Speaker Resources for 21st Century Leaders :

Dr. Larry S. Anderson

classroom teacher • principal • professor • international leader

Speaking for Improvement by Design

See some of the titles and descriptions of keynote addresses available by Dr. Anderson.

Concurrent/Breakout Sessions
See information about breakout sessions Dr. Anderson can deliver.

Workshops/seminars usually are given in half-day, full-day, or multi-day formats. See some topics that have been used successfully in many locations.

Some people need one-on-one attention. Or, maybe this involves working alongside an individual who is trying to set goals for attainment.


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Note: The following is just a sampling of sessions Dr. Anderson can bring to your team.

Digital Media: Bring the Excitement of Hollywood to Your Classroom
It is an easily recognizable fact that today’s young people gravitate naturally to highly-interactive, engaging experiences. The proliferation of Game Boys, Playstation 2 units, DVD players, CD players, MP3 players, and the magnitude of media that are used on these devices have all captivated the attention of modern learners. Digital media (video, audio, and interactive devices) represents an extremely powerful teaching and learning opportunity. This can be either as intricate or as simple as we choose.
In this session, we will explore a variety of ways digital media can be incorporated into classroom activities with a focus on authentic, relevant, meaningful use. We shall discuss methods of evaluating student (individual and team) efforts with digital media. We shall examine some premiere examples of projects created by both students and teachers elsewhere in the U.S.
Digital media represents an area with perhaps the most untapped potential in all of education. This is an exciting session that gets participants actively involved in the process, so it’s fun for everyone in attendance.

Podcasting and Podcatching for the Absolute Beginner
Podcasting is a phenomenon that is taking the world by storm. This is an extremely powerful use of technology, potentially, especially for authentic and sustainable student learning. Further, podcasting has the potential for building strong bonds between and among essential elements of a school community. In this session, we will discuss and discover the basics of podcasting and what it is, then how to go about “podcatching”—the actual retrieval of podcasts that are made available for online access. Terms (nomenclature) and processes will be described in basic, simple language so that participants will leave the session feeling confident in their ability to participate in this emerging phenomenon.

Podcasting Studio Construction Kit: Soup to Nuts
So, you’ve heard about this podcasting thing…and you’ve decided to you would like to try your hand at making your own. But, you don’t know what equipment you will need in order for your podcasts to sound their best. Well, come to this session and hear how to build a simple (or complex) studio from the ground up. Learn about microphones, headsets, booms, recorders, mixers, cables, furniture, and a whole bunch of other stuff. This will be a step-by-step session where nobody is intimidated, yet everybody leaves knowing more than when they came in!

Students as Your Best Technology Support Resource
Throughout the United States, many examples exist where students have become one of the most indispensable elements of successful technology adoption by faculty. Most often, we teachers think that students enter our classes solely to learn the numerous concepts we present to them. Students are not encouraged to develop their own learning schemes, because they would wander too far outside the parameters we have established as being most important to our showing “Adequate Yearly Progress” in student achievement. However, many schools are breaking the mold. How?
This session will provide a multitude of examples of how students have become much more than ‘in the seat learners.” We highlight schools where students are the ones who work closely with teachers to develop interactive instructional materials, to architect scenarios in which teachers can use technology to save many hours of time or to get certain points across to diverse learners in a facile manner. Too, we discuss instances in which students have become invaluable mentors to teachers, helping them to overcome a bevy of technology-related dilemmas.
This session is about the power of the student learner when channeled appropriately by insightful educators.

Technology Audit: It's Coming to a School Near You!
• It's 10:00. Do you know where your children are?
• What is your checkbook balance? How much money have you spent this month at the grocery store—and what did you spend your grocery dollars to buy?
• How many cards/letters have your written this month to a friend, relative, or someone who needs your encouragement?
Each of these questions calls upon us to be accountable for some aspect of our lives.

This area/issue of technology audit just may be more important than the concept of technology planning was when Dr. Anderson first founded NCTP in 1992! He has been “summoned” to Washington on multiple occasions to meet with staffers from various Senators’ offices…in order to discuss the idea of technology audits as a vehicle to assure accountability in schools. This activity was prior to the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), yet Dr. Anderson was asked to develop language for the legislation (which eventually became “No Child Left Behind”) that would, in effect, require all US schools that received federal funding for technology to “undergo” a periodic technology audit. He refused to do what they asked. The reason? Dr. Anderson felt that US educators are a very dedicated lot…and that they would not respond positively to a very powerful, yet negatively perceived, mandate of this type. He told each of these bureaucrats that there was a way to get the educators to participate in audits on a voluntary basis and that the nature of these audits would be more robust than what Washington could demand. So, that’s where Dr. Anderson is now…going about the country, attempting to educate school leaders about technology audits, what benefits they can bring, and how to use their results for systemic improvement. During this session, Dr. Andersons' goals are to: educate/inform participants about what a technology audit is; engage participants in describing the components of an authentic audit; how to prepare for an audit; who should conduct an audit; how to find an auditor; develop and describe strategies for using audit results to engage immediate improvement; and how to sustain the life of an audit.
This is an extremely informative, engaging session that is sure to leave participants with a "can do" spirit upon conclusion of the session.
Your booking this session is a true investment in your organization. There is nothing else in existence like this, so you will be ahead of the game by having participated in this event.
[Note: This session is equally as beneficial to non-education audiences as it is to school leaders. Technology audits are crucial, regardless of the type organization you have.]

Technology Integration: Bridging the Gap to Your Curriculum
During this session, we will examine a variety of avenues and resources that aid instructors who desire to bring technological solutions into their teaching practice. This may manifest itself in the form of reconfigured lecture patterns. It may come in the form of students’ using technology solutions as they prepare reports, perform research, work with student peers, or a multitude of other ways.
In the past, I have delivered this session so it is focused upon particular curricular areas: language arts, foreign language studies, math, science, social studies, and even co-curricular activities, especially in a high school environment. At the higher education level, we poll faculty to determine the panorama of instructional areas and then discover, together, solutions for integrating technologies in a sensible fashion into those areas. In addition to direct curriculum integration, I have led sessions in finding meaningful integration into administration, both at the institutional level, as well as the classroom level.
In this session, we incorporate a vast span of devices and resources to reinforce the importance of meaningful, authentic integration.

Maximizing Community Resources
Community is supremely important for education at all levels. In this session, we focus upon numerous areas where the richness of a community can be captured in order to benefit learning:

• talent identification

• surveys

• online information gathering

• resource sharing

• business partnerships

• civic involvement

• recognition programs

• shadowing

-as well as other considerations brought forth in discussion with session attendees.
The focus of this session is to identify and illuminate community resources, then determine strategies for employing the best a community can offer to enhancement of an educational environment.


Technology Policy: Keeping Your School—and YOU—Out of Trouble!
The main purpose here is to discuss technology-related policies that guide our decisions. I usually begin with the AUP—a policy with which all or most educators are familiar. Yet very few educator practitioners realize fully what a potentially dangerous thing an AUP is, especially if the school installs filtering software on their computers. I give evidence of the famous landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des Moines, which deals with student rights and .. according to the Computer Law Association in Washington, is a great model for a HUGE wave of class-action lawsuits that have the potential for sweeping across the country. Certainly, there exists a plethora of other well-established benchmarks for determining the ill-comprehended perils lurking amidst the deployment of technology policies in school districts across America. Anyway, it’s a chance to discuss really important topics…then to seek others’ technology policies in existence and provide an avenue for sharing, much as we have done with exemplary technology plans over the years.