporting Your Parent Community Through the Digital Shift
A session on ways to support the parent community through the shift. Come learn and share the ways you are engaging your parent community in understanding this new digital world. This will be a conversation based session full of resources and ideas of how to engage parents in the conversation about technology.

Teaching a Media First Generation
We must understand that this generation of students is media first text second. They have grown up in a media-rich world. How do we use this idea to capture their attention, allow them to think deeply about subjects and engage them in the text-based world that seems foreign to many of them? We dive deep into the world of media to understand students learning habits today.

Tool-Based Sessions
Moving from Sorting to Searching 
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There was a time not too long ago when we taught students how to sort and organize their files. How to create folders inside of folders and basically do what we do in the physical world to our digital life. Then came the Internet and its endless websites. We tried to organize them but at last there were too many. So we turned to something different … we stopped trying to organize the web and we started searching it. Search is the skill of our era, a life skill that once mastered opens up all sorts of opportunities. Do we teach search in your classrooms and schools? This session will focus on the skills and strategies of search. Participants will walk away with K-12 lesson plans, ideas and classroom routines they can start using tomorrow in their classroom to teach students the skill needed most in today’s connected world. The skill of search.

My Wikipedia is Better than Your Textbook 
That’s right, I said it. It’s time we start to learn how we can trust Wikipedia. It’s the only encyclopedia this generation has known and it is trustworthy if you know how to use us. This session will help you understand how to use Wikipedia and more importantly, teach your students how to use it appropriately as well.

GSuites in the Classroom 
This session will focus on using Google Apps in the classroom with students 3rd – 12th grade. This free educational service encompasses a powerful set of tools that are revolutionizing education. Combining these tools with other free Google products like Google Maps and Google Earth only enhances the learning for students.
We will go hands-on with real lessons being used in classrooms right now as we discuss how Google Apps changes the learning environment. From science notebooks to collaborative notes and classroom newspapers we’ll get our hands dirty with what these powerful tools have to offer. Participants will need a Google Account.
(Jeff is a Google Certified Trainer)

Starting Your Online Personal Learning Network
This workshop will focus on helping teachers understand and create their Personal Learning Network (PLN). From RSS Feeds, to Twitter, FriendFeed, and Blogs. This workshop will get you started and connected into the most powerful professional learning community online today.

I Don’t Get Twitter!
What’s all this Twitter about? Why should I care? I don’t get it? What’s all the fuss? I’ve asked myself these same questions. This presentation looks to discuss Twitter and all it has to offer educators and students.

Using Video with Your Students
This session will focus on different ways teachers can use video with their students. From videoing “Math Talk” to having students create videos about their science experiments. A video is a compelling way to engage students, parents and yourself in creating and learning in a new medium.

Using Animated GIFs as Assessment for Learning 
Ah … the Gif. We’ll start off by having a heated debate on how you pronounce this file format. But once we settle that, we’ll geek out on how to take this 20-year-old technology and use it in the classroom. The Gif is making a comeback and students love making them … so let’s use them for learning!

Using Google My Maps to Tell Stories, Gather Research and Learn Mapping Skills
Everyone knows Google Maps, but have you heard of My Maps? Come ready to geek out and learn all the ways your students can create maps not just use maps. When’s the last time you touched a paper map? Then why do we still have students coloring them! Digital maps are the future … let’s prepare them for their future, not our past.

Creating Presentations that Work (WORKSHOP)
Do you give presentations to your staff or students? Or maybe you require your students to give presentations during class. Creating good presentations that make people want to listen and pay attention does not happen by mistake. There is a science to it. Lectures aren’t dead, just look at TED Talks as a great example of lectures still having a place in our teaching and learning. If you want to up your own presentation game or are tired of sitting through mundane student presentations then come spend some time learning the science behind a good presentation and how you can apply it to your own practice. 

A 30-minute Lesson That Will Change the Way you Think About Learning 

Come be a student for 30 minutes as we demonstrate the power technology has to change teaching and learning in our classrooms. Please have your devices charged and ready to go for the beginning of class (tardies will not be excused!) (Grades 6-12)


Half Day & Full Day Workshops

My favorite work is being able to spend a day with a group of educators digging in and doing the real work to think different, to consider the generation that we are teaching and bring real change to the classroom.


Current Workshops

The New Learning Experience: Taking Advantage of the Information Age

Society is changing, we are more connected than we have ever been in the history of mankind. We are producing more content, sharing more ideas, and learning at a pace never before seen.

This workshop will look at our changing global society, changing universities, and how teachers can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge in their classrooms. Recent research shows that today’s students fall into what is called the 1-9-90 rule. That is that only 1% of students are actively creating content, 9% know how to curate digital information, while 90% of this current generation only consume digital information. What are schools doing to encourage students to be creators of content and not just consumers of information? We will focus the day on looking at everything from how we can have students create their own core text for a class to creating digital maps to make sense of their world. We will explore new approaches to learning within the connected classroom as well as how educators can move from a Pedagogical approach to a Heutagogical approach to learning within their classrooms.

Participants will have time to explore, learn, discuss and walk away ready to take advantage of the information age in their classroom. This workshop will focus on the essential question: What skills need to be replaced in our schools to ensure we are preparing students for their future not our past?

Engaging a Media First Generation: The Importance of Visual Literacy in the Classroom

New research shows that children between the ages of 0-8 are engaging with media three times more than our generation. Media plays an important role in the lives of children today.

This workshop will focus in on how we can use images and video to engage the media first brain in order to have them engage with the text-based world of our schools.

Participants will walk away with ready to go lesson plans and ideas for how to use images to promote critical thinking and deep understanding of concepts in the classroom.

So Your Students Want to be YouTubers

“They just want to all be YouTubers” I heard a teacher say. Of course they do! They want to be creators of awesome content. How do we support them in doing this? How do we realize that for some of them, YouTube, or something similar probably will be their career path.

We take time to dive into and understand the YouTube culture and then guess what … you get to become a YouTuber as well. (Google Account Required)

Parents & Community

Raising Digital Children

Bringing your parent and community along with the changes that are happening in education are critical.

I run sessions that are just for parents or include both parents and students together.


Parenting in the Digital Age

A one or two-hour parent session on understanding the digital lives of teens today. This presentation can be tailored to be given to just parents or to parent/child audiences. 

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Please reach out at any time and let me know how I can be of service to you.

Please note that my calendar does fill up about 3-4 months in advance. So the earlier you contact me the better the chances we can find a mutual date that works.

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