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Wednesday, July 10
 

1:45pm MDT

Six Strategies for Shifting School Culture with Canvas

The Canvas LMS is an effective tool for blending instruction in your school, but how do you get that shift started? In this session we will look at six ways administrators can use Canvas with staff to get teachers moving towards using Canvas in their classrooms.  Running parallel to the presentation will be a Canvas Course in the UEN Instance with examples.  Join the course at bit.ly/6strats4shift

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hakkarinen

Michael Hakkarinen

Instructional Technology Trainer, Utah Education Network
Michael Hakkarinen specializes in helping teachers engage students in the classroom with technology such as Mac Tools, Google Apps for Educators, iPads and more. He earned a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s in Elementary Education... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 124, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Cybersecurity Basics: Keeping the Bad Guys Out

Learn about current cyber threats & trends, miscreant tactics, and how best to protect yourself against them.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Anderson

Gavin Anderson

Data Security, CUES
Gavin was brought into the CUES team about two years ago to help out with various security related projects as well as train teachers. Since then, he's worked daily to increase the security footprint and mindset of each district in the CUES region.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 
Thursday, July 11
 

10:45am MDT

"Do I Look Like an Idiot?": Effective Implementation & Assurances

Are you a teacher leader, an instructional coach, or an educational leader?  This is the presentation for YOU.  Join us for a presentation and discussion for ALL educators, as we identify implementation pitfalls, prioritize effective practices, and assure a system of effective implementation and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Piper Riddle

Piper Riddle

Principal and Adjunct Professor, Wasatch County School District
A learner first, leader second -- that's how Piper Riddle would describe her approach to leadership. Piper is in her 7th year as an elementary school principal and her 21st year in education. She has also served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a curriculum specialist... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Utah Digital Badges: Recognizing All Professional Learning

Utah Digital Badges, or U-Badge, is Utah's new micro credential system. U-Badges are a way to earn USBE credit for ALL the professional learning you do, both formal courses and self-directed, independent learning. Come learn how to earn U-Badges and how to create new badges for other educators to earn! Session resources can be found at https://www.uen.org/utahdigitalbadges/

Speakers
avatar for Daron Kennett

Daron Kennett

Professional Learning Supervisor, Professional Learning & Quality Staffing
Daron received an M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from WSU and is currently pursuing a doctorate at USU. He has been a professional educator for 19 years, teaching English Language Arts, Reading, and ESL. Daron served in Davis's Curriculum Department as the Secondary ELA Supervisor... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 120, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

10:45am MDT

Google Jamboard - A Free and Collaborative Interactive Whiteboard for Any Device

Google Jamboard is a new tool in G Suite for Education that you may not be familiar with, but if you've ever wished you could have more than a couple of students working at your Interactive Whiteboard (a.k.a SMARTBoard) at the same time, Jamboard is for you! Draw and sketch ideas, add text with movable "sticky" notes, add any photos and images, even Drive documents - and your students can interact and add their ideas in real time, from just about any device you (or your students) have in your classroom. If you run out of space, you can add as many more frames as needed. And just like any other Google Doc, all edits are saved and can be shared with a few clicks.

This will be a hands-on, interactive session, so it will help if you install the Jamboard app on your iPhone/iPad or Android device!

Find the resources for this and all of my URSA 2019 sessions here

Speakers
avatar for Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Using Engagement and Enjoyment to Increase Equity in College Prep

Relevance should be an essential and achievable goal for the schools, educators and content providers who are involved in educating 21st century learners. All content―test prep included―must be culturally relevant, accessible through preferred digital platforms, fun and engaging, and reinforce the core competencies needed for success in college and career.

In this session, educators will learn about Shmoop’s digital content platform and library of materials that truly “speak student” and will gain proven strategies to deploy digital content to achieve positive outcomes including increased engagement, motivation, equity, creativity, and enjoyment of education―plus outstanding results in school and on the ACT!

Utah’s students use Shmoop to prepare for the ACT and have achieved some of the nation’s highest scores on the test for the past several years. Did you know Shmoop also has a full library of digital content in all subjects, including literature, science, math and social studies, as well as business, life skills, career prep, preparation for every AP test, and much more. All content is presented with a consistent goal in mind: to be relevant and engaging to today’s learners.

