Carl Hooker is talking this afternoon very quickly and trying to get through all his information before his flight at 5pm. He is also live tweeting while he does this. He syncs his keynotes so as he goes through his slides, the tweets have already been queued up to go out.  His slides can also be found here but warning its a big file. Many of the audience here were just in Jennifer’s Carey talk as well.

Carl is from Austin, Texas he is in a 1:1 program in his district with over 8800 iPads. This is K-12 for all students and staff with 6-12 taking them home. It took over 2 years to roll out. He has learned a lot through trial and error and shares them in this talk.

He explains it like this and this:

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 2.34.56 PMCan you find “the” mistake?

Carl’s talk was called Top 10 Things Not to Do but now has changed to 20.

    1. Communication! Parents, Teachers, Administrators, HRs, Librarians, Board, Tech Department. Legal, and the Students. Got to make the train move with all the moving parts. Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 2.37.58 PM
    2. Staff Prep Ideally you need to give the teachers 6 months in advanced of student deployment and you need to give them time to vet and explore (maybe even go talk to some great EdTechTeacher team members!) Carl makes a great point of visiting other 1:1 schools. He gets visits now himself with
    3. Do not roll out all the Apps at once Carl learned the hard way that GarageBand crashed the network because it was so big. All the kids went to download at the same time. Now they push a big App like that at the end of the day on Friday so students will just download it at home.
    4. SAMR model   You can learn all about the SAMR model from Dr. “SAMR” on his blog. Carl explains it best in a SAMR “Swimming Pool”Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 2.43.45 PM
    5. Do Not Limit Training to the Summer Months Training can happen in other ways such as “Appy Hours” (Carl’s school served Ice Cream and played with new apps with his teachers). He also brought in his 3 year old daughter to teach how to use the iPad which is a jaw dropping way to hit home that you are about to have an “Army of 3 year olds in the next 10 years” who just intuitively know how to use these and are using them.  iPadalooza is an event Carl created a “learning festival” (not conference). Its in June in Austin at West Lake High School
    6. Do not evaluate their effectiveness solely with the test scores “Innovation geared toward the future can’t be measured when its happening,” John Lasseter, CEO of Pixar. While its hard to convince parents and administrators now what the long term will be. Carl recently was talking with a Sophomore in college about it who explained how he could see some students in his 300 person lecture students just playing with the iPad but he was paying attention because he knew how to use it effectively.
    7. Don’t forget about the little things. Dongles wander off really quickly. Don’t forget to buy cases and quality cases.
    8. Do NOT try to distribute everywhere at once Another tip: they bought a laser etchers to put the logo and the phone number on the back huge. They were actually contacted by a Pawn shop who had one of thier iPads!
    9. Do NOT expect email to be the answer for workflow & communication Carl gave up email for lent last year after learning from a teenager: “We don’t do email.” He learned to find other ways to communicate (including f2f!) and tracked how his communications changed. He only made it 19 days as he feared losing his job. 
    10. Do NOT forget about the just-in-time support iZombies: people who can offer support immediately. They hired teenagers out of high school.
    11. Do NOT fall in love with an app too quickly Carl bought Comic Life and then Strip Designer came out at $2 cheaper and he lost that money. He has “ABCs” or App Buying Committees that can go through a process for desciding which apps to buy. He discourages getting “App Torrets” (theres an app for that! theres an app for that!)
    12. Do NOT get expensive carts DIY carts are much cheaper. They mounted them in the elementary classrooms since the students don’t take them home.
    13. Do NOT be surprised by Parents Concerns “Parents will sink the ship.” You need them on board. Carl’s district has “Digital Parent Night.” This is the opposite of BYOD where devices come to the classroom to interupt, this is interupting home life and thats where parents. Carl hosted a panel of the most anti-tech parents to have conversations. It was very powerful in getting the parents on board. He also did Google Hangouts for digital office hours. He also created Digital Parenting 101 on iTunes U and is about to push it out on the student’s iPads so parents can learn at home using the device. This course is about to be public and anyone is welcome to take it and use it for thier schools. (Thanks Carl!)
    14. Do NOT assume students know how to use them Here is a link to Carl’s introduction video: (None of his iPads were hurt in the video)
    15. Do Not think that physical space can remain constant Because the iPad is so mobile they can go anywhere. Theres is a physical shift. Furniture becomes more important especially at the high school level. Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 3.20.12 PM
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    17. Do NOT Short Count Your iPads and Distribution Day! Were sorry!
    18. Do NOT try and control everything about the iPadScreen Shot 2014-02-04 at 3.24.39 PMScreen Shot 2014-02-04 at 3.24.47 PM
    19.  Do NOT get in the way of learning Students’ creative will be unleashed using the iPad. Carl used a great example of a dance class recording the moves so they could practice them correctly. The bands even use them to work on formation and write music. Someone had a great idea a Carl’s elementary school to create a song about Bullying. When Carl did it, it was not that great. He was too involved so he turned it over to two high school students with iPads and it became a viral video. It started as a project among kids which just took off.
    20. DO NOT LET FEAR CONTROL  

Hopefully Carl makes his flight!

 

 

 

 

 

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