Let me inspire you and your teachers
After 15 years in middle school, high school and college classrooms, I now spend my time as an education and technology consultant excited about the learning process and the power we have as agents of change in shaping that process. I especially enjoy facilitating conversations on the intersection of social studies, gamification, and technology integration.
My educational career began at Derby Middle School, finding ways to help thirteen year olds enjoy American History. I earned a Masters in American History in 1995 and continued developing innovative practices and sharing them with my students. That was followed by five years working in higher education, designing effective instruction and integrating video games into social science classrooms at Tabor College. I now travel across the country as an ESSDACK education specialist providing keynotes, presentations, and curriculum development.
My love for social studies was kindled in elementary school when I fell in love with my first National Geographic map. Even at a young age, I was beginning to understand what Robert Louis Stevenson meant when he described his treasure map as having the “power of infinite, eloquent suggestion.” My passion for history and the social studies continued to grow and is now expressed in sharing that passion with others.
I write almost daily at History Tech, a 2014 Edublog finalist, and maintain Social Studies Central, a repository of resources targeted at K-12 educators cited in national professional journals. You can find my published articles in the National Social Studies Supervisors Association journal and the website Teaching History. I have also had the chance to help author numerous discipline specific curricula.
Starting in 2013, I acted as co-chair for the Kansas social standards writing and assessment committee and am currently president of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies. As director of two US Department of Education Teaching American History grants, I introduced the use of mobile learning technology to middle and high school teachers. Currently I’m working together with the Center for Children and Technology to help roll out their Zoom In online software and have piloted a variety of video games and simulations. I also travel frequently to assist schools as they integrate Apple and Google products.
I believe that learning should be more than cute and engaging activities. Our task is simple – preparing kids to think critically and to have the skills needed to be effective citizens.
Using visuals, stories, and an animated personality, I create an enjoyable and energetic learning environment that one participant called “connectable.” The most effective sessions are those that build relationships between my audience, myself, and the content while building capacity. So my focus is always providing practical ideas coupled with research that teachers and administrators can use to improve the learning process. My C4 Framework – Collect, Collaborate, Create, and Communicate – provides a structure for all of my workshops and presentations.
Creating Inquisitive Kids
Learning should be more than simply memorizing facts and data. Our task is to help students generate questions, solve problems, and communicate solutions.
Thinking Historically: Strategies for Integrating Evidence
and Increasing Literacy
We know historical thinking is good for kids but what does it look like in practice?
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Play as Essential for Learning
Many teachers now understand that tabletop games, video games, and simulations can help encourage high levels of learning. What does the research tell us about how to integrate these tools into our instruction?
Three Simple Steps to Creating Your Digital Legacy
Teachers and students don’t think enough about their online presence. Learn to control your footprint and the legacy you leave behind.
Creating Academic Discomfort: The Problem is the Solution
School should be about developing great questions, not providing easy answers. Let’s explore the possibilities when things aren’t easy and when kids are doing the learning, not us.
New Literacies for Successful Citizens
This is not your grandparents’ reading, writing, and communicating. Today’s world is desperate for people who understand more than just nouns and verbs – your students need to evaluate, design, create, and manage information.
Google Awesomeness: Easy, Effective, Engaging
The Google world is full of useful tools and resources. Go beyond the basics and explore the possibilities for high quality teaching and learning.
Developing Globally Component Kids: Best Practices in Shaping K-12 World Views
To be successful in higher education and the workplace, 21st century learners must be globally literate – thinking critically about the world and their role in it, understanding cross-cultural relationships, and taking informed action.
(Get a more complete list of presentations, workshops, and publications here.)
Possible Breakout Sessions
- Integrating the Common Core into the Social Studies Classroom
- Reading and Writing in the Social Studies Classroom
- Google Earth: Seeing is Believing
- The Problem is the Solution: PBL in the Social Studies
- Using Primary Sources in the Social Studies Classroom
- Using Technology to Teach Social Studies
- 21st Century Tools for Social Studies Teachers
- Under-Appreciated Google Tools for Social Studies Teachers
- Google Tools, Tips, and Tricks
- Video Games as Learning Engines
- ePUBs, Digital Materials, and the Modern Classroom
- Integrating Apple Tools as Part of Your Instruction
- Mobile Devices as Teaching and Learning Tools
- 30 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes
- Social Media for Educators
Recent Keynotes & Presentations
- Podstock 2015 Closing Keynote
Creating Learners, Not Widgets
- Games and Learning Conference Keynote
Play is a Good Thing
MidAmerica Nazarene University
- Kansas State Department of Education Annual Conference
Thinking Historically: Strategies for Effective ELA Integration
- South Dakota State Library Conference Keynote
Digging Deeper into Primary Sources II
Pierre, South Dakota
- Kansas State Social Studies Conference
Five Under-Appreciated Google Tools: Easy, Effective, Engaging
- National Social Studies Supervisors Council / National Council for the Social Studies Conference
Technology and Literacy Aligned to the Inquiry Arc
New Orleans, LA
- Discovery Magnet Conference
Five Under-appreciated Google Tools That Improve Literacy
- Midwest Educational Technology Conference
Content Management and Collaboration Without the Paper and Pencil
St Charles, Missouri
- Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference
Google Apps, Literacy Integration, and the C3 Framework
- Mid-America Association for Computers in Education
Content Management and Collaboration Without the Paper and Pencil
- National Council for History Education Conference
Google Maps in the History Classroom: Easy, Effective, Engaging
Niagara Falls, New York
Google Tools and 21st Century Social Studies
- St Vrain Tech Camp Keynote
Fort Collins, Colorado
- Educational Leadership Conference Keynote
Use the form below to request information about my availability for your school, district, or conference.
1500 E. 11th
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Wow! What a great session you gave our audience on Friday! You got them engaged right from the start and they gobbled up your information like hungry children!South Dakota State Librarian
It’s truly been a pleasure! Your insights, examples & enthusiasm were a big hit with the audience. Thank you for a job well done!TIES Colorado Conference Organizer
I really enjoyed Glenn! Very down to earth and helpful to those of us who are technically challenged.Wink, Texas Teacher
Glenn was an outstanding trainer! My teachers loved him. A fast two days!Omaha, Nebraska Administrator
I have trained teachers before and Glenn did an excellent job keeping everyone engaged and active. The pace of the workshop perfectly matched the skill levels of the participants. Glenn has a sense of humor that made the day fun. Thank you!Sturgis, South Dakota Instructional Coach
I enjoyed learning from Glenn W. It was what we needed most. As a vet for almost 20 years, I am usually hard on presenters . . . he wasn’t one of them. Great job! Very informative!Jackson, Mississippi Teacher
A huge THANK YOU for another amazing presentation! You made us think while giving us tools to use and sites to explore.Digging Deeper Conference Organizer