Ogden School District & Student Success with Google Education

Ogden School District is a Google Reference District with over 130 Google Certified Educators and 300+ Google Certifications!  They’re not only a premier Google School District, but a premier school district in general.  Using Google tools to engage students, enhance education, and transform learning is just what they do.  Learn more as we visit an elementary teacher, middle school math teacher, and high school science teacher to see how Google tools are used with students at all grade levels.

NYC CIO Academy 2019

Nathans-with-AlecThank you to the NYC Public Sector CIO Academy for having me as a guest today.  It was a pleasure to visit back east, see the Big Apple, take a morning walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and spend some time with my old college pal, Alec Gold.  Alec was kind enough to pick me up at the airport for some delicious, authentic, Brooklyn cuisine.  Nathan’s Original as an hors’dourvres and then some delicious pizza from L&B Spumoni Gardens.  Now that’s “I”talian!

As promised, here is a PDF version of the Keynote Presentation you saw today – Collateral Change NYC CIO 2019 PDF

And if you’d like to try to RESTORE the use of tech in your life with your family and/or co-workers, check out both the online form and the paper version on my website at https://edtechakk.com/r-e-s-t-o-r-e/

Digital Distractions: A Conversation with Dr. David Strayer

On this episode of UEN PDTV I had the privilege of sitting down with Dr. David Strayer, co-founder of the Applied Cognition Lab at the University of Utah.  It was Dr. Stayer’s research that exposed the dangers of texting and driving back in the early 2000’s.  The ACL and his team continue that research today as they study the effects of digital devices one our attention, cognition, and mental health.

Dr. Stayer has been featured on Oprah, testified before the U.S. Congress about the dangers of digitally distracted driving, interviewed on countless news programs, and featured in several books.  Two recent publications include A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel, and The Nature Fix by Florence Williams.  Both are excellent reads that use research from the University of Utah Applied Cognition Lab that will make you rethink how you use technology in your life.

During this short interview Dr. Stayer shared with me some of his concerns about the digitally distracted and constantly connected generations that we are teaching in our schools today.

UCET 2019 Canvas Presentations

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Silver Creek room on the third floor, join me for “Six Strategies for Shifting School Culture with Canvas”

Presentation Description:  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.  Enjoy the embedded Google Slideshow below, and join the UEN Canvas Course to see examples created and demonstrated during the event. bit.ly/6strats4shift 

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 from 10:00 AM – Noon, stop by the Playground area on the second floor to see my poster session “Maybe We Do Need Some Stinkin’ Badges” and learn how to get started with the Badgr LTI for Canvas.

Presentation Description: The new “Badgr” platform has been adapted by Instructure as the native badging system for Canvas. Do you know how to use it? Stop by for a quick tutorial and some ideas for using Badgr with your Canvas instance to gamify learning, setup a micro-credentialing system, and more!  Check out the embeded Google Slideshow below and download the handouts from here  2018-10-13 Badges Made Easy with Badgr Handouts

AcceleratED & IntegratED 2019 Presentations

As a fourth and fifth grade teacher I often told students, “You’re one of two things in this world.  Either you’re weird, or you’re boring.”  Portland is weird.  And the AcceleratED / IntegratED conferences have been anything but boring. The UEN PD Team has had a great time visiting this beautiful green state full of interesting people.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop format of “RESTORE” this week in Portland, Oregon.  As promised, all of the slides and handouts are available below:

RESTORE Workshop Oregon 2019

RESTORE Workshop Handout

NETA2019: Mixed Reality Presentation

Here’s an opportunity to sample emerging technologies including both augmented reality applications for portable devices and a mix of virtual reality applications. At the end of this session you will be more familiar with the benefits of using 3-D enhanced resources for student engagement and learning.

Join us today (1/23/2019) at 3:30 PM in the Wasatch Room at the 2019 NETA Conference.

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PRESENTERS:
Andrew MacCartney, Vice President Education and Digital Media, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Laura Evans, Education Director, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Follow GPB on Twitter – @gpbeducation
Michael Hakkarinen, Instructional Technology Trainer – Utah Education Network
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Join the Public Media XR Creators Facebook Group
www.facebook.com/groups/publicmediaxrcreators

RESOURCES:
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Click here to explore the Georgia Public Media Virtual Field Trips

mixed reality course sign up cardThe “Mixed Reality for Education” in person class will provide educators with a sampling of emerging technologies including both augmented reality applications for portable devices, and a mix of virtual reality applications. By the end of the two day experience each participant will have learned the benefits of using 3-D enhanced resources to engage students. Through this understanding, each participant will also create and share a “redefined” classroom lesson that includes AR and/or VR student experiences.

Click here to learn more about the Mixed Reality for Education course offered by UEN to Utah educators.

