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Leadership 5.0 with Dr. Heather Monthie
9 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Leadership in the Digital Age (announcing Leadership 5.0)
Welcome to 2022! I am very excited to announce the re-brand of my podcast! We’ll be talking more about leadership in the digital age, digital culture, and innovation. In this episode, I share with you a little about where my cybersecurity content is moving (I’ll be able to share that more later) and how we’re going to start talking more about how to be a high-impact leader in the digital age. Since innovation is no longer limited to the technology sector, this podcast is for anyone who is developing their leadership skills in today’s environment. You might be working in tech and want to be a strong leader for your team, you might be an up and coming star in the business world, or you might be the CEO of your company and you know that technology has impacted the way in which we work, live, and play. Sign up to receive new episode updates and show notes! https://www.heathermonthie.com/leadershippodcast Enjoy! https://youtu.be/CDKpN09SOK4 Transcript: Hi there, welcome back to my YouTube channel podcast or wherever it is that you are listening to this right now. So I am Heather. And what I want to do today is share with you a little bit of news that I have, and then the future direction of this podcast and YouTube channel. So if you’ve been around a while, you know that the podcast has been around since 2018. And we have gone through a couple name changes, rebranding, that kind of thing, just as you know, the things I’m interested in change. And then I also look at the analytics to the podcast to see what kinds of things you guys who are listening, what kinds of things you guys are interested in. So that helps drives some of the direction of the podcast as well. And on the podcast, we’ve talked a lot, a lot, a lot of things about like, digital safety, online safety. You know, some of the research that’s out there about how to teach cybersecurity how to teach coding to kids, all the kind of stuff is a really sort of a just like a hodgepodge of technology related stuff. And then the YouTube channel has been, you know, some of the podcast episodes made its way to the YouTube channel. But the YouTube channel has really been more of the tactical side of some of the things that I’ve been doing. It’s sort of the How to videos, I’ve got a couple videos on there explaining how to use aeronautical charts for drone pilots, understanding airspace, that kind of thing. But then I’ve also got some coding tutorials with Scratch programming, which is something that MIT put out, it’s, you know, they’re they’re really intended to be tutorials to help parents who are helping their kids do homework, or giving teachers ideas for things that they can do with kids in the classroom with regards to coding, we actually ended up happening is a lot of sometimes a lot of kids watching those videos. And then they messaged me looking for help with their homework. So But anyways, so personally, in my own, like personal professional life, I guess, I’ve had a couple things change over the last couple of months. And so some of the, the majority of the cybersecurity content that I do create will be put on to a different platform, which I will be able to announce that here shortly. We won’t announce it in this episode. But I will be able to announce that here shortly where we’re going to be moving some of the cybersecurity content over to a different platform, and I’ll be sharing and growing a lot of different areas in cybersecurity doing some thought leadership, that kind of thing. So I wanted to share that with you guys that that that kind of stuff, you won’t see too much of that here anymore there. But there will still be a lot of stuff very much related to that industry. Okay. So what I’m going to do now with the podcast and the YouTube channel, rather than having the to be to sort of separate entities, they’re going to become sort of the same thing. It’s just dependent on whether or not you want to listen to me up the app on the podcast, or you want to watch me up the app on the YouTube channel. Alright, so it’s really just dependent on what your preferred medium is. And so I will be posting a lot of the same content in both places, but it really just depends on you. Do you want to watch videos? Or do you want to listen to the podcast, but the topic is going to change just a little bit, it’s going to be much, much more higher level type of content. So I’m calling the podcast leadership 5.0. And with the idea that we’re going to be talking about what does it means to be a high impact leader in the digital age. So as we are, you know, progressing through industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial age, where we are having, we’re, we’re talking about things like IOT, the Internet of Things, and we’ve got all these different devices, and we’ve got cell phones, and we’ve got watches that are connected to the internet and toasters and all this kind of stuff. We’ve got all these devices, we’ve got automation, and we’ve got a lot of different advances in technology happening very, very, very quickly. And it’s not just in the technology sector, it’s not just for tech anymore, okay? So companies that don’t weren’t necessarily a tech company 15 or 20 years ago, they’re rapidly becoming tech companies, because they have people that are working all over the world. They’ve got people using all these different technologies, to manage their teams and to get work done. And but they’re all physically geographically located apart from each other. And so as a leader in this age, in the digital age, you need to have a good solid understanding of technology, and how to lead your team, using, you know, some of the the technology tools that are out there. But then also understanding the digital culture and the ways that things have changed over the last couple of generations with regards to how people want to work, what kinds of things motivate them, and what are the sort of what are the things that are just really important to the to the to the upcoming generations. And so that when, you know, I, you know, I’m a, I’m a Gen X, you know, right on the cusp of Gen X and in the millennials, so I get a little A little bit of both sides of things. But I remember, you know, when when Gen X was hitting the workforce, there was a lot of like to, you know, for some of the older generations of here’s how you work with Gen X, right? And now we’re doing some of that with how do you work with millennials? How do you work with Gen Z and Gen Y, and you know, all these other generations, right? But that you have to understand that these generations that are they’re coming into the workforce now have been shaped by technology. They don’t know a world without technology, many people don’t know a world without cell phones. And we’re starting to get to a generation of people that don’t know a world, a world, a world before smartphones, which is crazy to me, right. But there’s all this sub context, I guess, around digital culture, managing a team, leading a team, I should say, and being a effective high impact leader in the digital age. So have you can look at it sort of from the perspective of you know, like a Venn diagram, I should draw out a Venn diagram, but you’ve got technology, you’ve got the human side of you know, your team, right. And then you’ve got the leadership principles that you bring together so that you can effectively lead your team to success in the digital age. All right. So I’m not going to go into the first episode. Today, what I really wanted to do is just make this video released this episode, explaining what has been going on behind the scenes here. And if you go to my website, Heather monthie.com, I spent a lot of time on that getting that rebranded. And I think you’ll enjoy that if you’re not signed up. For the podcast notes, make sure you go do that. I’ve got the link in the show notes or the link in the description box. If you’re on YouTube. And you can get as soon as the very first official episode is released, you will get that right in your email inbox. So I’m very excited about this. This is some of the stuff that I have studied over the years, I’ve studied leadership and technology, technology management, virtual teams, how to manage virtual teams, pre 2020, the things that have happened the last 20 years or two years, feels like 20 years, right? Things that have happened in the last two years. But it’s just, you know, how are we evolving as a workforce, how is technology become one of the main drivers of an evolving workforce. So rather than talking about some of this, the very tactical level things of how to do this, and how to do that, how to protect yourself online, how to use Scratch programming, how to do this with your drone, we’re going to get away from the how tos. And we’re going to talk more on strategic higher level initiatives, helping people to be become better leaders in the digital age. This is not just for technology professionals anymore. This is for people that are leading teams in any company, that or any organization that they have technology, everybody’s got it right. And so understanding just some of the nuances that go with leading a team in that place. If you’re a CEO of a company, you’re a VP of a company, and you’re trying to lead your team, you you know that there’s this whole technology thing not going away, and you know that you need to learn more about it and how to effectively use it, this podcast is for you as well. So I think that there’s going to be a little bit of something here for everybody that is just really interested in developing your leadership skills as we move forward into 2022 here and going forward. And I’m very excited about it. Let’s talk about the future of work. Let’s talk about some of the things that are going on, let’s have some really, really, really good conversations. I’ll also continue to be sharing some of the evidence based research that’s out there, we’re seeing a lot more stuff coming out. I actually wrote a 30 ish 30 to 40 page paper when I was working on my PhD about managing virtual teams. And I think I’m gonna dig that out and do a podcast episode on that because I think that there’s a lot of people that a lot of you might find that helpful. So anyways, I’m kind of rambling here, but I wanted to just get in here, explain what’s been going on. I’ve been kind of, you know, missing for a couple of months here as I’m making a shift in my platform and some of the things that I’m putting out online. Again, you’ll see the cybersecurity stuff just not right here. We’ll be doing that elsewhere. And, again, go to my website, Heather monthie.com. Sign up for the show notes. And I’ll see you guys soon
17 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
How to teach technical skills online
How to teach technical skills online Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline Try Thinkific here:https://try.thinkific.com/heathermonthie3702 Try ConvertKit here:https://convertkit.com?lmref=qujVXw https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gq_Zx7E9x1U How to teach technical skills online. So in this video, I’m going to share with you a couple of different ways that you can teach technical skills online. I think a lot of times people think that when they are learning hands on skills, or they are teaching hands on skills, it can be very difficult to do online. And it while it is a little bit different than teaching some of these skills in person, many of these skills can absolutely be taught online, you just got to use a, you know, some of the technology that’s available out there. And so what I wanted to do is just go over what some of the pieces of technology you can use to teach technical skills online. Now, this is not going to be for any sort of technical hands on training that needs to happen on a very expensive piece of equipment, for example. So if you have a piece of equipment that costs $10,000, and you want to give your students hands on training on said piece of equipment, and you may be able to give sort of informational online sessions to show students how to use the piece of equipment. But if you want to teach that sort of, you know, the hands on you having students have that opportunity to, to practice the technical skills, it’s not necessarily going to work for you know, some of these things that do require some very expensive pieces of equipment, this is really going to be related to it skills, technology skills, coding skills, teaching social media, anything that really is done either online, or it can be done using either free or affordable software. So the first thing that, you know, when people are thinking about teaching online, they start thinking about Well, where is it that I’m going to put my course? Where is it that I’m going to put all of my information that I have prepared for my students? And your answer is going to be? It depends? The answer is always it depends. For every question that you guys ask. It’s always It depends, right? But so what you can do is you can use online marketplaces, I’ve spoken about these before, you can use online marketplaces, where you know, people just put all of their courses, they’ve got a lot of information, a lot of different types of courses out there. Udemy is probably one of the more popular ones within the it in the technical world. And, you know, the thing is, with Udemy, couple different things, there’s a lot of stuff out there, some is good, some not so good. But you as an instructor, if you put a course out on Udemy, you don’t necessarily you don’t get contact information of all all of your students. So you want to use Udemy strategically, you want to use it as a way that you can help bring draw students into you and your ecosystem and all the different other offerings that you have. And so you can use online marketplaces, they’re absolutely a wonderful place to start out. They’ve got everything is hosted for you, you create an account, you log in, you upload your videos, you upload your course content, and bam, you have an online course. Alright. The other option that you have is to build your own learning management system, which you know, you can use, there’s some open source ones that you can install, and build and configure and all that on your own website and your own web server. I’ve done that. And it does require a lot of maintenance, a lot of just stuff that happens on the back end, any of you have who worked on websites before know that websites don’t just run themselves, somebody’s got to, you know, maintain them, update them, that kind of stuff. So when you build your own learning management system, that’s what happens is that you’ve got to maintain it, you’ve got to, you’ve got to have somebody dedicated to that. So if you’re just getting started out, and that might not necessarily be the best place for you to spend your time, you might have the technical skills to be able to do that 100% I know I had a hard time sort of letting that go. Like I know that I can I can do this, I can build it, I can maintain it, you know, I can do all that. But then what ends up happening is you spend all of your time building and maintaining that website. So you can use there’s there’s plugins like LearnDash that you can use with WordPress, Moodle is one that you would install yourself. You know, if you’ve got web hosting, there’s probably an option to install Moodle. And so those are those are a couple that are out there. But you know, like I said, you may have the technical tools to do it. But unless you have the time or the extra money to pay somebody to maintain that for you, your time is probably better used elsewhere. So this is where you get into hosted learning management systems. And there’s quite a few out there. There’s Canvas is one that’s very popular used in university settings, k 12 settings. So if you have taught at the University of taught in K 12, you are probably familiar with Canvas. Then you have some of these big behemoths that are used in universities such as Blackboard. That’s probably one of the more popular ones. If you Starting out and you are teaching your own classes and you want to build your own learning management system, your own website and market it yourself. Blackboard is definitely not for you, that is more on the enterprise side it is for, you know, universities, colleges, community colleges, schools that have a lot of courses, a lot of faculty and a lot of sections of their courses. So you know, you can, you can take a look at it, but it’s not what you necessarily looking for. So now we’re getting into some of the hosted LMS is that are really targeted towards people like you and I who are taking their content, their knowledge, and sharing it online. And so you’ve got probably three big major players here. kajabi is one teachable is one and Thinkific is one, there are others out there. But I think if you if you get online and do some searching, those are the ones that are going to pop up for you as really good options. So full disclaimer, I do use Thinkific , I do recommend it for a lot of different reasons, I have an affiliate link for you that you can use. So if you click on it and make a purchase, you know, I’ll make a little bit of a small commission, which is great because it helps support all the stuff that I’m doing to help bring all of my knowledge and content to you. But let’s talk about them. So we’ve got kajabi kajabi is a hosted platform. kajabi does everything it does absolutely everything. It’s a blog, it does lead pages, it does your email, marketing, it’s everything all in one, okay. So you pay a little bit more for it. But you have all of your everything is taken care of all in one spot. There’s pluses and minuses to that you don’t have to maintain it, you don’t have to worry about the maintenance on the backside of things, they’re doing all that for you everything’s all in one spot, you don’t have to try to build a system to make all of your different platforms work together. So kajabi is great is great for that if you just you know, just don’t want to spend any time working on bill building and putting out your system. One thing I don’t like about kajabi is that you know, it is a you know, it’s a blogging platform, it’s got your emails, got all that kind of stuff. But let’s say that you want to separate out your blog and going on to a different platform, your, your blog is is hosted on there. So you have to export all that all on your own, and then essentially reset it up. So that really does affect Google Analytics, whole outside of the scope of this of this video. But I’m just I’m not a huge fan of a hosted blogging platforms for various reasons. So kajabi is great. But that is the that is probably the main reason why I don’t recommend it to people because you do need to be blogging, and you do need to be putting content out there. But you also need to own it. Alright. So then we get into things like teachable and Thinkific . Either one are great, I’ve used both of them, I work with companies that use both of them, I personally just use Thinkific , I think that they’ve got a lot of really great options, a lot of really great tools that you can use, like I said, teachable is wonderful as well, they do it, they do a fantastic job. And so either one of those are going to be great for you, I think, you know, if if if you were like okay, I’m you know, I’m getting ready, I’m going to you know putting together this course on you know, c++ programming, and I, you know, I want to build a website and start selling it and marketing and that kind of thing, what I would do is get a teachable or Thinkific account. What I do like is that Thinkific has a free tier versus teachable has sort of a, I think it’s like a, you know, it’s a free trial, I guess is what it is. So you can with Thinkific you get you get that free tier, you know, as long as you stay within the confines of what is available in that free tier. So if you’re just getting started out Thinkific is really great for that because you can, you know, get a much more affordable rate. So that is one reason why I do recommend Thinkific then over over teachable, what I would do is use that you can build lead pages in Thinkific you can build, you can build blog articles, that kind of stuff, too, but it’s not necessarily meant to do that. It’s it’s intended to be a place for you to to host your courses, okay. And then what I would do is I would have a separate website that has your you, it’s your blog, it’s your main website, it’s got all of your contact information, it’s got your email list, that’s another piece of technology that you’ll that you’ll need is an email marketing software, I use ConvertKit I also have a link for you for ConvertKit there are others that are out there, they all work wonderfully. I’ve used MailChimp, Constant Contact another one, they all just have different features, different pricing levels, that kind of thing that we’re not going to go into necessarily in this particular video. But then what I would do is you know, like I said, Have your learning management system, and then you have your main website. Alright, and so on my website. So my An example for me is my website’s Heather Monthie. calm. And then my tech Academy where I have all of my courses is that learn.Heather monthie.com. And so that’s where you can see that I have Thinkific versus my blog. It’s it’s, it’s separated out. And what’s great is that with my blog, I can link them back to my learn that Heather Monthie calm. So now let’s get into more on how to teach technical things then online. So this is this is great, but you know, if you want to teach technical things, you How is it that you use Thinkific , or teachable are your blog, how is it that you use that to teach these technical topics, and what I what I really think that is, is very imperative when it comes to teaching technical skills online, is that there are very good quality demonstrations, that you are showing your students how to do a particular skill, and you’re doing it in short, little snippets, these should be no more than three to five minute videos shorter is preferred, where you are showing your students how to do a particular thing you’re walking them through, you are using something like screencast o Matic You know, there’s, there’s, there’s a lot of different screen capturing software that’s out there. You can even use zoom, I use zoom to record a lot of my videos and then do screen share. And you can walk students through the technical things that you’re having them do. So, but what you’re not going to do is just have this massive, just like dump of like, here’s what you’re going to do. And here’s how you do it right, you’re going to have these short snippets, these short videos, where you’re teaching your students how to do a particular task, but you’re going to have them it’s called scaffolding is the technical term in the educational world. And they’re going to build one upon each other. So if you’ve got a series of 15 short videos, where you’re teaching students how to say your say you’re doing a brand new hello world type program, we use Brand New c++ class, right, you’re not going to have had them do everything all in one shot, you’re gonna have small little 15 1520 videos, you know, three to five minutes, where you’re teaching students, you know how to install the SDK, how to, you know, all that kind of stuff, right, though that very, very, very tactical driven, break it down, make it short and simple. The reason for that is, because when your students need to come back to things, what they don’t want to have to do is go through a 35 or 45 hour long video, trying to find that exact thing that they are trying to figure out how to do. So if you label your videos, exactly the precise thing that you’re teaching your student how to do, you label that video when they need to go back, because they will get frustrated, they will get frustrated when they’re trying to do this on their own. And they’re going to need to go back and they’re going to need to watch videos over and over and over again. So make it easy for them take that frustration away, help make it easy so that when they want to go back and they they’re working on their project, they can go back exactly where they need to go back. That is I think probably one of the biggest things that I see people doing when they’re teaching technical skills online is is don’t make this a 45. To an hour long video of walking you through you can it’s fine to shoot the entire video all in one in one shot. But then take it and edit it and make it smaller little snippets of just one particular task that you’re teaching a student how to do, and then put them in the order in which they’re going to need to know how to do them. Alright, like I said, That’s called scaffolding. So when you get down to step number 12, if they haven’t done steps eight and three, and five, you know, they can’t necessarily do step number 12. So you want to make sure that you’re being very clear that this is the order and sequence in which your students need to work through the content. So now, you can have the videos doing the you sort of the hands on demonstration of here’s how to, you know, open up a c++ SDK, how to you know, how to write out the program, how to compile the code, you know, what buttons to press, etc, right? So you can have all the videos for that. But then what’s great about you know, your hosted learning management system, teachable, or Thinkific , is that you can put other media in there as well. So as you’re thinking through what kinds of things you’re going to have available for your students, you can put in things like PDFs, you can put in links to other websites, you can write out content, sometimes you just feel like this is something that needs to be written out and explained a little bit better, that you can explain it over over video and showing students how to do things. But you want to provide that additional support for your students and write it out as well. You can include that in there. So there’s a lot of different ways that you can supplement the learning materials. It’s not just you Recording, and putting videos up into this learning management system, you can provide all sorts of different media for your students to be able to learn that particular technical skill. So that is just one area that I wanted to share with you about how to teach technical skills online, it can absolutely be done. You’ve just got to take things into consideration of your student, the level of your student, the level of frustration that your student might or might not have, and keeping things orderly, in fact, in a in a way that is organized well for them, that they can go back when they get stuck, they can go back to right where they they need to pick back up. And they can get going on their journey with you as you’re teaching them your coveted technical abilities. So thanks for watching this video. If you’re interested in getting my tech teacher toolkit, you can go to I have a link in the description. It’s a bit.li slash tech teacher toolkit. And you can download my toolkit there where I’ve got a list of all of these different tools that you can use to help develop courses and offer them up online and to market them and to provide different ways for your students to to learn the skills that you’re trying to teach them. So again, it’s bit.li slash tech teacher toolkit. And the T’s are all capitalized tech teacher toolkit all capitalized. So thank you guys for watching, and I’ll see you in the next video.
