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Friday, March 2
 

10:45am

Don't know where to start? Effective Lesson Planning with Technology
Do you have exciting technology in your classroom? Do you struggle with time for planning technology-rich lessons? Go beyond projecting an object with a visual presenter (aka document camera) or using an interactive whiteboard as an overpriced screen to integrating the technology into your lesson planning. Learn how visual presenters can add dimension and how students can actively use interactive whiteboards to learn. This presentation explores best practices for utilizing tools to engage students and accelerate learning. Examine sample lessons and discover how to examine them for effective technology use. A helpful checklist is used to evaluate tasks to make sure they are standards-based, engaging, problem-based and/or using technology to enhance academic achievement. Characteristics from the checklist are seen in lesson plans that successfully integrate technology. Learn steps to follow when planning to help decide when, how and if you will use technology tools. In addition, I will share resources to help you on your journey to a fully integrated classroom. Walk away with tips, strategies & more to help you successfully use your technology tools to accelerate student learning.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am
E109

10:45am

Introducing: SIS2000+, the USOE's free solution for managing students.
Did you know the the Utah State Office of Education offers a FREE student information system? Introducing SIS2000+. SIS2000+ is the free solution for maintaining and managing student grades, attendance, and courses. Includes such features as: enrollment, academic history,test history, special programs, grade book, transcripts, lunch services, SEOP, behavior, and much, much more. Web access for teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Automatically exports daily to UTREx. No cost for application software. No annual maintenance fees.


Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am
I-206

10:45am

Online Teaching Tips
Top do's and a few don't's for those interested in teaching online. If you have been unexpectedly assigned more online responsibilities, or would like to explore online teaching as an option, we will offer some suggestions of what to expect and how to meet the needs of online learners.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Rasmussen

Victoria Rasmussen

technology professional development, UEN,


Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am
1536

10:45am

Portable Applications - Your Life Close at Hand
An overview of the PortableApps.com Platform for Windows computers. PortableApps.com has put together an solution for taking your documents and useful programs with you at all times. The latest release is polished, expansive and customizable. Install your life on a USB hard or flash drive and never miss your stuff. We will go over the platform and several essential programs like Firefox, Audacity,

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am
2006

10:45am

The End is Near? Common Core Standards in Your Classroom
2012 may be the end of the world, but it won't be due to implementing the common core in your classroom. Come participate in this informative session and learn how using common core strategies in your classroom can improve student literacy and help you address national standards. We promise the world won't end if you attend!

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am
E104

10:45am

Understanding student responses to online feedback and digital recommendations
What kinds of feedback are most useful to students? How do students respond to feedback presented in a digital environment? As part of a research team designing educational technology interfaces, we conducted a set of user design workshops that explored how students prefer to receive feedback on their work products during drafting and final submissions. The workshop also examined student preferences in receiving feedback in dynamic systems (e.g., online learning systems). Based on the workshops, we designed varying levels of online feedback, including conceptual feedback, feedback on error types, and digital resource recommendations while students worked on an essay writing task. Results inform our understanding of what constitutes adequate feedback during project drafts and final submissions, especially in online environments. In this session, we will present our findings about how students respond to feedback in an online environment and discuss implications for teaching.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am
J221

12:00pm

Cool Classroom Projects using the Technology of a Wiki
Have you ever used a wiki for a classroom project? Have you ever used a wiki? What is a wiki? Come find out what a wiki is, how to use a wiki, and how to design classroom projects so students have more ownership of their work. In this session you will be able to create a wiki, invite only specific students or a whole class if you desire to use the wiki, and how to set up a wiki in creating awesome classroom projects. Come expand your horizons to new ideas in creating a fun and effective classroom through classroom projects by using the technology of a wiki!

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
G101

12:00pm

Geocaching: Mixing Technology and Your Curriculum
Geocaching is a worldwide recreational activity enjoyed by GPS users. It involves a GPS user hiding a "cache" and posting the exact coordinates so other GPS users can come on a "scavenger hunt" to find it. There are caches of all kinds for all ages and are usually placed in interesting locations in your area that you may not know about.
The concept of the game can be easily adapted as an engaging way to have students discover concepts and information in any curriculum. With a little work you’ve integrated technology, a little exercise, and whatever topic you want to explore, giving multiple ways to learn subject matter.
Use a ‘Multi-Stage Cache’ to test the comprehension of your students from the story your class just read; or perhaps you could have your students cooperatively solve a math puzzle to find the hidden container; or even peruse the ‘EarthCaches’ on Geocaching.com - caches from around the world based on various geology and earth sciences.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Ailshie

Brian Ailshie

2nd Grade Teacher, Wasatch County School District
I have taught as a technology teacher for ten years, and then switched to a 2nd grade classroom. This will be my 4th year teaching 2nd grade.


Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
J221

12:00pm

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Ten Ways to Enhance Student Learning using Common Core Standards.
Okay, I know about the Common Core Standards, now where do I go from here? This session is geared towards helping teachers enhance student learning using common core standards, by adapting their current curriculums to meet the Common Core Standards and incorporating the newer portions of the CCSS standards (including argument writing, informational texts, etc.).

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E104

12:00pm

Integrating programming to math and/or science programs
Using Java programming in math and science classes to enhance the curriculum. Working with the Gridworld case study to enhance inheritance and interaction for math or science classes. Application of STEM principles in a new way.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2004

12:00pm

Middle School -- Failure is not an Option

Catch Them Before They Fall -- Do you know that most student who eventually drop out of school begin thinking about dropping out after they get their first low grade in middle school. This session will explore ways to "Catch Students Before they Fall" including skills remediation in reading and math as well as 6-week remediation programs and full course remediation solutions in all core subject areas. This session will show how schools can provide an environment for middle school students where failure is not an option, so that all students can stay on the path toward a successful high school graduation.



Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1538

12:00pm

Technology in Schools Q & A
SPOTLIGHT-2nd Session-As a follow up to the opening Keynote, join Rushton in a question and answer panel dicussing issues with emerging technologies in our schools.
http://www.nextvista.org/, http://twitter.com/rushtonh

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1051

1:15pm

A 'GPS Toolkit' to Guide Your Social Studies Teaching
G = Geography P = Primary Sources S = Strategies & T = Technology/Other Tools

Come see how to weave geography throughout your curriculum and how to incorporate proven history and literacy strategies into your upper elementary or Jr. High Social Studies classes, so that your students can “Experience” a bit of history and geography. You will learn where to access Primary Sources and be given ideas on how to include them in your Social Studies class. In addition, you will be introduced to online interactive history games, web sites, and other technology tools that will engage your students in history, geography, and culture. The presenter will also share professional learning and study opportunities available for teachers that will enhance and enrich both your learning, and that of your students.”

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
1541

1:15pm

A Hands-On Approach for Struggling Readers
Students with low reading abilities benefit from explicit instruction in phonemic awareness skills and encoding strategies. But how do we teach those skills in a real world setting? Practical, hands-on classroom activities that equip struggling readers with research-based strategies to improve their spelling, reading fluency, and literacy will be demonstrated.

Research has demonstrated that many struggling readers, including individuals who have dyslexia, have trouble breaking words down into letter-sound segments which, naturally, impedes their reading fluency and comprehension. But research has also revealed that these students “can learn these relationships with intensive phonics training” (Shaywitz, 2003).

Throughout the presentation, the presenter will provide an interactive experience where participants can apply the learned phonetic decoding strategies directly to reading activities and be given immediate feedback. Through these activities, the presenter will equip participants with methodology for their struggling readers that can be applied in the reading classroom.

The target audience of this presentation includes teachers, administrators, and family members who have a need to improve word-attack skills and increase reading fluency for their struggling readers.
http://www.readinghorizons.com

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
1041

1:15pm

Budget Cut Your Field Trips?
Involving students in Video Field Trips via Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) is a great way to bring the world to your classroom, but how do you get started? What kinds of opportunities are available? Where do you get the equipment and how do you pay for it? This session will answer all the questions about IVC Video Field Trips and provide information on grant opportunities. Come armed with your questions to ask the experts!

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
J211

1:15pm

Integrating technology in curiculum.
I will discuss integration of technology in various aspects of the curriculum from the viewpoint of a teacher in a 1:1 situation and for teachers without that access.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G101

1:15pm

New Improved Starfall
Learning about the new things available on the More Starfall.com

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
J218

1:15pm

Updating Your Teaching Style
SPOTLIGHT-3rd Session-Tired of looking at the same old things in your closet? Want to update your look and add style and flair without breaking the bank? In this fun, hands-on class, you will learn how to see what's really hanging in your closet, combine existing articles of clothing for a new look, wear accessories in imaginative ways, and dress to emphasize the positives in your body. We'll also look at wardrobe essentials and discuss what to keep, what to toss, and what to buy to round out your wardrobe.
http://www.chiconashoestring.com/


Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
1051

2:30pm

Excel: Full Color Data Management
Learn to use sort, filter, conditional formatting, charts and a couple basic functions that will make managing your data more colorful and fun. Get tips for working with dates and flagging problems or highlighting highs to draw attention to the places you need it focused in a big sheet of raw information.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Rasmussen

Victoria Rasmussen

technology professional development, UEN,


Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G104

2:30pm

Fillable Forms with Microsoft Office 2010
Learn to create fillable forms where students can enter information without being able to change the form. These are then sent back to the teacher, making it a paperless experience.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G101

2:30pm

Increasing Student Engagement with Online Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum

Maximize learning with online courses! Whether your model is blended, hybrid, completely online, or in a classroom, the ability to employ technology in a facilitated learning environment enables teachers and students to engage in a supportive learning environment.

Recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association with a 2011 Distance Learning Award, Education2020’s online learning system offers opportunities for students in grades 6-12 at both ends of the learning spectrum. Advanced students can take courses beyond their grade level or study subjects not offered. For students who are struggling, e2020 provides crucial supplemental and remedial support.

Students are engaged in the learning process through a completely multi-media online environment including animations, simulations, video-based presentations, vocabulary development, and exploration activities that support each lesson presented by a highly-qualified virtual teacher via recorded video. Online homework, evaluations, and other engaging activities reinforce student understanding ensuring content mastery.
• Core content
• Dropout prevention
• Targeted interventions
• Overage programs
• Credit recovery
• Credit advancement and AP courses
• Career education electives
• STEM courses

The USchool DistrictLA Awards acknowledge major accomplishments with demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

“As a premier organization for the distance learning profession, we honor e2020, Inc., as an industry leader,” said Dr. John G. Flores, executive director of USchool DistrictLA. “e2020, Inc., has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by its contributions to the distance learning industry.”

Come hear what others are talking about!



Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
1041

2:30pm

Integrating Technology and the 1:1 Classroom
Learn about many tools for integrating technology into your lessons and curriculum. See how to ready yourself for a 1:1 environment in your classroom (one device for each student). Learn how four schools, two elementary and two junior highs, have implemented 1:1 technology.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
I-206

2:30pm

iTunesU – How My Content Can Be Made Available to the World
In this presentation learn how Wasatch School District has leveraged iTunesU to enhance the experience of the substitute teacher and celebrate student work. Substitute teachers facilitate learning at Wasatch High School because of iTunesU. iTunesU has also worked well as a tool to motivate students in utilizing their planning, writing, critical thinking, and creativity in implementing what they are learning in the classroom. We will give you a short peek at the start to finish process of setting up your own iTunesU presence. iTunesU, a tool for any public classroom, not just the universities.


Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
J219

2:30pm

Using Technology to Teach/Revise/Edit Writing
Teach writing using technology. You have the tools you need to free yourself from squinting to edit chicken scratch on newsprint. If your students have access to a computer lab or better, you can have students type all drafts and save them on the computer. As teachers, we have access to these files in order to communicate with students ideas for revisions, then editing, before publishing. A color-coded guide explaining your suggestions, plus an electronic sign-up sheet, will free you from confusion over who next needs your critical eye. Use the technology you already have.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
J222

2:30pm

Why this Tech Stuff Matters
SPOTLIGHT-4th Session-Our professional experiences as teachers are shaped by so many things each day - the words of colleagues, the attitudes of parents, the directives of administrators, and even the facial expressions of our students. How has technology made the experiences of teachers and students better or worse, and what do these changes remind us about who we are and what we do? Come join Rushton for an exploration of values and possibilities, and bring your humor and your heart - they're required.
http://www.nextvista.org/, http://twitter.com/rushtonh

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
1051
 
Saturday, March 3
 

8:00am

Lessons in Online Learning
Utah Students Connect is a consortium of seven districts (Granite, Davis, Tooele, Park City, Jordan, Murray and Nebo) that have come together to offer online classes for original credit to students in our districts. We would like to share the steps taken to create the online consortium as well as lessons learned and some of the pitfalls of online learning. While most of the districts had already offered or were developing online courses, SB 65 which became law on July 1, 2011, propelled us to collaborate in an innovative, collaborative way to offer online options for students. We currently offer the core academic classes in addition to art courses with more elective offerings on the docket for summer 2012. We would like to share what we have learned about creating and running an online program with our colleagues around the state, including course development and revision, teacher hiring, professional development and helping schools with the shifting paradigms in education as regards online learning. We intend to have students in the program available via webinar to dialogue with session participants.


Saturday March 3, 2012 8:00am - 9:00am
J222

8:00am

NASA Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? (Safely to Mars)
NASA education specialist, working with an on-site specialist, will SKYPE into this session to present a fun engaging activity. Your students are presented with an engineering design challenge.... Deliver a given cargo safely to the surface of another planet - Mars! NASA and PBS's Design Squad program have collaborated on a new educator guide which presents 6 engineering challenges. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes. Cell phones and digital imagery are used to document the tests and analyze results. Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics... this lesson has it all.


