Hello, I'm Vicki Davis, thanks for dropping by. Since 2006, I have spoken at districts, education conferences, and events around the world. I still teach full-time, so I usually have time for 4-5 major events a year.
I have spoken at Harvard, Princeton, Google, Microsoft, and around the world at major national and international technology events.
The biggest draw is that I am a practicing classroom teacher and share what I and other teachers are doing around the world.
So, every teacher keynote is customized to your audience and relevant to what I'm doing right now in my classroom. I've traveled internationally as well speaking in Russia, UAE, Qatar, India, China, and more, and present online as well. Every session has information on what I'm doing now in my classroom. Sometimes I even take my students or record a podcast with a live audience.
I've spoken at Google, Microsoft, many state education technology conferences, college events, and any place that wants the latest in excellent teaching that includes technology but focuses on unique learner needs. I write for Edutopia and was featured in an edtech insert cover story for USA Today on January 1, 2022 about the future of education technology.
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Keynotes, audience participation smackdowns, and spotlight sessions are all sessions that I share. While I'm always inventing and creating new presentations, this page is preserved for the best-of-the-best crowd-pleasers that generate the most email and tweets. All of the keynotes and spotlights have been shared as webinars. You can see many of my presentations on Slideshare.
I give practical encouraging keynotes for educators that are typically 45 – 90 minutes long. (I would never go over 90 minutes and really, 90 minutes is a bit long, although I've done it. ;-)
12 Habits of a Top 21st Century Educator
Teaching can be toxic and the challenges of teaching today seem bigger than ever. But there are things that every teacher can do to improve their teaching tomorrow. It starts with changing what you can change: yourself. Learn what to change, how to change, and how to keep the mindset that keeps you in tip-top shape for your students and for living your life well.
How to Help Your Students Be Future Ready
What are the practical skills and tools teachers need to teach their students (without all the fluff) and how can it be done in today's environment. This presentation was developed for opening day for a school district.
7 Steps to Connect Your Classroom
Vicki shares the principles that caused her to be included in Thomas Friedman's book The World is Flat for best practices that are relevant to
today's workforce and world.
How to Be a 21st Century Influencer
While the term influencer means different things, we can all influence positive change in our classrooms, schools, and beyond. Learn the practical ways to influence positive change in your school. This is a motivational topic.
These are designed for 45 minute – 1-hour sessions
I teach how to help students write collaboratively, provide peer feedback on individually written articles, and work together with writing. Additionally, I cover the forms of electronic writing we should teach in schools and how to help every child use the AI tools that will help them learn and grow (without being academically dishonest.)
Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction
Learn how this award-winning teacher uses podcasts, digital movie-making, a YouTube channel, wikis, blogs, and other tools to involve all of the learning styles of her students and create repositories of information to document and demonstrate learning in her technology classroom. She will also share best practices from educators in other subject areas who are also using these tools to teach.
7 Steps to Flatten Your Classroom
(popular session based on my book Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds)
Global collaboration is an essential part of a good education. You can get there one step at a time and find a network of teachers just like you to support and encourage you along the way. Learn how to integrate global collaboration and global competence into your classroom one step at a time. The ISTE Student standards require that you collaborate outside of your school, let's start the easy way.
Blogging for a Better Classroom
With the emphasis on writing and common core standards, teachers can use blogging to engage their learners in peer review and inspire them to write. You can give your students an assignment but you can give them inspiration at the same time. Take writing in your classroom to the next level by blogging for a better classroom!
50+ Ways to Improve Your Classroom with Technology
Join award-winning edublogger Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher, for a high-energy presentation with 50 ways to improve your classroom NOW with Technology.
Common Core Writing in the Cloud
This is a more practical session with specifics using the model in my new collaborative writing book. it can be aligned with ISTE Nets, Common Core Examples or if you provide me your standards, I'll work to relate them for you.
Teaching effective writing requires a lot of proofing, editing, feedback, and revision. What if you could harness the power of students, peer review, and Web 2.0 tools to supercharge your writing? You can. In addition to the traditional writing taught in classrooms, a new form of writing is here. Collaborative writing is fundamentally different from traditional essay writing in that students should know how to create content, edit, and discuss to produce authentic, collaborative work. As a teacher who coordinates wikis where thousands of students edit and co-create, Vicki can show you how collaborative content creation looks and how it aligns with the Common Core State Standards.
Simple Online Presenting
Online presenting doesn't happen by accident. It is intentional and even audience members are a vital part of this learning ecosystem. There are a whole new set of challenges where you cannot see the faces of those you are talking to. Learn from this teacher who has connected thousands of students and presented online for hundreds of hours about how to make online presenting work for you and the skills you MUST teach students so they can master how to do this as well.
After Dinner Speaker or Civic Events
Typically an after-dinner keynote runs about 20 minutes. Here's a presentation I've given that is very popular with business groups, Rotary Clubs, and Chamber of Commerce Banquets.
We've entered the age of the influencer. Do you know how to help your business, nonprofit organization or school be successful in this new age? Social media will increase the impact of what you're doing already, but do you know where to start? Enjoy this 20-minute crowd-pleasing presentation to look back at where we've been, where we're heading, and what you need to do now to be successful.
Crowd-Pleasing Audience Participation Sessions
Cool Tool Smackdown
In this facilitated session, the audience is encouraged to speed share. Led by one of the original creators of the Smackdown approach at ISTE 2008, Vicki will have your audience enjoying themselves and learning at the same time. (This has been done at a breakfast with pancakes and billed as a Super Technology Flapjack Smackdown but it can be billed anyway.)
Web 2 Kung Fu
This audience participation warm-up has been done successfully with up to 300 participants. After completion of the rounds, each person will have shared and learned from 10 other teacher participants in the room. This takes approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour and was first invented in Beijing in 2010 by Vicki and some planners of a conference there.
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