What’s New at SEDC?
- Innovation in Garfield County – School-Based LTE Broadband for Students at Home?
Innovation in Garfield County – School-Based LTE Broadband for Students at Home?
Will a new push for free wireless internet help rural students get online? Pending FCC rule change could help close the ‘homework gap’
by CHRIS BERDIK, November 12, 2018
PANGUITCH, Utah — Both before and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom. They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back room for the 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and robotics kits.
Some kids come to log extra time on class projects. Others show up just for the internet. Caine oversees the school’s Chromebooks. Her district of Garfield County has provided a computer to every student since 2016. And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons.
Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers. Many of Garfield’s students trek to internet oases such as Caine’s classroom or one of the local businesses willing to host a district Wi-Fi router.
Going without isn’t an option. “All their work is on that computer,” said Caine, “and they need that access.”…
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- BYU Independent Study Courses Available for Utah Teachers using Canvas
Usage Information About Blended Content from the BYU IS Courses in Canvas
The BYU High School Suite blended courses were designed for teachers as a digital resource that supports face-to-face classroom instruction for original credit. The blended set of courses is unique in its offering and value for Utah schools. These blended courses are authored, designed, and published by a Utah-based university and designed by Utah Certified Secondary education teachers and BYU Independent Study Instructional Designers to meet Utah’s Common Core curriculum standards. These courses are natively delivered in Canvas giving teachers a full course or modules that contain content, videos, assignments, quizzes, exams that are fully aligned to Utah State standards. Most courses are self-contained, not requiring an external textbook or other resources, so these courses become a complete solution.
Here is a list of the currently available courses . More courses are due to be added by February 2019.
Every course is editable, so a teacher can adapt it to include their favorite assignments and activities without needing to create the content or assessment base for the course. The blended course offers teachers great flexibility on how they decide to use the course material. For example, teachers can assign students to study the course content and take the self-check quizzes in preparation for the classroom lesson, use the class time to work on the assignments or the teachers’ custom activities or projects, use the unit quizzes as formative assessments, and the midterm and final exams as summative assessments.There are currently about 100 courses available through Canvas Commons. An additional 100 courses will be ready around February of 2019. We currently have a 5 year agreement with BYU to uses this material. If this material is well received we will look to work with BYU to extend this beyond. A list of current courses can be found in the attached PDF. These courses will NOT be available in any other LMS besides Canvas.
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- Can’t Find it? View the Legacy SEDC Website
SEDC Legacy Website
Can’t find what you are looking for? Our new site still has some work left to be done, so if you can’t find what you are looking for, head to our old site:
- SEDC Snapshot – Fall 2018 Newsletter
SEDC Snapshot – Fall 2018 Newsletter
- UEN’s Homeroom – New Podcast Series
UEN’s Homeroom Podcast
UEN’s Jared Covili (@covili ) and Dani K. Sloan (@DaniKSloan ) host a new podcast for educators called UEN’s Homeroom. This podcast is UEN’s chance to tell the stories and talk about the issues impacting Utah’s amazing teachers. They plan to feature educators and leaders from across the state of Utah in a fun and informative bi-monthly podcast.
SEDC’s very own Clint Stephens is featured in Episode 2 to discuss how technology is helping rural teachers improve student learning. You can listen to that podcast below. Like it and want to hear more? Subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes or with the RSS feed. Not a regular podcast listener but would like to hear more? You can listen to back episodes on the podcast archive page . If you like it, subscribe and let the folks on Twitter know about it – #uenhomeroom
- Interested In An Educational Technology Endorsement? Earn It Through SEDC
Learn more about our online Educational Technology Endorsement Courses at SEDC
SEDC is working in cooperation with the Utah Education Network (UEN), the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Southern Utah University (SUU) to provide professional learning opportunities to earn an Educational Technology Endorsement Program (ETEP) endorsement for teachers in our region. These courses will be held entirely online through the Canvas learning management system.
The ETEP endorsement consists of 18 credit hours of courses: 3 3-credit core courses (9 credit hours) which are focused on many of the core concepts in educational technology integration. An additional 6 credits of courses focused on technology to support your curriculum, and 3 credits of courses where you use technology to enhance your professional practice are required as electives. These 5000-level credits will be awarded through SUU at a cost to participants of $23 per credit to record.
Teachers following in-step with the SEDC ETEP plan will complete this endorsement in 2 years, but we plan on offering these courses on a continual rotating basis, so you are free to jump in anytime that you can. Credit earned in the program can also be used for salary lane changes. Coursework can be applied towards a Master’s degree program from either Southern Utah University or the University of Utah.
Our next round of courses will begin September 6, 2018, but if you are interested you can join in at anytime. The courses offered during the 2018-2019 school year begin about every 2 months and run for 6 weeks. We will begin the 12-week core courses in early September 2019. Take a look at the upcoming courses we will offer!
- Academic Pathway to Teacher (APT/ARL) Licensure Program for Service Centers
Learn more about the Academic Pathway to Teacher (APT) or Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) Licensure Program .
If you are interested, please fill out this form .