Keynotes & Workshops

I’m excited to come work with your group, no matter what size or grade level. I also love to work with parent and student groups on various topics, such as digital citizenship and creativity. 

Interested in booking me?

Check out the keynote and workshop descriptions below:

Project Based Learning; Problem Based Learning; Passion Based Learning

Looking to create lasting PBL practice for your entire school community? Here are deeper, multi-day options.

At the Intersection: Project Based Learning, Career & Tech Ed, and Common Core
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: admin, MS-HS teachers, career coaches 

In this session, participants will explore the crossroads of Common Core, Career and Tech Ed, Project Based Learning and we’ll begin to create a plan that helps take advantage of these commonalities for the benefit of our schools and students.


Getting Busy With It! Learning by Doing in a Modern Learning Environment

1 hour keynote, half-day workshop, full-day hands-on workshop
Audience: elementary & secondary teachers, administrators, parents

We know that in today’s world, it’s less about knowing all the facts and instead, being able to ideate, prototype, build, grow, learn, and improve. And there are many ways to help students master and internalize that process, no matter where they are. We’ll take a look at the exciting things that can happen as kids get excited about learning…and doing school in ways they never thought were possible.

Learning the Ingredients of PBL
half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Project Based Learning is more than simply letters in the educational alphabet soup. PBL is a tried- and-true recipe guiding new and experienced chefs as they learn to excite their learners, create a caring classroom environment, and keep students asking for second helpings of learning! We’ll learn the difference between projects and Project Based Learning and how to incorporate required standards, as well as play with a few essential collaborative technology tools. If you’re looking for an active learning experience at the beginner’s level this is the session for you.

 

Building an independent mindset for students, educators, and community that enhances our PBL practice
full-day workshop
Audience: teachers (4-12), administrators

When implementing a PBL environment, students, teachers, and community go through a radical shift in thinking about teaching & learning that is not an overnight process. Both educators and administrators support a gradual shift from teacher-directed learning to more student-directed learning. This workshop will outline 10 practical pitfalls and parachutes to help our entire community balance and embrace the shift to independence.
Workshop goals: Participants will identify trouble spots for potential misunderstanding in their own communities with students, colleagues, administrators, parents, and beyond. Specific strategies will be shared to help students begin to take the reins of their own learning and how we can help the wider community ease the process. Each will leave with a community action plan where they can begin to affect greater change for their students.

Leaping Forward with Project and Problem-Based Learning!
half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

You get what PBL is; you understand the philosophy and buy in to the basics of integrated, real life learning that looks and feels different than a traditional classroom. You’re ready for the details of how to get this meal to the table! In this advanced-level session, you’ll see the prep, the launch, and the work from a learner’s point of view. We’ll focus on important topics such as time management, grouping assignments, and fostering independent and responsible learners, as well as creating community buy-in.

Learning by Doing: The Big 5 Must-Have Tools for Learning by Doing
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

As we move from sit/get lessons into more active and authentic learning projects (a la Common Core), EdTech tools will be leading the way! Come learn about the “Big 5” must-have tools for a stellar Project Based Learning classroom! (this is a broad view of 5+ types of tools, with many options for each type: video conferencing, collaborative documents, social networking, Google Alerts, blogging).

A Problem of Passion within PBL
Why aren’t all educators embracing authentic learning-by-doing and project/problem based learning? And what, if anything, should we do about it?
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: PBL veteran teachers, administrators, students

Across the US, teachers are creating vibrant Project Based Learning Environments in their own classrooms. They report that students are excited to come to school to dive deeply into not only the required content, but even more! Both students and teachers are finding ways to connect their learning with other content areas and with the world outside of school.
However, not all teachers are embracing this dynamic approach. Why is that? You’d think more teachers would be clamoring to leverage the individual learning strengths of their students within a PBL environment.

Join Ginger as she explores what some of the reasons for this disconnect might be and then work with other education stakeholders to develop real plans to help our colleagues adopt Project- Problem- and Passion-Based Learning.


 

Build a Customized STEAMmaker Camp and other MakerSpaces

This stuff all around us? It was invented and built by people. And I’d like to think it was invented and built by people no smarter than we are. So why can’t we invent and build stuff too? What makes us think we need some sort of special tool belt? Some special gene? Some special studio? There’s absolutely no reason why can’t we start right here and right now. No reason at all. 

STEAMmaker Camp
1, 3, or 5 days
Audience: teachers and students in grades 5-12; administrators, curriculum leaders, community leaders

STEAMmaker: Science, Tinkering, Engineering, Aesthetics, & Mathematics + the Maker Movement in education
In today’s modern learning environments, it’s less about sit-and-get and more about learning by doing. This exciting day camp can be customized to fit your available time schedule, while still exposing your audience to how to this dynamic learning environment operates. Contact Ginger for how to customize your event.

Learners, Makers, and Doers
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: teachers, grades 5-12; administrators, curriculum leaders

Join in as we review what a MakerSpace is and how to set one up in a brand new environment. Learn the essential tips & tricks, as well as essential resources for ensuring success…all while still following a budget!