15 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Stop spending all your time making PowerPoints! What you need to know as an IT educator instead.
Stop spending all your time making PowerPoints! What you need to know as an IT educator instead. Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline “PowerPoint as an innovative tool for teaching and learning in modern classes” https://www.youtube.com/embed/s9d6xQKf_jM TRANSCRIPT: Stop spending so much time making PowerPoints. If I had to give one piece of advice to brand new, IT, information security, software development, technical instructors, that would be it, just stop spending so much time making PowerPoints. So in this video, what I wanted to do is share with you a couple of my tips about how to effectively use PowerPoint as a teaching tool in technical courses and hands on related courses. And so the thing that I see, and I’ve seen in the past over the last almost 20 years, is that when people are brand new to teaching, people are, you know, very passionate about their topic. They want to know, they want to make sure that they can answer every single question that their students ask them is that they start to over prepare, and spend so much time on the content and making sure you know, every little thing, every little, every little piece about the content. And as a result, all that information gets put into PowerPoint. And so you’re creating these very elaborate PowerPoints, maybe you’re giving a 30 minute lecture or a 45 minute lecture, maybe even a 20 minute lecture. And you’re spending all this time putting together a PowerPoint. And when you should be using that time for other things, and be spending all this time over preparing is the first step to burnout. And that is not something that you want to have happen, especially in your first year of teaching. If you’re teaching online, you’re teaching for a training company, you’re teaching for yourself. Teaching for a college or university doesn’t matter. That is the first step to burnout. And we don’t want you to burn out. We need people like you who are willing to take your time and your expertise and help develop the next generation of technology professionals. So how should you use PowerPoint? I’m not saying you shouldn’t use PowerPoint, I know that there’s some things out there, Steve Jobs infamously said that, that, you know, if you have to use PowerPoint, you don’t know you don’t know what you’re talking about. Right. And I do believe that there’s a time and a place for a PowerPoint presentation, I’ll give you an example. I was giving a presentation to a group of high school teachers about how to teach computer science. And we had plan and plan to plan and put together this whole thing. And, you know, I had like three slides I was supposed to talk to. And I got up and I just started talking, I didn’t pay any attention to my slides. Because I knew what it was that I was talking about. I knew in my head exactly what I wanted to get across all the points, I wanted to make all the stories I wanted to tell I’ve given this presentation many, many, many times that I wasn’t reliant on the PowerPoint to keep me on track. But it’s your first time giving a lecture on something your webinar and something PowerPoints are a great way to keep you on track to make sure that you cover all the talking points that you want to hit, that you share the stories that you want to share, you spend a lot of time preparing for this, you’re not just going to go to a class session and just start talking off the top of your head. But you can use PowerPoint to help sort of keep you on track. But what you don’t want to do is have this novel across the screen on your PowerPoint page, right? So you can have your bullet points and maybe a nice graphic that’s related to your, to your to your topic. It gives students something to look at something for students to engage with, but it also helps keep you on track. So that is one way that you can use PowerPoint. You can also use diagrams, graphics pictures, don’t spend a ton of time putting all of these together, though. Okay. So I’ll give you another example here. When I was student teaching, I’m licensed in elementary, middle school computer science, and you have student teach. And so I was doing teaching in second grade. And the teacher that I was working with my master teacher, she had a very blank classroom didn’t have a lot of stuff hanging up, the things that were hanging up or the students work. They said that they can be proud of, you know, their work and that sort of thing. But you didn’t have any elaborate bulletin boards, whereas all the other teachers had these like fancy bulletin boards, they’d say, after all the time and you know, spend all this time and money on a bulletin board. She didn’t have any fancy bulletin boards. And she said to me, she said, think back to your own second grade experience. Do you remember the bulletin board that your teacher had in the classroom at any given time? And the answer to that is obviously no. So think of PowerPoint is sort of like this bulletin board that it can be used in the moment to help prove a point to help get your make an impact to help get the topic across that you want to share with your students. Sorry, my if you’re watching the video Coal is popping up in my video here. But you can use it, you know, to prove a point in that moment, all right. So you can use diagrams, use graphics, use pictures, but don’t spend a ton of time putting those together. All right. Um, and you know it again, it just it shouldn’t be a book it you This is not the time to write a book, this is, this is a time to put some notes together for your students, and for yourself. And then what you can do is you can hand the PowerPoint out then as a handout After you have completed the lecture, or you can hand it out even beforehand and give students a place to write notes. What you don’t want to do is have everything on your PowerPoint slide that you’re going to talk about, because when you have it up on the screen, nobody’s going to sit there and read that think about how many times you’ve been in a presentation, and there’s Gad, xoops amount of, you know, text on a on a PowerPoint, do you actually read it, probably not. But then sometimes what people will do is they’ll put all this information on a PowerPoint, and then the printed up and then we’ll give it out to their students, or they’ll email it out to their students prior to the lecture when all the students are like, well, I don’t want to pay attention. I don’t want to take notes. So you don’t necessarily want to do that either. I but I did find, I found a research article. And I’ll link to this in the, in the description box, if you’re watching this on YouTube, and in the show notes, if you’re watching this or listening to this on my podcast, but I did find a research article that talks about the PowerPoint as an innovative tool for teaching and learning. And so what I want to do is to share with you a couple of the points that the authors make in this article about how to use PowerPoint, in the classroom. And, you know, one of the first points is that of the appropriate keyword there being appropriate use of PowerPoint can enhance the teaching and learning experience for both the students and the faculty or the instructors. Because again, like I said, as an instructor, it’s going to keep you on track. But then it’s also can enhance that learning experience for students give gives people something to look at people something to engage with, that kind of thing. It provides some structure to your presentation, in sort of this professional manner. I know I’m guilty of this, but sometimes when I’m talking without a PowerPoint, and I thought I had an outline put together in my head. But it’s not something I’ve talked about a lot just yet. So it’s a new outline. And I don’t have the outline right in place just yet. Sometimes I can wander off, and I can go back to this thing, come back over here to this thing. So the you know, the PowerPoint, again, can provide that structure to your presentation. You can mix media presentation, presentation, graphics, videos, that kind of thing. You can you can embed those in your PowerPoint, but again, don’t spend so much time going out and looking for them and creating graphics. And this meant the other, because what you can do is if you if you really do want to make it a wonderful, spectacular PowerPoint, you know, if you’re teaching a class four or 5678 910 1220 times you’re teaching it over and over and over again, you can continue adding to it, you know, just as each time you each time you teach it because each time you teach it, your presentations going to be a little bit different, it’s going to be maybe get a little bit better, maybe you’re going to find different things, different points that you want to make different stories, you want to share that kind of thing. What the other part that’s very handy I mentioned earlier for PowerPoint is that because it’s electronic, you can distribute it to your students. Um, you can do this with Google Slides or any other presentation software as well. It’s not, it’s not just specific to PowerPoint, but you can, you know, distribute that information then your students. And so they can that they can do that. So that also helps, you know, students with any sort of visual or auditory difficulties, it can help them help them in their learning as well. And so like I said, like I mentioned before, they talked about this in this article, too, is that there’s, um, you know, each time you teach a course, you don’t necessarily have to reprint the PowerPoint, right. So you can you can make your adjustments that you need to make, it’s not like a book where it’s printed up and it’s in place, and you have to kind of leave it. Whereas with the PowerPoint, you can make on the fly revisions as you need to. And you can let’s see here, I’m going to scroll down here I’m looking at, I’m looking at some notes. And so there are here are some ways you can deliver instructional protocols if you’re teaching in a lab. All right, so let’s let’s talk about this. So you are teaching a face to face course in a computer lab. And like now the last thing you want to say you’re teaching is like a computer program that you teach like Java or something like that, right? Let’s say you’re gonna do is like sit there and bore your students to death with just like this PowerPoint about Java, you want to you want to do some hands on stuff as well. You can use PowerPoint as sort of this. You know, this instructional tool to help get your point across but even when you’re teaching a hands on topic, you need to show them the hands on right and let your students do the hands on work. But what you can do is you can put together so you’re you’re getting your students ready to compete to complete a lab and you want to make sure that everybody knows exactly what’s expected of them, you can write out the instructional, you know, protocol, if you will, of what it is that you are expecting students to do in their particular labs, you can gather outcomes of discussions and polls. So you might use some polling software, you can gather that information, put all that into the PowerPoint as well. You can provide questions and questions and answers, you can do like a q&a type of session. You can do some, let’s see here, you can do some student presentations, you get your students put together presentations, again, teaching them how to use PowerPoint effectively in their presentation versus just making this novel overprepared novel, right. And you can use visuals with or without animation. Again, don’t spend a ton of time on animations, because that can actually be a sort of a detriment of using PowerPoint, or Google Slides or whatever in teaching and learning is that you are putting so it’s it’s like this excessive use of graphics, this is sex, excessive use of transitions, things like that, just because you have the ability to do it doesn’t mean you need to do it. Um, it can be very distracting for your students. And then you don’t necessarily want your slides to be very visually boring, I’m probably guilty of this, right, I’m fine. Just putting black and white text up on the screen, I’m good. But you also want to make sure that it’s engaging to your students, and they want to look at it right. So make sure that you do make it you know, visually appealing. And then don’t use, you know, inappropriate use of multimedia. So make sure any sort of multimedia that you have in your PowerPoint is actually relevant to what it is that you’re that you’re talking about. And then I’m probably guilty of this, you know, myself that when, like I said earlier, the benefit, one of the benefits of using PowerPoint as an educational tool is that it can help keep you on track your giving you a presentation on security awareness, it can help keep you on track and make sure that you have covered everything it is that you need to cover. You’ve you’ve covered all the topics, you’ve gone over all the activities, you’ve shared all the stories, you want to share all that kind of stuff. But because it’s all right there in front of you, sometimes it’s very easy to just start going way too fast and just weapon through the material. Because it’s right there, you don’t have to think you don’t really have to, you know, engage with it, it’s just you’re kind of going through it right. So you want to pay attention that as you’re delivering it, that you’re not just going through this sort of going through the motions thing of like, Alright, this is what’s on this slide. And this is what’s on this slide. And this is what’s on this slide, like, slow down, talk about it, share the stories, that kind of thing. Um, and then what’s one of the things that almost always happens every time you’re doing a live session or a live teaching session, especially when it comes to technology is that there’s going to be a technological failure, there almost always is, especially when the stakes are high, you’re on a you’re on a teaching demo for a job interview, something like that you’ve got an observation going on somebody who’s watching you, right? You want to make sure that you make backup plans in case there is a technological failure, the projector doesn’t work, you can’t get PowerPoint lowered. You can’t get you know, whatever the school you’re at, doesn’t let you plug in USB drives, and you have it on a USB drive something like that. You want to make sure that you have have that backup plan. But like I said, the goal here is don’t spend so much time putting together a PowerPoint. It’s a wonderful tool to use. It’s a wonderful instructional tool, but it is not the end all be all. Don’t burn yourself out, put together the information that you need to put together be done with it. And as you go, just make it a little bit better each time, add more content to it, add more graphics to it, you know, add more slides, whatever whatever it ends up be, it does not need to be perfect the first time through, I promise you it does not need to be perfect. If you look at the teachers, and if your kids are going to school, and some of these teachers have these very elaborately decorated classrooms that didn’t happen their first year of teaching that takes years and years and years of building up sort of your toolkit over time. Same goes with your instructional tools that you’re using as an IT instructor. Every time you teach it you’re going to have more and more tools in your tool belt that you can use in your in your classroom with your students or online with your students. Not going to happen the first time around though so again, I’m I’m wanting to share this with you because I think that this is probably the number one thing I see with brand new instructors. And I wanted to help any of you who are just getting started teaching I you know, it’s days August 23. We’re starting out a new school year here in the United States. And there might be a lot of you listening who are brand new to teaching or some of you are working in it and you’re considering getting started teaching. Keep this in mind. Don’t spend all your time making PowerPoint. Alright, I’ll see you guys next video.
