Lone Eagle New Year’s Update 2016

AISD’s Alaska Native Innovations Incubator has been presented nationally;
http://lone-eagles.com/austin-2015.htm – sharing MIC’s Canoe Club, as well. Below is my New Year’s Update to my online Alaskan educators. I’m talking with Bart Mwarey about working with Hydaburg and Ilisagvik college for digital storytelling, youth digital entrepreneurship and more! Keep in touch; Frank Odasz frank@lone-eagles.com

From: Frank Odasz
Subject: Lone Eagle “Happy New Year” Update
Date: January 15, 2016 at 12:02:34 PM MST
To: Social Media for Educators , Making the Best Use of Internet for K12


First off, Please let me know how I can help you with the online lessons, and/or your professional priorities.

I’m reflecting this new year on my 30 years of teaching online; 18 years for Alaskans in both villages, and urban cities. Newborns when I started, are now college freshman, and while the technologies have radically changed, not much else really has changed in K12 education and our rural society, regarding the creative opportunities now literally “in-hand.” (mobile devices)

What do we really know about teaching best practices for effective Internet use, now that smartphones and iPads give us mobile connectivity?
Most teachers tell me they don’t get much tech training, or tech support. District tech coordinators tell me no one pays attention to the district technology plan?

Do AK K12 districts in villages promote, and value, teaching youth how they can now live and work anywhere via a booming number of new digital entrepreneurship opportunities, or is a degree and a STEM career with a big corporation in a big city our best hope for all youth, both Native and non-Native? Are youth encouraged to use their digital storytelling tools to preserve elder’s stories for all future generations? What I’m seeing, as reported by GCI, is Netflix is what broadband is all about, not future-proofing our citizens, communities, and cultures? For all the Federal Govt talk about Broadband Opportunities, what rural authentication success stories can we point to as Proof of Concept?

Kids can make the choice to learn anything anytime, and/or to leverage their global voice, to create video tutorials for the 4 billion mostly young people expected online by 2020, mostly poor. Do we teach them that they have these choices? Are creativity apps valued, or do our districts just buy a few canned apps packages matched to appease state standards, and to warrant a nice teacher evaluation?

I see ISIS marketing to vulnerable youth, but no positive counterpart? As the battle between good and evil ramps up online, particularly via Social Media, where are the voices of all the good folks? Silent in fear, or uninformed that they too have a global voice, and a responsibility to speak out?

Native values might suggest we’re all stewards of the Earth and each other, given our new global connectivity.
Here’s a short video showing a glacier sloughing an ice chunk the size of Manhattan;

My most recent learning adventure;
Take a look at the first link at http://lone-eagles.com/storytelling.htm (announcing a native youth digital storytelling workshop.)

Then, read this short workshop summary on its way to Obama via his new native america advisor from the same res. as the youth. The other links are what the youth created. http://lone-eagles.com/workshop-summary.doc

Last year’s learning adventure; I ran a unique project for NTIA and Connect Alaska; http://lone-eagles.com/incubator.htm The first couple pages are the grant goals as to what did, and didn’t get funded. Due to the funding cut at the last minute, everything had to be online only, but IS now ONLINE for unrestricted sharing, too.

Within the incubator are short video tutorials to accelerate fast-track learning; http://lone-eagles.com/what-you-can-do-too.htm
See the incubator video (3-4 minutes) at
How to create a local youth-driven innovations incubator (5 minutes)

http://lone-eagles.com/digitizing-alaska.htm has links to short videos on creating an app business on an iphone without coding; appempire.com
Only one of many such iterations.

On the national front;

This recent Broadband Opportunity Council report, calls for more peer-to-peer sharing of authentic rural empowerment success stories and clarity on how our diverse demographics, from PreK to Elders, can BEST benefit from being online, whether we call it broadband, or cell service, fiber, or Wifi.

My 10 pages of June 2015 Broadband Opportunities Council input, is online as a WORD doc here;

Also, on the national rural broadband front, I took these videos and am part of planning 10 rural panels for Austin Broadband Communities; 2016

My bio and three articles I suggest you read (w links to my Alaskan work.)

If you have success stories related to this panel topic please share them!

10:00 am – 10:50 am (FRANK ODASZ)
Rural Broadband Adoption Best Practices Challenges for Tribal Nations (and all non-adopters)
This panel will consider current lessons learned with challenges ensuring effective use and adoption of broadband in tribal communities. Give broadband, and/or FTTH, what utilization best practices have been embraced to create measurable benefits across diverse intended audiences, and the significantly different platforms for innovation; FTTH, wireless, smartphones, and social media? Lessons learned from the 2014 NTIA Connect Alaska “Alaska Native Innovations Incubator” pilot project models, and extensive resources will be shared for discussion. “The heart of the problem is the heart of the opportunity.” Fast-track motivational training to kickstart meaningful measurable intial broadband usage outcomes will be addressed.

Moderator or Panelist: Frank Odasz

No pressure, but have fun exploring!



Frank Odasz was inspired after attending the 2011 potlatch for LeVerne Welcome, and has been teaching Alaskan educators online courses since 1998. As the sole person behind Lone Eagle Consulting, Frank enjoys the freedom of being an instructional entrepreneur, living on a ranch in Montana, with no bosses and no employees. Giving others this opportunity to live and work wherever you want, is Frank's passion.

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