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Friday, March 8

10:45am MST

Making Technology Projects Authentic
Asking students to acquire, construct, and showcase their knowledge in new and exciting formats makes their classroom learning environment relevant to their daily lives. Explore how a combination of Project-based Learning (PBL) and creativity provides opportunities for learners to demonstrate understanding and share ideas by combining their writing with pictures, original illustrations, and audio narration to tell their stories and communication their ideas with the world.

Students today want to learn what they want to learn how they want to learn it. How can we use technology to meet the needs of today's high-tech students in today's standards-based world? How can we use technology to affect the quality of learning and understanding?

In this age of instant information, teachers must face the fact that our students have far more, and often better information, than we instructors might provide in the classroom. The model of standing before a class and dispensing information is not as effective in the 21st century. Therefore, we have to adapt to the changes brought on by technology.

We still want to help our students learn how to use information in ways that will demonstrate their understanding of that information, as well as how that information can help lead them to further learning. We want to challenge their thinking skills to go beyond the literal; to analyze, synthesize and evaluate their decisions about how they use information; to see that their thinking can lead them to greater heights of inquiry, which, in turn, become the stepping stones to further learning.

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Matt Keillor

Vendor, Tech4Learning, Inc.

Friday March 8, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am MST
1023D (Lab B)

12:00pm MST

25 Students, 1 iPad, Now What?
You have an iPad that is to be used with your class, yet, how do you use 1 iPad for all students? Come get ideas on apps and ways to engage all your students with only one device.

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Dottie Brereton

Teacher, South Sanpete School District
I teach 6th grade math in a middle school setting. After going to one to one iPads last year it became important to find a way to use the iPads in the classroom. I have presented with UCET before on how to utilize one iPad in the classroom, but now I am back to show how to utilize... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session

12:00pm MST

Advancing your PLC with effective data collection with or without devices
PLC's are everywhere now. Some are effective and some are trying. Come and see how to use technology and data collection to make your PLC's the best possible! See how to collect and use Data in ways that will really ensure your students are learning and impress your Administration! We will show a variety of ways to collect data including using clickers, student devices, and even old school ways of collecting data can be used, then we will show you how to look at that data and how to get Excel to work better for you!

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Bob Jackman

Education Consultant, The Chariot Group, Inc.
I am an education consultant for The Chariot Group. I am passionate about any technology in the classroom, and I aim to help teachers make that technology more effective to helping students learn. I like Smartboards, and I like iPads. Put them together and it's like Peanut Butter... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Blended and Online Learning - Implications for original credit, credit recovery, adult education, and professional learning.
This session will provide a big picture overview of blended and online learning models. Learning management systems, content management systems, and digital learning materials will be addressed. Discussion will center on how these models and tools can assist in providing options for not only original student credit but for credit recovery, adult education, and professional learning. Demonstration will include some examples.


Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Building skills to prepare for higher-level mathematics
Math fact fluency will be tested directly in Common Core Assessments and can be mastered more effectively with an adaptive online program than with traditional methods. This session will introduce educators to a program that provides customized instruction, motivating games, and assessments that will prepare students for the challenges of advanced mathematics.


Tom O'Brien

National Content Specialist, ExploreLearning
Thom O’Brien has been with ExploreLearning for over 17 years. He is responsible for delivering high quality professional development sessions, presenting content discussions at state, national conferences and working directly with teachers and students to improve teaching and learning... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Common Core in the Cloud: Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require tracking of continuous student growth by frequent assessment of students. Fluency Tutor satisfies that requirement by offering anytime/anywhere assessment with actionable data for educators, students, and parents, and so much more. In this session you will receive an overview of Fluency Tutor, the web-based solution for measuring reading fluency and comprehension.

Fluency Tutor transforms the way reading fluency and comprehension is developed and assessed. This online solution can be used with early readers to build fluency and as a reading intervention for struggling readers (RTI Tiers 2 and 3) or English Language Learners.

