Schedule a Keynote or Workshop

If you are interested in booking a keynote presentation or a hands-on professional development training, please contact me at or send me a tweet @Catlin_Tucker.


  • Creatively Teach the Common Core with Technology
  • My Blended Learning Journey: Weaving Technology & Tradition
  • Moving Forward in the Face of Change
  • Create, Innovate and Iterate…A Teacher’s Mantra
  • Place Students at the Center of Learning
  • Getting Creative: Transforming Low Tech Classrooms

Click here to watch BLC 2013 TED Talk style keynote (*starts at minute 30)


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Photo credit: Elizabeth Macy of Image Photo & Events of Saratoga Springs, NY

Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology

Description: Are you overwhelmed by the idea of transitioning to a new set of standards? Don’t be! Learn how you can use Web 2.0 tools to effectively engage students and teach the Common Core State Standards. Teach technology and media literacy while providing students more opportunities to develop their reading, writing, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills (and eliminate piles of paperwork!). More effectively prepare your students for life beyond high school!

Participants: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

  • explore the Common Core Standards for their grade level/subject area.
  • select a focus standard and analyze standards above and below to better understand the progression.
  • play with a variety of tech tools that can be used to cultivate skills identified in the standards.
  • experiment with Google apps (docs, presentation, drawing, forms/spreadsheets).
  • design lesson[s] that integrate technology to address the Common Core.
  • (if possible) collaborate with peers teaching in same subject/grade level to create a lesson/unit.

Blended Learning: Strategies & Technology Tools

Description: In this 3 part workshop, teachers will learn how to create a safe space online to engage students in dynamic, high-quality academic asynchronous discussions to complement and enhance face-to-face work. They will experience a Station Rotation lesson then create a lesson they can use with students tomorrow. The workshop will end with the flipped classroom and emphasize the importance of flipping and engaging students online. Finally, teachers will see how the flipped classroom can be combined with the Station Rotation Model with the in-class flip! Teachers will leave with concrete strategies and tools they can use NOW!

Participants: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches

7 Steps to Successful Online Discussions

  1. Create a virtual safe space
  2. Build community online
  3. Design dynamic questions
  4. Teach students to say something substantial
  5. Define a realistic facilitation goal
  6. Keep the conversation going
  7. Weave the two mediums together

Station Rotation Model

  • Experience a Station Rotation lesson
  • Design a Station Rotation lesson
  • Explore grouping strategies & deciding on movement cues
  • Using technology to differentiate instruction and practice

Flipped Classroom

  • Designing a flipped lesson
  • Flipped vocabulary lesson
  • Strategies extending and applying with student-centered activities
  • Exploring online resources for flipping and engaging
  • Discuss the in-class flip

Objectives: This session will provide attendees:

    • Support materials and concrete strategies to aid teachers in creating a community of inquiry online. We will discuss how to establish and maintain a virtual safe space, build an online community, support students in saying something substantial, and choose a realistic facilitation role for work done online.
    • Tips for designing discussion questions, assignments and online tasks that will produce dynamic conversations, engage higher-order thinking skills and empower students to drive their own learning.
    • Time to experience a Station Rotation lesson and design a lesson to use with students tomorrow.
    • Opportunities to explore the flipped classroom model (with emphasis on engagement around content) and brainstorm how teachers can create student-centered learning opportunities to build on work done online.
    • Hands-on practice 

Creatively Teach the ELA Standards with Technology

Description: Play with technology and explore new ways to engage students to meet the Common Core reading, writing, language, speaking and listening standards. Use technology to scaffold work, be more efficient and improve learning outcomes for students!

Participants: K-12 English Language Arts, Science & History Teachers

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

    • leave with a strong understanding of the reading, writing, language and speaking and listening skills.
    • understand the progression of the standards and how multiple standards can be taught simultaneously.
    • explore strategies for shifting to a new set of standards.
    • play with web tools and Google apps that can be used to support the cultivation of the skills identified in the standards.
    • walk away with a lesson/unit that focuses on a particular collection of standards.


Don’t Just Flip Your Classroom, Transform It!

Description: Flip instruction and engage your students! Drive inquiry, differentiate instruction and use class time to create student-centered learning opportunities that encourage communication and collaboration. Don’t want to record your lectures? No problem! You’d be surprised how much you can flip using a variety of ready-to-use media. Wrap content in conversations and collaborative group work to improve retention and drive higher-order thinking. Learn how mobile devices and QR codes can be used to amplify curiosity and engage students.

