Bring The Instant Relevance Message To Your School District!
Teachers and students have the world at their fingertips, yet still so many find it difficult to relate learning in school to the lives they live. My keynotes are made to inspire teachers to see the lesson opportunities in even the smallest moments every day and a workshop with me will be focused on developing lessons, activities, and curriculum based on your own teachers’ and students’ passions and interests.
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Instant Relevance: Using Today’s Experiences in Tomorrow’s Lessons Keynote
Classes are too often guided by textbooks and dry course materials. But every day, teachers experience moments that can and should be used in their classrooms the very next day. Instant Relevance is the idea of using today’s experiences in tomorrow’s lessons. We have reached a point where the question “when am I going to use this in real life” has become a joke among teachers and students. Denis presents an engaging and practical session that can help teachers change that question to one of wonder. “Where in your life did you get THAT from?” Teachers will leave this session with ways to connect their content to their students’ lives the next day!
Instant Relevance: Using Today’s Experiences in Tomorrow’s Lessons Workshop (General or Math Specific)
Denis will take teachers through the Instant Relevance message and help them build materials and activities that can apply to their classes based on their own experiences and those of their students. Teachers will leave with classroom materials they can use and share and even better, a mindset focused on seeing the possibilities for creating more.
From Do Now to Think Now: Engaging Students The Moment Class Starts
How do you start class? Homework review? a “Do Now” question? Does this really actively engage the thinking minds of your students, or does it instead just fit into a section of the lesson plan template. This session will explain why the traditional start to class may not be the best way to get the best out of your students, and provide new techniques and technology for moving your students from Do Now to Think Now!!
Google Apps for Educators: The Basics for Beginners to Intermediate
Google Tools and Apps are helping to shift the current role of a teacher into the role of a coach, guiding students with technology-infused projects that tap into their creativity and collaboration. This outstanding NEW seminar is designed for educators working with students in grades 6‐12 who want to move beyond basic use of a variety of free Google Tools and begin modifying and redefining learning in their classroom. Denis will help you build on your foundation with Google Apps and Tools and masterfully create Google enhanced learning experiences for your students. Denis will also present many complete lessons and activities for you to modify and expand for your students using the well known and lesser known Google tools. Whether you are working in a school or district that has “gone Google” or are an individual educator searching for free tools with a variety of practical applications to enhance your instructional program, you’ll leave this seminar with a wealth of ideas you can use immediately.
Google Apps for Educators 2.0: Taking It To The Next Level
This workshop is designed for educators working with students in grades 6‐12 who want to move beyond basic use of a variety of free Google Tools and begin modifying and redefining learning in their classroom. Denis will help you build on your foundation with Google Apps and Tools and masterfully create Google enhanced learning experiences for your students. Whether you are working in a school or district that has “gone Google” or are an individual educator searching for free tools with a variety of practical applications to enhance your instructional program, you’ll leave this seminar with a wealth of ideas you can use immediately.
Unlocking the Power of Chromebooks
Chromebooks are being used in classrooms across the country. Teachers and students can use Google Drive, Google Plus, Chrome Web Apps, Google Sites, YouTube, Open Educational Resources, and Forms daily in the classroom for content delivery, collaboration, creation, and discovery. This workshop will provide resources for implementing Chromebooks in your classroom for both teachers and students. Chromebooks may be cheap, but they can help educators provide a rich experience for students.
Implementing the SAMR Model In Your District and Classroom(General or Math Specific)
Is your district or classroom ready for a change? The SAMR Model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) can help you achieve your change. Whether it be implementing technology or a 1:1 environment, or transitioning your homework and teaching practices, this workshop will give you the tools necessary to make the change a reality in a measurable and scalable way.
Desmos: Transforming Math Education In Your Classroom
The free online calculator at Desmos has transformed math classrooms across the country. This session will teach you how to use the grapher, the Activity Builder, and the Beta Labs as well as show ways to use existing Desmos activities and Desmos explorations in the your math classroom. Teachers are encouraged to bring current paper based activities for discussion and conversion to Desmos activities.
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Denis has presented or is scheduled to present at:
- Nassau County Math Teachers Association annual conference
- EdTech NJ Conference
- Ten County Math Teachers Association Annual Conference
- Evolving Educators First Annual Tomorrow’s Classroom Today Conference
- Twitter Math Camp TMC15
- Association for Math Teachers of New England Annual Conference
- American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Annual Conference
- High Point GAFE Summit
- Evolving Educators Second Annual Tomorrow’s Classroom Today Conference
- Emerging Learning Design Conference
- Twitter Math Camp TMC16
- Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Math (PCTM) Annual conference
- ATMNE Annual Conference, New Hampshire
- Association of Math Teachers of New York State Annual Conference
- Keynote and Workshops at TCEA Area 20 Tech Conference, San Antonio, TX.
- Google Apps Summit, Pequannock High School
- NJASA Techspo, Integrating Google Apps and the SAMR Model
- Wycoff School District Teacher Professional Workshop
- West Milford Schools, NJ
- Lacey Township Schools, NJ
- TCEA Summer Tech Conference, Austin, TX
- Google Classroom In Paradise, July, Honolulu