The following infographic posters share insights into the work and organization of our department, and feature a few of our current and future initiatives. These images come from a presentation given by Chris Larsen, Director of Educational Technology, to the Granite Board of Education in May 2018. Click here to view or download the complete board presentation, or scroll through this post for more information and links to our initiatives and projects. [Read more…] about Granite Educational Technology 2018 Infographic Presentation
Granite Educational Technology Department
This summer we say goodbye to several members of our team, while also looking forward to welcoming new additions to our technology specialist roster for the 2018-2019 school year.
Warren Child, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Cyprus High School, who leaves us for retirement.
Colleen Hughes, Administrative Secretary in the Educational Technology office, who leaves us to pursue a new opportunity in another industry.
Tiffany Peoples, School Technology Specialist at Mill Creek Elementary and Sandburg Elementary, who has accepted a classroom teaching opportunity at Fox Hills Elementary.
Jayanne Unander, School Technology Specialist at Pleasant Green Elementary and one of our ETEP Trainers/Developers, who leaves us for retirement.
We wish each of you the best in your new endeavors and will miss your friendship and expertise.
Tricia Fenton, our School Technology Specialist at Vista Elementary and Western Hills Elementary, will be moving into the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist position at Cyprus High School in the 2018-2019 year. Congratulations!
We welcome three new elementary school technology specialists to our roster in the coming year:
Kailie Nelson, coming to us from a 4th Grade classroom at Fox Hills Elementary.
Rebecca Vala, coming to us from a 4th Grade classroom at Spring Lane Elementary.
Margaret Yau, coming to us from a 4th Grade classroom at the Montlieu Academy of Technology in High Point, North Carolina.
You can find more information about our staff and their school assignments for the coming year on our directory pages:
- Educational Technology District Office Staff
- Elementary School Technology Specialists
- Secondary Library Media Educational Technology Specialists
The Educational Technology Endorsement Program (ETEP) is an intensive 2-year professional development program provided to a select group of Granite teachers by the Granite Educational Technology department.
Registration for the 2018-2020 cadre opens April 16, 2018, at 7:00 am. [Read more…] about Registration Opens Soon for Educational Technology Endorsement Program, 2018-2020
The Google Slides Module is now open on our Chromebook Basics and G Suite Online Training site for Granite teachers. The module walks you through the basics of Google Slides, but also includes some additional helpful tips and tricks. [Read more…] about Now Open: Google Slides Basics Online Module
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.
Just in time for the Hour of Code, we are offering a two session course in Code.org for Granite School District teachers, geared for anyone with low to high computer skills. Participants will receive 7 hours of relicensure credit.
Classes will be held on two Tuesday evenings, November 28, 2017 and December 5, 2017, from 4:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., with a one hour homework assignment to be completed after the first session. Participants are required to attend both sessions. Classes will be held at the Jackling Educational Technology Lab (located on the southeast corner of the Jackling Elementary Campus), 3760 South Atlas Way (4610 West), West Valley City, UT 84120-3702.
You might have noticed that Code.org has updated their content and changed their course structure. Participants in our class will receive a swag bag, a printed teacher’s manual of the new course work, and, after completion of the course work and an end of class survey, manipulatives to assist in unplugged classes. Because this course is so close to Hour of Code, we will also sign up the teachers who wish for Hour of Code as part of the instruction.
Please contact Cherie Anderson, Granite educational technology specialist, with any questions.
Are you a teacher just getting started with using Chromebooks in your classroom? Are you a parent or student curious about how Chromebooks and Google Apps work in education? The Granite Educational Technology department has just published the Chromebook Basics and G Suite Online Training with a new site and updated content. [Read more…] about Chromebooks in the Classroom Online Training
Do you want your elementary students to learn to think?
Coding is a skill that requires the development of a growth mind-set, persistence, critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation. And, it’s fun!
For elementary teachers in Granite School District we are offering a class on Code.org, geared for anyone with low to high computer skills. After completion of the two 3 hour classes and a simple assignment, you will receive 8 credit hours for re-licensure, a cool studio.code.org account, and some fun swag.
Classes will be:
Tuesday October 17th and October 24th from 4:30-7:30 P.M.
Jackling Ed Tech Lab (The Ed Tech Lab is located on the SE corner of the Jackling Elementary Property)
3760 South Atlas Way (4610 West)
West Valley, UT 84120-3702
This post originally appeared in our October 2017 Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
For the 2017-18 school year, teachers in Granite School District will receive a printed set of “TIP Cards” — Technology Integration Progress Cards. Designed to be a quick desk reference, they provide instructions and tips for classroom technology tools and digital learning resources. [Read more…] about Coming Soon: Technology Integration Progress Cards