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.
As you are exquisitely aware if you are a student, teacher, or parent in our community, today is the last day of school for the 2014-15 year. We would like to thank you for following us this school year and wish you a wonderful break.
We’d encourage you to continue following this blog and our social media channels during the summer. We will be slowing down the posting schedule, but we intend to continue sharing quality resources throughout the next months. In addition, we suggest that you get involved in other social media channels to find ideas and inspiration for the coming school year. You could explore some of the educational hashtags on twitter and follow or join in the conversations happening there. You can stay connected with your Granite Educational Technology colleagues and other Granite Educator colleagues who have presences on twitter. You can search, browse, and pin thousands of educational resources on Pinterest; our humble boards barely scratch the surface of what you can find there once you start looking. You could check out our sister site, Granitemedia.org, to find some great summer reading. Come back in August and share with us what you found (or share it with us immediately in the summer in any of these places.)
Looking forward, in 2015-16 we will be getting Digital Conversion under way with secondary English Language Arts teachers, starting another cohort in the Educational Technology Endorsement Program, and otherwise continuing to provide professional development, library services, and technology support throughout the district. On this site we will begin curating an interactive list of top apps and websites for teaching and learning. We will also be providing more online and blended professional learning opportunities and resources, and we have some exciting social media activities planned. More details on all of this to come with the new school year.
Thanks for following us and sharing with us! Have a great summer!
We’re continuing to compile great resources on our Pinterest account. Check out our recent pins!
Have cool suggestions or ideas? You can send us pins to add in Pinterest, you can comment below, or you can use the #graniteedtech hashtag in a tweet, and we will re-pin, re-tweet, and otherwise re-share your stuff!
Attention Granite Educators:
- Do you have a social media account for your classroom?
- Do you have a personal/professional social media account that you use to connect with other educators?
- Do you have a colleague with an awesome account that more people need to know about?
Please share with us so that we can add these accounts to our lists of connected classrooms and educators in Granite School District.
Granite Educational Technology is looking to connect with and spotlight any and all Granite teachers using social media in their classrooms or for professional development.
You can find great accounts to connect with via these growing lists of Granite teachers using social media in the classroom. If you have or know of educator accounts that should be on these lists, you can submit them using this handy form, or follow us and let us know via one of our social media channels. We look forward to connecting and learning with you!
Pam Jensen has worked as a Library Media Assistant in Granite School District for eight years. She has worked at Oquirrh Hills Elementary, Plymouth Elementary, and has been Library Media Assistant at Elk Run Elementary since it opened in 2011.
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Featured Project: Creating a yearly theme for the library
Elk Run Elementary has artwork from different cultures, all over the world, displayed in the hallways. Pam started to think about incorporating that idea into the library and designing a theme for this school year that would challenge students to think about the world outside of their community and to inspire them to investigate those cultures. She picked the theme, “Book a Trip around the World,” as her starting point.
Pam then integrated that theme into her displays, her handouts, and storytimes. When you enter the library, you get a sense of cohesiveness and it is exciting to see all of the creative ways that it has implemented. Here are some examples:
Each teacher received a miniature globe with a tag that read, “You’ve got the whole world in your hands,” a bookmark made from an old map, and a little treat to sneak on a hard day. This connected the teachers to the theme of the library and acted as a great way for Pam to reach out to the teachers.
Pam set up little displays throughout the library, using old globes to create different variations on the theme.
Behind the check-out desk, Pam made a banner out of old maps, and it hangs above a display made from old suitcases.
She also created a large display by the storytime rug that shows a map of the world, flags from different countries, and little illustrations of children from all over the world.
Every month, Pam will pick a new place for Elliot the Elk, the school mascot, to visit. For the month of October, Elliot visited France. Pam set up a display to show where Elliot is visiting, and incorporates the country he is visiting into her story times. While visiting France, the students will learn French words and will listen to a story that takes place in France.
Pam used Pinterest as her main source of inspiration for her displays, a great place for finding ideas of how to recycle items for displays. Instead of getting rid of globes that were no longer accurate, she was able to use them in an inventive way.
Interactive Tour of Elk Run Library
Spotlight Author: Nikki Gregerson, Granite District Elementary Media Supervisor
We are using Pinterest to collect and share great resources on social media for educators. Check out our board below and click on the widget to see all of our pins and follow the board.
If you have resources to add, please share them with us on the social media network of your choice or using the comments section below.
You can now find Granite’s Educational Technology Department sharing resources and engaging in conversations on numerous social media channels. Here are a few of the ways and places to connect with us and join in the conversation.
Like us on Facebook to see snapshots of awesome things happening in Granite classrooms and libraries, as well as great digital learning resources and technology tips, once or twice daily in your news feed.
Tweets by @EdTechGSD
Follow us on twitter for the latest learning resources, conversations about educational technology, spotlights on granite classrooms and libraries, and news of the department.
Individual Granite educators are also using the #graniteedtech hashtag on Twitter to share resources and talk about ways they are using technology in the classroom. We similarly use the #granitelibraries hashtag to talk about great things happening in our school libraries. Everyone is welcome, just use these hashtags in your own tweets to join the conversation!
Soon to come on this blog and on our twitter account we will be curating lists of Granite educators to follow and classrooms to connect with on Twitter. Watch for these and let us know if you’d like to be included.
Visit Granite’s profile on Pinterest.
Follow and collaborate with us on Pinterest as we begin to curate educational technology and library resources for students, teachers, and librarians.
Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter
This e-newsletter is sent out to all teachers in Granite School District each month, and past issues are archived at the website linked above. The newsletter features notices of professional development opportunities and technology classes for teachers, tips for technology use in the classroom, website spotlights, and more.
Granite Educational Technology Blog
If you are reading this post, you have likely already found our blog. This is our hub for news, resources and content that we share via the other channels already mentioned above. If you use an RSS feed reader, you can point it to this feed to subscribe to our blog: https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/feed/