Tony Vincent offers a variety of workshops, sessions, and keynotes. Each presentation is designed to be extremely up-to-date, practical, and tailored to meet the audience's needs. Tony will customize a presentation for your school or event! Read more about Tony's presentations and workshops.
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Apps, websites, and operating systems have preset standards that most everyone clicks past without a second thought. It takes extra effort to alter the defaults, so we end up trusting those settings. Defaults work for most people, but sometimes unchecking the default and customizing your computing experience opens up greater possibilities. Tony Vincent makes the case for taking the time to uncheck the standard settings and explore what can happen when you control the settings (instead of them controlling you).
Students are hungry for learning that matters. Project-based learning has students involved in explaining their answers to real-life questions or challenges. A project's driving question or challenge is so deep that it requires students to work together to create an end-product to share their conclusions with others. Instead of traditional projects that come at the end of a unit of study, project based learning has the project introduced at the beginning of the unit. The project gives students a reason for learning the content and a venue for practicing 21st Century skills. Because projects are open- ended, they are ripe for differentiation.
Technology can play a big part in project based learning. It can help the teacher plan, collect, and assess projects. In the hands of students, technology can provide an array of tools for brainstorming and investigating a project's driving question. There are apps that empower students to make end-products to share their project with an audience. These end-products include audio recordings, movies, comics, puppet shows, narrated drawings, digital books, and more.
Not only do projects motivate students because they can be an authentic use of technology, they also facilitate active learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. In this session Tony Vincent showcases several inspiring projects. Each project begins with a driving question—an open-ended question that focuses the project by creating interest and curiosity.
Writing effective driving questions is surprisingly challenging. You want the question to be irresistible to students, which means it cannot sound like a test question. Tony Vincent gives strategies for refining driving questions that lead to student-focused inquiry. The group will write and share some of their ideas for driving questions.
Foster creativity and promote independence by giving your learning centers or stations a makeover! The collection of activities teachers provide students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet in the classroom. Whether you use centers for reading, writing, listening, speaking, or exploration, it’s great to know about online resources that are perfect for independent and cooperative activities.
This session explores how you can leverage technology to give learning centers a boost, especially when it comes to setting the course, providing content, supporting creativity, and capturing responses. Fill up your digital toolbox with websites and apps for creating step-by-step guides, generating interactive lessons, utilizing sites that are updated daily with news and information, and sending students to online storybooks that can be read and listened to. Also learn about simple methods for collecting student responses, summaries, reflections, and creations. All these resources are free, so you can get to retooling your learning centers right away!
Got a smartphone or tablet? Then you could be drawing your own illustrations, clipart, and avatars! Tony Vincent has examples to showcase and techniques to demonstrate for creating your own artwork, even if you don't consider yourself an artist. Tony's technique is based on tracing photos, so don't worry if you are embarrassed by your drawing skills. This session features the free Adobe Illustrator Draw app for iOS and Android, and the techniques can certainly be applied when using other drawing apps.
Learning academic terms and phrases doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, learning new words should be exciting and fun! It’s time to start looking at digital ways to expand students’ vocabulary. Let’s explore apps and websites that are so irresistible, students can’t help but be motivated to learn. We’ll take a good look at representing words visually, creating multimedia, and playing games. Yes, the technology can be mesmerizing, but it’s important to use techniques and strategies proven to work. That’s why pairing technology with Robert Marzano’s Six Steps for Vocabulary Instruction is a powerful combination.
Web widgets can breathe new life to a classroom site. A widget is a little bit of code you embed into a webpage or blog. Once a widget’s code is pasted into a page, it can grab updated information or display interactive content. Learn about places to find, customize, and use free embed code that displaysinformation right on your own website. Examples include daily vocabulary, educational videos, audio files, talking pictures, games, and polls. In fact, many of your favorite tools offer widgets, like Google Slides, Quizlet, Twitter, Wonderpolis, Instagram, and Adobe Voice. Your website will thank you for the fresh, new content!
