#DTLUtah News February 2022

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Read the USBE DTL Grant Program Evaluation Report for 2020-2021

By the Metiri Group

Over the last five years the Utah Legislature has invested over $81 million in funds allocated to Utah LEAs. And in 2020-2021 Digital Teaching and Learning became the keystone in supporting a learning community strained by the Covid Pandemic and forced online learning. This past spring, 2021, surveys were completed by 7,389 teachers, 662 school administrators, and 88 LEA administrators. The data provides valuable information on our vision for digital learning, the nature of the investment of DTL Grant funds, readiness for digital learning, and the progress we are making actualizing our plans to reach the vision of teaching and learning in Utah.

You can review this data and read the full report either on the DTL Dashboard, or click here:

Utah State Board of Education Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program Evaluation Report


Jamie Drew is a 7th grade mathematics teacher at Washington Fields Intermediate School in the Washington County School District. Jamie is currently in her 11th year teaching. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Jamie moved to Utah for her degrees from Dixie State and Southern Utah University before starting her teaching career with the Davis School District where she taught secondary math for three years. When not teaching you can find Jamie hiking with her three dogs somewhere among the red rocks of south west Utah.

Access: The Secret To Success with EdTech

When I started my career as a math teacher, the only way I felt like I could provide my students with help outside of school was to set up some sort of online dedicated space so they could access materials at home. This need led me to create a website where I could link those materials. Soon after, my district began to promote the use of Google Tools, and the school where I was working at the time signed up to become E-Mints certified. This led to everyone essentially becoming Google certified teachers.

As a result, the ability to attend professional development meetings that focused purely on technology provided me the chance to explore technology in a safe place. Unlike with my first website, I didn't have to jump straight into it and implement everything right away in my classroom. I believe that experience is what really helped me become comfortable with technology and confident to try new things in my classroom. Unfortunately, I know that this opportunity was not extended to a lot of other educators and many are not receiving proper training or support.

After being trained with Google, I started using Google Classroom. My colleagues watched what I was doing and became interested in the benefits it would serve, yet were also a little hesitant to try it with their own classroom. Understandable as they were unfamiliar with how hard it would be to set up, use, and maintain. Later that year, when I needed to take days off, my teammates started asking questions as to how I could provide my students with new instruction while being out of the classroom.

Along with Google Classroom, I also used Edpuzzle, which allowed me to record each of my video lessons and upload them to a much safer place than YouTube. It also allows me to embed questions to check for understanding throughout the lesson. Once my teammates saw how effective technology could be when we need to take a day off of work, they jumped on board and were fully invested.

The second year we worked together, the same year Covid shut us down in March, we were all using Google Classroom and Edpuzzle. Despite the closing of in-person schooling in March, our students never missed a beat as they transitioned to online learning. They knew exactly what to do at home to watch their lessons and ask for help if needed, all through the use of technology.

This is now our 3rd year working as a math team, and together we use the following technology to better serve our students:

  • Google Classroom - to post what we do each day along with our video lessons, and our Friday Digital Extensions for those who need to be extended after a test or quiz. We also use Google Draw, Google Slides, and others to make these extension activities linked to Google Classroom assignments.
  • Schoology - to administer a weekly quiz on our learning targets and Unit tests, all of which are Common Formative Assessments. We then compare and analyze data each week.
  • Notability for the iPad - teachers use this app very day to present and mark up documents which students also use on paper, as well as record our video lessons to upload online.
  • Edpuzzle - to upload and embed questions for all our video lessons as well as provide remediation help on our tests and quizzes if they are absent the day we go over it in class

One key benefit to making everything digital that we do in our classrooms, is that NOT ONE student is left behind. If a student is absent due to an illness, quarantine, vacation, etc., Every student still has full access to the materials provided in school.

Having our entire team consistently use all of these digital resources did not happen overnight. It took 3 years and a lot of work. But I think that when one educator is on board, and they can successfully show the pros of using such resources, then others are more likely to use them as well.

Big Success for the TCC Winter Tech Retreat

The Utah Technology Coordinator Council hosted a "Frigorific" Winter Tech Retreat on January 24-26th in Bryce Canyon, and although the conditions were quite blustery, there were many hot topics to discuss. Keynote Speakers Cody Spendlove, Audra Yocum, and John Arthur shared presentations that highlighted the challenges, accomplishments, and innovation of Utah DTL Leaders over the last two years.

Playing on the "Frigorific" theme of the retreat Cody Spendlove, recently retired Alpine School District EdTech Director, drew comparisons to the actions and re-actions of those aboard the Titanic to how current educators have responded to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Walking through the different styles of response to disasters helped the audience of educational technology specialists identify what worked, what doesn't work, what to keep, and what to discard as we move into a post-pandemic world.

Audra Yocum, Teacher & Director of Technology Education for Alpine School District, collaborated with her colleagues Matt Johnson, Bryson Grygla, and Don Remy to share all the benefits to students that come from organized Esports activities and clubs.

The third keynote, Utah Teacher of the Year John Arthur, shared his "Megaphonic Bliss" with the audience to highlight the benefits of giving students autonomy and purpose in school through their series of videos available on their YouTube Channel, 9th Evermore.

All of these presentations, and the break-out sessions from the Winter Tech Retreat will be available on video in the near future at http://utcc.us/wtr2022. Stay Tuned!

Digital Citizenship Resources from the USBE School Landtrust & UEN

As you’re building digital citizenship resources for your LEA, don’t forget about the free resources offered by UEN. In addition to providing quick one-hour trainings on the topic of your choice, UEN has online courses for teachers specifically on how to teach digital citizenship, improve engagement, and information/news literacy.

Check out this video, made for School Community Councils, and be sure to share with stakeholders in your learning community.


UCET Awards Accepting Nominees NOW!!!

UCET Innovative Teacher Awards 2022

This year as we connect at our conference, we are again recognizing Innovative Teachers in the classroom as our front-line classroom teachers continue to envision new ways to instruct, connect and virtually build their classrooms, one teacher in each district will be recognized as a UCET Innovative Teacher for 2022 at the UCET hybrid conference on March 15-16, 2022, and receive a $100 gift card.

Please submit one teacher from your district by February 12, 2022. This teacher will receive the award; (this is not a nominating process).

UCET Innovative Teacher Award Form

The criteria for the Innovative Teaching Award include:

· Full time classroom teacher in 2021-2022 school year

· Has demonstrated effective and innovative use of technology to positively impact student learning during the COVID pandemic.

UCET Outstanding Leader Nomination for 2022

This is a nominating process for one outstanding leader in the state. This award recognizes and honors a leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. Nominees can be a principal, superintendent, school or district technology staff, regional technology trainer, etc. The one stipulation is that the nominee is not a PK-12 classroom teacher. They may have a teaching certificate; however, their current position is not as a classroom teacher. Nominations close on February 12, 2022.

UCET Outstanding Leader Nomination Form

Selection Criteria

UCET Cache Valley Electric Jack Erickson Excellence in Technology Services Award 2022

This is a nominating process. This award recognizes and honors a network technician, administrator, engineer, or systems operations specialist who has demonstrated a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide. This person has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiatives to advance the use of technology in education. Nominations close on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The award winner will be announced March 15, at the opening session of the UCET Conference.

Selection Criteria for UCET CVE Jack Erickson Excellence in Technology Services Award.

Nomination Submission Form


March 15-26, 2022 UCET 2022 - https://ucet.org/conference/

June 26-69, 2022 ISTE Live - https://conference.iste.org/2022/

Evaluation Activities & Dates

As an LEA participating in the DTL Grant Program, please make plans to participate in the evaluation activities listed below. To view informational videos, slides, and resources that guide you in the process, see Google Doc: https://bit.ly/3r4MWwVes.

Please view the full list of evaluation activities here

Questions can be directed to the DTL Team or the state evaluator.

For the DTL Team:

Melanie Durfee, melanie.durfee@schools.utah.gov

Michael Hakkarinen, michael.hakkarinen@schools.utah.gov

For the Metiri Group:

Cheryl Lemke, clemke@metiri.com

2022 Monthly Allotment Deadline - Utah Grants Reimbursement Requests

DTL Grant Program reimbursement requests need to be received through UTAH GRANTS for expenses aligned to each LEA's approved plan and goals for student outcomes.

Monthly allotment deadlines for the remainder of this school year:

February 7, 2022 - Monday

March 11, 2022 - Friday

April 11, 2022 - Monday

May 10, 2022 - Tuesday

June 10, 2022 - Friday

July 8, 2022 - Friday

Hey Kids! Guess What Time It Is? IT'S DTL DATA COLLECTION TIME!!!!

The DTL surveys provide valuable data for the state-wide program and also to individual LEAs. If you are not already using the DTL survey information for your dashboard, let us know, and we can direct you to a recorded webinar to show you how. By March 15, 2022, USBE DTL team will send out survey links to you. You, in turn, can forward to those in your LEA.

There are three separate surveys. One each for:


School administrators

Point-of-contact (note: in the schools in which the school admin is also the point-of-contact, the same person needs to take each of these surveys, keeping a lens to each role while taking that survey)

The teacher surveys take about 15 minutes to complete, and the school administrators and point-of-contact surveys take about 30 minutes. Some have found success giving teachers time during a faculty meeting to complete the survey. On May 10,2022, the surveys will close so that The Metiri group (DTL’s third-party evaluator) can begin compiling data. LEA Dashboard Entries for 2021-2022 are due July 15, 2022. Some LEAs have been asked to modify their 2020-2021 dashboards to a “Met Target” status. If you need help, you may watch this recorded webinar or contact melanie.durfee@schools.utah.gov. The 2021-2020 dashboards are currently open, so you may begin entering data right now.

Students Surveys (optional) are available for:

Self-directed Learning


Student Tech for Learning

Contact jdavila@metiri.com or clemke@metiri.com to get a link for the students in your LEA.

Disclosure Statement: LEAs have the duty to select instructional materials that best correlate to the core standards for Utah public schools and graduation requirements. (UCA 53G-4-402(1(a)). Posting of resources by USBE staff does not imply the resources have received official endorsement of the State Board. Educators are responsible to ensure use of these materials complies with LEA policies and directives.