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Tap into your potential with Discovery Education's Speakers Bureau. Work with our team of keynote speakers and workshop leaders to identify, encourage, and promote the most effective use of technology in the classroom.
Scott Kinney

Biography

Kathy Schrock calls herself an Educational Technologist. She has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian, and is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor at two universities.
 
Kathy has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Discovery Education STAR and a DEN Guru. In 1995, she created her award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, Kathy partnered with Discovery Education and she maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired.
 
In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes throughout the world. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, copyright and intellectual property, tablets in the classroom, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), Google+, and on many other social networks!

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Keynote Sessions

 

Literacy in the Digital Age


This presentation provides a look at thirteen major literacies — traditional, information, visual, critical, media, tool, digital, data, global, economic, civic, health, and historical. The focus is on embedding them into the curriculum in a meaningful way to ensure students master the skill-set for each. The presentation includes resources, tips, tricks and successful practices to help students internalize these important skills.

Concurrent Sessions

 

iPads for Teaching and Learning


With the number of iPads coming into schools, this presentation provides educators at all levels with tips, ideas, and pedagogical strategies for both teaching and learning with the iPad. Successful practices for teaching with the iPad will be highlighted and iPad apps will be presented that target each cognitive level of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy (2000). Both formative and summative assessment utilizing the iPad, and synchronous and asynchronous collaboration between teacher and student and student to student, will also be addressed. The presentation also provides some specific hardware and software solutions for screencasting and projecting.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Using Infographics as a Creative Assessment


An infographic is a visual representation of information. Come learn tips and tricks for using student-created infographics as an authentic assessment. The presentation will showcase how infographics are created and concentrate on the student literacy skills necessary to research, critique, summarize, and communicate information in a visual way to reach their audience.

Connecting Your Classroom to the Future: Predictions and Predicament


This presentation takes a look at technological predictions and predicaments that have informed the direction of current instruction, and ponders a few questions about teaching for the future. How can teachers design curriculum that embeds technology in a meaningful way? What tools should the classroom technology toolbox contain? What are the management strategies to facilitate this connected classroom?

R.I.P.: Respect for Intellectual Property


The right of the creator to protect their intellectual property is not "dead". With the advent of tools that allow ripping, burning, mashing, and editing, there is a lot of confusion as to what can be done with content found online in support of teaching and learning. This presentation takes a common-sense look at how educators can both mentor and teach respect for intellectual property as part of the research process and project-based learning.

Digital Storytelling Meets the Common Core


Digital storytelling across the content areas is used as an assessment at all levels to showcase student mastery of content knowledge. With the Common Core's inclusion of the use of digital technologies throughout the standards, digital storytelling is the perfect tool for communicating content knowledge using the a digital toolset. Come learn about the apps, software, and online tools that make this easy to utilize in the classroom!

HOTS for Bloom's


Bloom's Taxonomy provides a research-based model to organize the cognitive skill set we all utilize as we learn and master new content. The iPad, with its access to thousands of great creation apps, is perfect to help students move through the lower order thinking skills (remembering and understanding) and showcase their content mastery and creativity using the higher order thinking skills of applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. This presentation will provide you with ideas and activities for the use of the iPad to target these important higher order thinking skills!

Following Change to Lead Change


Once you begin to follow change leaders, you can become one yourself! Creating a personal learning network is a practical, professional, and pedagogical way to collaborate and learn. You can use your PLN to learn from others, ask for help on any topic, and contribute your ideas and thoughts. Come learn what a personal learning network is, why you would want to participate in one, and learn how to start using various online tools to build your own personal learning network and lead the change in your school, district, or university.


 

What People Are Saying

"I just wanted to thank you again on behalf of CSU and everyone who attended your workshops yesterday. I think it's safe to say that everyone who came was able to leave having learned a wealth of new tips, insights, and perspectives. You are a natural presenter, and don't be surprised if some of our peer institutions reach out to you with invitations for their own events in the future! "
James Kowalski
Center for Teaching and Research Excellence
Chicago State University
"Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! We appreciate the time and energy it must have taken you to become the expert you are today. Please know that your visit with us was so much more than a great workshop; it also provided momentum to drive our iPad initiative forward!"
Nancy Hardy
District Technology Trainer
Marion School District (Marion, AR)


Types of Sessions She Delivers

  • Keynote/Featured Sessions
  • Concurrent Sessions


Topics She Covers

  • 21st Century Leadership
  • Media and Instruction
  • Social Media and the Web
  • Content Creation
  • Common Core