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Day 2 Commencement Keynote: Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne teaches US History and Civics to high school students at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, ME. In the past he has also taught courses in global studies and English/ Language Arts. He believes that when used correctly, technology has the power to improve student engagement and student achievement. He also believes that technology gives teachers the ability to form powerful, global, professional learning communities. In 2009, he was nominated for an Edublogs “Lifetime Achievement” Award.
He is a Google Certified Teacher. He is the author of the Free Technology for Teachers website which is read by more than 24,000 subscribers daily and won the 2008 Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog, the 2009 Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog, and the 2009 Edublogs Award for Best Individual Blog.

Keynote: Back-channeling in the Classroom

Description: Back-talk in the classroom is not good, but back-channeling is great! In this session participants will learn about free micro-blogging services, polling services, and chat services that they can leverage to improve in-classroom conversations and extend those conversations beyond the physical classroom. These techniques will get even the most shy of students involved in classroom discussions.

Date & Times: Sat. July 31st 2pm-3pm LA/ 5pm NYC/ 10pm London/ 11pm, Paris/ 7am, Sun. Sydney/ 6am, Sun. Tokyo
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If you missed the presentation, click here to see the archive: View the Elluminate Live! recording

Presenter’s Website: Free Tech for Teachers

Twitter: @RMByrne

Presentations by Richard Byrne:

// Google for Teachers

// Google for Teachers II

Find more of Richard Byrne’s free e-books and presentations on his website!



4 thoughts on “Day 2 Commencement Keynote: Richard Byrne

  1. How about a transcript or something similar about your backchanneling topic? I’m deaf, so the video doesn’t help me at all.

    Thanks! (btw, my site is in a process of changing for the new year)

    Posted by Harry | August 9, 2010, 5:55 pm
    • The only transcript we have is of the chat window and I don’t think it would be that useful to you. Contact Richard Byrne. He is a very helpful fellow and I am sure he would share all of his resources with you.

      Posted by Christopher Rogers | August 10, 2010, 7:54 am
      • Thanks! I thought I was asking Richard. Just now realized this is the reform symposium page. Brain still summer-fried…. 🙂

        Posted by Harry | August 10, 2010, 4:36 pm


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