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My Everyone Can Create Example

My students are participating in an everyone can create challenge around the the themes of community, tradition, or family over Thanksgiving week.   For some a creativity challenge is overwhelming so I thought  I would make an example and share with them the kind of reflections that I expect to see from them on the process. The goal is for students to stretch themselves wherever they are.. so as a teacher, I felt that my example needed to stretch myself too.

Background on my Skill Level
So here is a little background on me and my skills. I teach a technology integration class.  I regularly teach video editing using clips, iMovie and Adobe Spark  and Green Screen Using Doink.   Last week my class used HP Reveal after seeing in a local  ConnectEd school where they made a word wall . So that was my first use of HP Reveal and I showed students how to make a poster. (see earlier post)    But another thing I like to do is make things with the laser cutter at the Innovation Hub at OU.   So I started to wonder, could  I use HP reveal with a wooden object as a target? And could those objects be scaled (different sizes) and still work with the app?

For the Community aspect, I am fortunate to work in the same department as Gary Davis who teaches ASL and Deaf Culture in the College of Education. He has been here for almost a year. I unfortunately do not sign, but we communicate regularly and leave a lot of notes! !  However, I wanted to make him something for the holidays as a member of our faculty community.   I knew one of my students Shane Zumwalt was taking sign language at the same time as my class.

My Project
So for my creativity project, could I create a sign to give to Gary to wish him a happy holiday and welcome him for the first holiday season in our community using the skills I already had?

How did I approach the project: I used Adobe Illustrator to make a sign that said Happy Thanksgiving and one that said Happy Holidays. I cloned it and scaled it to different sizes.  But then I realized that I don’t know how to assign a new target in HP Reveal so I decided I better make a test case too.. which I did.

 Test Case 

 Actual Case

So I ran those at the Innovation Hub and took them home.

Then I made a short video in Keynote on my  iPad to just play around to see if I could target different sizes of objects.  And then I used HP Reveal to make the largest target as my target and then I saw if the others responded. This is how it worked!

So after I did that, I was confident that I could make multiple sizes on the Laser Cutter and use the same scan in HP Reveal.

So I went about making the video for my friend and colleague Gary.

So I asked my student Shane who is taking Sign Language to come by and let me film him saying Happy Holiday and Happy Thanksgiving against the green screen. I read some things about sign language and I realized that I needed to put a solid color behind Shane because that is considered best practices.

We filmed Shane at the Green Screen saying the two phrases and then used Clips to put music and a text screen for finishing. I thought about captioning it, but decided against it because it is a gift for Gary who is Deaf and captioning would not be for him. This could be easily done in clips.

So what tools did I use Adobe Illustrator,  Laser Cutter,  Doink Green Screen, Clips, and Canva for the backgrounds.   It was a pretty epic program App Slam but I learned some new things about Deaf Culture and some new things about how I could HP Reveal. I also used Vecteezy which is creative commons licensed. and if you notice my signs have attribution on them to vecteezy as per their standard license. I used Keynote to make a sample video and iMovie to show my finished product.

Classroom Use
So how could I use this in my classroom. This is pretty easy, because I was making it as an example for my students for the Creativity challenge. I wanted them to see that even though I have quite a bit of technology skill, I can combine it new ways to stretch myself.  I will do something like this in the future – and  may consider hiding notes in some of the things I make at the Innovation hub.  I am also tempted to take one of my OklaEd Pins and use it as a target and create a video about teachers at the capital.. They are all over the state now and it would be cool for people to be able to scan it and learn about the walkout.  (that might be a holiday break project)

The nice thing about this project, is that I should (not tested) be able to send the Adobe Illustrator files to friends and they could print it themselves and use it as well. It makes a whole a new crazy idea that I could make a puzzle or math manipulatives with embedded directions.

ISTE Standards
If I were going to talk about the ISTE standards that this project shows, I might go to the Educator Standards.  I think that this shows that I am learner because I am learning how to use HP Reveal as part of this project. I am a collaborator because I collaborated with Shane to make the videos.  I am also a leader in that I wanted to do this for equity to create something special to make my coworker feel welcome around the holidays.  Equity is much about how we choose to design things.  I think overall this project shows Designer for me as an educator. I designed this open ended activity to get students to stretch.

