Momentum Chrome Extension

Written by Tricia Jackson on . Posted in Uncategorized

Momentum is a Chrome extension. It provides a beautiful picture in a new tab, has a daily quote and offers a few widgets for customization. More information can be found at

They also offer a Plus version that offers some integrations, countdowns and notes.

"What integrations are supported? Todo integrations: Trello, Todoist, Wunderlist, Google Tasks. Metric integrations: Fitbit Steps and Todoist Karma. Next integration: Asana."

UCET Enjoys “Luck of the Irish”!

Written by Leslie Lewis on . Posted in #UCET17

Day One of #UCET17 began with a smooth check-in process for attendees and volunteers.  We all felt the magic of Big Band Era music as The Mixed Nuts Band enlivened our early morning.   A hilarious video starring the UCET Board had everyone laughing.

Guitarist Jim Fish rolled out the day with Ozark Mountain beats that had us all tapping our toes on Day Two of #UCET17. 

An all-star cast of super heroes crashed the opening meeting on Day Two.  Dora the Explorer, Batman and Darth Vadar showed up to fling socks and Tshirts into the audience along with Tina Fey, (a Dani K. Sloan lookalike).

Alice Keeler’s presentation, What if School Were More Like World of Warcraft, caught and kept our attention as we learned about gamification in the classroom.  Her slides are located here.

As an educator, climber, and base jumper, Steph Davis encouraged and challenged us to take risks and embrace failure as a teaching tool.  Visit her breath-taking blog here

Travis Allen, President and Founder of the iSchool Initiative, presented both days.  On Thursday he spoke about Becoming a Lifelong Learner and Friday about Overcoming the Top Ten Barriers to Technology Adoption.  Visit his website here

There were so many excellent presenters it was hard to chose who to visit.  The playgrounds, the vendors and the Wonderment Bus added to the general excitement and enthusiasm for topics dear to our hearts, educating students and ourselves and technology!  There we many innovative ideas, lessons, and products available. 

If you missed it this year, mark your calendars for next #UCET18.  Coming Spring 2018!

Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

March 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now — GLOBE Atmosphere (Grades K-12) — NASA’s fleet of satellites, its airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Learn about clouds and contrails using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program. This international science and education program provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Register online to participate.


March 16, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Astrobiology and Looking for Life (Grades 6-12) — In this webinar, we will discuss how NASA has turned the search for alien life from science fiction to a quickly growing research field. Topics in Earth and space science linked to biology will help us understand the most current theories for how life came to be here on Earth and where we could find it next. Classroom activities for numerous grades will put this exploration into the hands of the next generation of scientists. Register online to participate.


March 21, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Teachers Connect: NASA's Langley Research Center Centennial Badge (Grades 6-8) — The first half of the webinar will focus on clouds and their role in Earth’s energy budget and on implementation ideas using GLOBE for different classroom settings as part of the “Earth Right Now: LaRC 100th” digital badge. Participants will talk about student badge implementations, extension ideas and extra resources. The second half-hour will center on the engineering design process using the "Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge" as part of the “Journey to Mars: LaRC 100th” digital badge. This portion of the webinar will focus on forces and motion and on math calculations using paper airplanes and testing different materials as part of the “Aeronautics: LaRC 100th” digital badge. This webinar meets requirements of teacher discussions within the NASA Langley 100th Educator Professional Development Collaborative digital badges. Register online to participate. To learn more about the Langley 100th digital badges, log in to and search for LaRC 100th.


March 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now — Weather to Fly By (Grades K-12) — Participants will learn about basic meteorological concepts including the general characteristics of the atmosphere and how weather conditions and weather phenomena occur. There will be hands-on, standards-aligned mathematics, science and engineering activities about density, mass, fluid dynamics and weather so participants can new ideas take back to their classrooms. Real-world connections with NASA and the airplanes that do weather research will be discussed as the webinar highlights a partnership between NASA Armstrong and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, with the Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology, or SHOUT, mission. Register online to participate.


March 23, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now: From Earth to the Moon (Grades 4-12) — Earth is influenced by our moon. Humankind has always observed and asked questions about the moon. NASA has studied our moon for almost 60 years and has sent humans there. Explore that technological accomplishment and the Earth/moon relationship by integrating NASA missions, online resources and STEM classroom lessons. Experience some real “classroom lunacy.” Register online to participate.


For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to:


For US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station–Students Talk to Astronauts

Call for Proposals — Window is February 15 – April 15, 2017

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crewmember on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the radio contact would be held between Jan 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits determine the exact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Students learn about technology, communications, and science studied on board the ISS.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2017. For proposal information and details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and days/times of Information Sessions, go to Please direct any questions to .


#ucet17 Badges, Parking & Schedules

Written by Tricia Jackson on . Posted in #UCET17, #ucet4success

As of March 14, attendees have been sent an email with a link to print badges. Please don't forget to print and cut out your badge before arriving at UCET 2017. You will be receiving a lanyard and badge holder upon arrival. The badge holder is 3” h x 4” w. The shaded area of the badge matches this size exactly.

Please be careful of the QR code. This contains important contact information we will use to scan your badge on arrival. The QR code may also be used by any attendee with which you would like to share your contact information.

Registration and badge scanning will start at 7:30 a.m. along with the live entertainment in the Union. Get there early, enjoy the music, and get pumped up!

You can use this map – – to locate Merrill Engineering Building Parking and Union Visitor Parking. There will also be a Getting the Most Out of UCET session in the Student Lounge just after the keynote on Thursday morning. Be sure to download the CrowdCompass Directory app and search for UCET 2017 to get the complete schedule.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We want #ucet4success!

Web Based Conference Schedule –

Follow up the UCET love at ISTE

Written by Jared Covili on . Posted in #UCET17, 2017 Conference

We're all so excited for UCET this week.  It will be great to learn new things, connect with old friends, and share in our Utah community.  Some of you may be wondering how you can expand your PLN beyond Utah and learn from even more amazing educators.  In a word – ISTE.  The International Society for Technology in Education conference in June is a fantastic way to continue the conversations started at UCET.  This year's conference is being held from June 26 – 29 in San Antonio, Texas.  It will bring together educators from around the world, all with the purpose to help students learn and grow through technology integration.  I hope you'll consider attending ISTE, it's been a huge part of my professional learning and I know it can make a difference for you too.