Earlier this month the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) and the Utah Educational Library Media Association (UELMA) held their annual conferences. Many teachers, school technology specialists, and library media educational technology specialists from Granite presented at these conferences, and we collected links to their presentations in the table below. [Read more…] about Granite Presentations at UCET 2019 & UELMA 2019
Featured Resource: The National Archives
Post Author: Jessica Moody, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist, Olympus Jr. High School
The National Archives Educator Resources page is a great resource for K-12 teachers.
DocsTeach is a repository of lesson plans, graphic organizers, and Primary Sources Documents focusing on American History. You can browse or search by time period, topic, activity type, or grade level. The graphic organizers are simple and fun. The Interpreting Data exercises are a great way to link History, Analysis, and even some math skills such as reading graphs and charts. All DocsTeach lessons align with Bloom’s taxonomy and the National History Standards. Follow @DocsTeach on Twitter to see highlights of new additions and interesting documents from the National Archives that relate to the National History Standards.
Be sure to subscribe to the US National Archives YouTube Channel for a variety of videos and professional development. If you look at their Playlists, their videos are organized by topics and interests. You can even find professional development for teachers. Be sure to use the search option on their channel page to search for specific videos for your next lesson. In their Uploads stream you can see a few of their upcoming live streams that will be posted soon. The Illusions of Emancipation will be posting on February 27th, 2019. This video will deal with the slow process of ending slavery in America.
The National Archives also feature apps, ebooks, warm up activities, and political cartoons to assist you. This is a great place to find bell ringers and more in-depth lessons. The eBooks are free and are in PDF format so that they are easily accessible.
The Online Exhibits are a great way to host a virtual field trip. There are many topics including Art History, History, World Geography, Science & Technology, and even When Nixon Met Elvis.
Of course, there is much more to be found. What will you find?
Highlights from Literacy Night at Olympus Jr. High
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)
as well as representatives from Granite school libraries and Educational Technology staff, Salt Lake County Library System, UEN, and other educational and literacy-promoting organizations.
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.
Upcoming Event: Granite Literacy Night
Olympus Jr. High School is hosting a Literacy Night for Granite School District! All students, parents, staff, and community members of Granite schools are invited to attend.
Granite Library Presentations at UELMA 2017
Last week the Utah Educational Library Media Association held their Spring conference at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Many of our library media educational technology specialists (LMETS) and media clerks attended the conference, and several presented sessions at the conference themselves. Here is a roster of the sessions shared by our specialists, along with links to resources from the sessions if available.
|Book Repair -- Fixing Inner Hinges||Brad Butcher (LMETS, Evergreen Jr. High)|
|BookTube||Jessica Moody (LMETS, Olympus Jr. High)|
|Destiny Hacks||Josh Whiting (Library Media Specialist, Educational Technology Dept.)|
|Effective Library Web Pages||Keith Smedberg (LMETS, Olympus Sr. High)|
|Engage Your Students through Breakout EDU Games!||Stephanie Hamilton (LMETS, Bennion Jr. High) and Davina Sauthoff (LMETS, Wasatch Jr. High)|
|Genre-fying Your Library Fiction Collection||Lorraine Wyness (LMETS, Taylorsville Sr. High)|
|Hosting an Author||Brad Butcher (LMETS, Evergreen Jr. High)|
|Hosting a Book Club||Warren Child (LMETS, Cyprus Sr. High)|
|I Read. What's Your Superpower?||Michelle Asay (LMETS, Granger Sr. High) and Heidi Williams (LMETS, Skyline Sr. High)|
|Is Your Library Engaging to Culturally Diverse Students?||Toni Blattman (LMETS, Kearns Jr. High), Susan Booth (LMETS, Cottonwood Sr. High), and Marcia Ingram (LMETS, Eisenhower Jr. High)|
|Library Productivity Apps||Angela Christensen (LMETS, Kennedy Jr. High)|
|Picture Books with Secondary Students||Cindy Moyle (Granite District Secondary Libraries Supervisor) and Celia Powell (Granite District Secondary Educational Technology Specialist)|
|Twitter & Google +||Jeff Curran (LMETS, Granite Park Jr. High)|
In addition to the above sessions, Quinn Rollins, Granite’s Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, attended and gave an excellent presentation entitled “Beyond Batman: Graphic Novels as Serious Texts.” Author Emily Wing Smith, a Taylorsville High School alumnus and occasional substitute teacher for Granite, gave the inspiring and relatable morning keynote address on her personal childhood experiences that led her to writing.
We really appreciate all of those from Granite School District who shared their time and expertise in these sessions. We further look forward to next week’s UCET 2017 conference, in which many of our elementary school technology specialists (STS) will present breakout sessions, as well as more of our LMETS.
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