Keynote and Presentation Topics
This is a list of keynote and workshop presentations that I frequently give.
While this is a substantial sample of possible presentation types and titles,
there are many others that may be customized for an event.

Keynote and Presentation Topics

“Education for the 21st Century”

Today's students learn differently than any other generation of students before. They are "digital natives" who are constantly accessing different types of technology...and often simultaneously! How do educators teach effectively and adapt to a new paradigm of education where teachers teach in ways that students best learn? Communication has changed; technology just "is!" No longer are we looking at just 1:1 initiatives. With mobile media devices, students often have two or three technology devices they use for connecting, creating, researching, and learning. Strategies that educators can implement to engage students and motivate them will be presented. Learn ways to enhance teaching and learning and engage our students as we prepare them for a future in the 21st century.

“iPads and Mobile Media in Education” 

Whether you are currently using iPads or other mobile devices in your school or for yourself...or if you are just beginning to explore the possibilities, we have only seen the beginning of this technological revolution. As the iPad continues to evolve along with other mobile media devices, the way teachers teach and the way students learn will significantly change. While we have, up to now, focused on a 1:1 environment in many schools, we are beginning to see more students in 1:2 and even 1:3 environments. Electronic textbooks, apps for education, data access wherever they go...these are just a few of the potential opportunities students will have “in hand.” The future of technology is changing, and these devices are revolutionizing education!

"Innovation and Creativity: Preparing Our Students for the Future"

Design Thinking, Maker Labs, Coding, Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, Mobile App Development, and Robotics—all of these topics are at the forefront of education today as we prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. How can we create a culture of change in which student–centered learning truly inspires innovation and inspires creativity? A balanced approach of these innovative teaching tools and instructional strategies integrated into the curriculum can help students meet and surpass the standards for your education program as well as promote deeper understanding.

"Google Apps for Education—Create, Communicate, and Collaborate!"

The power of Google Apps for Education for creativity, communication, and collaboration provides students, teachers, and administrators with amazing tools. Whether implementing these for the first time, using them with administrators, or wanting to grow the expertise of your faculty and other constituents in your community, Google Apps can really make a difference in your school!

“Polar Bears and Climate Change—Connecting Ecosystems Around the World”

Climate change and global warming are affecting life in the Arctic. Polar bear habitat is disappearing, and the species is being threatened. Learn more about the effects of climate change on the polar bear and the Arctic. What is happening, and what can be done to change it? What other global issues are related to this? Finally, how can we take action individually to make a difference collectively for the polar bear and other species?

“iPads and Common Core”

Discovering the true power of the iPads with the "4 C's" of Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking opens up a wealth of potential for teaching and learning with these mobile devices. Utilizing the power of these tools, we can actively enhance the learning experience as we address the Common Core standards for education. It truly is possible to increase test scores, improve student attendance, keep students engaged, improve reading scores, and address the Common Core standards with a well–planned implementation and the successful integration of iPads.

“Polar Bears and Challenge Based Learning”

Polar bears and their habitat are affected by climate change, as are many other species and environments around the world. Through Challenge Based Learning, students can become actively involved in authentic, scientific studies, creatively design solutions, and take action and utilize technology projects to make a difference both locally and globally. Join Julene Reed during this session to learn how the polar bears in the Hudson Bay area are being affected by climate change, how Challenge Based Learning can engage students in related activities that are based on 21st century education skills, and how the"Tundra Connections" program from Polar Bears International is providing educators and students with live videoconferencing and webcast opportunities with scientists on the tundra as well as curriculum resources to inspire action and make a difference.

“Global Education: Connecting and Collaborating”

Global education is a critical component of 21st century education. Today’s students face a future where boundaries are abstract and global learning is critical. Tomorrow’s citizens must be global communicators, they must be able to participate successfully in challenge based learning activities, and they must have collaborative skills. Technology is a tool that we can use to promote global learning, provide cultural understanding, and build relationships. Knowledge of other cultures around the world leads students to understanding and compassion. That, in turn, creates students who take action to make a difference in resolving problems and changing the world to be a better place. Standard curriculum can be transformed into engaging projects with real-world applications and service learning opportunities.

“Harnessing Web 2.0 for Teaching and Learning”

What is all the buzz about social bookmarking, tagging, wikis, social networking, and the many Web 2.0 technologies that are key components of students' daily vocabulary? Which technologies can support and enhance the curriculum? How can educators effectively use the "read/write web" to motivate students and connect them with other students around the world? In this session, we will explore the ways educators are using technologies such as VoiceThread,, Ning, Google apps, and wikis, to engage today’s students in the learning process.

“Going Green and Making a Difference”

Climate change, environmental stewardship, global responsibility—these are all important concepts about which we should educate our students as we guide them to implement projects that will affect change in our schools, our communities, and our world. What we do locally really can make a difference globally, and, as educators, we have important roles to play in our schools to make a difference for the future!

“Learn with the World through Videoconferencing and Virtual Collaboration!”

Bring the world to your classroom through videoconferencing and distance learning! Whether you use a full videoconferencing system or a web cam, you can bring experts "into" your classroom, collaborate with other students around the world, take virtual field trips, have students earn college credit, and much more! Videoconferencing is also an excellent way to provide professional development opportunities to faculty and staff. See the ways videoconferencing can make learning real for you and your students!