Follow up the UCET love at ISTE

We're all so excited for UCET this week.  It will be great to learn new things, connect with old friends, and share in our Utah community.  Some of you may be wondering how you can expand your PLN beyond Utah and learn from even more amazing educators.  In a word – ISTE.  The International Society for Technology in Education conference in June is a fantastic way to continue the conversations started at UCET.  This year's conference is being held from June 26 – 29 in San Antonio, Texas.  It will bring together educators from around the world, all with the purpose to help students learn and grow through technology integration.  I hope you'll consider attending ISTE, it's been a huge part of my professional learning and I know it can make a difference for you too.


Legislative Panel Discussion at UCET 2017

Can you feel the excitement building? One week from today is the big day, UCET 2017 Conference! I know I am getting excited to participate, renew friendships, learn and share with fellow educators over two very full days. I have been attending UCET conferences for more years than I care to admit and it just keeps getting better! Every year seems to out-do the last with innovative sessions, keynotes, and activities – and 2017 is no exception! 

We are excited to announce the addition of a legislative panel discussion to be held during the final session on Friday. This panel of special guest speakers will include participants from the Governor's Office of Education, the Utah State Board of Education, and the Utah Legislature. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from these officials about the 2017 Legislative Session, plans for the future of Utah education, and other great information. Mark your schedule for Friday the 17th, 2:15-3:15 in the Union Ballroom. I invite you to join hosts Derek Larson and myself, Charice Carroll, for this amazing chance to get up close to our representatives and policy makers. Look for it in the NEW conference schedule at and put this session in your backpack!

Can't wait to see you at UCET 2017!

It’s Almost Here!

Hello friends!! Can you believe that UCET is fast approaching? Neither can I.  It's about this time of year each year that I get excited and nervous and more excited as I start to think about all of the great things that will be happening at UCET this year!  This year as I'm starting to look at all of the exciting things that UCET has to offer I can't wait to join in and be a part of one the greatest conferences ever!

Recently I was in Florida attending the Future of Educational Technology Conference.  This was my first time attending and I marveled at the size of the venue and how many teachers were there.  I felt like a small fish in a big pond. I wandered around the conference center and I realized that I was missing the community that I feel whenever I go to UCET.  I love going to UCET an catching up with old friends and meeting new friends.  It is great to collaborate with teachers from the great state of Utah and see what everyone is doing to better the lives of their students.  I'm reminded of the first few years I attended UCET, I was a student and I was simply amazed at how all of these teachers would come together to better education and that's all I wanted to do. They have certainly helped to shape me as an educator. Thank you! Thank you UCET attendees for creating the amazing commmunity that we all enjoy!


#UCET17 Schedule and New App Available

Our quest to enhance the event experience for our attendees, exhibitors, and speakers is never-ending. We wanted this year to be better than the last, which is why we created a mobile app through CrowdCompass for UCET 2017.
Head over the to the app store of your choice (iOS or Android) and download the CrowdCompass Directory by CVENT app. Search within the directory for UCET 2017. The directions for Logging In to the App to build and save your schedule, join the game or post to our social wall, can be found under About this App>About this App>Logging In to the App.
We’ll be asking for feedback on the app after the conference is over so keep an eye out for lots more emails. Those with some other brand of smartphone or tablet may use the following two websites for more conference information.

Don’t forget to use our conference hashtags #ucet17 #ucet4success before, during and after the conference. See you soon!

Your UCET Board

Congratulations to the #UCET17 Awards Nominees

The following educators who have been nominated for the 2017 UCET Awards. Winners will be announced Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the opening session of the #UCET17 Conference at the University of Utah.

ISTE Making it Happen

  • Ben Smith, Rowland Hall
  • Rick Gaisford, USBE
  • Bri Pela, Provo School District
  • Deborah Morgan, Sevier School District
  • Dallas Gledhill, Provo School District

Outstanding Leader

  • Courtney Johnson, Alpine School District
  • Jamie Hagan, Wasatch School District
  • Bret McCabe, Provo School District
  • Brett Zabell, Wasatch School Disrict
  • Sarah Weston, Mountain Heights Academy
  • Cody Spendlove, Alpine School District
  • Tim Smith, Cache County School District
  • Sam Mitchell, Granite School District
  • Joe Keddington, Good Foundations Academy

Outstanding Teacher

  • Kim Parsons, South Sevier School District
  • Landon Ashcroft, InTech Collegiate High School
  • Keenan Hart, Iron County School District
  • Kelly Witkowski, Odgen School District
  • Staci Rodriguez, Salt Lake City School District
  • Richard Peterson, South Sanpete School District
  • Wendy Radke, South Summit School District
  • Daniel Potter, Alpine School District
  • Matt Hiatt, Provo School District
  • Angie Frabasilio, Washington County School District
  • Cindy Butterfield, South Summit School District
  • Scott Brady, South Sevier School District
  • Ben Smith, Rowland Hall High School

Outstanding Young Educator

  • Jeremiah Tijerina, Dixon Middle School
  • Matthew Rhees, North Sevier Middle School
  • Amanda Lotine,  Old Mill Elementary School
  • Ashley Lennox, Draper Elementary School
  • Jordann Vaha, Manti High School
  • Danae Huizenga, Canyons School District
  • Stuart Baggaley, Edith Bowen Laboratory School
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