Matt has presented to more than one thousand teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.
He’s a member of the Indiana Department of Education eLearning Speakers Bureau (click slide to right to enlarge). He’s also a Google Certified Teacher (one of less than 1,000 worldwide), a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator and recipient of a 2014 WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.
Matt is available to present a keynote speech (similar to this one or customized for your audience) at your event! Contact him at matt@DitchThatTextbook.com for more information.
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Ditch That Textbook! (keynote)
Teachers are no longer the gatekeepers to education. With ubiquitous information available from Google searches, YouTube videos and social media, how do we as educators navigate the new landscape? It’s time to “Ditch That Textbook,” engaging students in digital spaces and rethinking our “textbook” beliefs about education. You’ll leave this session inspired and equipped to provide the most relevant education possible for your students.
Ditch That Textbook (full-day workshop)
Teachers are no longer the gatekeepers to education. With ubiquitous information available from Google searches, YouTube videos and social media, how do we as educators navigate the new landscape? It’s time to “Ditch That Textbook,” engaging students in digital spaces and rethinking our “textbook” beliefs about education. You’ll leave this session with lots of practical, “use in class tomorrow” ideas for using technology in the classroom. You’ll also be inspired and equipped to provide the most relevant education possible for your students. Thorough digital handouts save links to all your valuable content in one place to refer back to later. Be sure to bring a laptop, Chromebook or tablet to get the most out of this workshop!
Come to Google Education 101! In this session (best as a half-day or full-day workshop), your Google Certified professor will lead you through a number of practical activities utilizing Google tools that apply to almost any classroom. Don’t think of your typical college lecture though. This class is hands-on! Leave with thorough digital handouts and ideas to implement immediately!
Become a Google Classroom Master
Welcome to Google’s new classroom! Teachers and students all over the world are using Classroom to manage and share their documents effortlessly. How does it work, and what can you really do with it? This session takes you through the basics and more!
An “imaginarium” is a place where ideas can grow, develop and flourish. This session (best as a half-day or full-day workshop) is dedicated to helping teachers create the unit or lesson of their dreams. See ideas for incorporating creativity, technology, design and more, and utilize time. Then take some time to craft that ideal unit or lesson so it’s ready to use!
Video projects: Making them practical and fun!
Video equals instant engagement! Students love to record video projects, but they often like to watch them even more! Get practical video project ideas that cross over many subject areas and tips for making them happen. Learn about some free video-creation tools that can make your students’ videos come alive!
Google Genius: Practical Google activities for class TOMORROW
Googlize your classroom immediately! Learn about 30 Google-based activities that can be applied to almost any grade level, content area or specialization right away. Google tools will include the likes of Docs, Slides, Drawings, Maps. Thorough digital handouts give you everything you need to incorporate these activities in class tomorrow!
Wow and engage with YouTube Creator Studio
YouTube is for more than looking up videos for your classes! It makes video creation quick and easy. Plus, the Creator Studio lets you edit videos, add music and link them to each other. Learn some techniques you can implement instantly to give your videos and lessons some extra flash!
Sketchnotes: Tools and tactics for visual notetaking
Sketchnoting is a fun, visual, brain-friendly way to remember important ideas and make sense of them for others. In this session, you’ll learn some sketchnoting basics and best practices. You’ll learn how to create them digitally or on paper. You’ll also get a chance to create your first sketchnote!
The Digital Pirate: “TECH Like a PIRATE”
In “Teach Like a PIRATE,” author Dave Burgess shows teachers how to use passion and presentational skills to engage students and create memorable experiences. In this session, attendees will get lots of ideas for combining engagement hooks and technology to connect with students like never before. Matt will share specific tools in combination with PIRATE engagement hooks, giving teachers plenty of “use tomorrow” content. Includes “The Digital PIRATE,” a FREE ebook with 20 ideas for “tech-ing like a PIRATE”!
The Classroom Hub: Creating an online home using Weebly
A class website is a great place to hold all of the great digital resources your class is using and creating. Weebly makes it super easy with a drag-and-drop editor, and it’s free! With a little know-how, a Weebly website can also hold embedded videos and interactive flashcards, become a place students can quickly send you a message, and display student work. Learn this ideas for making an engaging class website and more!
The Lightning Round: 60 Powerful Tools in 60 Minutes
Hang on, because they’re going to come fast and furious! 60 useful digital tools are presented in 60 minutes. Get the most power for your hour! Everyone will come away with something they didn’t know about that they can use. Includes GREAT digital handouts to give you access to these tools any time.
Sharing is Caring: Collaborative Google Apps Activities
This session introduces you to a long list of collaborative activities that can be accomplished across the entire Google Apps suite. These activities utilize the real-time collaboration, chat, commenting and link sharing capabilities of Google Apps. Collaborative activities can cross over to administration, enabling new, powerful modes of staff communication from the ground up.
Educational Technology — The Right Way
Not all technology use in the classroom is equal. It can do way more than turn your existing activities digital and online. Learn how to “climb the educational technology ladder” and harness the true potential of your tech! Digital handouts include clear explanations of each level of technology usage and examples.
A Day in My Paperless Classroom
Take a tour of the tools and techniques this teacher uses to teach practically paperlessly. Find out about using: Google Apps to create almost everything in class, Weebly for a class website, TodaysMeet to communicate quickly, Socrative for quick assessment, KidBlog for online writing, and more. Great digital handouts give you all the information you need to get started with anything mentioned in the session.
His, Hers and Ours: Digital Tools from a Techy Teacher Couple
She teaches social studies. He teaches Spanish. But they both engage their students with some great digital tools at the same school. Learn what they use, how they use it and how it can be implemented in your class immediately.
Connecting Classrooms to the World
Class doesn’t have to be confined to the four walls of the classroom anymore. Powerful communication tools like Skype, Google Hangouts and more can connect your students to other cultures and viewpoints as well as give them access to experts in your field and virtual field trips. Includes great, thorough digital handouts. Learn how to use these free tools to turn your class global!
Becoming a Connected Educator: Finding a Million New Ideas
There is a vast amount of teaching ideas, tips, tricks and people available online just waiting for educators to tap in. Find out how people like you are finding and sharing on sites like Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and others and how YOU can reap the benefits too! Use step-by-step instructions in this session and thorough digital handouts to get you started navigating these social media tools.
From “Blah” to Blog: Online Writing for Students and Teachers
Students read and interact digitally every day. Why not meet them in that world? Learn how blogs can be used in virtually any classroom and how to get students interacting inside and outside of class. We’ll also examine the benefits and how-tos of teacher blogs as well. Includes thorough digital handouts you can refer to any time.
Broadcast with Podcasts: Giving Students a Voice
Student voices and podcasts in our classrooms lead to instant engagement! Digital audio can be created with a simple phone call and can range from a basic assignment to multi-week projects. Teachers will leave with plenty of no-cost ideas for implementation and simple instructions on how to do them.
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