9 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
How to create a course syllabus – Cybersecurity Awareness Program
How to create a course syllabus – Cybersecurity Awareness Program I share my screen in this episode, so you may want to check out the video version of this podcast at https://www.heathermonthie.com/how-to-create-a-course-syllabus-cybersecurity-awareness-program/ Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline https://www.youtube.com/embed/7boyMtTbLcQ How to create a course syllabus. So in this video, I’m going to show you how to create the course syllabus for a technical course, we’re going to use a Cybersecurity Awareness course as an example. So if you are working in it, you worked in information security, you might be have been responsible for putting together a Cybersecurity Awareness Program for your company. And so you might have some experience putting together a course syllabus. So let’s take what you already know, and maybe what you don’t know. And let’s talk about what it takes to put together a course syllabus for somewhat of a technical type of topic. So I’m going to share my screen with you here. And so the first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to think about the end in mind. So we’re gonna have the end in mind. So what is it that we want our students, it might be employees, it might be whoever is purchasing your course. You know, what is it that we want them to do? So if we’re going to create a Cybersecurity Awareness Program, we’re just going to create one course for program in a in a Cybersecurity Awareness Program, you might have multiple courses. So but in this video, I’m just going to, we’re just going to take one as an example. And we’re going to create a course about fishing. Okay, so what we want to do is we want to think about what is the end in mind? What is it that we want our learners to either know, do or feel when they are finished with our course. Alright, so rather than give, you know, write a course about absolutely everything there ever could possibly need to know about fishing, it’s really, you know, what is it that we want to learn to know how to do? So first of all, let’s identify who our learners are to begin with. This is very important, because when you’re talking about a topic like phishing, phishing is going to be very different for Cybersecurity Awareness training for you know, a receptionist somebody who works at accounting, you know, somebody like that, or somebody who is working in cybersecurity, and you’re, they’re trying, you’re, you’re showing them and you’re, you’re teaching them how to do investigative tasks that go with when when phishing emails come in, right? So it’s, it’s going to look very different. So you want to identify who your students are. So who are your students? So in this example, here, we’re going to say it’s employees of Acme Acme company, right? And we’re going to say this is about a 500. person company, right? So those are my students. So I’m going to really just give them an overview of what is an awareness of phishing, right? So when they are finished with my course, what is it that I want them to? What is the transformation I want them to have had? So you can look at? What are they? What do you want them to know? What do you want them to do? Or what do you want them to feel or some combination of those three. So what I’m going to do here is say I want them to know how to identify a possible phishing email. And I want them to be able to this is the do be able to report a phishing email to the infosec. department. I can’t type today when people are watching me, right. So we’re going to use up the two things that I want them to do, you can really have as many as you need to have, for a course just know that the more sort of learning objectives, that’s what these are, these are learning objectives, the more learning objectives you have, the longer your course is going to be. And so you really want to make sure that you are refining the scope of what it is that you want to be able to that you want to have in this course. So then what I’m going to do is I’m going to take these two topics, and I’m going to create what might be called units or chapters or modules for my, for my course. Alright, so in the first section here is know how to identify a phishing email. So the first one might be is, you know, looking at sender information. And then the next one might be, were you expecting this email? and so on. So you could do you know, as many of these as you need, right? And then you go down here, be able to report a phishing email to the infosec team. It’s you know, how to report in Outlook, how to contact the IRS team. We might have, you know, the email, you know, phone number, etc, and so on, right. Okay. So These become our modules. Alright, so these, these are what we might call, you know, these are our learning objectives, these might be called the domains. These are the high level topics, high level things that the students need be able to do when they’re finished with the course. Right? So then down here is these are going to be my individual modules. And you might have two modules, you might have one module, you might have five modules, it’s up to you, it’s you, you are the creator of this course, you’re helping your students have a transformation, right? So then down here, what I’m going to do is I’m going to start filling in this is what the individual lessons are going to be, right. So we’re going to, you know, we’re going to show them how to how to look at sender email address. We’re going to look for misspellings, spellings and email address, and so on. Right. So now, these right here become my individual lessons. And so what you want to do is, if you’re developing a video based course that you want people to actually sit down and pay attention to and go through, what you want to do is you want to create short three to five minute no more than seven minute videos on how to look at the sender’s email address. Okay, the next thing, the next video will be, you know, a lesson on how to, you know, looking at the misspellings and email addresses the ways that, you know, they try to spoof email addresses, things like that, right. So you’re going to break these down in to individual lessons. And the idea here is that when you’re creating a video based course that people can work through on their own, you want them to really just, you know, have have short digestible videos that they can use. So again, three to five minutes, no more than seven minutes to get people to listen to it. So this is really just a very quick way that you can put together a course syllabus, there’s a lot more that goes into curriculum design, instructional design, that sort of thing. But as you’re getting started, you’re putting together a course so that you are not getting you so overwhelmed with you’re not overwhelming your students either. This is exactly how you can come up with a course, a course syllabus. So now what you want to do after you have all of this filled in, so maybe you’ve you’ve come up with five different domains. Each domain has, you know, seven different modules underneath it each, each module has three to five lessons that go with it right, then what you’re going to do is you’re going to go back, and you’re going to look at it some more. And you’re gonna say, all right, well, you know, are there any topics that you could combine? Are there any things that you could take, so D and E and F right here, they’re kind of the same here? Well, we can combine those into one lesson, make one video regarding that that can easily be three to five minutes, that’s digestible by our learners. So you’re going to go back and you’re going to start, you know, fitting out all the things that are in there that either can be combined. And then also make sure you’re you’re keeping your learning objectives in take those into consideration when you were when you’re doing some of your editing here. So again, the point here is to do phishing, phishing training for your, for your end users, and users, right. So you want the students to know how to identify a possible phishing email, we want to be able to, we wanted to teach them how to report a phishing email to the infosec team. But then if you’ve got something in there, you know about, you know, your your Wi Fi router at home, and you know, getting on the VPN, and all this kind of stuff that maybe it’s beyond the scope of what it is that you want your learner’s to do, you can start taking that kind of stuff out. I always say though, don’t take it out and delete it forever. Just take it out and save it put it aside for another course because you have some other great ideas for another course there that might be that might be a little bit more appropriate for the learning objectives of that individual course. So this is a very quick, simple way for you to put together a course syllabus that doesn’t get scope creep, that you are staying on topic, you’re keeping it direct to the point and helping your students have the transformation that that you want them to have.
7 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Becoming an Adjunct Professor – What I wish I knew before starting my first adjunct position
Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here: https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/business https://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline Schedule some time with Heather to review your resume for teaching IT/InfoSec/Software Development online teaching https://www.heathermonthie.com/work-with-me/ https://www.youtube.com/embed/W5JnetjPmcg What I wish I knew before I got my first adjunct teaching position as an IT instructor. So in this video, what I wanted to do is just share with you. One of the major things that I really wish I knew and understood before I took my first position as an adjunct instructor. I think that teaching at colleges, universities, community colleges is a wonderful way to break into teaching. And I am very thankful to have had the opportunity that somebody gave me that opportunity. And as I move forward in my career in higher education, was able to give so many people their first chance at teaching at the university level, college level, vocational school level, etc. And so what I wanted to do, though, is just share with you to sort of reflect back a little bit on my own career and share with you what I just kind of wish I knew. And there’s one big day, there’s a lot of things that I wish that I knew. But there’s I guess one big thing. So I guess first let’s go back a little bit. So I always knew I was going to be a teacher, I’ve always enjoyed teaching, I love working with people and helping them achieve their goals. I first my first teaching gig was in 2000, I actually became a certified flight instructor, and you taught adults how to fly. I also taught Junior Junior Achievement, and I taught you know, second graders about, you know, finance, economics, that kind of stuff. And that was those are really sort of my first gigs in teaching. actually think flight instructing came a little bit later in 2002. And then I also started teaching online in 2013, I started working with educators, for teachers who were bringing technology into the classroom. And so, you know, obviously using technology to teach online, that was a fantastic thing to be able to do and bring all these things together. And then I started my PhD in 2010. And I completed that in 2014, with a goal that I wanted to keep progressing in my career in education, what I really wanted to do was I really wanted to start my own school, I wanted to start a school that would help people advance their technology careers earn a very good income, and to be able to change their lives. And you know, I’ve always been very passionate about helping people really just change their financial situation. And oftentimes, you know, having a larger income or higher income really does help level up their financial situation. There’s other things that obviously go into people’s finances. But that is just one way that I, I know that I can help people. And so I actually had tried starting my own school back in like, 2006 2007 timeframe. And I realized how much work that goes into starting a school. And I really realized that I could at that time with my skill set and the things that that I knew how to do, I could have a bigger impact by working within the school systems. So working within existing schools, I, you know, started working with schools that were struggling, that were struggling financially, that were struggling with outcomes, that kind of thing. And so I was able to, you know, just have have a bigger impact by working in existing schools. But what I really, really, really wish that I knew prior to going into teaching was I wish I had a little bit more business acumen. And I haven’t now and, you know, I’ve, I’ve learned a lot over the last, you know, 15 or so years, but I, you know, I really wish that I had sort of this, you know, way of approaching teaching as sort of a business and it’s really hard for people to put the words you know, teaching and education in business in the same sentence is a really hard thing to do. But, you know, with with the proliferation of online education, it’s so easy now to start a business or start a side hustle or start teaching online without the confines of, you know, a school. And so what my point here is that teaching in a school and university, college, Community College, vocational school is great, I get I’m very thankful that I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities, I’m thankful that you know that they that the system is there to help people start and grow their careers. But I also know now that there’s additional ways that you can teach people and you don’t have to do it just in school. And with the advancements in technology over email over the last five years of you know, hosted learning management systems and video based technologies and now with the pandemic, online education is is is is really advancing, I know that there’s still a lot of struggles with it. There’s still a lot of things that need to be figured out. But you know, there’s there’s a lot of opportunities now for people like you who you might be working in a technology field, you’re perfectly fine in your career. But you want to start teaching and you want to start giving back. And so so usually the natural, you know sort of step is to look at a community college school nearby to try to find a nighttime teaching gate or teaching online. And with my point with this is that there’s other ways that you can do it. This is not, there’s not just one way. And so what I would like to do with the remainder of this series that I’m running is showing you a little bit more of like the business side of it, of how you can start up your own courses, you can write your own courses, you can put them on your own website, you can put them on online learning marketplaces, there’s a lot of different ways that you can market them. So literally learning more about the business side of your teaching side hustle. And so I really hope that you enjoy the remaining part of the series. I’m really very excited about it. But and last thing is, again, if you if you’ve watched the previous videos, you’ve heard me talk about my tech teacher toolkit, you can go to bit.li slash tech teacher toolkit, and you can download that it is a listing of all the different technology tools that I’ve used over the years. Some I’m using now some of you have used in the future. And just that will get you actually on my email list as well. So you can hear more about what I’m going to be doing was sharing, just you know how to put together a course how to take all the information that you have here in your brain and put it together into a course that people will like that they will buy and that they will have a transformation from whatever whatever it may be. So thank you and I will see you in the next episode. Again looking really forward to the next part of the series.
11 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
How to Use Linkedin to Find Online IT Teaching Jobs
Read the blog post here: https://www.heathermonthie.com/how-to-use-linkedin-to-find-online-it-teaching-positions/ Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline Schedule some time with Heather to review your LinkedIn profile for teaching IT/InfoSec/Software Development online teaching https://www.heathermonthie.com/work-with-me/ How to use LinkedIn to find online IT teaching jobs. https://www.youtube.com/embed/XawkF_SU568 So in this video, I’m going to share with you some of my tips as a former higher education administrator working in both colleges, universities, vocational schools, community colleges, etc. and how you can use LinkedIn to find different online teaching positions specific to it and the technology professions. So I wrote a blog post last week that really shared some of my tips for you. And in this video, I’m going to give you an extra special tip that’s not included in the blog post. But I want to make sure to include it because I think it’s something that’s important. So listen all the way to the end to hear that final tip, it’s not included in a blog post. So the first is to really create a comprehensive LinkedIn profile that complements your resume and highlights all of your existing training and education experience. So in your profile, you want to make sure that you are including any types of training that you have done in the past, whether they are part of your paid positions, or they might be part of volunteer positions as well. So that when you’re trying to break into teaching, either online or face to face, having some sort of training experience, really is really helpful. Whether or not it’s paid, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether or not it’s paid. But it does help to show that you’re interested in this kind of work that you have some experience doing this kind of stuff that you have experience working with people who are trying to achieve a particular goal. So some things that you might want to consider highlighting with regards to your training experience that you may already have is that if you are you know currently working in it, or you worked at it in the past, and you’ve done, you’ve been part of a phase of a software rollout, and part of that software rollout plan, it usually comes a training plan that goes with that. So highlight any pieces of the training plan that you had a part of. So whether you put you planned out the training sessions, you determine who needed to be in them, you determine what the outcomes of those training sessions needed to be, you determined, you know if there were different types of training sessions that needed to be done based on work roles, things like that. It’s not necessarily always just delivering the training session, there’s a lot of planning that goes into coming up with the right training as a training plan for the right people in your place, or your place of work. So make sure you highlight that if you maybe you delivered a workshop for seniors, senior citizens, on how to use the internet, how to use Facebook, how to use email, how to stay safe online, how to, you know, properly do your internet banking, that kind of thing. So you put together any sort of, you know, a workshop for your community, senior citizens, maybe you know, through your Hoa, something like that, make sure you highlight that. And again, it’s not just the actual delivery of the training session, it also includes all the planning that goes into putting together that training session. And then also think about our few are the go-to person in your family for any tech-related questions. So the fact that people are coming to you and asking questions, shows that you are approachable, that you are patient that you’re you know, willing to work with people you’re willing to help them. So you want to make sure that you if you are that person in your family, just highlight that in some way on your LinkedIn profile. The next is to make sure that you’re active on LinkedIn. So your LinkedIn is got a lot of really great opportunities there. Some people are posting things, you know, probably personal things that don’t necessarily need to be posted there. But make sure you’re active there. From your career standpoint, get involved in some of the discussion threads, update your status, share blog posts, either that you’ve created or that you’ve written, or that other people have written that are related to your particular industry. The next thing to do is to connect with different recruiters, faculty, administrators, who work at some of the schools, colleges, and universities that you are interested in working for, you know, it might not necessarily be that they have an open position right now, but you want to get to know who some of these people are, and share, share, you know, the things that you know, and the things that you learned and the things that you know, just form that connection with them. You can reach out to them send them a message saying that you’re glad to connect with them that kind of thing. But then you also want to connect with people who maybe work at a school or you know, an institution that you probably wouldn’t consider working at. And that sense that you may be throw on the other side of the country they don’t offer online programs. But it’s a small world so you know, there’s a lot of people that that know people who know people who know people, so it’s really good to start connecting with people who are working in the higher education field, in whatever role they may be working in because Although they may not be the one hiring, they may know people. So you can search for them. You can search for them based on their work roles. There might be vice presidents, they might be Dean’s, they might be faculty, that could be an associate professor, full professor, things like that. So you want to look for them on LinkedIn. And, you know, just reach out and connect with them. And then, when you are connecting with people, hopefully, they’re, you know, writing to you as well. So when they do write to you respond back to your messages quickly. So sometimes recruiters will reach out to you, you want to make sure you get back to them quickly. But then, you know, oftentimes, other people might reach out to you based on a blog post that you shared that, you know, you shared something that was really interesting, it was really relevant to the time and maybe that person just had a thought about it, and wanted to share with you. So make sure that you are replying back to the messages that you are receiving. The next tip is to follow educational institutions and other companies so that you can stay up to date on what’s happening in the future, the IT workforce, I think anybody who works in the tech sector knows that there is a shortage of to have top talent in this particular role or with a particular industry. And so you want to make sure that you’re on top of where the needs are aware of the skills that employers are looking for not just your own employer. But when you’re working for a college, university, vocational school, Community College, educational IT training company, doesn’t matter. One of your goals is to help your students get jobs at the end, right. So if you are training your students and educating your students on the means in the workforce, you know, if there’s a gap in the workforce, that they will naturally be able to find a position. So you want to make sure that you’re staying up to date on what’s happening, there might be a particular piece of technology that is sort of on its way out. But that doesn’t mean that there are no jobs, there’s going to be legacy systems that need to be supported as well. So make sure you’re staying up to date on not only what is this sort of, you know, cutting edge or bleeding edge technologies that are coming out. But what are the legacy technologies that are out there where people might be retiring, and there’s not a lot of workforces to support those systems. So make sure you’re paying attention to that kind of stuff. And then you want to just share content from others in your industry for visibility. So it doesn’t necessarily always have to be your own blog post that you share. It doesn’t have to be your own article that you share. Maybe you found a great article on CIO comm or you found, you know, another good article on another website that you think is great, and you want to share it. So make sure you share content from other people as well. And then reach out to people that you know, in your field. So if you just started on LinkedIn, find the people that you already know you’ve met in real life, you know who they are, you’re connected to them. As you start building out your network, it will, it’ll naturally just grow as you start adding people to your network. And then you want to share your recent accomplishments with people in your field. So anything that you might have accomplished in your work role, anything you might have accomplished as a volunteer, things like that. Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid to share some of your accomplishments, things that you’ve written, if you’ve been on a podcast if you’ve written a book, don’t be afraid to share that kind of stuff. It’s fantastic for people to see. And the final thing which I did not include in my blog post, but I wanted to make sure to talk about it here is that so when I was working in higher education full time, and I was constantly hiring faculty, I was hiring I was I was hiring people to be like, you know, in the trades fields, so pharmacy technician, medical billing and coding, it technicians, age back technicians. And then also when I was working in your four-year degree programs and beyond, so software engineering, computer science, data science, it cybersecurity, things like that, those are oftentimes very hard positions to fill. So what I would do is I would share on LinkedIn, as an administrator, I would share on LinkedIn, the current openings that I had. And so with the idea that people might see it, oftentimes what would happen is I would say I haven’t, I have a position open I need somebody who to teach in our it program, they know this that the other piece of software and people would reach out to me and say, Well, do you have any openings in English, you know, something like that. It’s maybe not necessarily relevant. But you know, if I, if I know you, if I know who you are, it makes it a little bit easier for me to make a recommendation to the people that are hiring for English faculty, but if I don’t know you, and you’re just you know, sort of a random connection that I just I don’t know who you are, I can’t put my name behind yours. I’m probably not going to make that recommendation. But if you are working in it, and you want to get an online teaching position, then you need to go connect with the people that are hiring. During the online it instructors because like I said, they will post open positions that they have on their personal profiles. So while you’re following the colleges and universities that you might want to work for, follow the people who are hiring for those positions too, because they will post those on their personal profiles. So those are a couple of different ways that you can use LinkedIn as your as a great tool to getting your first or next online IT teaching position. If you are interested, you can download I have it over here. It’s just go to https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU. I’ve put together a great document where I share all the different tools that I’ve used over the years teaching technology both online and face to face. Some of these things I use now some of these things I’ve used in the past and but I wanted to share that with you. You can go to https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU to download that today. And I’ll see you in the next video.