At the end of this session, participants will reflect on the following question: How can I use digital content, along with my instructional practices, to strengthen motivation and engagement for my students? You will consider techniques for presenting content in a way that students truly want to engage with, so they are driven to learn and achieve.

Speakers
avatar for Shmoop-We Speak Student

Shmoop-We Speak Student

Booth 51, Shmoop University, Inc.
Stephanie Weiss is a proud 3-time UCET presenter and serves as the Customer Success Manager for Utah. As a former teacher, Stephanie uses her background to showcase how Shmoop can apply most effectively, and realistically into the classroom environment. She is happy to set up a more... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

10:45am MDT

Free For Me! - Open Education Resources

Sharing session highlighting the latest and greatest in open-licensed curriculum

Speakers
avatar for Alan Griffin

Alan Griffin

Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
I have organized the OER Collective for the past 3 years


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 126, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Changes to Data Gateway: Accessing New Student Achievement Results

This presentation will focus on how to access, understand and utilize new statewide assessment results in the Utah State Board of Education’s Data Gateway system. We will also share proposed updates and changes to Data Gateway, and how educators can use new assessment data to inform instructional practice. This session will employ hands-on activities and group discussion to foster engagement and knowledge of data literacy, interpretation, and data-driven instruction. Classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders are encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring a personal electronic device with a web browser and internet access to fully participate in this session.

Speakers
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Lisa McLachlan

Assessment & Reporting Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Lisa McLachlan is a Utah native and has worked for 13 years in Utah public schools as a teacher, administrator, instructional coach, professional development coordinator, and researcher. She has spent the last year working for the Utah State Board of Education as the Assessment and... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Booyah! Book Creator is here

Simply create beautiful digital books (or interactive stories, or journals, or reports, or whatever you can imagine) with Book
Creator. This session will serve as an introduction to Book Creator for participants who are not familiar with this great, easy to use, tool.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Harrison

Brandon Harrison

Innovation Specialist, CUES
I taught junior high in the Murray City School district for 12 years before taking on the gig of Innovation/Educational Technology Specialist at the CUES Regional Service Center in Richfield- which gives me the opportunity to work with seven fantastic school districts. Prior to Murray... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Google Demo Slam

The Ultimate Demo Slam: Utah Google Certified Trainer Edition is an action-packed hour of pure G Suite excitement! The Google Certified Trainers in Utah will vie to become the Demo Slam master by presenting one Slam* each. Participants will watch, learn, discuss, and ultimately judge which Demo Slam will be deemed ultimate Google champion for 2019! *A Slam is a two-minute demonstration of the capacities of our favorite tools. All Slams will focus on using the G Suite tools to positively impact productivity, instruction, and student learning.

Find the resources for this and all of my URSA 2019 sessions here

Confirmed Trainers for 2019 are:
Jared Covili
Du Bui
Ian Davey
Jeanie Elder
Ashlie Cashin
Quin Henderson
Maybe more!

Speakers
avatar for Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

It's Not Cheating

Learn ways to build student fluency using online test tools for formative assessment throughout the school year. Some tools include: Text-To-Speech, Online Dictionary, etc. Using available online resources is not cheating.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Wilson

Theresa Wilson

Technology Integration & Data Mentoring, SESC
Technology Integration & Data Mentoring Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center since 2002. SESC serves Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan School Districts.


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 124, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

MakerED In The Middle Grades

Makerspaces and maker-based education, an educational practice in which students build, create, or otherwise engineer ideas, is a mode of learning that can be adapted to any grade or school. Wahlquist Junior High School in Weber County set up their own makerspace in a disused computer lab. This presentation will explore their struggles to implement maker educational techniques within their school. Through understanding the macro-level issues (developing the room, getting buy in, and exploring teaching methodology) and the micro-level issues (lesson planning, gear, grants, etc) this presentation seeks to share a structure for developing a makerspace in any school.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Winters

Matthew Winters

Teacher / Edtech Coach, Wahlquist Junior High School
Matthew Winter is a junior high school ELA teacher at Wahlquist Junior High School. He travels, he reads, he loves helping teachers, and he nerds out a lot with whoever is around.
avatar for Blake Pope

Blake Pope

ELA Teacher, Wahlquist Junior High School
Blake Pope is an ELA teacher at Wahlquist Junior High School and a member of their Technology Committee. He is also co-editor of The Fledgling with Matthew Winters.


