Author: Tricia Jackson

Tricia Jackson has worked for Park City School District since 2005. In July 2013 she moved from Education Technology Specialist to Online Learning Administrator. She has been a member of the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) Board since 2008; becoming Past President in 2015. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Spanish at Utah State University. Lesley University awarded her a Master of Technology in Education in the spring of 2011. Over the last few years, Tricia worked on the Awards, Grants, Program, Conference Credit, and Registration committees for UCET. This work includes: streamlining communication methods, implementing folder structures and naming conventions, using Add-ons in Google Spreadsheets to review and process member submissions to reduce paperwork, continuing refinement of the program creation process via Sched, creating participant and vendor registration forms via BlackPlum, and updating various ucet.org webpages. She was also instrumental in bringing Jay McFarland and Vicki Davis to UCET 2015 as Keynote Speakers. Tricia enjoyed presenting on time management at SUECON 2015 (http://ucet.org/back-to-suecon-2015-thoughts/).

Magna Carta Video Competition – January 15 Deadline

 

The American Bar Association Magna Carta Video Competition invites student teams to create a video of not more than 15 minutes celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in June of 1215.  Considered the foundation of such Anglo-American concepts as the rule of law, due process, trial by peers, and constitutionalism, Magna Carta’s origins and legacy have influenced the growth of representative constitutional democracy not only in England and America, but the world over.  Participants should use their videos to answer the title question:  “Magna Carta:  What’s So Great about the ‘Great Charter’?”

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/initiatives/2014-2015-aba-magna-carta-video-contest.html

KUED Teacher Innovation Awards – December 31 Deadline

KUED, Utah's Largest Classroom, is proud to recognize outstanding educators in Utah. Celebrate teachers in your community by nominating them today. KUED will recognize five educators, grades PreK-12, at this year's KUED Teacher Innovation Awards.

Last year, five educators were recognized for using digital media in the classroom. This year we are expanding the call to any educator who is using innovative classroom techniques. Winning teachers will be featured in a KUED documentary, highlighted in a Salt Lake Tribune article, and will receive a cash prize at the awards ceremony and banquet.

Details and nomination form at http://www.kued.org/teacher-innovation-awards

Award Winners 2014

  • Tami Ewell, ninth grade reading and language arts teacher from Jordan School District
  • Shon Feller, high school arts teacher from Davis School District
  • Roger Haglund, eighth grade math teacher from Salt Lake School District
  • Nicole Reitz-Larsen, high school science teacher from Salt Lake School District
  • Amber Palmer, fifth grade social studies teacher from Granite School District

UCET 2015 Tech Elevated: Call for Presenters

Presenters are needed for the 2015 Utah Coalition for Educational Technology Conference. UCET is looking for those of you who are excited to share what you have learned about technology in education with your colleagues. We need people willing to present based on these three selections:

  • Listen and Learn (One-way audience interaction)

    • Lecture: Hour-long Traditional
    • Panel: Hour-long Moderator and 2-3 panelists
    • Over the Shoulder: 20-minutes Focus on specific solution, tool or content provider
  • Participate and Share (Moderate audience interaction)

    • Interactive Lecture: Hour-long Some activities for audience participation
    • Student Showcase: Two-hour Demonstration style, Multi-booth location, 1:1 or small group interaction
  • Explore and Create (Extensive audience interaction)

    • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Hour-long Hands on activities
    • Workshops: 2-hour In-depth exploration, Limited enrollment

Please review the UCET 2015 Call for Presenters Submission Guide found at http://tinyurl.com/ucet2015pg before submitting your proposal in the UCET 2015 Presenter Proposal Form. The submission deadline is February 14, 2015. Questions? Contact presenters@ucet.org

Today is National Speak Up Day!

Donate 15 minutes of your time today for the future of education. Have a voice, participate in National Speak Up Day on Wednesday, December 10, 2014!

The highlight of the Speak Up America 2014 Campaign will take place today, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 with National Speak Up Day! National Speak UpDay is the day to encourage your community to participate. Details are listed below.

Be sure to take the survey before December 19th! Click here to take the survey and pass it on.

We would like everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our nation’s schools; please share this link: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014 with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizations, members, affiliates or anyone who has a passion for improving education and ask them to take the SpeakUp survey.

The more surveys you get in the more opportunities your district has to win a free ISTE conference registration! Every survey submitted on this date will be entered into a special drawing for not only a free ISTE conference registration for your district, but once in Philadelphia, dinner is on us. Here’s your chance to pick our CEO Julie Evans’ brain on all things digital learning by joining Julie for dinner.

 

Board Members Needed!

We have four elected board member positions and the UCET President Elect position that will need to be filled due to term limitations.

 

Note: To be eligible to run for President Elect, you must have served at least one year on the UCET board.

 

To find out more about what the UCET board does visit http://ucet.org/inUCETnew/about/ and http://ucet.org/board/.

All candidates will need to submit via Google Form a short bio and answer the question, "I would like to serve on the UCET board because…" A headshot of passport-approved size and style will need to be sent to katie.blunt@ucet.org by Friday, February 13, 2015.

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