With a press of a button, you can be broadcasting live video to the world. Periscope, YouTube, and Blab are three popular (and free) live streaming apps, and they are full of potential. Similar to Twitter, you choose who to follow, and you receive notifications when that person starts a broadcast. People who tune in live can type comments so that the broadcaster can interact with the audience.
Educators can jump in on broadcasts about topics like classroom management, setting up centers, or the latest apps. Teachers can step into other teachers’ classrooms and take a tour and ask questions. You might even catch live streams from conferences, workshops, and edcamps. Let’s compare the major live streaming apps, view clips from example broadcasts, discover who to follow, and brainstorm the best educational uses for live broadcasting.
An infopic is a photo with text layered on top that is designed to communicate a message. Some are simple while others are enhanced with awesome photography effects. An infopic's message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, or other informational tidbits. The information might come from a conference, workshop, activity, lesson, video, book, a conversation, etc. Infopics can help us process, remember, and convey information in an appealing way. See loads of examples and learn about apps, websites, and techniques that teachers and students can use for making their own infopics. Read more about infopics.
Tablets, smartphones, laptops, and Chromebooks have ushered in new ways of doing things, and can equip teachers and students with a variety of innovative tools. Let’s explore how these handy computers can help us digitally communicate and create!. In this workshop you will learn to clone yourself by recording audio or video that can easily be posted online for students to access (and find out how to easily send students to that video using a QR code). See how quickly you can collect survey responses using a variety of free online services. Get a chance to create your very own colorful collage, elegant multimedia brochures, and snazzy digital presentations. You’ll learn through a variety of activities you can replicate in your own school. Furthermore, you will never run out of ideas when you connect with other educators through Twitter, hashtags, and Flipboard. Please bring your fully charged computer or device so that we can explore these fantastic possibilities together. You’ll surely want to put many of these tools and strategies to work right away!
Teachers and students can do amazing things with Google Slides and Google Drawings! Let’s take a look at how to use these two great apps to be creative and to collaborate! You’ll get to take part in making a digital booklet and fashioning an interactive digital poster. That’s in addition to seeing an array of fantastic ways of putting Slides and Drawings to good use. Inventive ideas include publishing collaborative alphabet books, editing images, constructing timelines, creating infographics, publishing newsletters, and making narrated presentations.
Nowadays teachers and students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. Let's take a look at some of the hottest free tech tools for showing, explaining, and retelling. In fact, these tools can turn students into teachers and teachers into super-teachers! Whether you're using a laptop or an iPad, You'll get hands-on time to craft collages, audio recordings, trading cards, screencasts, animations, comics, and online books. Web-based tools and iPad apps will be presented side-by-side so that you can learn about what students can produce, no matter which technology they are using.
Ownership can be empowering. A feeling of ownership can make us more responsible, accountable, and confident. So let’s talk about giving students ownership of their devices and ownership of their learning. This presentation makes a great keynote for your event!
Whether you're flipping your classroom, app smashing, blogging, moviemaking, storytelling, or presenting, visuals are not just important, they are essential. Since it's not legal, ethical, or cool to steal any old image you find on the web, it's great to know that there are alternatives to theft. Let's become familiar with resources for finding copyright-friendly images, and learn some tips for designing your own visuals to illustrate your ideas.
Tony Vincent shares strategies and tips for facilitating investigation. Often investigation involves Google, which means students and teachers should understand how Google decides what to show you. Investigation also involves taking notes, which can be done on an iPad or Android tablet for safe keeping. Plus, notes don’t have to be handwritten; digital notes can be photos, screenshots, audio recording, drawings, and video. Investigation can also involve interviewing experts, collecting data, or conducting experiments. Inquiry can be messy, but Tony will demonstrate websites and apps that can help organize all those resources. This presentation is great for those already familiar with project based learning (PBL).
