Alabama Digital Government Summit

This week I had an amazing visit to Montgomery, Alabama.  This was my first visit to Alabama and I must confess I didn’t know what to expect.  What I found was not surprising.  Montgomery is a beautiful little city with southern charm, perfect weather, friendly people, great food and a collection of museums and monuments that were both thought provoking and informative.  The National Memorial for Peace and Justice was an especially powerful experience.  You’ll be able to read more about that on my last blog post, Hopeful Reflections On A Hateful Past.

In regards to the keynote presentation on Thursday morning, you can download a PDF Version  of the slides linked below including speaker notes.  Many of the citations for work shared, images and data are on each slide or can be found in the notes.  For any specific information or any questions please contact me through this website on the contact page: https://edtechakk.com/contact/ 

 

Presentation Slides PDF Version – Collateral Change 2018 ALABAMA

And if you’re interested in those survey results you can see them on this Google Doc.

Videos Used in the Presentation can be found at YouTube and embedded below:

New Jersey Digital Government Summit

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the summit yesterday.  It was a pleasure to share with you and enjoy the hospitality of New Jersey, well Pennsylvania – let’s say it was fun to meet with people from the Delaware River Area!

If you would like to view the slides used in the “Collateral Change” presentation you can download a PDF Version that is linked below including speaker notes.  Many of the citations for work shared, images and data are on each slide or can be found in the notes.  For any specific information or any questions please contact me through this website on the contact page: https://edtechakk.com/contact/ 

Presentation Slides PDF Version – Collateral Change 2018 NEW JERSEY

And if you’re interested in those survey results you can see them on this Google Doc.

Videos Used in the Presentation can be found at YouTube and embedded below:

CyberCorps Camp 2018

CyberCorps Coding
This weekend I had the pleasure of presenting “Mixed Reality Resources for Education” to two groups of high school students.  The kids and their chaperones all traveled to Cedar City, Utah to attend the “Talent Ready CyberCorps Camp” at Southern Utah University.  Put on by the Southwest Educational Development Center, students had the opportunity to attend break out sessions about coding with micro:bits, cyber security, Makerspace tools, and more.

Hololens

Working with students this weekend rejuvenated my internal motivation to educate.  As a professional development specialist it’s easy to lose that connection to what really drives education – the enjoyment that comes from learning.  All of the students I worked with has experiences, talents, opinions, and tons of questions.  More importantly, they all had very optimistic ideas for the future.

During our three hour sessions students got to experience a Google Expedition and then lead their own VR Trip, explore AR/VR apps for their phones, test out several interactives with “Merge Cubes“, dive into a world full of dinosaurs with the Microsoft HoloLens, and even participate in a NearPod Lesson with VR features.

Merge Cubes

At the completion of each session I was most amazed at the brainstorming and connections students made to future applications.  From preparing for jobs to reimagining the entertainment industry, each of the kids had a unique and optimistic view of how technology would make their lives better.

Rubiks Cube VR

And the best thing I heard over the two days?  A young man said “I don’t use social media.  It takes up too much of my time and makes you feel cruddy.”  Then he went back to solving my Rubik’s cube.  It took him less than a minute.  I’d been working on it for weeks.

Ottawa County Tech & Innovation Forum

2018-03-Grand_Haven_PierThank you to the Ottawa County Department of Technology & Innovation for your invite and hospitality to spend a few days on the western shore of Michigan.  It was a pleasure to listen to Rick Sheridan, author of Joy, Inc. and CEO of Menlo Innovations kick off the morning with a great keynote.  His discussion about the changes they made to increase happiness in the workplace have me thinking about all the things we could also apply to schools to improve the wellness and wellbeing of students and teachers.

After lunch I really enjoyed sharing “Expectations of A Constantly Connected Workforce” with the attendees, and as promised – here are the slides I used in the presentation.  You can download in PDF form from this link.

Finally – if you’d like to review the responses to the Google Form we used in the presentation you can see them here – miOttawa2018 Expectations Survey Results

Arizona Digital Government Summit

Phoenix is fun!  I didn’t get to see a Diamondbacks game, but I did get to enjoy the Digital Government Summit and meet some of the hard working Arizona State Government Technology Gurus who keep this state running.

It was a please to share my “Expectations of a Constantly Connected Generation” presentation and talk about everything from generational differences in the workplace to digital device addiction.  To see more check out a static PDF version of the Keynote slides from this link here.