Students can listen to and practice reading passages, record assessments in their own voice, and quickly see their progress at school or at home. Teachers can assign passages, listen to and accurately mark recorded assessments (Words correct per minute, Word Accuracy, Fluency and Expression and Reading Comprehension), individualize instruction, and track students' improvement in the cloud. Parents can have greater involvement in their child's reading progress by practicing with them, as well as hearing their actual recordings and seeing their progress.

This session will demonstrate how students and teachers find instant success using this fun and easy program that is perfectly aligned to the Common Core State Standards, while producing reading data that can be shared with administration and parents at any time.

Attendees will receive trial access to the program and be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card.

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Beth Molaskey

Territory Sales Director, TextHelp - Read&Write Gold
Beth is the Read&Write Gold Territory Sales Director for OK, TX, CO, AZ, UT and NM. Beth has worked in the Assistive and Educational Technology industry for over 12 years. Previously, Beth worked for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she sold special education curriculum software to... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Creating Courses for the iTunes U App
Anyone can now create courses in for the iTunes U app. The iTunes U app courses can contain all kinds of rich media in an organized manner. The course can then be shared with your students to be view on an iPhone, iPad, or newer iPod Touch. All you need is an Apple account or ID and a Safari browser to create the course.

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Carl Lyman

CSTA Utah Past President, Utah Coding & CSTA Utah
A teacher of 30+ years from grades 2-12 and adults with most of the time as a computer teacher on a secondary level. A UCET presenter since 1982. A specialist at USBE for 10 years over Computer Science and Information Technology education. A creator of curriculum for teaching coding... Read More →
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Brett Zabel

District Assessment Specialist, Wasatch County School District
Brett Zabel has been with Wasatch School District for more than twenty years. He has spent time in the classroom as a Business, Marketing, and IT teacher, as an Assistant Principal, as an Instructional Coach, and as a District Technology Specialist. He is currently a District Specialist... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Educational Websites and Apps Actually Being Used in the Classroom
Here are some fantastic websites and apps that I learned about at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2012 conference this summer and that are actually very practical and helpful in the classroom.

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Suki Cannon

Tech, Granite YESS Program
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Sandy Harty

Middle School / Junior High Teacher, YESS Program-ARTEC, Granite
I have been teaching in alternative schools for 25 years and love it. I have been using Macintosh computers for 22 of those years and love them too. I also enjoy learning about new ways to use technology in the classroom to make it fun, educational and motivating. I have recently... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Excel Excellent
Excel is much more than just a spreadsheet. It’s data management capabilities allow for multiple educational uses. In this workshop you will learn classroom management and organization uses, student lesson ideas, and some Excel tips. A basic understanding of the Excel program is required for this workshop.

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Bruce Luck

IT Administration/Specialist, Educational Technology DEwpartment, Granite School District
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John Smith

STS, Granite School District
This topic is new to me and the adventure is ongoing. I, and the school I am working with, develop the Stem lab. I am an STS for Granite School District and have been for 21 years now.

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

History in the Raw - Learning with Primary Source Materials
To many students, history is viewed as a series of facts, dates, and events usually packaged as a textbook. The use of primary sources can change this view. They fascinate students because they are real and they are personal; history is humanized through them. Using original sources (documents, video, audio, photographs, maps) students’ touch the lives of the people and events about which history is written. In this session time will be spent learning about primary source materials and locating resources for any subject area using the Library of Congress digital collections.

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Rachelann Murphy

Educational Technology Specialist, Canyons School District
RachelAnn Murphy is an Educational Technology Specialist with the Canyons School District. Rachel is currently offering a MOOC titled, "30 Days of TED" with over 800 participants world wide. The course is co-taught by Shauna Jensen, an elementary principal (and former Educational... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction: USOE-approved intervention program for K/1
Did you miss your chance to submit for State-provided K/1 Intervention licenses last year?  Get ahead of the curve this year and learn about i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction, the highest rated software program approved by USOE.  Almost 5,000 licenses have been implemented in Districts across Utah to help identify student needs down to the sub-skill level and provide targeted online instruction.  Teachers and administrators love the robust, easy-to-use suite of reports which provide additional personalized instructional recommendations which can be used in a blended environment to help move students to grade level. 

