Key topics: edtech integration, social-emotional learning, innovative teaching, student-teacher relationships, hearing every voice, empowering introverts, flipped/blended/online learning, instructional videos, digital ink & writing tablets
Stacey Roshan is passionate about discovering and sharing innovative ways to leverage technology to deepen relationships, build confidence, and create a safe learning environment where every student feels empowered to share their voice. Her work has been featured in major media outlets such as USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX Baltimore, and PBS Newshour. She has also been named Teacher of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools. In addition to teaching high school students to love and understand math, Stacey works closely with faculty and staff to design tech-infused lessons aimed at providing the optimal learning environment for all students. She is a keynote speaker and consultant/teacher ambassador to a number of edtech companies.
My most popular sessions are conducted virtually. These keynotes, sessions, and workshops are designed to model the techniques that I talk about in Tech with Heart so that participants can have an immersive experience from the student lens.
Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Relationships, Ease Anxiety, and Empower Every Voice
This interactive keynote explores how educators can leverage technology to create a safe learning environment where all students feel empowered to contribute in a style and format that feels most comfortable to them. By leveraging the right tools and rethinking traditional lesson design, technology can provide a safe learning space for all students — whether that individual is the shy, quiet-type who is never the first to raise her hand or the outgoing, verbal-type who is eager to chime in with a response.
Participants will experience how simple web apps like Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, and Pear Deck can help refocus our use of classroom technology — away from disconnection and towards connected, compassionate learning — by providing powerful insight into both full class and individual student needs, opening up more time for one-on-one interaction, and giving each learner the resources they need to take ownership of their learning. This keynote is packed with real examples of how we can embrace technology to create forums conducive to all learning styles as we work towards creating more inclusive, equitable, and empowering classrooms.
Easing Anxiety and Empowering Social-Emotional Learning & Student Voice
Academic-related anxiety is common in high-achieving and struggling classrooms alike. How can teachers calm students’ fears and empower them as learners? This interactive keynote explores how educators can leverage technology to create a safe learning environment where all students feel empowered to contribute in a style and format that feels most comfortable to them. We will discuss strategies and tools to help teachers calm students’ fears and empower them as learners. With the right tech tools, we can help learners build new levels of confidence and open up communication channels for students to express themselves in ways they may not have been able to otherwise. She will highlight how simple web apps, like Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, and Pear Deck, can help refocus our use of classroom technology — away from disconnection and towards connected, compassionate learning.
This is an example series of workshops that would be customized to your school/district goals & tools should you be looking for ongoing professional development.
Embracing Technology to Empower Every Voice & Check In with All Students
This interactive presentation explores how educators can leverage technology to create a safe learning environment where all students feel empowered to contribute to class discussion in a style and format that feels most comfortable to them. With the right tech tools, we can gain powerful insight into individual student needs and provide each learner with the resources they need to take ownership of their learning. Participants will learn how the flipped model has helped ease anxiety for my students and freed up time to create a classroom environment where peer-to-peer learning takes center stage. This session will highlight how simple web apps — like Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, Pear Deck, and Kami — can help teachers bring a deeper level of compassion to their teaching, create more time for one-on-one interaction, and quickly identify both full class & individual student needs. Participants will also walk away full of ideas for making the best use of a Wacom tablet for both instruction and to gain deeper insight into how students are working through problems in real-time.
Real-Time Collaboration & Personalized Feedback to Address All Learners Using Kami
In this session, we will focus on using Kami to open up opportunities for collaboration in a variety of subjects. This is powerful not only for group work but also as a way for teachers to see students working in real-time and provide instant feedback. Particularly when teaching in a remote learning setting, where looking over a student’s shoulder is not possible, Kami is a powerful solution in providing all learners the support they need, particularly when paired with a Wacom tablet.
Some topics of focus will include:
- Setting up a shared Kami document so that the teacher can best identify and address both individual and class needs.
- Using Kami for one-on-one support.