 

Using Technology to Engage Learners
Google Certified Teacher

Ginger became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009.

Google Tools for a Googled World
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. As it turns out, this philosophy walks hand-in-hand with the idea of a 21st Century learner: to be able to access and use important information at any time, any place. Come learn more about the free Google tools that are available to all of us and ways the tools can be used to transform teaching and learning in our classrooms. (we’ll be looking deeply into some of the more common Google Tools available to our learners)

YouTube: So Much More Than Just Cat Videos!
Full-day session
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

This session will walk participants into the vast array of free Open Education Resources available for teachers and students either in a traditional classroom, a flipped classroom, or a PBL environment. We’ll outline the difference between YouTube.EDU, YouTube for Schools, and YouTube.com/teachers and how to use each to the best results. Finally, we’ll take a quick look inside YouTube’s powerful recording and editing software for those working in a Chromebook (or not) classroom!

Connectivity

 

Copyright Confusion and Fair Use in a Digital World 
half-day session
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Increasingly, students and educators are turning to digital research and tools in our everyday work as we create magnificent projects with music, photos, and information quickly found online. But are we sure it’s legal? Is it ethical? Many educators are new to this digital world, so how do we best guide students through the fair and responsible use of digital media without squashing the excitement of creativity? After all, fair use laws aren’t what they were even 20 years ago. This session will actively walk educators through the decision-making process outlined by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education using actual classroom scenarios and ample Q&A practice time. Participants will also learn helpful ideas regarding how to teach students and colleagues about this vital topic.

Tools of the Trade: Honest Collaboration with Technology
Full-day session
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

If we expect students to develop 21st century communication skills, they need the opportunity to authentically practice them in their everyday learning experiences. This studio is a hands-on learning experience for you to explore, collaborate, and share essential learning tools, such as Google tools, mobile apps, social media, blogs, podcasts, video conferencing, web curation, and creativity & presentation tools. You will leave with a portfolio full of tools, a beginning Personalized Learning Network, and a head full of techniques to help learners of all ages to be ready for today’s real world.

Energized and Engaged! a New Teacher’s Transition into Technology
Full-day session
Audience: K12 teachers (mentors and rookies)

New teachers feel overwhelmed at all they’re expected to learn right away. Technology is often put to the back burner when it could be the piece de résistance for the educational gourmand.  VIsit this round table to Q&A with a couple of new teachers in a Self-Directed Staff Development environment to find what has really worked for them this year. Audience is encouraged to share their successes as well.

Beyond the Basics: Using the iPad to Ignite Kids’ Thinking!
Full-day session
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students
If you already know how to use the basic hardware of the iPad, then this session is a great next step. We’ll explore ways we can use our iPads in our lessons to foster Higher Order Thinking Skills and create deeper thinking strategies for our learners. The secret is that it takes more than just drill & kill tools to win!
Beyond the Basics: Using the ChromeBook to Ignite Kids’ Thinking!
Full-day session
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students
If you already know how to use the basic hardware of the ChromeBook, then this session is a great next step. We’ll explore ways we can use our ChromeBooks in our lessons to foster Higher Order Thinking Skills and create deeper thinking strategies for our learners. The secret is that it takes more than just drill & kill tools to win!

Higher Order Thinking Skills; Creativity; High-Ability and Gifted Learners

Ginger Lewman, PBL, ESSDACKStrategies for implementing HOTS into the Secondary / Elementary Classroom
half-day, full-day
Audience: elementary/secondary educators, administrators

Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) are not just for the gifted classroom anymore! In this session, participants will explore levels of thinking, and practice various strategies for implementation into their content areas. Strategies for managing a differentiated classroom environment are detailed and teachers leave with a plan in hand for starting tomorrow!

Engaging the Power of Social Media in Social Emotional Development of Gifted Learners 
1 hour, half-day
Audience: administrators, K12 teachers, community, students

Today, children have powerful computers in their pockets, ready to quickly post pictures, comments, and videos. What are all these selfies, comments, and jokes leading to? Are we there with our children as attendants on their digital playgrounds or are they left to their own devices, like a modern-day Lord of the Flies?

But there’s another side to technology. Amazing things can happen with empathy, service, and heart-to-heart connections between kids. Social Media has the power to connect bright Millennials to opportunities never fathomed. Let’s leverage this newfound power for Good on behalf of gifted kids and the world.

The Arts as a Hub of Engaged Learning in a High-Stakes World
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators

Creativity can no longer take a backseat the the world of learning. Let’s engage our kids by inviting the arts to the front seat of the school bus. Participants will discover ways to re-integrate the arts into the general education curriculum without losing any academic rigor and gaining the hearts and minds of our students. Reengaging the gears of creativity is a must-have for today’s world.

Growing Roots and Wings with the Creativity of Learning by Doing
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Help our students grow the roots and wings needed for life with Project Based Learning! Learn the concepts of Project Based Learning through to Passion Based Learning at the K-12 level. We’ll explore examples and play with the technology that enables students to become highly-engaged independent learners. Our kids will thank us for helping them develop a solid educational foundation while still inspiring them to grow wings to soar.

