Archives for January 2015
Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library provides students and teachers with access to a large collection of popular ebooks and audiobooks for independent, recreational, or teacher-assigned reading. These books can be read on a computer web browser or checked out and downloaded to a wide array of mobile devices via the OverDrive App.Keep Reading
Reading Recommendations for All Ages
NoveList is a reading recommendation database for teachers, parents, and students. The Utah State Library provides all Utah students, teachers, and parents with access to NovelList K-8 Plus (for younger readers) and NoveList Plus (for teens and adults.) Keep Reading
iPod Touches are out and about in Karen Fox’s first grade class. On the iPods, students practice math, reading and writing in fun and meaningful ways that Karen has designed for her students. With a dice app, students shake their iPods to roll their dice. They add them together to get a sum, and then either hop, tiptoe or skip to find others with the same sum. Students use the mic app to record themselves reading their story. Afterwards, they listen to their recordings to hear themselves reading. Then they’re moving on to writing their Word Wall words using the notes app. Karen carefully demonstrates the instructions for each activity by placing an iPod under the doc cam to show her students what is expected. Students get busy typing their word wall words and then get a chance to individually read them to their teacher. Karen makes “Every Day Count and Every Minute Matter” for her students. Thanks Karen Fox!
Spotlight Author: Teresa Bruin, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist
Our department’s monthly newsletter was recently sent out to all teachers in Granite School District, and you can also access it here.
This month’s highlights Include:
Hour of Code with Katie Ricks’s 3rd Grade Students
Katie Ricks, a 3rd grade teacher at Howard R, Driggs Elementary School, is one of many teachers participating in the Hour of Code throughout Granite School District. Most of the 3rd graders at her school have the opportunity to program while using Chromebooks. Programs such as Code.org, Tynker, and Khan Academy are some of the sites where Ms. Ricks’ students learn how to drag and drop programming commands. She says that the students are really excited about Hour of Code, and that she sees it as having great benefit for increasing problem-solving skills as well as an overall learning of basic programming.
Spotlight Author: Kristen Johnson, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist