Our monthly #GSDEdTech Teacher Chat series continues in May with the topic #letthemlead: Empowering Students to Take the Lead. This chat will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4 P.M via the #GSDEdTech hashtag on Twitter. To go along with our theme of student empowerment, a chat participant will be randomly chosen to win a classroom set of Canon PowerShot digital cameras, which their students can use to record video and take high quality digital photos. Keep Reading
We continue our new monthly #GSDEdTech Teacher Chat series in April with the topic #letthemlead: Empowering Students to Take the Lead. This chat will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 4-5 P.M via the #GSDEdTech hashtag on Twitter. The discussion will be moderated by Chris Larsen, Director of Educational Technology in Granite School District. Keep Reading
We are excited to announce the return of the #GSDEdTech Teacher Chat to your Twitter feeds. This first in a new series of monthly chats will happen on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 4-4:30 P.M via the #GSDEdTech hashtag on Twitter. The Educational Technology department will sponsor this monthly educational chat to provide an easy way for diverse educators throughout the district to connect with each other and share ideas specific to our community. The chat is open to all K-12 educators, staff members, and any interested community members.
Our March 2017 chat will focus on Information Literacy. We hope that you will join us in sharing and learning about tools and strategies for increasing our students’ information literacy and resource evaluation skills in whatever grade or content area you teach. Look for the chat questions and more details to be posted on our twitter feed next week. If you are new to twitter chats, you can find out how to join them here.
[Edit: The time of the chat was originally posted here as occurring from 4 until 5 P.M., but the chat will actually only last 30 minutes. Sorry for any confusion.]
This document provides a brief snapshot of some services, tools, and training the Educational Technology department provides to students and teachers in Granite School District. It was created to familiarize new teacher recruits with the technology services available in our district. Feel free to share it, and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have about any of these services.
This week many classrooms in our district have taken the opportunity to engage in Hour of Code activities to introduce students to the basics of programming and computer science principles. Teachers have been sharing snapshots and tweets of their experiences using the #hourofcode and #gsdedtech hashtags. We gather a collection of these below. Enjoy!
— Kristine Fox (@randysfox) December 3, 2015
— James Ballif (@jamesballif) December 7, 2015
— Redwood Elementary (@RedwoodElem) December 8, 2015
— Brandi Gollinger (@bmgollinger) December 9, 2015
Thanks to all those who participated in Granite District’s November 2015 Twitter Chat. The response and participation in the first ever Granite Twitter Chat was amazing! There were 95 educators from 40 different schools around the district who participated.
We would like to invite any interested faculty members in Granite School District to participate in December’s Twitter Chat. We are very excited about the topic and can’t wait to see the amazing sharing that will take place between Granite teachers. For the month of December, each Granite teacher who participates in the twitter chat will have their name placed in a drawing where they will have the chance at winning 6 Chromebook given to their classroom for student use.
Details for December’s Twitter Chat
When: December 10th from 4:30pm-5:00pm
Topic: Favorite Apps & Web Tools
- What is your favorite app/online creativity tool for project based learning?
- What tools do you like to use when creating lesson material?
- What are your favorite online assessment tools?
- I want my students to [fill in the blank]…is there an app for that?
Twitter Tip: Check out this blog post on TweetDeck. Tweetdeck is customizable, multi-column interface for Twitter that makes it easy to follow twitter chats, hashtags, or events as they happen in real time. Users can set up as many columns as they choose, showing not only the regular timeline of updates from people they follow, but also hashtags or other search results, twitter lists, notifications, and much more.
Twitter is an amazing tool to use for collaboration, inspiration, and educational resources. Twitter chats are a great place to get started. You’ll get to talk to other Granite teachers and staff, share ideas, and participate in a short discussion.
Next week the Granite Educational Technology Department is hosting a Twitter Chat discussion for all interested teachers.
Date: Thursday, November 19 2015
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Tweets with the hashtag #gsdedtech on Twitter
The topic of discussion will be: Social Media and Education
The questions that will be asked are:
- How has social media impacted your own learning?
- How has social media affected the way you communicate with parents and students?
- Who do you consider to be the best educators to follow on Twitter when looking for great resources?
- What other topics would you like to discuss in future GSDEdTech Twitter Chats?
This first Granite Ed Tech hosted Twitter Chat is designed to help any interested teacher or staff participants in Granite School District learn more about Twitter and become comfortable using it.
Here are a few resources if you would like to learn more about Twitter in advance:
As a fun incentive, the school with the highest number of teacher participants will receive 6 Chromebooks for their school to use for student instruction.
This post first appeared in the Granite Ed Tech Monthly Newsletter, November 2015.