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

ISTE 2019 Presentation – Online Video for “Just In Time” Teacher Learning

Overview: The Utah Education Network has created a series of online video stories called UEN PDTV. Learn about the process for creating, developing and producing a web series like UEN PDTV to provide high-quality online professional development to educators.

Did you miss the presentation?  No worries – here is a video summary that we prepared the week before the ISTE Conference.

And if you prefer reading, you can read the entire transcript here.

“Google Apps for Financial Literacy” at the Jump$tart 2019 Summit

The Utah Jump$tart Coalition organized this excellent summit in Salt Lake City to support the educators teaching our students about financial literacy.  Attendees receive the book Google Apps for Learning Financial Literacy by Courtney Snyder.

In my 40 minute presentation we will review the Google Tools utilized in the book, share some tips on making teaching with Google Apps easier for both teachers and learners, and then look at an easy way to use the Canvas LMS to assign and grade student content created with Google Apps.

Check out the entire presentation embedded below and refer back to the resources embedded as you are teaching Financial Literacy with Google Apps.

“Collateral Change” Presentation at the Louisiana Digital Government Summit 2019

Thank you Louisiana Government Information Technology employees!  It was a pleasure to visit your beautiful state, enjoy delicious seafood, get to know a little about you, and hear some of your stories about balancing technology at work and at home.

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As promised, linked below is a PDF file of the slides I used in my “Collateral Change” presentation this afternoon.

And although he was asleep, I was able to see “Mike the Tiger” over at the gorgeous LSU Campus.  Geaux Tigers!

Collateral Change Louisiana 2019 Keynote Slides

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