Participants: K-12 English Language Arts, Science & History Teachers

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

    • understand the flipped classroom model.
    • explore strategies for flipping instruction and engaging students online around the flipped content.
    • learn how to screencast with an iPad or computer.
    • create a YouTube channel if they have not already to host videos.
    • practice designing a lesson: inquiry – transfer knowledge – apply
    • explore great online resources for finding multimedia.
    • play with TED-Ed to “flip” a lesson.
    • design a student-centered activity to build on their flipped lesson.


Project Based Learning in a Blended Learning Model to Teach Common Core

Description: Do you wish you had more time for project based learning (PBL)? Using Web 2.o technology, asynchronous online discussions and Google apps, you can connect students both inside and outside of the classroom to build more project based learning into your curriculum. Learn how to create more opportunities for students to work together, explore, problem solve, think critically and create! This presentation will present multidisciplinary project structures that can be easily facilitated in a blended learning model- combining work in the physical classroom with work done online – to increase student engagement and get students college and career ready.

Participants: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

    • explore the Common Core Standards for their grade level/subject area.
    • play with a variety of tech tools that can be used to cultivate skills identified in the standards.
    • experiment with Google apps (docs, presentation, drawing, forms/spreadsheets).
    • explore project structures that are cross disciplinary.
    • map out a project that integrates web tools and/or Google apps.
    • (if possible) collaborate with peers to create a project.


Digital Writing: Communicate, Collaborate, Reflect & Publish

Click here to watch Digital Writing presentation.

Description: In an era of texting, tweeting, Facebook updates, and blogging, digital writing is a necessary skill to success beyond the classroom. Learn how you can use, blogs, asynchronous discussions, online journaling, website creation and more to teach digital writing. Foster collaboration, eliminate piles of paperwork, and teach the Common Core State Standards while teaching students how to harness 21st century technology to communicate effectively.

Participants: 6-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

    • explore the Common Core writing standards for their grade level/subject area.
    • select a focus standard and analyze standards above and below to better understand the progression.
    • play with a variety of tech tools that can be used to cultivate skills identified in the writing standards.
    • experiment with Google docs and presentation.
    • design a writing task/lesson integrating technology.
    • weave digital writing with work in the classroom.


7 Steps to Successful Online Discussions

Description: Transform traditional classes into dynamic learning communities with online discussions and asynchronous group work. Learn how to 1) create a virtual safe space, 2) build an online community, 3) design dynamic discussion questions, 4) encourage substantial postings and meaningful exchanges, 5) define a realistic facilitation role that saves you time, 6) incorporate multimedia to differentiate instruction, and 7) weave it all together!

Participants: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

    • discuss the challenges of real time discussions and benefits of online discussions.
    • articulate their expectations for student behavior and participation online.
    • explore strategies to support students in contributing to online discussions in a meaningful way to ensure conversations are high quality.
    • practice strategies for gently correcting missteps online to ensure the online space is a digital extension of the classroom.
    • use media to design a dynamic discussion question that will drive engagement.
    • decide on the facilitation role that makes sense for them and their students.
    • reflect on assessment strategies for online work.
    • discuss weaving strategies to blend the online work back into the classroom.


Give Your Low-Tech Classroom a Mobile Makeover!

Description: Are you frustrated by the lack of technology in your classroom? Harness the power of mobile devices to engage your students and amplify their curiosity. Teach your students how to leverage their mobile devices to research, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create! Only a fraction of your students actually need a mobile device for you to successfully create a high-tech classroom. Explore free education apps, learn how to use QR codes in the classroom and walk away with tons of ideas for how you can use mobile devices to create a student-centered classroom.

Participants: 6-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

    • identify concerns and/or fears they have about going mobile in the classroom.
    • decide on mobile device “norms” to ensure they are used for academic purposes and do not distract from learning.
    • participate in hands-on activities using mobile apps to experience the engagement that can be achieved.
    • participate in hands-on activities using QR codes to see how they can be used to connect students to a myriad of resources online.
    • create their own QR codes for an activity they will use with their students.
    • understand the principles of a student-centered classroom and how mobile can help create that shift.
    • play with a variety of educational apps appropriate for their grade and age level.
    • design an in class activity using mobile devices.


