The items listed below are some of the best new and emerging educational technologies and tools that we have come across in our travels and work in schools. If you have something new that you love, let us know and we’ll add it here!

  • Science Journal – App for Data Collection – 2018 Update

    Science Journal – App for Data Collection – 2018 Update

    Science Journal App IconScience Journal is a tool for doing science with your Android or iOS smartphone. You can use the sensors in your phone or connect to external sensors to conduct experiments on the world around you. Organize your ideas into projects, make predictions, take notes and collect data in multiple trials, then annotate and explore your results. It’s the lab notebook you always have with you.

    Need more ideas for your Science courses? Here are 8 Apps that Turn Citizens into Scientists from Scientific American.

  • 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.”…

    Continue to the full article on The Hechinger Report

  • 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.

    License and Rights

    Use of this course and course material is limited to blended teacher-facilitated original credit courses in Utah only. The purpose of these resources is to support face-to-face classroom instruction for original credit for a cohort of students who begin, progress through and end a course together during an established academic time period. Reselling, re-distributing, sub-licensing, reverse engineering, as well as the removal of this notice, is expressly prohibited. Use of this course for credit recovery or non-facilitated online instruction is also prohibited, but may be available through a separate license. To request such a license, email training@uen.org.

    Learn How to Use This Content in Your Canvas Course

  • UEN’s Homeroom – New Podcast Series

    UEN logo illustrationUEN’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

     

  • Friday Tech Tip – Classroom Screen

    This week we will share an excellent, quick to use and master tool called Classroom Screen. It is a free compiliation of useful classroom tools – especially useful for teachers with SMART, Promethean or other interactive white boards in their rooms. It was created by a teacher who could not find an existing tool out there to fit his needs, so he made his own and is sharing it as donationware – if you love it, give him a little bit of money to help keep this an awesome tool. 

    How do you use it? Just head to Classroom Screen, select the widgets you want to use, and project it to your class – that’s it!

    Classroom Screen includes:

    • Clock
    • Timer
    • Traffic light – use as a visual reminder for noise level or when students can disturb the teacher or not
    • Random name picker
    • Text and Drawing tools
    • Work symbols like quiet, ask a neighbor, work together and whisper
    • Quick QR generator – enter in a site and it will instantly create a scanable QR code for students
    • Sound Level – monitors the noise level in the room 
    • Beautiful background images, both still and subtelly animated 

    See it in action below!

     

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