What challenges did I face in this project?  HP Reveal can be a bit buggy.. I have found that sometimes I have to close the app and restart because I will not read my targets. I get really nervous when they don’t work, and I need to chill out on that..  Its a known issue with HP Reveal.  (It also helps to reset wifi in my building – I sometimes think I hang on a router on floor 1 and need to reconnect on other floors)

Also making the videos to show the project was hard. I ended up having to hook my iPad up to Quicktime in order to show how it worked.. The screen recording could not capture the HP Reveal well enough.I then used IMovie on Mac to Edit out.

In the future, I would probably create them with places to put a ribbon to hang on a tree.  I might think of making them a keychain so I could carry them with me.   I am glad that I put the directions on the item – I did not need to worry about giving out directions. But in the future, I think maybe I would burn that to the back of the object for aesthetics.

Also I will talk to Gary to see how I should do it better next time from a Deaf Culture Perspective.  I hope that I will collaborate with him and his students in the future on some other projects.


OU Create Challenge – Thanksgiving 2018

So I decided to quit fighting on Thanksgiving Week.  Absenteeism is high and students are not invested.. (and half of our classes do not meet and half do)   So we decided to go virtual this year with an everyone can create challenge.   They are challenged to do something around the big theme of community, family or tradition.

Student projects are due at midnight on the Sunday after thanksgiving.. so I am interested to see what they create. For several, the open ended ness of this project is crippling to them.   For others, they are on it.. I made an example, that I will share in my next post..

Please follow the hashtags they have to make to see how they do.. Student directions are below.

********* These are the details given to students ***

Everyone Can Create Challenge:

All projects must also be posted to social media (Twitter,  Instagram) with the hashtag #EveryoneCanCreate and tags @OUEducation  #3043

Due by November 25th at 11:59 for ALL CLASSES.

Worth 20 pts

You must create a creative technology project and share it out via social media tagging: #EveryoneCanCreate #OUEducation and #3043 and your teacher either @DrTerriC or @CKalinski

You can share out on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook.

You will use one of the technologies that you learned about in class, to create something around one or more of these themes of

  • Family
  • Community
  • Tradition

The thing you create should tell a story, and should be appropriate to share in your future classroom.  (Ie. not a personal gift to someone but instead a larger teaching moment that shows one of these themes and your ability to create something).  

This project is worth up to 20 pts.


All tags included: 3 pts

Using 2 or more apps to create your project:  +2 points

Including a child in production or creation of your project = +2 points


Completing a survey for class on Nov 12, 13, or 14th with  your idea for critique = 2pts

Completing a story board or a sketch by November 12th with your idea and handed in on Canvas.=2

Completing a reflection handed in on canvas by 11:59 Sunday night 25th (all classes) = 10

In 2 or 3 pages

Explain how the project you made shows your creativity and how creativity can be used by you as a teacher in the classroom and by your students.

Explain how in this project, you stretched yourself and your ability to create something.  (This is a very important criteria – DO NOT CHECK IT IN!)

Explain the process by which you decided on your project.

Explain the process by which you approached your project.

Explain the problems and challenges you faced and how you addressed them.

Explain any thing you were surprised to learn or new skills you learned through the process.

Explain if you did a similar project in your future classroom how it would be the same or different.

Explain what ISTE standards for Educators this project demonstrates for you as a future teacher.

Include a link and screen shot of how you shared it on social media on part of this report.

Include any information about how you made sure to use allowable images in your project.

This reflection hands in on Canvas.


Project itself is worth 5 pts

This project should should reflect positively on you and your future teacher self.  It should have clear audio (no background noise) and show forethought and planning.


The minimum length of a video project 90 seconds.


Note, if you do not complete a project and share it out on social media of some sort, you will receive a zero on all parts of it.

Can’t plan everything… and that is awesome..

