Workshops, Presentations, and Conferences

In the beginning…

In the summer of 1996, just a month after I finished my teaching credential, I received an e-mail from SDSU Ed Tech Professor Bernie Dodge asking if I was available to help out with a workshop for a San Diego City Schools grant called the Triton Project. During that first summer I spent time developing some model projects that utilized technology, led a couple small break-out sessions, and helped teachers code html while making their first WebQuests. It wasn’t until the last day of the weeklong workshop that I actually got my first teaching job at West Hills.

Over the next five years, Bernie hired me back each summer. By the third year I was leading large groups through the WebQuest process and developing online tutorials for the teachers in the program to use. These experiences would give me an opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of educational technology and inspired me to continue to look for opportunities to participate in technology staff development.

Currently…
In my new job as Director of Instructional Technology in GUHSD, I have taken over all district technology professional development. Our main focus at the time is Chromebook deployment and expanding the use of Google Apps for Education. All workshops are are linked from our @GUHSDtech Website.

Other topics covered in workshop and conferences, include:

  • Importance of technology use in today’s world
  • Mobile Technologies for Teachers
  • Using technology to increase engagement
  • All things Google (I became a Google Certified Teacher in 2007)
  • Online collaboration (for both students and teachers)
  • Online social communities
  • Using blogs and wikis with students and teachers
  • Classroom web site development
  • Video projects
  • Web 2.0 Apps

Since 2010, I have been working with Reuben Hoffman, another West Hills teacher, to help spread the tech integration word.  Our website, Ed Tech Pirates hosts our new workshops.  If interested in having us present, contact me at danmcdowell@gmail.com

Additionally, I teach several different courses in the Learning Design and Technology Department (formerly called Educational Technology) at San Diego State (2006-present).

  • Developed and taught LDT 541: Web Based Multimedia Development (Summer 2014)
  • Co-Developed and taught ET 570: Advanced Technology for Teachers (Summer 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Taught ET 561 (Fall 2013)
  • Taught ET 470: Technology for Teachers (Spring 2010)
  • Developed and taught ET 700: Educational Podcasting (Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012)
  • Developed and taught ET700: Advanced Digital Video (Fall 2006, Fall 2007)
  • Taught ET541: Web Based Multimedia Development (Fall 2007, Fall 2009)

2012 Workshops

Technology Integration 101: Just Add Google (BTSA)
GUHSD BTSA Year 1
Nov 28 & Dec 13, 2012

The Digital Natives Are Restless: Tech Tools That Captivate Students
Unleash Google Docs In Your Classroom: Student Use
Mobile Madness: Strategies for Teacher Learning and Productivity
SDCUE Tech Conference
Nov 3, 2012

Unleash Google Docs In Your Classroom: Student Use
Mobile Madness: Strategies for Teacher Learning and Productivity
USD SOLES Fall Tech Showcase 
Sept 21, 2012

The Digital Natives are Restless
Mobile Madness
Unleash Google Apps in Your Classroom: Student Use
GUHSD Summer Workshops
July 31, Aug 1 & Aug 22

Technology Integration 202: Web 2.0
GUHSD BTSA Year 2
April 26, 2012

The Digital Natives are Restless: Tech Tools That Captivate Students
CCSS
March 2-4, 2012

Technology Integration 201: Advanced Google 
GUHSD BTSA Year 2
Feb 29, 2012

Implementing a 1-to-1 Program Workshop
International School of Bejing
April 2012

Google Workshop for Educators (CUE Lead Learner Session)
Cleveland State University
January 2012

2011 Workshops
Technology Integration 101: Just Add Google
GUHSD BTSA Program
Part 1: Nov 15, 2012
Part 2: Dec 8, 2012

Website Creation Adventures
CLHS / MS S.D. Conference
Dec 2, 2011

Ultimate Teacher Websites
Google Docs In The Classroom: Effective Strategies For Integration
SDCUE Tech Conference
Nov 5, 2011

Google Docs and Sites (CUE Leader Learner Session)
The Child’s Primary School
August 24, 2011

Google Docs (CUE Lead Learner Session)
Encinitas Unified Technology Fair
August 19, 2011

Motivate the Millennials
July 28 and August 10, CCSS (March 2012)

Just Add Google,
July 27 and August 9

Writing Collaborative Essays in Google Docs
Google Booth @ ISTE 2011
Philadelphia, PA
May 13

Technology Integration 102: Social Media = More
GUHSD BTSA
Year 2 Teachers, March 15, 2011
Year 1 Teachers, May 11, 2011

Facebook Nation: Are you a Citizen?
CA Librarians Annual Conference
March 26, 2011

Technology Integration 101: Just Add Google
GUHSD BTSA
Year 2 Teachers, February 15, 2011
Year 1 Teachers, March 24, 2011

Creating A Web Presence
Collaborating, Presenting & Pushing It Further
CADA Annual Conference
March 3, 2011

How Google Changed Everything
SDSU Educational Technology Alumni Event
January 26, 2011

2010 Workshops
Facebook Nation: Are You a Citizen?
Motivate the Millennials: Tech Project Templates
CLMS/HS Annual Conference
December 3, 2010

Tools for the Future: Part 2
Christian Unified Schools San Diego
November 23, 2010

Ultimate Teacher Website
Facebook Nation: Are You a Citizen?
Motivate the Millennials: Tech Project Templates
SDCUE Technology Conference
November 6, 2010

Tools for the Future: Part 1
Christian Unified Schools San Digo
February 11, 2010

