Tony Vincent's Presentations & Workshops


A sampling of the professional development opportunities Tony has offered are listed below. Each workshop and presentation is designed to be extremely up-to-date, practical, and tailored to meet the audience's needs. Read more about Tony's presentations and workshops.

Make Projects Mobile

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.

iPad can play a big part in project-based learning. It can help the teacher assess student interest, progress, and learning. In the hands of students, iPad can provide an array of tools for brainstorming and investigating a project's driving question. There are even more 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. An important component of project-based learning is collaboration, and there are apps that can facilitate productive collaboration. Please bring a fully charged iPad so you can experience the power and potential of iPads for project-based learning.

Project Based Learning: Crafting Questions That Drive Projects

Schools are discovering that mobile computers like laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and Android tablets make great learning tools. In fact, they can play a big part in project- based learning. 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 webinar 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. 

Project Based Learning: Investigating Authentic Questions

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.

Project-Based Learning: Creating Products to Show & Share Learning

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.

Make Vocabulary Come Alive

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 websites and iPad apps 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 technology with Robert Marzano's Six Steps for Vocabulary Instruction is a powerful combination. 

Move Over Spiral Notebooks: iPads for Exceptional Note Taking

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. 

Do It Yourself Study Aids: Winning Websites & Apps

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 let students search for or input what they want to study and turn it into a series of activities and games. Other websites include,, and 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. These 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 in their studying! 

The More You Know

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.
These tools will increase your productivity and can provide immediate feedback for you and your students on formative and summative assessments. For example, you can make your slideshows interactive, making it easy to discover who gets it and who doesn’t.
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!

Learning in Hand with iPad

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, math games and simulations, vocabulary flashcards, mind mapping, and creative expression. Workshop is also availabe for iPod touch and Android tablets.

Show What You Know: Digital and Mobile Tools

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. We'll explore websites like, and We'll use apps like Pic Collage, Book Creator Free, and Videolicious. While there will be many tools shared, you will get to choose which ones to spend the most time with during the workshop.

iPad as the Teacher's Pet 

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. 

The day 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.

Opportunities Abound for Digital Authors

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 Canvas for Learning: Online Sticky Note Walls

Padlet and Lino are the two best online sticky note services around. They are web-based and work great on iPads, PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets. Walls can be set up so that students can use them without logins or passwords, making them easy to infuse into lessons. And the sticky notes aren't limited to text–they can have images, videos, and hyperlinks. Discover how teachers are using these virtual message boards everyday to collect student products, power communication, and fuel productive collaboration.

Get the Most Out of Your iPad 

There's amazing potential when you have an iPad in your hand. While Apple says that you already know how to use it, there are many things you would never figure out unless someone told you. Tony Vincent is ready to tell you about many of those magical things. Learn about tips for using the keyboard, treating your battery right, projecting the screen, finding quality apps and app sales, and more. The best part is that Tony will share these wondrous tidbits using the top creation apps. You'll see humorous animations, simple collages, insightful comics, stunning slideshows, and educational movies—all made on an iPad.

Unleashing Bring Your Own Technology into Your Classroom

BYOT/BYOD allows students to bring their own laptops, tablets, and smartphones from home into the classroom. Having a variety of hardware, operating systems, and software in students' hands can be a challenging situation for teachers–what works on one device may not work on another. In this workshop you take the role of a student in a BYOT classroom. You'll use web-based tools that allow for quizzing and polling students and enable the collection of students' digital products. These tools work across a wide variety of technology, making them great for BYOT classrooms. You'll also learn about empowering students to evaluate and select apps to help them complete tasks and projects.  Please bring your own technology to this workshop.

What Makes an Excellent Educational App?

With hundreds of thousands of apps in the App Store and tens of thousands in the Education category, it can be a challenge to wade through the junk to find the gems. Tony Vincent has been working with mobile apps for over a decade and has lots to share about what goes into a fantastic app for learning. We will analyze why some of the most popular educational apps are so loved and why others fall short. We'll also explore alternatives to searching the App Store to find the best apps, discover the top educational app review websites, and see examples of the best app developers have to offer teachers and students.

 Online Tools for Collaboration

Not only is collaboration an important life skill, but it can have a positive influence on student engagement and is an essential skill for the 21st century. Web-based tools can enable collaboration among students in the same classroom or among students anywhere in the world. Experience terrific and free tools that can fuel productive collaboration through text, voice, discussion, whiteboard spaces, mind mapping, and presentations.

Question the Status Quo

A recent 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 flip-flopping homework and lectures. There will be time for participants to share ways they have successfully (and perhaps unsuccessfully) questioned the status quo. 

Mobile Movie Making

Today it's possible to film, edit, and publish movies all on iPad or iPod touch. See a demonstration and examples of how to create excellent educational films by using a variety of iOS 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.  

Mobilize for Productivity

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, all while being mobile.

Nowadays many of us carry mobile devices like an iPhone 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. A majority of the session 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.

We're becoming more mobile all the time. Whether the information follows us in the cloud or we have a device that accesses that info, it's very helpful to learn how others are improving their personal productivity.

What iPad Can Do for You and for Your Students

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. There are hundreds of apps for iPad that make it a fantastic teaching and learning tool. Spend the day learning iPad basics while exploring iPad's role in classrooms. You'll get hand-on and minds-on time with some of the hottest apps for teachers and students. Participants will learn about working with audio, images, comics, slideshows, video, jigsaw puzzles, eBooks, QR codes, puppet shows, and much more. In fact, the focus will be on workflows, that is, using a variety of apps to accomplish a task. Whether you have one iPad, a small set, or one for each and every student, you will leave with loads of  ideas you can immediately put to use in your classroom!

