About

Ron Houtman
Ron Houtman

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Ron Houtman

Ron Houtman

For the past 15 years, Ron has worked at the Kent Intermediate School District and Kent Career Technical Center both teaching in the classroom and supporting educator professional development.  Ron provides educational technology support and consulting services to all of the local educational entities within the service area of the Kent ISD and REMC8.

Further, Ron is a board member of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in learning (MACUL), a Director of REMC 8 and a Regional Instructional Technology Specialist (RITS). He also served as the Michigan representative and board member of the National Association of Media and Technical  Centers (NAMTC)

Ron is also an adjunct professor in the teacher education programs at Aquinas College and Michigan State University, where he teaches both pre-service and graduate courses.

He has many years experience in helping others understand and use technology to enhance their teaching and learning outcomes, and increase classroom engagement

 

 

 


Bring Ron To Your Conference or School:

I’d love to share my vision of teaching and learning in the second decade of the 21st Century with your group, large or small.  I’ve presented locally, regionally and nationally and can energize, enthrall, and excite your staff and students.

My day job is helping students and teachers use technology to enhance their teaching and learning.  In addition, I teach both online and face-to-face courses through two accredited colleges.  I’m available to conduct professional development, where I’ll teach your staff how to develop a classroom web sites, online portfolios, integrate interactive applications, Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning implementation and use social media tools for collaboration – or any combination of topics you would like.  You can learn more about individual professional development opportunities below.

What I Bring To Your Event:

I’m a skilled presenter, unafraid to challenge conventional thinking and mindsets. As a seasoned educator and teacher with 14 years of both K-12 and higher education experience, I’ve been successfully integrating technology and social learning into everyday teaching and learning. I bring research-based and practical methods together in a way to help administrators, educators and students achieve at higher levels and meet their learning goals.

 

Where I’ve Presented:

ISTE Conferences

MACUL Conferences

Michigan Digital Learning Conference

Michigan Educational Leadership Conference

Michigan Association of Secondary School Principal’s Conferences

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conferences

Student Council for Exceptional Children Conferences

Assistive Technology Industry Association

ITEC-WM

MOSPA

EdCampGR

BarCampGR

Presentations

  • Keynote addresses — I have numerous 30-60 minute keynote presentations on educational technology, UDL, Assistive Technology,  social media,  Project Based and collaborative learning ready to go. Each of these are customized for your group. I can present at conferences and school or college events.
  • Concurrent conference sessions— I present engaging 45 to 60-minute sessions on just about anything related to technology enhanced teaching and learning.
  • Professional Development To-Go – I will come to your school and work with your students and teachers on creating a technology enhanced classroom.  This may include building a teachers or students web presence, using Google Apps for Education, using collaborative tools for project creation or just about anything else that a school might need.  I focus the majority of our time on the practical application of tools and resources.

To ensure that the presentation is enjoyable for the audience and to make it a successful event, please review a few requirements:

Audio and Visual Needs

I will bring:

  • My laptop (either a MacBook or a Windows 10 PC)
  • Wireless slide presenter.

Clients should provide:

  • A computer projector that can display  at least 1024 x 768 screen pixels (1280 x 800 is preferred) and a screen of appropriate size for the venue.
  • Power strip for laptop
  • A high speed Internet connection (Ethernet or wireless), which is necessary for many of my  presentations. Technical staff should also be on hand to assist in TCP-IP configurations.
  • Good quality speakers or house audio for the computer with a stereo 3.5mm male plug. House sound is the best for most presentations.
  • Wireless lapel microphone
  • A small table or podium with enough room for a laptop and mouse.
  • A couple of  bottles of water or a Diet Coke 🙂
  • As available, wireless Internet access for participants to enable collaborative note-taking or backchannel conversations during the presentation.

 

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