KEYNOTES & SESSIONS

Thank you for checking out Alice’s sessions! In general, these sessions run about an hour, but Alice is nothing if not flexible and always has more to say, so most sessions can fill a longer time frame, or be applied as an all day workshop if desired. With rare exception, Alice’s sessions are interactive and hands-on, but the Chrome extensions and add-ons that will be shared are not tablet friendly. Participants should bring a laptop or Chromebook to Alice’s presentation. Participants should also come prepared for an energetic and fun day of learning with Alice!

KEYNOTES

WE TEACH THE FUTURE

We live in a unique moment of time where the relevance of what we teach is easily called into question. The dramatic leaps forward that the digital world is causing makes the job of educators increasingly difficult. As photographer Steve Uzell tells us, if “you don’t really know where you are going… then every road is the wrong road, and any road will get you there.” Educators have to know what outcome they are trying to get and what skills they need to cultivate to get that outcome. In this insightful keynote, Alice Keeler will share her thoughts around the skills and outcomes educators should be paying attention to and what paths we can take to get there. She will also help us understand how to get out of the way at the right time so other meaningful learning can occur.

IN THE FUTURE, CARS DRIVE THEMSELVES

The future is now, cars already drive themselves so what does that mean about the possibilities for our students? Technology influences how we live our everyday lives, so it should be a part of the everyday classroom. Students now have technology and Google Apps at their fingertips; let’s embrace these tools and use them in innovative ways to create amazing learning environments for our kids!

SHIFTING TO STUDENT-CENTERED CLASSROOMS: THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEF

(NOT TECH FOCUSED)

In a student-centered classroom we remember that “the person doing the work is the person doing the learning.” Technology can help shift from a traditional teacher-centered model to a student centered classroom; however, do not expect this to be unicorns and rainbows. Students asking for worksheets, “can’t you just tell me” and other forms of resistance should be expected. Students go through the 7 stages of grief when moved to a student-centered model. Let’s help them through this to let them really shine!

LET’S ASK (TEACH LIKE GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE EXIST. HOW WE SHIFT OUR TEACHING WHEN WE HAVE TECH)

It’s a new day and age in our schools. Gone are the days of card catalogs and relying on an encyclopedia as the best source of information. Let’s teach in a way that takes advantage of the many resources at our students’ fingertips! How can we create a learning environment that not only acknowledges all the amazing tech around us, but embraces it and uses it to it’s fullest potential? How can we encourage our students to be better and more excited learners with the use of tech. Google and YouTube exists: let’s capitalize on that to make our classes awesome!

STOP SAYING PAPERLESS

Google Classroom is not about making your class digital; it’s about improving interactions with students. New possibilities arise that allow us to teach differently when we embrace what technology can do. We can give faster, and thus more effective, feedback while students are encouraged to engage and interact with each other regarding their assignments. The goal is not simply a paperless classroom, but an empowered learning environment. Let’s go beyond making our classes paperless and make learning better!

SESSIONS

TEACHING WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM

(Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)

Going paperless does not improve learning; planning for student interactions and feedback make learning better. Google Classroom is the perfect platform for any teacher to get started with Blended Learning quickly and easily. Using digital tools should be easy, fun, and engaging. It’s not digital, it’s different. Learn some techniques for using Google Classroom in new ways to interact with students.

Please indicate if the audience is beginner, intermediate, or advanced users. This session can vary in length depending on time constraints provided. Sessions under 90 minutes will be less interactive. This is a live demonstration rather than prepared slides. Participants join a Google Classroom and are introduced to techniques of teaching with Google Classroom that goes beyond throwing things online.

50 Minutes to 6 Hours

EASY WINS WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM THAT ARE TRANSFORMATIONAL

PDFs and activities designed for paper do not translate well to going online. It’s not about being digital; it’s about being different. There are many super easy ways to use Google Classroom that are transformational. Using technology does not need to be hard. If you have sent an email you have the technology ability to effectively use Google Classroom.

This presentation is an interactive demonstration of getting started with Google Classroom in ways that are easy yet improve learning.

Participants will join a Google Classroom to try out these techniques from the student perspective.

