#UTedChat Questions for 5/3 – Pop Culture in the Classroom! #PlayLAP

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

This week we have Quinn Rollins (@JediKermit) who is the Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Granite School District and author of the popular teaching book Play Like A Pirate, leading a discussion about Using Pop Culture in the Classroom. This should be a very fun and informative topic, especially with the popularity and excitement students have towards media. If you haven't already followed Quinn via Twitter (@JediKermit) 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: This week is Teacher Appreciation Week… #TeachMeYouDid uses Yoda to remind us to celebrate great teachers in our lives. Who has been a great teacher in your life?

Q2: What’s your favorite type of pop culture to use with students? TV, Comics, Movies, Music, Sports, Video Games, Fashion, Books, Magazines…

Q3: How do you use music with your students?

Q4: How do you reach into your students’ world and use THEIR pop culture?

Q5: What’s your favorite movie or TV show to use with students, and how do you use it?

Q6: We started with Yoda…which Star Wars character best describes your own approach to teaching the last month of school this year?


Quinn Rollins is the Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Granite School District and author of the popular teaching book Play Like A Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics.  He describes himself as a History Teacher, Author, LEGO Builder, toymaker, comic book reader, doodler-in-meetings, defender of Aquaman, Jedi, Muppet fan, and Obsessive Compulsive Geek. #PlayLAP #TLAP #TeamAquaman

You can follow Quinn via Twitter at @JediKermit.

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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.

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