Jeff Utecht

Jeff Utecht

Creating your own classroom guide; RIP textbooks

Recent research has revealed that Wikipedia is now more accurate, more informative, and better than your textbook. Because of this, it’s time to think about the core text we use for classes differently. It’s time to think about how we can create a core text with students using the open content and the building blocks of the Internet. It’s time to create an always updated, collaborative core text. Creating this core text with students leads to a different type of classroom conversation. Using tools like Flipboard, Twitter, Diigo, Instagram, Facebook, and a host of other tools we will explore ways in which our new up-to-date core text changes the conversation and changes learning.

Intended Audience

Anyone working in a 1:1 environment or is moving in that direction.

Technology Needed


Mobile Device (Tablet, iPad, Smartphone, or all of the above)

Install Flipboard on your mobile device

About Jeff

Jeff Utecht is an educational technology consultant, educator and author. He holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Technology as well as his administrative certification through Washington State. Jeff began his career in the Elementary Classroom at a public school in Washington State. In 2001, he was the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant called the Technology Leadership Program. This marked the beginning of his journey with technology and learning.

Over the past 10 years, Jeff has taught at International Schools in the Middle East and Asia. Moving from a classroom teacher into technology facilitator roles and administrative positions, Jeff began sharing his passion for learning via his blog The Thinking Stick. Jeff has authored chapters in numerous books, worked as the educational consultant for a wiki company, and began speaking at schools and educational events around the globe. He has worked with politicians in Washington DC and participated in The Educational Project at the invitation of the Prince of Bahrain. In 2010 Jeff was invited to present at the first TEDx conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jeff is a Google Apps Certified Educational Trainer. In tandem with his values of collaboration and open source, he created the Google Ninja Program. This free program designed to support students and educators in their learning of the Google Applications is now widely used around the globe. It is Jeff’s belief in learning and future generations that continues to drive his passion.

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