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Planning a conference, workshop, professional development day? I offer high-energy, highly practical technology themed sessions for teachers and administrators.
Over the past 10 years, I have developed as an educator and speaker and am honored to have been invited to speak and give keynotes at some of the top educational conferences in the country.
Every session I lead features practical ideas and strategies for using technology to improve student learning. Each session includes templates, examples, and classroom strategies that teachers can implement immediately.
“I am thrilled to have John Sowash present at FETC! His energy and confidence are inspiring to those in his sessions and he is always very clear and focused on high quality content. Attendees enjoy him because they learn interactively in his sessions and he delivers just in time skills at every level. His professional preparation and knowledge make him an asset to our edtech professional development program.” Jennifer Womble, FETC Program Chair
Partial list of conference appearances:
- Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC): 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (featured presenter), 2021, 2022
- Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL): 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
- Chrome Lab Conference: 2016, 2017 (keynote)
- miGoogle Conference: 2014, 2015, 2016 (keynote), 2017, 2018, 2018, 2019
- Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools: 2018, 2019 (featured presenter)
- Michigan Association for Media in Education: 2014 (keynote), 2018
- Ohio Google Summit: 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 (features presenter)
- Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA): 2018, 2019
John is a dynamic presenter! He has been a featured speaker at our ITIP Ohio Google Summit multiple times not only because of his tech integration knowledge, but also his ability to connect with any audience that sits in front of him. His sessions are informative and active, and attendees always walk away with creative and meaningful ways to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. Betsy Hood, Vice President, ITIP Ohio, Ohio Google Summit
Kind words from Attendees
“You did a phenomenal job!!! I learned so much, and I am so excited to implement it. Thanks for sharing your gift and knowledge.” Paula Myers, high school English teacher
“Your workshop was the best three hours of my TCEA experience!” Shelley George, Royse City, Texas
“Thanks again for all your insights as we start improving our technology at our school!!” Nicole Knudsen, St. Charles Catholic Schools
“Thanks, John, I enjoyed attending your session, it brought clarity to me that I had been missing. Thanks for what you do.” Deborah Mullice, Ann Arbor Public Schools
“Thank you for all of these great resources. I loved your workshop today!” Dina Rock, Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School
“I attended your Math and Science With Technology session at the MANS conference. Thank you for all the great information from the session! I’m excited to implement some of your ideas into my classroom!” Lisa Lam, St. Michael Lutheran School
“Thank you so much for the very helpful information you shared at the MANS conference.” Katie Conteras, St. Paul Lutheran School
“Thank you for the Google Classroom session on Wednesday. It was very insightful and I learned a lot. Some of the information I have already started using, so thank you.” Ann Beaver, Johannesburg-Lewiston High School
“Thank you SO much for your session. I love the tips and ideas. I think that was the best professional development training I have ever attended.” Michelle Ogaidi, Forester Charter School
“Thanks so much!! I loved your workshop! I learned a lot.” Kerri Zelenia, Commercial Township School District
“This was my favorite session! I took away lots of nice tricks to help me through my workday. Thanks again!” Beverly Banks, Library Media Specialist, Walled Lake, Michigan, 2019 MAME conference
“Amazing!! John was very descriptive and helpful. I would highly recommend his workshop to anyone!” Kara, Monroe, New Hampshire
Schedule me for your conference or in-service!
Bring me to your conference or event
I would be honored to speak at your event. I work with school districts, conference organizers, educational agencies, speaker bureaus, and individual schools.
With more than a decade of speaking experience, I am confident that I can provide a meaningful and memorable experience for your teachers or conference attendees.
Most of my speaking engagements fall into three categories:
1. Opening or Closing Keynote Sessions
A keynote sets the tone for a conference. My keynotes are designed to balance inspirational stories and practical application. These 45-60 minute large group sessions will challenge and inspire your audience.
- The Digital Natives are Restless: understanding and helping 21st-century students
- Collectors or Connectors: helping students connect with information in meaningful ways.
- The Chromebook Classroom: teaching in a web-based world
2. Breakout Sessions
These 45-90 minute sessions focus on practical applications for classroom technology. My sessions feature up-to-date information on the latest trends and tools in educational technology and practical advice for designing lessons that are enhanced, not burdened, with technology.
I can offer dozens of unique sessions for your conference or district PD day. Here are some of my more popular sessions:
- Developing your Chromebook Classroom
- Developing your Elementary Chromebook Classroom
- Google Apps 1.0 (Classroom Edition)
- Creating Multimedia Projects with Students
- Technology coaching
3. Hands-on Workshop
These longer, 2-3 hour sessions provide more time for participants to practice and explore the use of technology in the classroom. My goal with hands-on sessions is to provide the time and space for participants to create and explore with technology, not just sit and listen. Most of my breakout sessions can be converted into longer hands-on sessions. Here are some of my more popular workshops:
Schedule me for your conference or in-service!
Schedule me for your conference or event!
- Conference keynotes
- Breakout sessions
- Hands-on workshops
- Staff professional development days
- Opening day kick-off sessions