Kevin Brookhouser

Kevin Brookhouser, M.Ed. is the author of The 20time Project: How educators can launch Google’s formula for future-ready students. He teaches digital citizenship and computer science at York School in Monterey, California and is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Certified Trainer, and National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future. Kevin serves on the board of The International School of Monterey. He is a learning animal.


Kevin Brookhouser, M.Ed. teaches digital citizenship and computer science at York School in Monterey, California. He is the author of The 20time Project: How educators can launch Google’s formula for future ready students. Kevin is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future, Common Sense Media Certified Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and University of California Certified Integrated Course Developer. Kevin provides relevant, hands-on training and engaging keynotes in educational technology to teachers and administrators with a focus on transforming the classroom to be more student-centered, collaborative, and project oriented. He believes that teachers can enable students to meet learning goals by becoming real-world problem solvers and content creators rather than mere consumers of curricula. He delivers professional development workshop and inspiring keynote presentations to teachers, parents, and administrators around the world. According to his dog, he is slightly below average at throwing the tennis ball.


Fueling Future-Ready Students

To help inspire innovation and creativity, Google offers employees 20% of their time to work on a project of their choosing. Teachers who offer the same to their students can meet learning goals while creating powerful experiences that lead to increased motivation, creativity, and divergent critical thinking. This presentation will outline how to inspire teachers to organize a 20% program in middle and high schools across curricula, how to effectively communicate the rationale of the program to administrators, parents, and students, and how to execute the program so students are able to manage their time effectively for a successful final project.

Elementary Entrepreneurs

No student is too young to take on an entrepreneurial mindset. In this high-energy high-inspiration keynote, Kevin introduces you to six young entrepreneurs who are changing their world by trying to solve big problems while ignoring big people who tell them they can't do it. Prepare to be amazed by the power of our youngest people who can make a huge difference and learn how teachers of elementary and middle school students can create a classroom that nurtures the kind of thinking,, and see how these kinds of programs can lead to improved academic standards.

Epic Fail: Nurturing Future-Ready Minds in the Age of Control-Z

How do we create a classroom culture that meets high standards and yet allows students to experiment and learn through errors? Reflecting on his years in the classroom, Kevin Brookhouser will explore how technology enables massive learning wins through epic fails. What does it take to get a job at Google? Contrary to popular belief, the most sought after employer is not looking for the uber-successful individuals alone at the top of the class. In fact, they want people who know what it’s like to learn and thrive through setbacks. Software developers, game designers, and, yes, Google recognize the best way to teach something new is by letting users make mistakes. Learn how to cultivate an “undo” mindset that grows future ready learners.

Video Games Taught me to be a Better Teacher

Think video games are for lazy kids? Think again. Or better yet, play one. They're incredibly hard, and to get good at them requires learning new difficult skills quickly. Often misrepresented as the technology that turns brains to mush, Kevin explores how video games are actually methodically designed learning machines that tap into users' internal reward systems and motivate students toward mastery. Teachers who employ the same techniques as game designers can likewise motivate students to quickly develop powerful academic skills. Game on.

The New Literacies

The world has changed so dramatically over the past couple decades that we cannot teach the same way we were taught when we were in school. All students need experience developing three emerging literacies to thrive in the competitive and exciting future they’re facing. First, they need to know how to how to think like a computer programmer, second, they must know how to produce compelling videos, and finally they need to build the habits of a smart, creative entrepreneur. Teachers can provide this experience without being experts themselves all while meeting Common Core Standards. Through inspiring stories, research-based insights, and and turn-key tips, teachers will leave ready to transform their classrooms into incubators for future-ready students.

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