Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and presentations in almost all 50 states, empowering his students to be creative thinkers is his favorite professional accomplishment. Tony is a prolific sharer, approachable, and consistently selects practical tools and strategies that can be implemented right away. To see what Tony shares online, click on over to learninginhand.com where you can explore his website and find his social media links. And, if you spend a little time with Tony, you’re likely to hear about his adorable six year old twins.

Tony will present numerous sessions at GaETC 2020. Here’s the most up-to-date session descriptions available.

Reset the Presets

There are preset standards that most everyone accepts without a second thought. It takes extra effort to alter the defaults, so we end up trusting them. Defaults tend to work for most people, but sometimes unchecking the default opens up greater possibilities. Tony Vincent makes the case for taking the time to tinker with your standard settings and explore what can happen when you control the settings (instead of them controlling you). In addition to changing defaults, Tony explores the concepts of repurposing, working around obstacles, and hacking together innovative solutions.

An Emoji Education

Get schooled on emojis! Emojis aren’t just cute cartoons you can type. They are now a part of the fabric of modern society. Let’s explore the history of emojis, what they mean, and how they affect communication. You should know that emojis are not confined to smartphones and tablets; their charm can be put into action on mobile devices and computers. Tony Vincent is ready to demonstrate how emojis can inspire learning and creativity. He is somewhat obsessed with emojis and has dozens of clever ideas that any teacher can use. His innovative suggestions include illustrating ideas, offering feedback, reinforcing vocabulary, presenting math problems, kickstarting the writing process, and assessing learning.

Powerful Projects

Some of the best learning projects set out to make a dent in the universe. That dent might be big or small, but knowing their projects are making a difference in the world is great motivation for students to push themselves toward deeper learning. Tony Vincent is ready to share important ideas for making student projects powerful, which include making a difference, encouraging student ownership, and having an authentic audience.

Stellar Ideas for Physical and Digital Learning Spaces

Tony Vincent returned to classroom teaching for the 2018-2019 school year. As a teaching and technology geek, he put his bank of innovative ideas and approaches to good use with his fifth graders. See the tricks, tweaks, and life hacks that improved the learning environment for Tony’s students. You’re invited to steal ideas for group roles, classroom lighting, wall decorations, online routines, student agency, and so much more.

Creative Learning Activities in Google Drawing

Google Drawings is great for designing graphics, and it’s also a handy interactive whiteboard. Teachers are using this whiteboard in clever ways, and Tony Vincent has collected dozens of ideas. The kinds of activities include: fill-in, arranging, sorting, labeling, meme creation, and math manipulatives. Some activities are ones you’ll want to copy, modify, and give to your students. Others might serve as inspiration for making your own from scratch.

Documenting with Style

Teachers often make videos for the purpose of documenting—videos to record events, report achievements, archive learning, capture classroom activities, facilitate reflections, and celebrate learning. Get advice for filming and editing that can help your productions be super snazzy. See demonstrations of handy apps in action, and see the end results. Find out where to get copyright friendly music and how to edit that music to match your visuals.

Creating Products to Show & Share Learning

Nowadays students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest websites and apps for showing, explaining, and retelling. In fact, these tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to project-based driving questions. Tony Vincent shares examples and demonstrations of apps for making audio recordings, editing movies, creating comics, recording digital puppet shows, narrating drawings, crafting digital books, and more. You’ll also learn about ways to assess projects and the importance of reflection. This presentation is great for those already familiar with project based learning (PBL).

Worth 1,000 Words: Finding and Designing Visuals

Whether you’re flipping your classroom, app smashing, blogging, moviemaking, storytelling, or presenting, visuals are not just important, they are essential. Since it’s not legal, ethical, or cool to steal any old image you find on the web, it’s great to know that there are alternatives to theft. Let’s become familiar with resources for finding copyright-friendly images, and learn some tips for designing your own visuals to illustrate your ideas.

Spruce Up Your Centers with Technology

The collection of activities teachers provide students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet in the classroom. Whether you use centers for reading, writing, listening, speaking, or exploration, it’s great to know about online resources that are perfect for independent and cooperative activities. Learn to leverage technology to give learning centers a boost, especially when it comes to setting the course, providing content, supporting creativity, and capturing responses. All resources are free, so you can get to retooling your learning centers right away!