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.)|
Earlier this week Olympus Jr. High hosted a Literacy Night open to all students, parents, and staff in Granite School District. Jennifer Peirce, District Educational Technology Specialist, shared the following snapshots with us from the event.
Five visiting authors were in attendance,
- Shelly Brown (Ghostsitter, Mustaches for Maddie)
- Frank L. Cole (The Afterlife Academy, Potion Masters, The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine)
- Chad Morris (Cragbridge Hall series, Mustaches for Maddie)
- Bobbie Pyron (A Dog’s Way Home, Lucky Strike, A Pup Called Trouble)
- Dan Wells (Mirador series, The Partials Sequence)
Many thanks to Jessica Moody, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Olympus Jr. High, and everyone at Olympus Jr. High, the authors, and these other organizations for putting this event together for our community.
In November 2017, students and staff in Granite School District checked out over 14,700 ebooks and audiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Library. This is up 2,000 from last month. The infographic below reveals the top five schools for the month.
For 2017-18 the Granite Educational Technology department is sponsoring a monthly checkout competition between schools, with four traveling trophies awarded to the highest circulating elementary and secondary schools, as well as the “most increased” elementary and secondary schools.
November 2017 Top Circulations
In November 2017, Beehive Elementary and West Lake STEM Jr. High held their spots at the top and therefore keep the trophies which they were awarded for winning the September 2017 competition. Members of the Educational Technology Department still visited them with treats.
November 2017 Most Improved
We are excited to announce two new winners in the “Most Improved” category: congratulations to Pleasant Green Elementary and Kearns Senior High! Pleasant Green’s improvement was the most dramatic, moving from zero checkouts in October to 4th place overall in November.
Granite OverDrive Circulation Site
Alyssa Carraway, secretary in the Educational Technology department, tracks these checkout numbers and has used Google Sites to create a simple but beautiful website to share this data with our district throughout the year. She uses Canva to convey the data in infographics, such as the year-to-date information shared below. You can check out the full site for more details on Granite OverDrive usage per school, as well as monthly updates on our OverDrive checkouts competition winners.
(Granite’s OverDrive provides free access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for all students and staff in Granite School District. Granite’s OverDrive can be accessed on the web at http://granite.lib.overdrive.com or via OverDrive apps designed for various mobile devices. For more information or help getting started with OverDrive, visit https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/overdrive.)
Infographics and Granite OverDrive Circulation Site created by Alyssa Carraway, Administrative Secretary, Educational Technology Dept. OverDrive posters designed by Cindy Moyle,
Secondary Library Media Supervisor, Educational Technology Dept.
This summer we say goodbye to many wonderful members of our team, but also welcome new faces into the Educational Technology department. [Read more…] about Educational Technology Dept. Welcomes and Farewells, 2017-18