Below is a selection of presentation that you are welcome to watch, download, share, etc. I would be more than happy to come and present to educators, students, and administrators. Use the form on the Contact page to request a presentation.

Selected 2017 Presentations:

Timpview Freshman Teacher Academy, Provo, UT: Struggling for Success: The Freshman Transition

Click this link to go to the presentation (feel free to make your own copy) or go through it below:

Teaching 4 Learning, Orem, UT: Technology and Universal Design for Learning

UCET 2017, Salt Lake City, UT: Covering Your Bases with Project-based Learning

Selected 2016 Presentations:

Davis School District Teacher2Teacher Summer Institute, Syracuse, UT: Learning and Development in the Digital Age (Keynote Address)

Davis School District Teacher2Teacher Summer Institute, Syracuse, UT: Using Technology to Engage the Teenage Brain (Breakout Session)


Intermountain Healthcare Educator Summit, Orem, UT: Teaching with the Brain in Mind and Technology Integration.


UACRAO, Midway, UT, Reaching the Unreachable: Motivating Teens to Go to College

Learning & the Brain: The Science of Imagination, Orlando, FL, Technology and Creativity: Using Technology to Engage Creativity, Motivation, and Higher-Order Thinking.

Presentation Slides (without videos)

Tool suggestions:

For Preparation - Padlet, Google Custom Search Engine, Symbaloo, Realtimeboard

For Incubation - Vocaroo, Popplet, KidBlog

For Production - Paper by 53, Stupeflix, SketchUp, PowToon, Little Bird Tales, Storybird, Wattpad, littleBits, Hour of Code

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Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement Conference, UVU, Universal Design for Learning.

Utah Coalition of Educational Technology Conference, Common Tools for Meeting Diverse Learning Needs.

Utah Association of Teacher Educators Conference, Technology and Assessment: Using Digital Products to Assess Deep Learning.


Utah Women's Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series: Neuroscience, Confidence, and Leadership for Girls & Women

A Neuroscience Approach to Learning and Leadership Development for Girls & Young Women


Book recommendations and other resources:

Mindset, by Carol Dweck

Creating Innovators, by Tony Wagner

Princess Recovery, by Jennifer L Hartstein

Reviving Ophelia, by Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross

Jane Win: How 1,000 Girls Became Successful Women, by Sylvia Rimm

The Leader in Me, by Stephen Covey, Sean Covey, Muriel Summers, and David Hatch

The body of work by Dr. Susan Madsen

"Sex Differences in the Brain," in The Scientist

"The brains of men and women aren’t really that different, study finds," in Science

Confidence books for girls, recommended by A Mighty Girl (one of our favorite websites!)

Girls Above Society

Selected 2015 Presentations:

Central Connections Conference: The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain for Parents

TEDxUVU: Teens, Technology, and Transformation

BrainBlast: Keynote and Breakout sessions for Weber School District

The Transformative Power of Technology

Technology and Assessment

Visit the Tech Resources page to find some of the tools in my presentations

Flipping for Technology Integration. Session presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education annual conference, March 3, 2015, Las Vegas, NV.

Link to online course


Selected 2014 Presentations:

Creating Stories That Fly. Session presented at the UVU Forum on Engaged Reading: For the Love of Reading, October 23, 2014.

Favorite Tools
Storyjumper (create stories using your own illustrations!)
Photostory 3

And try this one: Storyline (celebs reading favorite stories!)

Using Neuropsychology, Technology Integration and Learner-Centered Teaching for Today’s Generation. Workshop presented for the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative, July 22, 2014.

The Adolescent Brain. Presented at local high schools for high school students, March 2014.

Digital Writing: Embracing the New Literacy. Presented for the UVU School of Education Literacy Brownbag, February 27, 2014: Orem, UT.

Video of the presentation:

Assessment for Learning. For iTaLAM, February 26, 2014.

Technology-Based Learning - an Interactive Web Workshop (BYOD). For iTaLAM, February 24, 2014.

View the presentation website at

Brain-based Learning. A Cutting Edge Seminar presented for the UVU Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, February 21, 2014: Orem, UT. (Note: Unfortunately, this presentation did not save correctly on my computer, but feel free to access other similar presentations below.)

This is your brain... Presented for the Mountainland Applied Technical College Cosmetology department, February 11, 2014: Lehi, UT.

Engaging Digital Learners. Closing Keynote for the 2014 Utah Association of Career and Technical Educators Conference, February 1, 2014: Saratoga Springs, UT.

Click here to download this presentation

The Story in Your Head. Presentation for students at Mountain View High School, January 10, 2014: Orem, UT.

Selected 2013 Presentations:

Taming the Mess: Strategies to help your child succeed in school. Session presented at the UVU Familiy Festival Conference, November 22, 2013: Orem, UT.

Technology and Assessment: Using Digital Products to Assess Deep Learning of the Common Core. Session presented at the international Learning & the Brain Conference, November 17, 2013: Boston, MA.

Engaging Digital Minds: Using technology to engage today's learners. Workshop presented at the international Learning & the Brain Conference, November 15, 2013: Boston, MA.

Go to presentation website

Engaging the Digital Mind. Workshop presented at the 2013 Conference of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association. October 4, 2013: Jackson, WY.

Additional Resources:


Flipped Classroom


Digital Storytelling



This is Your Brain.... Presentation for a group of at-risk high school students. September 2013, location withheld.


The Adolescent Mind. Extended workshop presented at Pleasant Grove High School, August 2013, Pleasant Grove, UT.

Visit the Resources page for additional videos, links, and articles.

The Adolescent Mind. Keynote address presented at the 2013 Health Science Summer Conference, June 2013, Ogden, UT.

Walking the Tightrope: Technology and Creativity. Presented at Learning & the Brain: Educating for Creative Minds: Using Brain Science to Ignite Innovation and Imagination, San Francisco, CA. Download PowerPoint.

Facilitating Service-Learning with Online and Hybrid Models. Presented at the Utah Campus Compact Moab Faculty Retreat, Moab, UT.

Selected 2011 Presentations:

Sharing the Love of Reading: Creating Digital Audio Books. Presented at the UVU For the Love of Reading Literacy Conference, Midway, UT.

Additional Resources:

Free Sound Effects:

Audio Software for PC: Audacity, AV Music Morpher, EXP Studio

Technology and the Five Minds for the Future. Presented at the Learning & the Brain Conference, Boston, MA.