“Will Richardson is an outstanding educator. His work has moved classrooms across America from boring, uninteresting rooms filled with the drone of irrelevant information to beehives of interactivity! Educators who attend his presentations or read his blogs gain valuable insight as to how to transform their classrooms with Web 2.0 tools and strategies. I highly recommend Will’s work and his engaging presentation style to any group or organization seeking an innovative, visionary presenter and an educator extraordinaire!”
–Sheryl R. Abshire, President – Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators www.lacue.org Past-Chair – CoSN
Here is a list of presentations/keynotes/workshops I can offer. Please e-mail me for more information or to discuss a personalized presentation. Here’s an evaluation of one of my workshops. Enjoy!
A Web of Connections: What Changes in a World of Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone Learning?
Keynote: The Web has brought a world of information to our fingertips and, in the process, has transformed much of the way we work and live. But now that we have the ability to contribute our own ideas and experiences to the sum of human knowledge that we are building online, the impact of the Web is even more powerful. This shift in how we use the Web is already challenging political, business and media leaders to rethink the ways in which they operate. But what about education? Our model of schooling hasn’t changed significantly in over 100 years, and it continues to be resistant to change in any meaningful ways. Yet in this new world of global connections, of powerful personal learning opportunities online, of shifting notions of information and knowledge, we must begin to re-envision the basic foundations of teaching and learning. If we don’t, if we sit back and watch the world change without us, we risk our relevance and our ability to prepare our students for the world in which they will live and work.
Learning in a Networked World: For Ourselves and for Our Students
Keynote: Whether it’s online safety or information literacy, all too often we treat the new challenges that online learning networks are creating as discrete parts rather than larger, more general changes in how we do our learning business. For instance, online safety is not something we teach in the second half of seventh grade; it’s a part of every interaction online, and certainly it should be a part of every curriculum in the school. Even with our youngest students, we have to be able to model our interactions in our own learning networks and teach them safe, effective and ethical use. We’ll look at eight of these important global shifts and see how teachers and schools are already starting to integrate them into the classroom in seamless, ongoing ways.
“Will is a speaker of incredible knowledge and passion for using collaborative technologies in order to develop your own personal learning network and affording opportunities for students to do the same in the classroom.”
–Doug Peterson, Ontario
The Greening of Learning: Online Networks for Learning AND Saving the World
Keynote: There’s no question that each of us has a role to play in overcoming the environmental challenges that face us. But while we are at a most perilous moment in our history as humans, we are also at a moment when more people are connecting and working for good than at any other time. Paul Hawken calls it “Blessed Unrest” and he suggests that our ability to use social networks online to connect globally and support local action will have a huge impact on what the future holds. Daniel Goleman talks about an “Ecological Intelligence” and the complex environmental information literacy that we’ll all need to develop if we are to fully understand our impact and our ability to create positive change. Clay Shirky talks about the potential for “collective action” and the power that social tools have for forming passion based groups and movements. All of which begs the question, what are our roles as educators in preparing our kids (and ourselves) for a world where global, passion-based activism using social tools is commonplace. We’ll have a conversation about using social tools for social good and what the implications are for our roles as teachers and, perhaps, activists.
A Shifting Notion of What it Means to Teach
Keynote: The incredible resource that is the Web is changing much about what we can do with our curricula and our students. The classroom is no longer restricted to four physical walls, and it is becoming a truly collaborative space in which to learn. Every student can be a contributor of knowledge to the world. This networked classroom is a more complicated place for teachers, but it’s also one filled with incredible potential for learning. This keynote challenges educators to rethink their roles to make maximum use of the tools and information now available to them.
Weblogs in Schools
Workshop: The almost limitless potential of Weblogs as a teaching tool is fostering an explosion of innovative projects, partnerships and techniques at every level of education from elementary school to graduate programs. The ease with which Weblogs allow for publishing of content to the Internet makes them the perfect tool for bringing new voices into to the classroom and building true educational communities that go beyond traditional school walls. This session will highlight best practice uses of Weblogs in schools and include resources on how to get started.
From Information Literacy to Information Leadership
Workshop: Assessing the relevance and reliability of information is a crucial skill for all educators to master and model. But that type of information literacy is only the beginning. With the explosion of information coming online, school leaders need to employ successful strategies for finding, managing and communicating what’s significant for their own practice and for that of their constituents. This workshop will cover the tools that information leaders are using and the strategies to use them well.
Workshop: The ability to easily publish to the Internet has opened up all sorts of new possibilities for teachers to help students enhance their writing skills and become more effective communicators. In the age of the Read/Write Web, every reader can truly be a writer as well. Weblogs and wikis provide wide and diverse audiences from around the world for feedback and response. But they also require a more “connective writing” approach, one that can synthesize many disparate ideas from different sources, all connected together through hypertext. This is a think out of the box workshop intended to help you start exploring new ways to make your own writing and your classroom writing more meaningful and more effective.
RSS: Connecting Ideas and Knowledge
Workshop: RSS is a powerful yet fairly untapped tool that educators can use to easily track many sources of information and knowledge. But it’s also evolving into an effective way to connect people and ideas in ways that we’ve be unable to before. Using RSS, we can not only read what others write, we can read what they read, and even read what they create in easy, time-saving ways. This session will take a look at the tools and strategies that can make RSS an integral part of every educator’s professional development and practice.
I enjoy doing sessions that are based upon audience participation and questions in a more unplanned and relaxed, interactive atmosphere. It’s a chance to ask the questions that are most important to those in attendance and for me to show what’s most relevant. These sessions can be loosely defined by general topics or wide open. Groups of 20-40 work best for these types of discussions.
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