Ignite Session - AASA - Napa Valley

Published on Sep 25, 2016

This is an Ignite Session for the AASA Digital Consortium focusing on the Eduction Reimagined domains.


Ignite Session

2016 AASA Digital Consortium - Napa, CA 

Jay Eitner, Superintendent of Schools

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Education Reimagined Vision Standards:

2)Personalized, Relevant, & Contextualized

4)Socially Embedded

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I feel like life today is sort of like this...

In 1997, my Superintendent told our graduating class two things:

1) Stay off of the internet.

2) Don't get into a stranger's car.

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In 2016, I'm using my phone to gain internet access to get in a stranger's car.

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In 1997, I had to call Domino's Pizza to order a pie and have cash ready.

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In 2016, I can call, text, tweet, or send an emoji to Domino's; cash is discouraged.

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In 1997, I had to get a travel agent to purchase a train ticket to get to college to get a paper course guide and stand in line (for eternity) to register for classes.

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Today, not only do I pick my classes online, I take all of them online.

I will defend my dissertation over Skype.

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6 years than 60 years

Technology has changed the classroom more in the past 

Love it or loathe it, we have a responsibility to meet learners where they are today.

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Besides meeting learners where they are, the community also has to be met where THEY are.

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ALL schools today should be using:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • SnapChat
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I don't want to go on every platform to send a message.

How can you contribute to the vision

Look like a superstar upon return... 


  • First passed by Reagan
  • Re-authorized every year for phones; now wireless phones and internet
  • December 2016: INTERNET ONLY
  • $10.00 / internet - - $9.75 grant =
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  • Part of the internet connectivity initiative under President Obama
  • Those at or under modified income standard (including F/R lunch)
  • Entire districts can qualify
  • 3 GB @ LTE rate / unlimited 3G wireless hotspot (up to 10 devices can connect)
  • $78.00 for FIVE years
  • Also offers refurbished laptops & tablets
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Money is out there.  Let it come to you. 

Crowdfunding is letting one of my 6th-grade teachers send a project to space.

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Be relevant. Your learners and community will thank you.