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Choose from our menu of presentations, workshops and courses to be delivered at a time and location of your choice.  Presentations are one hour in length so they can be easily built into your busy professional development schedule.  Workshops are two to three hours in length and provide hands-on participation and practice. Courses are fifteen hours in length and offer USOE or SUU credit.

Don’t see what you are looking for?  Customized presentations and workshops on additional topics that focus on classroom technology integration can also be requested to be held at schools, districts and conferences.

We are a state-supported agency; there is NO COST to individual schools or districts for our services. We do request a minimum of 10 educators in attendance in order to make the best use of time and travel resources. (For small schools and rural areas, we may be able to accommodate a smaller group.)

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    Available 1-3 Hour Presentations:

    Adobe Connect for Online Instruction (1-2 hour)
    This presentation will provide educators with an overview of the Adobe Connect conferencing and virtual classroom tool. Learners will get a preview of the software capabilities and techniques for enhancing interactivity from participants.
    Better Research with NoodleTools (1-4 hour)
    Educators will learn a systematic research and literacy process utilizing a free resource in Utah's Online Library called NoodleTools. NoodleTools is ideal for upper-elementary through university students and includes tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation and collaborative research and writing.
    Chromebooks in the Classroom (1-2 hour)
    Google Chromebooks are one of the fastest growing devices being used in Utah classrooms. With their low cost and ease of use they are becoming the go-to device for 1:1 schools. Teachers will learn strategies for using the Chromebooks with students in the classroom. We will share their advantages and limitations. We will also explore Google Apps for Education and other cloud-based software that works on Chromebooks.
    College and Career Readiness with UtahFutures (1 hour)
    UtahFutures training provides direct instruction and technical guidance to navigate and utilize the website. Abundant data, practical planning, and outreach opportunities will be explored and taught in order to fully unite students, job seekers, and the community with information to make informed decisions and plans.
    Discover the World with Culturegrams (1 hour)
    Culturegrams is a free resource in Utah's Online Library where students can experience the world through cultural information on more than 200 countries. This is an ideal resource for social studies and includes age appropriate editions for primary and secondary grades. Teachers will learn how to use this resource with their students to research countries, learn about cultures, and compare various statistical data. Culturegrams also includes many teaching activities that can be used in the classroom with ties to core standards.
    eMedia (1 hour)
    Learn how to use UEN's eMedia - a digital media repository filled with video and other educational media free for Utah's educators, students and citizen learners. We will cover how to search for content, preview it, and then download the media for on demand use. UEN's eMedia includes: videos licensed by the Utah Instructional Media Consortium, local programs from KUED-7, National PBS programs, as well as media from other trusted education partners.
    Formative Assessment Using Digital Games, Drawings, and Contests (1 hour)
    Formative assessment is a powerful part of the teaching and learning process. Learn how teachers can use the following formative evaluation tools to inject more excitement and fun into your classroom and at the same time gain insight into what your students really know and understand: ClassFlow, Formative, Kahoot!, Socrative, Plickers, Quizizz, and Nearpod.
    Google Apps for Education (1-2 hour)
    Learn all about Google's cloud based service for document creation and collaboration including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and forms. This presentation will also include an overview of Gmail and Calendars
    Google Chrome Extensions and Add-ons (1-2 hour)
    Extend the capability of Google apps by using extensions and add-ons. These are third party integrations allow you to do more tasks with Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms, many of which were developed for the educational community. It is suggested that teachers have a solid understanding of Google Apps before learning these skills.
    iPad: Fundamentals (1 hour)
    This presentation will introduce participants to the iPad. Learn setup, settings, gestures, and app management. This presentation will give participants the base level knowledge needed to start using the iPad effectively.
    iPad: Student Produced Projects (1 hour)
    Project-based learning through the iPad is something that will not only create a greater depth of understanding but it will also engage students. In this presentation we will explore a short list of classroom apps that will help students demonstrate their learning through multimedia projects
    Make iPad Games and Interactives (1-2 hour)
    Learn to use creative and free apps such as TinyTap and Pixel Press Floors to create iPad games and interactive activities. Some of these games can actually be posted online and played in any browser. In addition to these creative apps, we'll learn about resources UEN gives teachers that can help with making your games.
    Utah's Online Library: Elementary or Secondary (1-2 hour)
    In this workshop explore many of the licensed products available to Utah teachers, students and their parents through Utah's Online Library. With increasing emphasis on non-fiction and reading and writing in all subject areas, there is a greater need now than ever to make the most of the fantastic resources in Utah's Online Library. See maps, web-based interactives, encyclopedias, images, sound and video, lesson plans and more
    Project Based Learning: Using Genius Hour in Your Class (1 hour)
    Allowing students to study and research their interests is the basis of personalized learning. Genius Hour is giving students time each day/week to study the topic of their choice. Learn about Genius Hour and the great free resources that are available to get started and be successful implementing Genius Hour with your students.
    Resources to Improve Student Research (1 hour)
    Learn more about the Gale Reference Collection in Utah's Online Library. This collection contains great content for K-12 students including biographical data, global issues, newsstand, opposing viewpoints, science and many other topics with ties to state standards. These resources are great for students because they are academic and vetted for research use. Gale resources also integrate well with Google Drive allowing students to save articles, bookmarks and notes directly to Google Drive.
    Social Media in Education (1 hour)
    Tap the educational potential of social media tools for your classroom. Teachers will learn how tools like Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and more can be incorporated into their classroom. Along the way, participants will explore strategies for using social media tools to challenge and engage students, as well as improve parent-student-teacher communication.
    Teaching Digital Citizenship (1 hour)
    Participants will learn what digital citizenship is, how to teach students to be responsible digital citizens, and how to talk with students openly about cyberbullying and other potential pitfalls of social media. Participants will learn how to model digital citizenship and develop tools and lessons to use with students of all ages.
    UEN Tools and Resources (1 hour)
    Discover the vast selection of free tools and resources provided by Utah Education Network. This presentation will introduce participants to my.uen, lesson plan resources, Utah Core Standards, assessment tools, student interactives, Utah's Online Library and eMedia
    Using Makerspace to Promote Discovery Learning (1-3 hour)
    This workshop is designed to get teachers and students "hands-on" with their learning. Based upon ideas from the Maker Movement, participants will explore a variety of activities that provide creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering, and tinkering. We currently have available Ollie and Sphero app controlled driving robots, arduino kits, Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot Robots, littleBits, Makey Makey and Google Cardboard.

