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 email@example.com or 1-800-866-5852.
- If you are a Granite staff member, you can view the login information on this intranet page.
Looking for great resources for summer reading and summer learning? 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 other resources from the web in general.
All K-12 students in Granite School District (as well as all staff members) have access to Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library, where they can choose from thousands of ebooks and digital audiobooks to read or listen to throughout the summer.
You can access Granite’s OverDrive from any web browser by visiting http://granite.lib.overdrive.com. You can also access our library via the OverDrive app, which is available for a whole range of mobile devices and operating systems (see http://app.overdrive.com.) Students log in with their regular school login (student number and whatever password they have at the point school ends.)
The Salt Lake City Public Library System
The city’s summer challenge goes through August 20, and they provide an exciting variety of challenge goals, activities, and events for Kids, Pre-Readers, Teens, and Adults. Participants can win a variety of prizes.
Salt Lake County Library Services
Special events include a teen online short story contest, ToshoCon Teen Anime Convention, Teen STEM Camps, and a special admission discount at the Natural History Museum of Utah for the library’s summer reading participants. Prizes are available to participants. Many other library events are happening on a daily basis. Visit or contact your local branch of the county library system to find out more information.
Additional Summer Learning + Reading Resources
- Several school libraries in Granite School District open their doors periodically during the summer for book checkout and other programming. Contact your school to find out if they offer this service.
- Check out our list of free Digital Resources and Tools for Reading and Literacy. (It is collaborative so feel free to comment or add to it.)
- You can download and listen to the free YA audiobooks provided weekly by Audiobooksync.com all summer long.
- The Edutopia blog post, “Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources,” provides many more ideas.
Utah’s Online Library, formerly known as Pioneer Online Library, was officially renamed and re-branded on February 29, 2016.
The new URL for the K-12 edition of the library is: http://onlinelibrary.uen.org/
The new URL for the consortium of online libraries (College, K-12, Preschool, and Public) is: http://utahsonlinelibrary.org/
(The old URLs for Pioneer Library do still work and forward to the new sites, but please update links on classroom and library websites to the URLs above to avoid eventual dead links.)
Utah’s Online Library provides access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, periodicals, encyclopedia content, animation, audio, videos, photographs, maps, charts, graphics, and more. It is an Internet resource that your student can access wherever he or she can access the Internet – at school, at the local public library, at home, or anywhere.
To access Utah’s Online Library at home or elsewhere outside of a school network, you will need to know a simple login username and password. You can obtain this login in one of the following ways:
- Visit http://onlinelibrary.uen.org while on a school network. The home access login is displayed on the main page.
- Ask a member of the library or technology staff at your school for the current home login information.
- Call the Educational Technology department at 385-646-4110 and ask for the login information.
- 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.
(Unfortunately, we cannot post the login information on this public page because it should only be made available to students, educators and parents within the state of Utah.)
Digital citizenship is the ability to participate safely, intelligently, productively and responsibly in the digital world.
Digital citizenship should also include positive, creative, deliberate use of technological tools and skills to create, connect, communicate, and collaborate in ways that make a positive contribution to family, school, and community life.
— Digital Citizenship Utah (http://digcitutah.com/)
In the post below we curate resources on digital citizenship, useful for students, parents, teachers, administrators, community councils, and any other interested community members. This collection of resources will also be permanently available on our Digital Citizenship page (https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/digcit/). [Read more…] about Digital Citizenship Resources