March 25, 2011

Host: Nebo School District - Bring your own device!

Nebo District Office Boardroom
350 S. Main
Spanish Fork, UT


UTIPS - Nate Ober
  • Demo of the alpha version of the new UTIPS
  • Integration with SIS 2000
  • It's Open Source code and an API will be available
  • Teachers will be able to import their current UTIPS test into the new UTIPS

Extended Introductions
We went around the room and participants shared what they are doing in their region / districts. Cory Little asked people to include info about Google apps, course management system, Facebook, YouTube and teacher web sites. Below are some of the details Karen captured - but she definitely did not get everything. Please feel free to edit and add.

CUES - Cal Hales
Some of the districts in his region allow teachers access to Facebook. Most don't allow students at all. Piute SD received a superintendent grant - all Piute High 9th graders (28 students) will get an iPad. Training will be provided, but most of the of the details are in flux. CUES is using Joomla for their web page and some of the districts are as well. Teachers are expected to use my.uen as their web page.

SESC - Derald Kurtz (Carbon and Emery) and Theresa (Grand and San Juan)
Carbon SD went to gmail a year ago and unfortunately there wasn't enough training so teachers are utilizing it to it's potential. San Juan SD is going to start using Google Docs. Some of Math and auto shop classes in San Juan are using SMART Bridgit Conferencing Software. Principals are completing teacher evaluations on their iPads. Josh Decker created a form for them. If you are interested in this form you can contact Josh -

Salt Lake - John Kelly and Leslie Lewis
Salt Lake SD opened up Google docs and Facebook for teachers. Last year they opened up YouTube for those teachers who attend a training. One of the middle schools received a large grant and they purchased netbooks. Salt Lake is using Pearson so they won't be using Canvas.

Alpine SD - Cody Spendlove
They've been trying to move to gmail for two years ... should happen next year. Alpine just implemented Skyward - student system. It has an assessment engine. Bonnie Anderson uses Moodle and likes it a lot. The district put in 13 Interactive Video systems since they lost a lot of teachers last year. This allows students to take a class that is no longer available at their school. 2 of the schools got grants for iPads / iTouchs.

Jordan SD - Nancy Lagerberg
She is gathering resources for the Common Core. 3 teachers from Bingham are trying to find out what the cost saving would be if they did everything electronically. One is using netbooks, one is using iPads and the third is using laptops. This is not a scientific study - they are just curious. Teachers at Kauri Sue Hamilton School are using iPads with their special needs students. It is work well. Some of the schools in Jordan are using Google Apps.

Davis SD - Carol Nef and Trisha Syversen
Carol spends a lot of her time on a 1 to 1 project with 2 elem schools (3 -6 grades) and 1 Jr. high wi/ 14 classes. They are currently using a Dell netbook - but investigating the Intel tablet. There are a lot of pedagogical challenges and network issues with this project. Davis is using Google Apps. Students have gmail and teachers are still on Exchange. Trisha facilitates writing online curriculum They use PDPro in Blackboard. Currently they don't have a Facebook policy - but it is coming. Facebook is accessible, but it's filtered. YouTube is accessible to teachers via my.DSD.

Martha Crook - Formerly with Park City SD, now at CIM Technology Solutions
Park City loves CANVAS and will continue to use it. Martha is doing a lot of work with teachers to use collaboration tools that CIM provides.

Canyons SD - Colleen Bliss
Canyons is building a data dashboard so that teachers can see precisely how their students are performing. They are starting a Facebook pilot project - opening it up to a few schools. At the elementary level they will create a Facebook Fan page to use as a class web site.

Nebo School District - Pam Turley, Cory Little
  • Open Office for Kids - Pam Turley
  • 6th grade math gap tool
    Pam would like to find out how to prepare current 5th grade students for the 6th grade Math Common Core. The gaps have been identified - but have resources been gathered for teachers and parents?
  • Update on alternative materials process - Cory
  • - Cory
  • Flubaroo - Cory
    Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments.

Dang Good Lunch (See photos at the bottom of the page.)

UCET - Pam

UEN - Karen
  • Interactive Whiteboard Resources
  • Common Core Resources
    Please share the resources your district with UEN ( so that we can make them available to educators across the state.
  • Earth Day Resources
  • Priority Course Registration
    • Premium educators: April 20, 2011
    • Basic educators: May 1, 2011
  • K-12 Consortium Pricing for Canvas Online Learning Management System
    • See the message Laura Hunter sent to the mailing list on March 23
  • New Pioneer Library Search
    • Search multiple sources in one search
    • Recommended resources (column on left side)
    • e-Shelf: Save list of resources while browsing
    • Search history: Click on e-Shelf > Queries to view list of previous searches
      There are some Pioneer Library databases that are not currently available using this search. A list of which databases are available for searching can be found here:
  • my.uen: I Didn't Know it Could Do That!

USOE - Rick and Alan
  • Senate bill 65 passed - Statewide Online Education Program
    If a student wants to take an online course it has to be part of his / her SEOP and then the district will have to pay $700+ to state general fund. 50% of that money will be given to the course provider up front. (The state, districts, charter schools and EHS will be the course providers.) If the student finishes the course the final 50% of the money will go to the provider, but if the student doesn't finish it, the money goes back into the general funds.
    This will have a significant impact on the Electronic High School. (EHS will continue to get funding for next year - but not the following year.)
  • USOE got a 7% budget cut - about $700,000
  • Rick will be sending out additional emails about other products and opportunities.

    Alan demonstrated:
  • Classroom 2.0
  • Collaborize

NEAT and Standards Tool - John Allan

C-Forumer of the year
  • Derald Kurtz and Cal Hales
    They both attend nearly all of the C-forum meetings - which means significant travel. They contributes with insightful and useful ideas and they are genuinely supportive and helpful of the rest of the people there.

Schedule for next year - Cory Little will send it out via the mailing list.

Thanks for lunch Cory!
Cory Little knows his dutch ovens!
Yes! It's blueberry cobbler