    CANVAS MODULES

    Canvas Module 1: Introduction to the Canvas LMS (1 Hour)
    What is Canvas? And why are we using it? In this first hour of training we cover all the benefits of using an LMS to complement and extend teaching that is already happening in the face to face environment, and how to harness the power of Canvas to make the use of instructional technology easier and more effective.
    Canvas Module 2: Canvas As A Communication Tool (1 Hour)
    It's not "one more thing", it's "the thing"... to make communication between teachers, students, and even parents MUCH easier. In this portion of the training we will talk about how to customize Canvas notifications to work best for you, and then review features like the Canvas In Box and Calendar so that you can use just one tool, Canvas, to connect your learning community.
    Canvas Module 3: Pedagogy of Online Teaching and Learning (1 Hour)
    Blended? Flipped? Distance Learning? Every course in Canvas is unique. During Module 3 you'll learn how you can use Canvas differently for different purposes and audiences. Activities are available for teachers new to Canvas to work together and discuss best practices for teaching online.
    Canvas Module 4: Creating A New Course in Canvas (1 Hour)
    Let's begin! This is where we start building a course in Canvas and adjusting any special settings to meet the needs of our students. This may be the shortest module in the course, but it's the most important because it's the first step towards teaching with Canvas.
    Canvas Module 5: Creating Content in Canvas (1 Hour)
    Now that the course is built it's time to start adding pages and inserting content, files, and even multimedia.
    Canvas Module 6: Engaging Students With Canvas (1 Hour)
    Once the new Canvas user is comfortable creating pages to share information with the online learner it's time to step it up a notch and start making activities that will allow your students to create and share. First we will cover Discussions where users can share ideas and converse at their own time and pace. Then we will dive into Assignments where Canvas users can start uploading file, images, weblinks, and more to turn in for quick and easy paperless grading. In the next session more training with Assignments and Graded Discussions will cover how to connect these activities with Outcomes and Rubrics.
    Canvas Module 7: Assessing Student Learning With Canvas (1 Hour)
    Feedback is key when assessing student learning, and Canvas let's you do it in real time with Speedgrader. In this section of the course we will take new users step by step through Canvas Outcomes, Rubrics, and then demo the Speedgrader feature in Canvas. For those schools and teachers using a "Mastery Based" program we can extend this portion of the course to cover the new "Learning Mastery Gradebook" feature in Canvas. Although many new Canvas users have already been introduced to Assignments and Discussions, we will also review these topics and show how to attach Outcomes and Rubrics to these activities.
    Canvas Module 8: Canvas Quizzes & Surveys (1 Hour)
    No more paper. No more hours of grading. No more Scantron. Canvas Quizzes virtually grade themselves allowing the teacher more time to teach while students get instant feedback. This portion of the course can also be extended to show the steps necessary to using the Canvas Quiz Question Banks.
    Canvas Module 9: Organizing Your Content In Canvas (1 Hour)
    Now that the new Canvas user is putting content online it's time to discuss the best ways to organize it for student access. Here we will show a demo on how to give your course a simple and intuitive navigation system using Modules.
    Canvas Module 10: Gamification With Canvas (1 Hour)
    Learning Mastery, Badges, Like Buttons and More! Let's take the impersonal and isolated experience of learning online and make it fun!