So two weeks ago my students were fortunate to attend the Connect ED showcase at Arthur Elementary. Connect ED is a program from Apple that provided 1 to 1 iPads and awesome professional development to some of the most economically challenged schools in the country. We are lucky enough to have one of those schools in Oklahoma City Arthur Elementary.

So 11 of my students attended Arthur’s showcase for extra credit 2 weeks ago and they were wowed by the tech that the kids were using .. they were especially impressed by the Brandi Criminger’s 2nd Grade Word Wall made with HP Reveal. Students wrote their words on the wall, and then they embedded an a video of them all saying the word and using it in sentence. Our students loved it..

I played with HP Reveal when it was Aurasma (former name) but had not really done anything big with it.. and our students could not stop talking about what they saw.. So what we did.. is we made HP Reveal Posters about the ISTE standards for educators and students (two different classes)

We broke the class into groups of 2 or 3 each had a standard and had to put in their own words and talk about how it would look in class.

Then 3 students who were artistic created the signs. Then using HP Reveal we overlayed the videos over each target word so that someone visiting the poster could scan it to learn more.

This worked out to be a great class assessment on their understanding of the ISTE standards and a great lesson in collaboration.  It also helped them to see how easy it would be use to augmented reality in their own classrooms.

I was especially in love with the idea that some used Adobe Spark Video, others used Clips, others used iMovie.. so it drove home the idea – create whatever you want to get the job done.    Each class we did this in got better.. we learned about using better whitespace, about making the selections tighter.. all of this produced better results.

It was a good lesson in seeing the teacher learn with them.(using a new technology) and also how its okay to not be perfect on the first run.




Apple Connect ED

For those in Ed Tech, especially those that work with schools and inservice teachers, you are likely aware of the ACOT studies of the 1980’s.. And this book sharing the qualitative results of their experiences


ACOT stands for Apple Classroom of Tomorrow  and was a landmark study by Apple about how technology could transform education.

Apple is in the middle of what many call is the next study that will revolutionize how technology transforms education.


In 2014, Apple entered into a program with Obama’s Whitehouse to do an 1 to 1 experiment of sorts with some of the neediest schools in our country (based on free and reduced lunch numbers).. Since 2015, these schools have given all students iPads and teachers and iPads and MacBooks. More importantly, the cornerstone of this program is professional development for all teachers.   For those that are not involved in education, you may not realize that in low socioeconomic schools there is often a lot teacher and principal movement in and out and also they often have to hire emergency certified teachers. So professional development is key to both retention and creating a vibrant learning community.

Apple has hired SRI international to do the study on the Connect Ed Initiative and the first report came out this week.

Here is the citation and a link to the report:

Singleton, C., Shear, L., Iwatani, E., Nielsen, N., House, A., Vasquez, S., Wetzel, T., Gerard, S. (2018). The Apple and ConnectED Initiative: Baseline and Year 2 Findings from Principal, Teacher, and Student Surveys. Menlo Park, VA: SRI Education. Available at:  

Before commenting, I should be transparent in my involvement with Apple and Connect ED.  I am an Apple Distinguished Educator so I do work with Apple and I benefit from professional development for those that have received this distinction.  In addition, we have the only Connect ED school in Oklahoma – Arthur Elementary – in our backyard at OKCPS and they have been amazing partners with the with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education since we are a 1 to 1 teacher education program.  Finally, I was fortunate to offer workshops for one of the Connect ED conferences for participants of the program so I got to know several Connect Ed educators and principals through that experience and follow up on social media.

I encourage you to access the whole report which is preliminary and only from the first two years but I wanted to share some thoughts that I felt were a big deal from this report.

  1. The teachers who used technology more and in more meaningful ways, started out with a more positive attitude toward technology and used it more than other teachers themselves.  So what is my takeaway – this is why we must do a better job in teacher preparation to get students to be open to technology.  It creates their openness to new learning and technology use.

2. The connectEd Program reduced first order barriers significantly – First order barriers (Becker, 1999; Ertmer 2005) are technical and physical barriers to technology.  As the program increased teachers reported they were less concerned that technology would not work. This has been shown in other research to increase their comfort and willingness to use and try new things.

