#UTedChat Questions for 06/20 – Classrooms of the Future

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat



This week we have Steve Phelps (@KitledMath_T) a Math teacher at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah leading the discussion on Classrooms of the Future! This should be an excellent and informative topic for educators to start thinking about during the summer and as they prepare for the beginning of the coming school. Please come prepared to share your thoughts on what you think the Classroom of the Future should be with the rest of the #UTedChat crew. If you haven’t already followed Steve via Twitter (@KitledMath_T) 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 THE NEXT DECADE WHAT CHANGES are you most excited to see?

Q2: What changes are you most concerned about?

Q3: What will learning spaces look like in the classroom of the future?

Q4: What functions should technology fulfill to elevate the student experience in the classroom of the future?

Q5: Expanding technology impacts a teacher’s role immensely. How should the educator’s role be modified?

Q6: How can educators work in cooperation with educational technology companies to ensure products are designed to support students and empower teachers?

Q7: How can current technologies (3D printing, VR…) be used to enhance student learning in your area now?

Steve has spent the last 10 years teaching middle and high school mathematics in Utah. 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 UDSF and advocates for inclusive educational practices. 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 Steve via Twitter at @KitledMath_T.

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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.