21 Strategies, Ideas, and Tips to Reach 21st Century Learners

It's certainly a challenge to engage today's students. Learning theory shows that one of the keys to successful learning is engagement. Using Schlechty's "Qualities of Engagement" as a framework, Tony Vincent outlines 21 technology tools educators can use to increase authentic engagement. Learn ways to engage and motivate learners using freely available tools. Examples include polling students, illustrating concepts with crazy cartoons, creating jazzy slide shows, and touring the coolest sites the web has to offer.

Crazy for QR Codes

You've surely seen those black and white squares in advertisements, on buildings, and stuck to bananas. They are QR codes, and they are being put to great use in classrooms. 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. 

10 Things You Should Know About Twitter

Believe it or not, Twitter can be a valuable learning tool for educators. However, lots of people admit to "not getting" Twitter. As a result, according to Nielsen 60% of U.S. Twitter users don't return to Twitter after a month. Twitter's value to busy teachers isn't apparent and many ask why they would bother with Twitter. To help you understand and use Twitter effectively, learn about the 10 things you should know to get you started using Twitter.

10 Things You Should Know About Google Plus

Google's social network can be a valuable tool for educators. Even though it shares characteristics with Twitter and Facebook, Google Plus has many features that you may not discover at first glance. Witness the value of Google Plus while learning about circles, hangouts, profiles, and posts. 

Top Tips for Searching with Google

You probably use Google everyday to search the Web. Why not spend an hour learning how Google decides the order it uses to present search results. Also learn some of the best tips to refine your search to find exactly what you are looking for.

Radio for Kids, by Kids

The real power of podcasting comes from the creation of the audio programs that are posted online for a global audience. Learn about the making of two amazing podcasts: Radio WillowWeb and Our City. Gain valuable instructional strategies, recording tips, and useful techniques for creating podcasts with students.

Reading in Hand with iPad and iPod touch

There are many activities that help with reading comprehension and use iPad or iPod touch computers. See and experience multiple engaging activities for before, during, and after reading. From building vocabulary and background knowledge to personal connections, visualization, and concept mapping, try your hand at sample activities.

So Appy Together!

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are finding their ways into students' and teachers' hands. There are good reasons these devices are popular: tens of thousands of useful software applications in the App Store. Get hands-on time as Tony Vincent guides participants through using some of the best apps out there. Apps and education can go hand-in-hand!

The Personal Productivity Wiki

Learn about two concepts at once in this session! The first topic is productivity. 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 and strategies to help you keep your head above water. You'll learn about the tools and strategies through a wiki. A wiki is a website that anyone can edit and you'll see how reading from and contributing to a wiki can help learners dive into a topic. In this case, your topic is personal productivity.

Awe Your Audience: Tony's Tips

Wow your fellow teachers 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!

Sensational Slideshows and Dashing Documents with iWork

Pages and Keynote are powerful tools for Macintosh computers and is part of Apple's iWork suite. Learn how these two design applications can help you make stunning documents and presentations. Get hands-on time with incredible features like Instant Alpha and Actions.

Online Slideshows with Google Presentations

Google Presentations is a handy tool because there's no software to download and the slideshows are stored on the Web. Learn the basics, classroom ideas, and design tips. Please create a Google Account and know your login and password before attending.

Ten Tools for Teachers

Sure, as a professional you use your computer for email and web searching. But, there's so much more available online that educators absolutely love! Tony Vincent shares ten of his favorite resources. Learn about widgets for your website, software to capture images and video, social bookmarking, customized start pages, and more. Best of all, each of the ten tools are free of charge so you can get to using them right away!

Terrific Macintosh Tips for Teachers

Mac OS X is becoming more and more popular. It is full of useful features, many you probably don't know about. Learn about useful keyboard shortcuts, zooming in on the screen, adjusting the volume, grabbing screenshots, making zip files, and many more tip and tricks educators will find extremely useful.

Become a Podcaster

Anyone can publish a podcast nowadays, so why aren’t you? Learn from an experienced podcaster about this wonderful form of communication. With Radio WillowWeb and Our City Podcast as guides, Tony shares from his experiences from podcasting with students. Working together, the group will create a sample podcast episode while learning valuable tips and techniques along the way. You’ll leave energized to start your very own podcast!

Come on Down! Game Shows in the Classroom

Make reviewing curriculum engaging when you host game shows in your classroom! You can find PowerPoint templates for popular game shows online, like Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Jeopardy, Hollywood Squares, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Many of these templates even come with music and sound effects. After playing some game shows, participants learn to create and customize PowerPoint templates for use in their classrooms.

You’ll Love Wikis: Creating and Using Wikis

Teachers love wikis because they are websites that are quick to set up and easy to maintain. Students love wikis because they facilitate collaboration and online publishing. Participants in this session will set up a free PBworks site and learn how to add pages, hyperlinks, images and video

Web Widgets: Interactive & Self-Updating

Web widgets can bring new life to a classroom site. Web widgets are little bits of code you embed into a webpage or blog. Once a widget is placed on a page, it can grab updated information or display interactive content. Learn about places to find, customize, and use free Web widgets that display their information right on your own page. Examples include word of the day, daily riddles, educational videos, audio files, photo albums, games, and polls. Your website or blog will thank you for the fresh, new content!

What Has Tony Bookmarked Lately?

Tony Vincent spends a lot of time online on a quest to find useful websites and resources for teaching and learning. He uses to save, organize, and share the treasures he finds. Join Tony as he showcases some his best and most interesting bookmarks from the last few months.