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IMG_3973 smallAfter 15 years in middle school, high school and college classrooms, I now spend my time as an education and technology consultant excited about the learning process and the power we have as agents of change in shaping that process. I especially enjoy facilitating conversations on the intersection of social studies, game-based learning, and technology integration.

My educational career began at Derby Middle School, finding ways to help thirteen year olds enjoy American History. I earned a Master’s in American History in 1995 and continued developing innovative practices and sharing them with my students. That was followed by five years working in higher education, designing effective instruction and integrating video games into social science classrooms at Tabor College. I now travel across the country as an ESSDACK education specialist providing keynotes, presentations, and curriculum development.

IMG_3394 smallMy passion for social studies was kindled in elementary school when I fell in love with my first National Geographic map. Even at a young age, I was beginning to understand what Robert Louis Stevenson meant when he described his treasure map as having the “power of infinite, eloquent suggestion.” My passion for history and the social studies continued to grow and is now expressed in sharing that passion with others.

I write almost daily here at History Tech, a 2014 Edublog finalist, and maintain Social Studies Central, a repository of resources targeted at K-12 educators cited in national professional journals. You can find my published articles in the National Social Studies Supervisors Association journal and the website Teaching History. I have also had the chance to help author numerous discipline specific curricula. Starting in 2013, I acted as co-chair for the Kansas State Department of Education social standards writing and assessment committee and am currently serving as president of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies.

As director of two US Department of Education Teaching American History grants, I introduced the use of mobile learning technology to middle and high school teachers while supporting research-based instructional strategies. Currently I’m working together with the Center for Children and Technology to help roll out their Zoom In online historical thinking software and have piloted a variety of video games and simulations. As a Google Certified Educator and Apple trainer, I also travel frequently to assist schools as they integrate Apple and Google products.

Presentation Style

I believe that learning should be more than cute and engaging activities. Our task is simple – preparing kids to think critically and to have skills needed to be effective citizens.

Using visuals, stories, and an animated personality, I create an enjoyable and energetic learning environment that one participant called “connectable.” The most effective sessions are those that build relationships between my audience, myself, and the content while building capacity. So my focus is always providing practical ideas coupled with research that teachers and administrators can use to improve the learning process. My C4 Framework – Collect, Collaborate, Create, and Communicate – provides a structure for all of my workshops and presentations.

What Others Are Saying

Wow! What a great session you gave our audience on Friday! You got them engaged right from the start and they gobbled up your information like hungry children!
– South Dakota State Librarian

It’s truly been a pleasure! Your insights, examples & enthusiasm were a big hit with the audience. Thank you for a job well done!
– TIES Colorado Conference Organizer

I really enjoyed Glenn! Very down to earth and helpful to those of us who are technically challenged.
– Wink, Texas Teacher

Glenn was an outstanding trainer! My teachers loved him. A fast two days!
– Omaha, Nebraska Administrator

I have trained teachers before and Glenn did an excellent job keeping everyone engaged and active. The pace of the workshop perfectly matched the skill levels of the participants. Glenn has a sense of humor that made the day fun. Thank you!
– Sturgis, South Dakota Instructional Coach

I enjoyed learning from Glenn W. It was what we needed most. As a vet for almost 20 years, I am usually hard on presenters . . . he wasn’t one of them. Great job! Very informative!
– Jackson, Mississippi Teacher

Keynote Topics

Creating Inquisitive Kids
One hour / half day / full day
Learning should be more than simply memorizing facts and data. Our task is to help students generate questions, solve problems, and communicate solutions.

Thinking Historically: Four Simple C’s for Easy, Effective, and Engaging Instruction

One hour / half day / full day
We know historically thinking is good for kids but what does it look like in practice?

Having Fun is a Good Thing: Using Play as a Powerful Learning Tool
One hour / half day / full day
Many teachers now understand that games and simulations can help encourage high levels of learning. What does the research tell us about how to integrate these tools into our instruction?

Glenn smallThree Simple Steps for Creating a Powerful Digital Legacy
One hour / half day
Teachers and students don’t think enough about their online presence. Learn to control your footprint and the legacy you leave behind.

Creating Academic Discomfort: The Problem is the Solution

One hour / half day / full day
School should be about developing great questions, not providing easy answers. Let’s explore the possibilities when things aren’t easy and when kids are doing the learning, not us.

New Literacies for Successful Citizens
One hour / half day / full day
This is not your grandparents’ reading, writing, and communicating. Today’s world is desperate for people who understand more than just nouns and verbs – your students need to evaluate, design, create, and manage information.

Google Awesomeness: More Than Just a Search Tool

One hour / half day / full day
The Google world is full of useful tools and resources. Classroom, Maps, Drive, and Keep are just a few of the gadgets we’ll investigate.

Developing Globally Component Kids: Best Practices in Shaping K-12 World Views
One hour / half day / full day
To be successful in higher education and the workplace, 21st century learners must be globally literate – thinking critically about the world and their role in it, understanding cross-cultural relationships, and taking informed action.

Possible Breakout Sessions

Social Studies

  • Integrating the Common Core into the Social Studies Classroom
  • Reading and Writing in the Social Studies Classroom
  • Google Earth: Seeing is Believing
  • The Problem is the Solution: PBL in the Social Studies
  • Using Primary Sources in the Social Studies Classroom
  • Using Technology to Teach Social Studies
  • 21st Century Tools for Social Studies Teachers

  •  Video Games as Learning Engines
  • ePUBs, Digital Materials, and the Modern Classroom
  • Integrating Apple Tools as Part of Your Instruction
  • Mobile Devices as Teaching and Learning Tools
  • 30 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes
  • Social Media for Educators
  • Google Apps for Education Tools, Tips, and Tricks
  • Chromebooks 101

glenn at WWI museum

Highlighted Presentations

National Social Studies Supervisors Association Conference
Emerging Technologies and the NCSS Inquiry Arc
San Francisco
November 2017

Kansas Council for the Social Studies Conference
Social Studies & ELA: Mashing Up the Literacies
Wichita KS
November 2017

Kansas Department of Education
Google Tools for Increasing Literacy Skills
Wichita KS
October 2017

Kileen Social Studies Academy
Historical Thinking in the 21st Century
Kileen TX
August 2017

Creating Academic Discomfort: The Problem is the Solution
Indianapolis, Indiana
July 2017

KSDE Summer Academy
Fake News: It’s a Real Thing
Topeka, KS
June 2017

MACE Conference
VR and AR Across the Content
Manhattan, KS
March 2017

National Social Studies Supervisors Association / National COuncil for the Social Studies
3D History: VR in the Social Studies Classroom
Washington DC
November 2016

Google Tools and 21st Century Social Studies
Denver, CO
June 2016

National Council for History Education Conference
Google Maps in the History Classroom: Easy, Effective, Engaging
Niagara Falls, New York
April 2016

Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference
Google Apps, Literacy Integration, and the C3 Framework
Columbus, Missouri
February 2016

Midwest Educational Technology Conference
Content Management and Collaboration Without the Paper and Pencil
St Charles, Missouri
February 2016

Games and Learning Conference Keynote
Play is a Good Thing
MidAmerica Nazarene University
July 2015

Podstock 2015
Closing Keynote
Creating Learners, Not Widgets
Wichita, Kansas
July 2015

South Dakota State Library Conference Keynote
Digging Deeper into Primary Sources II
Pierre, South Dakota
November 2015

Contact Me

Glenn Wiebe
1500 E. 11th
Hutchinson, KS 67501

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