    Available 2 Day Courses:

    Canvas for Online Learning
    Designed for K-12 teachers with intermediate technology skills, this course explores the best practices teaching online. Participants will learn how to design and deliver an online course using Canvas LMS.
    Class Projects with Photoshop
    This course delves into advanced photo editing for classroom projects using Photoshop from Adobe's Creative Cloud. Most importantly, participants consider how advanced photo editing can help engage students in the curriculum through project-based learning. Schools must have lab with Photoshop Creative Cloud installed.
    Cloud Classrooms with Chromebooks (BOYD)
    Bring the Cloud to your Classroom! This two-day "Bring Your Own Device" workshop is designed to help educators effectively integrate Chromebooks and Cloud tools into a project-based educational framework. Participants gain experience using Chromebooks, evaluating applications (apps) for educational use, and exploring strategies for teaching with this technology.
    The Connected Educator: Develop your PLN
    This course helps teachers tap the educational potential of social media tools for your classroom. Participants will learn how tools like Twitter, Pinterest, Teaching Channel, Google +, Facebook, and more can be incorporated into your classroom. Along the way, participants will explore strategies for using social media tools to challenge and engage students, as well as improve parent-student-teacher communication.
    Create Online Educational Media
    Find and create digital learning objects to support student learning using resources from Utah's Online Library, eMedia, my.uen and more. Learn to create mashups, virtual pop-up books, educational interactives and more while exploring strategies for integrating digital media in ways that can increase student engagement and positive learning outcomes.
    Digital Photography in the Classroom
    Introduces teachers to the use of digital cameras to enhance student learning. Learn basic skills in taking and editing digital photos while exploring how digital photography can be integrated into project-based lessons that engage students in curricula.
    Effective Teaching with Visual Media
    Enhance student learning with educational technology and media. Explore eMedia, Utah ITV, Thinkfinity and other online resources. Create virtual tours and presentations, learn strategies for helping students develop visual literacy and critical thinking skills.
    Flip your Class with Canvas
    Learn what a flipped classroom is and why it works. This 2-day course gives K-12 teachers the skills to use Canvas LMS to flip their own classroom. In addition to finding great resources that are already available to teachers to flip their class, participants will get hands on experience creating their own instructional media and reflect on how flipping their classroom can deepen student engagement and learning.
    Google for Educators
    Increase student communication and critical thinking skills by incorporating Google tools into educational projects. In addition to modeling experiential learning, the course guides participants through Google Advanced Search, Docs, Calendar, Groups, Video, and more.
    The Innovative Educator: Makerspaces
    This workshop is designed to get teachers and students "hands-on" with their learning. Based upon ideas from the Maker Movement, participants will explore a variety of activities that provide creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering, and tinkering.
    Make the Most of your Mac
    Educators with little or no Mac experience will take advantage of the time-saving potential of their computers, this course covers tips and tricks for improving personal productivity through effective use of a Mac. Topics covered include customizing features, managing files, using Mac widgets, using the iLife suite, productivity tools and more.
    Making iPad Games & Interactives with your Class
    iPad’s can be powerful creative tools. Use your iPad to make games and other interactive activities in this two-day “Bring Your Own Device” workshop. Learn how you can get your students involved in the “Maker Movement” by helping them create their own iPad games using tools like GamePress, TinyTap, and ThingLink.
    Mapping your World with GPS
    Learn to increase student engagement with cross-curricular project-based lessons that use geospatial learning tools such as GPS devices and Google Earth. In addition to gaining familiarity with several geospatial learning tools, participants engage in a sample lesson, create projects they can use with their own students and consider how project-based learning with educational technology can challenge students to reach higher levels of thinking.
    Multimedia Projects with iPads (BYOD)
    The iPad’s powerful collection of multimedia tools provide new and innovative ways for students to demonstrate their learning through creative and motivating projects. This course is designed to help educators effectively integrate this technology into a project-based educational framework. Participants will learn to plan, teach, manage and evaluate a variety of student created multimedia projects tied to the core curriculum.
    Utah's Online Library: Research and Resources
    This course guides K–12 teachers and library media specialists through the many digital resources licensed for educational use. Gain familiarity with databases in Utah's Onine Library, and explore the Utah library media core curriculum’s six-step process for information problem-solving while sharing ideas for incorporating research and multimedia resources into lessons and projects for students.
    Teaching and Learning with iPads (BYOD)
    iPads have emerged as a powerful tool for engaging students in curriculum-related tasks. This workshop is designed to help educators effectively integrate this technology into a project-based educational framework. Participants gain experience using iPads, evaluating applications (apps) for educational use and exploring strategies for teaching with this technology.
    Use Technology to Teach
    Designed for teachers with little or no technology experience. Learn to incorporate multimedia presentations and online tools to enrich the learning experience for students. Participants learn how to use a wide array of online educational resources within a project-based. Become familiar with whiteboards, document cameras and iPads. Explore featured UEN resources including Utah's Online Library, K–12 Interactives, and the Lesson Plan and Rubric tools.
    Web Publishing with my.uen
    A classroom website can serve as a one-stop location for handouts, links, a class calendar, and more. Designed for teachers who want to take advantage of the Internet to support efficient, effective communication with students and parents, but lack the time or skill to build a site from scratch, this course steps participants through creating websites using my.uen’s web publishing tool for Utah teachers.

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