In March 2018, students and staff in Granite School District checked out over 15,000 ebooks and audiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Library. The infographic below reveals the top five schools for the month. [Read more…] about OverDrive Monthly Circulation Competition Winners – March 2018
Hour of Code
Last year, students at Farnsworth Elementary and Woodstock Elementary tried out computer programming by participating in Hour of Code activities. In the video above, a few of these students share their work and their thoughts about the coding activities with Joell Wilkins, school technology specialist.
Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative to introduce young people to the basics of coding and computer science through 1-hour coding activities. These activities are especially promoted during Computer Science Education Week, but can be done at any time throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting an Hour of Code event, these how-to guides provide assistance for activities ranging from school-wide events to at-home family coding activities.
Check out these awesome Pleasant Green Elementary students learning to code during their Coding Club. Thanks to Jayanne Unander, school technology specialist, for sharing!
— junander (@junander) October 23, 2017
About Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.
Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide.
Why Learn to Code?
See what the developers of Microsoft, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook and others have to say about learning to code.
Post created by Teresa Bruin, district educational technology specialist and team leader. originally appearing in our November 2017 Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers. Hour of Code spotlight video created by Joell Wilkins, school technology specialist at Farnsworth Elementary and Woodstock Elementary, and originally featured on this blog last year.
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, school technology specialists, and library media educational 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.
|BreakoutEDU||Brenda Duford (STS, Silver Hills El.), Stephanie Evans (STS, Monroe El.), and Dave Taylor (STS, Moss El. and Pioneer El.)|
|BreakoutEDU||Michelle Reed (LMETS, Jefferson Jr. High) and Mary Anne Wiebe-Strong (LMETS, Churchill Jr. High)|
|BreakoutEDU||Tricia Fenton (STS, Vista El. and Western Hills El.) and Sarah Robinson (STS, Oakwood El. and Calvin Smith El.)|
|Bringing the World into Your Classroom with Virtual Fieldtrips||Adam Brough (STS, Diamond Ridge El. and Gourley El.), Samantha Mitchell (STS, Academy Park El.), and Will Walden (STS, Bacchus El. and Rosecrest El.)|
|Code Unplugged||James Baliff (STS, Bridger El. and Jackling El.) and Aaron Kammerman (STS, Hartvigsen School)|
|Creating Stories, Illustrations, and Collages with iPads||Michelle Hanson (STS, Hillsdale El.)|
|Creating VR for the Classroom||Becky Schaap (STS, Copper Hills El. and Twin Peaks El.) and Tom Sparks (STS, Penn El. and Spring Lane El.)|
|Digital Breakout Edu||Tiffany Pontius (STS, Cottonwood El. and Truman El.) and Keith Reidford (STS, Hillside El. and South Kearns El.)|
|Engaging Students with Toys, Games, and Comics||Quinn Rollins (District Social Studies Curriculum Specialist)|
|Get Hyped About HyperDocs||Stephanie Mondragon (LMETS, Valley Jr. High), Jenny Peirce (LMETS, Kearns High School), and Stephanie Seely (LMETS, Granite Connection High School)|
|Go Unplugged: Coding Without Computers (For Kids!)||Cherie Anderson (Granite District Elementary Educational Technology Specialist), Celia Powell (Granite District Secondary Educational Technology Specialist)|
|Googlizing The Amazing Race||Kris Fox (STS, Elk Run El.), Joell Wilkins (STS, Farnsworth El. and Woodstock El.), and Jaime Woolley (STS, Taylorsville El.)|
|Incorporating Music and Movement in the Classroom with Go Noodle!||Krystal Plott (STS, Driggs El. and Wright El.)|
|K-3 Meets G Suite||Teresa Bruin (Granite District Elementary Educational Technology Specialist) and Heidi Meenen (Granite District Elementary Educational Technology Specialist)|
|La La Land Yourself into Digital Storytelling||Kristen Johnson (Granite District Elementary Educational Technology Specialist)|
|LEGO League Robot Games||Michelle Reed (LMETS, Jefferson Jr. High)|
|Maker Space: Mechanical Hands||Sarah Eyring (STS, Granite Technical Instute), Samantha Spangler Mitchell (STS, Academy Park El.), and Davina Sauthoff (LMETS, Wasatch Jr. High)|
|Motivating Upper Elementary Through Popular Culture: Providing the "Why"||Keith Reidford (STS, Hillside El. and South Kearns El.)|
|Orange Slice Rubric Creator||Jeremy Smith (Spanish Teacher, Taylorsville High) and Lorraine Wyness (LMETS, Taylorsville High)|
|Show What You Know - Creative Assessments in the Elementary Classroom||Maggie Tanner (STS, Redwood El.) and Kareena Steed Vance (STS, Mill Creek El. and Sandburg El.)|
|Sphero Olliempics||Alisha Kerby (STS, Roosevelt El.), Ashley Moore (STS, Lincoln El.), Karen Tinsley (STS, Stansbury El.)|
|Technology and Educational Equity||Chris Larsen (Director, Educational Technology)|
|The $10,000 mistake: Essential Steps Every Teacher Should Know||Dale Roberts (Director, Information Systems)|
|They want formative..Now What?||Misty Butterfield (STS, Beehive El. and Oquirrh Hills El.) and Melissa White (STS, Oakridge El. and Valley Crest El.)|
|Zubi Flyer - The World's First Interactive, Programmable Flying Toy!||Thomas Phipps (STS, Upland Terrace El. and West Kearns El.)|
Thank you to all who shared their ideas and expertise at the conference this year. We would also like to congratulate Chris Larsen, Director of Educational Technology, for being elected to a position on the UCET Board during the conference.
— Joell Wilkins (@JoellWilkins) January 28, 2017
Granite School District welcomed 28 FIRST LEGO League teams to the 3rd GSD sponsored qualifying tournament on Saturday January 28th at Granger High School. Students participated in robot games, showed off their ability to work collaboratively on a problem, explained to engineers how they designed and built their robot, and presented a solution in the form of a product or service to enhance the relationship between animals and humans.
Winning trophies were: [Read more…] about Highlights from Granite’s FIRST LEGO League 2017 Qualifying Tournament
Students at Farnsworth Elementary and Woodstock Elementary recently tried out computer programming by participating in Hour of Code activities. In this video a few of these students share their work and their thoughts about the coding activities with Joell Wilkins, school technology specialist.
Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative to introduce young people to the basics of coding and computer science through 1-hour coding activities. These activities are especially promoted during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11, 2016) but can be done at any time throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting an Hour of Code event, these how-to guides provide assistance for activities ranging from school-wide events to at-home family coding activities.
Because of the overwhelming variety of beginning coding activities available at Code.org, Ms. Wilkins selected a few of the activities and curated them in a clickable slideshow for her students, from which they could choose a grade appropriate activity.
Spotlight video created by Joell Wilkins, School Technology Specialist at Farnsworth Elementary and Woodstock Elementary.