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February 5, 2010, 9:00 a.m.
Host: Granite School District
Location: Granite School District Offices-Room C121
2500 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah (See Map)

  • Greeting and Welcome
  • Updates:
    • UCET-Pam Turley
    • UEN
    • UTIPS
      • 12 of the 13 regional UTIPS servers have been moved to our new hardware to UEN's data center.
      • USOE is putting the finishing touches on a number of new questions that will fill holes in Math, Science, and English / Language Arts, as well as create an item pool for Social Studies
      • There is a new help email address: help@utips.org
    • USOE
      • The Utah State Legislature is still work on next year's education budget.
      • Under President's proposed 2011 budget federal funding of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math education funding would see an almost 40% increase over 2010 funding to $1 billion across all federal agencies, and a total of $3.7 billion in STEM education funding overall.
      • It would also make $500 million available through the Department of Education's "Investing in Innovation" Fund, which would allow schools to make technology-related investments to "infuse educational technology across a broad range of programs in order to improve teaching and learning.
      • Several other programs funded under the 2011 budget proposal would also go toward funding education technology and online course development. These funds appear to take the place of the Enhancing Education Through Technology fund, which receives no money in next year's proposed budget.

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      • http://project2connect.wikispaces.com/
      • Project Overview: Involve STSs, teachers, students, and school administration in a year long video project designed to promote the school wide use of technology.
      • Objective: Final project will be a video spotlight of individual classrooms, school, CyberCorps, community activities, and special events to be presented as part of the end of school awards assembly.
      • The WIKI outlines the details The School Technology Specialist at each school had to
        • identify students to be CyberCorps team members
        • meet with each faculty member to decide what great project they are doing in their classroom that they wanted to have filmed
        • Review copyright issues with students
        • attend Training Sessions all year .... mainly on video topics
  • iSchool Initiative
    • -Using the iPod Touch in the classroom
    • Shauna Jensen and Celia Powell
    • https://www.ischoolinitiative.com/Educational_Technology.html
      • 3 Participating Schools
      • Professional Development Session Planning
        • Specialists meet monthly to plan training sessions.
        • Sessions are conducted by STS/LMITS. Each STS/LMITS will run own training program. Training sessions begin December 2009.
      • Teacher Professional Development - 3 Full Day Sessions - Subs provided.
        • Day 1: Intro to iPod Touch/iTunes, configure email accounts. Applications for Personal Use: Productivity, News, eBook Readers, Social Networking, Video/TV, & Games & Fun
        • Day 2: Applications for Curriculum, Podcasts, Document Camera Basics, Copyright Practices/Good Video Practices
        • Day 3: Even More Apps!!
      • Equipment Included
        • Bretford PowerSync Cart for iPod, http://education.apple.com/custom_ipod_lab>
        • Laptop to be housed in cart
        • iPod Touch, 8 GB (40 per cart)
        • iPod Touch, 32 GB (15 per school)
        • Avermedia 300AF Document Camera 300AF+ (15 per school)
        • Apple Component AV Cable (for Teachers)
        • Cart Headphones (40 per cart) - Check with local headphone manufacturers.
    • First we played Flood It to hook people in and get familiar with apps.
    • Then we went to Awesome Note ... and a bunch of other Apps
    • Check out all of the suggested applications on Granite's iSchool Wiki iSchool Initiative
  • Utah First Lego® League and First Robotics Opportunities for Students
    • Kathy Hajeb, University of Utah Technology Venture Development
      • http://www.utfll.utah.edu/
      • FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics and innovation program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, teamwork and technology in kids ages nine to 14.
      • Students have the opportunity to solve real-world challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
      • FLL recommends that teams budget $750 for their first year and $350-$400 in following years. Money often comes from fund-raising, grants, school principals, PTAs, or team member constributions. Travel, t-shirts, and optional items are in addition to these estimates.
      • First Utah regional event - January 29, 2011 at the Union on U of U campus. Kathy would like C-Forum's help getting students / teams involved and she needs volunteers for this event. She also suggests that we can become a coach or mentor.
      • Online registration will be available in May. In early Sept. the challenge will be revealed. Oct. - Nov. the teams research and build.
      • The Utah FIRST will offer grants.
      • FYI: March 19 and 20, 2010 there will be a high school competition at Huntsman Center on the U of U campus. Drop by to check it out.
  • Lunch
  • Thinkfinity Highlight
    Jeanene Prince Pioneer Online Library
    • ReadWriteThink
      • New format on lead page.
      • Use the navigation bar on the left to drill into the site.
      • Look at the Strategy Guides under the Professional Development tab. (e.g. Teaching with Podcasts)
      • The ReadWriteThink Student Interactives are great and quite poplular.
    • EDSITEment
      • Check out the All Categories area.
      • Lesson plans to promote active learning.
      • Over 200 reviewed websites.

  • Cool Gadgets
    • external image pico-p1_a1.jpg AAXA Micro Projector-Dennis Roberts
      • 6 ounces and about the size of most PDAs
      • 12 lumens 0 resolution of 640x480
      • Multiple input sources are accepted including VGA, Composite, as well as direct hook-ups to Ipods, Iphones, PSPs, and a myriad of cell phones.

    • HUE HD Web Camera-Shauna Jensen external image 1.png
      • The Hue webcam for Windows and Mac OS X has a high resolution picture and great sound through an internal USB microphone.
      • It is simple to install and compatible with Skype, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AIM and iChat (Mac OS X v10.4.9 required for iChat support).
      • The webcam’s versatile design offers limitless positioning options. Users can leave the Hue in its base or connect the flexible neck directly to a laptop’s USB port for optimal mobility.

  • WIMBA-Pat Lambrose
    • Enter Pat's Wimba Room at http://my.uen.org/21
    • View TED Talk at Pranav Mistry- The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
      • At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.