Host: Alpine School District
Organizer: Cody Spendlove,

Adobe Connect Link

Mountain Room - back/north side of the East Bay Cafe
Old Novell Building
1800 South Novell Place
Provo, UT 84606

Here is a link to the Official map that Novell gave us, as well as the PDF for their parking passes. YOU WILL NEED TO PRINT/USE these in order to not be ticketed.

C-Forum Agenda - January 8, 2016
Micro Focus Campus (Formerly known as Novell) 1800 Novell Place, Provo, UT 84606
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
-Ignacio Estrada (via Pam Turley)

Essential Questions:
What do today’s students really need to learn in order to succeed, not only in the classroom but also later on in college, careers, and as engaged citizens?
What’s the most effective way to personalize professional learning for our teachers?
How can we best convey the need for a pedagogical shift (Future Ready)? With administrators? With teachers? With parents/community?
Utilizing our collaborative knowledge, create a document about what’s working to successfully prepare the learners in your schools.
After discussing, share best practices for preparing future ready students, creating effective professional learning opportunities for teachers and admin., and communicating a clear vision.

Today’s Agenda
9:00 – 9:05 Intro/Welcome/ Breakfast
9:05 – 9:30 USOE Updates (10 min) -Rick Gaisford - Bill 222 -
UEN Updates (10 min)
UCET Updates (5 min) -
  • Attendee registration open
  • Call for presenters open till 2/6/16
  • Vendor Registration open
  • Awards Open - Nominate teachers, administrators, coaches, etc.

9:30 - 10:00 Nebo - Alison Hansen, STEM 20-30 - Nebo is the 6th largest district in the state - Districts in Utah by size
Contact for Scratch Classes at UVU - Delayna Crockett - UVU Community Ed Office - 801.863.8011
  • Coding Camps Grades 4 -9 -
    • In partnerships with UVU Community Ed
    • Nebo students, teachers
  • International Scratch Day - May 14, competition at UVU
  • After School Robotics in Elementary
    • Partnership with UVU and BYU preservice elem ed teachers
    • Demo Assemblies to build excitement
    • Classes 1 X per week for 10 Weeks
    • 21/27 Nebo Elementary schools held fall and winter sessions.
    • Over Nebo 1,000 students have completed a course
  • Hour of Code Computer Science Girls Only Field Trip - Jr. High - 400 girls
    • Advance Learning Center
    • 9:00 - 11:30
  • Nebo's Teachers get planning time with Paraprofessionals
  • Inside Sales Business (parent in school) sent their employees out for Hour of Code activities

10:00 - 11:00 Panel Discussion with Karlan Evans-- __Xactware__ + Stuart Dean -- __Nuvi__ + CiCi DeWaal -- __Adobe__
Panel Recording
Panel Questions
  • How did you develop the skills needed at your job?
  • What is the number one skill needed to work at your company, and how can that be developed in a high school setting?
  • “Business leaders say that college graduates do not have the skills that their particular businesses need such as applicable knowledge and applied skills in the field” (__Gallup__) What are the applied skills you believe are necessary?
  • From Google’s Laszlo Bock: “For every job, though, the No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.”__Thomas Friedman in NYTimes op-ed__ What types of learning experiences would best prepare our students for this kind of thinking?
  • What advice would you give to schools in order to better prepare students for jobs like yours and jobs that have yet to be created?
  • How has a highly creative environment influenced the productivity at your company?
  • What should we stop doing in high school?
  • Does the ability to manage time improve the results of the employees’ work output?
  • How does autonomy affect your employees, further the company, and impact the world?

11:00 - 11:45 Lunch (Novell Cafe) $9 limit. After going through the lunch line, we’ll be eating in the Mountain View Room. (Georgia)
11:30 __Adobe Slate__ Update
11:45 - 12:15 Discussion: “__The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools”__?

