July 24: Tech Hacks from the Toolshed

Tech hacks from the toolshed

Hands-on workshops and upskilling experiences around emerging technologies.

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (this is the same as Mountain Standard Time, GMT-7).

Mess Hall & Banter

7:30 a.m. Mess hall breakfast + banter

Start your day right with informal conversation and virtual breakfast, led by Head Happy Campers Angela Gunder and Madeline Shellgren -- the emcees for the day. Take this time to greet new and old friends, fill your canteen and kick off the day with a bit of fun.

Raising the Flagpole

8:00 a.m. Around the Flagpole: The Value of Connecting Education and the Workforce

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Education is not an island but a set of bridges that we intentionally architect. When we talk about our schools, universities and colleges preparing us for thriving careers and lives, what are the intersections? And at what point do workplaces help employees navigate new bridges for continued learning? Join educators and industry leaders from AWS, Salesforce and Juniper around the flagpole to discuss strategies for better aligning education and the workforce of the future. Engage in conversations around supporting lifelong learner -- and worker -- success.


Donna Kidwell

Donna Kidwell

EdPlus at ASU

Phil Komarny

Phil Komarny


Aaron Osmond

Aaron Osmond

Amazon Web Services

Mike Newcomb

Mike Newcomb

Juniper Networks


Luke Tate



Kimberly Merritt


Neighborhood Sessions

Neighborhood Breakout Sessions

9:15 a.m. Sessions

Crossing the Chasm: Why Engagement Matters 

Joe Wilson, CTO-North America, Workday and Paul O'Brien, Vice President of Institutional Technology, CIO, Indian River State College

The current market landscape remains saturated with buzzwords like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning which have become terms de jure, but what's really needed to achieve that coveted consumer-grade experience? Joe Wilson, Chief Technology Officer - North America, argues that engagement is the primary requirement to bridge from outdated system of record to aspirational systems of intelligence. By participating in this session, you'll "cross the chasm" between truths we accept within the consumer space and you will hear firsthand how Indian River State College is providing 21st century experiences to support faculty, staff, and students.

Digital Mixology: Cocktail Recipes with Photoshop Camera & Adobe Spark

Melissa Arnold

Have you been using the new Photoshop Camera app? How about Adobe Spark Video? No? Why not? Well, better late to the party than never. We’ll take a look at how to use these two apps individually and then fuse them together to create a recipe story about how to make the best cocktails and mocktails. Become a digital mixologist and learn how you can combine Photoshop Camera and Adobe Spark Video to create your own recipe story. Cheers!

Find assets for Adobe Sessions and more information here.

University of Arizona
Muggle Technology for Wizards: Fantastic Freebies and How to Use Them

Sarah Mauet, Creative Director of Media & Digital Technologies; Janet Smith, Assistant Director of Continuous Improvement; Matt Romanoski, Assistant Director of Instructional Design; Krys Ziska Strange, Assistant Director of Technology & Innovation

Come join some fun-loving technology and course design wizards as we dive into the magical suitcase of fantastic freebies for new and exciting ways you can use free technologies in your online, hybrid, remote, or face-to-face course. How are other instructors using Thinglink to thwart thestrals? Can you use Hypothesis for house-elf collaboration? Is Spark good for Sphinx riddles? Come with your wand at the ready, because this interactive session is sure to be magical!

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Designing Bridges Between Education and Industry 

Kim Flintoff, Learning Futures Advisor, Curtin University, & Paul Signorelli, Writer-Trainer-Presenter-Consultant

This highly-interactive, very playful session will bring together educators and industry leaders to briefly examine the disconnect between what formal education provides and what employers want; explore a few case studies of successful collaborations between education and workplace representatives; and begin defining ways to strengthen connections between formal education and industry to produce positive results for all involved. Come prepared to work around the campfire and cook up s'more ideas and plans for action.

Classroom of the Future

Kianna Pompa Sales Support Engineer

Discover how Sony is using Artificial intelligence to provide a unique virtual classroom experience. With the use of the Sony Edge Analytics Appliance we can vastly improve the quality of communication by empowering the presenter to deliver an engaging video presentation that would have previously required significant time, expense, and human resources to produce.

GSV Ventures
The Power of Investing in Diversity: Entrepreneur Showcase

Circle around the campfire and listen to a diverse group of entrepreneurs who are innovating in ed-tech. This session will feature entrepreneurs disrupting higher education and offer the chance to learn about their businesses and ask questions.