3.  Teachers still struggled with developing deeper learning opportunities specifically in engaging students in design processes.   This is a growing problem as our teacher candidates were from standards based education – where competency were valued over creativity and design.  However, when we look at modern jobs and employer surveys we see that employers are looking for people who are design thinkers and creative.

4. The value of professional development is clear in this study.  But it has to be high quality.  These teachers were fortunate to receive professional development that was designed specifically for their needs and the school.  As the Connect Ed program progressed, I know personally that the professional development team became more and more responsive to the unique needs of low income schools.   However, not to be lost in these results – it is not just any professional development but “focused more directly on their needs; was more hands-on and less lecture-based; and had more follow-up than PD from other sources.”  This is key, because it not about PD seat time, but relevancy to the unique needs of the schools and the educators in it.   Districts pay a fortune for Professional Development but the format matters and I hope we learn more about that in subsequent reports.

5. So my hmmmm.. gotta think about this moment – teacher beliefs about technology became more student centered slightly.. (now I want to see the numbers, was it statistically significant?? ) But why do the principal beliefs not change?   In most cases, principals used to be classroom teachers…. So what does that mean? A certain type of person is an administrator, so they tend towards other approaches?  Or since they are not at the same hands-on level with the kids, their views are not based on classroom moments in the same way?  Or they have other motivators and concerns that drive them?   I don’t have an answer, but I was surprised by the finding.. as I know how important the principal and district leadership is to the process of adoption of technology.  I want to know more about this, and read more and think about administrator attitudes towards technology.

Final Thoughts:
This is a very preliminary report – and I look forward to seeing SRI present and write up more detail and share more than summary data.  This is an amazing opportunity for us in edtech to see a large scale treatment with some of the neediest schools in the US.. I look forward to what they learn to help us to improve our training of inservice and preservice teachers.

I also applaud Apple on this initiative..  There is a lot of things that they could spend their considerable fortune on, and I appreciate this was one of their choices.  Be the change you want to see in the world!


Meeting Merge Cube App Creators Steelehouse Productions

So as my friends remind me, I am bit #MergeCube obsessed.. My “teacher hoarder” “extreme couponer” tendencies are definitely awakened with this opportunity..

However, it has lead to other conversations.. that are proving to very fruitful. I have been collaborating with other ADE’s on ideas, working with former students on school integrations, and networking with new educators.   So at #EdcampOKC I did a session on AR and VR and showed the MergeCube.  As part of my practice (and general EdCamp practice) I tweeted out that I was doing the workshop. I showed a picture of Hangry Herb an App that is kind like a gigapet where you need to feed and water the little guy to keep him happy.

The creators  saw my tweet and responded to it on Twitter.. See the exchange below.

When I found out Steelehouse ( ) was an Oklahoma company, (Tulsa about 2 hours away).. I started to make arrangements to visit. So I went to meet with them on Friday, and figured I would drive 4 hours, to meet them for an hour..  but I ended up spending the better part of the day. They have created Super Sugar Crush, Hangry Herb,  Invasion for Merge Cube, and Ask Kranky.

So I will be honest, with my terrible eyesight, I have never been one to enjoy VR, I am more of an AR girl – because in early VR – I just cannot see..   but Steelehouse and their founder Kevin Anderson changed my mind after showing me some of their work and some of the favorite VR inspirations. 

While I thought we would spend a lot of time talking about Merge Cubes – it really just opened the conversation.   This company is well known production company in Oklahoma and they make their living on ads and promotions but their team is clearly seeing the potential of AR and VR and using it as part of their storytelling efforts.

So we had a fun frenetic conversation about the current status and future of AR and VR in education.  It was a great exchange where we got to show each other stuff and make sure we were on the same page.   I learned so much from it and I found my head spinning with new ideas, research ideas, and applications..   I went home and started reading some theory on AR and VR in education, and its been a long time since my creative gears have turned so fast..