- Providing rich feedback on student work without having to pass files back and forth repeatedly.
- Creating a quick instructional video embedded within the Kami document — no external tools necessary.
Using Canva’s New Draw & Record Features for (Math) Instruction & Student Demonstrations
In this session, we will dive into two new Canva features: the draw capabilities and video recorder. These tools together are fantastic for creating instructional content and for students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts. I will take you through the entire creation process — from choosing a template or PDF to use as your base to tips for making the most of Canva’s draw tools and capabilities of the built-in video recorder. As a math teacher, I will share some subject-specific examples, but these ideas can apply to any discipline and grade level. I will also share how I pair Canva with a Wacom tablet to be able to draw fluidly and effortlessly. The ease of creating and sharing in Canva make this the ideal platform for both teachers and students! (Highlight Reel of Canva Presentations & Featured Articles)
Making Thinking Visible: Embracing Edtech to Give All Students an Equal Voice
Metacognition – “thinking about one’s thinking” – has been linked to improved learning outcomes. Teachers can scaffold metacognition by asking students to explain their thought process; by asking, “how did you figure that out?” or “talk through your solution,” teachers can help students reflect on the process and tease out the strategies they chose to use in solving problems. What’s more, by providing opportunities for students to revise and analyze errors, teachers help students see how their thinking has evolved and perhaps and see the solution differently.
This session will examine specific examples using Flipgrid, Kami, and Pear Deck.
Flipgrid can be used to allow students to verbalize how they are thinking through problems. Not only is this powerful information to help teachers identify and understand individual student needs, it also provides students an opportunity to learn from their peers.
Kami is another edtech tool that will be showcased in this session. Participants will be walked through an activity asking students to look back on previously submitted work and document how it relates to their new knowledge. This reflective project provides students a chance to tap into prior knowledge and form a deeper understanding of connections between the chapters being studied. Video and voice recordings are infused into this activity to allow students to practice verbalize their thinking process.
Finally, participants will interact with a Pear Deck session to see how to utilize this tool to shine the spotlight on how all students are thinking through a problem. By interacting with an example activity, participants will have a chance to experience a “mock classroom” from both the student and teacher end. They will also see how Reflect & Review and Takeaways published at the conclusion of the activity can be used to have students revise errors and talk about how their understanding of the topic has improved.
Having students evaluate how they approached problems done in the past is an important component of the learning process. By actively reflecting on what they learned and how they learned it, students are able to grow their understandings beyond memorization. This awareness is a powerful component in helping students learn how to learn.
Making Learning Active & Engaging for ALL Learners with Pear Deck
Technology can allow us to create safe learning environments for all students to find their voice and build their confidence. In this session, we will explore how to use Pear Deck to:
- Actively engage all learners in class discussion, whether face-to-face or remote
- Give all students (including the introverts & those who need time to process) the opportunity to share their voice
- Foster a peer-to-peer learning culture
- Encourage students to see mistakes as part of the learning process.
- Quickly get a sense of individual student needs
Elevating Voices: Finding Ways to See and Hear Every Student with Flipgrid
This session will focus on using Flipgrid to address:
- How can teachers give all learners a forum to privately check in on a regular basis?
- How can teachers provide a platform for students to verbalize their understandings?
- How can teachers foster a peer-to-peer learning culture even in a remote learning setting?
- How can teachers create an environment that allows all learners’ voices to be heard in a format that is most comfortable for them?
Flipping the Classroom to Create Student-Centered Learning
In this session, I will share my personal evolution — from creating simple flipped classroom videos to truly shifting my class space to a student-driven environment. Participants will learn how I have used technology to identify the needs of each individual in the classroom to build trust and strong relationships.
The flipped classroom model, combined with the right tech tools, can create a highly interactive learning environment, individualized and customized for each student. This model puts the student in the driver seat, allowing them to control the pace and depth of their learning. What’s more, effective integration of these tools can bring compassion back into an otherwise overly stressed environment by freeing time for the teacher to provide individual support by observing students in the process of learning.
