The Professional Portfolio of Patrick Higgins, Jr.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

High Point Google Apps Summit

January 18, 2016

Wantage, NJ

  • Blended, Not Stirred: Creating blended learning environments in our classrooms with tools we already know and use.

NJECC Annual Conference

January 13, 2016

Montclair State University

  • Ignite Session: The Lecture is Dead, Long Live the Lecture!

Brevard County Public Schools

July 22-24, 2015

Brevard County, FL

  • Leading Change With Understanding by Design: Working with School Leaders from the 82 Schools within the Brevard County Public School System to facilitate a philosophical shift in curriculum design using the principles of Understanding by Design.
  • Introduction to Understanding by Design: worked with School Leadership Teams from the same schools to introduce them into how to design learning experiences using Understanding by Design.

NJECC Annual Conference

January 6, 2015

Montclair State University

High Point Regional Google Apps Summit

October 13, 2014

High Point High School, Wantage, NJ

  • A Year in the Cloud: Can you use solely an internet-based computer as an administrator and teacher?  This was the leap I took in October of 2011.  Using a Samsung Chromebook, I left my network-based machines behind me and relied solely on web tools to lead and learn.

The Catholic Academy of Sussex County: Keynote Speaker

August 25, 2014

Sparta, NJ

  • Dynamic Assessment Using Authentic Tasks

EdCampUSDOE

June 5, 2014

United States Department of Education, Washington, DC

  • Edcamp US DOE is brought to you by the Edcamp Foundation and the United States Department of EducationEdcamp US DOE was born out of transparent collaboration between educators and policy makers. To be held on June 6, 2014, Edcamp US DOE will be an intimate gathering of teacher leaders and policy leaders in order to discuss the most important issues in education. Every conversation will focus on finding actionable solutions and answering tough, asset-based questions. The day will explore 3 themes: policy, ConnectED, and best practice. Interactive conversations will be proposed on the morning of the event, honoring every attendee’s authentic voice.”

Leonia Public Schools Home School Association

April 28, 2014

Leonia, NJ

  • Understanding Your Digital Footprint: Understanding social media’s impact on our children, identifying what our children are looking at and participating in and creating a positive footprint.

WeTech 2014

March 1, 2014

West Essex High School (for EdTechTeacher)

Caldwell College Technology Symposium-Keynote Speaker

Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ

September 25, 2013

    • The End of Schooliness: Many of our students describe school as boring. But school doesn’t have to be “preparation” for real life, it can actually be real life. What would it mean to truly engage our students in their own learning? Through innovative curriculum design married with thoughtful, meaningful, and timely application of explosive digital, social, and personal technology, we can begin to take the “schooliness” out of school.  In this talk, we’ll address what schools across the world are doing to address the growing student disengagement in their own education at a time when it is most crucial for students to be “all in.”

NYNJ Google Summit

Kean University

March 14-15, 2013

  • A Year in the Cloud: Can you use solely an internet-based computer as an administrator and teacher?  This was the leap I took in October of 2011.  Using a Samsung Chromebook, I left my network-based machines behind me and relied solely on web tools to lead and learn.

 

NJECC Annual Conference

March 11, 2013

WETech 2013

West Essex High School

March 3, 2013

  • A Year in the Cloud: Can you use solely an internet-based computer as an administrator and teacher?  This was the leap I took in October of 2011.  Using a Samsung Chromebook, I left my network-based machines behind me and relied solely on web tools to lead and learn.

Techforum Northeast: Keynote Speaker

October 19, 2012

Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown, NY

  • Edu-Branding:” It’s a commonly held belief in the business world that if you are not in front of the publicity for your brand, someone else will determine how it is viewed by the public.  How does this relate to school systems? Do schools fall under the same umbrella and, if so, what it means to have a brand for a K-12 institution? How do schools and districts leverage social media to grow their brand? Is it time for education to take a lesson in media branding?

#140edu: Exploring the State of Education NOW

July 31, 2012

92nd Street Y, NY, NY

  • They See You. “We are the first and best examples our children have on how to handle their world.  Be present.

Edcamp Leadership: Organizer

July 26, 2012

FEA Conference Center, Monroe, NJ

  • Edcamp Leadership was a free unconference for school leaders devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. Its goal is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members – anyone interested in K-12 education – for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration.

