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Friday, March 2
 

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

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

Smartboards for beginners
Got a Smartboard? Wondering how to use it? Learn how to use this useful tool to teach concepts with Language arts, math and computer applications.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am
J220

12:00pm

Wireless School: Confused Yet?
Going wireless but confused by industry hype and buzz words? Got questions? Do I need a controller? How many channels do I need? What needs to be physical and what needs to be virtual? Do I need to worry about device types and who owns those devices? Do I need students, faculty, and guests to be treated separately? What are the requirements for implementing a successful BYOD initiative? Don't let confusion dictate your network. Come out of the wiring closet and learn about reliable wireless networking with secure mobility as as complete visibility and automated management for all wireless devices.

Topics to be covered inclue:
* Key decisions and requirements for planning for persuasive wireless in schools
* Setting goals and deliverables around educational initiatives like digital curriculum, online testing, 1:1 programs and BYOD initiatives.
* Performance planning and capacity planning for K-12 implementations.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
F102

1:15pm

Aliens, Androids, iPads and Transformers – Managing the BYOD Invasion
BYOD has breached the campus and won’t be stopped. Administrators are examining the financial advantage and social values it brings and IT departments are having to adjust. This means re-engineering the network infrastructure to account for client densities and diversity at numbers never previously expected. This session identifies the components required for you to be successful in the face of BYOD learning environments.

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F102

1:15pm

Do Your APPs Fit? APPsolutely
With an increase in the availability of free and low cost apps for mobile devices, many educators and families are making use of these less expensive tools to accommodate learners with special needs. However, many apps are chosen without regard to specific user abilities. This session will be a sharing of resources to help educators and parents sort through and evaluate potential apps for their students in order to make the APPsolute fit for individual users.


Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
I-209

1:15pm

iBrain and iBody in Sync

Do you struggle with behaviors that seem to come out-of-the-blue at home or in the classroom?  Do you have students who just seem to be out of control or on overload? Our body and our brain need to be in sync with one another for maximum learning to take place. Come and learn how to help our bodies and brain sync with one another. We will have fun as we explore ways to help our students.



Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
1048

2:30pm

Foreign Language Resources from Utah Education Network
Come see some of the best world language resources available on the Internet. We'll look at great Utah Education Network services like eMedia and CultureGrams, as well as other tools including Quizlet digital flashcards, Voki digital avatars, and more. You'll also see a sneak preview of Duolingo, an exciting new project that will make language learning fun and free. You'll walk away from this session with practical tools that you and your students can use immediately.
http://my.uen.org/myuen/64050

Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
1536

2:30pm

Internet Content Filtering and Reporting

This session would cover in detail what Utah Education Network currently provides to education to help them filter internet content, mitigate AUP violations, and in general be CIPA compliant.


Speakers

Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
J211
 
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

9:15am

Backing Up and Managing Your Digital Files
Ask yourself this question: “If my computer went up in a ball of smoke right now, in how many ways would that affect my life?” This session will take an informative look on how we can use free programs to help manage our digital files, as well as discuss strategies to ensure everything we care about is backed up safely. For the purpose of this presentation, we will focus primarily on providing a “how to” guide in using Microsoft SyncToy and Task Scheduler to maintain and backup your files using additional computers, hard drives or other types of media.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am
1536

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

5 Ways to Maximize School PR with Technology
This session will reveal how technology-enhanced public relations can support personal, classroom and school goals. It will provide high leverage strategies to achieve maximum communication impact. Participants will learn fundamental aspects of 21st century public relations, explore targeted communication techniques and examine the role of stories and relationships. They will return to their schools with ways to identify priority publics and build collaborative relationships in person and via social media. They will also learn community engagement techniques and sources of personal, social and organizational influence.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am
J211

10:30am

Personal Computers: maintaining and troubleshooting your home computer
This session will take a comprehensive look at your home computer. We will talk about safe computing strategies such as using anti-virus and malware scans, suggestions on things you can do if your computer is slowing down, as well as basic upkeep that you can do at home. As time permits, we will talk about troubleshooting tips (identifying common hardware failures) and a discussion on data protection for that inevitable scenario when something goes wrong. All programs we will introduce may be found FREE on the Internet!


Saturday March 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am
1536

10:30am

The Switch is not the Goal
Many children with multiple handicapps have difficulty accessing mechanical switches. At Closing the Gap, I attended a session on electronic switches. This is a case study on the results of implementing electronic switches vs mechanical switches and other types of devices such as eye gaze, head control etc.


Saturday March 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am
I-209

10:30am

The Two Faces of Technology (NetSafe Utah)
This session addresses the two faces of Technology: one side displays what is good while the other shows the dark side. This includes social networks, photo sharing, web blogs, and the variety of ways people communicate with friends, family, and sometimes online predators. Come find out how to drive safely on the Internet highway. Walk away with resources that can help you as educators and parents deal more safely with today’s technologies.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am
J222