Stephanie Seely, the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Granite Connection High School, was recently named the South Salt Lake Rotary Club Teacher of the Year from Granite Connection High School. We congratulate her and thank her for all she does to teach students and support fellow teachers at Granite Connection High.
An innovative Olympus High School Music-Instrumental Teacher, Tim McMurray, seized the opportunity to apply for a secondary schools technology grant offered by the Educational Technology Department during the 2017-18 school year. He knew some classroom practices could be transformed using technology, allowing students to learn in a way not previously possible without it. [Read more…] about Teacher Spotlight: Olympus High Teacher Transforming Music Class With Technology
Teachers and some very excited students at Vista Elementary recently got to experience Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. The program is currently in a testing phase using devices without the need for Google Cardboard viewers. [Read more…] about Google Expeditions at Vista Elementary
Last week the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology held their annual conference at the University of Utah. Sessions were led for and by educators, and many of Granite’s teachers and school technology specialists attended and presented at the conference. Below is a roster of the sessions shared by Granite teachers, along with links to resources from the sessions if available.
Granite UCET 2018 Presentations
|Don't Be Afraid of Technology: How To Establish Successful Classroom Procedures||Melissa White (School Technology Specialist, Oakridge El. and Valley Crest El.)
|Edpuzzle||Edna Habel (5th Grade Teacher, Western Hills El.)
Ross Pope (School Technology Specialist, Arcadia El. and Whittier El.)
|Engaging All Students with Classic Toys||Quinn Rollins (Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Curriculum & Instruction Dept.)|
|Engage Students Like a Boss||Tricia Fenton (School Technology Specialist, Vista El. and Western Hills El.)
Nicole Maycock (6th Grade Teacher, Plymouth El.)
|Flipping out for Flipgrid!||Krystal Plott (School Technology Specialist, Wright El.)|
|HTML Programming on Chromebooks in the Elementary/Middle School Classroom||Andy Misco (School Technology Specialist, Eastwood El. and Twin Peaks El.)|
|Hyperdocs: Engage, Educate, and Inspire||Rebecca Baggett (School Technology Specialist, West Valley El.)
Anastasia Limantzakis (School Technology Specialist, Crestview Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary)
Tiffany Simons (School Technology Specialist, Driggs El. and Granger El.)
|Learn and Play with Ozobots||Brandi Gollinger (School Technology Specialist, Armstrong Academy)
Jayanne Unander (School Technology Specialist, Pleasant Green El.)
|Makerspace: How to Build a Solar Greenhouse||Laurel Udy (Special Education Teacher, Hunter El.)|
|Meet KIBO in this Hands-on Session for Robotics for PreK-2nd Grades||Janeen Johnson (Kindergarten Teacher, South Kearns El.)
Jennifer Millett (Kindergarten Teacher, South Kearns El.)
|Micro:bit by Bit||Sherri Harris (School Technology Specialist, Wilson El.)
Kathleen Riebe (School Technology Specialist, Fox Hills El. and Frost El.)
|Micro:bit Coding||Sarah Eyring (School Technology Specialist, Granite Technical Institute)
Samantha Mitchell (School Technology Specialist, Academy Park El. and Gourley El.)
|Mixology: Structures and Strategies for Blended Learning||Pam Moeai (Specialist/Team Leader, Educational Technology Dept.)
Jennifer Peirce (Specialist/Team Leader, Educational Technology Dept.)
|Online Library Resources||Tricia Fenton (School Technology Specialist, Vista El. and Western Hills El.)|
|Raspberry Pi||John Smith (School Technology Specialist, Bacchus El. and Plymouth El.)|
|School News Production and Film Made Easy||Jen Johnson (3rd Grade Teacher, William Penn El.)|
|3D Printing and Engineering Design in the Classroom||Dave Pendleton (4th Grade Teacher, Armstrong Academy)|
|Teacher Leadership in Utah: Utah Teacher Fellows||Deborah Gatrell (Social Studies Teacher, Hunter Sr. High)|
|UEN Canvas Modules for your class||Mikelle Gordon (1st Grade Teacher, Sandburg El.)|
Teacher Spotlight: Julia Bossi, Granite Park Jr. High
The students in Julia Bossi’s art classes at Granite Park Junior High learn not only how to create beautiful pieces of art, they also learn research skills and use Cornell note-taking strategies to record and organize the information they learn. Ms. Bossi teaches the students that artists research new techniques to inform their art-making practice, and she has the students do the same. [Read more…] about Research on Chromebooks and Note-Taking in Art Class?