5 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
My Response to “Why Millennials Are Leaving 6-Figure Tech Jobs” by CNBC – Hint Gen X and Baby Boomers have already been doing this
So let’s talk about the great resignation in tech. Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline https://www.youtube.com/embed/8j39RtE1AmA this morning, I watched a video that was put on YouTube by CNBC. And it was, it was it was titled, why Millennials are leaving six figure tech jobs. And it was a pretty well done video explaining sort of, you know, this great resignation, and that there are 40% of people this year in 2021, are considering leaving their positions for something else. And this seems to be big news to people. And as somebody who has been a hiring manager in education for a long time, I would argue that this has been going on for a very long time. And I think it’s just been brought to the forefront now people are actually paying attention to this. And it’s not just millennials, it’s Gen X and baby boomers two, that have been looking for a little bit more meaning in their lives. And I really just honestly think that the pandemic has really brought this to the forefront. Alright. And here’s the reason why. So over the last, you know, 1516 years, I’ve done a lot of hiring, and I’ve done a lot of hiring of technology professionals. And they’re people who are, you know, in the, in many of the positions in which I’m hiring for, is I’m hiring people to become technology instructors, and whether they’re in it, software development, even things like some of the trades, you know, some of the some of the very technical highly technical professions. A nd so when I’m when I’m working with somebody, when I’m interviewing somebody who they have no teaching experience, no teaching background, they did not, they’re not teaching at like a community college. They haven’t taught any, like online classes as an adjunct instructor or anything like that. They’re really looking for that first break into teaching. And I’ll ask them, I’ll say, Well, what is it that has piqued your interest about teaching? Why is it that you want to teach and the the overwhelming response that I get now you have to remember that people are, you know, they’re in a job interview, they’re hoping that I’m going to give them a job. But you know, so the, they’ll frame it in this way that they’ll say things like that they want to give back, and that they want to help form the next generation of technology professionals. But then when you start getting in to the, you know, the meat of what they’re really saying, and in conversations, some of the other things, some of the other reasons come out, and oftentimes, it’s that they’re looking for a more stable schedule, they’ve got a family at home, they’ve got kids, they’ve got grandkids, they want to be around, they are completely over being on call, and, you know, being being at their employer’s beck and call 20 473 65. Just because, you know, technology is, technology is running, you know, every day, all day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, your kid’s birthday, like it’s running all the time, right. And so, um, you know, they’re, they’re, they’re really more interested in having a more of a work life balance. Another thing that I saw a lot were consultants who were traveling, every you know, they get on an airplane, every Sunday night, they’d work on site, you know, Monday through Thursday, and then Thursday night or Friday morning, they’re back on an airplane to come back home. And while the pay is very well, it pays very well and they love it. But after a certain amount of time in your life changes. Again, you’ve got kids, you’ve got grandkids, things like that, things start to change. So they start looking for other opportunities that they can use their technology skills, but looking for a little bit more of a stable schedule. And so, you know, there’s a lot of focus right now, on this great resignation. And that millennials are leaving six figure tech jobs, things like that. But again, I’ll argue that this has been this has been happening for a while, even if you look at you know, some of these professions where there’s a lot of a shortage of skills, you know, most of tech, there’s a shortage of skills. And people, you know, when once they get this point where it’s, you know, it’s no longer beneficial for their families. It’s not that they’re necessarily leaving tech or leaving, you know, to go into something else completely, right. But they’re jumping ship and they’re going to work for another company. But oftentimes, what I see as a hiring manager in higher education was people that were coming and saying, you know, they wanted to feel like they were part of something bigger than them, that they were, you know, really contributing more to the world than just sitting at a desk and maybe just writing code or you know, you know, whatever it is that they’re doing, they just wanted to have a little bit more of an impact. And so, again, I’m arguing that this great resignation has been going on for a while. I think that the pandemic just kind of brought it to the forefront of people’s minds and we’re now paying attention to it, collecting data on it, that kind of thing. So there’s my thoughts and opinions.
7 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
How to teach IT online without a degree – Becoming an IT / InfoSec / Technology Educator
Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here: https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/business: https://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline Try Thinkific here! (Affiliate link) https://www.youtube.com/embed/uTBgCP4mjJw TRANSCRIPT: How to teach it online without a degree. So say you are interested in giving back and helping to develop the next generation of IT professionals, technology professionals, and you want to teach but you don’t have a degree or you don’t have a degree in it, or computer science or something like that. So most of the time, when a University College community college is looking for somebody to teach a particular course, oftentimes they’re looking for somebody with a relevant degree. Generally, it’ll be a graduate level degree, especially if you’re teaching in a undergraduate bachelor’s degree program. And I did a previous video on you know, how you can, you know, set yourself up for getting online teaching positions, you know, you’ve got the degree, you’ve got the credentials, etc. But what happens when you don’t have those credentials, what happens when, you know, maybe you are a very skilled individual, you’re skilled network engineer, but you don’t have a college degree. Or maybe you are currently working in cybersecurity, and you’ve got an English degree. Alright. So there are some things that you can do. So first of all, some universities and colleges, community colleges, they can qualify you to teach a course based on your work experience. So if you think about how, you know there are certain maybe music musicians, famous musicians, famous artists, etc, that are able to teach at a university, and they may not necessarily have a degree, well, they’re, they’re being qualified based on their work experience. So there are some ways that you can still teach at a community college, or a university, that kind of thing. But you can teach, you might want to look into teaching for IT Training companies, they fall outside of some of the accreditation requirements that you know, that institutes of higher education fall under. So if you look for your corporate training organizations, it training organizations, people that go out and do certification trainings, people that go out to do your trainings at at companies on site training, and even online training as well. So you can look for sort of that corporate training model that is looking to you where they were a company will come and hire you to teach their staff. So the other option that I really highly recommend is to build your own courses. So just because you don’t have the right credentials, to be able to teach in some other areas, or maybe you do have the right credentials to teach in some other areas, I firmly believe that you should develop your own courses, create a, you know, create a business around this, and I’ve spoken about this in previous videos is that to treat online teaching to treat your online teaching endeavor as a career, and there’s going to be a lot of different ways that you’re going to earn revenue in this in this business, or I said, treat his crew treated as your business, right. But there’s going to be a lot of different ways that you’re going to generate revenue out of this. And so one of the ways you’re going to do that is to build your own courses and sell them yourself. And you can do that in a couple of different ways. There are online learning marketplaces where people can go, they can develop their courses, and they can, you know, sell them there. So a site like Udemy is a really good example of that. A lot of times that certain topics are oversaturated. And, you know, there’s, there’s a lot of courses on, you know, some of the entry level certifications, that kind of stuff. And some of these courses are very, very, very cheap. So, there, you’re not necessarily going to generate a lot of income, you could, but you’re not necessarily always going to generate a lot of income, you can look at other companies, LinkedIn learning, you know, Coursera, some of these other organizations that they have partnerships with organizations to help develop, you know, develop online learning materials, so you can look at those kind of companies as well. But then I also think that you know, you can use there’s a lot of different you know, teaching platforms available, that you can use right on your own website, teachable. Thinkific is one that I use, I’ve used teachable in the past. But these are learning management systems. If you if you’ve worked in K 12, you might have experienced with Canvas, that’s another one that you can go and create and develop your own courses. But then you’re responsible for finding students and enrolling them and getting them in there. The great thing about the hosted learning management systems is that the billing and you know, setting up lead pages and all that kind of stuff is handled in that system. So I do highly recommend using Thinkific. It is one that I use and just I highly recommend it. So this does take you a little bit longer you have to develop your course curriculum. If you’re going to do any videos or tutorials, that kind of stuff. You have to record them. You don’t necessarily need a grandiose setup or anything to be able to record it you can do something as simple as using the webcam in your computer or the camera on your phone. That Certainly acceptable to be able to video your course. But then you also have to, you know, create any create any resources that you’re going to use with the course, then you have to, of course market and sell it, and then do that continuous improvement on it as you get feedback from your participants from your students you want to continually be doing, you know, that that continuous improvement. And so again, this is where this becomes, you know, your own business, this is where this becomes something that you are creating for yourself, you’re creating a marketing it, selling it, that kind of thing, allows you to a couple of different things. So when you go when you teach for somebody else, you are bound by their schedule, when and where they want you to teach nothing wrong with that they’re running a business, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, that’s when their students need to be need to available things like that. But if you want to set your own schedule, if you wanted to set up your own, you know, time that you’re actually going to be teaching, you could develop your own course. And if you’re delivering it, you know, it live in person or either you know, resume or something like that, you get to set schedule, you get to say, I’m going to do this on Tuesday nights at six o’clock, or whatever it ends up being. If you do this, and you have pre recorded self paced, online online learning systems, or online learning courses, then you students go through it as you as they would like. And then you can offer up office hours you can offer up your time that you can be available to answer questions, that kind of thing. And so you really have control them over what and when you teach and then how much income you generate from that, as well. So this gives you the flexibility and the freedom for teaching it online, outside of an educational institution or a school, that kind of thing. But just remember that just because you don’t necessarily have the right degree in the particular field that you want to teach. There are certain there are certainly ways that you can teach within community colleges, trade schools, vocational schools, universities as well. But then also take a look at developing your own content and even look at working with it training providers. And so these are a couple different ways that you can get started with your online it teaching career
8 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
How to Create a Resume or CV for Your First Online Teaching Job in IT or Cybersecurity (Advice from a former Higher Education Vice President and Dean)
Advice from a former University Dean and Higher Education Vice President on How to put Together a Resume or CV for Your First Online Teaching Job in IT or Cybersecurity Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here: https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/business: https://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline Schedule some time with Heather to review your resume for teaching IT/InfoSec/Software Development online teaching https://www.heathermonthie.com/work-with-me/ How to create your resume for your first online teaching position teaching it information security or any other technology related courses. https://www.youtube.com/embed/pxTdqA5NPF4 So in this video, I’m going to share with you some steps that you can take to put together a effective resume or CV for your first online teaching position. The first thing I always tell people to do is to really hone in on what it is that you’re going to teach, what is it that you are a specialist at? What is it that you could walk into a class today, and teach the class without a whole lot of prep time? The reason I say that is because oftentimes, especially when you’re brand new to teaching, you know, you look back at your own career and say, well, I’ve done this, I’ve done this, I’ve done this, you’ve done a lot of things, you’ve had a long and lengthy career. And now you’re ready to give back and start helping to develop the next generation of IT professionals and infosec professionals, right. But in order for you to be able to teach some of those things, you’re probably going to need a lot of prep time just because maybe it’s been five years, maybe it’s been 10 years since you’ve done some of these things. And so you got to kind of get it back into the forefront of your mind, right. So if you sit down and think about what are the things that I could sit down and I could teach a class on right now today, without a whole lot of prep time, just kind of read over the materials, look at the syllabus to see what we’re teaching and in what order that kind of thing that really focus their focus there so that you don’t burn yourself out. If you if you start teaching a course that you have to do a lot of prep time for for your first couple, you know, your first time teaching or your first couple of courses that you’ve taught, it’s gonna burn you out. And that’s the last thing we want to have happen is heavy, heavy burnout on teaching. So think about what it is that you are going to specialize in that you can really just walk into a class today and teach that particular class, okay. So make sure you highlight that on your resume. Your credentials really, really do matter when you are when you’re trying to get into an institute of education that has accreditation requirements around it. So we’re talking community colleges, vocational schools, universities, colleges, etc. So if there’s any sort of accreditation around the program, there’s going to be some credentialing requirements that the people who are teaching need to have. So for example, if you’re teaching in a vocational program, and the are you’re teaching a certification, so if you’re teaching the security plus certification, you should probably have the security plus certification yourself. If you are teaching at a community college level, generally, you need a bachelor’s degree in the field in which you want to teach. And then if you want to teach at the university level at the undergraduate level, you need to generally need a master’s degree in the field in which you want to teach. Now what happens if you don’t have a degree in the field on what you want to teach. There’s a lot of people working in the technology profession, that you know, they’ve got degrees in history got degrees in English got degrees in business, but you’ve been working as a cloud architect for a long time. So there are ways that you can still teach online, without a degree in your field and tomorrow’s video, I will cover that in at length, so that you can learn some of the steps that you can take so but as you’re putting together your resume or your CV, your credentials are very important to the hiring manager. So make sure you highlight any degrees that you have. And then certifications that you have read just right at the top of the resume, put it right up there because it is it is very important when you’re filling positions at an at an accredited academic institution. Micro credentials are something that’s huge right now, if you’re seeing them a lot in the IT industry and a lot of other industries as well. It’s a little bit harder to justify those for for credentials to teach a particular course, but they certainly do help to show that you know, your content, you know the topic, it helps to show the hiring manager, whoever’s making that decision that you know, you do know this topic. So you can include those but just know that those aren’t necessarily going to be always considered when when qualifying you to teach a course at an accredited institution. If you are applying at a company, like a corporate training company, something that you know, is outside the bounds of accreditation. So you’re talking like corporate training, companies that do e learning for, you know, for technology professionals, things like that. Certainly highlight those, your microcredentials as well, because they can take those into consideration when they’re when they’re when they’re looking to hire somebody to teach a course for them. So absolutely include those. And then you want to think about any prior teaching experience that you already have. So you want to have a section in there of teaching experience, even if you don’t have formal classroom teaching experience, create a teaching experience section and sit down and spend some time figuring out where it is that you’ve done some things Teaching, maybe you have taught a class at the senior center on how to use email, how to use Facebook, stuff like that. Maybe you have done some mentoring in your own company or in a previous position where you mentored new graduates, you have mentored, you know, interns, maybe you mentored somebody into, you know, going from a technical role into a management role. All of that kind of stuff, you know, even if it’s one on one, all that kind of stuff shows that you are dedicated to educating and helping people to achieve their career goals. So don’t necessarily think about the fact that you’d never maybe never stood up in front of a class of 30 people and taught, of course, have you ever done anything to help people achieve a goal, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be teaching in the field in which you want to teach. So say you’re a cloud architect, and you want to teach online courses on cloud architecture, cloud security, that kind of thing. But you have some experience working with, you know, some some of the scouts organizations, and and mentoring young men, young women in to becoming good solid leaders, right? highlight that kind of stuff that really just shows that you’re dedicated to helping people achieve goals. And that, you know, there’s sort of that educator at heart within you. So make sure that that’s on your resume as well. And then, especially if you’re applying to teach for online positions, you’re not maybe you’re not creating your own online courses and your own online, your course business, maybe you want to go teach for an existing academic institution or educational company, make sure that you highlight any experience that you have with working with virtual teams, especially if you’re teaching online, your students could potentially be global, which means different time zones. So if you need to meet with a student, you know, highlight some of the things that you maybe you’ve done to help manage a virtual team. And because if you have a student, like I said, that’s in a completely different time zone as you they have a question you How are you going to manage it. So you want to be able to show that kind of stuff. So make sure you highlight all those kinds of things. So you can get online you can find a lot of different templates out there. I do help people you know, come up with a resume put together the resume I’ve been a hiring manager in in higher education for a long time. And so I’m able to provide some support. So if you are interested in working with me one on one on your resume and putting together your resume for an online teaching position specific to it information security, software development, data science, Ai, those kinds of fields, please feel free to reach out to me. I’ve got a link in the description below. And let’s get you all set and ready to go for your first online teaching position.
