The important work we do in schools is made possible by groups of passionate educators working together. I have had the privilege of working with students, parents, educators, school and office administrators, trustees, technology specialists, and outside organizations who share that passion. If you are interested in working with me as a presenter or keynote speaker, please contact me with your request. Schools groups can visit ETFO’s Presenters on the Road Catalogue to request a free* session.
My focus during any workshop or keynote is to inspire my audience in an engaging and thought-provoking way to create change and a movement forward. As we move into conversations that explore why the work is being done, we will later focus on how we can leverage relationships, digital technologies and resources to create deep learning experiences that will improve achievement and well-being in our schools and communities.
Keynotes/ Presentations/ Workshops (alphabetically)
A Kids’ Guide to Canada
Description: All K-8 students in Canada are invited to participate in an innovative “Kids’ Guide to Canada – Un guide du Canada” project and help write a brand new chapter in Canada’s history. The project offers every K-8 student in the country an unprecedented opportunity to make a personal contribution of true meaning and lasting value to the children of Canada: the very first multilingual, multicultural and interactive guide to Canada made BY kids and FOR kids: a single historic national school project!
With well over a quarter of a million dollars of support from educational organizations, small businesses, and the Canadian Government, this teacher-led initiative invites every K-8 teacher and class in Canada to investigate, honour, and introduce the land and people of their school’s neighbourhood community to the children of Canada, and in the process, help build a new era of “understanding, empathy, respect”. (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Call to Action 63.3)
The project is 100% free, 100% inclusive, and Canadian-based; it includes mandatory student safety and security components, and provides extra support for schools lacking access to technology or reliable internet service.
Join me to learn more about how your students discover their intrinsic worth, creative powers, and ability to impact and shape their world by getting involved in A Kids’ Guide to Canada!
Blogs as Digital Portfolios for
Description: With the rapid integration of technology into our classroom programs, it is imperative that educators think critically about using that technology effectively to further the process of learning. Empowering students to build their own digital portfolios is one of the most effective ways to integrate technology in a rich and meaningful way. Learn how to leverage the power of a digital learning platform (Edublogs) to ensure students develop 21st Century Competencies, while exploring all aspects of the curriculum through deep learning tasks. Experience how to design, create, and integrate digital learning experiences that transform learning into high levels of achievement for students. Explore how thousands of elementary students in the AMDSB are building digital portfolios and engaging in inquiry-based learning partnerships with students in their own classes and with global learning partners to start conversations, find answers to their questions, network, document their learning, develop new literacy skills, and more! (Ontario Ministry of Education TLLP 2013 – 2016)
Designing New Literacies
Description: Literacy has always been defined by technology.
As we reflect on what it means to be literate today, and consider the value and complexity of teaching and learning in digital spaces, how are we transforming
literacy all instruction to meet the needs of today’s learner? This session is designed to provide an introduction to New Literacies – the digital learning environments (apps, websites/blogs, GAFE, Twitter…), technologies (iPads, Chromebooks, etc), and new literacies skills and strategies required to be literate today. Re-examine our Language Arts curriculum with a lens to future. How does our current Language Arts curriculum lend itself to teaching and learning reading comprehension skills and strategies in digital learning environments? Re-think how we teach reading and writing—communicating—as a social process. How are we integrating experiences for students to read, write, create, reflect and connect using social media platforms = literacy-rich learning environments? Together, let’s re-envision what it means to be literate today…
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. (Alvin Toffler)
Description: Technology is entwined in almost every part of our lives, shaping the way we connect, socialize, play, and most importantly, learn. Technology has transformed the ways we interact with each other, and the world. Digital citizenship is about how we should act, and interact with others when we are online. It’s about teaching users of technology what they need to know in ways that prepare us to be contributing citizens today, and in the future. Join me as we explore a shift in thinking about Digital Citizenship -moving away from a lesson a week– to creating a school culture and mindset of understanding around the human, cultural, and societal implications related to technology use in education. During this session, we will discuss why we need to teach digital citizenship, how to select SAFE online educational tools, ways to integrate technology effectively- guided by the SAMR & TPACK model, guidelines for using social media in the classroom, copyright, fair use and attribution, as well as how to balance technology use at work/school, and at home.
