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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.

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.

– Chat Archive via Storify (Available after the Chat)

YOU Make a Difference – #UCET18 Twitter Contest – #YOUCET

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #ucet18, 2018 Conference, Education, Utah

YOUcet Contest Image

YOU Make a Difference! Thank you for being the teacher behind the technology.

You may have seen the above image floating around Twitter recently and may have wondered what it was all about. Well, it’s a way to show appreciation for the amazing teachers here in the state who are using technology effectively to help their students learn and grow, it’s about showing appreciation for the amazing teachers behind the technology in our schools! But it’s more than just a way to show appreciation for these teachers, it’s a way to help enter them for a chance to win a FREE registration for UCET 2108 at the University of Utah, happening on March 22-23. Plus, you also get registered for a chance to win a FREE registration for you too! Want to learn more, keep reading below!

 


 
What?
A contest to Give Away Free Registrations to #UCET18
 
How?
Give a shout out to a teacher who is doing a great job! They don’t cost anything, if you see someone doing something awesome, let them know! 
** See the actual specific steps below.
 
When?
Anytime between now and the conference.
 
Why?
Because this year’s conference theme is YOUcet and we want to focus on the teacher’s who make the awesome things happen.
 
How (specific steps)? 
  1. Save the “You Make a Difference” image (it’s the one at the top of this post or floating around on Twitter)
  2. Tweet out how the person you’ve chosen is making a positive impact on education here in Utah
  3. Use the #YOUcet hashtag 
  4. Make sure you use the person’s twitter handle (this is pretty important so we know who they are!)
  5. Be specific with your praise!
You and the person you tag will both be entered for a free UCET registration, we’ll draw one each month leading up to the conference. And remember, pass the goodness on! If you get one, give one! #PassItOn 
 

#UTedChat Questions for 11/29 – Teaching Under the Influence of Awesomeness!

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

 

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 Teaching Under the Influence … of Awesomeness! This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share your tips on being awesome and learn from the rest of the #UTedChat crew. 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: Who/what do you recall being your first (or main) influence in deciding to become a teacher?

Q2: In what ways do you hope your students remember you? 

Q3: Name one (or more) educational influencers that you recommend everyone should follow on twitter and why.

Q4: How do celebrities and the media at large influence education, if at all? 

Q5: If you could attend any fictional school from TV or movies, what one would it be and why? 

Q6: Share an inspirational quote that helps you get through the tough days. 

 


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.

Chat Archive via Storify

#UTedChat Questions for 11/15 – Equity in Mathematics

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

This week we have Michele Jones (@4MicheleJones) a secondary Mathematics teacher in Granite School District and Steve Phelps (@MrPhelpsMath) a high school Math teacher at Spectrum Academy leading the discussion on Equity in Mathematics. Both of these excellent educators are part of the Utah Hope Street Group Teacher Fellows and we are excited to have them hosting #UTedChat tonight. If you haven’t already followed Michele (@4MicheleJones) or Steve (@MrPhelpsMath) via Twitter you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. You can also follow the Utah Teacher Fellows group on Twitter at @HSG_UT

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

Q1: What does equity in Mathematics mean to you?

Q2: What are the essential components to an equitable Mathematics classroom?

Q3: How can a growth mindset increase equity in Mathematics?

Q4: What can teachers do to help students develop a growth mindset in Mathematics?

Q5: What actions can teachers take to increase equity in schools and the community for all students in Mathematics?


Michele has been a teacher for five years at both the junior high and high school level teaching mathematics in Granite School District. Her belief that education is the bridge to opportunity for her students is why she is a passionate advocate of high-quality public education both in and out of the classroom. She is a board member of the Utah Education Association and a member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Michele was awarded Granite District’s Outstanding Educator award in 2016. Michele earned a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Master’s in Mathematics Education from the University of Utah.

You can follow Michele via Twitter at @4micheleJones.

Steve has spent the last three years at Spectrum Academy in Pleasant Grove, a charter school focuses on the success of students with autism. His instructional foundations are built on the mantra “Struggling in math is required to learn.” He has served as the D.A.D.S State President for Utah Down Syndrome Foundation (UDSF) and served on the leadership team for Spectrum Academy. In 2009, Steven was awarded Union Middle School Teacher of the Year. He graduated from UVU in 2009 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He innovated the classroom to incorporate movement and cooperative learning, called MathEverywhere. 

You can follow Michele via Twitter at @MrPhelpsMath.

Chat Archive via Storify