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Flexible Learning: Autonomy, Purpose & Mastery
Premiered: November 2, 2023

In this episode of UEN's PDTV, host Katie Blunt travels to Provo, Utah, to meet 5th-grade teacher Mary Wade at Provost Elementary. Mary is a dedicated educator who has spent years researching best educational practices and has developed a flexible learning model in her classroom that focuses on building classroom culture and using personalized learning strategies.

Personalized Learning through Canvas Mastery Paths
Premiered: October 12, 2023

In this episode of UEN's PDTV, we travel to Bingham High School in South Jordan to learn from high school English Language Arts teacher Braxton Thornley. Mr. Thornely shares how he uses Canvas Mastery Paths and various other tools and strategies to personalize learning for his students. Whether you're new to personalized learning or looking for new ideas, this video is for you! Learn from Mr. Thornley's experience, and get inspired to create a personalized learning environment for your own students.

Culture of Learning
Premiered: September 21, 2023

Join us as we kick off a new season of UEN's PDTV! Host Katie Blunt travels to Midvale to meet Maxwell Eddington, an 8th-grade math teacher and Canyons School District's Teacher of the Year. Explore effective classroom management through Mr. Eddington's approach, centered on creating a supportive classroom culture for student success.

Digital Citizenship
Premiered: May 25, 2023

Join host Katie Blunt as she travels to South Salt Lake to meet with Will Pettit, a CTE teacher at Granite Park Junior High. In this episode, Mr. Pettit will share how he incorporates Digital Citizenship into his official curriculum and seamlessly integrates it into every class, using some of Utah's EdTech Competencies. Then, discover how you can also apply these competencies to your lessons.

Communicating Complex Ideas
Premiered: April 27, 2023

Join us for part two of our special two-episode series of UEN’s PDTV at Providence Hall High School. In this episode, we watch Catherine Jensen’s 10th-grade students deliver captivating TED-style talks, expertly using digital tools to convey complex concepts with ease.

Scrible in the Classroom
Premiered: April 11, 2023

In part one of this special two-part series, host Katie Blunt takes you to Providence Hall High School in Herriman, Utah, to meet with Library Media Specialist Mariah Gerlach, who shows us how she uses technology tools to support students’ information literacy skills while collaborating with English teacher Catherine Jensen and her students on their research project.

Premiered: March 28, 2023

In this episode of UEN’s PDTV, host Katie Blunt takes you to the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) conference in Provo, Utah, where she meets with some of the winners of the UCET Innovative Teaching Award and explores how professional organizations like UCET are supporting educators in their journey toward better teaching practices.

Critical Thinking
Premiered: March 14, 2023

In this episode of UEN PDTV, host Katie Blunt travels to Launch High School in Iron County School District to visit English Language Arts teacher Cody Christensen and his students. First, Cody shows us his unique approaches to the blended learning process, and then one of his students shares how this type of learning allows them opportunities to be critical thinkers.

The LEARN Platform
Premiered: February 23, 2023

In this episode of PDTV, host Katie Blunt visits Grant Elementary in the Murray School District. First, meet with 5th-grade teacher Kayti Graham, who shows us how she integrates technology software into her classroom to enhance student learning. Then, see how the elementary school director and director of technology for the district, Missy Hamilton, manages the technology evaluation process for her district.

Online Learning
Premiered: February 14, 2023

Travel to Cedar City with Katie Blunt to see Utah’s EdTech competencies in action at Southern Utah University! Learn how a professor, an instructional designer, and a graphic designer created a high-quality and engaging online learning experience for their students studying  Family Life and Human Development.

Teacher Toolkit

Apply the EdTech competencies taught in this video using the resources linked below!

Personalized Learning
Premiered: January 26, 2023

In part two of our special two-episode series of UEN’s PDTV, host Katie Blunt is visiting the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf in Salt Lake City to see Utah’s EdTech Competencies in action.

This episode will follow Katie as she meets with 3rd-grade teacher Hannah Ence to learn how she implements and applies the principles of personalized learning to ensure her lessons meet her students’ unique needs.

Universal Design for Learning
Premiered: January 10, 2023

In this special two-part episode of UEN’s PDTV, host Katie Blunt is visiting the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf in Salt Lake City to see Utah’s EdTech Competencies in action.

This episode will follow Katie as she meets with middle school math teacher Coleen Jennings who is showing us how she integrates UDL (Universal Design for Learning) in her lessons to ensure they are engaging and accessible for all her students.

Sharing Positively Creative Stories
Premiered: December 13, 2022

In this episode of UEN’s PDTV, host Katie Blunt visits Escalante Elementary in Salt Lake City to meet with the school’s Beverly Taylor Sorensen visual arts specialist, Megan Hallet. First, Megan shows us how she uses Utah’s edtech competencies to create art lessons that teach beyond the classroom. Then, Katie shares insight into how you can incorporate creativity into your classroom to encourage students to connect positively to their society.