50 minutes to 2 hours

INTRODUCTION TO CODING WITH GOOGLE APPS SCRIPT

When using Google Docs have you ever wished it would do _____. Google Apps Script allows you to create custom applications for Google Docs and Drive. This session is for computer users who feel comfortable with copying and pasting. You will be AMAZED at what YOU can do! In this session you will write your own scripts and be able to brag to all your friends that you can code. Technology ability requirements: Knows how to copy and paste.

This session is best if it is at least 90 minutes. This provides participants an opportunity to do a couple of basic coding projects in Google Apps Script to get them started on their coding journey. They will by no means be ninjas at coding by the end of this session, but should know enough to get them started in the right direction. And it feels cool to say you’ve coded.

This can NOT be done in under 90 minutes.

DITCH THAT HOMEWORK

Do we need homework? Why do we give it? Alice Keeler is the co-author of the book Ditch That Homework. This session goes over some of the reasons to ditch homework and what practical strategies you can do instead!

1 Hour Session

DROWNING IN GMAIL FROM GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Is your email inbox crying from all the Google Classroom notifications? It feels tempting to turn them off but then you miss out on interactions with students. Manage your Gmail with filters and inbox settings. Don’t let email get you down, fight back!

This session is for users of Google Classroom. It does not provide an introduction to Google Classroom. This session is NOT for Outlook users. If Gmail has been turned off for G Suite users this session is not recommended.

1 Hour Session

TEMPLATETAB: LET’S GET ON THE SAME SHEET

G Suite is designed for collaboration. TemplateTab helps all students to

This session is for intermediate users of G Suite. Participants will create a TemplateTab using their laptop. TemplateTab is an add-on for Google Sheets and thus does not work on an iPad or mobile device.

1 Hour Session

LEVEL UP YOUR LEARNING: BADGES IN GOOGLE SHEETS

Gamification DOES work. Make learning fun, provide students choices, and gamify a unit by creating a level up badging activity in Google Sheets. Create badges in Google Drawing, import them into Google Sheets, and create a challenge sheet for each student to complete.

This session is for intermediate users of G Suite.

90 minutes at least required for this session

GOOGLE CLASSROOM TIPS AND TRICKS

Do you want to do more with Google Classroom? Join Alice Keeler for a fun and fast-paced session full of amazing tips, tricks, and hacks to take your Classroom use to the next level. Once Alice gets started, you won’t want her to stop! Don’t miss this inspiring session!

This session is NOT hands-on. But it is chock full of tips, tricks and hacks that audience members really enjoy. This session can be as long or as short as you want it, but a minimum of 90 minutes is required. Alice has a Slides presentation that whips through these tips and leaves teachers wanting more!

90 minutes at least required for this session

TEACHING MATH WITH G SUITE

Teaching math in the 21st century is different, it asks students to be critical thinkers, model their math, critique the reasoning of others, and to analyze. Many of the math problems we have traditionally been using have literally become obsolete as a result of modern technology. This is a gift! This session is an introduction to ways we can use G Suite to make this shift.

For grades 4-12.

Typically an all day workshop. Can be modified to fit a shorter presentation time.

INTERACT WITH GOOGLE SLIDES

I do not use Google Slides to give information but rather to GET information. Design your Google Slides presentation to elicit active student engagement from all students. My students told me the best part of the lesson was the SLIDES! When everyone get’s to share their ideas we all win. Learn how to design a Google Slides in an innovative way. This is a hands on session allowing you to create a sample Google Slides.

This session shows participants how to modify the Slide master. This is not available on iPads or mobile devices.

1 Hour

SHOW YOUR STEPS IS OBSOLETE

The staple in mathematics for a long time has been “show your work” but in the 21st century this is obsolete! Instead we shift to “Show your thinking.” Use Google Slides to demonstrate mathematical reasoning, use the 8 mathematical principles, and include the 4 C’s. Be prepared for some paradigm shifts around what doing a math problem looks like.

For math teachers.

1 Hour

PUT YOUR FACE IN IT

Relationships with the teacher and feedback are two of the highest rated ways to impact learning. In this session we will use the Chrome extension Webcam record to put your face in Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Google Sites. Do not worry about using looking weird on camera, the kids already think you look weird 🙂 Remember, the more awkward the video still the better!

This session covers using the Chrome extension Webcam record. Participants do not have to install the extension during the session.

