Exciting things are happening every day in classrooms, libraries, labs, and makerspaces throughout Granite School District, and a few of these learning activities are shared on social media. We’re going to highlight activities from January involving the Educational Technology Department by rounding up social media posts shared by those who participated.
- Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Site Visit, Upland Terrace Elementary
- Granite Elementary Beehive Reading Challenge
- Mock Caldecott with Elementary Media Clerks
- Classroom Snapshots
1. Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Site Visit, Upland Terrace Elementary
Last month Upland Terrace Elementary hosted a site visit for the Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning cohort of elementary school principals and technology specialists. During this site visit principals were able to step into several classrooms to see first-hand how teachers are transforming their classrooms using blended and digital learning strategies. In addition to taking what they saw back to their own schools, some participants shared snapshots with us via social media posts that we will share in the Twitter Moment below. To see past LBDL Site Visit spotlights, visit https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/tag/leadership-in-blended-and-digital-learning/.
2. Granite Beehive Elementary Reading Challenge
Students, teachers, and library staff from 23 elementary schools submitted over 4,200 book reviews in the past three months to help decide next year’s nominees for the Beehive Book Awards. Browse the social media posts below to see the winning schools and titles, and also check out the 2019 Granite Elementary Beehive Reading Challenge post over on our sister site Granitemedia.org for more details.
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Last week we announced the top five scoring schools in our Beehive Challenge. Every year we challenge the schools to read and review as many books as they can from the Beehive longlists. In order to earn points, they have to submit a review from a kid and an adult. The reviews are then sent to their respective committees and help determine which books will end up on the shortlists (those are the ones you see in any public library you go to in Utah). I love seeing schools get really into it and involving every member of the school community and just how serendipitous it can all be. A recess aide at one of the top finishers had read Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo for the challenge and had loved it so much that she is now reading the rest of her books. One kid said his favorite book he read from the lists was Rebound and when I told him that Rebound is a prequel (of sorts) to the truly stellar The Crossover, he was so excited. I repeat, a 6th grade boy excited about reading a book in verse. Truly magical indeed. 🙌🏻 #gsdedtech #gsdlibraries #beehivebookaward (Post text and photos by Nikki Gregerson)
3. Mock Caldecott with Elementary Media Clerks
As part of professional development sessions in January, elementary media clerks engaged in a Mock Caldecott activity in which they read, analyzed, discussed, and voted upon 20 Caldecott-eligible picture books published in 2018 to determine their group’s winners of the Mock Caldecott medal. This not only demonstrated a library activity they can use with students in the future, but also gave them an opportunity to dig into many great new picture books that they can now add to their school collections and share with students.
At the end of the month, the actual Caldecott Medal and honor winners were announced as part of the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation. A group of media clerks came together for an early morning viewing party to see if their predictions were correct. Nikki Gregerson created these posters showing the official winners of the Caldecott and many other awards.
— GraniteLibraryMedia (@LibraryMediaGSD) February 5, 2019
4. Classroom Snapshots
In this Twitter Moment we round up snapshots of classroom learning action shared with us by teachers, school technology specialists, library media educational technology specialists, and others. Enjoy.
That awkward moment when you realize you need to publish another social media post so it can be included in your blog post that rounds up social media posts.
— Joshua Whiting (@jdwhiting) February 4, 2019