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Executive Director, Training, Curriculum Associates
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Craig Pritchard

Presenter, Curriculum Associates
Craig Pritchard is the Western Regional Manager for Curriculum Associates. He has worked with Districts across the Mountain West for more than 10 years helping implement assessment, technology and blended learning programs

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Increasing Academic Feedback and Student Engagement
So everyone says that today is a different world than when we were in school...Is it true? How do we deal with the changes as teachers? Come join me in the challenge. I will be showing you some time saving tools, new technology, and a few different ways to help the students start taking ownership of their own learning. This presentation will include the use of iPads, Mobile whiteboards, Clickers, and ExamView (Test Generator software). Even if you don't have the above technology you will find this session beneficial to your teaching.


Maria Soriano

Middle School / Junior High Teacher, Mount Jordan Middle School
I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and after finishing high school I attended the University of Utah earning a Bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering. I have been teaching for 7 years at middle school level and enjoying the wonderful ride.
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Ruth Thompson

Middle School / Junior High Teacher, Mount Jordan Middle School
I love helping people learn. I have been teaching swimming lessons since I was 14. I am a Crossfit trainer and enjoy seeing people make progress to their goals. I started my teaching career 13 years ago in southeast Florida, since I love to ski I had to move West. Now a days, I am... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session

12:00pm MST

Let's Get Creative: Apps for Students to Show What They Know
We will cover a variety of creative apps that promote student engagement and demonstrate student learning.

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Lorrie Cook

Education Specialist, NUES
I have been involved in education for over 20 years and am currently the Technology Trainer and Integration Specialist for Northeastern Utah Educational Services. I provide educational technology professional development for the nine rural school districts in our region. I am excited... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session

12:00pm MST

Making the Common Core Uncommonly Exciting
The purpose of this session is to inspire participants to use the new Common Core standards as inspiration for exciting and high-level technology projects. While the standards are able to provide a clear understanding of what students need to learn, they do not tell you HOW the students should learn these standards. While each student is different, the desire to be engaged and to use creative outlets are common amongst them all. Pixie3 and Frames are a couple of the creative tools that will be used to engage learners and collaborate our way through the new standards. Participants do not need to have this software to benefit from this session, other suggestions will be discussed.

Goals for this session experience:
1. Explore examples of student projects that blend Common Core Standards, critical thinking skills, and 21st century communication.
2. Learn how technology can engage learners in work that reaches the Common Core Standards
3. Leave with specific ideas and strategies to use when they return to their classrooms.
Website: http://my.uen.org/myuen/85995/4

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Jamie Hagan

TEACHER, Wasatch County School District
Jamie Hagan is a technology instructional coach currently working with 6-8 students and faculty in Heber City, Utah. She has taught for 29 years. She began teaching 4th and 5th grade students for 7 years in Orlando, Florida, then obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Technology... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Managing and Supporting iPads in the Classroom
More and more iOS devices are showing up in classrooms around the state. Managing these tools on a one by one basis is fine when you have just a handful, but how to you manage a lab set (or two) of 40? If every teacher in the school has an iPad, how can you handle the purchase and licensing of apps for each individual?

Join me today and we’ll discuss the tools available to you handle the initial setup and user profile management and syncing of iOS devices - including the set up of wireless networks & email - even turning off the App Store and iTunes for purchases. We’ll also discuss the Volume Purchasing Program that Apple has in place that will not only help you manage the purchase and distribution of apps, but could also save some money by buying apps in bulk at a 50% discount. We’ll also discuss the use of iCloud to handle syncing and backup of these devices without ever needing to connect them to a computer.

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Clint Stephens

EdTech Innovation Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Innovation Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

NASA Planet Hunting: Get Engaged with Kepler Mission
NASA Kepler mission is looking for planets orbiting distant stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Explore the technology behind the mission, analyze data from some of the thousands of planet candidates discovered. Learn how you and your students can get engaged in the hunt yourself through an on-line interactive website. This is the excitement of cutting edge science and exploration!