So what did I learn from my visit:

  1. Well done Virtual Reality is about the story. If there is one great takeaway that is it.. It is not about touching unrelated stuff with goggles on, it is about having a narrative that engages the learner or participant!    Steelehouse showed me some projects they are working on – and I was engaged in the story. I forgot where I was. Even though the graphics were sometimes cartoony – the story got me.. I learned something, and I found myself wanting to know more about the topic.  And after talking to Kevin Anderson the owner – they are storytellers and that is why their content is so good.

2.   Good AR and VR content is not free.  After talking to several different app developers over the last year, this is a lesson that we must learn in education. I know we are broke.. (Come on, I am in Oklahoma.. right now we are the “brokest” education state in the country!)   but we have to be willing to pay for content that is worthwhile.  Now there is a Merge Cube app that is $50, that is a bit much, but we have to be willing to buy some apps at a reasonable price to keep the content coming or find funding to create apps to give away..(ie.. write a grant to fund the development).    This goes for all apps.  However, quality AR and VR requires animation and programmers to bring it to life.

2b.  Also I had not really engaged in Oculus beyond just grabbing stuff, engaging in an Oculus story driven scenario was totally worth it.. and the goggles and computing power was an important part of the experience and the graphics continue to come a long way from my earlier experiences. Those things all come at an expense as well.

3)The Education market for AR and VR is not clear. To prepare for our meeting, Kevin got a list of the AR and VR apps that listed as being in the education space. I only knew one of them,  Nearpod and I was able to show it to him and explain why it was so popular in education (a combination of teacher control and easy device integration).   However, the other ones that were being promoted were not on my radar. and others that I know that teachers are using like Discovery VR and NYTVR were not even listed as education VR endeavors and I know they are used widely.   For many of the VR apps that he showed me as being promoted in education, the cost of use of too high. Ie..  $10 per student per month.. Wowza.. Even CoSpaces, which I was so excited about, has gone to a subscription that does not work for US schools.  We need to pay for content -but some of the pricing models are not school friendly.  The VR content that is being developed specifically for schools is often quite pricey an maybe more appropriate for higher education settings.

4) Those that develop content want to talk to educators.  We see this with the Merge Educators group on Facebook too, and all the ambassador programs, but developers want to create meaningful and successful apps.  Having a relationship with developers helps them create things that educators can use and buy and meets our needs. Quality development has educators in the equation but also may need for us to support the apps by buying them and sharing our experiences with them.    They are business people, they don’t want to spend countless hours to develop content that no one wants.

5).  Entrepreneurs are fun to talk to . I found my day at Steelehouse productions energizing. Creatives have great ideas and they like to talk to about the future.  For a professor that is lots of fun.

So after my visit to Steelehouse in Tulsa, Kevin is coming to talk to my graduate education class on April 13th to show off his team’s projects and brainstorm with my educator graduate students.   I am super excited to see what we can come up with. We are also proposing  a research/evaluation project that has great potential if we can make it happen.. I am excited for the possibilities.

We all have a role to play to harness the power of VR in education – there is a lot of room to learn and collaborate and these technologies can be the future of education if we work together to create amazing content with learning in mind.




Some Merge AR VR updates

As people still search for Merge Cubes they are not totally sold out yet but there has been some really cool stuff happening..

  1. Merge has started an educators group.  with currently 358 Members.

This group is great in that it has many people sharing curriculum guides for the Merge Cubes and new ways to use them.

2.   I taught about Merge cubes at #EdcampOKC and I posted some pics on Twitter and low and behold one of the companies that has 4 Merge Cube Apps is in Tulsa. So Friday, I am driving out and seeing where the Magic Happens and talking about collaboration..

Check out Steelehouse Productions  Super excited to take a personal tour this week.. more to come!!!

Check their Merge Cube  Apps Hangry Herb,  Mr Kranky, Invasion, and SuperSugar Crash!

I may have a problem… Merge Cube

So what is a Merge Cube and why is my teacher hoarding gene acting up?

Merge Cube is a Augmented and Virtual Reality Toy that used be around $20 at Christmas and is now on Clearance at Walmarts for $1..  It has a ton of apps available for it and it allows you to video and learn more while you use it. .

