Hanging out in Flagstaff. Reflections from the Native Innovation Conference #nativeinnovate

I am very pleased to have participated in the Native Innovation Educational Technology Conference (June 11-13 in Flagstaff, Arizona) where I led interactive workshops focusing on using Google hangouts, Periscope and other livestreaming video options AND connecting these video chats to the social web, particularly collaboratively edited wikis. Speaking of which – check out diné=navajo, native innovation, sharing, sharingculturesflagstaff and grand canyon.

Our venue could not have been more pleasant – the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort. I’m keen to learn more about these Indigenous-owned properties.

We only get once chance to meet people for the first time and this was the first time to meet face-to-face with with Jerome and Kiahlo, a result of a September 2014 hangout which was the result of connecting via Twitter.

I’m on a conference high. I broke my routine, I traveled beyond the immediate horizon, I ate new food and slept in a different bed. Vacations – even working trips – are blessings. And what made it all worthwhile? The people. I met wonderful, wonderful people – a mix of cyber-savvy and … less than cyber-savvy. The crowd was a bit older than I expected, a mix of teachers and administrators each of whom needs to form a personal social web strategy and came to this event for answers.

Now in its third year the Native Innovation Educational Technology Conference upped its game by giving out Google Chromebooks to registered participants. This single act made sure that everyone was tech-enabled from the start. Of course there were some glitches at the beginning, but given two days, these problems were resolved in a mostly stress-free environment.

Remote participants could follow the conference through Facebook and for more timely news via Twitter — see #NativeInnovate. Participants agreed to followup chats on June 23, 10am and 7pm Arizona time.

And remote participation is the true advantage of hangouts. We are not physically at the same table or in the same room. Distances can be daunting. Solution: Google Hangouts! Collaborative docs. Wikis!

I will write more about this as I gather my thoughts. Kudos to the organizers and sponsors. Ahéhee’ Jerome, Kiahlo, LaVelda, Kevin … spouses, family and friends.

Key Links
Native Innovation Educational Technology Conference
Hashtag #nativeinnovate


Yá'á'tééh abiní = Good morning Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort @TwinArrowsAZ @NativeInnovate #NativeInnovate

Native Innovation Conference

Native Innovation Conference


Nizhóní = That is beautiful = Bonito @NavajoWeb @NativeInnovate #nativeinnovate #LearnDiné

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1 Response to Hanging out in Flagstaff. Reflections from the Native Innovation Conference #nativeinnovate

  1. Thank you for the great review, Ron. It was our attempt to break some technology barriers by giving one Chromebook to every registered participant at the conference. Although there were other roadblocks, we feel the conference theme focused on the application and practical uses of technology integration to everyday tasks. Whether it be in the classroom or in a non education setting, our participants experienced a community of supporting basic to advanced uses in technology integration. Finally, let’s remember it’s not about technology, it’s about attitude. Technology is a tool and it’s not meant to replace anyone.

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