We are excited to collaborate with The King’s English Bookshop to bring authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black to Bennion Jr. High School! This event happens on March 9, 2016 at 7 PM, and is open to all students in Granite School District. Keep Reading
Archives for February 2016
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 (https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/digcit/). Keep Reading
Yesterday was Digital Learning Day, and we marked the occasion by hosting our monthly #GSDEdTech Teacher Chat. The chat was a celebration of digital learning, with teachers throughout the district sharing snapshots of the digital learning happening in their classrooms, examples of tools and resources they are using, and ideas for what to try next. Thank you to everyone who participated. Read on for a complete archive of the chat. Keep Reading
Lorraine Wyness is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist (LMETS) at Taylorsville High School. The spotlight video above shows just a couple of the ways she makes the school’s library media center a welcoming and engaging place for her students. In addition to managing the library, Ms. Wyness also provides technology integration training and support to teachers schoolwide. She is an incredible asset to her school.
Spotlight Created by Cindy Moyle, Library Media Supervisor for Secondary Schools.
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
When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 4:30-5:00 PM
Topic: Celebrating Digital Learning – Digital Learning Day (Check out these hashtags and sites ahead of time for ideas — #DLDay, #DigitalEquity, http://www.digitallearningday.org)
- What did you do to celebrate Digital Learning Day at your school? (Sharing pictures in your response is encouraged, with hashtags #DLDay and #GSDEdTech)
- What is your favorite digital tool? (Please include a link or twitter handle for the tool in your answer)
- Browse the #DLDay hashtag and retweet a tweet you liked best. (Be sure to add #GSDEdTech in a comment to your retweet.)
- What digital tool are you interested in using next?
The response and participation in the January Twitter Chat was great! We had educators from all over the district who participated and benefited from this unique opportunity to collaborate.
The Ed Tech Dept. would like to congratulate Malia Allsop 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, the Educational Technology Department will again be holding a drawing in February. Each Granite teacher who participates in the February 17th Twitter chat will have their name placed in a drawing where they will have the chance at winning 6 Chromebooks for their classroom.
Please feel free to pass along this information to any teachers and administrators with whom you work.
The Granite School District FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament was held on January 16, 2016 at Granger High School. Granite School District’s Educational Technology Department sponsors 30 teams in the First Lego League. We had a tremendous amount of fun, and learned a lot this year!
- Over 280 student participants attended
- supported by over 35 coaches and assistant coaches…
- and 50 volunteers!
The students were excited to see approximately 500 parents attend to watch their LEGO Robots compete. In addition to competing in the robot games, the teams also explained their robot designs, presented an innovative product to address the issue of Trash, and solved a problem as a team during judging sessions.
Chinese New Year takes place on Monday, February 8 this year. Looking for some fun and informative resources to use in your classroom or library? Start here! Keep Reading
There are several great education conferences coming up in March and June of this year that are supported by our department. You can find details about these conferences below.
The Utah Coalition for Educational Technology is holding their annual conference on March 17 & 18, 2016 at the University of Utah. This conference provides many hands-on breakout sessions on ways to utilize technology in teaching and learning, and is perfect for educators of every grade level or subject area who are interested in technology integration. Their theme for the March conference is “Tech Madness,” with Thurl Bailey and Ginger Lewman as featured keynote speakers. For more information, registration links, or to submit a presentation proposal, visit their conference page: https://www.ucet.org/conference/.
Date: March 18, 2016
Location: Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah
Conference Website: http://www.uelmaconference.org/
The Utah Educational Library Media Association will hold their next conference on March 18, 2016 at the Larry H. Miller Megaplex at Jordan Commons. This conference provides a full day of professional development focused on the needs of library media teachers and paraprofessionals. This year’s conference theme is “Plotting Your Course in a World of Change.” For more information and registration links, visit their conference page: http://www.uelmaconference.org/.
Utah Summit Featuring Google for Education
Dates: June 16-17, 2016
Location: Granite Education Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
Conference Website: http://ut.gafesummit.com/2016
The EdTechTeam, a partner of Google Apps for Education, is bringing their Google Summit to Utah in June 2016. This two-day conference, with additional optional deep-dive workshops on June 15, is for any educator interested in learning more about how to utilize Google Apps for Education tools to promote student learning. As we are the hosting organization, a special discounted registration is available for Granite School District staff members. (Click here and login with your district account to see the promo code for Granite staff.) For more information on this conference and to register, please visit the conference page: http://ut.gafesummit.com/2016.