9 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
The best investment I ever made for my IT education career was… Becoming an IT / InfoSec / Technology Educator
Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline https://www.youtube.com/embed/54gLVzTF8SA TRANSCRIPT: The best investment that I ever made, as I was progressing in my career as an IT, tech, technology, educator, administrator, etc, the best investment that I ever made was listening to, and reading business based podcasts, books, audio books, all that kind of anything related to business. And so it’s always a difficult conversation when you start talking about education and business in the same context. Because, you know, people don’t necessarily want to think about education as a business. But for me, it was really learning how to run my career, like it was a business, and really learning how to promote and market myself how to package up my skills in a way that was necessary for employers, as I’ve done some consulting work with, with educational institutions, and companies that maybe they run a training program, really just showcasing, you know, my skills and my abilities in a way that really makes sense for them. And so when I listened to all these different books, audio, I had, I had a pretty long commute for a little while and listened to a lot of different audio books, podcasts and and then purchase books went to the library had it I have an Amazon Kindle, or Kindle unlimited subscription, really just short of shifting that mindset from one of I am looking for opportunities to teach and to become an educator, really shifting to one of I’m going to create those opportunities and create those opportunities for myself and create them for other people as well. And that was a huge shift for me. And I really think it helps helped my career and helped me build out myself as a technology educator. I remember one time I was at a networking event at you know, and it was for cybersecurity professionals. And I was talking to a group of people and somebody had asked me what, you know, what kind of degrees Do you have to get to be able to, you know, teach and to work in administration, that kind of thing. And I said, Well, I have a, I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, I have a master’s degree in education, and I have a PhD in information technology, and I was able to merge all those three things together to create, you know, some of the opportunities that I’ve been, been afforded the wonderful opportunity to do some of these things. And so the guy commented, he’s like, he’s like, I just never really thought of that as like a career path. And I said, well, somebody’s got to teach people how to do the things that you need to do out in industry. So, you know, it was really just like a way of just learning how to market myself and package up the skills that I have to be able to share them with whoever might need them. So I again, I really just, you know, treat my career like I’m running a business, as opposed to being assigned particular tasks from, from from an from an educational institution. So and as you are progressing, and you are becoming an IT, an online, it instructor, you’re either working for a university or working for a college, or you’re building some of these courses out on your own, you want to you want to approach things that way, as a hiring manager, I could tell the difference between the people who were like, they’re taking charge of this, they really enjoy doing this, this is something that they’re taking charge of. So treat your career like you’re running a business. I quickly figured out, like I said, if there’s if there’s not the opportunity that I wanted, I went and created it. And one of my first adventures in online education was running a training program for teachers and how to manage their online presence and how to make sure that you know, this is like, this is like, you know, social media was was becoming a thing, Instagram, Facebook, all that kind of stuff is becoming a thing, and how to manage your online presence so that you know, students are going to find you that right. And I wanted to see some sort of training like that, and it didn’t exist. And so I went and I created it. And I taught it online, I taught it through university in Wisconsin, and it was fantastic. The teachers that the teacher that were in the course they absolutely loved it. So when you are advancing in your own online teaching career as a technology professional, you want to take some of these things into consideration here. So let’s let’s talk about some tactics here. So understand that there are two different kinds of schools. There are schools that they have job racks to open all the time and they’re collecting a pool of resumes for when they’re in a bind, and they really need somebody right now. Then there are the schools that only post job openings when they are available. So say you see a job posting and it might say pool. It’ll say pool right in there. Or if you look in the jobs scription it’ll say something like that they’re collecting resumes for a pool. So you might not necessarily expect to get a phone call back right away. Some schools will post like, if they mean, you know, somebody who understands, you know, the C sharp programming language, and they, you know, it’s very specific, they have a class running, they need somebody who understands C sharp, that’s what they are looking for. Um, you can certainly apply if you know, Java, if you know, you know, Ruby on Rails, if you know some of these other programming languages, you can certainly apply at least get your name out in front of people. But if you don’t know C sharp, you’re probably not going to get a callback on that job. So understand that there’s, there’s there’s job wrecks, for collecting resumes in a pool, and then job wrecks for very specific, we have a very specific need. Understand, again, treat your career, like it’s a business. And so sometimes when you submit your resumes to these online, websites, your resume can end up in a in a pit, it’s like this black pit, right? And you want to understand that that could possibly happen. And so you need to take charge and you to reach out to recruiters, you need to reach out to the hiring managers, and you know, see where they are in the process. It’s entirely possible that the job had already been filled. You know, there’s, there’s a lot of different things, you know, there’s a lot of different reasons why it ends up in this in this in this hole, but you understand that that just because you’ve applied doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get a phone call back, be proactive. Treat your career, like it’s a business, sell yourself, get on the phone, make phone calls, send emails, find them on LinkedIn, things like that. And you also want to make sure that you’re selling yourself to the right people. There’s been a lot of times, at least in my career, where I’ve had people reach out to me that they’re, you know, they’re an English instructor, they’re an English teacher, and I’m not the right person, you know, and so sure, I can certainly forward on your resume, I can certainly, you know, you know, get get you in front of you. But if I don’t know, you, it’s gonna be real hard for me to, you know, provide that sort of recommendation, that kind of thing. So make sure you’re selling yourself to the right people, much like if you are developing a training program that you want to sell to an organization, you also need to sell yourself to that hiring manager. And then you always want to know that that everybody is the right people, the right people, right. So when you are doing when you’re interviewing, the recruiter very much has a say in the hiring process. If you are rude to the recruiter, if you are rude, please know that that information does get back to the person making the final decision. So just know that everybody is the right people. And then, you know, just again, treat it like it’s a business take notice how much or how little you’re being paid, determine if that’s worth it, if it’s worth your time. Sometimes things are good to have on your resume, to have as experience for you know, future opportunities to showcase your teaching abilities for other schools. Maybe for an educational training provider may not even necessarily be a school, but it shows that you have training experience that can be useful in the private sector. So just you know, keep keep track of you know, you obviously you’re not doing this as a charity. You know, you do need to earn some money, you need to earn what you’re worth, and make sure that you’re just you’re just paying attention to that. And then you know, again, it’s great to give back but you have to earn money to sew. And then don’t don’t rely on some buddy, an educational institution, a college, university, Community College, vocational school, private training institution, don’t rely on other people to give you the opportunities that you want. If you are not seeing what it is that you think is needed, and you think it’s out there, go and create it. Go and create those opportunities. Go you know, build your own course build your own website, build your own platform, build your own podcast, build your own stuff, you know, the the internet’s wonderful the technologies here, it’s easy to use. So if you are not seeing the opportunities that you are looking for, don’t be afraid to go ahead and create it for yourself.
11 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
What are online teaching opportunities for IT and InfoSec professionals?
Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline Inside Higher Ed: https://careers.insidehighered.com/Higher Ed Jobs: https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/The Chronicle of Higher Ed https://jobs.chronicle.com/ What are some opportunities to teach online for IT professionals? – Becoming an IT / InfoSec / Technology Educator https://www.youtube.com/embed/VDcx6VZzWmE TRANSCRIPT: Hello there, and welcome back to the cyber coffee talk podcast. I’m Heather Monthie, your host for this podcast. So today’s episode is the second part of the series that I am doing on how to become an information security it technology educator. I spent many years in education answered a lot of questions over the years. So here I am answering them for you here on the podcast, my YouTube channel, my blog, etc. So in today’s episode, we’re going to talk a little bit about what are the online teaching opportunities for it and information security professionals enjoy. So what are some opportunities for it and information security professionals to teach online. So in this video, I’m going to share with you a couple of different ways that if you’re interested in learning how you can become an online it instructor or professor, I’m gonna give you a couple different ways that you can start taking some steps today. So the first thing I always think that you should do, if you are interested in becoming an online instructor is really sit down and think about what it is that you really know how to do, and you know how to do well. So you have to remember that if you’re going to go teach in an undergraduate program, you’re going to go teach in a vocational program, you’re teaching students who have never done some of these things before. So you need to know how to do it well and be able to answer a lot of different types of questions. Sometimes as you progress up in your career, you start to forget some of those things that you used to have to do when you were you know, sort of a newbie in your profession. So if you are a software developer, and you’re leading your technical teams, and you’re you’re you’re, you’re doing a lot of project management, that kind of stuff, it might have been a while since you’ve done some very basic programming concepts. So you want to sit down and really think about what it is that you can teach. And you can teach it really well right now if you could sit down and talk about it for an hour to two hours just off the top of your head. And the reason I say this is because oftentimes when people are new to teaching it, people are new to teaching, you know, data science professionals, etc, are new to teaching, you’re very smart, you’re very intelligent person and you want to come across as being smart, intelligent, you want to be able to answer all your students questions. And so what ends up happening is, as I see people over preparing, they spend way too much time prepping for the course, for a one hour lecture or 45 minute lecture, they might spend five or six hours preparing for it for you know, an hour and a half class period, they’re spending you upwards of 10 hours preparing for it. And you shouldn’t have to do that, especially if it’s your first time teaching, it will burn you out. So you want to make sure that you really just sit down think about what is it that I know that I can teach walking in day one, no problems, not a lot of prep time is going to be necessary. So think about that first, and then just be very clear, it is what the what you want to teach, you know, no one can teach everything. Sure you can, you know, there’s some people out there that can take a book, they can take a syllabus, and they can they can teach it but they’re not necessarily the expert in it. But um, you just understand that you’re not going to be able to teach absolutely everything. So really just focus in on what it is that you want to teach. So you can start with colleges, universities, community colleges, things like that you can go on to websites, like higher ed jobs comm you can go to inside higher ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, those are probably the three major websites where you can go to look for teaching positions in universities, colleges, community colleges, they’re going to have both face to face opportunities there and online teaching opportunities there as well. And you can also go and look right at the school’s website that you are interested in going to teach for. So if you you, you might want to get online and find out what are some top universities top colleges top community colleges that have you know, the teach the the skills that you want to teach if you’re a Linux, your Linux guru, and you want to be able to teach Linux look for the schools that are teaching Linux. Um, you also want to take into consideration any degree in certification requirements. So if you are, you know, you’re a Linux guru, you know, Linux, like the back of your hand, the bottom line is, is that there are some education and credentialing requirements that are required to be able to teach in, in higher education. So if you don’t have a master’s degree, you’re it’s going to be difficult to find a position teaching at a bachelor’s, bachelor’s level. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you can look at the at the community college level, every school is going to be a little bit different in what it is that they’re looking for. Some schools are also able to take certifications in account. So if you have a bachelor’s degree, and say a Linux plus certification, that that may qualify you to be able to teach, teach a Linux course maybe with another professor being sort of the you know, the professor of record, that kind of thing. So you want to take those those degree and certification requirements into consideration. Now, if you do not have and I’ll do a separate video on this, but if you do not have a degree, you do not have certifications. There are ways that you can teach you may not necessarily Be in a university or a college. But you can certainly create some of your own opportunities to teach. And I’ll do a whole separate video on that. You also want to take a look at maybe k 12 schools. So k 12 schools, the there they have licensure requirements, whereas in higher ed, there’s degree requirements that you have to have these credentials to be able to teach certain courses in K 12, is very much driven by licensure. So students, teachers, students, people who are going to school to become a teacher, they have to go through specific training, they have to take tests, they have to do student teaching, things like that. A lot of states because there is a teacher shortage, there are some accelerated programs that you can get an emergency teacher licensed licensure, which means you teach while you’re working on your teacher licensure. So in high schools, it’s not necessarily it this is a gap, I think, that we see in education is that in higher education, and in industry, it’s all lumped under this umbrella called it sometimes. But in K 12. Schools, it’s usually lumped under this computer science term. So if you’re looking at K 12, schools look for look for computer science, teaching positions, they’re going to teach coding, there’s going to be some cybersecurity there, there’s going to be it in there, that kind of thing. Some schools are calling it it, or networking, things like that, but generally, it kind of gets lumped under this sort of computer science term. So if you’re looking at K 12, you know, look for those computer science jobs, each state and in K 12. Each state governs their, their k 12 schools. So there’s not necessarily that that I’m aware of anyways, like a website that just lists all the all the open opportunities throughout the country, you have to look for it by state. And then, if you are currently employed, as an IT professional and information security professional software developer, you’re working in a company, most companies have, you know, mentoring programs, that’s one thing that I did, as I was starting to get into teaching adults was mentoring new college grads, as they came out of out of out of the community college and they started working on our teams, I set up a mentoring program, help them get on boarded, help them get trained up on our systems, all that kind of stuff. So you can very easily get some good teaching experience. internally in your own company. It might not necessarily be online, but you might have an opportunity to develop some online training modules for for new people, or maybe, maybe to upskill, some people in your department or in another person’s department. So you’re, you’re an AI person, you you just eat breathe and live AI, and you want to be able to teach it to other developers in your, in your company, you can develop an online training program to help them learn more about AI, then you can also create your own courses and content that you sell outside of an academic institution, it doesn’t necessarily need to be tied to a K 12 School, a vocational school, a college or university. There’s a lot of online marketplaces out there. Udemy is probably a big one. And as a tech professional, you’ve probably at least heard of it, you might have even purchased some courses off of there. Udemy is sort of a it’s an online marketplace where anybody can go out there, they can put out content, some good, some not so good. But that is a place where if you are really interested in teaching, you can put your content out there. The other thing is that you can use learning management systems hosted learning management systems, or self hosted such as LearnDash as a self hosted learning management system that you can put on your own work WordPress website. There’s also hosted learning management systems, like Thinkific, teachable things like that, where you can essentially just create your own online online portal where students can come and they can take your courses that you’ve created, you market them, you sell them, you have full control over them, you retain all the revenue for them, there’s no limit on how much you can make. Whereas at a university or a, you know, a community college, they’re going to pay you a set amount of money to teach a particular course, whereas if you take a course that you’ve developed on your own, you’ve developed it yourself, you know, and you’re running it online, the earnings can be limitless then with how you develop that. So there’s going to be a whole separate video on how to you know the steps that you need to take to create your own online content, your own online learning management system, that kind of thing. And then you know, just build your own website. part that part of that goes with building your own learning management system and marketing your own courses is to have your own website have your own web presence. This can go for if you’re going to develop a course and sell it on your own, or it can go for if you are trying to get into a college into a university, you’re applying for jobs you want to be able to teach this is a good way for you to demonstrate your teaching abilities. So when you go in for an interview again another video when you go in for an interview at a college or university. It’s going to be Very helpful for you to have a portfolio of artifacts that show how you have helped students achieve a goal. So you’ve helped students, you know, transform in a certain way. And ideally, it would be relevant to what it is that you want to teach. So by having your own website, it really, it puts you in control of what Google is saying about you. So that when you go in for job interviews, you have examples, you have artifacts, you have a portfolio that you can show the person that’s interviewing you that yes, you do know how to teach this topic, and you are good at it. And here’s why. So if you are interested in learning more about some of the tools that you can use to create your own courses, if you whether you want to use them and sell them on Udemy, or you want to create your own website and your own learning management system, you can download this over here, this tech teacher toolkit, where is it right here, this tech teacher toolkit. So if you go to bit.li slash tech teacher toolkit, I have put together a document that shares with you all the different tools that I’ve either I’m either using right now or I’ve used in the past as an online instructor on my technical instructor. And really just to you, as I’m building up my own learning management system in my own platform for teaching things, these are some of the tools that I’ve used. So I urge you to download it, check it out, and I’ll see you guys tomorrow in the next video.
11 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Becoming an IT / Information Security / Technology Educator – Sharing my story
Download the Technology Toolkit for Online Educators, Coaches, Consultants, and Experts working to create an online education-based business here:https://bit.ly/TechToolkitforEDU Join the Edupreneurs Online community to discuss your online teaching career/businesshttps://bit.ly/EdupreneursOnline https://www.youtube.com/embed/HDjJZkRwsus TRANSCRIPT: Hello there, and welcome back to the cyber coffee talk Podcast. I am Heather Monthie, your host for this podcast, I am going to do something a little bit different this month with the podcast, I hope you enjoy it. What I’m going to do is I’m doing some short videos, live videos on Facebook and YouTube. And I will eventually be posting them on LinkedIn as well. But what I’m going to do is share with you some of my experiences, my advice and my thoughts on my experience as an information security it software engineering instructor, and the career path that I’ve had over the last 20 years or so. And the hopes that I can share with you, those of you who are interested in becoming an educator, so you work in the IT field, you work in information security, you’re a software developer, maybe you work in data science, or you know, some other highly technical field and you listen to this podcast, I want to share with you some thoughts I have and advice that you know, you can take it or leave it, it’s up to you on how to become an educator. And so there are several people who have, you know, I’ve done a lot of hiring over the years, I’ve seen things that have been done, right. And I’ve seen things that have been done wrong. And you know, I’ve given a lot of advice to people over the years as a teacher trainer. So you know, many of you know, I worked in education for a very long time, I was a teacher and then realized I had a larger impact as a teacher trainer. And so I wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and share some stories, advice, tips, etc. So you’ll be seeing over the next month or so some shorter episodes, more frequent episodes, where I am taking the audio from some of the videos. And we’ll be sharing them here with you on the podcast. So I do talk about a technology teacher toolkit in this, in this video, the audio of this video. So I will put the link to that in the show notes. And that will be in the link, or I’m sorry, will be in the show notes for all of the episodes that come beyond this. So enjoy. Have a listen, talk to you soon. Hello, everybody. Welcome. I am Heather Monthie. And I am going to start doing some quick short videos to share with you some of my experiences about becoming a it information security technology educator and my transition that I made from becoming a technologist to becoming a technology educator. Over the years I have worked in education at all different levels. And I get a lot of questions from people about how to make that transition. So I wanted to make this video series to to share with you some of my experiences and some of my thoughts and some things that you can do. If you are currently working in the IT technology field, you are interested in helping to give back and develop the next generation of technology professionals, whether you want to do it full time or part time or on your own, etc. So I wanted to just share with you today a little bit about my story, and how I got into becoming a technology educator. And so my first foray into teaching was back as a flight instructor. I always sort of knew as a child that I really enjoyed teaching, I liked working with people helping them achieve their goals. And so I always just kind of felt like I work in education in some capacity. And so I became a flight instructor. And I really found that I enjoyed teaching. That airline pilot career path didn’t work out for me, it just didn’t happen. That’s a whole nother story. But I had been working on a degree in Computer Science sort of as my backup plan in case something happened to me. And I couldn’t know I could no longer be an airline pilot. And so I ended up going that route. And I worked in the tech field for a little while. And I was really just like I really want to help train people help educate people and to develop their skill sets to help them achieve their goals, that kind of thing. So what I did is I ended up going back to school, and I got a master’s degree in education. Part of that master’s degree, I got licensed as a kindergarten one, sorry, first through eighth grade, general education teacher and then a first through ninth grade computer science teacher. I didn’t get the high school certification, because it meant that I had to do one more semester of student teaching and quite honestly, I needed to get a job. So I ended up getting licensed and got a job as a kindergarten through fifth grade computer teacher teaching, you know little kids how to press control, delete, how to log on the computers, that kind of thing. And then also some of the older kids taught them how to develop web pages, doing sort of Choose Your Own Adventure things type in, in PowerPoint, and that position was wonderful. I loved it. I cried the day that I found out that I wasn’t going to be able to do it any longer. The position was reduced and I needed to go a different So I went back to working in the tech field, and still just really had this nagging pulled towards working in education and helping people and helping them achieve their goals, that sort of thing. And so I ended up getting in touch with the community college that was across the street from where I worked at the time. And they needed people on their advisory board. So all colleges, universities, schools that have accreditation, they have an advisory board. And they are this is a group of people that work in the field. And they work very closely with the college, specifically on their particular programs, their particular offerings to make sure that as students are going through their programs, they’re coming out on the other end, with the skill sets that are needed to by the employers of the company, right. So I joined that advisory board. And I really found that I enjoyed working with adults and helping them to transform their lives and to start a new career upskill their current career and really make that advancement in the technology profession, whether it’s an IT computer programming, software development, software engineering, I’ve worked in information security as well. And you know, these are high paying careers, these are great jobs, there’s a huge demand for them. And so I really found that I enjoyed working with adults and helping them to progress down this career path. So I just started telling anybody and everybody who would listen that this is what I wanted to do. And what ended up happening was and somebody knew somebody, and you know, just by way of networking, I got in touch with somebody at another school, who they were looking for somebody to teach software engineering courses, I hadn’t had a computer science degree at a master’s degree in, in teaching and education. And so it really seemed like a natural fit. So I started teaching night classes. And these were in person classes, started teaching them at night. And I loved what I was doing. I was working very hard, I was working full time during the day I was still on call, I was still in a role where I was on call off hours, answering pages to fill jobs, that kind of thing. And then I was teaching at night, and I was teaching sometimes three and four nights a week. And sometimes Saturday mornings. And I loved it I absolutely loved I was doing but again, through networking, I was able to find a position as a department chair. So I moved into that position as department chair. And I worked in that position for several years. That position required me to do part time teaching and then part time administration for the program. So I worked on the it program information security program, software, engineering programs, and anything in sort of that technical realm. And again, from there, doing some more networking, I was able to get a position as a dean at a vocational school. This is where I started expanding out a little bit beyond technology, and then to the trades and started getting into you know, some of the some of the trades professions, some new typical trades professions like each back or heating, ventilation, air conditioning, pharmacy technician, some of the allied health programs, that kind of thing, but really still focused on it information, security, etc. And, you know, over over the years, I worked with a lot of adults helping them achieve their goals. But then as I got further into administration, I realized I could have much more of an impact by becoming a teacher trainer. So what happened was, is that rather than me, teaching the students directly, I was starting to work then with the teachers who are working with the students. So teaching technology professionals how to transition from becoming a transition from being a technologist to becoming a technology educator, and helping them understand adult learning how to run a classroom, all that kind of stuff, and even how to do all this stuff online. And especially with the pandemic, you know, online education has grown a ton and I mean, it was growing to begin with, but with the pandemic, it’s just been growing a ton. And so what I’ve just really focused on the last probably, probably 1012 years of my career is is working with IT professionals, cybersecurity professionals, data science professionals, etc, and helping them to learn how to teach. And I always say that just because you know something, well, you know, a topic Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you know how to teach it. And so that’s where I come in as I do a lot of coaching and helping them. Just learn how to teach how to run a classroom, how students learn how adults learn, how to keep them engaged, how did you know when they’re starting to sort of wane off and lose it and lose interest in your course, helping them keep, keep that excitement about their particular topic. So I’m excited over the next month or so I’m going to be sharing several just short little snippet videos of just my experiences as a stem educator, specifically the T and stem so technology, information, security, etc. I’ll be sharing just, you know, my experiences, some of my thoughts, and then some practical tips for those of you who are interested in transitioning and becoming an educator. Or maybe you already are an educator. Maybe you work in K 12, and you already have a job as a technology educator, or maybe you are working part time at a local school or university, something like that. And you just want to learn more and just hear more of my experiences and take some nuggets of information for you along with your career. So I’m excited to be here. Thanks for listening, if you’re still listening, I have a technology toolkit that you can download this, these are tools that I have used over the years, as an online educator, I’m even you can use several of these even in person as well. These are things that I either use right now, or I’ve used them in the past, and I think they work well, they just didn’t suit my needs anymore. But you can download that and the link is just go to the bitly link, right up here. It’s Bitly dot teacher tech teacher toolkit. And you can download that it’s a great document that allows sorts of different resources. I did this because while the technology is just the the medium for you to be able to teach. That is oftentimes the biggest questions that I get is well what kind of technology do I need? What kind of technology Do I need to use to be able to teach technical courses in an online modality? So go ahead and download that. It’s got some great information in there for you. I’ll see you tomorrow in the next video.