Most reviews say that it is was early to market  -but it does some fun stuff.. and well there are a ton of ideas for the classroom. For example..  this video of the pirate view game could be a great writing prompt (idea from Carrie Price)  Or using one of the anatomy apps for “looking around”

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Here are some videos I made with the cubes.




So I may have bought a few..

And I may have gotten my former students, my husband, and even my Mom to pick a up a few..  but it has great potential. I signed up for the developer program and my husband and I are going to see what we can do.. (might as well use that masters in programming right? )

My full cart of merge cubes.
So I may have bought few..
And i may have gotten others to do it well.. (a former student and my Mom)

So You might say. I am in.. I want to find these .. How do I do it.. Here is the trick. there is a site called Brick Seek that will that will search Walmart’s inventory.

Go to:

Just choose Walmart and put in the code 854590007105 and then your zip and it will show you if they are available in your area and where.

brick seek search
brick seek search

Then it will give you a list showing inventory:  Then GO shopping.


Brick seek results
Brick Seek results


I am excited to see what educators come up with..  but there are already some resources available.

The site for the company  has some ideas.

This guide is helpful including information for login issues (under 13 etc)

An Educator’s Guide to Augment Learning with Merge Cube

A review of Merge Apps for the Classroom

If you start using them.. I am excited to see what you do.. and I am excited to develop some ideas of my own..






I got to sneak peek at a new book and I liked it!!!

So I know Monica Burns as a speaker from our iPadpaloozaOU conference in 2016 and 2017 and through the ADE program.  I generally know her in only a professional capacity.

She recently asked me if I would be willing to do a review of her book coming out next week, no pressure but if I would be willing to write a review of it.  And honestly, I felt no pressure and approached it as if I were looking at for use with my preservice teachers.

First, let me say that I was complimented.  I have reviewed books before in the pre-publication phase but never been given an opportunity to endorse a book or not..   I have copies of some of Monica’s other books and I find them to be very practical and applied, which can be a great compliment when paired with more empirical readings as part of teacher education or professional development course for current teachers.  Students seem to be really motivated by these hands-on books because they are wondering how it is done in the real world and inservice teachers are looking for ideas that are well justified and tied to curricular goals.

Much like when one is asked to review someone’s tenure dossier and you realize they are “good” .. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the pre-publication copy of Monica’s Book Tasks before Apps and realized it was REALLY GOOD!  So I was comfortable endorsing and could see using it with my preservice teachers or in my spring graduate course where I always have students read one professional book in addition to research articles.

So the book is called Tasks before Apps

This book deals with a problem that I have long felt in Ed Tech. The idea that we have to keep chasing the new popular app and forget all about what we were wanting kids to do in class.  Tech without content or without a sound rationale for using it.. (ie.. is it assessment? will it help students to explain? Will it engage additional communication channels or ways of explaining?)   A perfect example of this problem is whiteboard apps.. I see teachers all the time that really have mastered something like Educreations but then hear that Explain Everything is “better” and abandon their workflow and process to use the “better” app.  Both of these apps have their pros and cons but the most important factor is a teacher who knows them well and uses them comfortably with their students –  and even more importantly has their students create things with them to achieve a meaningful classroom task (explanation, assessment, presentation, communication, etc..)

Additionally, Tasks before Apps  focuses on having students using tools in content creation – which matches my philosophy and is where I see educational technology needing to go.. We need to get past teacher productivity and move to concrete examples of students creating things with technology to show their understanding.  We also need to make more examples available to teachers of how this can be done to both generate ideas and opportunities to discuss and critique actual use cases.

Finally this book has real example of how you could use different tools in the classroom in a meaningful way. I especially liked that it dealt with different grade levels. I love teaching an educational technology class, but sometimes wish my early childhood, elementary, and secondary students were in different sections – because rarely are there examples for all grade levels.

I am going to consider using this book as the practice book for my Teaching with Technology graduate class this spring (I always pick one book that is under $30 that might be read as a book group for PD)  and perhaps in the future for my undergraduate course.

