As the co-founder and coordinator of SUECON, I get to see it all! That being said, putting on a conference can be a daunting endeavor, but it is one that is well worth it when it comes to putting together something so close to home for the educators of the state of Utah and surrounding regions. We do that as well here at UCET. These conferences really are all about you, the educator, and fulfilling the needs of your students.
SUECON this year was filled with over 200 fantastic presentations taking up a day and a half of jam packed educator professional development. My personal favorite parts of any conference are the Keynote speakers. There is an energy there in those meetings and we had two fabulous presenters this year, Tami Pyfer from Utah State Governer Herbert's Office of Education and Diana Laufenberg a TED Talk veteran and educator. Not to be forgotten is all the time and planning that goes into the opening of any conference. It's our opportunity to hit the attendee with an energy filled few moments of fun! I hope that we delivered that fun this year to those who attended.
Our theme was "Back to SUECON". It had been two years since the last conference and our date just happened to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Back to the Future where Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown traveled forward from the year1985 to the year 2015. How could we not!? Ken Kirkeby, Database Engineer from Washington County School District, played Doc Brown who in a flash of sound, fog and lights emerged from a pristine 1981 DMC Delorean (which I might add was not easy to get) and welcome everyone to the conference!
If you missed this event, fear not, below is a link to the SUECON 2015 opening keynote and Diana Laufenberg's address.
This coming March, UCET too will provide an outstanding Educational Technology Professional Development conference and I assume that if you are here reading our blog then you are chomping at the bit to get your ticket. Hold on tight and keep checking back because we are in the final stages of getting ready to open registration. If you have thought about presenting at the upcoming UCET conference, wait no longer, you can register to present now!
Please enjoy the SUECON opening keynote.
(the audio is a little overdriven for the first 2 min of the video then levels out for the keynote address)