Saturday March 3, 2012 8:00am - 9:00am
J221

8:00am

The end is near? Common Core Standards in Your Classroom
SPOTLIGHT-5th Session-2012 may be the end of the world, but it won't be due to implementing the common core in your classroom. Come participate in this informative session and learn how using common core strategies in your classroom can improve student literacy and help you address national standards. We promise the world won't end if you attend!
http://www.schools.utah.gov/core/

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 8:00am - 9:00am
1051

8:00am

USOE Data Display/ PSchool District Gateway
Learn how to access information on school performance using the USOE Data Display/ PSchool District Gateway, review school profiles, compare student proficiency rates, analyze detailed assessment data by core curriculum area, create reports, and export data to spreadsheets. The USOE Data Display/PSchool District Gateway session will provide users with the hands-on training needed in order to navigate these on-line systems.


Saturday March 3, 2012 8:00am - 9:00am
G104

8:00am

Everything You Wanted to Know About Macs and Mac Resources (But were afraid to ask)
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY
We'll have three hours where we share Macintosh and iOS resources, websites, freeware, and answer questions you've been wanting to get answers to. Lots of resources you can take back to school with you - these will be available. Bring your own Macintosh or iOS device. Nathan Smith, Director of Technology of the College of Education & Human Services, will host the session - which will combine presentation and hands on. Last year's session was standing room only!

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Director of Technology Integration, Utah State University
Nathan Smith, is Director of Technology Integration for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, where he teaches this course and Photoshop & Graphic Des... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2012 8:00am - 11:30am
J219

9:15am

Electronic Adventure Stories
Engage students by having them write stories with alternate endings. The stories can then be made available for others to enjoy on the web. The step-by-step process from first idea to the final posting will be presented.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am
J222

9:15am

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Ten Ways to Enhance Student Learning using Common Core Standards.
Okay, I know about the Common Core Standards, now where do I go from here? This session is geared towards helping teachers enhance student learning using common core standards, by adapting their current curriculums to meet the Common Core Standards and incorporating the newer portions of the CCSS standards (including argument writing, informational texts, etc.).

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am
E104

9:15am

Information Everywhere
Do you ever feel like there is too much information online? Or, that you just don't know how to find valuable information in the sea of endless clutter? Come to this class to learn valuable searching techniques and online tools you can use everyday as well as with your students. We will explore the world of Boolean operators/searching, advanced searching techniques, and comprehensive websites such as IL2 and other peer reviewed website collections.


Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am
J214

9:15am

Keyboarding Online--Real Skills! NO Hunting & Pecking!
60-DAY FREE TRIAL! Keyboarding Online--Real Skills! will lead participants in group discussions covering common problems and solutions of web-based software--such as cheating, Internet down, bandwidth. See current web-based technology that addresses these concerns and especially solving the #1 problem in teaching keyboarding--breaking/preventing Hunting & Pecking. Other solutions include individualizing for slow/fast learners, automatic grading and recording of scores and grades, a video presentation of correct keyboarding techniques, FREE Formatting lessons (letters, memos tables, job skills, etc.), FREE Microsoft Applications lessons (Windows, Publisher, Excel, Access, Powerpoint), and more. Affordable!!! 60-DAY FREE TRIAL!

Speakers
BE

Barbara Ellsworth

CIO, Ellsworth Publishing
Masters Degree in Computer Information Science Senior Software Engineer and programmer for Ellsworth Publishing Company for 10 years. Presenter at many State Educational Technology Conferences.


Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am
F102

9:15am

Scratch in the Elementary Grades
Recently we introduced fourth- and fifth-grade students to programming with Scratch. Our experiences with these young students, including challenges and rewards, will be described. Some samples of students' work will be displayed.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am
J220

10:30am

How can we support better student learning in math and science?
In this session, I will use multimedia videos and research findings to lead a discussion about student learning during online problem-solving practice in mathematics and science. We will discuss characteristics that sometimes prevent students from gaining deep, long-lasting understanding of math and science concepts, especially when working with computerized practice tools. I will demonstrate the features of a computer-based Intelligent Tutoring System that has been developed for geometry, and discuss how we’ve used this system to investigate student learning and identify problematic student behaviors and thinking during computer-supported mathematics practice. Finally, I will present practical implications from the research findings, both for geometry as well as other math and science domains. We will discuss how teachers can support deep student learning, with and without computer technologies.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am
J220

10:30am

Teaching With Canvas
If your school or district has licensed Canvas, join me to see how this innovative course management tool can be used to deliver online courses, or support a regular face-to-face classroom, with rich content and student interactivity, as well as help students gain skills needed for success with online learning.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am
I-208