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!


A contest to Give Away Free Registrations to #UCET18
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.
Anytime between now and the conference.
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