The Smithsonian Learning Lab (https://learninglab.si.edu/) is a new visual search and curation tool that makes it simple for students and teachers to explore the vast digital collections and resources of the museums and research centers of the Smithsonian Institute. [Read more…] about Featured Resource: Smithsonian Learning Lab
Archives for June 2016
This summer we say goodbye to many wonderful members of our team, but also welcome new faces into the Educational Technology department. [Read more…] about Goodbyes and Welcomes
The Scale of the Universe 2
The Scale of the Universe 2 is an app that will help students better understand the size and relationship of objects within the universe. From Quarks and Neutrinos to distant galaxies and star clusters, this web application gives students an amazing visual representation of things that can be difficult to comprehend. The app can be viewed in twenty different languages.
Last week our department had the opportunity to host the Utah EdTechTeam Summit featuring Google for Education here in the Granite Education Center offices. Educators from Granite School District and all over the state convened for hands-on breakout sessions on improving student learning through the use of educational technology tools. The resources shared by the presenters are available by clicking through the schedule. Below we share some highlights, ideas, and resources from the conference shared on Twitter by some of the attendees.
— Brandi Gollinger (@bmgollinger) June 16, 2016
Have you heard about an exciting new Google program? Do you want to learn everything about your favorite tool? The Google For Education Training Center has collected help, training lessons and educator-created materials for all of Google’s products. Below are just a few of the Google Tools and Devices you can learn more about.
Visit the Google for Education Training Center for even more information.
Post Creator: Teresa Bruin, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist. This originally appeared in our Granite EdTech Monthly Newsletter.
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 Salt Lake City Public Library System
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.
Salt Lake County Library Services
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.
Additional Summer Learning + Reading Resources
- Several school libraries in Granite School District open their doors periodically during the summer for book checkout and other programming. Contact your school to find out if they offer this service.
- Check out our list of free Digital Resources and Tools for Reading and Literacy. (It is collaborative so feel free to comment or add to it.)
- You can download and listen to the free YA audiobooks provided weekly by Audiobooksync.com all summer long.
- The Edutopia blog post, “Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources,” provides many more ideas.