2009 Workshops
Schoolwide Collaboration (Revised from SDCUE Tech Fair)
CLHS K-12 Technology Conference
December 6, 2009

Are you ready for a Twitter-off?
SDCUE Technology Fair
October 24, 2009

Schoolwide Collaboration with Google Apps
SDCUE Technology Fair
October 24, 2009

Collaboration Technology Tools
GUHSD Summer Workshops
August 18-19, 2009

Breakdown Those Classroom Walls
GUHSD Summer Workshops
August 20, 2009

Productivity and Collaboration Anywhere Using Google Docs
CLMS
March 2009

Wiki Adventures: Stories, Collaboration, and Publication
CLMS
March 2009

2008 Workshops
Teacher and Student Online Collaboration
SDCUE Tech Fair
November 8, 2008

The Ultimate Google Teacher Web Site
SDCUE Tech Fair
November 8, 2008

West Hills Web Site Seminar
Staff Development Week
August 2008

Collaboration Technology Tools
GUHSD Summer Institute
July 30, 2008

Breakdown Those Classroom Walls!
GUHSD Summer Institute
July 31, 2008

2007 Workshops

Choose Your Own Wiki Adventure, Version 2.0
SDCUE Tech Fair / NCSS Annual Conference
November 3 and 30, 2007

ET 541: Web Based Multimedia Development
Educational Technology Department, San Diego State University
Fall 2007

The Ultimate Teacher Web Site
SDCUE Tech Fair
November 3, 2007

Digital Video Projects
GUHSD Visions Alumni Session
October 17, 2007 (2 hours)

Google for Educations / Google – Beyond Searching
GUHSD Summer Institute / Visions Alumni Session
July 30 and November 8, 2007 (all day)

Finally, WebQuests Made Easy
GUHSD Summer Institute
July 31, 2007 (all day)

Web 2.0
GUHSD Summer Institute
August 1, 2007 (all day)

Visions 2007
Tech Resources, Grossmont Union HS District
Summer 2007

ET 700: Advanced Digital Video 
Educational Technology Department, San Diego State University
Summer 2007

1996 – 2006 Workshops
Visions 2006 
Tech Resources, Grossmont Union HS District
October and November, 2006

ET700: Advanced Digital Video 
San Diego State University
October 14 and 28, 2006
A graduate-level seminar

Choose Your Own Wiki Adventure: Using Wikis with K–12 Students
NECC 2006 in San Diego, CA
July 6, 2006 at 12:30 pm.

Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts – Oh My!
Grossmont Union HSD Summer Institute
July 31, 2006
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Finally, WebQuests Made Easy
Grossmont Union HSD Summer Institute
August 4, 2006
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

To Blog or Not to Blog: This and Other Questions 
SDCUE Tech Fair
Presenter
October 2005

Visions Summer and Fall Conference
Grossmont Union High School District
Organizer and Lead Social Studies Teacher
Summer 2005

World History: Beyond the Textbook
Summer Institute, GUHSD
Presenter
Summer 2005

Technology Integration into the Social Studies
Summer Institute, GUHSD
Presenter
Summer 2005

Plugged in to History
San Diego County Office of Education
Presenter
Spring 2005
2004

Visions Summer Conference
Grossmont Union High School District
Organizer and Lead Social Studies Teacher
Summer 2004

Plugged in to History 
San Diego County Office of Education
Presenter
Decemeber 2003

WebQuests and Teaching About the Holocaust
USHMM Workshop at San Diego State University
Facilitator for Bernie Dodge
April 2003

Connections: Imagination and Integration
Classroom Connect Conference
Presenter
Long Beach, CA
December 2002

Professional Development Institute V (PDI) for English Language Development
SDCOE Joe Rindone Technology Center
Presenter
December 2001

San Diego Computer Users in Education Technology Fair
Presenter: A Viewing Guide to World History
November 2001

West Hills Digital High School Tech Fair
Presenter: Internet BasicsUsing the Internet with your Students
August 2001

Teach the Teachers Collaborative
Instructor: WebQuests 2001
The Thacher School
Ojai, CA
July 2001

Professional Development Institute III (PDI) for English Language Development
SDCOE Joe Rindone Technology Center
Presenter
March 2001

San Diego Computer Users in Education Technology Fair
Presenter: A Viewing Guide to World History
November 2000

Digital University
Lead Instructor: Electronic Publishing Strand and WebQuests over Lunch
Grossmont Union High School
Summer 2000

Patterns Summer Symposim
San Diego City Schools/San Diego State University
Developed and presented: Using BackFlip, Using GoClick, and Using SnapzPro to capture video screen shots
Summer 2000

History – Social Science and the Internet
San Diego Office of Education
Presenter
May 2000
California Council of the Social Studies Annual Conference
Co-presentation with Scott Berry

Internet Use in the Social Studies Classroom
San Diego, CA
March 2000

Academy of Computer Training
Intructor: WebQuests
Grossmont Union High School District
Summer 2000
1998/1999

Social Studies Online
Grossmont Union High School District
Presenter
Spring 1999

Triton/Patterns Summer Symposium
San Diego City Schools/San Diego State University
Presenter: Fine PointsProcess Guides, and Response-o-Matic
Summer 1999

Triton/Patterns Summer Symposium
San Diego City Schools/San Diego State University
Developed and presented job aids for Claris HomePage and Inspiration
Summer 1998

Triton Summer Symposium
San Diego City Schools/San Diego State University
Developed and presented Digitizing ImagesManipulating Images, and Using Real Audio and LiveAudio
Summer 1997

Trition Summer Symposium
San Diego City Schools/San Diego State University
Supported Bernie Dodge in an early implementation of the WebQuest model
Summer 1996

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