Teachers, Share Your Voice!

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in Advocacy, Communication, Education, Utah

The following is a message from the Utah Teacher Fellows Program. Please consider taking a few minutes either today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) to share your semi-anonymous (they need your school district information) thoughts on the topic of Teacher Leaders and Leadership. 

Hello, fellow Utah educators and administrators- 

As you have hopefully heard by now, the first cohort of the Utah Teacher Fellows Program a partnership of Hope Street Group and NNSTOY launched this summer. This teacher voice network works with the Utah State Board of Education, to make sure that classroom teacher voices are included in Utah policy decisions.

We are working to gather teacher perspectives around the topic of Teacher Leaders and Leadership. We want to make sure that opinions of licensed k-12 teachers from all regions of Utah are included in our report.

Our survey will only take a few minutes to complete and the opinions you and your colleagues share are instrumental in informing education policy here in Utah. Your responses are anonymous.

The survey is open until Saturday, October 28th:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3768236/UTFALL17

After you take the survey, can you please share the survey link with your colleagues? If you are an administrator, could you encourage all the teachers at your school to participate? The more teachers who share their voice, the bigger the impact.

Thanks in advance! 

Like us on FB at https://www.facebook.com/utahteacherfellowsprogram/ and follow us on twitter @HSG_UT for all the latest information affecting Utah teachers.

Thanks

The Utah Teacher Fellows.

Tooele Techtoberfest 2017

Written by Leslie Lewis on . Posted in Education

It seems like a long drive to Tooele. It is about 34 miles and 40 minutes along I-80 from Salt Lake City to Tooele. Techtoberfest, held at Stansbury High School on Friday, October 6, was well worth the trip.
Derek Larson, a St. George native, gave an inspiring keynote that included an homage to his friends and others who were in Las Vegas on the day of the tragic mass shooting.

Derek Larson is the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center. Formerly a 4th grade teacher, he encouraged all of us to take time out to unplug from our technology and our hectic lives and plug INTO nature and most importantly our families, books, hobbies and other things we love in order to relax and recharge.

Derek did not fail to put in a plug for #utedchat every Wednesday night at 9:00 P.M. It’s great fun AND informative if you can stay up that late.

The first session I attended was Derek’s Breakout Box session. That was exciting! A Breakout Kit is a unique set of resettable locks, boxes, and items that can be used to play many games. The best part of the game, (the one we played was the Never-ending Faculty Meeting – OH THE HORROR!) was the debriefing afterward that included discussing how each clue was found and decoded.   BreakoutEDU

Tooele School District has come up with a great method for combating phishing in their district and they are willing to share. After including all the people who support learning; district bus drives, secretaries, teachers, administrators, custodians and kitchen staff, in a training involving this short video, they noted a BIG decrease in the number of computer viral infections and a BIG increase in the number of phishing scams reported. Link to their FINE PHISHING VIDEO.

Other sessions included Smart Board, Near Pod, Blended Learning, Student Data Protection, Canvas, Plickers, Sway, Gamification, and Virtual Reality.  There was something for everyone!

Thanks to the clever, hard-working people who planned and implemented Techtoberfest; Jim Langston, Thane St. Clair, Nicole St. Clair, Katy Challis, Curriculum Staff, Deb Bushek, Chantet Cowan, Patricia Baldwin, Hal Strain and the Tooele School District IT Department.

What we already knew about social media…

Written by Robert Gordon on . Posted in Education

My post comes from one of the ISTE 2017 keynotes, Jennie Magiera. I am not attending ISTE, though I would love to be there, I chose to stay close to home for family reasons. I have been able to catch quite a bit of the conference via Periscope and #passthescope. Jennie's keynote was very inspiring. She told 5 stories of technology and education and opportunities to reach the students through the use of teachnolgy and story telling. At the end, she encouraged us to make a change through story. #ISTEStory (Look for her keynote to come out later this summer)

One of the stories she told had to do with social media and how it sometimes can make us and our students feel about ourselves. She referenced an article by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, titled: Don't Let Facebook Make You Miserable. In it the author points out several things that we should already know, mainly that people post the good things about their lives and fail to talk about the bad. He quotes, “Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides,”  which is good advice when talking about social media.

I wanted to share this so you could read the article and have a tool to help you when you see a student that is letting social media make them miserable. 

 

 

 

Finding Happiness in Work and School

Written by Cody Plumhof on . Posted in Education

Too often outside external sources define and play a roll in our perception of happiness in our own lives. Does working harder make us happier? Is this mode of thinking counter-productive? Shawn Achor teaches about "The Happy Secret to Better Work" in this 12 minutes through his Ted Talk which can help employees, teachers and students.