Hear from:

  • Molly Rowe and Thea Knobel, GSV Ventures
  • Claudia Recchi, founder of EdSights
  • Debbie Holzkamp, founder of Virtanza
  • Genevieve Ryan Bellaire, founder of Realworld
  • Tess Michaels, founder of Stride Funding 
  • Femi Adebogun, founder of ScholarMe
  • Michael Broughton, founder of Perch 
  • Amanda DoAmaral, founder of Fiveable
  • Vishal Punwani, founder of Sophya
Campfire stories - How Artificial Intelligence is Making Fall Semester a Safer Place to Learn

Neal Tilley & Tim Lake

ASU & Cisco are using WiFi networks to help create a safer environment for students and faculty returning to campus. We’ll share some unannounced development and how we’re partnering together to help manage building capacity during a pandemic with a focus on Density Monitoring and Proximity reporting. 

10:15 a.m. Sessions

“Can you repeat that?”: Bite-sized lessons with Premiere Rush

Diana Keeler

Whether you’re teaching your Fall course remotely or you want to post a recap from class, Adobe's intuitive editing tool, Premiere Rush, is a fantastic way to make quick videos of important lesson topics. In this workshop, we’ll go over best practices for keeping your videos short, punchy and engaging while limiting your out-of-the-classroom workload. And who doesn't want that? Instead of watching a recording of a three-hour lecture, let your students see a quick video with options to pause and replay the important stuff as many times as they need. Form an orderly queue, everyone - this one's popular!

Find assets for Adobe Sessions and more information here.

Alexa, What Can I Learn at Summer Camp?

Ian Freed, Co-Founder and CEO at Bamboo Learning, & John Rome, Deputy Chief Info Officer, Data Stewardship, Augmented Analytics & BI, Arizona State University & Alexa 

This session will showcase some of the groundbreaking voice-based learning by Bamboo Learning and general discussion around voice technology in education with Ian Freed, Bamboo's co-founder and CEO. Before starting Bamboo, Ian served as Technology Adviser to Amazon's Jeff Bezos and led the Amazon Alexa/Echo business from inception (not a bad resume, huh?). Additionally, Ian might have some interesting campfire stories to share during the session. A special guest is scheduled to join who will take questions and may even sing a campfire song. Hope you can join.

AI Applications – From the Networking Edge to Routing Core

Christian Gilby, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Mist Systems, a Juniper Company

There is a lot of hype when it comes to Artificial Intelligence. Christian Gilby will take you through the current state of AI as applied to networking.  Leveraging the groundbreaking technology from Mist Systems you will get to see how AI is applied to access points, enterprise switches, security firewall devices, and routing.   He will also show a demonstration of the “art of the possible” in using AI to quickly diagnose issues that used to take a lot of time to solve as well as how a “Microservices architecture” in the cloud will allow a host of new services to be created to dramatically improve the user experience.

Get on the same page: Bring ideas to life in a single space with Dropbox Paper

Alex Rountree, Industry Principle, EDU

Dropbox Paper is a collaborative workspace where students, faculty, researchers, and staff can coordinate projects and communicate around content.

In this fun interactive workshop, you will learn how paper offers real-time co-editing features right alongside annotations, task lists, timelines, and live previews of images, spreadsheets, PDFs, and more.

You will see how teams use Paper to coordinate projects, take notes and brainstorm, and review and share work in one centralized source of truth.

Power Notes
I’m Overwhelmed!: How We Help Online Learners Manage their Reading and Research in Online Classes

Jenae Cohn, Academic Technology Specialist, Stanford University & Wilson Tsu, Founder, PowerNotes

In online learning environments, students are navigating a lot of information. From the infrastructure of the online class itself to the content that students are asked to read, we need to acknowledge the importance of supporting students in adjusting to key differences involved in reading and researching online. Even under face-to-face teaching circumstances, students often feel overwhelmed when trying to find information from their online research, but that feeling can be compounded as we move to fully remote environments and all information that students need to learn must be navigated online. What are some ways to reduce these feelings of being overwhelmed? And how do we help students not only feel like their reading and research is more manageable, but also feel like they’re mastering and engaging with new concepts? In this session, we will engage in a conversation about helping online learners manage their reading and research in online classes. We will explore these ideas in the context of PowerNotes, a browser-based tool that helps students to curate material from across the Web and become stronger readers and researchers.

