Creating a Vibrant Learning Environment
School should be a rich environment where both students and teachers are excited and motivated to learn and grow ... however the road to becoming a 21st century learning community can be very rocky. Rapid changes in technology have made the design and upkeep of an effective technology-supported educational program a challenge that most schools find daunting. Some schools avoid it altogether whereas others invest heavily without the clear vision and guidance required to use educational technology effectively. Expensive equipment is used sparingly and the educational return on investment is questionable.
Sam can help your school design and implement a framework that yields tangible educational outcomes and avoids the very expensive and wasteful pitfalls so common in the field of educational technology. Sam's consulting services include:
Your workshop will never be an "off-the-shelf" presentation. Sam will work with you to create a custom workshop that meets the individual needs of your school and staff. Learning should be fun and Sam's very approachable, humorous style will entertain and engage your attendees in compelling project based activities that ensure they are "learning by doing".
Workshops are designed according to the needs and logistics of your organization and can vary from a couple of hours to 3 days or longer. Start with any workshop theme from the list below or contact Sam to discuss a specific topic of your choice.
From Gutenberg to Spielberg: Alternative Ways to Demonstrate Knowledge
(offered as a half day to multi-day workshop)
With a built-in camera and microphone, iPads are ideal for the creation, editing and blending of different media. You'll have a hugely entertaining and engrossing time learning how to create compelling projects that help develop student communication and self expression skills using a variety of media across the curriculum. You'll learn how to create effective video, animation, screencasts, interactive media and more. We'll also discuss the importance of media literacy and the six step process to creating a successful media project. Come prepared to have fun because this is a workshop you won't want to leave.
The Creative Chromebook
(offered as a half day or full day workshop)
Chromebooks can be used very effectively to target many 21st century skills such as connecting, critical thinking, and collaboration. One important skill that we don't generally associate as much with Chromebooks is creativity. Learn how Chromebooks can stimulate student creativity across academic disciplines and age levels. We'll explore media creation, storytelling, mapping, screencasting and more. Guaranteed to be a blast!
Simple Ways to Inspire Learning with Mobile Devices
(offered as a full day to multi-day workshop)
Learn how to use mobile devices to engage students and create a culture of passionate learning. Based on Sam's acclaimed book, "40 Simple Ways to Inspire Learning with Mobile Devices", this session will provide users with a host of innovative techniques for using mobile technology in class. Whether you have one device or many, you'll learn how to create and use scanning stations, run classroom quizzes, create interactive media, build and share student portfolios, create collaboratrive class eBooks, and more. You'll sure to leave with several ideas for using technology creatively in your class.
Create and Collaborate with Google Apps (G Suite)
(offered as a half day to multi-day workshop)
Thousands of schools and educational institutions across the USA and internationally have adopted Google Apps as their platform for the creation, sharing and management of documents, email, media and more. Learn how Google Apps can be utilized to facilitate greater communication, creativity and collaboration in your school - regardless of the devices that you use.
Encourage Discussion and Collaboration
No man is an island - but how do you get people working together productively? We'll look at the elements that contribute to successful teamwork and learn how to use several tools that spark discussion and collaboration both in class and online.
Use Augmented Reality for Interactive Exhibits and More
Who hasn’t heard of Pokemon Go? The game uses a wildly popular new technology called augmented reality. Augmented reality (AR) is when you point your device at objects in the world around you and it displays video and other media over it. AR also has tremendous educational applications. Imagine creating physical artifacts in an interactive classroom museum that can display student documentary videos when you point your device at them. Create an interactive wall in the library that plays videos of student reviews when you point your device at the image of a book cover. Create posters and newsletters with images that come to life and trigger student videos.
Learn how to create AR projects with your students in this fascinating workshop.
Create Compelling Projects with Green Screen Videos
Creating a green screen video used to require expensive equipment and professional video editors. You can now create these magical effects with some simple props and an inexpensive mobile device or laptop. Learn how to inspire passionate learning with green screen video projects in any grade or academic discipline. Your main problem might be working out how to get students to leave at the end of class!