56 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Trailblazers: Women in Tech panel – Arizona Technology Council [REPLAY]
This episode is a replay of a live podcast I was on where 2 other women and myself shared our experiences and stories about being a woman in tech. This episode originally aired in June on the Arizona Technology Council’s Tech Cast. I am sharing with you the full episode here with full permission to do so. Enjoy!
40 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Cybersecurity for high school students with Manny Felix, Founder & CEO of the AZ Cyber Initiative
Manny Felix, Founder & CEO – AZ Cyber Initiative LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manuel-felix-0468a1bb/ Website: https://azcyber.org/ Make a donation today! https://azcyber.org/donate/ AZ Cyber Initiative Social Media Links: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/az-cyber-initiative/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azcyberinitiative/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/az_cyber Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AZCyberInitiative/Beginner’s Guide to Developing a High School Cybersecurity Program https://www.heathermonthie.com/shop/ In this episode, Manny and I discuss: How he got into cybersecurity without a cybersecurity-related degree or a technical background The AZ Cyber Initiative and it’s goals to encourage more high school and community college students to consider a career in cybersecurity. How Manny came up with the idea to form a non-profit to support his vision and some advice for other people who may be considering starting up a non-profit in their area. The future of the AZ Cyber Initiative and how you can get involved even if you’re not in AZ. Heather Monthie 0:01Welcome to the cyber coffee talk podcast with me Dr. Heather Monthie. I help break down important topics in information security for you, the business leader, information security leader, education leader, or protective mom or dad to help you make informed decisions to protect your business, your assets, and most importantly, your family. Regardless of your industry, cybersecurity is one of the most important issues facing us today. Let’s work together to make cyberspace a safer place. Today’s episode is with Manny Felix, who is the founder and CEO of the Arizona cyber initiative, a new nonprofit here in Arizona that is dedicated to helping high school students explore cybersecurity careers. Manny found me on LinkedIn. And we’ve just started chatting about what he was doing and what he was doing with the nonprofit. And I ended up becoming a board member of the Arizona cyber initiative and very passionate about the things that he’s doing with this nonprofit. So I wanted him to come on the podcast and share it with you. So we’re gonna just get right into today’s episode. Let’s go meet Maddie. This is our second episode where we have a guest on the podcast. I’m really excited about this. Today’s guest is Manny Felix, he is the founder and CEO of the AZ cyber initiative. I’m going to let him tell you all about the initiative, all about himself, all that kind of stuff in the episode, so I’m not even going to go over it. Let’s just jump right in. So Manny, thank you for coming on the podcast today. Manny Felix 1:40No, thank you, Heather. I really appreciate it. I’m very excited to be here. Heather Monthie 1:44So why don’t you tell our listeners just a little bit about what your background is, and then how you got interested in cybersecurity? Manny Felix 1:51Sure, I always enjoy answering this question. And I think it’s mainly because I don’t have a very traditional path to how I got into cybersecurity. I like to sometimes say that was a little bit of luck and a little bit of just coincidence being at the certain place at a certain time. But then again, I think a lot of us grew up in a in a generation or in a time where we didn’t grow up thinking oh, we’re going to be cybersecurity professionals or even IT professionals. So, you know, I think I kind of find myself falling into that into that category as well. A couple of months before I graduated from the University of Arizona, I majored in, I was majoring in political science and Spanish legal translation interpretation. I had goals and aspirations since I was in middle school to go to law school and, you know, be an immigration lawyer. Since I, I wasn’t born in the US, but I grew up in Mexico, I kind of wanted to find a profession that combined both cultures and both nationalities and find ways of giving back to the community where you know, where I grew up for so long. So I was really set on being an immigration lawyer up until a couple of months before I was, you know, getting ready to graduate, then I started thinking if if not law school, then Then what is it? And that got me thinking that throughout my senior year I was I was student body president at that time for the for at the U of A and through that experience, I had the opportunity to work with a lot of student veterans, or ROTC students on campus. So I think that started slowly imprinting The, the military mindset in me and I, and I really liked it. And I was a little curious. And so I went to a recruiter without telling any of my friends, my roommate, my family, no one, I just kind of went on my own and started having those conversations around what what the potential, you know, enlistment in the in the military look like. And I didn’t tell my parents until I made the decision to enlist in the US Navy. And it was already too late to back out. Right. So you can you can imagine my mom’s reaction and my dad’s reaction, but I think people have a misconception that all military related, jobs are combat related. Whereas when in reality, only 20% of them are I, you know, joined as a cryptologic technician, which is for networks for Navy networks, which is actually what really started my career in cybersecurity. So again, maybe just being at the right place at the right time with the right recruiter at the right recruiting office. Maybe that’s what it was, or you know, just a little bit of luck. But after that training, I’ve really just kept on along the the cybersecurity industry, whether that was with government contracting in Washington, DC and helping build a consulting company out of there, or auto New York working for Deloitte cyber risk and strategy practice. And currently now with a nonprofit, right, that aims to build a next generation of cybersecurity professionals in Arizona, or you know, as well as working for a company called cynic that does security testing the great crowdsource approach. So pretty much everything I know now has been in cybersecurity. And it’s, it’s fascinating, right? It’s one of those fields that I, I’m interested in, because it’s every day is a new day. It’s never boring, you’re always learning. And it’s you’re constantly having to be on your feet, re educating yourself, because who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow? Likely another cyber attack, right, which is, we’re seeing them more and more often in the news. But I think with with that awareness comes action. So that’s I’m hoping that there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. Heather Monthie 5:39So when you when you joined the Navy, and then you ended up, you’re working in a technical role and a cybersecurity type role? What was sort of that? I guess, catalyst that was like, yeah, this is really cool. This is something I want to do. And I am really interested, like, what was it? What was one thing that happened? Or that just kind of happened over time that you’re just like, yeah, this is this is awesome. Manny Felix 5:59I’m laughing as you’re asking that question. Because a lot of people that are that are listening that are that come from a military background, it was my recruiter, my recruiter probably noticed or saw that I had a college degree and the crypto technician network rates within the Navy is has a second highest attrition rate. So a lot of most people that go into this, into this rate end up failing out of the training, even before they become CTS. So I think that’s why it gets hard to fill those quarters and to get those numbers. And so she probably saw a college degree and said, This is my guy. And so she said, You should be a you should be a CTN. And I said, this sounds great. Let’s go for it. And I just remember going through boot camp, and everyone that I spoke with every chief every officer, they they’d asked me what rate are you and I said, Oh, I’m going to be a CTN. And then they kind of stop and stare and said, Look, you’re gonna, you’re gonna need it. And I just started getting worried ever. Because that was it was the same reaction for everyone that that mentioned that they’re like, you’re going to be stationed in Pensacola. But you’ll probably never see the beach because you’re always going to be studying. And I that’s kind of the impression that I had going into it. And to a certain degree, it was pretty accurate, right? At least for me, I came from a very non technical background in college, I did more theoretical and philosophical through political science and government related a major and in Spanish translation interpretation, that’s also more in the language. And in the legal side. So when I switched over to the technical sector area, it was a it was a big shift. It definitely was. But again, I’m, I’m very grateful that I that I survived that training that I that I’m grateful that my recruiter, maybe saw something in me that I didn’t even see in myself, or whether they I was just a quota. I’m glad I was a quota because I I’ve definitely learned a lot and I think I’ve grown in the right direction of where I work should have been. Heather Monthie 8:12Okay, that’s fantastic. So if we have a lot of listeners who you know, are our high school teachers, k 12, teachers that are teaching kids cybersecurity, we’ve also got a lot of listeners who may not necessarily be working in cybersecurity, but might be interested in transitioning into a career in cyber security. So what might you tell students, you know, whether they’re high school students, or even college students, or, or even people that, you know, maybe they’re 30 years old, maybe they’re 35 years old, they’ve got a degree in something else. They don’t want to spend another four years in college, they don’t want to join the military. What what might be a piece of advice that you might give them to start a career in cybersecurity? Manny Felix 8:50That’s a great question. And I think cybersecurity is the best fit for people who find themselves in that situation for many reasons. One, because you obviously don’t have to have a an undergraduate major in a cybersecurity or even technical related field. And I can attest to that, right, you can sort of find it on through different pathways. And also, what is so great about cybersecurity is that even if you’re a 30 or 40 year old or even post college that you just don’t want to go through the four through the master’s or the through the undergraduate experience. Again, there are so many resources online and so many ways to start learning cybersecurity while you still have your current job. It’s it’s great that it’s that it’s a profession, it’s a it’s a skill that you can learn on the side, you get progressively better until you find yourself comfortable being in a you know, maybe a starting position in cybersecurity or it or the more you study, then you can maybe go into a intermediate you can go into even if you’re in the medical field right hospitals are talking By ransomware, and phishing attacks, and just all kinds of cyber attacks all the time, so even if you’re any a nurse, a physician’s assistant, you know, a doctor, I forget, I was speaking with someone once, and they started up as a doctor, and then they ended up being the Cisco for that hospital management for the for the umbrella company yet, so you just you never know, right? You can combine both passions and, you know, whether that’s in cybersecurity or in the medical industry, or what’s so great that every industry and every career needs a cybersecurity expert, a professional of some sort. So there’s always opportunity and ways to, to find or to, you know, to going to step into the, into the cybersecurity industry. Yes. Go ahead. I was just gonna say, as far as for educators, as well, I think this is, this is important to them, because they’re the ones that are reaching. And, you know, Heather, you wrote a book on this. So I, honestly, I should probably shut up because you know, that, you know, there’s a lot more than I do, and I, but educators are the ones sitting in front of these students in the K through 12. So I think it’s a great opportunity for them to start, you know, engraving that mind planting that scene in their minds that this is where the digital war, you know, that workforce is moving towards a digitized environment, everyone is becoming more and more dependent on their phones on their, on their laptops, and their computers on being connected from people across the world. So it’s, as long as we keep moving in that direction, there’s going to be a an increasing need for cybersecurity, so it’s not going away. Heather Monthie 11:42Yeah, I think that, you know, I do a lot of speaking about cybersecurity careers it’s been, you know, it’s been, it’s just something that I am very passionate about, and trying to get more people involved in cybersecurity. And that is always one of my talking points is that you can combine to two passions, um, and even even just in the technology field as a whole, even if you look at technology, and cybersecurity is maybe two separate industries or two separate aspects of, of, of that discipline. You know, it say you’re so you want to be a software developer, you know, but you’re really into mountain biking, well, maybe go work for one of the mountain bike manufacturers as a software developer, right. But at the same same applies to cybersecurity, that technology is ubiquitous, it’s not going anywhere, everybody’s got cell phones, everybody’s got your customer data, that they’re collecting all that stuff. So think about what you are interested in, and then be able to, you know, just combine your two interests to either a, start your career or B start a company or C start something like the easy cyber initiative. That’s a really good segue right there. Exactly. or nonprofit, right? So yes, so or you can go and start a nonprofit. So are the easy cyber initiative, or Arizona cyber initiative? So tell us a little bit about what the what the goals are? What is what is the purpose for the purpose for the nonprofit, just to kind of set the stage for listeners? Manny Felix 13:08Yeah, absolutely. So the the vision of the nonprofit is truly to to develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. But this is where we, you know, I want to specify professionals are capable of exceeding the expectations of the evolving digital workforce of the future. Why is that? You know, why are the professionals that are capable of exceeding because, again, this is an industry that is constantly evolving, and it’s constantly changing. And there are, there’s a very shared sentiment among many C suite level individuals that are doing the hiring, or even hiring managers that are, you know, bringing on people for entry level jobs in cybersecurity or it. And a lot of them express a sentiment that a lot of the professionals they end up hiring, aren’t able to do the bare minimum job on the first day of the of their jobs, right. So then there’s a missed opportunity, they have to add additional time for training. And that means that there’s a lag of time that the mission is not being accomplished. And it’s not you don’t seem to, to conclusion. And so there’s a delay, and there’s a missed opportunity, and that can cost a company money, but it can also open, that opens up a conversation around that that can be a risk, right? Because if you’re bringing someone as a software developer, but they don’t have the adequate skills, and you know, for a smaller business size company, one that’s just starting to establish themselves and don’t know exactly what those roles entail. Then you have someone that is releasing patches for your application on a on a monthly quarterly basis, but doesn’t know exactly how to go about doing so correctly. So then you’re you’re investing, you end up costing yourself more money and more time than you should have. So I think it’s We need to start training early on, right, we need to accelerate the opportunity to, to learn cybersecurity as early as K through 12. We no longer have to wait, or we shouldn’t wait until they’re in college or even, you know, in their late 20s and early 30s in a job, but they don’t like and now switch looking to switch to cybersecurity. It’s, it’s never late to do that. But I think we know enough about how important cybersecurity is to, to know that it’s important that we start from know from as young as young as as they can, as quickly as it can start holding the phone, they should probably start learning, you know, security. Education, or hygiene, that’s the word I was thinking about security, hygiene. Heather Monthie 15:43Right? Okay. So you have through the through the initiative, you have a couple different offerings, you have a scholarship, you have a mentor program, and then a boot camp. So can you tell us a little bit about Manny Felix 15:54what those are? Sure, absolutely. So the scholarship, it’s pretty straightforward. It aims to devote to identify and appropriately resource high school students in Arizona that are looking to pursue either an education or post secondary education in cybersecurity or a related field. Or it’s also students that are wanting to use the the scholarship towards a certification or buying certification or related study material, right, that can also be applied towards towards those investments in education or continuous learning, as it relates to cyber security. Or if students are wanting to complete an Associates or some sort of, you know, technical, quick, apprenticeship, anything that gets them a quick training or learning in cybersecurity, and then they’re ready to go off into the industry and find a an entry level job, then we support that as well, right. As we know, the typical student that is interested, or the typical individual that is interested in cyber security may not fit the very traditional, wanting to go to a four year undergraduate and do a master’s and maybe a PhD in cybersecurity, right, they may want to go straight out of high school, and they may not want to go military, right. So there’s a lot of opportunities that they can start doing as early as high school. So they can go straight into the into the workforce. So the scholarship aims to any student that is somehow wanting to continue their learning in cybersecurity, those students are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Well, we’ll support them through this initiative. Heather Monthie 17:32Enjoying the podcast so far, make sure you never miss a new episode by clicking the subscribe button in whatever app you’re using to listen to this episode. Thank you for your support. And now let’s get back to the show. Manny Felix 17:49Secondly, the mentorship, knowing that the scholarship is is not enough to you know, increase awareness or to amplify the opportunities for students, we understand that mentorship is is just as important, creating a bridge between students and cybersecurity industry and professionals that can connect to these students and let them know about their experiences about their journey about what’s worked for them in their professional life and what hasn’t worked. This truly came from this is how I think I personally learned myself, I love to learn from people’s experiences. And since I can remember, since I was I was very young. I’ve always enjoyed sitting in the in the grown up table, just listening to those conversations. And I think it helps me learn as far as what’s worked for them, what hasn’t worked for them, because that helps me reshape what I think is the path right or a, a correct path, or something that can that I think could be helpful, or, you know, just learn from their experiences as well. I think it’s just a great way to, to grow, learn from other people’s experiences, you can relate also sometimes, which is, it’s great, we always want to find ways to relate to