Looking for great resources for summer reading and summer learning? In this post we round up programs and resources from Granite School District, our friends at the Salt Lake County Library and Salt Lake City Public Library systems, and other resources from the web in general.Keep Reading
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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.
These images highlight a few of the children’s fiction chapter books, graphic novels, and informational titles that have recently been added to Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library. You can print them out and display them in your library or classroom, or add them to a school or class website.
(Granite’s OverDrive provides free access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for all students and staff in Granite School District. Granite’s OverDrive can be accessed on the web at http://granite.lib.overdrive.com or via OverDrive apps designed for various mobile devices. For more information or help getting started with OverDrive, visit http://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/overdrive.)
Posters created by Nikki Gregerson, Elementary Library Media Supervisor in Granite School District.
Need an engaging, yet different way for students to share knowledge and understanding? Try GoAnimate for Schools! (https://goanimate4schools.com/public_index) All you need to do is create a teacher account, and then create student accounts. This tool works on all computers and devices (even Chromebooks.) If you want the students to use their voice you will need a microphone, but there are other options if you don’t have one. Students are then able to pick characters to animate. They choose movements and backgrounds. Then, they give the characters a voice– their voice or a robot, that is. Students can have the characters explain how the water cycle works or they can share a story that they wrote. Math, writing, reading, science, social studies: the sky is the limit!
My students have loved to explain concepts they just learned using GoAnimate, as in the example video above. This is a great way to create a flipped classroom! You can create videos for students to watch at home. Read teacher blogs that share experiences of how their autistic students found their voices using GoAnimate, and how the program allowed gifted students to go deeper into topics.
Just play a few sample videos 1, 2, 3 and students will be immediately interested in what you are showing, especially when they learn they get to create them! In my opinion, GoAnimate is well worth the $79 a year price tag, but if you aren’t ready to commit, try the 14 day free-trial!
Resource Review by Tiffany Pontius, School Technology Specialist at Cottonwood Elementary and Truman Elementary.
(We have added GoAnimate to our collaborative list of Digital Storytelling and Presentation Tools. Check out the list and add your own recommendations right in the document.)
We have added new books in OverDrive for the new school year! With these additions, students and staff have access to over 7,000 ebooks and digital audiobooks in Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library. The posters below show a few of the latest young adult fiction titles added for junior high and high school students. We also have an extensive selection of age-appropriate titles for elementary students.
To read, or listen to the latest titles, go to http://granite.lib.overdrive.com or download the OverDrive App on your mobile device and search for your school’s name to access Granite’s library. Students and staff use their regular school logins to access Granite’s OverDrive. For more information and help with OverDrive, please visit our OverDrive Resources page, or contact your school’s library or technology specialist.
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:
- Visit http://onlinelibrary.uen.org while on a school network. The home access login is displayed at the bottom of the main page.
- Call the Granite Educational Technology department at 385-646-4110 or email a Granite district media or technology specialist for this information.
- Contact Utah Education Network (UEN) at email@example.com or 1-800-866-5852.
- If you are a Granite staff member, you can view the login information on this intranet page.
Google My Maps is a map creation and publishing tool integrated into Google Drive. Users can create, share, publish, and collaborate on custom maps, as well as save maps in their Google Drive as they would any other type of Google Doc.
The mapping tool allows students or teachers to:
- Create custom placemarks at any location in the world
- Associate web links, images, and other information with any placemark created on the map
- Draw lines and shapes that automatically measure distance and calculate area
- Import spreadsheets of geographic data (place names, addresses, or latitude-longitude coordinates) to instantly populate a map with placemarks and additional data
- Add multiple layers of information that can each be separately styled and toggled on or off
- Choose from various base map views, including terrain, satellite, city roads, and political
- Keep a map private, or collaborate on a map with others in real time, as with other types of Google Docs
- Embed custom maps on a web page, share via a permanent link, print, or export as a KML file