Great Plains Summit: July 16th to 17th, 2020

Breaking Up With Lectures

Session Description

Are you leaning on presentation tools like PowerPoint, Keynote and Google Slides as “stand and deliver” crutches to teaching. This session will open your mind to new possibilities of how to present, and then how to re-tool these "slides" to shake up the way you design your lessons. We'll focus on how to implement visual literacy, questioning strategies and an emphasis on deciphering primary sources. Learn tips and tricks as well as questioning strategies such as “Observe, Reflect and Question” as an alternative to traditional lecture. Finally, this session will show how teachers and students should try to "think outside the box" since these programs allow images, video, floating graphics and hyperlinks. Explore an endless number of creative ideas to be used in any class!


Session Schedule

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Session Presenter

Ryan O'Donnell
Video Production teacher
Rocklin, California

I am Video Production teacher and former Technology TOSA and high school social studies teacher in Rocklin California. My passions are Ed Tech, Innovation, Social Studies, Podcasting and Teacher Professional Development. I have been teaching since 1997 and have been an advocate for all things "tech" since I first began teaching. Along with teaching, I've been presenting at technology and social studies strategies workshops both in my district and throughout the country. I am the co-host of the "Check This Out" podcast where we chat weekly about new ed tech resources and ideas. Along with presenting, I am on the board of CapCUE; the Sacramento affiliate of which is an organization which focuses on infusing technology and developing leadership.