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Derek Larson

Husband, father, teacher, learner, tech addict, musician, and friend. J. Derek Larson taught 4th and 5th grades in Southern Utah for 8 years, absolutely loving every minute, before becoming the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Cedar City, Utah. Having completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis on 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 goals as he works with teachers in rural districts across Southwestern Utah. He was awarded the 2014 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, an award presented to an outstanding young educator, in the first ten years of their teaching career, who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. He also received the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in October of 2016. Earning the CETL certification helps education technology leaders demonstrate they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st-century learning environments in their school districts. More recently, Derek earned the Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2 along with his Google Certified Administrator certifications, showcasing his ability to effectively use the G-Suite toolset as well as effectively administer the back-end of the G-Suite productivity system. Derek is a moderator for #UTedChat, an education Twitter chat focused on Utah educators which happens every Wednesday @ 9 pm MDT. Come on by and join the conversation, non-Utahns are welcome as well. He is serving his 5th year as a member of the UCET Board where he is the currently working as the Public Relations Director. Derek has three kids and a wonderful wife who help him stay grounded in the things that matter most. He loves spending time with them in the mountains where he is reminded of the need to unplug occasionally to make sure he is the best person he can be.

#UTedChat Questions for 04/04 – Data Privacy

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat, Data Privacy

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This week we have Greg Cox (@tusz11) a trainer with the Utah State Board of Education in the Student Data Privacy department leading the discussion on Data Privacy! This is a VERY important topic for educators to start thinking about and should be a great chat so please come prepared to share your thoughts on keeping data secure while learning from the rest of the #UTedChat crew. If you haven’t already followed Greg via Twitter (@tusz11) 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 many different apps or websites do you and your students use each year? What value does it add to your teaching and/or their learning?

Q2: What are some of the consequences, good or bad, you must make in order to use more technology products and software in the classroom?

Q3: Have you ever read an app or website’s privacy policy to understand what student data they are collecting and what they are doing with the data? Why is this important?

Q4: What is your school or district doing in terms of training to inform faculty about protecting and securing student data?

Q5: What security practices do you and/or your school have in place in order to keep student personally identifiable information (PII) secure?

Q6: Any funny/embarrassing/scary personal stories about being hacked or scammed that you want to share?

 


Greg taught 4th grade for 6 years at Ellis Elementary in Logan, Utah. He currently holds a Master’s in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences as well as endorsements in ESL, EdTech, and STEM. He works for Kyte Learning, which is a video-based EdTech training platform and is a trainer at the Utah State Board of Education in the Student Data Privacy department. Greg is a former UCET Board member who was a valuable asset to the organization. He is passionate about integrating video into his teaching and training as a way to instruct and entertain.

You can follow Greg via Twitter at @tusz11.

#UTedChat Questions for 03/28 – #UCET18 and the Value of a #PLN

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #ucet18, #utedchat

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As we finish with this year’s UCET Conference, I want to take a little bit of time to reflect on how the event went with a few of my favorite people, my #UTedChat family. I want to discuss some of the highlights as well as the lowlights because if we want to help the UCET Conference to continue to grow we need to be open and honest about how it went.  And I realize not everyone who participates in #UTedChat tonight will have attended #UCET18 so please don’t let that keep you away. We will also be discussing the Value of having a #PLN, which I believe is CRUCIAL for any and all educators! Plus, even if you weren’t at #UCET18 you still may have some ideas that can help us make the UCET Conference the best education conference around! Please join me (@lars3eb) tonight at 9 pm MST as I lead the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of EduGoals for Finishing the Year Strong! I’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your awesome with us because we’re truly #BetterTogether. 

If you haven’t already followed me via Twitter (@lars3eb) feel free to do so because it may help you to better follow the chat. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

 

Q1: We live in an age where we can talk with each other over the Internet via Twitter, video calling, etc. Is it still even important to physically attend conferences?

Q2: For those who were able to attend #UCET18, what was your favorite session? If you didn’t attend, where can you physically go to learn from others?

Q3: We held a physical meet-up for  #UTedChat while at #UCET18 & it was awesome to meet our #PLN IRL. Why is it important to build a #PLN and is it important to meet them #F2F? 

Q4: Conferences aren’t ALL rainbows & butterflies. What was one thing you’d like to change about #UCET18 or about your fav learning location?

Q5: We had some AMAZING Keynotes at #UCET18 last week. If you could physically attend a talk/speech from anyone living today, who would it be & why?

Q6 If you could add ANY fun activity to #UCET19 (because let’s face it, we’ll all be there) next year, what would it be & why?


Derek Larson is a former classroom teacher and current EdTech Director at Southwest Educational Development Center, one of the four service centers working with the rural districts here in Utah. He loves working with teachers in the SEDC region, others throughout the state, and making connections all across the globe. He’s a proud Dixie State University and Southern Utah University grad. 

You can follow Derek via Twitter at @lars3eb.

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#UTedChat Questions for 03/14 – Fostering Trust with Students

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

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This week we have Brady Farr (@FarrBfarr) a K-6 Instructional Coach & UVU Partnership Facilitator at Hidden Hollow Elementary School in Alpine School District and former K-6 District Instructional Coach assigned to four elementary schools in the Alpine School District leading the discussion on Fostering Trust with Students! This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share your tips on building trust with students while learning from the rest of the #UTedChat crew. If you haven’t already followed Brady via Twitter (@FarrBfarr) 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 In your opinion, what characteristics are essential for educators to possess in order to foster trust with students? #UTedchat

Q2 What do good teacher-student relationships look like and why do these relationships matter? Do they have an impact on student learning? If so, explain #UTedchat

Q3 As educators, how do we ensure a “Yes” to the below questions that every student is trying to answer? #UTedchat

Am I important to someone here?