Create Powerful eBooks that Blend Text, Video, Audio and Interactivity
Developing the ability to communicate effectively is a fundamental skill that students need to develop. The increased availability of mobile devices now offers us the ability to communicate through a wide variety of media. Whether lower elementary or college, you can learn how to produce and blend compelling media with text into eBooks that you can create and share with others.
Master the Information Jungle
It can be difficult to keep up. Content, courses, best practices, apps ... there's an abundance of content on the web and it's growing exponentially. How do you keep track of the best resources for teachers and students? This session will introduce you to some simple tools that help you discover, research, organize, and share resources and content.
Broadcasting Your Learning
We spend countless hours teaching students how to write effectively yet we devote little to no time on the most often used communicative skill - speaking. One excellent vehicle for exercising the art of speech is to create a class radio broadcast. Learn how to work collaboratively and create a documentary radio show on any topic. You can even recreate an historical radio broadcast complete with interviews and advertisements!
Learning and Growing with Social Networks
You've heard about the need to become a lifelong learner but there's so much new information to absorb that it can become overwhelming. The internet has enabled development of global learning communities where you can connect and communicate with peers to enhance your professional knowledge and skills. Learn how to use social networking and curation tools to create your own rich and vibrant learning network - both personally and within your school community.
Animate Your Learning
Animations used to be the exclusive domain of large production houses and professional artists. Now all it takes is an iPad and a dose of creativity for students to create amazing animations that reinforce learning in any subject from Kindergarten to High School. Collaborate in groups as you learn and practice techniques you'll take back to the classroom for instant success and engagement.
Improve Classroom Workflow and Productivity
How many times have you walked into a technology based classroom and seen teachers and students exchanging paper based materials? It can be very challenging implementing simple workflows for the distribution and sharing of information in a classroom with digital devices. Learn how to use a variety of simple tools to create a virtual learning environment where information can be acquired, organized, delivered, shared and assessed. Your classroom will never be the same again.
"Sam Gliksman has just been to Lexington, Kentucky to conduct a workshop on iPads in Education for our entire Middle School faculty. The workshop was a resounding success – Sam is a gifted presenter who managed to set just the right tone for our group. He was able to calm those who were worried and inspire those who were ready to be inspired. I am so thrilled we chose him as the person to help us prepare for a successful launch. He is smart, funny, and extremely well prepared.
Sam is knowledgeable about the nuts and bolts of rolling out an iPad program, but he is also firmly planted where I hoped he would be, in the mindset of teachers who care most not about the technology but about the students and their learning. He reminded us all again and again that the tablet is just a platform for the kind of in-depth teaching and learning that is at the heart of all schools when they are at their best.
Sam was the perfect person to conduct this training for us at a pivotal time. I recommend him wholeheartedly as a terrific educator and presenter."
Middle School Principal, Sayre School, Lexington KY
"Sam was able to cater for a range of teacher experience with technology - from that person new to the idea, right through to the competent user. His pedagogy enabled interactive experiences, which allowed application of skills as soon as the learning was gained. Never has it been more valid to say "In doing we learn!" The content was significant to the participants and involved a cooperative, colllaborative and engaging experience. All staff enjoyed the inservice workshop and commented on the high regard they held for the learning they achieved. As we opened the learning experience to other schools, I've since received many positive reports about the value and calibre of the presented workshop. Well done Sam - I could recommend what you do - over and over!"
Principal at NSW Department of Education
"Sam Gliksman is at the forefront of iPads in the classroom movement. Whether coaching one teacher or a theater full of educational administrators, Sam's presentations model interactive pedagogical methods. Presenting 21st C educational ideas and inspiration to parents and faculty, Sam guides schools and communities to re-envision education for innovation, critical thinking and creativity."
Head of School, Temple Israel of Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA
"Sam Gliksman has provided our community a forum for professional growth through the use of technology. He has enabled our school administration to view, learn about, and see the value of new programs. His time, effort, and dedication with our faculty was tremendously valuable as were the resources he taught our teachers to use, in order to infuse each subject area with technology."
Larry Kligman, Middle School Director, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School
Los Angeles, CA