Michael is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose work focuses on digital storytelling, media literacy and social justice. As an author, keynote speaker and consultant, he helps educators empower students to find passion and purpose in their learning so that they can make a positive impact in their communities. Michael believes in the transformative potential of technology in the classroom, and his presentations at conferences in the U.S. and abroad for CUE, ISTE, SXSW EDU and Apple Education focus on tech integration and innovative teaching and learning strategies. He also leads students and teachers on documentary trips to Vietnam, Cuba and Cambodia as part of an experiential learning program. Michael is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator.

Follow him on Twitter: @cinehead, Instagram: @changing.the.narrative, and at www.michael-hernandez.net

Check out these sessions that Michael will present at GaETC Connect!

Podcasting for the Classroom

Listening is the most important element of storytelling–and learning. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to produce podcasts and integrate this powerful form of digital storytelling into your classroom. Activate student passion for learning and learn how you can use this project to elevate student voice as a purposeful way to check for student understanding. We’ll cover the fundamentals of interviews, audio recording and editing, and how to distribute your podcasts. Student samples and tips for workflow and assessment will also be discussed.

Using Student Explainer Videos to Check for Understanding

Its time to pivot to authentic assessments that have purpose beyond your classroom: explainer videos. Learn how to use Apple’s free presentation software, Keynote, to create screencast videos that check for student understanding and enhance creativity. See student examples and hear best practices for integrating this into your learning space.

Amplifying Student Voice With eBook Publishing

Authoring ebooks is not only fun for students, it teaches them digital literacy skills and provides a great vehicle for demonstrating their knowledge of your curriculum. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to create an ebook using free or low-cost tools, and how to integrate ebooks into classrooms of all grade levels. Topics covered include how to use ebook authoring tools, creating multimedia content for ebooks, planning and workflow, distribution, and assessment.

Video Storytelling

A picture is worth a thousand words, and video is a thousand words every second! In this session, learn how to integrate student-created video projects into your learning space to check for understanding, enhance critical thinking, and develop personal voice.