Supporting and Developing 21st Century Learners
Premiered: November 8, 2022

In this episode of PDTV, host Katie Blunt travels to Delta, Utah to visit Utah’s 2023 Teacher of the Year - Chad Warnick. First, see real-life examples of how Chad implements Utah’s EdTech competencies in his teaching to create a classroom that supports 21st-century learners. Then, Katie walks you through how you can apply the same competencies to your lessons!

The 4 C's
Premiered: May 26, 2022

In this episode of PDTV, Host Katie Blunt travels to Park City, Utah, to see the 4Cs of education in action! Kindergarten teacher Amanda Lawing at Trailside Elementary shares how she’s had success using technology tools to develop creative and engaging lessons that encourage the 4Cs in her classroom.

Instructional Design with Nearpod
Premiered: May 10, 2022

In this episode of UEN PDTV, host Katie Blunt is in Moab, Utah where she walks us through the importance of researching and strategizing to find the best ways to use educational technology tools in your classroom. Then, we see it in action as 2nd-grade teacher Abbey Martinez at Helen M. Knight Elementary explains how she’s had success using Nearpod as a digital tool to create productive and engaging lessons for her students.

Reflective Practice & Data Analysis
Premiered: April 12, 2022

On this episode of UEN PDTV, teachers from Alpine School District share the secrets of their success with mathematics instruction. Host Katie Blunt guides us in understanding how reflective practice and data analysis have contributed to positive changes in their students' attitudes, interactions, and academic achievements.

Computational Thinking
Premiered: March 17, 2022

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Katie Blunt travels to Manti Elementary where computer science specialist, Julia Bratton, demonstrates how she incorporates critical thinking, project-based learning, and computational thinking into her classroom.


Information Fluency
Premiered: February 28, 2022

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Katie Blunt discusses with Utah State Board of Education curriculum specialists Robert Austin and Naomi Watkins about information literacy in the classroom. We learn from Utah teachers Charlotte Ducos and William Shields on how they are preparing students to navigate the vast wealth of information they are presented with every day and how to lead challenging, yet historically accurate, discussions in the classroom.

Spaceward Bound
Premiered: January 25, 2022

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Katie Blunt sits down with Dr. David Joy about his "Mission to Mars" and what he brought back with him to his classroom. We find out about the elements of a Mars simulation, how outdoor education is a passion of David's and how he has created personal learning environments.

Essential Technology Skills
Premiered: January 11, 2022

Katie Blunt talks to Dr. Camille Cole from Canyons School District about EdTech Competency 1A: essential education technology skills. We see how three 1st grade teachers at Crescent Elementary are mastering this competency by implementing Canvas in the classroom.

Introduction to Ed Tech Competencies
Premiered: October 28, 2021

This season of UEN PDTV we are doing things differently. We will be introducing and exploring the new Education Technology Competencies throughout the season. In this episode, Katie Blunt, the new PDTV host, goes through the Utah Ed Tech Competencies with Rick Gaisford from USBE and then sees the competencies in action at UVU!

Tips for Pro-Quality Video
Premiered: May 11, 2021

On this episode of PDTV, our production team steps in front of the camera to go through the top 10 tips for creating pro-quality videos. Katie, Fernando and Nicole share examples and recommendations for each tip to give additional guidance to those less familiar with video production.

Using Tech to Make Time
Premiered: April 13, 2021

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Dani Sloan and Katie Garrett from UEN go through some tech tools that help maximize time and keep things organized. Even if you are into the old-school method of writing notes down, they have a tech tool for you!

2021 UCET Recap
Premiered: March 31, 2021

In this episode of PDTV, the Professional Development team recaps their virtual UCET conference experience. They chat about the flexibility of the online format, the disadvantages of technical difficulties and more!

Virtual Conferences
Premiered: March 15, 2021

In this episode of PDTV, Jared Fawson and Jami Gardner share their top ten tips for attending a virtual conference. Virtual conference pro, Clint Stevens, also shares how to best navigate the virtual 2021 UCET Conference.

Student Innovation @ Launch High School
Premiered: February 9, 2021

In this virtual PDTV, Jared Fawson speaks to Cory Henwood from Iron County School District. Not only is he the district's Innovation Coordinator, but he is the founder of Launch High School, a personalized competency-based school. The goal of the school is to help students develop transferable skills and enable them to focus and grow their ideas.

Student Engagement
Premiered: January 12, 2021

On this virtual PDTV, Jared Fawson brings colleague Katie Blunt in to talk about student engagement. While engaging tools and nifty websites are useful, they discuss how creating an engaging course or assignment starts before implementation.

Canvas Templates
Premiered: November 23, 2020

On this virtual PDTV, Jared Fawson explains to viewers how using Canvas templates makes customizing your Canvas page easier than ever! From uploading your own images to Canvas-provided icons, Jared will guide you through making the course uniquely yours.

Tech Tools for Personalized Learning
Premiered: August 25, 2020

In our first PDTV of the school year, Jared Fawson navigates the new normal of remote learning. He chats with Hollie Fisher from Lakeside Elementary in the Davis School District. She shares how she uses OneNote, Teams and more to help with 21st century learning and teaching!

Computer Science Course & AR/VR Tools
Premiered: March 10, 2020

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Michael travels up to North Logan to visit a computer science class at Green Canyon High School. Alison Ence, a computer science teacher, is learning with her students about the vast capabilities of virtual and augmented reality. Her students are not only using VR in the classroom, but coding VR in the classroom. We find out that limitations don’t exist in this field beyond the scope of your own imagination.

Minecraft EDU
Premiered: February 18, 2020

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Michael visits Upland Terrace Elementary School to learn how teachers are integrating core curriculum studies with video games. With Minecraft EDU, students can build entire worlds to put what they learn from school into action.

Premiered: February 4, 2020

On this episode, Justin heads up to Utah State University (USU) to talk to Christopher Phillips, the electronic and information technology accessibility coordinator. Christopher gives us a glimpse into making the campus and class content accessible and inclusive to the USU population.

CS in Juab School District
Premiered: January 21, 2020

On this episode of UEN PDTV, coding extends to elementary schools in Juab County. Michael talks to Heather Westring, a computer lab tech, and Krystle Bassett, innovation specialist, who have both seen how early exposure to coding has helped students become independent and engaged at all levels.

Video Made Easy with Adobe Rush
Premiered: December 10, 2019

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Jami and Michael take us through the essentials of Adobe Rush, a video editing app. All Utah teachers have access to Adobe products and grades 7-12 have them in their schools. Learn more about what you can do with Adobe with UEN Professional Development!

Ed Tech in San Juan School District
Premiered: November 26, 2019

On this episode of UEN PDTV, UEN travels from Salt Lake City to San Juan County to learn about the CTE and educational technology innovations from rural Utah schools.

Social and Emotional Learning
Premiered: October 22, 2019

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Dani and Dr. Ben Springer discuss how teachers and leaders can start implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in their classrooms and schools. Modeling and practicing SEL can lead to a happier environment for not only students, but yourself as well!

ISTE Certification
Premiered: October 1, 2019

On this episode of PDTV, Justin Brooksby sits down to hear two first-hand accounts on the impact of the ISTE Certification program. UEN is the first Utah-based provider of this certification that focuses on how to use tech to transform learning and improve student outcomes.

Professional Learning at the Wasatch Back Conference
Premiered: September 3, 2019

On this episode of PDTV, we take a step back to look at how the Wasatch Back Conference empowers teachers in a key time before the school year begins. This conference brings together different districts from the region and creates a sense of camaraderie among Utah teachers. Experience the camaraderie yourself; add the conference to your 2020 professional learning calendar!

Growth Mindset
Premiered: August 20, 2019

On this episode of PDTV, Michael heads to the Winter Sports School in Park City for a new perspective! We talk to teachers and students to understand what innovations and adaptations the school has to implement to cater to the winter athlete lifestyle.

Leading Schools Summit
Premiered: July 9, 2019

On this PDTV episode, we take a look inside the second-ever Utah Leading Schools Summit. Justin Brooksby from PD and Darren Hudgins, CEO of Do | Think | Drive, discuss the impact of having a space for school leaders to develop their skills and break out of silos.

Canvas in Elementary Schools
Premiered: June 3, 2019

In this episode of PDTV we talk to Olena who is a 3rd grade teacher at Riverside Elementary. She’s done a lot with Canvas and her 3rd graders are able to do some amazing things with it.

Utilizing Google Tools
Premiered: June 11, 2019

In this episode of UEN PDTV Michael and the Ogden EdTech team take a look into how teachers in the district are using Google Tools in the classroom. The episode dissects how a 4th grade teacher, a junior high math teacher and a high school science teacher are all able to transform GSuite to their classes' needs.

Student-led Maker Space
Premiered: May 28, 2019

Michelle Reed’s students at Thomas Jefferson Jr. High have taken ownership of their school’s makerspace, we will explore how these students use the time and space to develop their creativity and skills.

Canyons School District 10th Annual Film Festival
Premiered: May 14, 2019

This year the Canyons School District is hosting their 10th Annual Film Festival for student film makers. In this episode we sit down with creator of the festival, Canyons EdTech Katie Blunt. How does a film festival cultivate creativity in the classroom? Let's find out.

Teacher Created Virtual Field Trips
Premiered: April 30, 2019

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Michael Hakkarinen goes to the Scholar Academy to talk to 4th grade teacher, Aaron Pratt, about his use of Google Tours in the classroom. He brings the water cycle to life for his students by using virtual reality.

