Collateral Change Materials for Arizona CIO – CTO Forum

Michael In TempeThat was fun.  I like Arizona Educators, you guys are great!  Thank you for having me in beautiful Tempe.  My trip has been a delight.  Hiking up Hayden Butte to the top of “A Mountain” was fun last night.  In the near future I will have to return to spend more time on Mill Avenue in search of the perfect taco.  And Fuzzy’s will be my first stop!  Thank you for the advice.

As promised, here are the slides you saw in the presentation today in PDF Format:
Collateral Change Arizona CIO:CTO 2019

And if you’re interested in the survey results from the Google Form about personal phone use you can see them here:
AZ CIO CTO Survey Results

I Have An eMail Hoarding Problem. Maybe.

This morning I’m on my way to work and listening to the book Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths.  Sitting at a stoplight I hear something that I’m pretty certain Brian Christian was sharing specifically for me.

Brian cited research done by Steve Whittaker at UC Santa Cruz back in 1996 regarding email overload.  When asked “Is sorting email a waste of time?” the answer was an emphatic yes.

email foldersReally?  I’ve spent an immeasurable amount of time in my life categorizing and sorting my work email and personal email into digital files and folders.  It’s all there organized and ready to find at a moments notice.  Folders are set up by topic, sender, or the class they’re related to. Even personal notes and correspondence are kept in their perfect place.

Want to know what my wife wanted me to pick up at the store back on October 9th, 2017?  I’ve got that for you in the “Michelle” folder – two red peppers, green onions, Tostitos, and some Mexican Style Cheese, preferably the Sargento kind.

The eTickets and QR Code for the Phillies game we saw while in Philadelphia for ISTE back in 2015?  I’ve got them too.  And you never now when you’re going to need those again, right?  Which is, probably, never.

Why have I spent so much time putting electronic mail messages into a paper style file folder format?  The reality is that the one time I actually do need to find an old archived email I’ll just use the search tool in my Apple Mail.

Could it be that this sense of order, this going through the motions of reading and filing that gives me a sense of control with a communication format that often feels out of control?  Or is this a complete waste of time?

The issue with time is that it is a commodity.  Just like money, we spend it and save it and try to use it as sparingly as possible when at all possible.  But, unlike money, it’s finite.  We can’t actually “save time” like we “save money”.  There’s no way to cash it in later.  Even if I were to “save” hours of time at work every week by not sorting my email there’s no way to bank it.  There’s no way to open the fictitious Time Saving App on my phone while laying on my death bed and say “let’s use that 12 hours I saved not sorting my email and go for long walk with my grandkids before I croak.”

Time is the commodity used to measure both order and chaos.  If I saved the time sorting email now would I just waste it in the future sorting through a disorganized email inbox looking for some all important email or document?  The question now becomes is an unsorted inbox really chaos?

No. Email inboxes are digital and easily searched.  This is why we have technology, a tool that makes our life easier. So here’s my restoration resolution for today to make life easier.  I will no longer sort or file my email.  I’m going to read it.  Delete it if it’s not important.  Leave it if it is.  And in the rare chance that I do need something in the future and can’t find it, I’ll go for a walk.

In conclusion, if you like this blog post or have any questions, please don’t email me about it.

For an opposing viewpoint and more information about using email efficiently check out “A Super-Efficient Email Process” by Peter Bregman from the Harvard Business Review.

 

Collateral Change at InteractUSG 2019

Savannah River Ferry View

This was my first trip to Savannah, and I can say with 100% certainty, I will be back.  Where else can you ride a ferry across the river between massive cargo ships just to get from your hotel to the conference?  This town is amazing.  Gator tail bites and open containers in the cobblestone streets?  I love it.

As promised, here is a PDF Version of the slides you saw on Thursday afternoon:
Collateral Change GEORGIA InteractUSG

I hope you’re all, I mean “y’all”, are enjoying the last day of the conference.  Reminder – you’re there to interact with each other, not just the tech!

Here’s an update to my presentation that I wish I had seen yesterday…
Remember the line “Try Tech Free Tuesdays?”, taking a break from technology in your classrooms for one day a week?  Well this article just came out from Outside Magazine about how an Instagram Influencer takes a break from social media every Sunday.  She calls it “Social Media Free Sunday”, and I love it!  Read more about how Katie Boué is reclaiming some of her time in the article at Outside Magazine.