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Tony Leavitt

Education Specialist, NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, NASA Ames Research Center

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Personalized, Self-Directed Learning - Coming Soon to a School Near You!
What does a Learner-Centered environment look like in today’s classrooms?  And what can teachers do to make their classrooms more Learner-Centered?  This session will showcase new technology tools and programs that can help.

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Glenn Gordon

Science Solutions Specialist, Pearson
Learning resources, courseware, and services

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Pioneer Library: Engaging Elementary Kids in Research
Pioneer, Utah’s Online Library offers several products specifically designed for younger students. Each of these tools comes with features that support and appeal to elementary age kids. Take a tour with us and see highlights including interactive web sites, audio, video, research support tools, activity ideas and more to engage elementary students and encourage development of information problem-solving skills.

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Victoria Rasmussen

technology professional development, UEN,

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
1023A/B (Lab A)

12:00pm MST

Presenting with the iPad and Netsafe too
Follow along and learn how to use Apple's Keynote on your iPad to create powerful presentations. Learn how to use photos, videos and resources already on your iPad to create slide based presentations to use with students. See how you can sync video from your computer to your iPad for use in Keynote and how iCloud keeps you up to date on all your devices. PowerPoint users don't despair Keynote can work for you too. Try out SkyDrive for moving files from your computer to your iPad without wires.

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Mitchell Jorgensen

Education Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
Mitchell is currently a Science Teacher at Willowcreek Middleschool. Mitchell is a 15 year veteran of Science, Engineering and Technology education and has presented on similar topics at UCET, UACTE, ISTE and UMLA. Mitchell is a longtime advocate of doing good things with technology... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Productivity Tools on the iPad
Learn how the iPad can be used to help you and your students been more productive and organized. Explore Mail, DropBox, QR Code Reader, Keynote, Pages, Notability, Talktone, Remind101, Google Docs, Zite, Pocket, Three Ring and more.

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Tim Stack

Education Specialist, UEN
iPad: Teaching and Presenting Learn about apps, software and accessories that make it possible to use youriPad as a teaching and presentation tool.  Share your screen, move“untethered” around the room and control it all from your iPad. Tim Stack provides the expertise behind... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session

12:00pm MST

QR Codes: A Scavenger Hunt of UEN Resources
Use your smart phone and free QR code technology to take a tour of great UEN resources, including Pioneer Library, my.uen, Apps4Edu, UEN K-12 Interactives, and many more! You’ll also learn how to make your own QR code adventures.

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Rob Bentley

Adobe Product Manager, UEN
For the past 14 years Rob Bentley has been a technology integration instructor and course designer for the Utah Education Network. Rob has a Bachelors degree in Spanish education with an English minor, and a Masters degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Rob is... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Safari Montage: Digtal Content at it's best
Experience how Safari Montage provides you with the digital tools to maximize your teaching and learning experience.


Rulon Crum

Vendor, Audio Enhancement

Brandon Stevensen

Vendor, Audio Enhancement

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Smartboard Intermediate
If you know the basics of using a Smartboard and are ready for the next step, this is it! Learn some of the other lesser used tools as well as how to customize tools, group and lock items. This is a great next step!

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Angie Benson

Teacher, 4th Grade, Parowan Elementary, Iron County
This is my 18th year teaching. I live in Parowan, Utah and have been married for 20 years with 4 children (3 are teenagers, help!). I love using the SmartBoard software and cannot wait to show everyone how to be successful with it. At Parowan Elementary I have taught nearly every... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session

12:00pm MST

Student Blogs: More Writing, Publishing and Feedback than EVER Before!
What if writing for class was as cool as checking Facebook? Blogging makes writing more interactive and interesting, while capitalizing on the intrinsic motivation of Blogging-Social Media. Through a class blog, students can "publish" their writing and receive feedback, questions and encouragement from each other. Come and see how Kidblogs & Edublogs have helped my students produce more writing than ever before. Those who attend this session will leave with their class fully set up and ready to roll with student blog accounts.