Download a PDF Version of our slideshow from this link – mixed reality – neta 2019
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UEN PDTV Episode: VR In the Classroom

UEN PDTV Episode: VR In Higher Education

Texas Public Sector CIO Academy 2018 Presentation

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Thank you Austin, Texas!  It was a short trip but worth it.  Along with meeting fantastic people who work to serve this great state and the 12 million Texans who live here, I also got to enjoy some delicious fish tacos at Turf & Surf Po-Boy, and amazing BBQ at Coopers.

Collateral Change Intro SlideIf you were there for my “Collateral Change” presentation you know I promised you the slides.  So here they are in PDF format – Collateral Change 2018 Texas CIO Academy Slides

Also, if you have any personal stories about restoring the balance of technology in your life I’d love to hear them.  Click comment below to share publicly, or use the Contact Me page to send me a direct message.

A Trip Home! The Pennsylvania Digital Government Summit

Thank you Pennsylvania for inviting me to share “Collateral Change” with you at the Digital Government Summit.  I enjoyed the opportunity to return to my origin, pick up some authentic Hershey’s chocolate and enjoy a Yuengling!

As promised, all of my slides and the information in them can be found here in PDF Format: Collateral Change 2018 Pennsylvania DGS Slides

Until next time… Go Terps!  (Sorry. You Penn State fans know Maryland needs all the help they can get.)

Fire, Fear, and Smart Phones: Don’t Get Mad, Don’t Get Even. Get Thinking.

Part 1:  Fire

This morning I’m feeling extreme relief and grateful beyond words.

My oldest daughter is alive.

Thursday morning she called, stuck on a road trying to get out of Paradise, California.  She had driven home from Butte College when an announcement was made that her town was being evacuated due to a growing wildfire up the road, the now famous “Camp Fire”.

“Dad, ha— you ——- news ——.  There’s a fire and ——— (snapping sound) flames in my backyard. (Silence). —–being evacuated——-”  …. Her panicked voice interrupted by cracks in the connections.  The line goes dead.  I call back.  An obnoxious honking sound. The call has failed.

F*** you iPhone!  What do I do now?  My kid is in the middle of a forest fire, do I Google “Paradise California Fire”?

Yes. And there it is.

Live video from a Redding news channel of a wildfire is burning in Butte Creek County and threatening thousands of homes.  Since 6 AM it has tripled in size with zero containment.  Helicopters are being sent to evacuate patients from Feather Creek Hospital.  All roads are blocked.  Fire departments have been called from surrounding towns to keep the roads open as long as possible.  Over 23,000 people are under an immediate evacuation order.  My kids are two of them.  Hopefully my son is at one of his college classes and not home in the path of the fire. There is only one way out of town not blocked by fire.  It’s a traffic jam.

Back on the other end of the broken phone line, with only a few minutes to grab a couple items from the house she sprinted back to her car and headed towards Chico, 23 miles downhill from Paradise.  After two hours in gridlock traffic, with flames engulfing both sides of the road, the noon sky turning to complete black, the car heating up from the growing flames, watching people running down the street with children in their arms or releasing their pets to fend for themselves, afraid she was going to be cooked to death, my 17 year old daughter experiences a world that has turned into something she should never see.  Hell.  The text messages she sent captured her fear. Images of being trapped on the road.

Laila's Traffic Text  Laila's Fire Picture

Today she’s sleeping in our guest bed here at my house in Salt Lake City.  An hour and half airplane ride from Sacramento, a flight she managed to make after reuniting with her mother and brother in Chico to share tears and concerns.  At this point we fear their house, all of their belongings, and two cats are gone.

Through text messages, twitter, snapchat, and news stories, we try to keep up with whatever we can learn about the fire, fatalities, and more evacuations.

Part 2 & 3: Read on at this page, but beware – the remainder of this blog post features images and tweets from President Trump and responses that are inappropriate.

Ohio Digital Government Summit 2018 – Collateral Change Presentation Resources

Thank you to THE Ohio State University, eRepublic, and everyone who attended the Ohio Digital Government Summit today.  As promised, here is a PDF version of the slides I used this morning.  Although this doesn’t capture all of the interactive graphics and transitions, you will find the data and images are easy to access.
Click here to download the PDF – Collateral Change 2018 OHIO Slides

And if you’re interested in the survey results from the Google Form activity they’re all available here – Ohio DGS 2018 Collateral Change Survey Results

If you forgot your phone Ohio resultsThis is my favorite graph, the one showing results to the question on how you’d feel if you forgot your smart phone.  The results are very telling as to how dependent we have become on our digital devices.  If you answered “Crisis” or “Oh No”, like almost 75% of us did, think about what it is about your device that you depend on.  Is it for navigation? Connectivity to work or family?Access to apps and tools that allow you do to your job better?  That’s probably not a bad thing here in the year 2018. But if it’s something else, and you don’t feel good about it, what can you do take back control?

Additional resources about education and technology in Ohio in the presentation were found at:

Blended Learning & House Bill 2

Computer Science Instead of Algebra 2

Texting and Driving Law Effective October 29, 2018