Mobilize Learning with the Canvas Mobile App

UCET PRESENTATION, March 10th, 10:15 AM
Ballroom C

As of last week 107,646 students at seventeen Utah High Ed Institutions, and 72,279 K-12 students across the 100 LEA’s in the state of Utah are accessing their online learning materials through the Canvas Mobile App.

But how many educators are designing their course content in Canvas to work well in the mobile environment?  My guess is a very low percentage.  This is based simply on the fact that many of the teachers I work with didn’t know that there was a Canvas Application available to their learners.

In this presentation you’ll see six tips for making your Canvas Content more “Mobile Friendly” along with some tips and tricks for meeting your learners on their phones and tablets.

The slideshow above can also be accessed through this Google Drive Folder along with all of the images and videos included.  Please make a copy of this content and use it as you need to in your schools and learning communities.  You can also request this training for your school via our UEN website –


UEN PDTV: Computer Science & AR/VR Tools

Teaching the UEN Course “Mixed Reality In Education” has helped expose many Utah teachers to the benefits of using AR and VR tools in the classroom.  One participant, Alison Ence, took the course content to a completely new level.  Rather than simply provide Augmented and Virtual Reality resources for her students, she has taught her students how to create their own mixed reality content.  Using a variety of tools like CoSpaces, Merge Cubes, Classroom VR, Oculus, and much more, Ms. Ence has provided authentic experiences in computer science to entire class at Green Canyon High School.

Check it out and see what students can create in this short 12 minute UEN PDTV video.  And to register for this course keep your eye on  New courses for the summer semesters will be posted on April 1st, 2020.

Fight Fake News!

“Fake News” has become more than a catchphrase for politicians to use in an attempt to discredit media that is unfavorable to their image or campaign.  Today “Fake News” threatens our democracy, compromises our access to content, and most importantly, “Fake News” maliciously manipulates how our students interpret themselves and the world around them.  Misinformation, propaganda, and click bait is being weaponized to influence the way we vote, spend money, and accept members of our community who are different from ourselves.

In the book Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News, Jennifer Lagarde and Darren Hudgins lay out an effective curriculum for teaching the critical thinking and media literacy skills that our students desperately need today.  How do we teach students to recognize valid resources from fake news?  Differentiate facts from opinions? Identify biased reporting?

Using information from this book, along with some tools available to Utah Educators from Utah’s Online Library, the following poster was displayed at both the UELMA and UCET Conferences in March, 2020.


All of the information on this poster board can be accessed and printed form the following Google Slide Show – “Fight Fake News with Utah’s Online Library” which is also embedded below.  Please take this information and share it with everyone in your classrooms, libraries, and schools.


Sevier School District PD Day – 2020!

There is no better way to start a new year than going to Richfield, Utah and working with excellent educators from the Sevier School District.  These people know how to return to school after a nice winter break… with a day of Professional Development!


Thank you Brandon Harrison of CUES for inviting us down to share with you.  Today I had the pleasure of leading three breakout sessions.  All of the content from each one is available in the links below.  And if you have questions that aren’t answered there, please email me at    Happy New Year!

Nearpod 101: An Introduction to Nearpod
In this hands-on session we will cover the basics of using Nearpod. What is it? How does it transform learning? What kind of content is included? After a short demo of a simple lesson demonstrating the differences between running a “Live Lesson” in Nearpod and running a “Student Paced” version, teachers will also practice signing into the website, looking through the Nearpod Lesson Library, and adding lessons to use with your students.

If you missed this session, check out the self-paced lesson linked here.
The code for this lesson is TFRCG

And if you want to learn more about Nearpod, be sure to sign up for the UEN “MOOC” here at

Neaten Your Nearpod Lessons with Google Slides
In 2019 Nearpod introduced a new way to build your own lessons with Google Slides. In this session you will learn how to turn on the Nearpod Add-On in your Google Slides and turn on some cool new ways to create engaging learning activities that look great.

This lesson is available not in Nearpod, but in Google Slides linked here.

