My name is Brian Seymour. And my mission is to create technology opportunities for all students.
Brian Seymour is the Director of Instructional Technology for Pickerington Local School District, and a former high school science teacher and former curriculum coordinator. Brian is currently leading Pickerington Schools through One2One process in which PLSD elementary schools will have access to iPads and students grades 5-12 will have access to Chromebooks.Brian is also leading the district through a change in pedagogy to adopt a brand of blended learned they have termed “Tradigital Learning.”
Brian has a Bachelor’s in Science and Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s Degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Ashland University and his Superintendent License from The Ohio State University.
Brian is the 2017 ITIP Ohio (Ohio’s ISTE Affiliate) Outstanding Technology Using Administrator of the Year. Brian was also named the Ohio recipient of the Making It Happen Award for 2017. Brian was named one of the Connected Educators of 2014 by Battelle for Kids and was one of the finalists for the Technology Leadership award from ISTE in 2016. Brian is a member of the White House’s CSforAll steering committee. Brian has also been named one of the ISTE Community Champions in assisting schools to integrate more technology into the classroom. Brian has delivered 1000s of hours of professional development including sessions at the Harvard School of Education, ISTE National Conference and the annual Ohio Educational Technology Conference.
Brian has earned the Google Level 1 and 2 Certified Educator status as well as his Apple Teacher awards. He was also one of the first Amazon Educator-Teacher Innovators.
He believes in a pedagogy first approach to technology integration, in which the teaching and learning must drive the use of technology.
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I have delivered 1000s of hours of professional development to my staff and numerous other educators across the country. If you are interested in having me deliver a session or keynote to your staff, please submit a request below. The following are my major areas for sessions/keynotes, but something more custom can be created.
Session #1 – 60 EdTech Resources in 60 minutes
This whirlwind session will introduce you 60 different website, apps, and EdTech resources that you can immediately use with your students.
Session #2 – Gadgets and Gizmos
Technology integration is far more than just iPads and Chromebooks. This session will discuss numerous gadgets and gizmos that teachers and students can use in their classrooms to help create more engaging and deeper lessons.
Session #3: Going One2One: Hints, Tips, and Strategies
The newest EdTech push is going One2One with devices. But just purchasing a bunch of devices and putting them in the hands of the students. Schools need to be strategic about their technology plan to integrate technology into their curriculum. Schools need to look through a lens of teaching and learning first and the device is a tool to enhance teaching and learning. Learn from my experiences (positive and negative) as we lead a large school district through the process of adopting a blending learning approach and a One2One program.
Session #4: “Tradigital” Learning
Learning with technology is more than just handing a device to students. It takes a purposeful plan that includes enhancements to teaching and learning with a vision of the curriculum. “Tradigital” Learning is our version of blended learning, where teachers keep the best practices of a traditional classroom and combine it with the best practices of a digital classroom. “Tradigital” Learning is a thoughtful way move from traditional teaching and learning to a more student-centered way of teaching and learning. Come and discover numerous ways to integrate “Tradigital” Learning into your classroom.
Session #5: The Irrelevant Computer Lab: Instructional Spaces that Need a Makeover
As schools continue to use more and more technology, we must examine the physical spaces that our student live and learn in while at school. Are computer labs necessary in a 1:1 environment? How can we change the media center, open areas to improve teaching and learning? In integrating technology too many times that starts and stops with the device and does not go into accessories or the physical spaces. This session with go into depth about the visionary leadership that a leader or even a classroom teacher needs to have when looking to create or put a technology plan into place. Also look into numerous areas and ways to create digital age learning environments. How can we take our current (or possibly outdated) room setups and create areas that students want to learn in and teachers want to teach in.
Session #6: Social Media in the Classroom
Social Media is one of the best ways to communicate and learn new things. But for the most part, educators see it as a distraction and most do not want it in their classroom. This session we will talk about the positives of social media and how it can be effectively integrated into any classroom. Your students use social media all of the time, why would you not want to bring a powerful tool into your classroom?
Session #7: Virtual Reality and Closing the Instructional Gap
Come and see the newest technology to engage students and extend lessons. Virtual Reality has the ability to take students to faraway lands or shrink down inside a cell or the human body. Does virtual reality have the ability to help close the achieve gap, by giving students new virtual experiences? Come, learn and play with virtual reality goggles and learn how to use them in the classroom. Participants will use a variety of apps from ViewMaster to Google Expeditions.
Session #8: Illuminate the Data
In today’s world of big data, we are asking educators to use data to drive instruction. But how is that possible. Teachers need the correct tools, methods, and strategies to collect, analyze and use data to positively impact teaching and learning. In this session, we go through the story of Pickerington Local Schools and how the District went from collecting data by hand to using a powerful tool that allows for online assessment delivery, collects, stores and analyzes data. NOTE: This is a vendor session, and includes a slight sales pitch on Illuminate Education.
- October 1-3, 2014 – Pathways to Prosperity Conference at Harvard University
- June 15, 2015 – Battelle For Kids Connect for Success Conference in Columbus, OH
- June 22-23, 2015 – Future Ready Conference in Pittsburgh, PA
- January 15, 2016 – Pickerington School’s Innovation Conference in Pickerington, OH
- February 9-11, 2016 – Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio
- April 15, 2016 – Going One2One for PLSD Middle Schools in Pickerington, OH
- June 1 – 7, 2016 – Blended Learning Bootcamp in Pickerington, OH
- August 22, 2016 – Google Training for Support Staff in Pickerington, OH
- August 25 – 29, 2016 – ISTE National Conference in Denver, CO
- August 11, 2016 – Graham Schools Technology Conference in St. Paris, OH
- September 14/15, 2016 – The White House Summit on Computer Science for All in Washington, DC
- October 12, 2016 – The Ohio State University EdTech UnConfernce in Columbus, OH
- October 16-18, 2016 – RTM Educational/Technology Conference in Orlando, FL
- November 3, 2016 – ST Math Summit in Columbus, OH
- November 14, 2016 – Ohio School Boards Association Conference in Columbus, OH
- November 16/17 2016 – Schools of the Future Symposium in San Diego, CA
- December 14, 2016 – ITSCO Technology Director UnConference in Columbus, OH
- December 15, 2016 – STEMication in Reynoldsburg, OH
- January 19, 2017 – Illuminate Education Regional Meeting in Pickerington, OH
- January 20, 2017 – Pickerington School’s Innovation Conference in Pickerington, OH
- January 25-27, 2017 – Mind Research Deeper Learning Symposium in Irvine, CA
- February 14-16, 2017 – Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, OH
- May 1/2, 2017 – ITIP Ohio Google Summit in Sandusky, OH
- June 24-28, 2017 – ISTE National Conference in San Antonio, TX