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Teaching Treasures - Finding Curriculum Gems to Enrich Learning

A journey through the publishing world wilderness to find high quality courseware, both print and digital. The newly recreated Recommended Instructional Materials System database will be explored as well as Open Education Resources being gathered at OER Commons. Attendees will be sure to find valued resources for instruction, both priced and free.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Griffin

Alan Griffin

Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
I have organized the OER Collective for the past 3 years


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

FOSStering the 3 Dimensions: Getting You from Here to There

Come see how to get from the outgoing science standards to the new SEEd Standards. Participants tackle an engineering design challenge in incremental steps. They first design a cart that can roll "from here to there" and identify the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) being utilized. They then continue with an investigation involving gravity and explore how start position on a ramp affects the distance the cart travels. Before the participants go on to the next part, they determine which Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are being addressed. The final challenge incorporates the participants' knowledge of magnetism into their cart design to meet new challenges. This investigation develops understanding of engineering design concepts and provides opportunities for students to engage in engineering practices. The Cross Cutting Concepts are determined to show how the parts are interrelated.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Ostler

Maggie Ostler

Regional Sales Manager, Delta Education- School Specialty
Full Option Science System® (FOSS®) is Delta Education's flagship K–8 curriculum program. It was developed under a National Science Foundation grant at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is now the most widely used elementary school hands-on... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 124, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Movie Making in the Classroom: iMovie for Beginners

Ever want to create tutorial videos for your students or have students create movies to show their learning and understanding? Using iMovie is an easy way to accomplish that and then some. By the end of this session you will be confident in your ability to use iMovie for the iPad. You will learn how to film, edit, and share movies using the iPad and be able to show students in order for them to use it in class. This is meant to be for beginners who have never used iMovie on the iPad before or who want to learn how to use it better. Participants should come prepared with their own iPad and with iMovie installed and updated.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Cox

Greg Cox

Student Data Privacy Trainer, Utah State Board of Education
We have been presenting on this topic for the last 2 years around the state as well as nationally. We have presented at ISTE, UCET, and other regional and national conferences. We have been presenting at conferences for the last 10 years on other educational technology topics as... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Gong! Gong! The 3 Dimensions are Calling!

Participants use a spoon-gong system to review their understanding of how to produce sound and to develop a simple model of how sound travels. Then, they apply their knowledge of how sounds travel to make a device to send whisper messages over a distance. They modify two spoon-gong systems to make a device to send a message from one end of a string to the other. They improve on the device to make a better string telephone.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Ostler

Maggie Ostler

Regional Sales Manager, Delta Education- School Specialty
Full Option Science System® (FOSS®) is Delta Education's flagship K–8 curriculum program. It was developed under a National Science Foundation grant at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is now the most widely used elementary school hands-on... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 245, Reeves Building, USU Eastern
 
Friday, July 12
 

10:30am MDT

Canvas Quizzes Next

(Jason will provide later)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Snow

Jason Snow

Tech Trainer, Northeastern Utah Educational Services
M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Technology – Grand Canyon University- Phoenix, AZ BS Geography – University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah HS Agoura High School, Agoura, CA Teaching Endorsements: Educational Technology, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, Physical... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Nearpod 101

Come and learn how to use Nearpod to deliver dynamic whole group and differentiated small group instruction in a collaborative learning environment. Explore all of the things that come with this online tool and learn about how to integrate Nearpod’s ready-to-teach lessons into your content plans. Additionally, learn how Nearpod’s interactive and multimedia features can enhance your existing materials by converting PowerPoints, Google Slideshows, and PDF files into Nearpod lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hakkarinen

Michael Hakkarinen

Instructional Technology Trainer, Utah Education Network
Michael Hakkarinen specializes in helping teachers engage students in the classroom with technology such as Mac Tools, Google Apps for Educators, iPads and more. He earned a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s in Elementary Education... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 126, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

I Broke Out! Now What!?

