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The 2016 FNO Denver Seminar
June 25-26, 2016


The Great Report


Powerful Writing and Thinking

Come to Denver for two great seminar days led by Jamie McKenzie and then stay for ISTE's conference.

After all the money spent on laptops, how much has student reading comprehension, problem-solving and writing actually improved? It takes more than good equipment to see results. These two days will equip you with powerful and exciting strategies to optimize student learning and performance.

Jamie is known for promoting learning that is engaging, challenging and innovative. These two days will be action-packed and rewarding.

Denver Hyatt Place Downtown

440 14th Street
Denver, Colorado, USA 80202

Tel: +1 303 893 2900


Jamie McKenzie is an international speaker and writer who has devoted his career to questioning and the smart use of technologies. He is the author of many books that explore that challenge in depth. He has also been working with laptop classrooms for more than a decade, identifying those strategies that work best.

Jamie McKenzie's resume

All participants should bring their wireless equipped laptops or tablets to the seminar, as the workshop includes hands-on activities and exploration. There will be free wireless access to the Internet.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 25, 2016

8:45 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (with a mid morning break)

The Great Report

The morning is devoted to understanding why it pays to lift our expectations for student research, reporting and presenting.

Why do we need great reports?

And then Jamie leads the group through a series of exciting activities designed to illustrate how teachers may incorporate the five pillars of greatness into student exploration:

  • Curiosity
  • Mystery
  • Challenge
  • Novelty
  • Delight


A copy of the book is included
in the cost of registration - a $25 value.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch (There are many good restaurants nearby.)

1:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The afternoon will focus on practical strategies to introduce great reports at the upper elementary, middle school and high school levels.

  • Looking for choices
  • Solving problems
  • Explaining why
  • Digging into character
  • Taking a stand
  • Making predictions
  • Experimenting

The afternoon will conclude with a review of assessment strategies to support this kind of research and presenting.

Sunday , June 26, 2016

8:45 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Powerful Writing and Thinking:

An entire day devoted to best practices. If you believe that the best professional development involves learning by doing, then this is the perfect workshop for you.

Designed with teachers of upper elementary, middle and high school in mind, this session will focus especially on persuasive writing across several disciplines — science, social studies, language arts, the arts, etc.

  • Idea processing
  • Mind mapping
  • Synthesis
  • The stages of creative production
  • Puzzling and weaving toward insight
  • Building a case
  • Powerful word choice
  • Composing ideas, then sentences, then paragraphs and pages


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch (There are many good restaurants nearby.)

Jamie will involve the group in a process that takes advantage of mind mapping software, idea generators and synthesis strategies along with concept attainment, enrichment of vocabulary and the Traits of Effective Writing — all tailored to exploit the potential of laptops and electronic text.

You will experience first hand a mix of writing and thinking techniques that turn a laptop into a powerful tool for exploration, invention and expression.


This registration fee covers the workshop, but coffee breaks and lunch are not included in order to keep costs low. Participants will find plenty of good dining choices nearby.

An additional discount is available for schools sending 5+ staff members. Email Jamie at

for details.

We will also accept mail registrations and purchase orders provided that payment arrives prior to the seminar. Click here for the registration form and instructions.