Got an iPad? Then you've got a toolbox that you can fill to help you be an even better teacher! Discover how iPad can be your handy assistant by spending time learning about apps and services that you'll wonder how you ever lived without.
This presentation is all about verbs, that is, the things an educator can do with an iPad. Those actions include showing your screen on a projector, managing the classroom, assessing student work, interacting with students, accessing your files, making instructional media, and expanding professional learning. You can accomplish those tasks with a variety of apps and websites. The workshop focuses mostly on free apps that you'll be able to put to use immediately. Those apps will turn iPad in a timer, interactive whiteboard, voice recorder, document camera, calendar, magazine, and notebook. See how iPad can help you capture learning artifacts, plan lessons, poll students, visualize concepts, share demonstrations, and much more.
Nowadays students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest websites and apps for showing, explaining, and retelling. In fact, these tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to project-based driving questions. Tony Vincent shares examples and demonstrations of apps for making audio recordings, editing movies, creating comics, recording digital puppet shows, narrating drawings, crafting digital books, and more. You’ll also learn about ways to assess projects and the importance of reflection. This presentation is great for those already familiar with project based learning (PBL).
Learning academic terms and phrases doesn't have to be boring. In fact, learning new words should be exciting and fun! It's time to start looking at digital ways to expand students' vocabulary. Let's explore free tools and websites that are so irresistible, students can't help but be motivated to learn. We'll take a good look at representing words visually, creating multimedia, fueling collaborative learning, and playing games. Yes, the technology can be mesmerizing, but it's important to use techniques and strategies proven to work. That's why pairing what Chromebooks can do with Robert Marzano's Six Steps for Vocabulary Instruction is a powerful combination.
Nowadays it's easier than ever for teachers and their students to be digital authors! Whether it's an eBook, website, podcast, video, comic, cartoon, or online magazine, there are online tools and services designed to give anyone a platform for publishing. Take a look at some of the hottest websites and iPad apps for creating and publishing digital work and see examples of what students have produced. Digital publishing takes many forms. Check out what youngsters have put in Apple's iBookstore. Find out how students can craft and share their own Choose Your Adventure stories. Experience how a QR code can lead a smartphone or tablet user to a narration or video. Not only can publishing online be free of charge, but it can help students produce quality work by giving them an authentic audience.
A survey of exceptional entrepreneurs found that they are obsessed with questioning the status quo. They are fearless about experimentation from a young age and are curious and creative. These qualities can be learned and teachers can model a culture of innovation in their classrooms. Tony Vincent shares many examples of how technology can empower educators to do things in new ways, including alternative ways to search the web, removing text from PowerPoints, and having students be teachers. There will be time for participants to share ways they have successfully (and perhaps unsuccessfully) changed the status quo.
Information is power! What was once limited to paper has gone digital. Now teachers can send announcements, survey their classes, offer exit tickets, track behavior, and assess students with a variety of innovative and free online tools.
While most of the tools require students to have some sort device that can connect to the internet, there are some that work when students have no technology at all—they work by digitizing and grading what students have done on paper!
Bring your laptop and a tablet or smartphone so you can assume the role of a student to receive text announcements, submit answers, contribute to a word cloud, and participate in game-based classroom response systems. After you have the student experience, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the tools so that you can use them with your students. You’ll surely want to put many of these tools to work right away in your classroom!
Engage today's students with the hottest technology around: iPad. Former teacher Tony Vincent has specialized in using mobile computers for learning for a decade, and he has useful information, strategies, tips, and ideas to share. Besides learning basic operation and care, learn apps and activities designed to improve student achievement. Participants will get loads of hands-on time and experience a variety of activities from a student's point-of-view. Examples include practicing math facts, playing educational games, vocabulary flashcards, mind mapping, and creative expression.