The Common Core Made Easy with Google Apps

Description: Learn how to use Google Maps, Search, Moderator, Docs, Sites and more to meet the Common Core Standards. Teach writing, research, technology fluency, communication and collaboration using Google apps.

Participants: 4-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Learning outcomes:

Teachers will:

    • learn how to use Google apps to transition to the new Standards.
    • explore using –
      • Google Search to teach effective online research and encourage students to evaluate the credibility of online resources.
      • Google Moderator to design inquiry driven assignments that allow students to formulate strong questions to drive discussions and/or problem solving activities.
      • Google forms and spreadsheets to collect data, information and provide formative and summative feedback.
      • Google Docs to encourage collaboration on shared docs, create rubrics and support focused peer editing with forms.
      • Google Sites to get students publishing their work online to share knowledge and demonstrate mastery.


5 Responses to Schedule a Keynote or Workshop

  1. daryl wise says:


    I am coordinating a seminar on edtech and we are looking for a few presenters.

    Here is the letter I am sending out.

    All the best,
    Daryl Wise

    As a leading educator interested in Common Core, I am contacting you about participating as a speaker in a free one-day seminar in the SFO area on Sat, Sept. 14, called Common Core Tech ( This seminar will help teachers understand how technology can alleviate the difficulties inherent in teaching to the Common Core. We are expecting about 50-100 teachers and educators attending at the event. We would like to invite you to make a short proposal for a talk on how technology helps teachers handle the challenges of teaching to the Common Core. It could discuss access to aligned resources, use of an LMS, collaboration tools… any use of technology that can mitigate the difficulties of teaching to new content standards.  

    Last weekend, we organized a similar event where we had over 125 teachers and educators sign up for a day of information that included the Santa Clara County Office of Education and others giving presentations titled:

    Technology and the Common Core – Best Fits for Best Learning
    Teaching with Video – Just Get Started…
    How I Learned to Stop Worrying [About Common Core] and Love the Web
    My Flipped, Flopped and Flourishing Classroom
    Common Core State Standards: Myths, Challenges and Solutions.

    The presentations should be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and as you can see from the presentation titles from the last seminar. Lunch is provided for speakers and attendees. Please note that although OpenEd is sponsoring this event, this is not an OpenEd event per se. We welcome co-sponsors and any other help in putting together the event.

    If you are interested, please submit a short proposal by Aug 29 to  We will respond back to you by Sept 3 to confirm your participation.

    Thank you and all the best,
    Daryl Wise
    (OpenEd,, is a web site with educational videos and resources related to Common Core)

  2. Kathy Nichols says:

    Hi Catlin,
    I met you last year at CATE in Santa Clara (I was the autograph chair). This year we are planning a small conference in the spring, probably somewhere near Pleasanton, though there are no details yet. The idea is to hold three different strands, two of the three focusing on blended learning. We are hoping Jim Burke will do the third session on Common Core for newbies. There will be two three-hour sessions, one in the morning, lunch will be provided, and one in the afternoon. Our hope is to build membership. I have to admit that I am a total Catlin Tucker junky and try to absorb as much from you as possible. At any rate, dependent on your availability of course, is this something you might be able to help us with? Thanks

  3. Liz Dodds says:

    Hi Catlin- I tried to tweet to you about this but was not able to DM- so I don’t know if you saw it?
    Anyway, I loved your Blended Learning book- so practical and so insightful.
    I would like to invite you to come to our California School Library Association Conference at the SFO Hyatt Feb. 50 8, 2015. It is the centennial of our organization! We would love to have you do a workshop for us if you’re available, on any of the days, 5th through 8th. I especially like the 7 Steps to Successful Online Discussions, but there are many others on your list that our members would enjoy as well.
    Please email me and let me know if you’re interested.
    Liz Dodds

  4. Sally Ahern says:

    Hi Catlin,
    I really enjoyed your presentation in Huntington Beach yesterday. I would love to speak with you about a keynote presentation.
    Looking forward to speaking with you, please email me when you have a chance.
    Sally Ahern

  5. Jane Bunting says:

    Hi Catlin,
    We would love to have you provide our K-12 Calistoga teachers with one of your incredible workshops. We have an upcoming PD day on March 16…is there any possibility you would be available for part of that day? Your workshop at the recent Learning and the Brain Conference in San Francisco was inspiring!!!
    Please email me and let me know if you’re interested and if you’re available.
    Many thanks,
    Jane Bunting

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