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Through the Looking Glass: Creating AR Stories for the Future 

Emory Craig, ASU ShapingEDU Innovator in Residence (2019-20), Co-founder of Digital Bodies & Maya Georgieva, ASU ShapingEDU Innovator in Residence (2019-20), Co-founder of Digital Bodies, and Director of Digital Learning and XReality Center at the New School

"It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"  - Alice in Wonderland 

In an age of a global pandemic and social upheaval where we must redefine the concept of "normal," how can we use emerging technologies to collectively gather our courage, creativity, and resilience to tell stories and share new immersive experiences? Join us for a campfire adventure to design and send an AR postcard about the future. We will embrace speculative design, social impact, and open creativity as we learn, create, and share stories with Augmented Reality. Together, we will create new forms of storytelling as portals about our collective future. As Alice said, "It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then."

The Future of Internet-Scale Networking and Implications for Learning Technologies & Research Networks

Christian Martin, AVP, Customer Engineering

The internet has evolved to embrace cloud-like architectures and cloud principles.  New networks such as Internet2 and regional educational networks will have an enormous impact on learning technologies that will shape the student experience of the future; examples include Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).  These networks will also support advanced collaboration and research needs within a single organization and across multiple domains.  This session will discuss the implications for educational institutions to fully participate in a cloud-like future at Internet Scale and Internet speeds.

Hands-on Pizza Workshop Part II

In this two-part workshop, we will go over pizza basics and you will learn how to make a basic but delicious cheese pizza. In the first part, we will cover pizza philosophy and will learn how to make the dough and the pizza sauce. In the second part, we will make, cook, and eat the pizza. For equipment and ingredient list click here

The Alternative Universities Game - COVID-19 Edition

Did you want to play the Alternative Universities Game at the latest ShapingEDU Unconference, but couldn’t make it to Phoenix? Are you interested in exploring how scenario games can help develop antifragile design? Well, now’s your chance! In Version 2.0 of the game, you’ll be teaming up to design the university of your dreams - which will have to win the support of its peers and survive some new challenges. And be prepared: just when you think you’re ready to call it a day, a flapping of wings might be heard drawing near…

Virtual Escape Room

Think you’ve got what it takes to solve your way out of a sticky situation? Well then jump right in and put your mad skills to the test in this virtual version of supreme fun. You’ll have only 20 minutes to solve your way out of this conundrum and bring a critical survival supplies back to base camp.

Bingo (Starts at 7:00 p.m.)

We will dust off the ol' jukebox and throw out your favorite songs in a game of Musical Bingo! Come join us, meet new people, and win a few fun digital prizes.

Camp hike

11:15 a.m. Camp Hike + Tour : Building and Humanizing Connections in a Virtual World

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Justin Willow, Innovation Catalyst, Learning Design & Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Marineh Lalikian, Director, Stanford LEAD, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Humans are naturally drawn to in-person interactions. But when the possibility of in-person is removed, can virtual worlds be used to bridge the gap between physical and online learning experiences?

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has been leveraging virtual worlds for the past 5 years to engage a global community of learners in the Stanford LEAD online business program. Join us to learn about how LEAD uses a virtual world to connect learners with the school’s campus culture, with their community of peers, and with simulated learning activities, and to dive into a discussion about how virtual worlds can be used to solve some of the inherent challenges with online programs.

Then, refill your water bottle because we’re taking you on an invigorating Camp Hike of the ASU Virtual VirBELA Campus.  At 12:15 p.m., join a member of the VirBELA concierge team for a guided tour around the digital space of our home for Learning(Hu)Man 2020, and get to know the campus grounds. 

Note: If you can’t make the tour, you can also sign up for a personal guided tour.

Roasting marshmellows

5:00 p.m. Campfire: Leadership, Culture + Value-Led Innovation

Christine Whitney Sanchez, Chief Culture Officer, University Technology Office, ASU & Tracey Zimmerman, President, Robots & Pencils

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Join us around the campfire for key discussions around the common ground at the heart of our collective changemaking efforts - Beginner’s Mind, Shared Values and Principles, and Agility. These humanizing conversations include you! We will come together around topics including equity and inclusion, leadership and student voice.


6:00 p.m. Campfire Mixer

Relax and recharge at the end of a full week of camp with game night activities!  Join the Head Happy Campers (emcees) at 6pm for an introduction to the Choose Your Own Adventure options, and then let the fun begin!

Missed a Session??

Don't worry we have you covered!!

All Around the Flagpole and Campfires (and most of the Neighborhood Sessions) will be available at the ShapingEDU YouTube channel. Due to the large quantity of the videos being produced over this engaging week (about 80+ videos!), it will take a couple of weeks to get them all edited and ready to share. Make sure you're subscribed to the ShapingEDU YouTube channel to be the first notified when new recordings are added!