Showing posts with label work with me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label work with me. Show all posts

Friday, June 7, 2019

FAQs About Working With Me

Last week I published a list of my ten most popular professional development workshop topics. That post generated a handful of emails from folks who asked good questions about the structure of my workshop days, how to book me for a day, and fee structure. Here are the answers to those questions and more.

How to Book Me
I try to make this part as easy as possible for everyone. If you're interested in having me come to your school or conference, send me an email richardbyrne (at) with the date(s) you have in mind and a little bit of information about your school/ conference. I'll get back to you right away to confirm availability and to schedule a quick call to talk about the needs of your school/ conference. Once we know we're a match for each other, I'll send you a simple contract that doesn't require a deposit to hold the date. That's it! I arrange all of the travel and lodging logistics for myself so that you don't have to worry about it.

Structure of a PD Day With Me
Just like students, every school faculty has different needs. That's why I always talk with you to identify your needs and desires for a workshop day with me. That said, a typical full-day workshop with me is six to seven hours that starts with a short overview of the day's goals followed by an introduction to the first hands-on activity of the day. Typically, there will be four or five hands-on activities that develop skills you can easily transfer to your classroom practice.

Like you, I have a mortgage to pay and kids to feed so I can't do this for free (yes, I appreciate the irony of having a site called Free Technology for Teachers but charging for workshops). That said, my fees are reasonable enough that past clients have told me that I should be charging more. For school-based professional development days I include all costs (travel, lodging, parking, etc.) in the quote that I provide because it makes it easier for you to budget and simpler for me to invoice.

Professional development works best when it is on an on-going basis. That's why I extend significant discounts to schools and organizations who book me for two or more consecutive days or five or more total days in a school year.

Ready to Get Started?
Send me an email today at richardbyrne (at) Not the decision maker for your school's PD needs? Send this page to your department head, principal, tech director, or curriculum director.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Interesting Pictures and Navigation in Google Earth

The picture that you see to the left is the one that took a few years ago while driving across North Dakota with my dog Morrison (I hadn't adopted Max, yet). Since then I've used the picture a bunch of times as part of an introductory activity in my Google Earth & Maps workshop. In the activity I obscure the "Rugby, ND" part of the picture and ask people to use Google Earth to find the center of North America. From there I ask them to switch into Google Earth Streetview to find the monument that Morrison is sitting in front of.

This is not a terribly difficult research assignment, but it is a nice activity that helps first-time Google Earth users learn about the navigation features of Google Earth. Of course, the activity can be modified by using other pictures from the other six continents on Earth.

If you want to use the picture above for a simple geography lesson, you may do so. Click it to open it in full-size before downloading.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Create, Integrate, Demonstrate - Slides from My Workshop at #OETC15

This afternoon I conducted an afternoon workshop at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference. I promised a bunch of folks that I would post the slides from the opening of the session. You should be able to see the slides embedded below.

As always, if you're interested in having me speak at your conference or school, email me at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com. My speaking page contains more information on the workshops and presentations that I frequently conduct.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts of the Week

Good evening from the Free Technology for Teachers World Headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. Earlier this week I spent a couple of days working with a great group of teachers, technology integrators, and teacher-librarians in Selah, Washington. We had a great time exploring all kinds of ideas around augmented reality, video creation, and blogging in the classroom. Next week I will be in Dubuque and Bettendorf, Iowa. If you are going to be at either of those conferences, please say hello. And please click here if you would like to have me visit your school or conference.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. How to Flip Your Classroom With eduClipper and PixiClip
2. Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things)
3. Complete These Free Courses to Become a Better Researcher
4. Progressive Phonics - Free eBooks for Teachers, Parents, and Students
5. Three Good Places to Find Historical Images - And an Idea for Using Them to Spark Discussion
6. Legislative Explorer - An Interactive Visual of Legislative Actions
7. Flipagram - Telling Stories Through Pictures

Three seats are left at the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Two Places to See Me Next Week

Writing this blog has provided me with a bunch of opportunities to speak at places that I never thought I would go, that's a good thing. Thank you all for making that possible by continuing to read and follow my blog. Next week I have two speaking engagements that are open to the public.

On November 27 I will be giving a short webinar for Mary Grove College's Masters of Art in Teaching program. The event is free and open to the public. You can get all of the registration details here.

On November 29 I will be a keynote speaker at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire. I'm psyched for the opportunity to present at this conference as it has been on my must-attend list for a long time. Angela Maiers and Scott Kinney will be the keynote speakers on the first two days of the conference.

And if you're interested in having me speak at your conference or at your school, please see my work with me page for more details.