Just in time for winter break we’ve added many new titles in Sora, Granite’s digital library for students and staff. Take some time to read and listen over the holidays. We have several new curated collections, including Best Books of 2018 and 2020 Beehive Hopefuls. Log in with your student number and password at https://soraapp.com or in the Sora mobile app and see what is available. (Visit sora.edtech.fun for more help with using Sora.)
Sora is a new reading and listening app from OverDrive and Granite School District. With Sora, students and staff can access a large collection of ebooks and audiobooks for independent, recreational, or teacher-assigned reading. Students can read or listen to these books using a Chromebook, desktop computer, or personal mobile device.
Library staff from Granite’s 63 elementary schools gathered last week for an end-of-year training meeting. In one of the sessions, each media clerk shared a “must-have” title for students at their library, or a favorite book to read aloud or book talk from the 2017-2018 school year. We’ve compiled these suggestions in the Google doc embedded below. You’ll find many great books to share with young people and enjoy yourself. [Read more…] about Book List: Granite Elementary Library Picks of 2017-2018
For some, the reading of picture books is considered an activity exclusively meant for young children in lower grades. In a recent professional development session for Library Media Educational Technology Specialists in secondary schools, Celia Powell, Cindy Moyle, and Cherie Anderson gave a multitude of reasons to rethink this bias, showing how picture books can be used in junior high and high school classrooms (and even with adults) to engage students and support curriculum in virtually all content areas. [Read more…] about Presentation: Teaching with Picture Books in Secondary Schools
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.
26 teams of 5th and 6th grade students from across Granite School District converged on Rosecrest Elementary last Thursday, April 19, for the 2018 Battle of the Books District Competition.
In March 2018, students and staff in Granite School District checked out over 15,000 ebooks and audiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Library. The infographic below reveals the top five schools for the month. [Read more…] about OverDrive Monthly Circulation Competition Winners – March 2018
These posters feature some of the latest YA titles that have been added to OverDrive for secondary schools. Click on the images to download a high-quality PDF file that can be printed for display in your a library or classroom. Right click and choose “Save image as…” to save the image for posting on a school or classroom web site.
(Granite’s OverDrive provides free access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for all students and staff in Granite School District. Granite’s OverDrive can be accessed on the web at http://granite.lib.overdrive.com or via OverDrive apps designed for various mobile devices. For more information or help getting started with OverDrive, visit https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/overdrive.)
OverDrive posters designed by Cindy Moyle, Secondary Library Media Supervisor, Educational Technology Dept.
In February 2018, students and staff in Granite School District checked out nearly 14,000 ebooks and audiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Library. The infographic below reveals the top five schools for the month. [Read more…] about OverDrive Monthly Circulation Competition Update – February 2018
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.