West Essex Technology Symposium: Afternoon Keynote Speaker

North Caldwell, NJ

March 17, 2012

Classroom Reset

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

January 6, 2012

  • Scaffolding a Social Network: “ As educators of children who have never known a world without cell phones, internet, and some form of social networking, we are faced with choosing to ignore the realities of their world outside of school, or educating students on how to act within these social spaces. During this workshop we will look at a host of tools at our disposal that enable us to extend the walls of our classroom, all the while maintaining control over how our students interact with content, and most importantly, with each other.

School Library Journal Leadership Summit

Arlington, VA

 

September 22-23, 2011

  • The New World of Summer Reading: A look at how we can leverage social media and technology to put more “books” in the hands of students.

#140edu: Exploring the State of Education NOW

August 2, 2011

92nd Street Y, NY, NY

  • The Buzz Book. Lost amid all of the education reform talk is an insidious problem plaguing our schools: our students are losing a sense of shared cultural literacy because they are not reading as much as they need to.

http://blip.tv/play/AYLN6EkC

UbD by the Sea

July 7th, 2011

Long Branch, New Jersey

  • The Lecture is Dead.  Long Live the Lecture!: Regardless of how we try to avoid it, or what the leading thinkers say about lecture-based teaching, there are times when we need to be the one imparting information onto students.  However, teaching has become such a visual profession, with great emphasis placed on the context within which you present the material to the students.  In this abbreviated presentation, we looked at some very simple ways to increase active engagement of the students.

Give to Caesar What is Caesar’s…

One Take on the Common Core

June 21, 2011

High Point High School, Wantage, NJ

    • An end of year presentation to the staff at High Point High School preparing them for a full year of curriculum implementation using the Common Core Standards.

June 14-15, 2011

92nd Street Y, New York, New York

NJECC Annual Conference

March 15th, 2011

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

  • The Lecture is Dead.  Long Live the Lecture!: Regardless of how we try to avoid it, or what the leading thinkers say about lecture-based teaching, there are times when we need to be the one imparting information onto students.  However, teaching has become such a visual profession, with great emphasis placed on the context within which you present the material to the students.  Using traditional methods of presentation such as PowerPoint can be augmented with several emerging technologies.  We’ll explore methods of presenting content to students that employ some basics of cognitive neuroscience to give both you and your students an advantage when they first encounter new information in lecture format.  We’ll also explore some alternative methods for student presentation of information using Pecha Kucha and some of the theories behind the Ignite series.

Making the Case for the Humanities

January 31st, 2011

Verona High School

  • In late January, I presented to parents of incoming Freshman at Verona High School.  I was asked to make them aware of the courses their children had available to them, but I also wanted to share with them the forces pressing on students and school communities as we reshape what we do in the face of such momentous change. 

NJEA 2010 Convention

November 5th, 2010

Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey

  • Showing Growth: Using Online Portfolios to Showcase Student Work and Growth. Participants will examine the use of digital portfolios using WordPress.com and Google Sites to display student performance holistically.
  • Yours, Mine, and Ours: Contributing to a Community of Learners Through Shared Social Bookmarking. We’ll explore how to use Diigo, a social bookmarking site, to gather online resources for your students, and learn how Diigo can be used by your students to gather and annotate these resources for themselves, their classmates, and you.

TechLearning Magazine’s Northeast TechForum

October 22nd, 2010

Tarrytown, NY

  • Admin 2.0:  New leaders are emerging in schools around the world.  This workshop will focus on innovative school leaders who are using social technologies and marrying them with sound philosophy and pedagogical leadership.

Tri-State Educational Technology Conference

Presented by Schoology at New Milford High School, New Milford, NJ

October 2nd, 2010

  • Effective School Leadership for Today’s Learners:  In the face of enormous shifts in both connective power and cost of new technologies, our schools face the danger of becoming irrelevant in the eyes of our learners. How do we face the changes before us and lead our colleagues toward effective teaching in which the technology is invisible and inherent? This session will focus on the idea that the change begins with you and the expectations you have of the educators you support in your building or district. We will highlight several steps and strategies to helpinitiate and sustain change within your own learning community.

