The Natural History Museum of Utah is one of the finest learning attractions in the state of Utah, and although their exhibitions are closed to the public right now they’ve been busy filling their website with online resources and offline activities for summer and distance learning. In today’s post in our Summer Reading and Learning 2020 series we’re highlighting a few of these resources.[Read more…] about Neighborhood Naturalists and other activities from the Natural History Museum of Utah | Summer Reading and Learning 2020
Post Author: Pam Moeai, Educational Technology Team Leader
Reading and Sequencing Scaffolds – Building a Leprechaun Trap[Read more…] about Teacher Spotlight: Stacey Tanner, Hillside Elementary
In the Granite Educational Technology Department we celebrate learning with technology every day, but today, February 27, 2020, is Digital Learning Day! This day was created to give educators nationwide a platform to showcase the innovative teaching and learning happening in their classrooms and libraries.[Read more…] about Digital Learning Day 2020
Post and template created by Sarah Wright, School Technology Specialist, Calvin Smith Elementary and Westbrook Elementary
Sometimes combining best teaching practices and technology is daunting; it can be hard to know where to start. When one of my teachers asked for a simple template to follow, I created this flexible hyperdoc in Google Drawings that can be adapted for any content. The template follows the structure of building for depth: it gives teachers ideas of tools and activities that will help to introduce and reinforce content, as well as tasks for students to apply new knowledge. With a focus on blended learning principles the template includes “tech-free” options as well as digital tools. [Read more…] about Lesson Design Idea: Tic-Tac-Toe Hyperdoc Template
Post by Jenny Peirce, Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader.
Many teachers in Granite have SMART Boards in their classrooms and have been using the SMART Notebook software to add interactivity and engagement to their lesson presentations. SMART has introduced a new platform to share SMART Notebook and SMART activities in an even more engaging and interactive way – SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO).
Teachers can create or upload their SMART Notebook lessons and activities in SLSO so students can access them and follow along on any Internet-connected device. Within these lessons, teachers can create SMART Lab activities and Notebook pages that students can work directly on from their device.
SMART Learning Suite Online is available to teachers in our district who have a current subscription to the SMART Learning Suite. If you are interested in using SLSO, contact your school STS or LMETS to find out if you have a current subscription and for them to arrange to set up your account. Any teacher is welcome to set up a free 45-day trial account. To access SLSO, visit https://suite.smarttech.com and use your Granite Microsoft Office 365 (graniteschools.org) account to log in. Several online training videos are available on the SMART website, or contact your STS or LMETS for more information using SMART Learning Suite Online in your classroom. [Read more…] about Featured Resource: SMART Learning Suite Online
Video Creator: Melissa White, School Technology Specialist, Oakridge Elementary and Valley Crest Elementary
4th Grade Math & Bit the Ozobot
Melissa White, School Technology Specialist at Oakridge Elementary, recently created this video of an innovative learning activity she shared with 4th grade students. Watch above to see how students worked together to program Ozobots and practice their multiplication skills. [Read more…] about Learning Activity: 4th Grade Math & Bit the Ozobot, Oakridge Elementary
Ms. Buck is an amazing 6th grade teacher at Upland Terrace Elementary. She incorporates technology in her classroom seamlessly. I had the opportunity to observe her class creating Kahoots to review math concepts that they had learned throughout the year. The students in her class use iPads to create their review quizzes.
This spotlight showcases the excellent instruction that Ms. Buck provides her students. Her lesson is so well organized. She lays out very clear instructions and encourages feedback from her students. Her students exhibit 21st Century skills; collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity are happening in her classroom.
Spotlight Author: Heidi Meenen, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist
This December many teachers and school technology specialists in Granite School District will be leading Hour of Code activities with their students. As part of Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative designed to provide a one hour introduction to coding and computer science for students around the world, increasing access and exposure to this important field. In December 2013, over 15 million students participated in Hour of Code activities, and this year the organization’s goal is to reach over 100 million students during the week of December 8-14, 2014.
If you are a teacher who would like to do an hour of code activity with your students, you can start with this How to Teach One Hour of Code guide for ideas, resources, and tutorials for your students. Code.org, the sponsor of the Hour of Code, provides a collection of coding tutorials and activities for students of all ages and experience levels – including “unplugged” coding activities for classrooms without devices. The Hour of Code is not limited to the K-12 classroom, however. Interested students can also access these tutorials and participate in Hour of Code on their own, and parents can use these resources to do an Hour of Code activity with their children. Adults interested in getting experience with coding are also invited and encouraged to participate.
We are curating more resources for teaching and learning how to code on our Hour of Code / Coding Resources Pinterest Board. Follow it or see the board below for these resources.
Andy McIntyre is a math teacher who uses technology seamlessly with his students at Valley Jr. High School in South Salt Lake, Utah. He participated in a classroom Chromebook pilot program last year, and the laptop computers are now fully integrated into the learning activities in his classroom. Check out the video above, showing his math students in action on a typical day of learning.
Here’s how Mr. McIntyre described the lesson he shared with students on the day of this video:
- Students will use Chromebooks to better learn about perfect squares and perfect cubes.
- They will use formulas to fill columns, insert pictures of cubes, create scatter plots and label them appropriately.
- They should see from the tables and graphs how the perfect squares and cubes grow.
Some of Mr. McIntyre’s awesome technology tools shown in this video:
- He uses the Doceri iPad app to draw out math problems in bold, easy-to-see colors while being mobile in the classroom.
- He introduces some of the lesson’s math content with a Jeopardy game.
- His students use Google Sheets on their Chromebooks to create formulas for perfect cubes and perfect squares.
Spotlight Author: Teresa Bruin, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist