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Wednesday, July 10
 

1:45pm MDT

3 Skills to Manage Difficult Conversations with Parents

As an educator, your rewarding job comes along with a host of challenges you can't control including overcrowded classrooms, limited funding, mounting regulations, etc. However, research shows that one of the most demanding and pervasive challenges educators face in their work to teach, lead, and protect children is interacting with upset and frustrated parents. Often, these emotional parents present with very narrow perspectives, little information, and extreme biases. Reaching an understanding and solution can feel daunting to a teacher, administrator, or other educator unfairly positioned between a protective parent and his or her child.


Join J. Lynn Jones, a senior trainer with VitalSmarts, whose 40-year education background includes 29 years of school and district level administrative experience. J. Lynn will share three skills educators can use when they find themselves in crucial conversations with students. You'll learn:
  • How to reach dialogue with parents—even when the stakes are high, opinions differ, and emotions run strong.
  • How to calmly and respectfully address concerns, disagreements, and even mistakes.
  • How to move the conversation away from confrontation and towards solutions.

Speakers
avatar for J. Lynn Jones

J. Lynn Jones

Senior Trainer, VitalSmarts
J. Lynn Jones is a veteran of education. During his 40-year career he has been a teacher, principal, and district office administrator. He is also a well-known speaker, consultant, and trainer. He has shared his skills and insights with thousands of educators across the country... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 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

Using Positive Behavior Supports to Exponentially Extend Students’ Motivations

Positive behavior supports are typically presented as a collection of methods to simply manage, or sustain student behaviors at basic levels, and in support of civil cultures in classroom settings. However, with the inclining demands of today’s world, human performance must incline at the same rate to match them. If human performance must be higher, then societies’ methods, including school-based practices, must help learners to wring more from their academic performance. The common approach of managing and sustaining behavior is appropriate, but falls far short of using positive behavior support principles and techniques to draw from students their full interests and capabilities. In this session, participants will explore behavioral principles and techniques to help students’ unleash the 30% of interest, effort and ingenuity they hold back, or never spend on their own learning.

Speakers
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Dr. David Forbush

Project Director, Utah Professional Development Network
David Forbush has worked in the field of disabilities for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, including: Life Skills Educator, Assessment Specialist, School Psychologist, Director of Title-1 programs, Director of Special Education, Grant Project Director, Senior Research Scientist... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

1:45pm MDT

Just Google It!


Everything you need to know you can find on Google right? It’s the go to for students for many reasons. How can we help them to understand that not everything you read on the internet is true? Or is yours for the taking? Join us for a discussion on Google vs Databases, Fake News, Authentic Sources and how these skills can help students to build transliteracy skills. See the presentation here.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Mentor, SEDC
Chris Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 245, Reeves Building, USU Eastern

1:45pm MDT

Disciplinary Literacy

Are you a secondary content-area teacher? Do you struggle with ways to teach student how to read, write, and think like an expert in your field? It is imperative that students learn how to apprentice like the professionals in your field in order to successfully grasp the needed concepts. This session will introduce concepts around disciplinary literacy and focus on instructional strategies and skills for different disciplinary subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies, among others.

Speakers
avatar for Garret Rose

Garret Rose

Secondary ELA specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Garret Rose is the secondary English/Language Arts Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. He taught for five years in the Uintah School District as a Reading, English, and AP literature teacher before a brief tenure as an administrator. Currently, he is working on his PhD... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

#CSforALL Rural Students: Coding is Elementary

Computer science teacher challenges include isolation, lack of adequate CS background, and limited professional development resources (Yadav, 2016). Implementing equitable district-wide CSforALL brings even more considerable challenges and requires an approach which supports teachers and districts through ongoing PD, district instructional coaches, a focus on content and pedagogy, and collaboration between teachers and with district leadership. Sustainability is an additional challenge requiring a long-term district-wide solution.

Juab School District, with funding from the Utah STEM Action Center, has partnered with the nonprofit organization BootUp Professional Development to support the Juab Elementary Coding Initiative. We have rolled out a computing curriculum for 100% of our 5th - 6th graders and will add all 4th graders to the program this fall. Krystle Bassett, Innovation Specialist at Juab School District will share tangible implementation tips while highlighting and detailing challenges and successes.

Speakers
avatar for Krystle Bassett

Krystle Bassett

Director of Innovation and Instructional Support, Juab School District
Krystle Bassett is the Director of Innovation and Instructional Support in Juab School District. She is a passionate promoter of personalized learning, edtech integration, and revitalizing educator professional learning. Bassett has helped teachers innovate, create, and incorporate... Read More →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 3:20pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

3:00pm MDT

Adobe Spark + Utah's Online Library = Great Student Projects

Come learn how to use the great Adobe Spark tools along with Utah's Online Library to get your students creating exciting student projects. The Adobe Spark suite makes it simple and easy to create narrated slideshows, beautiful webpages, and web graphics and memes. Utah's Online Library has several research databases and other educational resources that will provide your students with the information they need for their projects.  Slides and resources for this session available here: https://sites.google.com/pd.uen.org/adobespark/home


Speakers
avatar for Rob Bentley

Rob Bentley

Adobe Product Manager, UEN
For the past 14 years Rob Bentley has been a technology integration instructor and course designer for the Utah Education Network. Rob has a Bachelors degree in Spanish education with an English minor, and a Masters degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Rob is... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Integrating Music in Elementary Classrooms

This workshop will provide K-6 teachers with ideas on how they can integrate music into their core curriculum. 

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Green

Heidi Green

Teacher - Lindon Elementary School, Alpine School District
Heidi is a jack-of-all-trades with a background in several different art forms. She is currently a BTSALP Visual Art Specialist in Alpine School District, but she's also an experienced elementary classroom teacher. In addition, she works as a Professional Development Partner for Music... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 120, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

3:00pm MDT

Word Study and the Importance of Teaching the Code

There's no more important work to be engaged in than the work of building literate learners!  We will be discussing encoding through Word Study and evidence-based Spelling instruction as key elements to teaching ALL students to be literate -- reading and writing proficiently.  Make sense of spelling instruction as it supports reading instruction!

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 →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 124, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:40pm MDT

Take Overdrive for a Drive!

Overdrive is a great platform for accessing a variety of ebooks and audiobooks. There are a  lot more “behind the scenes” resources that can help you manage and promote your library. We will explore curating lists, assigning titles, using the "Recommend to Library" tool and accessing printable handouts.
Click here for presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Mentor, SEDC
Chris Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:40pm - 4:00pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA
 
Thursday, July 11
 

10:45am MDT

Getting Started with Game-Based Learning and Gamification

Get on the fast track to using game-based learning and gamification in your classroom. You'll come away with educational games and practical resources you can use in your classroom right away. We'll look at Deck Toys, OOdlu, Factile, Blended Play, ClassCraft, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Rob Bentley

Rob Bentley

Adobe Product Manager, UEN
For the past 14 years Rob Bentley has been a technology integration instructor and course designer for the Utah Education Network. Rob has a Bachelors degree in Spanish education with an English minor, and a Masters degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Rob is... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Build and Sustain Snow College Concurrent Enrollment for Rural Schools

You will learn how to implement Snow College's IVC Program to provide your students with Concurrent Enrollment opportunities for any size high school. You will learn how to sustain your current IVC program. This presentation will also include an overview of Snow College IVC Program benefits including a brief history of concurrent enrollment at Rural Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels

Snow College Academic Advisor, Snow College
Snow College is the main provider of Concurrent Enrollment over IVC to Rural Schools across the state of Utah.
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Petra Brittner

Snow College
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Christi Orme

Snow College


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Surrendering Control . . . An Experiment in Creating Passionate Readers

Everyone loves a drill sergeant, especially middle school students . . . said no teacher ever. Students typically come to middle school as competent readers only to leave thinking that reading is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Does giving students a choice in what they read make a difference in their performance? How can middle schools foster a passion for reading? How can teachers create life-long readers while mastering essential skills? This data-driven presentation shares one middle school's approach to "killing the classroom novel" to engage students at their current reading level and to help readers take accountability for their growth. The attendees will leave with an understanding of how to balance the idea of student choice and mastery of essential skills to create life long readers.