Utah DTL Summit 2019

  7 Steps for Restoring Balance In A Digitally Evolving World

Balancing the DThank you for attending the afternoon breakout session “Balancing the “D” in DTL”.  As promised, here is a PDF of all the slides you saw with images and speaker notes.  Click on the link below to download the file.

Balancing the D in DTL

Additionally, if you’d like a copy of the handout you can download that below:
RESTORE Workshop Handout

Want to see the results from the survey we did at the beginning of the session?
Results from RESTORE Survey at Utah Digital Teaching & Learning Summit

And finally, I only quickly mentioned about Artificial Intelligence – “If you have an Alexa in your house you don’t have an Alexa, Alexa has you.”  I’ve got these devices in my house and struggle with the concept of Artificial Intelligence.  Are we still at the point that we put these devices through the Turin Test, or are we the ones that should be taking the Turin Test?  Here’s a video I made a few weeks ago showing my Amazon Alexa and Google Home having a little chat about Star Wars.

 

Thank you Sacramento!

Wow, I needed that.  Cool temperatures, delicious seafood, and a great group of people to meet at the California Digital Government Summit.  As promised, before jumping on an airplane I’m posting a link to the slides you saw this morning in PDF Format. Collateral Change SACRAMENTO September 2019

If you’re interested to learn more about what’s happening with student smart phones and devices at San Mateo High School, check out the story here from ABC7 News, “San Mateo High School setting trends with phone-free policy, fielding calls from across the country”

Until next time, follow me on Instagram @michaelhakkarinen and check out the great pictures I took on my walk last night around your beautiful city posted below.

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Collateral Change… in North Carolina

NC State Capitol BuildingThank you eRepublic and the North Carolina Digital Government Summit Advisory Board for the invitation to visit and present yesterday.  It was a pleasure to visit your beautiful state and the city of Raleigh. As a former Marylander I’m always happy to revisit the East Coast for some southern hospitality and decent seafood!  St. Roch’s on Wilmington Street did NOT disappoint.

As promised, here are some links to the resources I shared. You’ll find a PDF File with every slide from the presentation here – Collateral Change North Carolina August 2019, and also a summary of the audience survey results regarding tech use on this Google Doc.

If you have questions, need more resources, or would like to share some of your own success stories about finding balance with the technology in your lives please contact me.  Until next time… Go Terps! 🙂

Nobody walks in L.A.?

Morning Walk in LAThank you Los Angeles!  It was great to visit the Golden State and enjoy your beautiful city.  After a nice morning walk in downtown L.A. it was even more exciting to share my presentation with everyone at the Digital Government Summit in the Grand Hotel Conference Area.  The residents of Southern California are lucky to have you working for them supporting the digital side of State and Local Government, and I appreciate your time and attention as we talked about how to find balance with technology in this rapidly evolving world.

As promised, here is a PDF with all of the slides from the “Collateral Change” presentation along with speaker notes – Collateral Change Los Angeles August 2019.  If you have questions or would like more resources you can always contact me here on this website.

And if you liked that survey we did as a group and want to share them with family, friends, and colleagues… they’re all here in this Google Doc.

Growth Mindset & Canvas At The Winter Sports School

The Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah is one of my favorite schools to work with.  Their staff and administration are both forward thinking, and put students first.  That’s a tricky combination especially when your school year is flipped!  Check out how this learning community can provide an entire year of instruction over the course of just seven months, freeing up the winter months for their unique winter athlete students time to train and compete.

6 Strategies for Shifting School Culture with Canvas

URSA Conference 2019 Presentation
Utah State Eastern – Price, Utah
Wednesday, July 10th @ 1:30 PM in the Reeves Building Rm 124
Friday, July 12th @ 11:45 AM in the Central Instruction Building Room 126

The Canvas LMS is an effective tool for blending instruction in your school, but how do you get that shift started? In this session we will look at six ways administrators can use Canvas with staff to get teachers moving towards using Canvas in their classrooms.  Running parallel to the presentation will be a Canvas Course in the UEN Instance with examples.  Join the UEN course to see examples at bit.ly/6strats4shift

ISTE 2019 Presentation – Online Video for “Just In Time” Teacher Learning

Overview: The Utah Education Network has created a series of online video stories called UEN PDTV. Learn about the process for creating, developing and producing a web series like UEN PDTV to provide high-quality online professional development to educators.

Did you miss the presentation?  No worries – here is a video summary that we prepared the week before the ISTE Conference.

And if you prefer reading, you can read the entire transcript here.