Submit Your Fabulous Proposal Now!

Written by Tricia Jackson on . Posted in #ucet18, Uncategorized

The UCET 2018 Conference will be held at University of Utah on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, 2018. Call for presentations is now open and will close December 22. This is a bit earlier than tradition. We hope to get the presentations selected and scheduled by mid-February. Please review the UCET Call for Presenters Guide found here before submitting your presentation proposal for the UCET conference here.

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EdSurge Tech Leaders Circle: Salt Lake City, UT

Written by Tricia Jackson on . Posted in Advocacy

NOTE: The information below has been pulled directly from the EdSurge Eventbrite posting. It has been reposted here in an effort to spread the word among tech leaders in Utah. Please consider attending.

EdSurge, in collaboration with the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, is traveling around the country to learn the best practices from education leaders currently working in K-12 schools and district offices.

This inaugural event will focus on personalized learning. What is personalized learning? Is it just another buzzword? How are you thinking about PL? Does technology play a role? It will be a night of collaboration, where the focus will be on learning from each other. You should walk away with new connections and a wealth of new ideas.

EdSurge is hosting this event to learn from you, report on your stories around personalized learning, and look for potential writers for the EdSurge network.

Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.

Come connect with folks from all over the Salt Lake City area, engage in great conversation, and learn from other awesome educators!

Tue, October 17, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT

Access Salt Lake
175 West 200 South
Garden Level
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Use the following link to register:

Tooele Techtoberfest 2017

Written by Leslie Lewis on . Posted in Education

It seems like a long drive to Tooele. It is about 34 miles and 40 minutes along I-80 from Salt Lake City to Tooele. Techtoberfest, held at Stansbury High School on Friday, October 6, was well worth the trip.
Derek Larson, a St. George native, gave an inspiring keynote that included an homage to his friends and others who were in Las Vegas on the day of the tragic mass shooting.

Derek Larson is the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center. Formerly a 4th grade teacher, he encouraged all of us to take time out to unplug from our technology and our hectic lives and plug INTO nature and most importantly our families, books, hobbies and other things we love in order to relax and recharge.

Derek did not fail to put in a plug for #utedchat every Wednesday night at 9:00 P.M. It’s great fun AND informative if you can stay up that late.

The first session I attended was Derek’s Breakout Box session. That was exciting! A Breakout Kit is a unique set of resettable locks, boxes, and items that can be used to play many games. The best part of the game, (the one we played was the Never-ending Faculty Meeting – OH THE HORROR!) was the debriefing afterward that included discussing how each clue was found and decoded.   BreakoutEDU

Tooele School District has come up with a great method for combating phishing in their district and they are willing to share. After including all the people who support learning; district bus drives, secretaries, teachers, administrators, custodians and kitchen staff, in a training involving this short video, they noted a BIG decrease in the number of computer viral infections and a BIG increase in the number of phishing scams reported. Link to their FINE PHISHING VIDEO.

Other sessions included Smart Board, Near Pod, Blended Learning, Student Data Protection, Canvas, Plickers, Sway, Gamification, and Virtual Reality.  There was something for everyone!

Thanks to the clever, hard-working people who planned and implemented Techtoberfest; Jim Langston, Thane St. Clair, Nicole St. Clair, Katy Challis, Curriculum Staff, Deb Bushek, Chantet Cowan, Patricia Baldwin, Hal Strain and the Tooele School District IT Department.

Posted! October Newsletter

Written by Tricia Jackson on . Posted in Newsletter

The October Newsletter introduces us to this year’s conference theme (#YOUcet) and speakers (Manoush Zomorodi and John Couch). We also have a spot on EdCampUT set for November 4. Some of the other topics covered:

  • Google Keep
  • UCET on YouTube
  • Online Learning
  • STEMSpark
  • MinecraftEDU
  • Excel Tutorials
  • Arts and Understanding
  • iOS 11
  • Eco-Schools
  • Watson 1.0

and many more! Missed an issue? Check it out at Newsletter

Connecting Globally and Locally as Educators

Written by Tricia Jackson on . Posted in #UCET17

We live in a day where teaching is no longer limited to the four physical walls of your classroom, or even your school building. We can connect with people across the globe and increase the chances of our students becoming global citizens. How can we make sure we are connecting safely as well as teaching our students to do the same? Do we have to always think globally or are there resources that are available more locally as well? We need to make sure and take the time and effort to both reach out to the world as well as nurture the face to face connections we have available to us in our own backyards. – – Derek Larson