Video Editing Made Easy with Adobe Rush
Adobe Rush makes it easy to go straight from shooting video to publishing on the web. This easy to use app works across multiple platforms. Powerful tools like graphic overlays and editing resources are simple to access. Publishing is also a snap with direct uploads to YouTube, Facebook, and more.  In this session we will go over the basics of getting started with Adobe Rush so you can easily use it with your students.

View the PowerPoint from this session here.

Or, just watch this amazing episode of UEN PDTV where Jami Gardner and I talk about how easy it is to use Adobe Rush…

Collateral Change Slides from Nevada DGS

Hello everyone from Nev-A-da Digital Government Summit!
Just making sure I pronounced that correctly.

Thank you for coming to the “Collateral Change” keynote presentation this morning.  I really enjoyed sharing with you, and meeting everyone who stopped by afterwards to talk about how you’re balancing technology in your life.  As promised, here is a link to all of the slides you saw in PDF Format. Collateral Change at Nevada DGS 2019

Finally – check out the results from the last question of my survey.  In reflection, is a smartphone really that important?  Best of luck finding balance in this age of rapid change, disruption, and an all new “attention economy.”

Nevada DGS Forgotten Smartphone

Did Outside Mag Just Shame the Tech Shamers?

Check out this very interesting and thought provoking article about Tech Shaming and phones in the wilderness from Outside Magazine –

“Let’s Stop Judging People for Using Phones Outside”

My first thought upon reading was “oh shit, I do that.”  I totally tech shame those who are texting and hiking or stopping to check their phone every mile or two on a mountain bike ride.  And if you’ve seen my presentation you’ve heard me talk about the Finnish phenomenon of “Metsänpeitto” which is certainly vulnerable to invasive tech events like emails, Slack messages, and Asana or Basecamp assignment notifications.

But then again, if you’ve seen my presentation, you’ve also heard me say “if your smart phone is the best camera you own, take it with you on your nature adventures, and put it in Airplane Mode so you won’t be interrupted by the outside world.”

My message is balance, and specifically how to RESTORE that balance.  Run the experiment in the wilderness with your device just like you do at home and at work.  Don’t let it become a barrier, use it as a bridge.  Use your smart phone as a GPS device, a beacon, an emergency responder, or a digital camera.  Just don’t let it use you.  Don’t let it interrupt your needs and attention.  Take time to zone out and think about nothing,  worry about nothing, or stop worrying.

I agree with the author, Marissa Stephenson, that technology can be an outdoor enhancer and you don’t always need nature to get away.  More importantly, I agree that we shame others for doing the things we know we do too much ourselves.  Think about that the next time you point out someone texting and driving.

And finally – some proof.  I took this selfie on a trail, while hiking, with my phone.
No shame.


Massachusetts Digital Government “Collateral Change” Slideshow

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the “Collateral Change” presentation this afternoon.  It was a pleasure to meet and talk with many of you afterwards and hear about your experiences balancing technology in your lives both at home and at work.  Congratulations to all of you on the great work you do to keep Massachusetts safe and secure for everyone.

As promised, here is a PDF file of all the slides you saw today – Collateral Change Massachussets 2019

And some food for thought… here are the results for the final survey question:

Forgotten Smart Phone Survey

This means 73% of us at the Digital Government Summit would have felt a sense of panic if we had forgotten our device this morning. That’s a lot of power we give these little devices.  Take a break.  Turn off your phone later today or tomorrow at the event and see what happens.  The first few minutes might seem a little painful, but after a bit of time you’ll start to see what you’re missing in the world around you.

Thanks again for the opportunity to visit!  And as always, Go Ravens 🙂

Massachusetts Distracted Driving Campaign

Getting people to stop driving while digitally distracted requires more than building awareness, it requires behavior change.  When we hear about people who text and drive we direct that fault on those around us.

“I don’t do that, it’s someone else.  And if I do text and drive, it’s okay because I’m an excellent multitasker.”

No you’re not.

This recent campaign from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts State Police and Department of Transportation does an excellent job of encouraging drivers – “don’t be that guy”.

Learn more at their website –