Matt Miller is a teacher, blogger, author and presenter from West Central Indiana. He is the author of Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom. Matt has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Teacher (Austin ’14), a Bammy! Awards nominee, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.
After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.
Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.
Ditch That Textbook (keynote)
Engage students. Build relationships. Rekindle your love of teaching! The world is changing and becoming more and more digital every day. If education doesn’t change with it, our classrooms will become irrelevant in a world of ubiquitous information. Participants in this session will learn timeless techniques for using technology in the classroom, mindsets that help them rethink teaching, and logical reasons for going digital. They’ll leave inspired and motivated with practical tips for ditching their textbooks in favor of more digital means of learning.
Classroom 2.0: 10 reasons to go digital (keynote)
Adding technology to the classroom has headlines and the attention of many, many educators. But is it worth the time, effort and money? Definitely! This presentation presents 10 clear reasons for more digital classrooms and provides concrete examples of how to get there. You’ll leave equipped with ideas and inspired to make a difference in students’ lives!
The Digital PIRATE: “Tech” Like a PIRATE (half-day or full-day session)
In Teach Like a PIRATE, Dave Burgess shows teachers how to leverage passion, presentational skills, and student engagement in the classroom. Matt’s Digital PIRATE workshop takes these ideas and ramps them up with the integration of technology. In this workshop, participants will walk away with tons of ideas for combining strategies outlined in Teach Like a PIRATE with technology in order to connect with students like never before. Matt will share specific tools in combination with PIRATE engagement hooks, giving teachers plenty of “use tomorrow” content. Attendees will also receive a free copy of “The Digital PIRATE,” an ebook with 20 ideas for “tech-ing Like a PIRATE”!
The Imaginarium (half-day or full-day session)
An “imaginarium” is a place where ideas can grow, develop and flourish. This session (best as a half-day or full-day workshop) is dedicated to helping teachers create the unit or lesson of their dreams. See ideas for incorporating creativity, technology, design and more, and utilize time — including engagement hooks from “Teach Like a PIRATE”! Then take some time to craft that ideal unit or lesson so it’s ready to use!
Google University (half-day or full-day session)
Come to Google Education 101! In this session (best as a half-day or full-day workshop), your Google Certified professor will lead you through a number of practical activities utilizing Google tools that apply to almost any classroom. Don’t think of your typical college lecture though. This class is hands-on! Leave with thorough digital handouts and ideas to implement immediately!
A Day in My Paperless Classroom
Take a tour of the tools and techniques this teacher uses to teach practically paperlessly. Find out about using: Google Apps to create almost everything in class, Weebly for a class website, TodaysMeet to communicate quickly, Socrative for quick assessment, KidBlog for online writing, and more. Great digital handouts give you all the information you need to get started with anything mentioned in the session.
Connecting Classrooms to the World
Class doesn’t have to be confined to the four walls of the classroom anymore. Powerful communication tools like Skype, Google Apps, Twitter and more can connect your students to other cultures and viewpoints as well as give them access to experts in your field. Includes great, thorough digital handouts. Learn how to use these free tools to turn your class global!
Video Projects: Make Them Practical and Fun!
Video equals instant engagement! Students love to record video projects, but they often like to watch them even more! Get practical video project ideas that cross over many subject areas and tips for making them happen. Learn about some free video-creation tools that can make your students’ videos come alive!
Becoming a Connected Educator: Finding a Million New Ideas
There is a vast amount of teaching ideas, tips, tricks and people available online just waiting for educators to tap in. Find out how people like you are finding and sharing on sites like Twitter, Google Plus and others and how YOU can reap the benefits too! Use step-by-step instructions in this session and thorough digital handouts to get you started navigating these social media tools.
From “Blah” to Blog: Online Writing for Students and Teachers
Students read and interact digitally every day. Why not meet them in that world? Learn how blogs can be used in virtually any classroom and how to get students interacting inside and outside of class. We’ll also examine the benefits and how-tos of teacher blogs as well. Includes thorough digital handouts you can refer to any time.
The Lightning Round: 60 Powerful Tools in 60 Minutes
Hang on, because they’re going to come fast and furious! 60 useful digital tools are presented in 60 minutes. Get the most power for your hour! Everyone will come away with something they didn’t know about that they can use. Includes GREAT digital handouts to give you access to these tools any time.
Google Genius: Practical Google Activities for Class TOMORROW
Increase collaboration, improve interactions and streamline your classroom by incorporating Google Docs. This suite of web tools is free to anyone and can open doors to learning experiences never before available. Gather quick and easy Google Docs techniques that can be implemented on Monday! Digital handouts include step-by-step instructions with screenshots and video tutorials to have you up and running in no time.
Sharing is Caring: Collaborative Google Apps Activities
This session introduces you to a long list of collaborative activities that can be accomplished across the entire Google Apps suite. These activities utilize the real-time collaboration, chat, commenting and link sharing capabilities of Google Apps. Collaborative activities can cross over to administration, enabling new, powerful modes of staff communication from the ground up.
Google Classroom 101
Google’s tool for managing Google Drive within the classroom is easy and powerful. Learn about how to manage your class, create assignments and make announcements. Also, learn how to tap into the less-obvious features of Classroom to make your classroom flow like a river!
Educational Technology — The Right Way
Not all technology use in the classroom is equal. It can do way more than turn your existing activities digital and online. Learn how to “climb the educational technology ladder” and harness the true potential of your tech! Digital handouts include clear explanations of each level of technology usage and examples.
Broadcast with Podcasts: Giving Students a Voice
Student voices and podcasts in our classrooms lead to instant engagement! Digital audio can be created with a simple phone call and can range from a basic assignment to multi-week projects. Teachers will leave with plenty of no-cost ideas for implementation and simple instructions on how to do them.