Our first chat of 2016 centered around digital tools and resources that aid students in reading and research. Granite teachers also shared books that inspire them professionally and inspire their students as readers and learners. Thank you to everyone who participated! We will be compiling all of the resources and books you shared in the chat and sharing them on this blog next week. Read on for a complete archive of the chat. [Read more…] about #GSDEdTech Chat Archive – Reading and Research Tools (1/28/2016)
Brad Butcher is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist (LMETS) at Evergreen Jr. High School in Millcreek, Utah. Mr. Butcher fills his library with reading promotions, author visits, and other activities created for and by his students. He has an active Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB); you will hear from several of them in this video. Bringing in national and local authors for school visits he has catalyzed an exciting reading culture in his school. He is also an educational technology wizard, helping and training teachers and students throughout the school in technology tools and resources. Mr. Butcher is an incredible asset to his school and to the team of library and technology specialists throughout the district.
Spotlight Creator: Cindy Moyle, District Media Supervisor, Granite School District
On November 16, 2015 the Granite Literacy Association presents “The Best of Both Worlds,” a special event planned in collaboration with library media and educational technology staff. The event will feature rapid-fire book talks on the latest in children’s and young adult literature, as well as an introduction to OverDrive, Granite’s digital library of ebooks and audiobooks. [Read more…] about Granite Literacy Association Event: OverDrive and Children’s/YA Literature
Teachers and parents: are you looking for great resources for summer reading for your students? In this post we round up programs from Granite School District, our friends at the Salt Lake City Public Library and Salt Lake County Library systems, and a few more resources from the web in general. [Read more…] about Summer Reading 2015
TumbleBooks is an easy-to-use online database with hundreds of media-rich electronic books for children. Their selections include story books, nonfiction, graphic novels, chapter books, and foreign language books. TumbleBooks is provided to Salt Lake County residents for home use (including all students and parents in Granite School District) thanks to the Salt Lake County Public Library System. [Read more…] about Featured Resource: TumbleBooks
Stephanie Hamilton has been the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Bennion Junior High School for the last seven years, where she loves working and interacting with the students. She says that it is the best job in the world because she can share things she loves and still be a kid. [Read more…] about Library Spotlight: Stephanie Hamilton, Bennion Jr. High School
Susan Booth is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Churchill Junior High School. [Read more…] about Library Spotlight: Susan Booth, Churchill Jr. High School
Melanie Brock has worked as the media assistant at Jackling Elementary School for five years and in Granite School District for the past eleven years. [Read more…] about Library Spotlight: Melanie Brock, Jackling Elementary School
Warren Child is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Cyprus High School. His library theme for this year is Find Your Treasure: Read.
Beehive Book Awards
The Beehive Book Award is an annual award sponsored by the Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU), given to one book in each of these five categories: Children’s Fiction, Informational, Picture Book, Poetry, and Young Adult. Committees of teacher, librarian, and parent volunteer readers create annual short lists of 10-12 books in each category. These short lists are announced in March and then school and public libraries work to get students to vote on their favorites for the following school year. The winner in each category is announced the following year in April.
Granite School District Elementary School Libraries work hard to promote the Beehive Book Award program and encourage students to vote for their favorite books. They do this through displays, community engagement, and library promotions.
At Hillsdale Elementary School, Angela Pratt has a display for the 2015 Beehive Book Awards and highlights each category on a different shelf. She uses this display when doing story time and encourage her students to check-out the books nominated. Truman, Woodstock, and Rolling Meadows have also set up displays to draw attention to the books.
At Rosecrest Elementary, Vala’dee Tanner, the media assistant, collaborated with the librarian at the Holladay library to come do a book talk for all students 4th-6th grade. Each grade came to the library and the public librarian spoke to them about the Beehive award nominees and encouraged them to participate in the voting process. Many schools rely on their PTA to help them buy copies of the Beehive nominees and to help track voting. At Driggs Elementary School, the PTA buys copies of each Beehive Book Award nominee and create a plan to read them in the classroom.
Many media assistants have set up ballot boxes to help keep track of votes. Dian Morrison and Kim Liston, the media assistants at Woodstock Elementary, have a glass ballot box set up by their Beehive Book Award display. Students enjoy voting because they like to submit them in the special box, and like to see the votes build up over the school year.
Spotlight Author: Nikki Gregerson, Granite District Elementary Media Supervisor