Camden County Technical Schools

Gloucester Township Campus Summer Professional Development for Teachers

August 6, 13, 16, and 20, 2010

  • Seeing the Thinking Behind Their Writing:  Progressive and innovative educators everywhere have long pushed for a re-emergence of critical thinking skills within student work, and in our era of standardized testing whereby we tend to place an emphasis on being either right or wrong, our students sorely need to be able to break out of those boxes (or bubbles).  The constant cry of employers in the 21st Century has been for thinkers and communicators–they want those who can think their way through complex problems.  Are we helping our students to do that?  Of all the advantages technology has availed us of in the past few years, has it truly led us closer to understanding how students think when they write?  In this session, we will talk about how simple, free tools can lead us to a greater understanding of what our students are thinking when they write, and give us another tool to use when we conference with our student writers.
  • The Lecture is Dead.  Long Live the Lecture!:  Regardless of how we try to avoid it, or what the leading thinkers say about lecture-based teaching, there are times when we need to be the one imparting information onto students.  However, teaching has become such a visual profession, with great emphasis placed on the context within which you present the material to the students.  Using traditional methods of presentation such as PowerPoint can be augmented with several emerging technologies.  We’ll explore methods of presenting content to students that employ some basics of cognitive neuroscience to give both you and your students an advantage when they first encounter new information in lecture format.  We’ll also explore some alternative methods for student presentation of information using Pecha Kucha and some of the theories behind the Ignite series.

NYSCATE Leadership Summit

Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY.

July 20-21, 2010

  • Effective School Leadership for Today’s Learners: In the face of enormous shifts in both connective power and cost of new technologies, our schools face the danger of becoming irrelevant in the eyes of our learners. How do we face the changes before us and lead our colleagues toward effective teaching in which the technology is invisible and inherent? This session will focus on the idea that the change begins with you and the expectations you have of the educators you support in your building or district. We will highlight several steps and strategies to help initiate and sustain change within your own learning community.

NJEA Spring Technology Conference Keynote Speaker

Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ

May 1, 2010

  • Integration–Stop Saying that Word

Utica City School District

December 4, 2009

  • Creating a Shared Vision for Technology: An assessment of the district needs, current programs, and initiatives as they compare to the pressures placed on the district to grow, adapt and change to student needs.

TechForum Northeast

IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, October 23, 2009.

  • When will the term computer lab sound as silly as the term pencil lab sounds to us now? When will the boundaries of academic disciplines become more permeable, so teachers see themselves not as English, science or math teachers, but as leaders of thought, solution, and growth? Technology is no longer the next thing or the latest thing in education. It just is, and it has the ability to transform good teaching into great teaching.

NJECC (New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative)

  • Various presentations over the last three years on the topics such as the changing nature of classroom learning, The use of social media and collaborative technologies to transform curriculum and staff development, and the rise of “Connective Writing” in our school culture.

Tenafly High School

Tenafly, NJ,

April 21, 2009

Classroom 2.0

Montclair State University, January 9, 2009

  • You Had Me at Collaborate.  A hands-on discussion of how to take your classroom, school or district to a whole new level through collaboration with colleagues via social media.

EduCon 2.1

Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA, January 25-27, 2009

  • Curriculum Design: Top-Down or Bottom-up? A conversation about the essential types of input stakeholders have into curriculum, the changing nature of professional development, the addition of disruptive technologies to the process of course creation, and the direction that curriculum development will take in the future.

TechForum Northeast

IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, October 24, 2008.

  • Effective Technological Leadership in the Digital Age: In the face of enormous shifts in both connective power and cost of new technologies, our schools face the danger of becoming irrelevant in the eyes of our learners. How do we face the changes before us and lead our colleagues toward effective teaching in which the technology is invisible and inherent? This session will focus on the idea that the change begins with you and the expectations you have of the educators you support in your building or district. We will highlight several steps and strategies to help initiate and sustain change within your own learning community.
  • Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype: Focusing on What Really Matters:  The past few years have seen an explosion of disruptive technologies that challenge the way we think, the way we operate, the status quo of educational practice. Understandably, critical questions have emerged regarding the use of these Web 2.0 technologies in education. Do they actually lead to new literacies or do they simply offer a new way to attain existing ones? What impact are they really having on students and schools? Can one be an excellent teacher without using today’s technology? Join a panel of passionate educators as they challenge you to think deeply about the true impact of new technologies, and what they mean for education.


Franklin Avenue Middle School

Franklin Lakes, NJ


TechSpo

Atlantic City, NJ, January 30-31, 2008

  • Tablet PC’s: From Rollout to Widespread Use.  Highlighting the program through which every teacher at Sparta High School received a tablet PC, ten hours of professional development, and one-on-one support throughout the school year.

Turning On Learning

Montclair State University,

January 17, 2008

  • Creating Personal Learning Networks for On-Demand Professional Development.  How can we leverage our own networks to help those of us in our physical networks?  What tools are available to me so that I can automate my information flow?
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