Transform Faculty Meetings with Canvas
Premiered: April 16, 2019

On this episode of UEN PDTV, Jared Fawson visits Clearfield High School to chat with principal, Chris Keime, about how he’s implementing Canvas to transform faculty meetings and the school's classrooms. Jared also looks into how educators can use Canvas in the classroom with English teacher Kelsi Flint.

Digital Distractions
Premiered: April 2, 2019

On this episode Michael Hakkarinen talks to Dr. David Strayer from the University of Utah’s Department of Psychology. He explains the link between technology and distractions. Through his Applied Cognition Lab he has been studying driver distraction to better understand how and why people can become overloaded while multitasking.

UCET 2019 Recap
Premiered: March 19, 2019

In this UEN PDTV episode the PD Team evaluates what they learned at the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) conference, what changes they enjoyed, and how the conference brings people together. The recap features footage from the conference along with a group interview with the PD Team.

Tech Garage
Premiered: March 5, 2019

On this episode of PD-TV, Jared Fawson goes to “The Garage” at Lindon Elementary School to speak to Angel Holmes and Kate Ross about students using different types of technology to learn. This unique space makes passion projects easy by utilizing SCRUM groups to keep students on-task.

VR in the Classroom
Premiered: October 24, 2018

Michael visits Joel P. Jensen Middle School to talk with Dustin Plott and Belinda Gambrino about their efforts to use VR in their afternoon programs.

Virtual Reality in Higher Education
Premiered: September 5, 2018

Michael visits Dr. Mark Durham's class at the University of Utah's School of Dentistry to see how virtual reality is helping his students learn in a new and efficient way.

Summer Sendoff
Premiered: June 11, 2018

We've had a lot of fun making UEN PDTV this school year. We wanted to thank you for all your hard work and share a few of the lighter moments while producing PDTV. Have a great summer!

Technology in Rural Utah
Premiered: May 31, 2018

The Utah Education Network, in collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, has established a partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation to offer the research-based, job-embedded Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning program for school leaders. Administrators in San Juan County, Utah have been participating in the UEN / SESC directed LBDL Professional Development series over the last academic year. Join us in this short video as we talk with principals from the Monument Valley area about how LBDL has affected teaching and learning in their schools.

Blended Teaching and Learning: Station Rotation
Premiered: May 16, 2018

8th grade math teachers Jeff Wilkinson and Bill McKay from Centerville Jr High in Davis district describe the way use blended strategies using the rotation model with their math classes.

UCET 2018 Reflections
Premiered: April 26, 2018

Join Dani, Shannon, Michael and Jared as they review the highlights of the UCET 2018 conference.

Open Education Resources
Premiered: April 12, 2018

UEN PDTV takes a road trip to Nebo School District to see how they are using and developing OER textbooks.

Premiered: February 21, 2018

Join Jared and Michael as they review a few new features available in NoodleTools. You can find NoodleTools in Utah's Online Library.

Success with Canvas
Premiered: February 7, 2018

Michael visits Mrs. Allen’s class in Cache Valley to see how Canvas is helping her make a difference in her science classes.

MBH Goldberg Goodbye
Premiered: December 27, 2016

In this short episode, the last of the year, the UEN PD Team says goodbye to their old offices in Milton Bennion Hall before the building is leveled for new construction. In the true spirit of the Innovative Educator: MakerSpace course, we put together a fun "Rube Goldberg Machine" we hope you'll enjoy!

Premiered: August 31, 2016

Meet Shannon Ririe, the newest member of the UEN PD team and an expert trainer on teaching new Chromebook users. In this video you'll learn basic Chromebook skills and some of the specifics of what makes Chromebooks different from other laptops.

Use Tech To Teach
Premiered: July 20, 2016

Meet UEN PD Trainer Rob Bentley and learn about one of his classes, "Use Tech To Teach". This class is perfect for getting started learning about new technology that you can use in your classroom.

Premiered: April 13, 2016

Let's go outside and fly a drone! Katie Garrett (katie@uen.org) and Landon Weeks took the UEN crew outside for a brief lesson on drone flying. Join us for some fun video and a discussion about how you can use a drone with your class.

UCET 2016
Premiered: April 1, 2016

This week we sit down to reflect on UCET2016 and all the #techmadness that we enjoyed March 17th and 18th at the University of Utah.

Utah's Online Library
Premiered: March 14, 2016

The Pioneer Online Library has a NEW name - Utah's Online Library. In this episode we will talk about the changes that along with this new name and review some of the great tools available from UEN.

Premiered: March 1, 2016

In the very first episode of PDTV Michael Hakkarinen and Jared Fawson introduce Utah Futures Utahs go to one stop shop for college and career planning.