Let me inspire your teachers
After 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, gamification, and technology integration.
My educational career began at Derby Middle School, finding ways to help thirteen year olds enjoy American History. I earned a Masters in American History in 1995 and continued developing innovative practices and sharing them with his 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.
My love 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 social standards writing and assessment committee and am currently 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. Currently I’m working together with the Center for Children and Technology to help roll out their Zoom In online software and have piloted a variety of video games and simulations. I also travel frequently to assist schools as they integrate Apple and Google products.
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.
Creating Inquisitive Kids
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: Strategies for Integrating Evidence
We know historically thinking is good for kids but what does it look like in practice?
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Using Video Games as Learning Engines
Many teachers now understand that video 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?
What’s Your Digital Legacy?
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
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.
Literacy is the New Black
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: More Than Just a Search Tool
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
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
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
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Learning Forward Conference
Using the C4 Framework in the 21st Century Social Studies Classroom
National Council for the Social Studies Conference
Six Sweet Strategies for Integrating Reading & Writing in Elementary Classrooms
Gamifying the Classroom: A Framework of Fun
San Diego, California
Midwest Educational Technology Conference
Three Tasty Tech Tools for Integrating Social Studies & Common Core Literacy Standards
St Charles, Missouri
Digging Deeper into Primary Sources Conference Keynote
Pierre, South Dakota
Chromebooks and GAFE: Implementation & Best Practice
Podstock 2015 Keynote
Games and Learning Conference Keynote
MidAmerica Nazarene University