Digital Human Library
Description: The Digital Human Library is advancing education as Canada’s premier digital experiential learning library. Through Canada’s largest network of Canadian teachers, industry leaders, experts, and collaborative community partnerships, dHL creates opportunities for teachers and students to engage in connections-based learning choosing from 3 types of virtual learning catalogues:
Video Conferencing: Choose from hundreds of industry leaders, experts, and organizations in all K-12 curriculum subject areas available to connect with your class for free to engage students in virtual programs, Q&A, career talks, and mentorships at a time that works for you.
Live Streaming: dHL is a founding partner in Live Learning Canada (LLC). Live Learning Canada has been designed to deliver hundreds of curriculum-based live streamed educational programs for experiential learning in K-12 classrooms across Canada.
Virtual Tours/ VR: Browse the largest collection of free educational multi-media virtual tours on the web, including 360° panoramas, live cameras, videos, VR and more. Choose from hundreds of tours in all curriculum subject areas and explore new places around the world from your classroom.
Discover how the dHL addresses the need for experiential learning in K-12 education by engaging students in sustained inquiry, building stronger relationships between community partners and schools, advancing the development of networking skills and global competencies, and creating a more inclusive and equitable educational experience for all learners.
The Globally Connected Learner/ Social Media in the Classroom
Description: In order to bring our wired classrooms to life, we must provide students with opportunities to use the technology they are using outside of school in school – make the extra-curricular the curricular. Social media platforms like blogs and Twitter are some of the tools we will explore as we discuss globally connected learning and networking with a special focus on developing global competencies.
How do your students leverage the power of technology to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society?
Join me in conversations about best practices for integrating social media into your classroom program to engage learners, promote greater enjoyment of learning, and build strong, lasting learning partnerships with family, the local community, and global learning partners.
Parents as Partners in Learning (for Parents/ Guardians)
Description: A parent’s involvement in their child’s learning is the number one contributing factor for student success. As more educators begin to integrate social media into their classroom programs to connect their students with their world, there are even more questions and concerns raised by parents about what this means. In this talk I will highlight how integrating the use of social media into our classroom programs provides parents with unique opportunities to engage in learning with their children. I will also explore the potential that community partners have to change the nature of conversations in our classrooms about “why” and “how” we learn.
A desire to achieve success interwoven with the right questions inspires new learning and sends
students learners on rich and meaningful lifelong quests. What if we believed that we too are learners both inside, and outside of the classroom? What if we were all inspired to follow our passions? What if we empowered our learners – and felt empowered ourselves – to wonder, explore, and become forward-thinking creators? What if we nurtured an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset? If our passion and ability to ask meaningful questions are the driving forces behind success, what questions are we asking ourselves, and our learners to nurture a life-long love of learning while developing the future ready skills needed for success? Join me as we reflect on our work in education during these transformational times to move from asking the question, What if to taking action and driving change.
Keynote/ Presentation/ Workshop Highlights 2016 – 2017
All of presentations are tailored to each audience and customized based on your learning needs. My material is continuously updated and adjusted to keep it current and make it relevant for each school group or organization. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to request me as a presenter.
- 2018 ETFO ICT Conference for Women (Keynote)
- 2018 Connect2018, Niagara Falls ON (Keynote)
- 2017 EdTech Leadership Summit, 2017
- 2017 Bring IT Together Conference, 2017
- 2017 TVO Professional Learning Series, Innovating for Social Justice, Online
- 2017 M.A.D PD Online Conference, Online
- 2017 Fair Chance Learning Ignite Event, Niagara Falls ON
- 2017 Connect2017, Niagara Falls ON
- 2017 A Kids’ Guide to Canada Webinar w/ Angela Maiers, ON
- 2017 Ontario Teacher’s Federation (OTF) Webinars (Spring/Summer/Winter/Fall), Online
- 2016 Bring IT Together (#BIT15), Niagara Falls, ON (Spotlight Speaker)
- 2016 Ontario Teacher’s Federation (OTF) Pedagogy b4 Technology Conference, Toronto ON (Keynote)
- 2016 Global Education Conference, Online
- 2016 Ontario Interboard Network for the Gifted, Stratford ON (Keynote)
- 2016 ULead, Banff Alberta
- 2016 EdTech Summit, Toronto ON (Spotlight Speaker)
- 2016 OLA Webinar (dHL), Online
- 2016 Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Toronto ON (Spotlight Speaker)
- 2016 Ontario Teacher’s Federation (OTF) Webinars (Spring/Summer/Winter/Fall), Online