Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 10 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 300,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Hufﬁngton Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza; and in 2015 he won the GA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.
"Travis talks to teachers as if he has been doing it for a decade. He is comfortable, funny, and loaded with insights on how mobile technologies can be of value in an educational setting. His session on iPads drew a packed house in a large auditorium, and people were buzzing about his ideas as they left."
— Cory Tresler, Director of Virtual Learning, Beaufort District, SC
#1 Becoming a Lifelong Learner
The tools and resources our students have at their disposal has created a need for a new set of skills. In today’s society, it's imperative for our students to become passionate lifelong learners who have the ability to problem solve and manage an unknown future. Take a journey with Travis Allen to see what it takes to be a lifelong learner, and explore the power of student voice.
#2 Are kids losing their ability to problem solve?
We have to ask questions in todays classroom that can’t be googled. Why? Because any question that can, requires no critical thinking or problem solving skills to solve. Join Travis Allen as he paints a vision for what learning could look like when students are challenged to find their own problems to solve and take ownership of their learning.
Additional Workshop Descriptions
CAN YOU GOOGLE THAT?" - ADVANCED QUESTIONING
Are you asking questions that Google can answer? In a connected classroom, we need to be asking our students questions that Google CANNOT answer. Learn how to change the way you ask questions in a way that promotes curiosity and forces students to use problem solving and higher order thinking skills.
HOW TO BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR
"Becoming an Effective Communicator" will teach you how to create an engaging presentation with today's web tools. Prezi, is a free software for educators and students that allows building presentations that are not just linear. In this workshop you will not only learn how to use Prezi, but more importantly, you will also better understand how to be an effective communicator on stage.
BECOMING A SOCIAL INFLUENCER
Geared for those who want to learn more, this workshop presents an exciting and engaging introduction to the wide world of social media. In this workshop we will examine the role of social media in our society and the ways in which students are using it in their daily lives. Attendees will get started on Twitter, Blogging, and Pinterest. We then progress to a hands-on session where attendees learn to apply social media tools in the educational environment.
OVERCOMING THE TOP TEN BARRIERS (FOR MOBILE IN THE CLASSROOM)
There have been many consistent challenges that schools face as they move towards a 1:1 or BYOD environment. It takes more than just putting tablets in the classroom to create a successful learning environment. You have to build the right infrastructure, create a solid vision, and most importantly, create the right culture. In this session, we will discuss best practices and how to overcome some of the biggest barriers in your mobile deployment.
BUILDING A CULTURE THAT THRIVES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
You can put as much technology as you want in the classroom but it doesn't mean change will happen. If your teachers, students and parents are not bought in, then your initiative will not succeed. Learn about how to cultivate the right culture around technology adoption.
ISTE Interview on Empowering Students
South Korean Documentary by KBS
Keynotes for middle school students in Clark County, NV
News Clip - Barcelona, Spain
"I attended Travis' presentation at the Palm Beach School District tech conference, and he had every teacher in the room eating out of his hands. His passion shows in everything that he does, and he has the smarts to back it up. I look forward to hearing another one of his presentations."
— Adam Bushman, Marketing Director at ParentLink
Speaking Engagements in over 40 states and 8 countries
Keynotes and Featured Sessions
"I had the pleasure of seeing Travis Allen present at the Palm Beach Tech Conference in March of 2011. Travis talks to teachers as if he has been doing it for a decade - he is comfortable, funny, and loaded with insights on how mobile technologies can be of value in an educational setting. His session on iPads drew a packed house in a large auditorium, and people were buzzing about the ideas as they left. Travis is a dynamic presenter and I suspect will be a favorite on the education circuit for years to come."
— Ruhston Hurley, Executive Director at Next Vista for Learning
"I met Travis at the Mobile Learning Experience in Phoenix in 2010 and was impressed with his iSchool Initiative and the ideas he has for the use of mobile technologies for learning. His is a voice we all should listen too, as it is one of the few student voices out there trying to make the case that K-12 (and post-secondary) learners should have input into what technology they should be able to use for learning and how to use it. Expect to see great things from Travis and his iSchool Initiative in the near future."
— Mark Hooft, Sponsored Programs Administrator at Kent State University