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ISTE 2016 – Keynote – Michelle Cordy

July 6, 2016

Print_ISTEISTE 2016 – Closing Keynote – Michelle Cordy

Wow! And the week is drawing to a close! Seems like a bit of a whirlwind! Fortunately again we have the Big City All Star Band from Winnipeg providing the entertainment and music.

Welcome Kecia and Brian!


Brian and Kecia thanked everyone who was here, and showed a quick video, made up of the past few days. It was fun seeing the quick video. Kecia reminded everyone about how much this has grown, since they started in a single hotel. Lots of thank you’s! Which is good! Thank you! Get involved after the conference is over, in lots of ways, and don’t forget to access ISTE resources throughout the year.

Thanked everyone they could! Especially the peer-reviewed sessions, and the fierce competition. Over 221,000 tweets, over 3,700 photos to Instagram, all social media content reached over 58 million people. Some highlights were played on the big screen! Such a fun time! A good and fitting wrap-up!

Cathy Hunt Ignite presenter
Creativity on Screen and Beyond

Students all have a camera as part of their phone, let’s use it, and do something amazing. Students are seeing their art transform as the integrate technology in art. Students are becoming content creators -> When it comes to a 3D Printer, they can do things like 3D printed tiles. Might be little hands, but they are big minds. We can see art and life cross over. Students making folding objects on their device and then printing and folding. Making monsters out of drawing, ink , plastercine.

Augmented Reality has really changed how they view the world.

Selfie’s and art can be very powerful. Moving from every day to fine art, and describing the difference.

Collaboration between the students is what “floats my boat” for Cathy. Cathy uses all kinds of media and it connects the students and their toolboxes in a messy way.

Very well done Cathy, thanks for sharing all of this!

Congressman Jared Polis from Colorado


Jared thanked everyone for coming to Colorado. The promise of educational technology is great, but we also need buy in from communities like parents and policy makers. An area of concern is privacy – what is happening to the student’s data. Is it being use to sell or market information? California has led the way, and Colorado has passed a student privacy act, but suggests we need a national plan.

One of the provisions is a block grant, which provides some funding, but needs to fully funded, and is currently really lightly funding. Question: Will ESSA open a new era of federal support, and what are the chances for higher allocations. There is a difference between authorization and allocation. Over $1 billion was authorized, but funding wasn’t appropriated / allocated. How are we going to address this? There are discussions at the line item, hoping to “plus” up one account. Hoping in the future more money will be allocated. Whether it occurs or not is going to be up to appropriations.

Jared suggested that we don’t have a lot of detail from Trump yet, but Clinton does have a fairly developed plan for how she would help education. However hard to know what their plans are when currently there a lot of one-sentence answers.

Christopher Carnahan
New Jersey City University


Students are being engaged by collecting data from drones and other technology – and using it as a talking point. Drone laws suggest that students can fly a drone, but a teacher is not allowed to. Chris co-wrote a book called “Drones in Education”.

Students are super excited and interesting in following people who are using drones. Great motivator, and interest in career placements. Some Universities are offering courses about drones and their use.

Michelle Cordy
Grade Three teacher in London Ontario
Apple Certified and Google Certified



Show Up and Refuse to Leave

Michelle is missing the last day of school with her students so she could be here FOR her students, to help and encourage us. Michelle’s hero is the teacher from the Magic Schoolbus – who is also a grade 3 teacher. Received some onetime funding to get a bunch of iPads, but suggested we need to be careful what we wish for, no one else had them, and therefore couldn’t help – she became a rogue teacher.

Book: Net Smart – How to Thrive Online – Howard Rheingold

She reached out to him via Twitter, AND HE REPLIED! And now has participated in her classroom with her students.

She would like students to be seen and heard, in the classroom and beyond.

Michelle needed help, and there was no one in her district to help. So she reached out to the community to help. Here are the things she has learned:

Connected Educator -> Expand the network

It’s like a diamond, it’s exciting. You need to be connected in person AND especially online. #ISTEsadselfie – it’s hard to leave, it’s so great and special, and it doesn’t always exist at home. How do we bring this back home?

Book: Connected – Nicholas Christakis

  • Shape of the network matters
    • Graphite and Diamond – both made of carbon, but bonded together differently. Structure matters. What if our connections were not just linear to our neighbours, but to our neighbours neighbours, to the friends of our friends. ISTE is a special world of many small worlds, and they are all connected. Continue to be a connected educator when you go home!
    • 6 degrees – we’re all connected through at most 6 degrees. We’re all connected. What a powerful way to spread this.
    • 3 degrees – ideas pass contagiously – we are better served tightening AND expanding our networks
  • We shape our networks
  • Our networks shape us

Engage and Empower -> Mindfulness for ourselves and our students

There are so many ways for us to engage and empower our students. Using tools, tape measures, saws, measure cars driving, build bridges, and use sphero’s to test the bridges. Idea was to build bridges and move from desk to desk. But it turned into a giant marble run with all of the bridges put together!

Students are empowered because they see themselves in the curriculum. They are part of the learning, not just part of the class. Michelle can make her classroom thinking visible.  Used an example where the kids built shelters out of discarded Christmas trees. Well done!

Yes, she is in a publicly funded school, and has certain things that she must do, but there is other time where you can do other things. You can make stuff, and make stuff up.

We are educated OUT of creativity. Are we first educated out of mindfulness?

Book: Presence – Amy Cuddy

Power Pose Time – Mindfulness


Currently involved in research S.A.M. Self Assessment Maniken.

Book: Counter clockwise by Ellen Langer

Example of the eye chart that was flipped upside down, instead of “getting worse” it will be “getting better”

Real but not TRUE

Disruption -> Stewardship

Our desire, as part of this community, to disrupt, transform, re-define, hack.

Fall in and out of sync, in and out of love, with our ideas. Believe our friends ideas and our ideas by day, and by night question and ask. If we don’t, we risk building up some rich dogma that someone else will want to disrupt.

Stewardship: Can we move from disruption to stewardship? Education is not something that is broken that we need to fix, rather it’s about an ecosystem.  Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Buckle your seatbelts. In the Magic Schoolbus the teacher nearly killed the kids in virtually every episode.

If you are are too much of a disruptor, we risk getting in our own way.

All of us are the leaders who are here to help and do this.

Michelle ended her presentation with individual pictures of some of her students as she said goodbye to them for this year, and reminded herself how much she is going to do next year to continue to help and be stewards of their education.

We have to play a long game on a short track.

Show Up and Refuse to Leave!

Brian and Kecia reminded us to get engaged in every way we can, and not just wait until the next ISTE conference in San Antonio



One Comment
  1. Great seeing you at #ISTE2016 this year! Waldorf and Statler will need to rise again!

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