1 Hour

FASTER FEEDBACK WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM

The faster the feedback the more motivated students are. Research shows that high quality feedback is one of the best things we can do to improve learning for students. Go beyond simply giving a grade and help students to be excited about learning. Google Classroom uniquely allows you to provide faster feedback and build deeper relationships with students.

1-2 Hours

USING G SUITE TO INCREASE DOK AND THE 4 C’S

Teaching in the 21st century requires that we reexamine our assignments and update them. Include the 4 C’s: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Clearly Communicate Ideas, and Creative Thinking. Consider how to increase the Critical Thinking (DOK). How does G Suite help us to teach differently and prepare students for a digital world ahead of them?

Participants utilize a Google Classroom to try out some assignments that add at least one C and discuss how to increase DOK levels.

This all day workshop can be trimmed to 1-2 hours.

THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS A SPREADSHEET

Spreadsheets are one of the most useful tools for educators, yet the most underutilized! Spreadsheets help you be more efficient and improve your ability to react to student needs. Students use spreadsheets to organize and collaborate. Learn some handy spreadsheet tips that will

This session can be for beginners or intermediate users. Please specify.

1-2 Hours

KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH GOOGLE SLIDES

The person doing the work is the person doing the learning! Keep it simple and increase student engagement by using BLANK Google Slides.

This session is for any level of user of G Suite other than non users. Does assume participant can create Google Slides and share them.

1 Hour

HACKING GOOGLE CLASSROOM

The person doing the work is the person doing the learning! Keep it simple and increase student engagement by using BLANK Google Slides.

This session allows participants to “wish” Google Classroom did…. and Alice will try to hack a solution to their problem, or tell them they don’t need it.

TEACHING WITH G SUITE

Using technology is not about being paperless, it should make learning better. Alice shares tips and techniques to use G Suite to teach. This session is participant driven and encourages questions from the audience.

This session is unstructured. It is intended to allow participants to ask questions and Alice tailor the experience to the needs of the audience.

USING GOOGLE CALENDAR FOR LESSON PLANNING

Google Calendar can act as a lesson plan book. It is collaborative, allows for planning, is flexible, and allows teachers to reuse lessons for next year. Be bold and allow others to follow your planning calendar.

Intermediate to Advanced G Suite Users

This hands on workshop allows participants to create a Google Calendar for the purpose

COLLABORATION ACTIVITIES WITH G SUITE

Write collaboration super huge at the top of your lesson plans. Collaboration is an earmark of 21st century teaching. Beyond the typical group work, what kinds of collaboration activities can you do? Create different kinds of collaboration activities. Will include Google Classroom activities but applicable for non Google Classroom users also.

TALK LESS AND GET MORE WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Do not jump in the deep end with Google Classroom. Shifting to digital tools is NOT about dumping all of your stuff online, that is hard and confusing to manage. Going digital is not about being paperless, it is a shift in mindset for how you can improve interactions with students. This session assumes you know the bare bones basics of Google Classroom (Try a quick look at 50thingsbook.com)

1 Hour

USING TWITTER FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Technology and teaching moves too fast to go it alone. What is DOK? How do you use technology effectively? What is project based learning? You can not possibly make awesome lesson plans everyday, we need to be a team! Join team Twitter! In this session we will create a professional Twitter, go over tips for how to use Twitter as a professional development tool, and if there is time try out a mini Twitter chat.

1-2 Hours

CREATING GOOGLE SITES FOR PORTFOLIOS OR OTHER CLASSROOM PURPOSES

The new Google Sites keeps getting better. Google Sites are excellent for student portfolios, classroom tutorials, or as a platform for students to demonstrate their learning. Create a Google Site and set it up as a student portfolio.

1-2 Hours

UPGRADE THE WORKSHEET WITH G SUITE

Paper tasks were designed for paper. When moving to digital how can we leverage what digital does to upgrade the worksheet? Include at least one C! Use a spreadsheet, Google Slides, or Forms.

1-2 Hours

SESSION BASED ON ALICE KEELER BLOG POST

Note: Descriptions will vary

Alice is always creating new content. If you have a favorite Alice Keeler blog post that you would like her to demonstrate please copy the link to the post. These are subject to approval.

1 Hour