We are excited to provide the GEAR UP Summer Camp for this year’s 9th Grade students! This camp features five days of technology-based learning fun, provided through the GEAR UP Grant for 9th grade students at specific schools.[Read more…] about GEAR UP Summer Camp 2021
(ETEP information and infographic created by Jenny Peirce, Team Leader in the Educational Technology Department.)
The Educational Technology Department will be accepting applications for the 2021-2023 Educational Technology Endorsement Program starting Friday, May 7 at 7:00 am.
Follow this link on 5/7/2021 to apply for the program, and read on for more information about the program, highlights of recent participants, etc.[Read more…] about ETEP Registration for 2021-2023 Cohorts
Are you passionate about enhancing instruction and student learning by integrating technology into your classroom? Come work with us! We are hiring elementary school technology specialists for next year.
Visit Granite’s Human Resources Employment Opportunities page or follow this link to the current Elementary School Technology Specialist job posting.
This post is adapted from a presentation given by Educational Technology team leaders Kacie O’Maley and Amber Palmer and school technology specialists Ashley Moore, Keith Reidford, and Melissa White.
Educators and students in Granite School District have access to Minecraft: Education Edition for classroom use, and it can now be used on Chromebooks! Read on to find out how to access Minecraft: Education Edition, as well as why and how to share it with your students.[Read more…] about Featured Resource: Minecraft Education Edition
[This post was also shared at Granitemedia.org, our sister site for the school and district library programs in Granite School District: https://www.granitemedia.org/2021/03/presentation-interactive-read-alouds-plus-100-easy-no-or-low-prep-ideas-for-interactive-read-alouds/]
Marci Bishop, our District Elementary Library Specialist in Granite School District, recently shared this presentation on interactive read alouds at the UELMA 2021 conference for school librarians in Utah. Check out the slides, filled with resources and links, and watch a recording of the presentation below.
Presentation: Interactive Read Alouds
From the presentation description:
Kate DiCamillo calls the shared space and experience of a read aloud a “third place” and “a safe room” where participants make connections and build community. In addition to the “magic” of the moment, a read aloud is a great opportunity to teach. As a bonus, a well-planned or directed read aloud improves student focus and behavior too. In this session, we’ll explore:
-Simple, everyday ways to encourage interaction
-How to ask the “right” questions–one book can work for all grade levels!
-How to plan an interactive read aloud (examining the writer’s craft, making personal connections, etc.)
-Effective reading comprehension strategies and how to embed them into a read aloud
100 Easy No/Low-Prep Ideas for Interactive Read-Alouds
To go along with the presentation, Marci Bishop also created and shared this list of one hundred no-prep or low-prep ideas for interactive read alouds. Get them in this shared document, or read on below.[Read more…] about Presentation: Interactive Read Alouds, plus 100 Easy No-or-Low-Prep Ideas for Interactive Read Alouds
Check out this infographic showcasing a few of the many of the services and tools we provide students and teachers in Granite School District!
The infographic details a few of the services and tools we provide students and teachers in five areas: technology coaching, professional development, libraries, digital tools, and hardware. Click the link above to download a copy of the infographic, or read on for descriptions and links to these services and tools.[Read more…] about #GSDEdTech Infographic 2021
Each week we add new ebooks and audiobooks in Sora, Granite’s digital library for students and teachers, as well as curate collections of new and featured titles in the Explore area. We also share printable and sharable posters for some of these collections on granitemedia.org, our sister site for Granite’s school libraries.
Log in to Sora with your student number or staff username and password to browse and borrow books from these collections today!
Read on for printable and sharable posters and more details about our recent collections.[Read more…] about Featured Book Collections and New Releases in Granite’s Sora
Adapted by Davina Sauthoff, Educational Technology Team Lead, from “The Fundamental Five: A Framework for Improving Communication Processes,” by Trenton Goble of Instructure.
The “Fundemental Five” are simple but essential questions students should ask as they navigate content and coursework their teachers have shared with them in Canvas. (Canvas is the learning management system used by students and teachers in Granite secondary schools to support both face-to-face and distance learning.)
Read on or download the infographic for tips and features available in Canvas that will help you succeed in your classes.[Read more…] about Canvas: ‘The Fundamental Five’ for Students and Parents
Padlet (https://graniteschools.padlet.org/) is a tool that allows teachers to make collaborative pages where students can respond, collaborate, and communicate with each other. We’re excited to announce that all Granite teachers now have access to a paid district Padlet Backpack account![Read more…] about Featured Resource: Padlet
Students in Granite School District can now access the children’s and young adult titles in the county’s collection using their Granite login; no separate library card number is needed. This increases by thousands the titles and copies available to students. Read on to learn how to find these books.[Read more…] about The County Library Now Shares Digital Books in Granite’s Sora