Do I belong here?

Am I good at something here?

Who will listen to me here?

Is my presence here making a difference?

Q4 If you had to choose between compliant, engaged, or empowered, which would you want to define your students? Why? How do you show students you appreciate them in your classroom? #UTedchat

Q5 Are engaging students and empowering students fundamentally different and yet equally important?  Does one naturally precede the other?  Can you be empowered without being engaged? Is engaging learners a short-term goal and empowering students a long-term goal? #UTedchat

Q6 Pat Summit stated, “I won 1,098 games, 8 national championships, coached in four different decades. But what I see are not the numbers. I see their faces.” Share a success story you’ve had in noticing a student, building trust, and making a positive impact. #UTedchat

Q7 @SteeleThoughts “We asked all our students to write down the name of an adult in the school that they trusted… an adult they could talk to if they needed someone. 38 kids did not have one.” CTA-Starting tomorrow, how will you build trust with a student who needs it?#UTedchat

 


Brady Farr has been invested in the Utah school system for seventeen years. He is currently the K-6 Instructional Coach & UVU Partnership Facilitator at Hidden Hollow Elementary School inAlpine School District. Previously, Brady was a K-6 District Instructional Coach assigned to four elementary schools in the Alpine School District. He also served as a Teacher on Special Assignment and K-6 Instructional Coach at Aspen Elementary, a Chinese Immersion school. Prior to those assignments, Brady taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades in Alpine, Juab, and Iron County school districts. During much of his teaching career, he has also fulfilled several high school basketball coaching responsibilities. From 2009-2012 Brady was the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Juab High School. 

Brady is a proud father of five kids, two daughters ages 12 and 10… as well as three boys, ages 5, 3, and 2. He’s lucky to be married to his beautiful wife Victoria for the past seventeen years, who always believes in and supports him in all of his pursuits. 

You can follow Brady via Twitter at@FarrBfarr.

End of Storify Archival Tool

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #EdCampUT, #ucet18, 2018 Conference, Internet Resources

On 12 December 2017, I received a very disheartening email from a great online tool. Storify was shutting down! Storify was a great tool that allowed you to archive social media posts via a hashtag and allow you to look back at the events of that hashtag or event. Below is the email in full, but be careful to not start weeping as I did. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here at UCET, we have used Storify quite a bit for everything from archiving weekly #UTedChat chats to keeping track of social posts made during our annual UCET Conferences and #EdcampUT events. While this isn’t the end of the world for social media usage, it does make for a little sticky situation. How will we now archive our social posts during our events we as an organization put on and during the weekly #UTedChat events? But even more than that, is there actually a need for archiving of these events at all? Those are two questions I don’t know how to answer yet, especially that last one about the actual “need” for archiving the events anyways. As a bit of a digital packrat (and maybe even a little physical as well) I like to know we have an archive of these events because I find it useful to go back over the events afterward as a sort of “review your notes” kind of thing. But I know not everyone feels the same way. With that being said, if any of you come across a good replacement for Storify, please pass it along so I can continue to archive and then review the awesome things shared at UCET hosted and sponsored events going forward. 


For those of you haven’t heard this awful news yet here’s the email I received complete with the timeline for closure. 

 

Dear Storify Customer,

Thank you for contributing your stories to the Storify community. Unfortunately, Storify.com will no longer be available after May 16, 2018. While product end-of-life is a part of the overall product life cycle, we understand that this could impact you and are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible.

Here are important dates to be aware of. We will provide ongoing reminders of upcoming milestones over the coming months.

December 12, 2017
 •   No new accounts can be created on Storify.com
May 1, 2018
 •   No new stories can be created
May 16, 2018, 5pm PST
 •   Last opportunity to export content using the export functionality on Storify.com
 •   All site functionality will be removed
 •   Customer support will be discontinued

For more information, read the full FAQ: https://storify.com/faq-eol. Please contact support@storify.com with any questions.

We would like to thank you again for your loyal support of Storify and apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause.

Thank you,

The Storify Team

#UTedChat Questions for 01/03 – EduGoals for Finishing the Year!

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

 

With the start of a New Year, many people turn to the idea of making Resolutions or Goals to better themselves for the year. In Education here in the United States, we are lucky to get to experience this idea twice a year, once in January with the majority of people and then again in August/September as we start a new School Year. While many of us have already been teaching for half of this school year, it’s not a bad idea to take a few minutes and think about improvements we can make to help the second half of this school year amazing. Please join me (@lars3eb) tonight at 9pm MST as I lead the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of EduGoals for Finishing the Year Strong! I’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your awesome with us because we’re truly #BetterTogether. 

If you haven’t already followed me via Twitter (@lars3eb) feel free to do so because it may help you to better follow the chat. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

 

Q1: Tis the season for goals and resolutions. Are you a goal/resolution setter? Why or why not?

Q2: What is the top thing you’d like to TRY starting in the 2nd half of the school year? Why?

Q3: What is the top thing you’d like to QUIT doing in the 2nd half of the school year? Why?

Q4: You may have seen the #OneWord2018 trend online lately. Have you already decided on your #OneWord? If so, what is it? Why?

Q5: Sometimes the best preparation to continue strong is rest. How did your Christmas Break help you rest?

Q6: What was your most fun activity you did over Christmas Break?


Derek Larson is a former classroom teacher and current EdTech Director at Southwest Educational Development Center, one of the four service centers working with the rural districts here in Utah. He loves working with teachers in the SEDC region, others throughout the state, and making connections all across the globe. He’s a proud Dixie State University and Southern Utah University grad. 

You can follow Derek via Twitter at @lars3eb.

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