Granite students and staff have checked out nearly 65,000 ebooks and audiobooks since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year! This is according to the statistics shown on the Granite School District Sora Usage Site kept by Alyssa Carraway, Administrative Secretary in the Educational Technology Department. This infographic highlights some of the statistics collected as of the end of December 2019.
Digital Learning Resources
Computer Science Education Week is December 9-15, 2019. During the week many educators use Hour of Code activities to introduce students to computer science. These activities are fun and easy to run, and can be done not only in a classroom but as an after school or library activity, or at home. There are activities for any kind of computer or device, as well as analog “no-device” activities that teach coding and computational concepts
You can learn more about how to run an Hour of Code activity in these simple how-to guides:
You can also skip right to the collection of suggested activities by clicking on the image below, or visiting https://hourofcode.com/us/learn
Did you know that there is a video editor already installed and available on all PCs with the Windows 10 operating system? It is found in the Photos app, and although a slightly hidden feature it is very functional and simple to use. It includes all the video editing basics you would expect, as well as inking and animated special effect options that students and teachers can use to quickly polish or spice up a video. [Read more…] about Featured Resource: Windows 10 Video Editor
This resource was first featured in our November 2019 Ed Tech Newsletter for Teachers by Teresa Bruin, Educational Technology Team Leader
Engaging Math Challenges for Students
Figure This! demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. [Read more…] about Featured Resource: Figure This! Math Challenges For Families
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.
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.