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Derek Larson

J. Derek Larson taught 4th and 5th grades at Little Valley Elementary in Washington County School District for 8 years, absolutely loving every minute, before becoming the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Southern Utah. Having completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis in technology, he feels technology is one of the most crucial aspects of teaching because of the way students are excited by and look forward to using it. If educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and help them catch the excitement of learning. This is one of Derek's new goals as he works with teachers in rural districts across Southwestern Utah. Derek currently serves as a member of the UCET Board and the SUECON Committee.

#UTEdChat Questions for 10/18 – Teacher Leader Roles #TLUtah

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This week we have Allison Riddle (@UtahTOY2014) an Elementary Mentor Supervisor in Davis School District leading the discussion on Teacher Leader Roles. If you haven’t already followed Allison via Twitter (@UtahTOY2014) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Tweet the first 3 words that come to mind when you read “highly effective teacher”. Beyond salary limitations, why do you think we struggle with

Q2: Beyond salary limitations, why do you think we struggle with long-term teacher retention in Utah?

Q3: How would you define Teacher Leadership?

Q4: In what ways do you use your time and expertise as a Teacher Leader?

Q5: In what ways would a recognized Teacher Leadership position benefit student learning?

Q6: How can we increase teacher voice in Utah?


Allison Riddle is a 29-year veteran elementary teacher and is currently the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis District. Allison is Utah’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, and she represents Utah’s teachers as a member of Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission. Allison is a Global Fellow with the NEA Foundation and will study schools in South Africa next summer. Allison is currently researching mentoring and Teacher Leadership with Weber State University.

You can follow Allison via Twitter at @UtahTOY2014.

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#UTEdChat Questions for 10/11 – #Innovation in Education

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This week we have Dani Sloan (@DaniKSloan) a technical trainer for UEN PD and Devon Cantwell (@EdTechCantwell) a PhD student at the University of Utah leading the discussion on Innovation in Education. If you haven’t already followed Dani or Devon via Twitter (@DaniKSloan & @EdTechCantwell) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: What’s a problem that you’ve solved as an educator? It could be a behavior issue, class problem, building-wide solution, etc. 

Q2: What is your biggest daily challenge in your classroom or in your current role as an educator?

Q3: Braindump! List all the possible solutions to this problem. Take as many tweets as you need. Try and name at least six!

Q4: Of the solutions you’ve come up with, which would you be most excited to launch tomorrow? How could you make that possible?

Q5: What support and resources would you need to make your solution happen? Who could help you?

Q6: Congratulations! You’ve just participated in a design thinking challenge! Would your students enjoy this kind of challenge?


Dani Sloan is a technology specialist with an expertise in using social media in the classroom. She is a technical trainer for the Utah Education Network, an Instructor at the University of Utah teaching technology integration in classrooms to pre-service teachers, and President of the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology

Dani is enthusiastic about promoting innovation in classrooms, makerspaces, elegant use of social media, and teachers being in control of their own PR. She likes to spend time with her family and friends, read, listen to podcasts, and watch shamelessly bad television. She is married to a rockstar high school teacher, has a preschooler, and two (useless, but lovable) dachshunds.

Devon Cantwell is a PhD student at the University of Utah in the Department of Political Science. At the University of Utah, she’s a resident of Lassonde Studios, which is a living-incubator community for innovation. She has chosen to live at Lassonde to continue to connect the world of education to cutting-edge ed-tech developments as well as develop programming for educators to build their skills in innovation. 

Devon has worked in the field of education for the past five years as an educational technology specialist, math teacher, computer science teacher, and computer science curriculum writer. In her spare time, Devon founded and run two non-profit organizations– Birmingham to Beijing and Jackson Kids Code. In 2016, Devon became an alumna of the 4.0 School Essentials program, which focuses on educational social entrepreneurship. She was also a 2014 Teach for America Social Innovation Fellow where she learned about the IDEO design process and began to integrate those into her non-profit and education work.

You can follow Dani via Twitter at @DaniKSloan and Devon via Twitter at @EdTechCantwell.

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#UTedChat Questions for 10/4 – Personalized Math Learning​ w/ #StuVoice

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This week we have Cory Henwood (@CoryHenwood) the new Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for Iron County School District and former secondary math teacher and Principal leading the discussion on Personalized Math Learning with Student Voice. This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share your ideas on Math Learning as well as your ideas for more Student Voice. If you haven’t already followed Cory via Twitter (@CoryHenwood) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: How can we make mathematics more meaningful for students?

Q2: What tools and strategies help students make learning self-directed and self-paced?

Q3: What tools help students to model with and engage in mathematics?

Q4: How do you empower students’ voices in technology?

Q5: What math apps and tools would you offer to elementary teachers?

Q6: How can you encourage collaboration without having one student take over?


Cory Henwood is a District Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for Iron County School District and former Principal, Consultant for publishers and EdTech companies, Math Coach and Math Department Chair for a high school in California. He has presented at NCTM, UCTM, CMC, and other math councils as well as CUE and other tech conferences. He is a proud Canadian and Dad to four little ones, 5 and under.

You can follow Cory via Twitter at @CoryHenwood.

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#UTedChat Questions for 5/17 – Preparing for Summer Learning & Fun

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This week we have Krystal Plott (@MissPlott) a School Technology Specialist and Technology Integration Coach for Granite School District and former 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher leading the discussion on Preparing for Summer Learning & Fun. This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share out your Summer Plans. If you haven't already followed Krystal via Twitter (@MissPlott) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Are you going to attend or have attended any summer PD in the past and would recommend? #UTedChat

Q2: What is one professional book you would like to read over the summer? One fun book? #UTedChat

Q3: What do you do to take a break to feel refreshed and renewed for the upcoming school year? #UTedChat

Q4: What is one thing you can do now to make the upcoming school year easier? #UTedChat

Q5: What is one thing on your summer bucket list? #UTedChat

Q6: Summer: all work and no play, all play and no work, or somewhere in the middle? #UTedChat


Krystal Plott is a School Technology Specialist and Technology Integration Coach for Granite School District and former 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher. She has presented at UCET and taught professional development for Granite School District's math department. She is proud to be a Utah State Aggie and holds a master's degree in Elementary Education, along with endorsements in Gifted Education and Educational Technology. She is a lover of Dr. Pepper, all things Disney and pink!

You can follow Krystal via Twitter at @MissPlott.

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#UTedChat Questions for 5/10 – #TeacherAppreciation

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This week we have Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sydnee Dickson (@DicksonSyd) leading a discussion all about Teacher Appreciation. This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share out your favorite appreciation ideas. If you haven't already followed Supt. Dickson via Twitter (@DicksonSyd) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Who comes to mind when you think of an outstanding teacher (past or present)? Why?

Q2: Who influenced you to become a teacher?

Q3: What keeps you energized to do your best work?

Q4: How can we encourage others to join and enjoy the teaching profession?

Q5: What's your favorite way to feel appreciated?


Sydnee Dickson is the Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is passionate about ensuring each student is future ready and loves engaging with thought partners.

You can follow Supt. Dickson via Twitter at @DicksonSyd.

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