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Alexandra (Ali) Parrish

Adult Educator of Family Science - Love & Logic Trainer, Love & Logic Program
I love using the latest and greatest tech teaching tools. As I've integrated learning technologies in my teaching practice, students have enjoyed learning more & achieved higher learning outcomes. Integrating technology into my practice has also enhanced my quality of life. Work has... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Take Your Student’s on a Virtual Field Trip!
Come see a live, high-definition demonstration of how video field-trips can bring the world into your classroom.  Explore the possibilities that await and see what equipment is needed and just how easy, and cost effective, it is to take a video field-trip without ever leaving your school.  Crossing all curriculum and grade levels, video field-trips can enhance your students’ experience and really take them (virtually) anywhere in the world!

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Charice Carroll

Distance Learning Specialist, Utah Education Network
Charice has worked with Interactive Videoconferencing in Utah for over 28 years, the last 22 with Utah Education Network. She has a B.S. in Broadcast Communications from Weber State University and an M.Ed. in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University.

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session

12:00pm MST

What Can Wixie Do For You?
This session will illuminate the various ways that Wixie, an online authoring tool for younger students, empowers student learning and enables tighter curriculum management. Wixie permits students to seamlessly combine paint and artwork with text and voice recording, thus making Wixie the perfect canvas for today's digital learners. Wixie helps teachers engage students but, more helpfully, it also permits easy insight on which activities have been assigned and completed for each of the Language Arts and Math Common Core Standards. Teachers can assign and customize hundreds of standards-based activities to differentiate learning and instruction. Come explore all of the benefits of using Wixie in your classroom.

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Jana Tullis

2nd Grade Teacher, Park City School District
I am a 2nd grade dual language immersion (English) teacher in the Park City School District. This is my 7th year of teaching 2nd grade and I love finding new ways to integrate technology into my classroom. Wixie is one of my favorites!

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session

12:00pm MST

What is a Book? OER (Open Education Resources) in Teaching and Learning
Handouts - Click on "Conferences" tab
Today's and tomorrow's technologies are blurring the definition of what we traditionally call a book. This session will explore many of the new open education resources that are bringing new and exciting 'books' into teaching and learn

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Rick Gaisford

Education Technology Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Rick Gaisford has 35 years in education and has been involved with educational technology for over 30 years at the classroom, school, district and state levels. He was an elementary school teacher, school technology specialist, district technology specialist and trainer. For the past... Read More →
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Kathy Webb

Personnel Preparation and Special Education Licensing, Utah State Office of Education
Educational Technology, Utah

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

Windws 8, RT and tablets
An overview of the new Microsoft Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT operating systems and hardware, with a focus on tablet devices.

The reality of what these devices can, and can not do. Good and bad with a comparison to the Apple iOS devices.

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Clay Glad

Network Engineer, Title I, Granite School District, Granite School District
You can download a copy of my presentation for "Windows 8, RT and tablets" here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8002774/UCET2013%20Win8-RT%20Tablet%20presentation.pptx Or you may email me at cmglad@graniteschools.org requesting a copy. I have 15+ years’ experience with Granite... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

12:00pm MST

With Word? I bet you didn’t know you could do that!
During this session, I will share a few ways that Word can be used to do things you probably haven't done before. Come learn how to embed audio and video into a MS Word document. This helps you to organize your lesson material all in one document. Discover how to easily have Word read aloud the things you write. This is a great editing tool. See how easily you can use a microphone to enter text into documents. You can type much faster this way. You will learn how to use an on screen keyboard to show students what you are doing on your keyboard. These tools can all be helpful to any teacher.

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Thomas Redd

School Technology Specialist, Granite School District
Technology is helping us do many things that we could not do a decade ago. It is great to be able to have computers read to us, play music for us, and review our papers. And isn't it great to have a single location where all our files can be safed and access from around the world... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
  Session, 2nd Session