others. But I just think at the end of the day, just you know, creating that mentorship connection allows high school students to build a network as early as high school. So by the time that they’re in college, they have a potential internship or maybe even a job post grad post graduation. And then a lot of students in southern Arizona or in Arizona overall often come from average score single parent households, or maybe don’t have a mentor at home that is encouraging them and pushing them to work hard and do their best in school. So you know, the nonprofit recognizes that and then once we give them a second chance at finding someone that believes in them and pushes them and encourages them to, you know, to go above and beyond and there’s opportunities out there for them. So that’s a mentorship program. And then lastly, the boot camp. That is you know, very timely that we’re having this conversation now happening next week from the 21st to the 25th. By the way, we were very Very excited to have you on Tuesday for the, for the research and academia speaker series for that panel. But during this week, it’s it’s aimed for ninth through 12th grade students. And this is our first year that we’re hosting this RV boot camp. So we’re opening it up to high school students in Santa Cruz County and Pima County. So even if it’s free and virtual, right for all students participating, and it’s an opportunity for, for students to learn the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity, even if they don’t have any prior knowledge on around cybersecurity, this is a great way for them to develop that interest, or to just, you know, truly develop those those skills that can that they can then take to the next step as far as whether they’re wanting to, to, you know, just develop that, that vision of wanting to stay in the field or learn from different speakers and professionals during that week. This will give them a great foundation on how and what it is to be a cybersecurity professional, and hear from professionals like yourself about your journey and about potentially, you know, how they can get to where you are as well. So we’re very excited, we have a great lineup of feet of speakers and the instructors are masters and PhD students themselves from the you have a learning cybersecurity to or, you know, working at profession. So it’s, they’re learning the content themselves. So it’s it creates a great network of students teaching students, and allows them both to develop those coaching those leadership mentorship skills between one another. And I always like to stress this that from, I would say mainly from the instructor perspective, and this is largely where the opportunity comes in for them, they’re able to develop those soft skills, those presentation, public speaking skills, that Heather, I’m sure you know this, that it’s, you’re always you’re always going to be in a situation where you have to brief someone, whether it’s a suite C suite, your manager, your your partner, your CEO of BP, you know, whoever it is, you may have to breathe technical to non technical or vice versa, right. So you have to get comfortable with speaking in front of audiences. And so I think this is a great opportunity for those students at the Masters a PhD to practice them in front of a high school audience, which is a lot less intimidating than it would be to do it in front of a Cisco or a CIO CTO. So it’s a it’s a great practice for them. Heather Monthie 22:35Right? Yeah. If you’re going to if you’re going to be in cybersecurity, gotta get got to get good at speaking in front of all sorts of different kinds of audiences. So yeah, absolutely. I think a lot of times just some people go into it thinking it’s a it’s a purely technical discipline and not realizing how much writing and speaking comes with it. Manny Felix 22:52Yeah, exactly. And the better you get, the more you have to speak to others. Why? Because then people notice that you’re good, and that they want you to speak to others, and, you know, kind of share your your knowledge. And so, the better you are, the more people will want you to speak. Right. Yeah, exactly. Exactly. No longer are you hiding behind a computer that that stereotype is gone. Heather Monthie 23:13Yep, absolutely, absolutely. I think that and but I think that’s good to know, I think that people need to know that that you know, it’s not necessarily a field where you’re, you know, sitting in a cubicle all day and in a dark cave somewhere. That’s not what it is. So I think it’s, I think it’s important for the people that are working in the field to get get that information out there that, you know, this is this is this is a people type profession as well. So, Manny Felix 23:33absolutely inspires creativity and teamwork and critical thinking, right? And all those skills are, are better when you’re working with a team rather than individually. Heather Monthie 23:43Yeah, exactly. Exactly. So okay, so um, can you just tell me a little bit about the, you know, what kind of happened, where you’re just like, Oh, I think I need to start up a nonprofit to do this. And just what what does that process look like to you know, somebody else out there is like, I think I need to start up a cybersecurity nonprofit. What do you what are the what are the things that you kind of had to go through? And first of all, you know, how did you how did you get to that point? And then what did you kind of have to learn and figure out and then learn as you went? Manny Felix 24:13Yeah, so learn a lot less. I mean, there are so many things you that I had to learn. But I think the the way that I even came, came to the idea of creating a nonprofit. Well, I always thought that or I never majored in anything business related. I just always thought that an entrepreneur meant someone that sort of had an invention or something that was, you know, in some sort of product or service that was profitable that you can monetize. So that’s what I that’s the impression that I had of an entrepreneur, so I just, you know, if I didn’t come up with the idea, or if I didn’t have some sort of idea that could generate that kind of, of money, then I wasn’t in entrepreneur myself. So I, that’s for many years I, I believe that and I allowed myself to believe that but now I realized that there’s no such thing as a as a social entrepreneur, right, you can be an entrepreneur, creating something that is, you know, making that is offering a better, even a better product or a better service than other other nonprofits out there. Right. So you can still be an entrepreneur, and then be in the nonprofit industry. So I think people are often afraid of, of going into the nonprofit because they think it’s a, it’s not really an entrepreneur, or you’re not really a business person. But in reality, a nonprofit is very much like a business, you have to, you know, you still have to do a lot of fundraising you have to, so if you’re going for, for funding for, for grants, you have to write a lot of proposals and you’re constantly having to network. And I don’t wanna sit but ask for money, right. So that’s definitely still part of a business as much as it is a part of a nonprofit, you have to go through the process of, you know, first, understanding who your target audience is, right? what it is that you want to that you want to do, and how it differentiates from organizations that are out there. So then having doing your research about what’s already out there, understanding your competitive field, and, you know, understanding what the true difference differentiator is, because you’re going to have to sell that to whoever you have whoever you start having conversations either to, to invest or donate to your to your board, right or even become involved as a board member. So you have to find what makes you different than the others, right, and why others would want to join your mission and support it. But I think that’s, I think that’s a lot of things that you can be doing. You can be you know, mindlessly thinking about what it is that you want to create for a long time until you’re ready to sort of start writing things down, start brainstorming, names, start brainstorming, logos, start brainstorming, vision, a one to two year vision. And I think once you start putting things down to paper, or computer, right, but I think once you start actually writing things down, that’s when things start becoming real, right? I think, once I started looking for a name, or thinking of a name, and I went through the Arizona corporate commission, and I reserved that name, but then I changed it, change it to another name. And then so then I went back to the corporate commission, and I reserved that name as well. And I was like, it’s better to have all the names reserved that you can, rather than, you know, down the line had that name being taken. So I think it’s having those administrative or those legal steps, right, reserving the name. finding someone that is good at building websites or at graphic design for them to build your logo and help you bring that vision of what you want your nonprofit to be into actual, you know, into actual content. So I think I would start with, before you go through the name reservation, I think it’s fun to think of Fallout, what would I need my nonprofit or my business? How would I go about but I think it’s, so we spend more time thinking about the the perfect name, whereas we should be focusing more on on making sure that we have the right, the right vision, right, we want to make sure that we have the right. Understand the path forward who our audiences how we’re hoping to reach that audience, understanding the competitive landscape, you know, make a board of directors dream sheet and start, you know, start researching what’s out there within your industry. I did all these things. But as you start having conversations, as you start reaching out to people on LinkedIn, on through your network, I mean, I’ve had to tap into my network that I’ve met since high school. I mean, you just you just, you’re going to come across people that you met years ago, and you just haven’t reconnected in many years. And this will be a great opportunity to do so. Reaching out to your network is or, you know, building that network even as far as 1020 years ago. It’s, it’s, it will be key to whatever anyone wants to do next. Pretty much that yeah, Heather Monthie 29:29that’s fantastic. You know, I think that there’s you know, there’s a lot of people out there probably myself included, that have ideas and you know, want to make things happen and sometimes it’s a little intimidating that ever having done it before. Yeah. So I think it’s helpful. It’s helpful for people to hear just you know, your experiences and you hadn’t done this before and you figured it out as you went and, and now you’ve got your first if the first boot camps running this summer, you it’s a lot of very exciting stuff. So you’re, you’re talking about, you know, having the vision and then getting people to buy into that vision. So can you just tell the listeners just what is the what is the overall vision? And so where do you Where do you see the ad cyber initiative 10 years from now? Manny Felix 30:10Absolutely. So the division right now is mainly focusing again on Santa Cruz County in Pima County. Because when you’re, and I had to, sort of come to terms with, with myself on this at the beginning, you, I thought about expanding or wanting to create a boot camp in different places, or different counties throughout the state. And if you want to, if you start something too big without, you know, without understanding what it’s like to to start smaller, then you might try and scale too quickly, and you may fail. So I think it’s better to start small, then use that as a as a use case or as a, as a, as an example to continue to expand to further territories, further counties, and you know, further support, because when you when you do things, well, it’s about quality, not quantity, right. And I think, at first I thought, oh my, I’m gonna reach out to all the schools and have one in all these different, you know, institutions and partner with them. But then I realize it’s better to focus on on one, maybe two, and then from there, you know, take incremental steps to get to the long term vision. So again, right now, the vision is, is or run our focus on Santa Cruz in Pima County, but the goal is to partner with more more counties over the years. So partner with Pima County, and then I’m sorry, with Pima Community College, then go up to the Phoenix and, you know, partner with ASU and the Glendale Community Colleges of Scottsdale. You know, all those community colleges in the Phoenix area, go to NYU, as well as GCU. You know, just go to all the schools that are present in Arizona, and start having a network of cybersecurity professionals, whether they’re students or, you know, through those institutions identify individuals that are open to to being instructors or to be mentors to high school students. And that that’ll create a an ongoing training as as early as high school or maybe open it up to middle school, wherever there’s a market for that, right. And that’s something that I’ve actually heard from a lot of educators and from a lot of people is, have you thought about opening it up to middle schoolers. And I think that’s also down the line, right? That’s the vision, I think it’s easier to start up with high school students. And as we learn what works and what doesn’t work, then we can start opening it up to eighth graders, seventh graders, sixth graders, you know, then all middle school and then go into the elementary. They’re very different audiences. So we have to make sure that we want to make sure that whatever, whatever the effort or the program is, it actually encourages a student to pursue cybersecurity or to be interested in cybersecurity. We don’t want them to be scared by cybersecurity, right? We want to make sure that we make it fun and engaging. And very, you know, hands on because as we know, cyber security’s very much hands on, so we want them to just have as much fun as possible and feel encouraged, not not intimidated by cybersecurity. Heather Monthie 33:17Yeah, that’s, that’s so true. I think that I think it’s just it’s still very intimidating to so many people. So getting, bringing that awareness out there and get just getting more and more people involved, I think is really going to help but just, you know, I think I would say like Hollywood and you’re the movies that make it so just mysterious and scary stuff. You’ve got to overcome that. Manny Felix 33:35Yeah. They often always portray the cyber security expert as the the hacker right doing this. Yeah. But that’s why that’s why we have the responsibility to to reach students earlier. So we can explain to them the concept of ethical hacking. So they understand that there’s, you know, a good side to cybersecurity, you can use those skills for for the good to protect your loved ones, your friends, your family, your community. Right. It’s not always, it’s not always what we see in movies. Heather Monthie 34:05Right, right. So okay, so you know, we’ve got a lot of listeners who are outside of Arizona, we’ve got we’ve got global, that’s got people in all different countries. So if people are just really supportive of the things that you’re doing, it’s just knowing that it’s here in Arizona, what if they wanted to get involved with your nonprofit? What are some ways that they can get involved? Manny Felix 34:24Absolutely. I so we have, first of all, within the country, even outside of Arizona, right that we have some board members outside of the of the Arizona area. So that’s the reason for doing that is because there’s a lot of different pathways for cybersecurity that directly connect with even washington dc or Silicon Valley. So we have board members that kind of bring that experience into into the nonprofit and so we can learn from from what they’ve seen in the industry, as far as how can we create this pipeline, this pathway for students in Arizona to maybe participate in And internships or eventually jobs that will be in Silicon Valley that will work for their, you know, for their big tech companies. And similarly, if they want to go into more of a public service for federal government, then maybe DC or government contracting, right? Maybe DC will be the the option of doing so. And I think as far as I think, well, Arizona being on the border with Mexico, we’re in a very good situation where there’s a lot of talent from Mexico that goes into that goes to school in Arizona. Right. So I think that’s where the international aspect starts coming into play. We there’s a lot of students that are very strong with a stem background that are coming from Mexico and you know, finding jobs in the United States, specifically in Arizona. So I think as they start to learn about cybersecurity as well, right, maybe they live in Mexico, but go to high school in the US, which was a case for many of my classmates, when I went to school in Nogales High School, by many I lived in Nogales, Sonora in the Mexico side, but went to school in the Arizona side. But then they start, they go to the U of A’s, they go to ASU or any UGC, us and then they stay here, they stay in the state. So then they kind of bring those those skills and those backgrounds and their culture along to their jobs. So I think there’s as students as the US continues to be a melting pot of different cultures in different countries. I think cybersecurity is going to start pulling from those cultures, right? Again, diversity of mindset that brings different people thinking of new concepts or new ways to hack in from different methods and different using different tools and different creativities. So I think that’s, that’s what we’re going to start recognizing that that, you know, different mentalities, different mindsets are going to be very constructive to cyber security. Right. Right. Okay. So how can if somebody wanted to make a financial donation, how can they do that? I would very much appreciate it if if anyone. And I, again, a nonprofit very much relies on donations and grants. But more than that, we very much would like your support into, you know, helping us reach more students more and more students through, whether that’s through the bootcamp whether that’s through scholarship, but you can go to our website at az cyber.org slash donate slash. And you can make a donation of whatever amount you wish, whatever is, you know, comfortable for your means we are more than happy to. But I always I also want to stress that making a donation maybe does not necessarily mean as a monetary company, you know, donation, if you have ideas, or would like to partner, perhaps sponsor, any sort of partnership relationship that you are interested in with a nonprofit, you know, there’s contact opportunity on the website as well. So I’d be more than happy to have a conversation. Heather Monthie 38:03Okay, that was gonna be my next question is, you know, somebody wanted to just chat with you more, is that the best way to get a hold of you? Manny Felix 38:09That’s absolutely okay. I think through the website or even on LinkedIn, I’ve been very successful and having great conversations through individuals that I’ve reached out to or met on LinkedIn. So I think I would encourage everyone to, to try it. I think it’s again, it’s that’s also a little intimidating. You try not to, I think people I was just I’ve been discouraged previously to reach out to people on LinkedIn just because you think they’re trying to sell something to you or they just won’t respond to you. But you’ll be surprised. There’s you just never know. Heather Monthie 38:42Yeah, yeah, that’s fantastic. I think that’s actually how we got connected as he reached out to me on LinkedIn. Or on my on my dream sheet for the board. Yeah, good. So okay, well, I will include all the links in the show notes, your LinkedIn and the az cyber.org. Link as well. I also show notes or I’m sorry, all the social media links are also in the show notes, so make sure to check everything out there. Check out the easy cyber initiative. Thank you so much, Manny, for coming on the podcast today. I really enjoyed our conversation. I know our listeners are loving it as well. So thank you very much. Manny Felix 39:16No, thank you, Heather for having me. I greatly appreciate it and I look forward to future conversations.
