Looking for great resources for summer reading and summer learning? In this post series we round up programs and resources from Granite School District, community public libraries and organizations, and other resources from the web in general. Today we are featuring Sora, Granite’s Digital Library.
Digital Learning Resources
Post by Teresa Bruin, originally published in our monthly Ed Tech Newsletter for teachers.
We often get asked to recommend a way for students to create digital portfolios. There are several online tools for creating portfolios, but Google Sites is free and easily started straight from their granitesd.org Google Drive.
The new Google Sites has been completely made over. You can create a new Google Site in a short time with its intuitive design.
Students will enjoy creating a place to showcase their best work and have an easy way to share it with family and their teacher(s).
What’s New in Sora, May 2019
Post created by Teresa Bruin, District Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader. This first appeared in our GSD Ed Tech Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
Jam Out Illustrating and Writing With Google’s Jamboard Web Tools
Google’s Jamboard web tool is like an endless notebook of paper with simplified drawing and text features. Each Jamboard can be shared with others to collaborate on. Jamboards can also be printed out as PDFs. [Read more…] about Featured Resource: Google Jamboard
eMedia, a digital content service provided by the Utah Education Network, is filled with video and other educational media free for Utah’s educators, students, and citizen learners. eMedia allows users to search for content, preview it, and then download the media for on demand use in the classroom. This digital repository includes videos licensed by the Utah Instructional Media Consortium, local programs from KUED-7, National PBS programs, as well as media from other trusted education partners.
UEN eMedia was recently refreshed with new features that allow educators to collaborate, curate, rate, and review content, as well as upload and share their own educational content through the platform.
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
Post by Teresa Bruin, Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader. This post originally appeared in our Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for teachers.
Using Google Meet for Universal Collaboration
Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/) is available for all staff in Granite School District to use as part of our G Suite For Education accounts. Granite District staff can create a Google Meet with others outside of our district. Google Meet is not open for students, but students can participate in a Google Meet that the teacher has organized.
A Google Hangouts Meet is easy to setup and easy to join. See the information and videos provided for help with getting started.
Below is a list of a few ways Google Meet can be used in the classroom.
Post Author: Jessica Moody, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist, Olympus Jr. High School
The National Archives Educator Resources page is a great resource for K-12 teachers.
DocsTeach is a repository of lesson plans, graphic organizers, and Primary Sources Documents focusing on American History. You can browse or search by time period, topic, activity type, or grade level. The graphic organizers are simple and fun. The Interpreting Data exercises are a great way to link History, Analysis, and even some math skills such as reading graphs and charts. All DocsTeach lessons align with Bloom’s taxonomy and the National History Standards. Follow @DocsTeach on Twitter to see highlights of new additions and interesting documents from the National Archives that relate to the National History Standards.
Be sure to subscribe to the US National Archives YouTube Channel for a variety of videos and professional development. If you look at their Playlists, their videos are organized by topics and interests. You can even find professional development for teachers. Be sure to use the search option on their channel page to search for specific videos for your next lesson. In their Uploads stream you can see a few of their upcoming live streams that will be posted soon. The Illusions of Emancipation will be posting on February 27th, 2019. This video will deal with the slow process of ending slavery in America.
The National Archives also feature apps, ebooks, warm up activities, and political cartoons to assist you. This is a great place to find bell ringers and more in-depth lessons. The eBooks are free and are in PDF format so that they are easily accessible.
The Online Exhibits are a great way to host a virtual field trip. There are many topics including Art History, History, World Geography, Science & Technology, and even When Nixon Met Elvis.
Of course, there is much more to be found. What will you find?
Post Author: Teresa Bruin, Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader. Originally appeared in our Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
Learn Coding and Web Development
If you or your students are looking for more advanced opportunities for learning coding, w3schools.com is an excellent website. W3Schools is the world’s largest web developer reference site. It features an extensive library of tutorials, references, and reusable code examples. It has something for everyone from beginners to experts in the world of coding and web development!
Topics covered include
and much more.
In addition to references, the site features numerous “Try It Yourself” editors in which a user can modify and experiment with actual code to immediately see how it affects the design and function of a web page. The code could then be copied and pasted directly into the user’s project.
#GSDEdTech Blog Editor’s Note: By coincidence I’m currently using W3Schools and their W3.CSS framework as a key learning and building reference for a personal web project. It is an incredibly useful resource whether you are a student, a professional, or just a hobbyist/lifelong-learner.