Welcome to UCET 2019. You have made some incredible choices in your life. One of those choices is attending this amazing Nearpod seminar. This year I have been working closely with Katie Dewey Hill, Davis School District, and a bunch of administrators and educators. Our mission is to incorporate a more blended learning style in the classroom with the use of technology integration and Nearpod.
Mandi Corey: I am a School Technology Specialist for the Davis School District. I have been a teacher for 12 years. I’ve taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. One year, I had the opportunity to teach computer and health to 1st-6th grade. I completed my Educational Technology Endorsement in 2018. I have a Bachelor of Science in Gender Studies from the University of Utah. I completed the Alternative Routes to Licensure Program through USOE. I have been married for 15 years. I have 3 dogs, Tank, Isabella, and Lola. I love technology and helping others learn new technology tools.
Ally Johns: is a Combat veteran who served 8 years on active duty as a Combat Medic and Military Police. She deployed twice to the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan and was awarded the purple heart for injuries sustained while providing medical aid to those wounded and engaging in enemy combat. I have numerous years of schooling and training, a double major Bachelors in Forensic Toxicology and DNA Analysis with a minor in DNA Cloning. A second Bachelors degree in Forensic Accounting and a Masters Degree in Forensic Serology, and currently three years into a Ph.D program in Forensic Serology. I work with Davis School District as a School technology specialist and tech integration coach.
5 reasons why YOU should be a Nearpod Certified Educator
1. Network with EdTech Leaders:
Many NCEs are leaders in the edtech arena. They have extensive experience presenting at conferences, successful consulting businesses, large social media followings, and more. The NCE community gives you a chance to mingle with these leaders, ask questions, and receive support as you transform your classroom practices. You can see specific examples of NCE leadership in this blog post: Collaborating and Networking with The NCE Community.
2. Access Professional Learning:
We know you’re busy, so we bring professional learning straight to you through live webinars led by national and international edtech leaders. Topics include technology applications and integrations to meet any objective within the educational space. Being an NCE also means that you are a Nearpod “insider” and receive special materials like the NCE Lesson Guide, or tips on using Nearpod to get students speaking in a World Languages classroom.
3. Learn About Product Updates:
As Nearpod advocates and power users, NCEs are among the first to know about product updates. We announce updates a few days before the launch date so that as an NCE, you can keep an eye out for the change. We’ll also put you in direct contact with our product team to give feedback or ask questions.
4. Build an NCE Community on Your Campus:
People you can get to know in your local community have the potential to be your best support as you use technology to transform your classroom practices. We want to help you build this kind of local support. As an NCE, we give you training resources and giveaways to help get your colleagues excited about using Nearpod in their classrooms.
5. Become an EdTech Leader:
Our goal is for NCEs to be successful in embracing technology and stellar content to transform how instruction looks in the classroom. In addition to providing professional learning opportunities, we also elevate NCEs as edtech thought leaders. Opportunities can include co-hosting a Nearpod webinar, writing a post for the Nearpod blog, and receiving a special invitation to the PioNear leadership program.
Nearpod Course 101 Introduction (Nearpod Lesson):
Learn the basics of Nearpod and be able to confidently engage in a lesson on any topic with your students!
(The link to this course is for a student paced mode lesson. The link will be live for you to take at any time, until March 31, 2019.)
Nearpod NCE Course PREVIEW (in Canvas) :
Welcome to this course! Here you will learn all the basics of Nearpod. The final project will result in your being named a Nearpod Certified Educator. This course is designed to support a school or district implementation of Nearpod. Completing this course will enable teachers to utilize the Nearpod platform to deliver high-quality instruction easily. Understanding the basics of the Nearpod platform empowers those who use it to facilitate intentional and thoughtful engagement with curriculum through technology.
The course will show how to navigate the features of Nearpod, but will also explore the ways in which teachers can employ “best practices” when using Nearpod with students. The ability to gather relevant real-time data will also be experienced in this course. Participants will learn how to use this data to drive current and future instruction.
This course also includes opportunity to utilize Utah-specific resources through the Utah Education Network (UEN). These can be found in module 3b. Participants will see how easy it can be to curate amazing resources from all over the internet into engaging lessons that provide valuable formative learning experiences.