Collect information, homework, and exit tickets with Google Forms. Forms is part of Google Drive, and educators love how a form’s responses feed directly into a spreadsheet for easy access and analysis. You don’t have to start your forms and spreadsheets from scratch because there are useful templates and helpful add-ons. Teachers can create assessments, surveys, checkout forms, and self-grading quizzes. Administrators can poll their staff, collect information from parents, and keep logs. Bring your laptop so you can complete sample forms and make some of your own.
As a busy school leader, you receive dozens of emails a day, deal with scheduling meetings, and have an endless to-do list. Never fear! There are tools, apps, and strategies to help you keep your head above water by helping you stay organized and connected. Productivity is described by guru David Allen as “advanced common sense,” and by applying some simple strategies, you can unclutter your inbox, browse the web more efficiently, keep a centralized to-do list, manage voicemails, and much more.
Nowadays many of us carry mobile devices like a smartphone or iPad, keep a digital calendar, and work from multiple computers. Chances are you feel like a slave to email, having hundreds of messages in your inbox. You probably spend a lot of time online and might have trouble managing all of your files among your devices. Instead of blaming technology, let's use that technology to make you more productive.
The heart of many of our problems is our email inbox. Much time will be spent learning how to spring clean your inbox and keep it that way. Other topics include keeping to-do lists, managing memos, improving meetings, boosting web browsing, and dealing with voicemail.
Wow your students and colleauges with compelling presentation techniques! Tony Vincent shares his insights on making memorable and effective presentations. He covers his presentation philosophy, Keynote and/or PowerPoint software features, slide design, handout advice, and much more. You'll leave empowered and excited to make your next presentation!
There are six principles of sticky ideas according to Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Made to Stick. Sticky ideas are ones that we can plainly understand, clearly remember, and easily retell. When teachers and students make educational media, whether visual, audio or video, we want them to be sticky. Let's look at examples so we can make our own (and our students') ideas stick.
Taking notes isn’t limited to putting pencil to paper and writing in outline form. There are plenty of other ways to take notes, especially when a student is equipped with an iPad. An iPad can help learners capture, organize, store, find, and share their notes. And those notes can be a combination of typed text, handwriting, photos, drawings, flowcharts, audio, and video. Let’s explore apps that can enable learners to capture and process information in ways that make sense for them. We’ll compare some of the most useful note taking apps for iPad, including Evernote, Notability, AudioNote, Skitch, and Pic Collage. In addition to apps, we’ll discuss keyboards, styluses, and cases that can help turn an iPad in a super duper digital notebook.
There are much better ways to study than gazing at a stack of flash cards. Let’s see how technology can turn studying into a game! Tony Vincent has collected some of the best websites and iPads apps to help students learn and retain information. Websites like Quizlet and PurposeGames let students search for or input what they want to study and turn it into a series of activities and games. Other websites include Zondle.com, CrosswordLabs.com, and BrainRush.com. These websites are designed for students to use on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook to create their own study aids. There are also delightful iPad apps for making study aids. Apps include Futaba for vocabulary and Stick Around for labeling, matching, and categorizing. You’ll see why when students make their own study aids, it aids their studying!
Today it's possible to film, edit, and publish movies all on a mobile device. There’s no more importing video into a computer, and apps are making the process easier than ever! See a demonstration and examples of how to create excellent educational films by using a variety of apps to film, edit, enhance, and publish videos. Learn about tips and tricks for helping students memorize lines, improving sound quality, changing camera angles, improving lighting, and much more. We’ll even produce a short film together!
You’ve surely seen those black and white squares in advertisements, on buildings, and stuck to bananas. They are Quick Response (QR) codes and they can be scanned using a smartphone or tablet. See exactly how QR codes can save time and help make classrooms a little more interactive. Tony Vincent will share some of his favorite free online tools for creating codes and some very creative ways they are used for teaching and learning. Teachers can clone themselves by using a QR code to deliver instruction and supplemental materials. Students can make their writing and art come alive by including QR codes that play their voice or a video they created. If you can copy and paste, you can be a QR code creator too!