Morning Keynote: Getting Technology RIGHT

Angela MaiersChoose2Matter

tl;dr started off by indicating that there is so much content in the next 40 minutes, that we shouldn’t try taking notes. Challenge accepted!The first noticable thing is that too often we start with the “cool tool,” spend 15 seconds to look at the purpose, and then challenged to “make it fit” into your curriculum. This has been an ongoing issue since the 1990’s.’s important to note that Angela indicates:

Technology doesn’t change the world; people do.

“The change comes from the inside out.”

Collectively, we need to focus on the fact that teachers know what’s right and we have to trust that. Now that we’ve covered the backstory, let’s jump into the framework.


We have to make sure that what we ask students to do (with or without technology) is what people do in REAL life. If, after a student reads a book at Barnes & Noble, they don’t turn to the person next to them to ask them for tape/glue/etc., then we should not waste their time to make a diorama. of the tools that Angela talks about, in addition to Reddit (if used correctly) is Nepris – A website that allows you to schedule live classrooms with professionals in a variety of fields. Get students involved with people in the field!

Imagination tool that Angela showed was a website that takes web & mobile apps (all free) and categorized them by how someone wants to show their own imagination.


Teaching & learning isn’t about learning what people around the world do, it’s a about interacting with people and influencing people from around the world.

“The smartest person in the room, is the room.” Angela says, we have access to billions of experts in thousands of fields. It’s not only our ability to tap into these minds, it’s out obligation. PREACH!As a way of getting better at a skill/talent, Angela talked briefly about, a way of taking a master class from someone who is an expert in the field, like Usher, James Patterson, etc.

Honor Passion

Passion Matters.

Passion is not a nicety or additive, it’s imperative that people have passion in what they do. Passion helps someone stand out in a crowd – an incredibly important idea for someone entering the workforce. = Passion QuotientCQ = Cognitive QuotientIQ = Self explanatory ;-)Thrively is another site that Angela talked about, which uses the same type of AI that Pandora uses to deliver music, to map the passion of an individual. After mapping these passions, it provides resources to them on how they can improve the items that they are passionate about (passion channels). The most “remarkable” item about this site is that it’s completely free.

Take Action

Everyone talks about the C’s (connection, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking), but rarely do people talk about the, arguably, most important C – the right to contribute.

You are what you share

This is a birth-right. Not something that they do when time allows. It is something that they should be doing – sharing with the world – and it’s something that they are fearless about doing. Here is a video example that she shows: a result of his contribution, the views have gone over 2 million and the feedback & contributions of people who watch the videos have created a huge community. has worked with Microsoft to create a YouTube-style website ( meets Facebook) to catalog and search for contributions of students from around the world. Looking for contributions on Global Justice? Just search for it! This website helps students understand that “you matter.” And what’s more, it helps teachers/instructors understand that “you matter.” Maybe not from a contribution standpoint, but by the influence, expertise, and passion that you share with your students. more information about Angela’s free book, LiberatingGenius, click here.


I’m not sure what to say. I’ve been a fan/follower of Angela Maiers for several years now but this presentation solidified why. She killed it – sharing with us the reasons that she gets out of bed every day. This was an inspirational keynote that makes me wish I was still working with students. I think this presentation was more focused on K-12 students, but regardless, many of the ideas/perspectives/tools that she shared can be implemented in higher education (less so for corporate training). you’re looking for another tl;dr for this keynote, here it is:

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