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

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

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.