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Workshops for High School Faculty

High school teachers need engaging, enriching in-service presentations. Forget all of the bad speakers from your past and bring in theDeano to speak to your high school faculty.

Testing Online Evidence: Tired of the first ten results in a typical Google search becoming the bibliography for a research project? It’s time to teach your students how to evaluate online evidence and determine what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s plain ugly. Multiple strategies for engaging students of all levels in the critique of evidence will help you identify the weak spots in your students and provide strategies for success.

Teaching with the power of… pointlessness?: Presentation slides filled with paragraphs of text that are read by students, word-by-painful-word, fill classrooms across the country. It’s time for the madness to end! Let’s teach our students “rules for the road” by getting them off the streets of endless text and on the highway to presentation excellence.

Facing Facebook & MySpace: What are students doing online… and do we really want to know? This workshop describes how students interact with Facebook and its impact on their worldview. Discuss with your colleagues appropriate teacher use of Facebook and whether “friending” a student is a great way to engage the students or a great way to get shown the door. In addition, discover ways to use social networking sites to establish a professional network.

Blogs & Wikis: Even if you think a blog or a wiki is a creature straight out of a Star Wars movie, this workshop is for you. Find out what they are, how they are used in teaching and learning, and where you can access them for free! Many, many examples are provided for all fields of study. We will also discuss Wikipedia, its tremendous impact on your lives as teachers and their lives as students, and how you can use Wikipedia for good instead of evil!

Let’s Just Complain About It: We all do it—commenting on the bad (or nonexistent) thesis statements, the lack of engagement of the material, the constant drum of thumbs against the cellphone keys—but now it’s time to do something about it. Work together with your colleagues to identify solutions to common issues, find out what hasn’t been taught that needs coverage, and start implementing plans to find a path for reaching students today. Back to Education