Reading Videos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bFVrYGctct8B9Vj8HVp6pJ409I55CDa6
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vtPdGwLPfXRalvEjrSW07oaE1anErI1G

Link to GoogleSlides presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZecN5j8kRE6dP9yZ6ctL_2cnloeUgjd6MqQPt-Hlmsw/edit?usp=sharing

Link to Padlet: https://padlet.com/gagonj/aixtuck381qo

Speakers
avatar for Renee Banasky

Renee Banasky

ELA Teacher, Mont Harmon Middle School
Renee has taught four years, all at Mont Harmon Middle School, but has been a passionate reader for 40 years. She was shocked to enter the teaching field to find that there were students in middle school who could not read. It is her purpose to not only teach students to read, but... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Gagon

Jenny Gagon

Principal, Cleveland Elementary
Jenny Gagon has 19 years of teaching, mentoring, and leadership experience in both elementary and middle schools. Jenny worked at Mont Harmon Middle School from 2014-2019, where she taught 6th-grade language arts, was the lead teacher in the ELA department and served as an instructional... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

VENDOR- Waterford

Waterford is releasing the Waterford Reading Academy designed for kids grades K-6. Will take kids from learning to read all the way to reading to learn. Integrates books, software, assessment, and reporting all on one platform with a parent engagement app.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

Waterford


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

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

Trainer, Central Utah Educational Services
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

Rolling code with Sphero robots.

This workshop will focus on introducing teachers to coding with the Sphero robot. The Sphero is a robotic ball gaming device that is controlled with the Sphero EDU app on a smartphone or tablet. We will examine of three modes of coding including the draw mode, block coding, and javascript coding, plus STEM lessons and activities for K-12 students.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

What is your strategy for keeping yourself relevant in Education?

Come join us for a conversation about current trends, augmented living, everyday automation technology partnerships in education. (Also, enter to win one of our great door prizes!)
1. What is better done by Humans? By machines? (Human-Machine Strategy)
2. What can’t we function without? Mobile/wearable technology… (Augmentation Strategy)
3. How can/does technology give you an edge? What can/does technology do for you? (Automation Strategy)

Speakers
avatar for Cody Spendlove

Cody Spendlove

Ed Tech Director, Alpine School District
BEST Pedagogical Practice you have seen during COVID 2020-21 school year and why you think Teachers/Schools SHOULD KEEP Doing it AFTER the pandemic.
avatar for David Long

David Long

Director, Logan City School District
avatar for Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart

CTO, UETN
James L. Stewart has 40 years of experience working in the technology profession. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the state-wide Utah Education and TeleHealth Network (UETN) organization and has been working directly the past 21 years supporting technology for... Read More →
avatar for Cory Stokes

Cory Stokes

Project Manager, UETN
Cory Stokes has worked in educational technology for the last 27 years. He has worked as a technology coordinator in a district, a technology director at a regional service center and is now managing statewide digital teaching and learning initiatives and projects in Utah. He works... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 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

Instructional Technology Coach, UCET
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

Motivating Reluctant Readers

What do you do with the kids who simply won't read? Why are they so reluctant? What steps can I take to facilitate a stronger desire to read? If you have ever asked any of these questions, this workshop will help! During this session, insights will be shared about what are some causes of reluctant readers and what you can do to help them become committed ones. These insights will include steps you can take tomorrow, as well as planning in the future to prevent stumbling blocks that create reluctant readers.

Speakers
avatar for Garret Rose

Garret Rose

Secondary ELA specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Garret Rose is the secondary English/Language Arts Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. He taught for five years in the Uintah School District as a Reading, English, and AP literature teacher before a brief tenure as an administrator. Currently, he is working on his PhD... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Learn engaging STEAM activities using the Ozobot Evo.

