Google recently introduced Be Internet Awesome, a site sharing digital citizenship resources and curriculum for young people.
Students at Farnsworth Elementary and Woodstock Elementary recently tried out computer programming by participating in Hour of Code activities. In this video a few of these students share their work and their thoughts about the coding activities with Joell Wilkins, school technology specialist.
Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative to introduce young people to the basics of coding and computer science through 1-hour coding activities. These activities are especially promoted during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11, 2016) but can be done at any time throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting an Hour of Code event, these how-to guides provide assistance for activities ranging from school-wide events to at-home family coding activities.
Because of the overwhelming variety of beginning coding activities available at Code.org, Ms. Wilkins selected a few of the activities and curated them in a clickable slideshow for her students, from which they could choose a grade appropriate activity.
Spotlight video created by Joell Wilkins, School Technology Specialist at Farnsworth Elementary and Woodstock Elementary.
Last week our school technology specialists (STSs) shared information and resources on digital citizenship with parents as part of parent teacher conferences. In preparation, Krystal Plott, STS at Howard R. Driggs Elementary and Gearld Wright Elementary, created the following printable posters and images for digital citizenship displays. She has generously allowed us to share them here. You could print these out for classroom displays, add them to presentations or websites, etc. Click on any image below to download a printable PDF version of that poster series.
You can also find videos, presentations, printable pamphlets, links and many more resources on our Digital Citizenship Resources page.
Instructure recently released the Canvas Parent app for iOS and Android devices. This app allows parents to easily view details about their students’ courses from mobile devices. For help with the Canvas Parent app, follow this guide or view the video below. For more information about the Canvas learning management system in Granite School District, visit our Canvas general information page.
The student home access login for Utah’s Online Library has been updated for 2016-2017.
This resource is only available for students within the state of Utah, so we cannot post the login on this public web page. Here are several ways that you can learn the new username and password:
Looking for great resources for summer reading and summer learning? In this post we round up programs from Granite School District, our friends at the Salt Lake City Public Library and Salt Lake County Library systems, and other resources from the web in general.
All K-12 students in Granite School District (as well as all staff members) have access to Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library, where they can choose from thousands of ebooks and digital audiobooks to read or listen to throughout the summer.
You can access Granite’s OverDrive from any web browser by visiting http://granite.lib.overdrive.com. You can also access our library via the OverDrive app, which is available for a whole range of mobile devices and operating systems (see http://app.overdrive.com.) Students log in with their regular school login (student number and whatever password they have at the point school ends.)
The city’s summer challenge goes through August 20, and they provide an exciting variety of challenge goals, activities, and events for Kids, Pre-Readers, Teens, and Adults. Participants can win a variety of prizes.
Special events include a teen online short story contest, ToshoCon Teen Anime Convention, Teen STEM Camps, and a special admission discount at the Natural History Museum of Utah for the library’s summer reading participants. Prizes are available to participants. Many other library events are happening on a daily basis. Visit or contact your local branch of the county library system to find out more information.
Utah’s Online Library, formerly known as Pioneer Online Library, was officially renamed and re-branded on February 29, 2016.
The new URL for the K-12 edition of the library is: http://onlinelibrary.uen.org/
The new URL for the consortium of online libraries (College, K-12, Preschool, and Public) is: http://utahsonlinelibrary.org/
(The old URLs for Pioneer Library do still work and forward to the new sites, but please update links on classroom and library websites to the URLs above to avoid eventual dead links.)
Utah’s Online Library provides access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, periodicals, encyclopedia content, animation, audio, videos, photographs, maps, charts, graphics, and more. It is an Internet resource that your student can access wherever he or she can access the Internet – at school, at the local public library, at home, or anywhere.
To access Utah’s Online Library at home or elsewhere outside of a school network, you will need to know a simple login username and password. You can obtain this login in one of the following ways:
(Unfortunately, we cannot post the login information on this public page because it should only be made available to students, educators and parents within the state of Utah.)
Digital citizenship is the ability to participate safely, intelligently, productively and responsibly in the digital world.
Digital citizenship should also include positive, creative, deliberate use of technological tools and skills to create, connect, communicate, and collaborate in ways that make a positive contribution to family, school, and community life.
— Digital Citizenship Utah (http://digcitutah.com/)
In the post below we curate resources on digital citizenship, useful for students, parents, teachers, administrators, community councils, and any other interested community members. This collection of resources will also be permanently available on our Digital Citizenship page (http://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/digcit/). Keep Reading
In this latest addition to our series of collaborative resource lists we share a growing collection of digital tools, apps, and web sites that provide online reading for students to use in and out of the classroom, as well as book selection helps and other literacy resources. If you have any favorite resources for reading and literacy that aren’t already listed, please add them at the bottom of the list.
Click here to open the collaborative document and add suggestions, copy, or print the list. You can also simply browse through the list in the frame below. Keep Reading