UELMA Conference

Written by Leslie Lewis on . Posted in Education, Utah

UELMA, Utah Educational Library Media Association, will be holding their conference on March 3 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.  UELMA is the only organization in the state that was organized specifically as a support and community for school libraries.  UELMA provides a yearly conference to enable professional growth in a dynamic and changing environment.  One of UELMA's ongoing goals is to publicize the components and dimensions of school library media programs.  

The theme for the UELMA conference this year is "Librarians: Agents of Change".  School Librarians work to create welcoming, fun, interactive library experiences for all students.  Join us at UELMA to learn more, have fun and lend a hand in spreading the word about Utah's school libraries!

Guest Speakers and Authors/Illustrators this year include

Chris Raschka, author of Yo!Yes!
Emily Wing Smith, author of The Way We Lived
Judd Winick, author/illustrator of Pedro & Me
Jake Parker, creator of the Missile Mouse graphic novels

The Service Project for the year is YouthLinc & the Santa Isabel, Peru Library Project. Youthlink is dedicated to creating lifetime humanitarians of Utah young people.  

UEN presenters this year include Dani Sloan, Shannon Ririe, & Jami Gardner.  

Stop by the UCET Table to enjoy sit down comedy with Michael Hackkarinen and Andrew Clark.  

Here is a sampling of the Utah School Library Media Specialists who will be leading workshops.

Celia Powell & Cindy Moyle – Picture Books with Secondary Students
Jeff Curran – Twitter & Google+
Jessica Moody – BookTube
Chris Haught – Research 2 Write
Cindy Mitchell – Book Frenzy
Sarah Herron – Every Student Succeds with Strong School Libraries
DaNea Lau – Censorship Vs. Selection
Brad Butcher – Hosting an Author
Warren Child – Hosting a Book Group
Sheri Haderlie & Jadene Denniston – Fake News & Real Strategies
Complete Conference Schedule – March 3, 2017 – Utah Cultural Celebration Center – 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City

To register for UELMA visit this website.  




Free app for IOS and Android: SPRK Lightening Lab-Programming for Sphero Robots

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Android Apps, iOS Apps, Mobile Apps

SPRK Lightning Lab is an app that lets kids program their Sphero robots from a tablet or phone. Beginning coders use block-based programming to direct and control their robot. A text-based code viewer is also available so kids can see how their block code translates into actual code. This gives experienced programmers more flexibility and is a scaffold to help students scale up their coding skills.

Price: Free, Paid

Grades: 3-8

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sprk-lightning-lab-programming/id1017847674?mt=8

ANDROID: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sphero.sprk&hl=en

Democracy: A “contact” sport

Written by Charice Carroll on . Posted in Uncategorized

I received an email from ISTE, of which UCET is an affiliate, with an update of some of the events that have happened on the national stage that affect education. I thought it would be interesting to our members to pass along some of the information. Remember to get involved in advocacy efforts and contact your federal Congressional Representatives to express your feelings either in favor or against any of the measures coming before them. Let your voices be heard, for example, on how you feel about the bill, co-sponsored by Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, that would abolish the Department of Education. You can find your representative and their contact info by going to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Remember, Democracy is a "contact" sport!

ISTE Advocacy Update

DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary: This week, the US Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education on a 51-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie vote. Immediately after the vote, Vice President Pence swore in Ms. DeVos. Thus, she has officially begun her job as Secretary. No word yet on whom she will name to run the Office of Education Technology.

ESSA Implementation: Also this week, the full House of Representatives voted, using its authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to rescind regulations approved by the previous Secretary to govern the accountability and teacher preparation provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The accountability regulations established a timeline for states to identify and implement remediation measures for their lowest performing schools. The Senate appears poised to approve this repeal and the President is reportedly prepared to sign the final legislation.  Should these last two steps occur, the CRA would bar the Department of Education from reissuing the old rules or approving new rules that are "substantially the same" as the previous rules. If the repeal occurs, it is not clear if the Department of Education can or will issue any new rules or guidance to help guide states in implementing those portions of ESSA.

Lifeline Program: Late last week, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he had decided to revoke the Commission's authorization of nine telecommunications companies to serve as broadband providers for the Lifeline program, effectively blocking implementation of the Lifeline program's transition to broadband. ISTE strongly supported the inclusion of provisions in last year's Lifeline modernization order that allowed low-income recipients to use their Lifeline subsidies for broadband and not just voice services. Allowing broadband support in the Lifeline program represents a significant step in connecting students without Internet access at home and helping close the "homework gap."

ISTE joined with 16 national public and private education and library associations (which comprise EdLiNC) in condemning Chairman Pai's action in a joint press release: "This decision will significantly hamper efforts to help close the homework gap for thousands of low-income and rural students, preventing them from gaining access to online resources, to college and employment applications, and to their teachers and peers. We cannot understand the need to block the roll-out of the Lifeline broadband program now and urge the Chairman to reconsider this action."

E-Rate: Simultaneous with his Lifeline decision, Chairman Pai issued an order that would rescind the Commission's findings, issued late last year, on progress that the E-Rate has made in ensuring  robust Wi-Fi in schools and libraries and broadband fiber connections to their buildings.

ISTE and its 16 allies called-out this action in the press release mentioned above, saying: "E-Rate has done more to connect America's public and private schools and public libraries in the past 20 years than any other state or federal program and EdLiNC remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the strength and viability of this program. We urge the Chairman to reconsider this action."

Hundreds of Thousands Free Historical and Art Images

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Internet Resources

The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art has just released 375,000 images of works from its collections.  There are no restrictions on what you can use them for.  They've been added to the US public domain.


You'll find works by Vermeer, Degas, Rembrandt, as well as historical objects and relics.

You can also take a look at over a million images from the British Library.


The New York Public Library also has over 180,000 images.


Thank You!!

Written by Andrew Clark on . Posted in Uncategorized

here is a gentleman that I admire and had the opportunity to be mentored under and he always told me that "the weather is always beautiful" no matter where we are. When I look outside and see the blue skies, I'm reminded of this phrase.  It helps me to remain optimistic about the future.  Recently I've felt that teachers don't get the credit they deserve.  I've been noticing this as I've ventured into the classrooms of my own children and as I continue to work with teachers.  I can remember feeling this way with my own classroom, and I can remembering thinking that a simple "Thank You" would certainly go a long way in making a difference in my life.  It is because of this that I want to say thanks!  Teachers are tireless workers who see the best in every student.  They spend countless hours devising ways to impact the lives of the students that they interact with and they do it all with a heart of gold.  I know that teaching isn't the most glamorous of positions, but you are making a big difference.  Perhaps you've heard all this before, but I want you to know that you make life better!  You are doing great things!  T  It is with that same optimism that I would like to remind you that no matter what your classroom feels like now, or at the end of the day the weather will always be beautiful.  Students will always learn, you will always impact their lives, and you will continue to make a difference.  Thank you for choosing to be a teacher.  Thank you for being willing to tackle all that life throws at you and to walk away unscathed.  Thank you for being you!