Illinois Digital Government Summit – Collateral Change Presentation Slides

Thank you to Reilly Mortimer of eRepublic and the Illinois Digital Government Summit Advisory Board for having me today as a guest speaker at your event.  Kiitos!  It was a pleasure to visit Springfield for the first time.   Now I can’t wait to go grab a slice of Gabatoni’s Pizza.

As promised, here is a PDF containing all of the slides and the information shared today:  Collateral Change Illinois DGS 2019

Ron Mike Reilly It was an honor to meet Illinois Secretary of Innovation and Technology / State CIO Ron Guerrier.  And also quite intimidating to present after hearing from Governor Pritzker.

Everyone in Illinois is lucky to have forward thinking, well balanced tech minded people leading the state into the future.

Until next time, don’t forget to keep your eye out for Mikael Hakkarainen to start getting some time at center. Go Blackhawks!

Mixed Reality & Genius Hour at SUMS Conference 2019

IMG_8452It’s always a pleasure to travel down to St. George in the fall to spend a day with Librarians and Media Specialists from all over Utah who attend the SUMS Conference.  Thank you Chris Haught of SEDC for putting together a fantastic event and inviting us from UEN to come down and present.

If you’d like to access the Apple Keynote presentation that I shared in the first session covering the Mixed Reality Tools for Education, here is a PDF version – Mixed Reality Course SUMS 2019

And for all of the Genius Hour presentation materials shared in session 2, they are all shared in a Google Folder linked here.

Also, if you’d like to take the online course “Sparking Curiosity with Genius Hour” taught by Chris, register online at the UEN PD Catalog Site 

 

Collateral Change at the Michigan Digital Government Summit

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Thank you “Michiganders” for a chance to return and visit the Mitten State!  It was nice to meet and talk with many of you about the way Information Technology is supporting the residents of Michigan.  Thank you for your time and attention, and as promised, here is a PDF File of all the slides you saw this morning in the Collateral Change presentation.

Collateral Change Michigan DGS 2019

If You Forgot Your Phone Today

And a brief take-away thought for you if you’re one of the 70% of us in the room that would feel “Oh No!” or “Crisis” if we forgot our phone today…

That little device doesn’t deserve that much power over your mental well being.  As you put in to place new ways to restore balance to your digital life, don’t forget to replace the tech time you take away with new quality time activities.  Spend time connecting with your loved ones in person.  Explore your community.  Meet new people.  Learn new things.  There will be a very short sense of loss when you set down and power off the constantly connected technology (dopamine), but it will quickly be replaced with a sense of satisfaction and purpose that will not wear off anytime soon (serotonin).

ISTE Certification Journey Completed?

Or has it just begun?  This has been tough.  An academic challenge that compares easily to the Masters of Education Portfolio I prepared and presented back in 2002.  A professional challenge that required collaboration, criticism, feedback, and advice from several of my colleagues.  And a personal challenge that at times had me questioning my decision to work in education.  Seriously.  Waiting for my portfolio rubric to come back had me on the spiritual ropes fighting demons of self doubt and dragons of insecurity.

But I did it.

ISTE Certification Hakkarinen 2019

This picture of the ISTE Certificate carries a lot of weight, because I weigh close to 200 lbs, and my coworkers, wife, and even my kids helped carry me through this process.

Jared Fawson and Rob Bentley, teammates from the UEN Professional Development department helped me go through the artifacts I submitted and proofread my rationales.  My wife Michelle, an Ed Tech Coach at Park City High School, was kind enough to watch my videos and keep me from quitting.  My daughter Laila, a freshman at the University of Utah, held the phone and helped record my video introduction (which you can watch below).  My daughter Kate, who just turned one, put up with me incessantly checking my email to see if my portfolio had been returned even when she was sitting in a dirty diaper.  Thank you everyone for your help and patience with this process.

And finally, a piece of advice for anyone considering going through the ISTE Certification process.  Don’t do it for the paper.

The two day in-person course is fantastic content and a very worth-while experience.  You’ll get to dive into the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators.  The online portion is also full of excellent material that is timely, research based, and innovative.

The final portion of the certification, creating the portfolio, is a massive challenge.  It requires you to collect artifacts that show proficiency in 25 of the ISTE Standards for Educators.  This requires examining your accomplishments, adjusting your current practices, and planning new activities and lessons designed specifically around these standards.  Once that is all complete you submit an “alignment map” for review and wait up to 10 business days for the reviewers to complete the rubric and either award you the certificate, or send you a rejection email with an opportunity to try again with a revision due date six months down the road.

So when I say “don’t do it for the paper,” I mean you should do it for the road.  Once you get the paper you’re not finished.  ISTE Certification is a ticket to continue along the endless journey of becoming a better educator.  Being a good educator is a tough job because there is no finish line, no commission check or major promotion to a position that pays millions, just the daily challenge to keep doing better.

So what do you think I could do better?  I’d like to know.  To see my entire ISTE Portfolio, click HERE. And check out my short video intro below to get a general idea of the project.

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! 🙂