After many years of having separate social media accounts for the Educational Technology Department and Granite Media, today we’re updating and integrating our accounts! New content and library highlights from Granite Media will now be shared via the main Educational Technology social media accounts, and Granite Media social accounts on Facebook and Twitter will be retired.
eMedia, a digital content service provided by the Utah Education Network, is filled with video and other educational media free for Utah’s educators, students, and citizen learners. eMedia allows users to search for content, preview it, and then download the media for on demand use in the classroom. This digital repository includes videos licensed by the Utah Instructional Media Consortium, local programs from KUED-7, National PBS programs, as well as media from other trusted education partners.
UEN eMedia was recently refreshed with new features that allow educators to collaborate, curate, rate, and review content, as well as upload and share their own educational content through the platform.
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
Post Author: Teresa Bruin, Educational Technology Specialist and Team Leader. Originally appeared in our Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
Learn Coding and Web Development
If you or your students are looking for more advanced opportunities for learning coding, w3schools.com is an excellent website. W3Schools is the world’s largest web developer reference site. It features an extensive library of tutorials, references, and reusable code examples. It has something for everyone from beginners to experts in the world of coding and web development!
Topics covered include
and much more.
In addition to references, the site features numerous “Try It Yourself” editors in which a user can modify and experiment with actual code to immediately see how it affects the design and function of a web page. The code could then be copied and pasted directly into the user’s project.
#GSDEdTech Blog Editor’s Note: By coincidence I’m currently using W3Schools and their W3.CSS framework as a key learning and building reference for a personal web project. It is an incredibly useful resource whether you are a student, a professional, or just a hobbyist/lifelong-learner.
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.
In this latest addition to our series of collaborative resource lists we share a growing collection of digital tools, apps, and web sites that provide online reading for students to use in and out of the classroom, as well as book selection helps and other literacy resources. If you have any favorite resources for reading and literacy that aren’t already listed, please add them at the bottom of the list.
Click here to open the collaborative document and add suggestions, copy, or print the list. You can also simply browse through the list in the frame below. [Read more…] about Collaborative Resource List: Digital Reading Tools
This is an updated version of our slideshow Twitter for Teachers. It first explores some of the reasons why teachers could or should use Twitter, then follows that up with some of the basic mechanics of twitter, how to sign up, etc.
Feel free to copy all or portions of this slideshow and adapt it to your specific training or presenting situations. For more resources on Twitter from our blog, click here.
As we start the school year, check out this new collaborative book list to find and share favorite books to read aloud at the first of the year, funny or inspiring books about school life, and more.
Kahoot! is a game-based classroom response system that can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Kahoot can be used to create learning games, ask questions, take surveys, engage students in discussions, and assess students in real-time.