This session is for those that have participated in a Breakout EDU activity before and have questions like:
  • How do I buy a kit? 
  • Can I just make one? 
  • How do I find games? 
  • How do I manage the locks? 
  • Can students make games?
Join us as we dive deeper into Breakout EDU to see what resources are available!
Click here for presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Mentor, SEDC
Chris works at SEDC, a Regional Service Center that provides support and professional development to six rural school districts. In her position at SEDC, she provides media and technology support to close to 100 schools. You can often find her teaching students how to use the regional... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Phenomenon-based Learning Using Museum Objects (Hour 1 of 2)

Natural History Museum of Utah educators will introduce participants to Research Quest - a free suite of online investigations - to demonstrate how middle school teachers can engage their students in some of the most intriguing mysteries of our time, robust debate about current research, and developing explanations and arguments to explain their ideas - all while using 3D technology to access many of the museum's rich fossil resources. Participants will learn how to use Research Quest to support collaborative student work to gather empirical data by making quantitative and qualitative observations of real fossils with modeling and guidance from one of the museum's award winning scientists. We'll also explore strategies for making student thinking visible as students move from using intuitive to increasingly complex critical thinking skills. These strategies provide important supports to guide students as they weigh the quality and strength of their evidence and use that evidence to develop their explanations and construct arguments. Participants will receive supporting materials designed for the classroom teacher and their students - including learning assessment tools for both.

Speakers
avatar for Merinda Davis

Merinda Davis

Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Along with being a Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist at the Natural History Museum of Utah Merinda is a classroom teacher, a devoted life-long learner, and an innovator. While she has proudly worn the hat of teacher for more than a decade, she has also won numerous fellowships... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Increase Your Super Human Skills with Nearpod

You might not leave this session with x-ray vision or the ability to leap tall buildings, but you will learn super-human Nearpod skills that allow you to combine your existing presentations with real-time interactivity and feedback. Nearpod is a web tool/app that allows teachers to deliver interactive content and assessment activities to students.

Speakers
avatar for J2 Training with Janet & Joan

J2 Training with Janet & Joan

Consultants, J2 Training


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

11:45am MDT

Google Forms Ninja

(Jason will provide later)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Snow

Jason Snow

Tech Trainer, Northeastern Utah Educational Services
M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Technology – Grand Canyon University- Phoenix, AZ BS Geography – University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah HS Agoura High School, Agoura, CA Teaching Endorsements: Educational Technology, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, Physical... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Interactive Lessons on Digital Citizenship

Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit. Living in a “copy/paste” culture, students need to reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators in the online spaces where they consume, create, and share information. From addressing plagiarism to piracy, students can learn about copyright and fair use.
Come see how you can engage students using interactive lessons using Peardeck
Click here for presentation

Speakers
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Mentor, SEDC
Chris works at SEDC, a Regional Service Center that provides support and professional development to six rural school districts. In her position at SEDC, she provides media and technology support to close to 100 schools. You can often find her teaching students how to use the regional... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Six Strategies for Shifting School Culture with Canvas

The Canvas LMS is an effective tool for blending instruction in your school, but how do you get that shift started? In this session we will look at six ways administrators can use Canvas with staff to get teachers moving towards using Canvas in their classrooms.  Running parallel to the presentation will be a Canvas Course in the UEN Instance with examples.  Join the course at bit.ly/6strats4shift

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hakkarinen

Michael Hakkarinen

Instructional Technology Trainer, Utah Education Network
Michael Hakkarinen specializes in helping teachers engage students in the classroom with technology such as Mac Tools, Google Apps for Educators, iPads and more. He earned a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s in Elementary Education... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 126, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Phenomenon-based Learning Using Museum Objects (Hour 2 of 2)

Natural History Museum of Utah educators will introduce participants to Research Quest - a free suite of online investigations - to demonstrate how middle school teachers can engage their students in some of the most intriguing mysteries of our time, robust debate about current research, and developing explanations and arguments to explain their ideas - all while using 3D technology to access many of the museum's rich fossil resources. Participants will learn how to use Research Quest to support collaborative student work to gather empirical data by making quantitative and qualitative observations of real fossils with modeling and guidance from one of the museum's award winning scientists. We'll also explore strategies for making student thinking visible as students move from using intuitive to increasingly complex critical thinking skills. These strategies provide important supports to guide students as they weigh the quality and strength of their evidence and use that evidence to develop their explanations and construct arguments. Participants will receive supporting materials designed for the classroom teacher and their students - including learning assessment tools for both.

Speakers
avatar for Merinda Davis

Merinda Davis

Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Along with being a Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist at the Natural History Museum of Utah Merinda is a classroom teacher, a devoted life-long learner, and an innovator. While she has proudly worn the hat of teacher for more than a decade, she has also won numerous fellowships... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 


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