Last week Patrick Flanagan, Director of Educational Technology for Granite School District, reported to the Granite Board of Education on proposed plans and timelines for Digital Conversion, an initiative to place mobile computing devices in the hands of every student and classroom. [Read more…] about Digital Conversion: Granite School District and 21st Century Learning
Our department’s monthly newsletter was recently sent out to all teachers in Granite School District, and you can also access it here.
This month’s highlights Include:
Granite EdTech sponsors a monthly twitter chat on teaching with technology called #GraniteTechChat. This chat is open to any interested parties, but is especially focused on the participation of school technology specialists and library media educational technology specialists in Granite School District.
Follow the links below for archives of our most recent chats, saved and published via Storify.
- #GraniteTechChat: Hour of Code (December 15, 2014)
- #GraniteTechChat: Ed. Tech. Resources (November 17, 2014)
#GraniteTechChat: Hour of Code – December 15, 2014
Below is an embedded selection from our archive of the most recent chat, in which we reflected on recent Hour of Code activities and began to look at how to expand upon student interest in coding by integrating it into everyday classroom activity, after school clubs, etc.
(Video Creator: Patrick Flanagan)
6 Ways #GraniteEdTech Can Help You Right Now
Looking for information and resources? Have a question, need, or suggestion for us? Here are five easy ways that we are reaching out to you and that you can reach out to us right now.
- Follow the #GraniteEdTech conversation on Twitter and see the resources being shared by teachers and technology specialists. You can also join the conversation by tweeting your ideas, resources, and experiences.
- Follow EdTechGSD on Pinterest, where we are compiling useful Ed. Tech. resources on timely topics such as Coding, Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education.
- Follow our Blog. We post new stories and resources here at least two times per week. (Sometimes more!)
- Read our EdTech Monthly Newsletter! This is how we share class registrations and other professional development opportunities for Granite teachers.
- Use our handy Request & Suggestion Form and we’ll get back to you soon with a response, and usually a great solution.
- As always, talk with your school technology specialist, library media educational technology specialist, and/or media assistant. They are wonderful and have so many ways to support you and your students.
In an effort to use Twitter as a way to collaborate amongst members in our department, today we are kicking off the “Twitter Tag a Teacher” Contest. Below are the details of this contest.
The goal is to share amazing ways in which teachers around the district are integrating technology into their everyday teaching practice and to encourage collaboration amongst Ed Tech staff through the use of Twitter.
December 2nd through December 17th, 2014
- Share awesome ways that teachers in your building are integrating technology into their daily practice through tweets.
- In each of your tweets be sure to tag or mention the teacher who is integrating technology in the classroom. If possible include a picture of the teacher in action. (Please get permission from the teacher before tweeting out their picture.)
- Include the hashtag #EdTechContest in each of your tweets.
- For each tweet you send out, tagging a teacher and spotlighting their innovative way of using technology, your name will be placed in the drawing. The more tweets you send out spotlighting teachers in your building the more your name is placed in the drawing and the better chance you will have at winning the prize box.
- Participation in this contest is not mandatory. (It will be so dang fun spotlighting the amazing teachers in our schools that it will be hard to resist participating in this contest.)
There will be two boxes of fun tech gadgets given away to two lucky Ed Tech Dept. members. The drawing for these boxes will be held on the morning of December 18th and winners will be notified via Twitter.
I look forward to seeing all of the amazing ways super star educators in our district are effectively using technology to engage students and increase student learning. Good luck to each one of you!
Director, Educational Technology
Granite School District’s Ed. Tech. department sponsors 30 FIRST LEGO League teams. In the FIRST LEGO League program children learn about coding, programming, and problem solving to prepare their robot for the robot games and to solve a real life issue or challenge. In the course of creating a solution to this real-world issue and designing a robot, they also learn and apply the social skills of teamwork, collaboration, respect, and persistence. Educational Technology is proud of our devoted coaches and our super awesome FIRST LEGO League kids. This video shows the team from Stansbury Elementary hard at work with their teacher/coach, Karen Tinsley. We would also like to invite you to drop into our Robot Games and Regional Qualifying event, January 17th, at Granger High School. Come see all the fun (and learning!)
Spotlight Author: Cherie Anderson, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist
Granite Educational Technology is looking to connect with and spotlight any and all Granite teachers using social media in their classrooms or for professional development.
You can find great accounts to connect with via these growing lists of Granite teachers using social media in the classroom. If you have or know of educator accounts that should be on these lists, you can submit them using this handy form, or follow us and let us know via one of our social media channels. We look forward to connecting and learning with you!