Our first chat of 2016 centered around digital tools and resources that aid students in reading and research. Granite teachers also shared books that inspire them professionally and inspire their students as readers and learners. Thank you to everyone who participated! We will be compiling all of the resources and books you shared in the chat and sharing them on this blog next week. Read on for a complete archive of the chat. Keep Reading
Archives for January 2016
Collaborating with several elementary school principals, the Granite Educational Technology department recently sponsored WinterCon, a professional development mini-conference held at Lincoln Elementary School. Teachers and administrators from Bennion, Cottonwood, Lincoln, Rolling Meadows, Taylorsville, West Valley, and William Penn Elementary Schools came together to learn and share in a variety of sessions on topics including Google Apps for Education, Blogging, SMART Boards, classroom management, and much more. Keep Reading
When Granite students and teachers return for the new semester next week, Canvas will greet them with a fresh new user interface. Check out these videos to get a sneak peek at the updated look and feel of Canvas.
For more information and help resources with Canvas, please visit our Canvas information page.
Kirsten Carroll is a 3rd grade teacher at Redwood Elementary. She makes excellent use of the technology in her classroom, creating fun and meaningful learning opportunities for her students. She finds online resources that help her students better understand the concepts they are learning in class. With several of the online tools, she is able to monitor their progress in real time. At a glance she can see who is struggling and needs help. She is able to provide reteaching and individual instruction in a timely manner. Kirsten’s class recently gained access to a set of Chromebooks for their classroom, and she didn’t waste time putting them to good use. She uses Google Classroom to manage and send out assignments. The students are then able to submit their assignments digitally, creating more efficiency and saving paper at the same time. Some of the other excellent online resources they are using are: goformative.com, xtramath.org or the XtraMath Chrome App, the Prodigy Chrome App, Google Docs, Google Drawings, and so much more. Thanks Kirsten Carroll for being such an awesome teacher!
Spotlight Creator: Teresa Bruin, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist
When: January 28, 2016 from 4:00-4:30pm
Topic: Online Tools for Reading and Research
- What online tools do you use to encourage a love for reading?
- What online research tools do you encourage your students to use?
- What book has inspired you as a teacher?
- BYU, Utah State, or Utah?
The response and participation in December’s Twitter Chat was amazing! We had 80 educators from schools all over the district who participated last month. The Ed Tech Department would like to congratulate Jude Nelson for being last month’s Chromebook Drawing winner and receiving 6 Chromebooks for her classroom.
As a way of encouraging technology integration into teacher practice, we will be holding a drawing again in January. Each Granite teacher who participates in the January 28th twitter chat will have their name placed in a drawing where they will have the chance at winning 6 Chromebooks for their classroom.
We are very excited about the January topic and can’t wait to see the amazing sharing that will take place between Granite teachers. Thanks for all you do to inspire and teach our students.
The latest edition of our department’s monthly newsletter was recently sent to all teachers in Granite School District. If you missed it you can also access it here.
Highlights from our January 2016 Newsletter:
- Now Registering For: Working SMARTer With SMART Notebook Software
- Educational Technology’s Website Gem of the Month
- Stansbury Techy Teachers Spotlight: Karen Tinsley, Tracy Newby and Erin Esplin
- Kearns Jr. High Techy Teacher Spotlight: Brandon Kerby
- The Periodic Table of Education Technology