Jennifer Casa-Todd is a gifted speaker and workshop facilitator. She has been described as engaging, inspirational, knowledgeable, and passionate. She balances research, stories, and humour, with practical take-aways and hands-on opportunities for learning.
She is a wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board, and the author of the book, Social LEADia. She also is a grad student focusing on the role of social media in education. She loves to hang out with her family–playing cards or hiking, and enjoys curling, golfing, reading, and writing.
Jennifer brings her experience as a teacher, a consultant, a student, and a parent to equip a variety of audiences to think differently about the power of technology and social media to transform learning experiences. She is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place.
Keynotes and Workshops: Jennifer Casa-Todd
Social LEADia: Empowering students to be digital leaders (keynote)
We so often tell kids what they CAN’T do online. It’s time we focus on what they CAN do. This session will highlight Student Digital Leaders who are using technology and social media to learn & share learning, address social inequality, and be a more positive influence in the lives of others. We talk about connected educators, and yet connecting our students and engaging them in opportunities for Digital Leadership teaches them to be confident problem-solvers and must be a moral imperative in an age where they will be Googled.
Participants will be guided to start their journeys to inspire staff and students to use social media beyond the social. It will showcase students who are not waiting until tomorrow to demonstrate leadership. It will provide educators with ideas about how to contextualize important digital citizenship lessons in positive and empowering ways, shifting away from the fear negative.
*Can be customized to Administrators and Teacher-Librarians
The Teacher-Librarian Superhero (keynote)
The importance of Teacher-Librarians cannot be understated. We have always been at the forefront of helping students find credible sources, detect bias, and curate information. In our roles, we can empower students to leverage technology and social media to learn & share learning, to stand up for others, and to be a more positive influence on others. We can connect students to each other and to the world. We can be the adult mentors who help change the trajectory of social media use in school. What the world needs now, more than ever is us!
Fears, Cheers, & Unclears: Parenting in a Modern World (parent keynote)
Do you wonder…
How much technology is too much? How to keep your children safe online?
What you need to know about privacy and online safety? How technology can be connected to issues such as cyberbullying but how it can also contribute positively to social interactions?
How technology can be transformational for learning as children move from kindergarten to adolescence?
This presentation will inform, educate, and provide a variety of perspectives and strategies for parenting in a connected world.
The Power of Twitter for PD (workshop)
There are literally hundreds of thousands of educators currently using Twitter for learning and sharing. If you’ve heard about Twitter but you just don’t understand what the fuss is about, but are interested in learning more about the ways in which you can use it for your own professional learning, then this workshop is for you. Participants will create an effective bio and learn how to create tweets, reply, and retweet. They will also learn about common Twitter etiquette, the power of hashtags and use lists to follow some incredible educators in the world.
Connecting Students to Each Other and the World (keynote or workshop)
This session will allow you to walk away with ideas to connect your students to other students in your school, district and in the world. There will be a focus on the following tools: Google Hangouts, Google Hangouts on Air, Google Plus Communities, Flipgrid, and Twitter. Participants will learn about exciting projects happening right now and discover how easy it really can be to move beyond the walls of your classroom using technology.
The Amazing Race EDU (workshop)
What happens when Amazing Race meets a Breakout EDU escape-like game? Why critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and FUN of course. Play a sample game and learn how to get your own students in grades 7-12 get started to create their own Amazing Race EDU games for a global audience.
Any of the topics can be customized to meet your needs.
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