What we already knew about social media…

Written by Robert Gordon on . Posted in Education

My post comes from one of the ISTE 2017 keynotes, Jennie Magiera. I am not attending ISTE, though I would love to be there, I chose to stay close to home for family reasons. I have been able to catch quite a bit of the conference via Periscope and #passthescope. Jennie's keynote was very inspiring. She told 5 stories of technology and education and opportunities to reach the students through the use of teachnolgy and story telling. At the end, she encouraged us to make a change through story. #ISTEStory (Look for her keynote to come out later this summer)

One of the stories she told had to do with social media and how it sometimes can make us and our students feel about ourselves. She referenced an article by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, titled: Don't Let Facebook Make You Miserable. In it the author points out several things that we should already know, mainly that people post the good things about their lives and fail to talk about the bad. He quotes, “Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides,”  which is good advice when talking about social media.

I wanted to share this so you could read the article and have a tool to help you when you see a student that is letting social media make them miserable. 

 

 

 

Bring Your Company to UCET!

Written by Sallie Warnecke on . Posted in Uncategorized

2018 will be our best year yet! We will have information up on our web site regarding registration soon. Check back frequently as updates will appear on our web site dedicated to our vendors.

We have lowered pricing for our silver level vendors to better support our vendors. We couldn't have our conference without you and we value our loyal silver level sponsors. 

Again next year, the conference will be hosted at the University of Utah. We will continue to offer four options to vendors: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Silver Playground. We feel that there is an option that will fit your company perfectly.

Questions: email or phone Sallie Warnecke 801-560-8360.

Finding Happiness in Work and School

Written by Cody Plumhof on . Posted in Education

Too often outside external sources define and play a roll in our perception of happiness in our own lives. Does working harder make us happier? Is this mode of thinking counter-productive? Shawn Achor teaches about "The Happy Secret to Better Work" in this 12 minutes through his Ted Talk which can help employees, teachers and students. 

 

 

 

So Long May

Written by Andrew Clark on . Posted in Uncategorized

May is on it's way out and we are about to enter June. Some of you reading this are doing so from the comfort of your beach chair because you've had your last day of school, you said goodbye to your students, and you're on vacation (or you're getting close). Some of us are still in session participating in all kinds of end of the year activities. We've been helping students check out, and we've been crossing off several to-do's from our list so that we can catch our breath before summer work begins.

My own kids are counting down the days (and I say hours and minutes) until they complete another grade level and get to move on. They are thinking that they can shut down and relax for the next few months. They always act this way for about the first 48 hours, and then the dreaded "boredom" sets in. As a parent I can think of things for them to do and I offer suggestions and sometimes those suggestions turn into actual things that they need to do. This summer I'm going to have my kids work on the Wonderopolis summer activities. I'm hoping that being curious this summer they will learn and do more. I'm going to allow them to make more decisions about what it is that they want to learn, because as they get older they can decide more. I'm sure on our road trips this summer to the Rural Schools Conference in Cedar City we will enjoy some Brains On podcasts and we'll all learn together. 

I hope your summer is full of curiosity and wonder! Catch your breath for a minute have a delicious soda from one of those awesome soda shacks and get excited for all the good things that are coming up in the next few months!

Preparing for Summer!

Written by Sallie Warnecke on . Posted in Uncategorized

As summer is quickly approaching, it is a good idea to remember how to back up your data from your computer, ipad, and other technologies that you use during the year. A great place to back up data is in a cloud storage option, such as google drive. It's as simple as a drag and drop which doesn't require a lot of time. 

As we begin to think of summer, it's also a great time to look at some good resources out there that you can use during break and upon your return from summer break. Here's a brief list:

Haiku Deck – a great tool for creating slide shows with great graphics

eMaze – another great free resource for creating captivating slide shows

goAnimate.com – free resource for creating videos

PowToon – a free resource to create animated videos and presentations

beFunky – free collage maker

picMonkey – free collage maker

Have a great summer!