Using Edtech to Personalize Learning
When we hear the word “data” used in education, we too often jump to thinking about standardized tests and scores. But data is information; it provides rich insight into individual and class needs. Empowered with this information, teachers can customize and personalize the learning experience for each student.
In this session, participants will learn:
- How can teachers use technology to empower all voices and ideas?
- How can teachers create a safe space for each student to honestly respond and make mistakes?
- How can teachers engage each student in the room?
- How can teachers efficiently and effectively target class and individual student needs?
- How can teachers use technology to engage students in the process of reflection and revision?
For School & Business Leaders
Empower Every Voice: Lessons From an Educator to School/Business Leaders
For leaders in education and business, this event will blow your mind about how effective technology can be as a tool for inclusion.
Join educator and author Stacey Roshan as she discusses ways to create more equitable and empowering discussions by leveraging simple technology tools. Stacey will share strategies for using simple web apps like Flipgrid and Pear Deck to transform the traditional meeting culture to make the best use of face-to-face time, cultivate stronger relationships, and allow for creative freedom of thought. Only our imagination is holding us back from building more inclusive conversations representative of all ideas in the room.
Participants will have a chance to experience these tools in action during this interactive, virtual presentation.
Shifting Educator and School Culture to Inspire Active Participation
This session will focus on infusing best practices in teaching and learning into meeting culture — whether that be full faculty meetings, department meetings, or administrative meetings.
In this session, participants will learn how to drive this culture-shift to get faculty buy-in and how to strategically choose tech tools that model the teaching we hope to see in the classroom. If we want teachers to create engaging, active lessons, it is our responsibility to model that change. This session is meant to inspire this transformation and give participants concrete examples to take back to their schools.
Featured Keynotes & Presentations
- Keynote Speaker: New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, “Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Relationships, Ease Anxiety, & Empower All Students with a Voice”, 8/2022
- Keynote Speaker: 2022 National Chinese Language Conference, “Tech with Heart: Embracing Technology to Empower Every Voice”, 4/2022
- Keynote Speaker: Delaware DOE, “Tech with Heart: Easing Anxiety and Empowering Social-Emotional Learning & Student Voice”, 4/2022
- World Education Summit, “Giving every student a voice in learning”, 3/2023
- NYU NYU Mid-Career Alumni Network, “Empowering Every Voice: Lessons From An Educator To Business Leaders”, 6/2022
- Learning & the Brain Conference, “Using Technology with a Heart”, 11/2020
- Featured Speaker: Conversation About Mental Health & Wellness, “Making Space for Every Student”, 3/2021 (⏯ recording)
- Featured Speaker: Kami Connect, “Real-time collaboration to address all learners using Kami”, 3/2021 (⏯ recording)
- Thought Leader: IDEAcon + TCEA 2021, “Tech with Heart: Empowering Every Voice”, 2/2021
- Keynote Speaker: AIMS Tech & Library Retreat, “How to Use Technology to Strengthen Relationships, Ease Anxiety, and Empower All Students with a Voice”, 11/2019
- NAIS Annual Conference, “Tech With Heart: Using Technology to Bring Compassion Back Into the Classroom”, 2/2020
- ISTE Conference, “Shifting Your Meeting Culture: Making Your Meetings More Engaging and Active,” Co-presented with Bobby Pollicino, 6/2019
- CUE Annual Conference, “Embracing Technology to Check-In with All Students and Empower Their Voices”, 3/2021
- Wacom Connected Ink, “Collaborative, Connected, & Paperless Learning”, 11/2020 & 11/2021 (⏯ recording)
- FETC, “Leveraging Technology to Build Strong Relationships in Online Teaching”, 1/2018
- AP Annual Conference, “Reducing Student Anxiety While Increasing Student Performance and Satisfaction Using the Flipped Classroom Model in AP Calculus AB”, 7/2014
- TEDActive Conference, “TED-ED initiative”, 2/2011