Ozobot is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds while teaching kids programming. This workshop will demonstrate how students train Ozobot robots to move by drawing pre-programed color codes or sending block-codes via Chromebook or iPad. Participants will also explore Ozobot STEAM lessons and activities aligned for K-8 students.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Oh Sheets! (Hour 1 of 2)

Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets can be useful. Bring your own device and learn the basics, compare Excel vs Google Sheets, and leave with resources to continue learning about spreadsheets.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Wilson

Theresa Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
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 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 223, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Oh Sheets! (Hour 2 of 2)

Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets can be useful. Bring your own device and learn the basics, compare Excel vs Google Sheets, and leave with resources to continue learning about spreadsheets.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Wilson

Theresa Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
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 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 223, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 
Friday, July 12
 

10:30am MDT

Schoolyard Scientists: Exploring Life Sciences using iNaturalist (Hour 1 of 2)

iNaturalist is an app developed by the California Academy of Sciences to connect people with exploring nature in their local environment while documenting ecological data and creating awareness of biodiversity worldwide. If you are interested in learning about this great tool to supplement Life Science programming join us as we explore iNaturalist’s potential for increasing science literacy for your students. This session will include a thorough introduction to iNaturalist and a hands-on demo of its functionality as it applies to getting students involved in scientific practices of making observations, questioning through inquiry, analyzing data, and contributing to the broader Community Science movement.

We will begin this workshop by going over utilizing iNaturalist as a tool for students and teachers. We will then have a hands-on training using iNaturalist on a device (phone/tablets) before we dive into exploring the many functions of the iNaturalist webpage. Then we will demo how to create your own projects, places, and guides within the website for general classroom use. At the end we will share educator resources (curriculum and activities) developed in conjunction with City Nature Challenge.

This workshop will showcase using the iNaturalist website and app which can be found for free on android and apple devices. If you have a device and would like to download the app see the links above. Tablets will be provided with the app pre-loaded for those who do not have a device.

Website: https://inaturalist.org

Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_US

Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

Teacher Resources: http://citynaturechallenge.org/education-toolkit/

Speakers
avatar for Paul Whisman

Paul Whisman

Education Program Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Paul Whisman currently works as an education program specialist with the Natural History Museum of Utah. He has experience with education outreach throughout Utah, including multiple formal/informal school settings, and has served as a park guide across the west at numerous state... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Alumni Room 128, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 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 Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... 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

11:45am MDT

Watch your makerspace fly with a Hummingbird!

The Hummingbird Duo may be the first electronics kit that is fun and educational for a fourth grader, a high school student, or an adult maker. In this workshop participants will get hands-on experience creating a simple robot using the Hummingbird robotics kit. The Hummingbird is is an Arduino-based computer board that operates as a tethered input/output control panel. Students write programs which control motors, servos, LEDs, and sensors. The robots are simple construction using craft materials or anything you have laying around.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 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 Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... 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

Schoolyard Scientists: Exploring Life Sciences using iNaturalist (Hour 2 of 2)

iNaturalist is an app developed by the California Academy of Sciences to connect people with exploring nature in their local environment while documenting ecological data and creating awareness of biodiversity worldwide. If you are interested in learning about this great tool to supplement Life Science programming join us as we explore iNaturalist’s potential for increasing science literacy for your students. This session will include a thorough introduction to iNaturalist and a hands-on demo of its functionality as it applies to getting students involved in scientific practices of making observations, questioning through inquiry, analyzing data, and contributing to the broader Community Science movement.

We will begin this workshop by going over utilizing iNaturalist as a tool for students and teachers. We will then have a hands-on training using iNaturalist on a device (phone/tablets) before we dive into exploring the many functions of the iNaturalist webpage. Then we will demo how to create your own projects, places, and guides within the website for general classroom use. At the end we will share educator resources (curriculum and activities) developed in conjunction with City Nature Challenge.

This workshop will showcase using the iNaturalist website and app which can be found for free on android and apple devices. If you have a device and would like to download the app see the links above. Tablets will be provided with the app pre-loaded for those who do not have a device.

Website: https://inaturalist.org

Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_US

Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

Teacher Resources: http://citynaturechallenge.org/education-toolkit/

Speakers
avatar for Paul Whisman

Paul Whisman

Education Program Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Paul Whisman currently works as an education program specialist with the Natural History Museum of Utah. He has experience with education outreach throughout Utah, including multiple formal/informal school settings, and has served as a park guide across the west at numerous state... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Alumni Room 128, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 


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