Kenny Graves

Teaching With Creativity: How to Use New Media to Engage Students in Projects

Ask most teachers and students what they use to build presentations, and they will say Microsoft PowerPoint. Who hasn’t spent valuable time adding cheesy transitions and blurry pictures to a few ivory-colored slides? But, could PowerPoint be killing how we learn? To help remedy our presentation problems, this hands-on workshop will show teachers how to design projects that use new media tools, like Adobe Spark, Piktochart, Animoto, etc., to have students show their deep understanding of classroom content. Teachers will design and participate in their own new media project and reflect on how new media can impact student learning in their own classrooms.


Kenneth E. Graves has served in public and independent schools for the past eight years as an award-winning educator, instructional technology integration specialist, and school technology leader. Kenny currently serves as the Upper School Academic Technology Integrator at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, NY, where his responsibilities include designing technology-focused professional development and developing student formal and informal programming and curricula around technology, ethics, and social justice. Along with his role at Fieldston, Kenny is also an emerging researcher in the fields of educational technology and school leadership. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Education Leadership program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where his research focusing on how principals can practice technology leadership to address various social justice issues of the digital era. Kenny also serves as a consultant and board member to several educational non-profits, including the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Code/Interactive, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)’s Society for the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

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