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Keynotes for #UCET17

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UCET is excited to announce that Alice Keeler and Steph Davis will be joining us as a keynote speakers at the 2017 UCET Conference at the University of Utah! Travis Allen will also be joining us as our noon keynote speaker on Thursday and then leading a noon workshop on Friday.

  • Thursday, March 16th: Alice Keeler will help us kick off the conference with a keynote address about Gamification In the Classroom.
  • Thursday & Friday: Travis Allen will present a special noon keynote, "Becoming a Lifelong Learner" in the main ballroom.
  • Friday, March 17th: Steph Davis will kick off day two with a special keynote about conquering fear and measuring risk.

Read below to learn more about each of our speakers:

Join us at #ucet17 to hear Alice Keeler on Thursday, March 16th talk about how you can make your classroom just as engaging as a game of World of Warcraft… without the combat of course.  Alice, a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, and Microsoft Innovative Educator will present her keynote address first thing in the morning on the subject of "Gamification & Student Engagement."

After the keynote you can get even more from Alice in one of her three breakout sessions:

Intro to Google Classroom
Get started the right way with Alice's simple steps for setting up Google Classroom.  Learn how to create a classroom, add students, insert content, and create paperless activities for your students with Google Docs, Sheets, and more.  Note – Google Classroom is only available to teachers in a Google Apps For Educator enabled school district.

Advanced Google Classroom Tips
If you've already been using Google Classroom then this is the presentation for you.  Find some new best practices to try with your students, learn new shortcuts, explore interactive features you can leverage to increase engagement, and take your Google Classroom Game to the "Next Level".

Google Expeditions
An exciting afternoon math lesson adventure withwhich will include a virtual reality trip to the mountain peaks of Yosemite National Park.

To learn more about Alice visit her website at http://alicekeeler.com/  

Also be sure to purchase your own copy of Alice's book 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom at Amazon.com

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On Day 2 of #ucet17 you're going to find out just what happens when you jump off a cliff… with a wing suit and a parachute.

Join us Friday morning, March 17th, when our second keynote speaker, Steph Davis, will teach us what it's like to fly. In our current educational landscape change is coming at us faster than we can prepare, maybe as fast as the approaching ground when freefalling from dizzying heights.  As a result we as educators must learn to try new things, take risks, and confront the fear of failure.  During Steph's presentation we will learn how she handles fear, manages risk, and accepts the changes that life brings us all along the way.

Steph Davis is a resident of Moab, Utah and an accomplished rock climber – she is the second woman to free climb El Capitan in one day, and the first woman to free solo The North Face of Castleton Tower outside Moab.  learningtoflyClimbing is only one way she's famous.  When it comes to getting down from her ascents she doesn't take the easy way, instead she has become a world famous base jumper and wing suit flyer travelling the world to create amazing videos, commericials, and assist stunt teams filming scenes for major motion pictures through her company Climb2Fly Productions.(https://filmfestivalflix.com/ambassador/steph-davis/)

In addition to all of these amazing accomplishments she's an active blogger (http://stephdavis.co/blog/), vegan recipe wizard, educator, and professional speaker. 

You can read more about Steph at her website StephDavis.co and pick up a copy of her new book Learning to Fly at Amazon.com in hardback, paperback, or Kindle format.

Thanks to Steph Davis, UCET is also partnering with one of her sponsors, Osprey Packs, to give a Pixel Backpack to one teacher a month in preparation for #ucet17.  For more information on how to win an Osprey Pixel Pack click here – https://www.ucet.org/whats-in-your-backpack/

 

Travis Allen

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Thursday Noon Keynote: Becoming a Lifelong Learner
Take a journey with college student, Travis Allen, and learn what it means to be a lifelong learner. This concept has an entirely new definition in today's Information Age and it requires us to create new skills while at the same time, embracing our inner student. Discover how schools, teachers, and the students themselves unintentionally obstruct their own path for the best possible education. And, most importantly, learn how to cultivate the right environment to break past these barriers.

Friday Workshop: Overcoming the Top 10 Barriers to Technology Adoption
There have been many consistent challenges that schools face as they move towards a 1:1 or BYOD environment. It takes more than just putting tablets in the classroom to create a successful learning environment. You have to build the right infrastructure, create a solid vision, and most importantly, create the right culture. In this session, we will discuss best practices and how to overcome some of the biggest barriers in your mobile deployment. 

Travis' Bio 
Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 8 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 200,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza; and in 2015 he won the GA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.