Looking for great resources for summer reading and summer learning? In this post we round up programs and resources from Granite School District, our friends at the Salt Lake County Library and Salt Lake City Public Library systems, and other resources from the web in general. [Read more…] about Summer Reading and Learning 2018
We are excited to officially publish the Battle of the Books 2018-2019 Book Lists!
2018-2019 Granite Battle of the Books 3rd-4th Grade Book List
2018-2019 Granite Battle of the Books 5th-6th Grade Book List
Upcoming Event: 2018-2019 Informational Meeting
If you are interested in participating in Battle of the Books in the 2018-2019 school year as a school administrator, teacher, media clerk, or PTA member, you are invited to attend this informational meeting. You will be provided with an overview of the program and learn the basics of the competition.
Battle of the Books
2018-2019 Informational Meeting
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Location: Granite Education Center
Administration Building (2-Story), Auditorium C
2500 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
You can view some highlights from our 2018 district competition in this recent blog post: Highlights from Granite’s Battle of the Books 2018 Competition. You can find more resources and information about administering the program by visiting botb.edtech.fun. If you have additional questions, please contact Nikki Gregerson, District Library Media Specialist for Elementary Schools.
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.
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.
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.
Google recently introduced Be Internet Awesome, a site sharing digital citizenship resources and curriculum for young people.
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.
Last week our school technology specialists (STSs) shared information and resources on digital citizenship with parents as part of parent teacher conferences. In preparation, Krystal Plott, STS at Howard R. Driggs Elementary and Gearld Wright Elementary, created the following printable posters and images for digital citizenship displays. She has generously allowed us to share them here. You could print these out for classroom displays, add them to presentations or websites, etc. Click on any image below to download a printable PDF version of that poster series.
You can also find videos, presentations, printable pamphlets, links and many more resources on our Digital Citizenship Resources page.
Instructure recently released the Canvas Parent app for iOS and Android devices. This app allows parents to easily view details about their students’ courses from mobile devices. For help with the Canvas Parent app, follow this guide or view the video below. For more information about the Canvas learning management system in Granite School District, visit our Canvas general information page.
The student home access login for Utah’s Online Library has been updated for 2016-2017.
This resource is only available for students within the state of Utah, so we cannot post the login on this public web page. Here are several ways that you can learn the new username and password:
- Visit http://onlinelibrary.uen.org while on a school network. The home access login is displayed at the bottom of the main page.
- Call the Granite Educational Technology department at 385-646-4110 or email a Granite district media or technology specialist for this information.
- Contact Utah Education Network (UEN) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-866-5852.
- If you are a Granite staff member, you can view the login information on this intranet page.