For full-day sessions, a separation of K-6 and 7-12 teachers is recommended.

Doodlers Rise! Visual Notetaking to Support Creative Thinking
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Raise your hand if you were a doodler who frequently was told to stop drawing silly pictures in class and focus! Maybe you’re someone who feels that doodling might be fun and a useful way to differently engage your learning brain, if only you were more artistic. Well, gone are the days of the strictly text-based, outline-structured, note-taking format. Research is showing that engaging visual stimulus while organizing new information helps to solidify learning. Come learn visual notetaking strategies and tools for even the least artistic among us! Your students will never hear a lecture the same way again!

Teaching High-Ability Kids in Today’s Mixed-Ability Classrooms
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, gifted facilitators, school psychologists, administrators

Participants will learn about some of the unique characteristics and needs of high-ability students and how we, as busy teachers, can maximize their creative and cognitive potential for full engagement in our multi-leveled classrooms. Practical suggestions for grouping, independent projects, as well as compelling strategies involving technology, entrepreneurship, and service learning.


 

Entrepreneurship; Social Media; Digital Footprints; Online Safety

Students as Self-Advocates: Why/How Learners Should Craft Their Own Digital Footprints
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students, parents

When you last “Googled” your name, what did you find? All learners should ponder those results when considering potential colleges, scholarships, jobs, and even future mates. Is it better for the results to come up poorly or not at all? Come learn how we can help our children become more digitally literate and earn an A+ in Digital Citizenship.

At the Intersection: Project Based Learning, Career & Tech Ed, and Common Core
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: admin, MS-HS teachers, career coaches 

In this session, participants will explore the crossroads of Common Core, Career and Tech Ed, Project Based Learning and we’ll begin to create a plan that helps take advantage of these commonalities for the benefit of our schools and students.

Creating the School of Your Dreams to Create the Life of Your Dreams
half-day, full day
Audience: students, parents, educators, Middle School & High School

In this session, participants will examine how to utilize strategies and tools to discover and grab their passions. We’ll learn some tools for entrepreneurship and how to intelligently use the online tools of today to become master marketers. It’s about creating your own path.

6 Simple Steps to Strengthen Our Schools with Social Media
1 hour, half-day
Audience: administrators, K12 teachers, community, students

Looking for ways to energize your community? In a busy world of varied schedules, it’s tough to bring everyone together. Let’s learn very actionable ways to leverage social media tools for more than just sharing pictures of dinner and kitties. Participants will learn how to select the right tools for the job and leverage those tools to grow and engage a positive, active community that thrives both online and in-person.


 

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Leadership in a Modern Learning Environment
and
Educational Change

Creating Schools That Kindle the Inner Fires of Learning
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: admin, K12 teachers, parents, students

If we believe that students should be ignited by the flame of learning inside school, then we need to find what ignites their passions. In this session, participants will learn how to create intellectual sparks with passion-based learning and how that shifts the focus of learning in the classroom from teacher-centered to student-centered. Participants are also introduced to the concept of “Optimal Ambiguity” as a prime state for empowered learning.

Asking the Hard Questions About Educational Change
1 hour, half-day, full-day
Audience: School Community Leadership (admin, K12 teachers, community, students)

This presentation engages school leadership in conversation about the current educational norms and the purpose to them. Participants consider which norms are there because of tradition, which are there because of need and which are there because of the law.

Teaching is my passion, whether it’s about technology or Project Based Learning. I love to connect with learners, both young and experienced!

 

Today’s Modern Learning Environment: more than a new coat of paint
1 hour keynote, breakout
Audience: School Community Leadership (admin, K12 teachers, community, students)

Today’s kids have one foot in yesterday’s values and one foot in tomorrow’s realities. Our responsibility as community leaders is NOT to find a secure balance across that chasm, but to create opportunities for them to take a smart leap into tomorrow with yesterday’s values ingrained! But it’s no small task to make that shift. What are your schools doing differently today to get students ready for their tomorrow? Are you making real changes or are you just repainting the same old house a different color?

This high-energy keynote highlights various classrooms and instructional practices that are winning in schools across Kansas, right now. Kids aren’t just compliantly attending classes in these schools; they’re clamoring for more. Come learn the gamut of possibilities and how you can lead your community into tomorrow.

Leadership in a Project Based Learning Environment
half-day, full-day
Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

This workshop asks leaders to consider the must-have skills and dispositions that a leader must cultivate in him/herself while firing up the potential of the staff. We explore the hard questions and how we as leaders help our communities envision a better way.

Hooking Your Community Deep in the Gills: Gamification in Education
1 hour, half-day
Audience: administrators, K12 teachers, community, students

What is it that creators of video games, retail stores, online social networks, and marketing gurus use to keep their audiences consistently coming back for more? And can we leverage some of the same techniques to get our communities more deeply involved in our schools? This session helps us learn some of the gamification strategies that marketers are using, while participants actively explore options for schools.

Ginger Lewman

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