Third Grade Students in Kimberly Cretsinger’s classroom at Calvin Smith Elementary worked collaboratively to solve clues in the Digital Breakout challenge they were given. Digital Breakouts are a newer component of the already well known Breakout EDU web site. Instead of physically unlocking boxes by finding and solving clues, students unlock digital levels of a breakout mystery. Questions contain a variety of content aligned challenges. The storyline for this Digital Breakout explained that students had accidentally been locked into their classroom and would miss the bus if they didn’t solve all the clues to Breakout.
Students worked in groups using their classroom Chromebooks to solve the mystery. Watch the short video above to see these 3rd Grade Problem Solvers hard at work Breaking Out!
Spotlight created by Teresa Bruin, District Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader. This post originally appeared in our January 2018 Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
This school year Kearns Junior High implemented a new program in which teachers take attendance by scanning QR codes in student binders at the door at the beginning of class. This simple technology trick saves teachers and students time by eliminating the awkward roll call process, provides more accurate attendance data, makes students more aware of when they are tardy, and gives the teachers the opportunity to greet their students at the door and get to know them better. Toni Blattman, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist, explains the program in the video above.
Spotlight created by Celia Powell, District Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader.
The third grade students at Arcadia Elementary are becoming Subtraction Masters thanks to a unique approach their teachers are using. Felicia Walton, Matthew Morse, and Kathy Godfrey have created a leveled system and work collaboratively to ensure that all of their students are working and proceeding at their level of understanding. They began by breaking down the subtraction skills students should know by the end of third grade and ranked these skills into twelve levels according to their complexity, beginning with a basic understanding of subtraction to being able to solve complex word problems using multi-digit subtraction with regrouping. To make it more engaging for the students, they gamified these levels by relating them to Star Wars Jedi mastery levels.
To provide practice resources for their students, they used their Mimio software to create screen-casted tutorial videos that the students can refer back to as they practice at each level. They then used Go Formative to create sets of practice problems the students work through for each level. The video they created for each level is included in the Go Formative activity for that level, so students have all the resources they need to practice their subtraction in one place.
Not only did Mrs. Walton, Mr. Morse, and Mrs. Godfrey collaborate to create these resources, but these three teachers team up to teach the math. Students will go to one of the three teachers to receive small group instruction with other students who have achieved the same level. Mrs. Walton, Mr. Morse, and Mrs. Godfrey have the small groups in front of their whiteboards to teach the students and provide guided practice at their level during this time.
While the three small groups of students receive instruction directly from the teacher in their small groups, the rest of the students work at their desks using Chromebooks to access the Go Formative activity for their level, watch the video, and practice subtraction at their level. Once a student has achieved 80% mastery, he or she levels up to the next level. Go Formative allows the teachers to easily see where the students are at in their mastery of subtraction.
While this may seem like a lot of work, Mrs. Walton said that each video took them only about 10 minutes to create. Mr. Morse noted that, though there was quite a bit of front end work, using technology in this way has ended up saving them a lot of time. The level of student engagement is very high. One student, Amanda, noted that she really likes learning math this way because it’s fun. Through collaboration, blended learning, targeted instruction and practice, and use of technology, these teachers are ensuring that their students will come away with the math skills they need.
Spotlight Created by Jenny Peirce, Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader.
Have you ever wondered what school technology specialists and library media educational technology specialists do on their Friday trainings? Heidi Meenen, one of our Educational Technology team leaders, gives some insights into our department’s Friday professional learning in the video above.
In this meeting, technology specialists learned about a new technology tool, the Explore feature in Google Sheets, and then had the opportunity to engage in a lesson that integrates that tool into learning. They experience first-hand how the lesson works, then take it back to their schools to share with students through co-teaching opportunities, modifying when necessary to meet specific classroom needs.
Additionally, technology and library media specialists spend time at Friday meetings in collaborative groups creating original lesson plans. Each month they focus on one or two specific topics or tools from our Technology Integration Progress menu. The goal is to create and amass a library of lesson plans aligned to specific core standards that integrate innovative technology use and 21st century learning practices such as those described in the ISTE Learning Standards. Technology and library specialists share what they create with each other and bring these lessons back to teachers and students at their schools.
You can see snapshots of some of these shared lessons in action in classrooms by browsing our @EdTechGSD Twitter Feed. As time passes, selections from these shared lessons and resources may also be shared publicly on our Technology Integration Progress Resource Pages.
Spotlight Created by Heidi Meenen, Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader.