#UTedChat Questions for 05/23 – Best of #UTedChat for the 2017-18 Season

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat



As we finish up the 2017-18 season of #UTedChat, I want to take a little bit of time to reflect on how the year went with a few of my favorite tweeps, my #UTedChat family. Come join me as we discuss some of the best moments of #UTedChat this 2017-18 school year. I realize you may not have participated in every week of #UTedChat this year, but if you participated at all then you should hopefully have a few highlights of the time learning with us. Please join me (@lars3eb) tonight at 9 pm MDT as I lead the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of the Best of #UTedChat for 2017-18 Season! I’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your awesome with us because we are 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’ve learned about lots of great tools this year with #UTedChat. Which has been your favorite tool and why?

Q2: Hopefully you’ve been pushed in your thinking with #UTedChat this year. What has been your best New Idea you’ve gained from our chats?

Q3: We’ve had MANY awesome quotes and gifs shared this year during #UTedChat. Pick your favorite or a couple of favorites and share them.

Q4: Every week we seem to be lucky to have excellent topics that force us to think. Which has been your favorite and why?

Q5: I would list the #UTedChat community up against any other amazing #PLN as one of the best around. Who specifically in #UTedChat has been inspirational for you this year?

Q6 Monday is Memorial Day, so share your plans with the group so we can get some ideas on how to celebrate.

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. Starting next school year, Derek will be the Library Media Coordinator and Digital Learning Coach at Tonaquint Intermediate School in Washington County School District

You can follow Derek via Twitter at @lars3eb.

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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.