What do you believe about how kids learn best?
“Our kids must be powerful, persistent, passionate learners to succeed in their lives, regardless of their pursuits” (Richardson, From Master Teacher to Master Learner, p.10).
What is it that our students need to gain from their public education experiences? What changes does Richardson propose? Do you agree or disagree? What would your students say? (This is Rachel's Linear discussion.)

How do we measure the ability to adapt?
Do we agree with Will?
How does the community feel about Will’s ideas?

Toole - Our kids creatively think and we are squishing them. - Greenhouse - clean it up - daughter wonders how much it costs to run the greenhouse. Daughter was interested and did the research on her own. Can we sell our produce. But our administrators and thinkers don’t always know what to do with this critical thinking when they think it. Informal learning is not always credited. Do I really care if my computer programer can do long division.
Dani- Does everybody really need to know how to use cursive or only researchers?
What do Kinders do when their pencils break? They sharpen it. We squish the critical thinking out of them.
JAY - When we train, how do we train. Are we adhering to Will’s philosophy? Wow, that’s a deep question.
We have different learner levels of comfort, in person, slow,
Move and grow as professionals.
Nancy Lagenberger - Son making Teenage Ninja website 20 years ago - she thought it a waste of time but now he is making a living using skills he acquired by doing that 20 years ago.
Daniel Potter Westlake High (video)
This is collaboration but in school we call it cheating
Teresa - Legislators say we want education to look like the business model. But we do NOT look like the business model.
Teresa - Advocate for not only Twitter and Facebook but also look people in the eye and know persons. Are we blocks or teams?
The business people who were here from Adobe, etc., used the word team over and over. We liked the way they talked.
Room for individuality? Cookie Cutter education?

12:15 - 1:15 Collaborative Work (Georgia) GoogleDoc
Discuss with your table and determine three - five things that are really working in your school/district/dept Professional Development (Focus specifically on professional learning, deeper learning, and specific tools for learning). Please, include the following items in your discussion:
  • What would you do differently moving forward?
  • Ed Tech Endorsement programs / microcredentials?
  • Special initiatives, such as 1:1, BYOD, carts, etc.
  • Use of Time Gear… (MOOC’s, Simple K-12, not seat time credit)?
1:15 – 2:00 Sharing (Cody)

2:00 – 2:20 Makerspace Discussion 20-30 min. Makerspace
2:20 – 2:40 Utah Futures Presentation 20 min. - Jami Gardner, @utahfutures - College and career website.
  • Jamie can do trainings at your school
    • secure
    • one stop shopping
    • quality data
    • free
    • time management
    • wage and cost-of-living data is specific to Utah
  • Inform these teachers, counselors, work-based learning, financial literacy, AVID, English, Advisory. Special Education, Parents
  • Helps students assess their skills - reality check, career inventories, hooked into Workforce Services database
2:40 Dismiss

=Additional Information=

Please Read the UCET Newsletter -

Check the UCET Blog - There are new articles posted every day.

NEW @ UCET this year -
  • UELMA participants can now go to UCET on Thursday and UELMA on Friday and get an hour credit.
  • New session types
    • Playground
    • Ignite

SCRATCH classes through UVU, contact:

Delayna Crockett, UVU Community Ed Office


C4C Computing By Design Workshop - sponsored by Utah Stem Action Center - National Council for Women and Informational Technology - 1/7/15 - Thanksgiving Point -

Focus on getting Women into Technology Careers - about 50% of the attendees at this workshop were school counselors

Carl spoke about Computing classes for middle school and high school teachers this summer. Endorsements, certifications and stipends available. Only 60 spaces open for teachers who will be teaching computing in their schools.
Carl Lyman's PDF about Computer Science Courses & Endorsements

Google Education Summit - June 15, 16, & 17 - Granite School District Building - the Utah Link is not up today but you can look here for information.

Follow Molly Schroeder - Future Ready Schools - Molly presents at may of the Google Summits!