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Deploy Learning Workshops

This series of workshops use Google Classroom to provide a hybrid online course experience.  Participants are guided by an expert coach with feedback on assignments that offer a pragmatic approach to beginner and advanced Google Workspace content.

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Visalia Unified School District Classes

Intro to Video
In order to connect video production skills to core curriculum, I wrote this entry level class to include historic documentaries, Shakespeare Sonnets, and cinematic narrative projects. This award winning class was picked up by the other 3 high schools in Visalia.

Television Production
This class attempts to connect students to industry standards in television production while producing a bi-weekly television program.  This class works with the local CBS affiliate, KGPE CBS47, to air high school football highlights from California's Central Valley.  Additionally, the class promotes effective online practices with its own YouTube channel, Twitter page and Facebook Fan Page.

Digital Video
Written in 2005, Visalia Unified School District's original class did not meet University of California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.  I re-wrote this class to meet those standards so that students could receive UC credit while still in high school.  The main focus of this award winning class was to learn advanced video techniques while using video to impact the community.  Additionally, this class works with local businesses to help raise funding to keep the class on the cutting edge of video production technology.  This class also promoted effective online practices with its own YouTube channel.

Professional Development Workshops

Google Workshop for Educators
I first led this workshop in 2008.  This always adapting workshop has evolved into a engaging, transformative workshop.  To quote a participant in my most recent GWE:  "This is the best technology workshop I have ever attended."

Google for Video
An award winning workshop on how to use Google's tools to engage students during the four stages of video production

Making Movies with the iPad2
As part of the ever growing movement to make classrooms portable, this workshop showcases film techniques and how to use iPads to make great films.  This workshop grew into a 3 hour workshop shown at ISTE'12 and ISTE'13 with Ken Shelton.  

Finding your Inner Spielberg
A workshop that I developed for the first YouTube Teaching Studio that encourages teachers to use "cinematic narrative" in their videos and is featured on the site under Getting Started/Video Production.

I developed the curriculum and led the first workshop in 2012 for Computer Using Educators at the Annual CUE Conference in Palm Springs.  This 6 hour course covers everything a teacher needs to incorporate Youtube in the Classroom.

I wrote this online class for the Orange County Office of Education in 2012. Students examine classic films, develop film language and more in order to produce their own short film.

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Motivating Minds to Mastery
by Mark Hammons, Jim Sill, Jon Corippo, Nicole Dalesio, Ken Shelton, Mike Lawrence, Otto Benavides

This collection focuses on cultivating learning by equipping any teacher to use digital media microprojects to develop students who are passionate and self-directed in their own learning. Students should be intrinsically motivated to learn. Self-directed, fervent learning will span a broader scope, and encompass ‘deeper dives’ into content.