Work With Me

Ken Shelton
Writing this blog has given me the opportunity to work with some great people in the education community. I cannot accept every invitation that I receive, but I do give serious consideration to all invitations. If you are interested in having me speak at your school or conference please use the contact form below or email me directly at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com

Services I offer:
*Workshops for your faculty. We will roll up our sleeves and get immersed in learning about ways to use technology in our classrooms. You can choose from the list of topics at the bottom of this page or I will work with you to develop a custom day of workshops for your faculty.

*Keynote for your conference. If you're looking for an up-beat start to your conference to get people excited about the opportunities technology provides for students, let's talk.

*Webinars for your faculty. This is a cost effective way to have me work with your faculty. We can schedule webinars at time that is convenient for your faculty to participate. Webinars are recorded for those members of your faculty who cannot attend live. I currently offer a three-part webinar series built on the framework of using technology for discovery of information, discussion, and demonstration of knowledge. I can also present webinars on any of the topics listed at the bottom of this page.

*Virtual keynotes. This is a cost effective way to have me speak to your audience. This is a great option for smaller conferences with less than 200 attendees.

About Me
High School Social Studies Teacher
Google Certified Teacher
2012 MERLOT Classics Award Winner
2011 Edublogs Award Winner
2010 ACTEM Educator of the Year - Finalist
2010 Tech & Learning Magazine named me one of 30 to Watch for the Future of Ed Tech.
2008, 2009, 2010 Winner of Edublog Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog.
2009, 2010 Winner of Edublog Award for Best Individual Blog
2009 Nomination for Edublogs Lifetime Achievement Award
Monthly contributor to School Library Journal.
Past contributor to Teacher Librarian journal.
Contributor to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media

What do you get when you hire me to speak or lead a workshop? 
Click here for a sample of one of my keynotes. 
1. A presenter who truly understands the challenges of teaching in today's public schools. I speak from an "in the trenches" perspective.
2. A Google Certified Teacher.
3. My focus is on free web-based tools that teachers and administrators can use to improve the learning experiences of their students. A list of presentation topics that I have covered in the past is available below.
My framework for using technology in education can be summed-up in three words; Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration. I use that framework for explaining the purposes of the tools that I introduce to teachers.
4. My goal in every presentation I give or workshop that I lead is to have everyone, regardless of the content area or grade level taught, leave with at least one immediately actionable idea they can use.
5. Web-based and downloadable supplementary materials to support teachers after they leave my presentation/ workshop.

Places that I have presented in the past:
The American School in Switzerland
Southeast Missouri State University
Boston College
City University of New York
ISTE Annual Conference
Pima County Arizona Tech Camp
Alaska Learning Network
MOREnet Instructional Technology Conference
Teacher 2 Teacher
iPad Summit USA
Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference
Click here for a complete list of dozens of appearances.

Some of the places where I'll be presenting in the coming months:
NCTIES - North Carolina
NYLA - Syracuse, New York
ECOO - Ontario
ACTEM - Maine
Literacy Promise - Utah

Presentations I've offered in the past. 
I will work with your organization to create a presentation/ workshop that best meets your teachers' needs.

1. "Leading Students In a Hyper-connected World"
*From phones to tablets to televisions today’s students are more connected to the world than ever before. With a few keystrokes and a click students can discover new information and challenge more old information. What does this mean for our roles as teachers? And how do we lead students to become conscientious consumers and producers of information? In this keynote Richard Byrne will offer some answers to those questions and challenge you to find new ways of leading students in a hyper-connected world.

2. "Ten Common Challenges Facing Educators and Tools to Address Them."
*This is my most popular keynote presentation designed to get the audience thinking about new ways to use technology in their schools.

3. "24/7 Learning: Creating Teacher Blogs and Websites That Complement Classroom Instruction."
* This session is designed for teachers who want to learn to build a free blog or website that will enable their students to  continue to learn long after school has ended for the day.

4. "Engaging Students With Video Creation Projects"
*When students create projects that are only shared in the classroom, they'll settle for good enough. When students create videos that are shared with a global audience, they'll only settle for the best. This hands-on workshop introduces teachers to a variety of tools that their students can use to create videos to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide array of topics. Participants in this session will learn about video formats and each format can fit into their classrooms. A discussion of copyright, Creative Commons, and fair use is included in this workshop. At the end of the workshop each participant will have at least one completed video to share with others.

5. "Google Across the Curriculum." 
* In this session participants will learn about the lesser known tools offered by Google to classroom teachers. This session goes beyond search and introduces participants to the Google Drive suite, Google Books, Google Plus, and other Google tools. 

6. "Developing a Powerful PLN (Personal Learning Network)."
* This session is for those teachers who want to expand their professional learning opportunities beyond the traditional in-service days, occasional conference, and graduate course. If you've tried Twitter before, but you "just don't get it," this is the session for you. This workshop is not limited to Twitter. Participants will also be introduced to networks like Classroom 2.0, Educator's PLN, and Google Plus.

7. "Taking Google Earth/ Maps Beyond Geography Lessons."
* In this session teachers will learn that Google Earth isn't just for Geography teachers. The session will have a strong emphasis on using Google Earth/ Maps for digital storytelling.

8. "Backchannels and Informal Assessment Tools"
* Back-talk in the classroom is not good, but backchanneling is great! In this session participants will learn about free micro-blogging services, polling services, and chat services that they can leverage to improve in-classroom conversations and extend those conversations beyond the physical classroom. These techniques will get even the most shy of students involved in classroom discussions.

9. "Best of the Web 2015."
* This is my most requested presentation. It is a fast-paced session of sharing the best free web-based education resources. This session is guaranteed to offer something for every K-12 teacher.

10. "Mind mapping, timelines, and collaborative brainstorming"
* In this session participants will explore free web-based tools they can use with their students for creating timelines, graphic organizers, and other formats for recording and synthesizing information and ideas. 

11. "Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration."
*This session provides a framework for technology integration in schools. While participants will learn about a number of free tools, the focus is really on the purposes of using technology schools.

12. "Awesome Android Apps for Education."
*This session provides participants not only with a run down of great free apps for use on phones and tablets, but also some context and examples of how to use these apps in their classrooms and schools.

13. "Mobile Learning and the Common Core."
*This session provides participants with ideas and apps for addressing ELA Common Core standards while using iPads in their classrooms. Time permitting participants can try the apps and contribute to a group brainstorming session with the goal of developing a lesson to use in their classrooms.

14. "Teaching With Technology and Primary Sources"
*This workshop is designed for history and ELA teachers who want to discover new ways to have their students interact with primary sources. Teachers are also introduced to tools and strategies that can help their students become better researchers.

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