19 minutes | May 26, 2020
Managing Your Digital Presence
• Google yourself, your family, include Google Images• The focus is maintaining a good reputation.• If you have a bad digital presence, it can be fixed but it does take some work.• These are some tips to get you going on building and maintaining a positive online presence.• Check privacy settings• Get your social media accounts.o Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeo Increase your activity levels on these platforms. Figure out which work best for you• Assume nothing is private. Screenshots are forever.• Don’t argue with people online• Buy your domain name (and your kids)• Consider starting a blog! I have a free 30 minute tutorial about how to start a wordpress blog step by step https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvSjbKrXcqE Full transcript: Managing Your Digital Presence 00:00:00 – 00:05:06 Get ready for another episode of the Tech Regular People podcast with me Heather Mafi. This is the podcast I. Answer Your Tech Questions. You’ve always wanted to ask in a fun and entertaining way. You can easily ask me your questions by going to www dot. Go ASK HEATHER DOT COM. Let’s get started with today’s podcast. All right before we get started. I wanted to share a little story with you, so it is summer here already in Arizona. It’s hitting hundred degrees every day, and so I am no longer recording my podcast in my bedroom closet because there’s no air conditioning vent in there, so I’m in my office right now and the air conditioner is right outside my office wall. So I’M GONNA do my best to try to edit out the low pitched hum, but if you hear it in this podcast, that’s what that is, so that’ll be around til probably November so when we shut off the air conditioning so today on the episode I WanNa, Talk About Managing Your digital presence. So in the last episode we talked about digital spring cleaning, and the things that you can do this time of year to just Kinda of clean up your digital clutter. Clean up your files all that kind of stuff, but I wanna do is talk about taking a more proactive stance in managing your digital presence. And so I taught a class several years ago to a group of teachers on how to manage their online reputation, and this was really before I mean facebook was around? But this is really before all the big social media platforms came out, and the concern at that time was really that there were a lot of students that had cell phones that they would essentially bait their teachers to into a some sort of reaction, and then they would film them. The students would film the instructors in their reaction. They will get them to. Just you know, do things they wouldn’t normally do so. That was the big thing that was happening. At that time when I taught that class and so. What I did was just Kinda, gave some examples of some things that have happened over the years of why really have to be cognizant of your online reputation things like that, but that’s not going to be the pointed episodes, so what I WANNA do today. Is, really. Share with you. Some of the things that I learned about being proactive about your online presence, and so I read a I read a book a few years back about it was about social media for academics and I. Don’t remember the title Offhand, but I can certainly look that up and put it in the show, but it was a book about social media for academics in the idea. Was that you could? Share your research with. The general population using new media, so things like social media blogging podcasting youtube ing. You know all that kind of stuff, and that’s not something that’s traditionally been done in the past academics, but it really just struck a chord with me because. When I was working on my PhD thought while this is silly that there’s so much information locked up in these research journals that if they were translated for the person who doesn’t know how to read a research journal, they could provide some very valuable insight into a lot of different things, and so that’s why I started my podcast was to help. Get some of that information out and so I really been paying attention to how I’m using social media and blogging and podcasting, and you sometimes have been low all over the place, but it’s just me trying to figure it out and trying to sort of help. Lead the way for other people. They’re trying to do the same thing. So this is really what got me on the track of blogging and podcasting in Youtube ing and all that soft right. And so I’m going to share with you today. Couple of things that I’ve just picked up along the way so some things I’m doing something. They probably should be doing, but there’s just not enough time, and that’s one thing really want to. Make clear that. This is this is something that needs to be done any manager your online presence, but it’s not something you should be spending a ton of time on, because you can really get sucked into a Lotta different things especially when you get into more advanced things like blogging and podcasting new tubing where. Technology takes. There’s a little bit of learning curve with technology and then actually just taking the time to do that. But if you are not blogging podcasting Youtube, etc there still things that you can do to help manage your online presence, and so one thing I always tell people is that? If you’re not managing your online. presence than Google is doing it for you whether it’s good or bad, and you want to take control of what is put out there about you on the Internet, and at some point some things you can’t control. 00:05:06 – 00:10:04 But there are ways that you can fix things that if you have some bad things about you. On the Internet, there are ways it takes time, but there are ways to. Make your online reputation a little bit more on the positive side rather than the negative but what? We’re GONNA do here today we’re going to really focus on building and maintaining a positive online presence I think it’s a different conversation. If you figure out that you don’t have the best online presence, or you know you don’t have the best online presence. And you need to fix it so this. This is really got to focus on building and maintaining a good online reputation. This is so important if you own a business if you are looking for jobs, if you consider yourself a professional and want to you, have that face to face reputation of being a very professional person. You also want to have that same a reputation online. So these are some things that I? Think can just get you going on building and maintaining a positive online presence, so the first thing I always suggest to people is to Google Yourself. You’RE GONNA go to www dot, google, dot, com, and you’re GONNA type your name in quotes. You’RE GONNA type A double quotes, your first name space last name, the double quotes, so Google is going to search for that exact term, which is your first and last name and bring up. Any search results that have that. Term in there so anything that has your name on it, and so you’re gonna find things on there of like some of your social media posts. If you’ve ever done a five K., and your name is in the results, you’ll pop there if you’ve ever been cited in a news article, your name is going to pop up there. sometimes if you have published a comment on a news article, your name will pop up there. So you want to Google your name and then Google your family’s so if you have kids, Google your family, Google. Your kids Google your husband, your wife like Google. Your family Gouvia mom debt like I google my mom’s name just to make sure ’cause I don’t know that she does this. Just to. See what’s out there and make sure that everything is kosher? Right so Google yourself and your family, the other the next step to that is going to Google images and googling in your name so when you go to www dot google dot com. There is a spot rigging. can click on images and you’re going to do the same thing, so you type in their. Double quotes first namespace last name double quotes in it’s going to search google images for that term right, and so what’s interesting about that is like it’ll bring up things that you’re just like. Why is this coming up on Google images, but it may be because it’s an image on a page where your name is mentioned. But. It has nothing to do with you, so maybe it’s like A. Listing of a thousand other things, but your name just happens to be on there, so comes up a new images, so but one thing you can see is like if you have posted pictures on social media that you didn’t know that everybody could see This is a great place to find those kinds of things so when you are when you go to Google images in you find those things that you find pictures that are like Oh Jeez. Where that come from you. There are things that you can do to try to get that either removed. Push down. Things like that. But this is just really a good way for you to see what kinds of things that you are posting on social media that are coming up as public images that are showing up Google images, so for instance. If you have an instagram account in your instagram, account is in your name in your instagram. Account is public. Those pictures will show up on Google. Images so make sure you’re posting good stuff on instagram. So! The next thing that I want to suggest to you that you check your privacy settings. Accounts. So I guess I. You should get your social media accounts, and when you set those up, you’re gonNA. Make sure that you set up the privacy settings the way that you want them to be so you know. I have a private facebook account that is for my friends and my family. I share p
17 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Library Drone Delivery
The Library of the Future In my quest to learn more and more about drone business models, I came across an interesting article by Francis Nath from the Rain Forest Research Institute in India. Library drone delivery is not something I’ve seen much in the drone blogs I read or even in the scholarly papers I read about drone technology and business. So, I wanted to provide a summary of the article as well as provide a little of my own opinions and input on the article. Over the past several years, drone technology has become much more commercialized and as a result, so many creative technology professionals and entrepreneurs are looking for ways to create scalable businesses around this technology. Some current sources of revenue for drone operators include filming video and movies, aerial photography, search and rescue operations, crop monitoring services, and meteorological services. As more and more business leaders become more familiar with this technology, many businesses are moving their drone services in-house. In the article Library drone delivery programme: A study, Nath provides a framework for understanding how drone technology can be integrated into library resources for the community. Since people today are busier than every (well, except for right now in during the quarantine!), many don’t have the time to visit their libraries to use the resources available to them. What if your local library offered drone delivery services? Would you use it? Delivery drones could deliver books wherever and whenever a patron needs the resources, just by using their smartphones. Worldwide, there are already a few drone delivery services up and running such as FlyTrex in Israel. The FAA is working with several drone delivery companies in the US, including Amazon Air. One way libraries can bring drone technology into it’s offerings is to provide workshops and curriculum to the community of how to fly, code, and build drones. Drones will (and already have) created opportunities around content creation and research, therefore more libraries should be using this emerging technology. In densely-populated areas, libraries are usually centrally-located. Urban expansion, traffic, complicated bus schedules, and hectic schedules often prevent people from using the library. To encourage more library use, delivery drones could deliver 2-5 books at one time the patron’s doorstep or right to their hands, regardless of location using the GPS technology in their phones. In 2018, the cost of a single delivery drone was $5,000. Add on the cost of software and extending the library’s Integrated Library Management System, there does need to be an investment and long-term commitment to implementing a drone program in a library. Should a library bring drone delivery to their available resources, here’s how it might work: The library patron use the library app to make a selection. The patron’s physical location would be found using the phone’s GPS. The library receives the request and staff retrieve and check-out the documents (wouldn’t it be cool to have an automated robot retrieve the books?) Staff hands over to drone-handling staff to safely pack the drone Staff in the Ground Control Center fly the drone to deliver the books and fly back Library Drone Delivery Considerations As with creating anything new, there are some important points to consider. Why is library drone delivery necessary? What pain-point is this solving? Technical requirements of the drone, ILMS, maintenance, data storage should all be clearly documented. A site analysis should be conducted to determine any safety hazards, including an airspace analysis. How, when, and where will the drone delivery services be tested. What constitutes success? The one question I always like to add in is, “So what?” It really helps you get past the “this would be a really cool thing to do” and get more into the nitty gritty of the problem you’re trying to solve.And of course, I always suggest creating a pros and cons list for any new technology-related project. Library Drone Delivery Pros and Cons Pros: Quicker access to library resources that can’t be available online Saves time for patrons Can help boost circulation since patrons might not stockpile since it’s easier to get more books when they need them Can act as a mobile library bringing resources to patrons who live far away and in retirement homes Could be branded as a subscription service to help generate revenue for maintenance and support Could bring back the popularity of physical booksCons: Weather may cause delays Malfunctions over traffic Security issues due to human intervention Legal issues, night delivery, flight over people, airspace, trespassing While library drone delivery services may be a ways off here in the US, these are the types of things technology professionals and entrepreneurs need to be thinking about for the future. The first step to getting started implementing drones in any business is to earn your FAA Part 107 certificate, which I help you with here! If you work in a library and are interested in learning more about how drones can be used in STEM education, I would like to invite you to Educators Who Drone, a free Facebook community of educators, pilots, and STEM education advocates. See you there! Sources:Nath, F. (2018). Library drone delivery programme: A study. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 38(5), 349. I’d also like to invite you to check out my drone-specific website! Full transcript: All right, so let’s dive in. We’re going to talk about the library of the future. So I have been sharing quite a bit about how I am learning more and more about the different types of drone business models. are out there, and the different drone use cases. I think that this is an emerging technology that there’s a lot of ideas being thrown out there, some are good, some are not as good, some may need a few more years for other technology to develop. But I came across an article written by Francis Nath from the rain forest Research Institute in India. And in this article, Francis discusses the idea of library drone delivery services. So it wasn’t really something that I have come across much in the drone blogs or the scholarly papers that I read about with drone technology and business and that so I thought it was an interesting idea and interesting concept to try to help get more and more people using library resources that can’t necessarily be delivered online. So in this episode, today, I’m going to give you a summary of the article. I also link to the actual article in the show notes if you’re interested in reading the actual article itself. So I’m going to provide you a summary of this article, as well as a little bit of my own opinions and input on on the article. So, you know, as we all know, over the past several years, drone technologies become much more commercialized. And as a result, there are many creative technology professionals and entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to create scalable businesses around this new emerging technology. There are current sources of revenue for drone operators. These are existing business models for drone operators. These are going to be things like filming video and movies, aerial photography, doing search and rescue operations, crop monitoring services and meteorological services. And as more and more business leaders become more familiar and more comfortable with this technology, a lot of businesses are moving their drone services in house now. So this article is titled library drone delivery program a study. So in this article, Nath provides a framework for understanding how drone technology can be integrated into library resources for the community. So there are, you know, obviously we know people are busier than ever right now. Well, except for right now because of the quarantine. But if you’re listening to this in the future, you know, people are very busy and a lot of people don’t have time to visit their libraries and use the resources that are available to them. If you think about it, what if your local library offered drone delivery services? First of all, would you use it? And second of all, drone delivery could deliver books wherever and whenever a patron needed the resources just by using their smartphones. So worldwide, there are already a few drone delivery services up and running. There’s a company called fly Trek’s in Israel. And in here in the US, the FAA is working with several drone delivery companies, including amazon prime air, so there’s one somewhat easy way for libraries to bring drone technology into its offering. And that is to provide workshops and curriculum to the community on how to fly code and build drones. drones will and already have created opportunities around content creation, research, and as a result library should be using this emerging technology. So if you think about it in densely populated areas, libraries are generally centrally located. But as a result of urban expansion, traffic, complicated bus schedules, which oftentimes requires people to do multiple transfers to get to the library, and then hectic schedules often prevent people from using the library in the services available from the library. So to encourage more library use delivery drones could deliver two to five books at a time, right to the patrons doorstep or even right to their hands regardless of their location. using GPS technology in their phones, so say you are, you know, you’re working at a coffee shop, a local coffee shop and you need a book and you need it, you know, now, you could use your, an app on your phone, and using the GPS technology in your phone, the drone could then deliver the, the book that you need, right to you at that coffee shop. So this article was written in 2018. And at that t
30 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
Educational Podcasting: Reflecting on My Experiences and Finding My Voice
Download my free e-book “Digital Resources for Edupreneurs” https://www.heathermonthie.com/resources/ I share with you 7 different thoughts and things I’ve learned over the last year and a half of podcasting. I also share my vision for the podcast in 2020 and beyond! Why I started my blog and podcast in the first place. I wanted to share technology and education research and news at scale. Really struggled with a name for the podcast, so I took a strategic approach based on alphabetization in the iTunes directory. I think it’s time to change the podcast name now that I have a vision and direction for the podcast. Should I just call it the Heather Monthie Show or the Dr. Heather Podcast? What are your other ideas? Decided to add my podcast to YouTube even though all the “experts” advise against it. YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine and I am able to track that several of you have found the podcast through YouTube. YouTube offers closed-captions on videos which allows those of you who are deaf or hard of hearing to be able to participate. I am still trying to figure out if I am doing the captions correctly, so please feel free to reach out with suggestions to make the podcast more accessible. Podcasting has helped with public speaking and thinking on my toes. I’ve done quite a bit of public speaking in the past, but podcasting has really helped develop that skill even more. I initially made the decision to not do interviews just due to the logistics around trying to match up schedules of two busy people. I intend to start doing interviews in 2020 and will just schedule out when I intend to record hoping that one of those times will work for the guest! I have been financing the costs around setting up and running the podcast. There’s software, hosting, graphics, etc. I’ve kept the cost down quite a bit, but as this grows, I will need to start outsourcing some of the behind the scenes work. I will be looking for an editor, someone who can help with graphics, and promoting on social media. This costs money, so I will be open to having discussions with potential sponsors. I envision this podcast being interesting to these groups of people. I call these individuals social edupreneurs, or education entrepreneurs with a social mission: Teachers, administrators, coaches, technology professionals, etc who are currently working in schools whether it’s K-12, vocational schools, training centers, community colleges, or universities who are interested in making creative change happen in education using technology as a tool. Teachers, administrators, coaches, technology and business professionals, developers, investors, etc who are currently working outside of the educational system who are interested in making creative change happen in education using technology as a tool. A subgroup here are business professionals who are passionate about education but don’t work in education and are interested in helping to make a difference without leaving their profession. I give the example of a cybersecurity professional who might write a book to help teachers feel more confident in the content area. If you’re interested in being on the podcast or maybe you have an idea for what I should rename the podcast, please feel free to send me a message on Linkedin, Facebook, or Twitter!
13 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
How to Protect Yourself on Facebook in 2020
In this episode, I walk you through a few different security settings you can use to tighten up your Facebook privacy. You will learn how to protect yourself on Facebook in 2020. While nothing is 100% secure, you can take certain steps to protect your data! Update your ABOUT section Turn off facial recognition Don’t use Facebook to login to partner sites Hide your friends list Control who sees your posts and other personal information Do a privacy check up Turn on extra security settings Use a strong password that’s hard to guess
7 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
10 Cybersecurity Resources for Teachers (Books, Podcasts, & Training Courses)
Links: https://www.heathermonthie.com/cybersecurity-resources-for-teachers/ National Cyberwatch K12 Cybersecurity Educator Academy http://www.edtechpolicy.org/cyberk12ARCHIVE/cybersecurityeducatoracademy.html Data Privacy in Education, an iKeepSafe Educator Training Course https://ikeepsafe.org/resources/data-privacy-in-education-an-ikeepsafe-educator-training-course/ Cyber Educators https://cyber-educators.com/ Introduction to Cybersecurity https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-cybersecurity Free eBook Repo on Heather’s GitHub https://github.com/DrMonthie Crypto 101 https://www.crypto101.io/ Hacking with Swift https://www.hackingwithswift.com/ Security Weekly https://securityweekly.com/ The Cybersecurity Cast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/herjavec-group-3/the-cybersecurity-cast/e/54753445 The Cyber Wire https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts
13 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Is STEM Education Evolving Fast Enough?
Join me in this episode where I share my thoughts on how STEM education needs to evolve a bit faster. Read the Scientific American article I discuss in this episode. This episode kicks off a cybersecurity education series in the podcast to help you get ready for Cybersecurity Awareness month in October! Join my free About the T in STEM Education Community: http://bit.ly/AboutTheTinSTEMCommunity Download your free chapter sample from Beginner’s Guide to Developing a High School Cybersecurity Program http://bit.ly/CYBERBOOKFREESECTION Purchase here: http://bit.ly/CYBERBOOK Use code OCTOBERPOD10 for 10% off before October 31, 2019
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