Are you a teacher just getting started with using Chromebooks in your classroom? Are you a parent or student curious about how Chromebooks and Google Apps work in education? The Granite Educational Technology department has just published the Chromebook Basics and G Suite Online Training with a new site and updated content. Keep Reading
Do you want your elementary students to learn to think?
Coding is a skill that requires the development of a growth mind-set, persistence, critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation. And, it’s fun!
For elementary teachers in Granite School District we are offering a class on Code.org, geared for anyone with low to high computer skills. After completion of the two 3 hour classes and a simple assignment, you will receive 8 credit hours for re-licensure, a cool studio.code.org account, and some fun swag.
Classes will be:
Tuesday October 17th and October 24th from 4:30-7:30 P.M.
Jackling Ed Tech Lab (The Ed Tech Lab is located on the SE corner of the Jackling Elementary Property)
3760 South Atlas Way (4610 West)
West Valley, UT 84120-3702
This post originally appeared in our October 2017 Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
SAMR, Disneyland, and the STS
What do the SAMR Model, Disneyland, and a dynamic School Technology Specialist all have in common? At first you may think that only two of these subjects are connected, but given the creative thinking of Amber Palmer, STS at Bennion Elementary, they create a beautiful symphony of thoughts and ideas that teachers at her school will enjoy all year long. Keep Reading
Next week Granite School District is holding GraniteCon, a professional development conference for all teachers working in our district. Over three days at four high school locations, teachers will be given opportunities to attend breakout sessions on a diverse range of professional learning topics, all led by fellow teachers, specialists, and administrators.
The Educational Technology department is excited to help support this conference. Many of our educational technology teacher specialists (school technology specialists and library media educational technology specialists) will be presenting sessions on topics such as:
- Introduction to using Chromebooks in the classroom
- Student collaboration tools in Google and Office 365
- Canvas learning management system
- Google Classroom
- Breakout EDU
- Lessons with interactive whiteboards
- OverDrive Digital Library and Utah’s Online Library
Check out the detailed schedule to plan your conference attendance and find out more about these educational technology sessions, as well as other quality sessions hosted by teachers and specialists from schools and departments throughout the district. Visit https://gsdconference.org/, the official conference website, for schedules, directions, maps, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions about the conference.
On May 11, 2017, Chris Larsen, Director of Educational Technology, led our monthly #GSDEdTech twitter conversation. This month’s topic was #letthemlead: Empowering Students to Take the Lead. You can check out the archive for great ideas for empowering students.
Granite’s Educational Technology department will soon be accepting applicants for two new cohorts of the Educational Technology Endorsement Program (ETEP) for 2017-2019. Registration opens May 16, 2017 at 7:00 A.M. Each cohort will include 24 participants, with one cohort attending classes on Wednesday evenings, and the other on Thursday evenings.
2017-2019 ETEP Quick Links
- 2017-19 ETEP Wednesdays Year 1 Schedule
- 2017-19 ETEP Wednesdays Registration Form
- 2017-19 ETEP Thursdays Year 1 Schedule
- 2017-19 ETEP Thursdays Registration Form
You can find more general information on the ETEP program on our dedicated page at https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/professional-development/etep/. If you have any other questions about the program please contact Kristen Johnson in the Educational Technology department.
The latest edition of our department’s monthly newsletter recently went out via email to teachers in Granite School District. If you missed it you can access it here.
Highlights from our May 2017 Newsletter:
- Registering Soon For Granite’s Educational Technology Endorsement Program 2017-2019
- Upcoming Event: #GSDEdTech Twitter Chat
- Educational Technology’s Website Gem
- Granite District Battle of the Books 2016-2017 Competition Winners
- Tech Tip: Using the Google Translate Extension
Our monthly #GSDEdTech Teacher Chat series continues in May with the topic #letthemlead: Empowering Students to Take the Lead. This chat will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4 P.M via the #GSDEdTech hashtag on Twitter. To go along with our theme of student empowerment, a chat participant will be randomly chosen to win a classroom set of Canon PowerShot digital cameras, which their students can use to record video and take high quality digital photos. Keep Reading
A set of math manipulatives for students can be very expensive. A set like you see below can cost around $250.00.
You can create virtual manipulatives for all of your students for free using Google Drawings! Students can use their own set of virtual manipulatives on their Chromebooks or other devices. Keep Reading