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/).

iCatcher! Podcast Player

Within the last year, I discovered a podcast player I like better than Podcasts on iOS. It's called iCatcher! Podcast Player. I actually heard about this while listening to a podcast but now I can't remember which. My favorite feature is the ability to group podcast subscriptions into Playlists. Check out the review by AppAdvice to see which podcasting app is best for you.

 

Momentum Chrome Extension

Momentum is a Chrome extension. It provides a beautiful picture in a new tab, has a daily quote and offers a few widgets for customization. More information can be found at https://momentumdash.com/

They also offer a Plus version that offers some integrations, countdowns and notes.

"What integrations are supported? Todo integrations: Trello, Todoist, Wunderlist, Google Tasks. Metric integrations: Fitbit Steps and Todoist Karma. Next integration: Asana."

#ucet17 Badges, Parking & Schedules

As of March 14, attendees have been sent an email with a link to print badges. Please don't forget to print and cut out your badge before arriving at UCET 2017. You will be receiving a lanyard and badge holder upon arrival. The badge holder is 3” h x 4” w. The shaded area of the badge matches this size exactly.

Please be careful of the QR code. This contains important contact information we will use to scan your badge on arrival. The QR code may also be used by any attendee with which you would like to share your contact information.

Registration and badge scanning will start at 7:30 a.m. along with the live entertainment in the Union. Get there early, enjoy the music, and get pumped up!

You can use this map – https://goo.gl/SgBcGo – to locate Merrill Engineering Building Parking and Union Visitor Parking. There will also be a Getting the Most Out of UCET session in the Student Lounge just after the keynote on Thursday morning. Be sure to download the CrowdCompass Directory app and search for UCET 2017 to get the complete schedule.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We want #ucet4success!

Web Based Conference Schedule – https://event.crowdcompass.com/ucet17

iOS Favorite: Anything by Readdle

Readdle is a company with a mission. "Our mission is to make people more productive by enabling technology to millions. We strive to create the best experiences on mobile and desktop for those who want to be more productive."

They have several apps, some of which I use daily; Calendars 5, Scanner Pro and now Spark.

I love the look and feel of Calendars 5 on my iPhone and iPad. The amazing number of calendars (Google, Apple and Reminders) I can actually connect to this app saves me quite a bit of time. I pretty much live in Day view but will swtich to Week and Month view on a regular basis. I have to admit Agenda view is not my favorite but if I were an Agenda type person the layout for this is good. On Sundays, I'll typically use my iPad to drag and drop projects/scheduled to-dos from one week to the next. This helps me see what I didn't get finished up and how to work it in to the coming week.

My Scanner Pro is connected to Dropbox and three different Google Drives. I can scan my receipts, meeting handouts, notes and my nephew's homework in color or black & white in PDF or image formats. I even have a workflow set up that will name the file, send it to a specific folder in Dropbox and then delete if from the phone to save space. My nephew is not so thrilled about homework but does like sending it straight to his teachers just in case he forgets to turn it in the next day. I was just glad to get my tax documents all collected and sent to my family accountant with the easy multi-page scan feature.

Spark. Ah Spark. I am so enjoying all your many features. I was very disappointed when Mailbox by Dropbox went the way of the dust. I found CloudMagic as a replacement and it became Newton. While this did have many of the features I was looking for it has become just a little pricey. Enter Spark. My happiness is restored. One key feature for me is the syncing from my iOS devices and my MacBook Pro. I monitor roughly 10 to 12 different email addresses. I need a mail client that will keep them in sync and have the same shortcuts/swipe actions from device to device. I also really, really love the snooze feature. I can make it to Inbox Zero once a week just setting three or four emails to come back tomorrow, tomorrow evening, this weekend, next week, or any day of my choosing. I also like the Quick Replies. Spark comes with four built in quick replies but you can change/add to them in preferences. This is a great way to handle canned responses.

Overall, I love these three tools from Readdle. This definitely inspires me to take a closer look at their other offerings for PDF manipluation and printing. Take a look and let me know which apps are your favorites.

Chrome Extension: Auto Text Expander for Google Chrome

I was recently made aware of this Chrome Extension. I can't wait to try it out on HelpDesk entries and email replies. I look forward to reading how you might make use of this.

"Create custom keyboard shortcuts to expand and replace text as you type! Ever get tired of typing out long email addresses, phrases you frequently use, or just looking to save keystrokes as you type? Well fear not! Auto Text Expander is here to solve that — kinda like TextExpander for Mac or AutoText for Windows, but installed and synced across Chrome browsers!"

"This free (and ad-free) extension adds basic javascript to your pages to check if your last set of consecutive keystrokes matches any of any number of custom shortcuts you can define and expands and replaces that text as you type. Save time, typos, and the satisfaction of being extra lazy!" – Text from Chrome Web Store description

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