UCET Grant Proposals Due April 19!

The deadline for the UCET18 Grant Proposals is Thursday, April 19, 2018.  You must have attended both days of the UCET Conference on March 22-23 and use one of the UCET18 Vendors in your funding request.

The application and further information can be found on the UCET Grant Page.


As we mentioned at the conference last week, UCET is excited to share information and a discount to attend the ISTE conference this summer in Chicago, Illinois.  Please check out the slides below and pay attention to the $35 discount available through April 23, 2018.  You’ll also find information about the refresh on the ISTE Administrator Standards.  UCET always has a good showing at the ISTE conference each year, we hope you’ll be able to join us!

#UTedChat Questions for 03/28 – #UCET18 and the Value of a #PLN



As we finish with this year’s UCET Conference, I want to take a little bit of time to reflect on how the event went with a few of my favorite people, my #UTedChat family. I want to discuss some of the highlights as well as the lowlights because if we want to help the UCET Conference to continue to grow we need to be open and honest about how it went.  And I realize not everyone who participates in #UTedChat tonight will have attended #UCET18 so please don’t let that keep you away. We will also be discussing the Value of having a #PLN, which I believe is CRUCIAL for any and all educators! Plus, even if you weren’t at #UCET18 you still may have some ideas that can help us make the UCET Conference the best education conference around! Please join me (@lars3eb) tonight at 9 pm MST as I lead the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of EduGoals for Finishing the Year Strong! I’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your awesome with us because we’re truly #BetterTogether. 

If you haven’t already followed me via Twitter (@lars3eb) feel free to do so because it may help you to better follow the chat. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.


Q1: We live in an age where we can talk with each other over the Internet via Twitter, video calling, etc. Is it still even important to physically attend conferences?

Q2: For those who were able to attend #UCET18, what was your favorite session? If you didn’t attend, where can you physically go to learn from others?

Q3: We held a physical meet-up for  #UTedChat while at #UCET18 & it was awesome to meet our #PLN IRL. Why is it important to build a #PLN and is it important to meet them #F2F? 

Q4: Conferences aren’t ALL rainbows & butterflies. What was one thing you’d like to change about #UCET18 or about your fav learning location?

Q5: We had some AMAZING Keynotes at #UCET18 last week. If you could physically attend a talk/speech from anyone living today, who would it be & why?

Q6 If you could add ANY fun activity to #UCET19 (because let’s face it, we’ll all be there) next year, what would it be & why?

Derek Larson is a former classroom teacher and current EdTech Director at Southwest Educational Development Center, one of the four service centers working with the rural districts here in Utah. He loves working with teachers in the SEDC region, others throughout the state, and making connections all across the globe. He’s a proud Dixie State University and Southern Utah University grad. 

You can follow Derek via Twitter at @lars3eb.

– Chat Archive via Storify (Available after the Chat)

We Have The BEST People Involved with the UCET Conference!

I am staggered. In less than 24 hours, the 102 people that have signed up to volunteer at the conference have filled up over 85% of the 126 different volunteer time slots that we have asked them for! I’m positive that we will have the rest of those slots filled very soon. 

UCET 24 Hour Volunteer Activity

When you see someone wearing a volunteer t-shirt at the conference, please give them a high-five for me!

Our volunteers really do make this conference work, and work well, for the almost 1,500 registered conference participants. They are so important to what we do, and we can’t thank these great people enough for their willingness to help. THANK YOU!

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YOU Make a Difference! 

Prep for #ucet18 with Us

Back in December I posted some “Thoughts on Bored and Brilliant”. I’d like to invite you to participate in the week-long Bored and Brilliant Challenge beginning March 12. Each day I’ll post a link to the challenge for the following day. Take some time to listen to the podcast episode, check out the suggestions on the website and plan how you will step up. Let us know how you do with the hashtags #YOUcet, #ucet18 and #BABChallenge. Below is the schedule if you like to plan things out in advance. I’m looking forward to seeing how we grow.

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