Presentations
Think back to the best professional development experience you have ever had. What made it so effective? In most cases, memorable learning opportunities are fun, collaborative, and influential. The carefully selected resources on this site will provide you with the tools you need to create exciting experiences at your school.


2018 Learning Forward Conference (website)

Adopt a new professional learning model and transform adult learning experiences! In this participatory session, explore the value of each, and how it relates to your situation. Then, discover what it takes to implement innovative professional learning.

Using Technology to Impact Teachers and Students (6-hour Workshop)
Join us for hands-on learning that will help you see technology as an underutilized tool to improve teacher practice and student outcomes. Learn practical ways to assess current learning so you can start building a roadmap for progress. Empower teachers and engage students. Be sure to bring your devices (e.g. laptop, Chromebook, smartphone, tablet) fully charged. Leave with great resources that you can share with your staff and peers to make an impact and take student learning to the next level.

2018 TCEA Campus Technology Specialist Academy (website)

Adopt a new professional learning model and transform adult learning experiences! In this participatory session, explore the value of each, and how it relates to your situation. Then, discover what it takes to implement innovative professional learning.

Come participate in a number of icebreaker and team building activities that will get everyone talking, laughing and prepared for your professional development.



2018 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching 

Animal Inquiry and Observation: Take Students on a Learning Journey with Livecams
Livecams will take students on an exciting and motivating learning journey outside your classroom. They allow students to see wild animals in real-time in their own habitats. Captivate students by integrating livecams to meet specific TEKS, such as animal behavior and structures and processes that help them survive.

Assessment and instruction go hand-in-hand in classrooms that focus on the student. Join me to explore a variety of strategies to assess student readiness in order to make decisions about current and future instruction.

Full STEAM Ahead for Elementary

These STEAM resources will have your students thinking, designing, creating, and experimenting their way through their education. Activities, websites, and resources will be shared.

Easy-Peasy Green Screen on a Teacher's Budget  

If you have $5 your students can do amazing things in your classroom with green screen technology as they learn and share science concepts with others. Join us for active, hands-on learning. You'll leave with tons of ideas that you can use the next day in school with your students!

From VR to OMG in 60 Minutes! 

Bring your smartphone and experience the creation of virtual reality that is super-easy and tailored to your students! You'll receive ideas as well as tips and tricks to get your students saying "OMG, that learning was fun!" Best of all, everything is free for you to use with your students!

Coding Projects with a Design Thinking Focus      

As coding makes its entrance into schools, how do you use it to solve real life problems? Join us for a hands-on introduction to MakeCode. Use MakeCode to control various devices, including the micro:bit. Leave with a design thinking lesson plan template and more resources.

Show What You Know Using Your iPad    

Bring your iPad and join us for an interactive, hands-on session using several free apps that will get students sharing and showing what they've learned and how to apply it. You'll leave with lots of ideas as well as additional resources to use in your classroom.





2018 Area 1 Librarian Conference (website)

Explore how you can more easily implement blended learning through the use of multimedia text sets (MMTS), hyperdocs, and Google Suites for Education. Participants will spend time working on self-directed, collaborative inquiry-based learning projects. A variety of technical mini-lessons will scaffold participants efforts.

To support vocabulary development in all content areas, we need to provide students engaging lessons, scaffolded for learners at different levels. Join me and experience out-of-the-box, student-centered vocabulary projects that will improve vocabulary acquisition.

Using Google Drawings—a flexible program that facilitates collaboration—students can co-create text boxes, word art, images, and shapes that externalize their thinking and learning processes. Have an existing Google account prior to your arrival.

Build Vocabulary Skills with Paper Slide Videos
Do your students struggle when learning new vocabulary words? Come learn how to make those words come alive through video. You bring a device with a camera, and I'll bring the paper.

The first day of a new school year can be awkward and nerve-wracking for both teachers and students. Break the ice with a few, fun, getting-to-know you activities.


2018 TCEA Chomebook Academy (website)

Your students already love using emojis in their communication, so why not use them to enhance classroom learning? Learn creative ways to use emojis and Google to motivate your students to read and write.