When we think of our service role to our field, I think looking at new books and helping to curate content is an important role for us as professors to play. We have the opportunity to review resources both open resources and affordably priced resources that could help our future teachers generate ideas, critique and feel supported in the classroom.  I enjoyed this opportunity and look forward to other opportunities to share my expertise in the future.

So I think I have an endorsement on the book, (haven’t seen it yet, but Monica Tweeted my comment out) but happy to endorse. I think this would be a good book for preservice teachers or for a book study in a district. You might want to check Tasks before Apps out.

Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom





A new Approach to a Research Poster

So on Thursday, I am presenting at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Lawton and I am presenting my work as a poster on the Teacher Flight Project.

So I will be honest, when I heard I got a poster, I swore a little and thought, dang it now i have to make a poster. And on conferences where I need to fly, I often leave them at the site and after all that work only a few people see them.

I am trying something new, for this conference, I made a series of 4 Infographics using Pictochart. This an interactive infographic maker that will allow users to interact with my data.

Why did I try this new approach? 

Since i am studying teachers leaving Oklahoma and I recruited through social media, I want to share my results in these same venues. I also want to create ways to share the research with leaders in our state.  Infographics are the way to do that. Also the data is more interesting, if you can interact with it, rather than a static image – so the Piktochart graphics allow me to do that.  I can also print out the graphics and place them on the poster board like any other poster.

I think this is the best of both worlds, so I will be able to share my results at the conference and with a wider audience through social media.

I will be sharing my graphics as I present on Thursday so please come back to it. The direct link will be  but it will be on this blog.

Looking forward to interacting with you and the conference attendees later this week.

ISTE Stds for Admin Leaders Working Group

So this summer I got asked to be part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) working group to write the new administrator standards.

Honestly, I figured i was invited because I had been a bit of a pain over an older set of standards but I really thought it was a great opportunity so I decided to go with it..   I am so glad that I did..

First a shout out to Carolyn Skykora and Sarah Stoeckl from ISTE who organized the group and eat, sleep and think Standards all the time.

The group was diverse in background, experience and perspective. There were only two higher education people on it, an experienced school superintendent, principals, professional development leaders, and classroom teachers.   The mix of leaders was really great to represent urban and rural schools and different levels of technology adoption.

The whole group is comprised of the following educators:  

(May I suggest if you are a twitter person, this would be a great list to subscribe to)

The process was well structured, ISTE had already done a lot of work to gather preliminary information at the conference and other visits and this combined with the group, we started to refine them into larger buckets.

Later in fall, a refined draft 1 will be available for public comment. Currently you can comment on the existing standards here.  

So here are my thoughts on the process so far:

The refresh process – is a year long process.. so much public comment and experts – it emerges from the field.  I had thought it was more crafted, but from my experience so far, it seems to be very crowd sourced.

ISTE walks the walk,  I was impressed how we were using Google docs in a model style of work flow and an important part of our process.

I saw a lot of the themes I saw at the ISTE conference in San Antonio.  There were lots of conversations about equity, and adequacy, and the want to better involve higher education.   They also were very committed to the themes in from the Department of Education Office of Ed Tech prior to January 20th of this year..  if you are on board with those ideas – ISTE is worth paying attention to right now.  (Their new CEO and CLO are both former DOE Ed Tech leaders).

This was my first foray into national standards work and I was impressed that ISTE is interested in heaving an adequate shelf life and represent key ideas and not current trends or buzz words. This is both a blessing and curse – because we were engaged in a lot of forward thinking.. not today, but 5 to 10 years from now.. what will we be talking about?

Overall. even though I feel incredibly behind for being away from Oklahoma for 3 days, I feel that my time was well spent, I made some great connections, and I am excited to see where this process goes.

The most important thing that I can say is that I hope you will weigh in the standards discussion and contribute.  These standards can only represent the reality of the 20,000 members of ISTE if you make your voice heard!  I will make sure to share future opportunities for public comment.

The future tool kit for review can be requested from:  

You can lead the review in Draft One in your own community.