Latte Learner in an Espresso World

Abstract:

Why are we happy to pay more for a cup of coffee at Starbucks than a can of coffee at Safeway? What makes families flock to Build-a-Bear™ when they could buy a teddybear faster and cheaper at their local Wal-Mart? How can educators use this information to develop curriculum as enticing and memorable as a Disney summer vacation?

In this thought-provoking session, we look at some amazing social trends and some startling findings in brain research. We reveal the truth about video games, the booming bass of rap/rock music, and discuss the significance of these phenomena for education. We see the potential for visual literacy as we demonstrate the role of images in classroom instruction.

We evaluate the role of technology in education. What critical resources does the Web give us? Why must all students have access to technology? Can technology bring about 100% literacy? Can we use technology to connect what we are teaching in school to what students already think about the world, life, relationships, and values?

Wake up and smell the coffee. Traditional chalk and talk cannot compete with the glitz of MTV. But educators have a powerful advantage: we can serve up personalized learning experiences. We can assign groups of students to create original multimedia productions -- to research, synthesize, interpret, edit, and present information that reflects their own interests, ideas, and unique points of view. And with technological tools and resources at our disposal, we can honor students' diverse talents and learning styles. We can transform our classrooms into virtual coffee shops and theme parks to foster collaboration and to entice, engage, and delight students of all ages.

Presentation type... keynote, breakout session or workshop
Audience................ administrators, teachers, curriculum developers, school board members, parents, and business community
Duration................. 45-90 minutes
Handouts................ no

Dr. Burmark will gladly tailor any presentation to your specific needs.