Come learn how you can use Google tools and Chrome apps and extensions in order to address the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities.

Using Google Drawings—a flexible program that facilitates collaboration—students can co-create text boxes, word art, images, and shapes that externalize their thinking and learning processes. Have an existing Google account prior to your arrival.




2018 Texas K-12 CTO Clinic (website)

As a technology system admin, coordinator or director, you will need to organize and coordinate large projects that may become quite detailed. This session will introduce you to the fundamentals of organizing such projects while highlighting tips and best practices. When do you need a project manager? When should the project manager be engaged? What are the responsibilities of a project manager? We will talk about projects and success when there was a project manager engaged vs. when there was not a project manager engaged.



2018 Elementary Technology Conference
(website)


Using Google Drawings—a flexible program that facilitates collaboration—students can co-create text boxes, word art, images, and shapes that externalize their thinking and learning processes. Have an existing Google account prior to your arrival.

Build Vocabulary Skills with Paper Slide Videos
Do your students struggle when learning new vocabulary words? Come learn how to make those words come alive through video. You bring a device with a camera, and I'll bring the paper.

The first day of a new school year can be awkward and nerve-wracking for both teachers and students. Break the ice with a few, fun, getting-to-know you activities.

To support vocabulary development in all content areas, we need to provide students engaging lessons, scaffolded for learners at different levels. Join me and experience out-of-the-box, student-centered vocabulary projects that will improve vocabulary acquisition.

Assessment and instruction go hand-in-hand in classrooms that focus on the student. Join me to explore a variety of strategies to assess student readiness in order to make decisions about current and future instruction.





2018 EdTech Conference - Texas State University (website)

The Power of Play in Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning can be fun. Come explore ways to integrate technology as a playful and ongoing process for teachers and students to bolster educator confidence and self-efficacy in trying new things. 






2018 TxDLA Annual Conference (website)

Flip Your Grid with Video-Powered Reflection
Flipgrid is a video discussion board service that allows your students to share and reflect on ideas with teachers and peers. With Flipgrid, you can create grids with topics in order to capture your student’s voice. 

Gamification has emerged as an innovative teaching-learning strategy that researchers have shown to be effective in improving student learning outcomes. Come learn how gamification can be used in your classroom.




TCEA 2018 Convention & Exposition Presentations (website)

Blended Learning Strategies for the Connected Classroom
The concept of blended learning has been around since the 1960s. Today we continue to expand and improve on its methodologies. Come learn how to successfully incorporate blended learning into your current teaching methods.

Chromify Your Classroom
New to Chromebooks and Chrome OS? Want to use them in the classroom? In this hands-on session, explore how Chromebooks and the Chrome browser can transform teaching and learning in your classroom. Preferred device: Chromebook

Come explore some of Google's secret lesser-known tools. As we explore, we’ll brainstorm ways to use these tools in the classroom and for productivity.

Google Drawings is a flexible program that allows you to add text boxes, word art, images, shapes, and more. Learn creative ways to address content area standards with Google Drawings. Preferred device: any device permitted with Google for Education account.

Come hear a panel of Google for Education experts discuss their successes and failures on implementing G Suite.

Thinking about allowing students to bring their own devices to school next year? Join us as we discuss how to make this innovative approach work. Discussion will include: advantages and pitfalls of implementation, revising your AUP into an RUP, classroom management, and helping teachers to adapt. NOTE: This session counts towards TCEA certification credit.

Your students already love using emojis in their communication, so why not use them to enhance classroom learning? Learn creative ways to use emojis and Google to motivate your students to read and write.

Assessment and instruction go hand in hand in a classroom that focuses on the student. Join me as we explore a variety of strategies to assess student readiness in order to make decisions about current and future instruction. Preferred device: any device permitted

Do your students struggle learning new vocabulary words? If so, come learn how to make those words come alive through video. You bring a device with a camera and I will bring the paper.

Are you a change agent looking to adopt a new professional learning model? Then come discover some new models that will transform adult learning experiences. Preferred device: any device permitted