Are you a teacher just getting started with using Chromebooks in your classroom? Are you a parent or student curious about how Chromebooks and Google Apps work in education? The Granite Educational Technology department has just published the Chromebook Basics and G Suite Online Training with a new site and updated content. Keep Reading
Do you want your elementary students to learn to think?
Coding is a skill that requires the development of a growth mind-set, persistence, critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation. And, it’s fun!
For elementary teachers in Granite School District we are offering a class on Code.org, geared for anyone with low to high computer skills. After completion of the two 3 hour classes and a simple assignment, you will receive 8 credit hours for re-licensure, a cool studio.code.org account, and some fun swag.
Classes will be:
Tuesday October 17th and October 24th from 4:30-7:30 P.M.
Jackling Ed Tech Lab (The Ed Tech Lab is located on the SE corner of the Jackling Elementary Property)
3760 South Atlas Way (4610 West)
West Valley, UT 84120-3702
This post originally appeared in our October 2017 Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
AutoDraw is a drawing tool that determines what you are drawing and offers image enhancement suggestions from a library of simple illustrations. With AutoDraw you can quickly create a polished-looking visual from rough sketches.
Created by Google Creative Lab and hosted in the Chrome Experiments collection, AutoDraw is web-based and can be used from any modern computer web browser, Chromebook, phone or tablet.
Students can use AutoDraw to illustrate a story or create a diagram. There are some additional built-in features to add color and detail to your selected drawings. When your drawing is complete, there are options to download it, email it, or get a unique URL for it that can be shared.
Give it a try! It’s lots of fun.
Post created by Teresa Bruin, District Educational Technology Specialist. This post originally appeared as the monthly Website Gem in our August-September 2017 Ed. Tech. Monthly Newsletter for Teachers.
Preface: TIPS Program
The Educational Technology department is currently rolling out the Technology Integration Progress program, which aims, in conjunction with technology integration coaching from school technology and library media specialists, to provide personalized professional development to teachers. This program is supported by TIP Cards that have been distributed to all teachers, as well as a menu of resource pages that complement and expand upon the brief instructions included in the TIP cards. The resource pages will be added to throughout the year, and on this blog we will feature new resources as they are added to the resource pages.
Today, in our first of these new features, we share Skype in the Classroom, a resource included in our Level 3 Global Collaboration topic.
Skype in the Classroom
Skype in the Classroom is a an online community that connects educators, experts, and students through global learning and collaboration activities using Skype communication software. Featured activities include Virtual Field Trips, Mystery Skype, Skype Lessons, Guest Speakers, and Skype Collaborations.
Here are some quick steps to get started with Skype in the Classroom:
- All teachers in Granite School District have a free Skype account using their Granite School District credentials, and Skype for Business software is pre-installed and available on district computers.
- Fill out the “Skype in the Classroom” section of your Microsoft Educator Community member profile. (You can use use your graniteschools.org Office 365 account to join the Microsoft Educator Community.)
- Visit the Skype in the Classroom page (https://education.microsoft.com/skype-in-the-classroom/overview) and explore the available opportunities, such as Virtual Field Trips or Mystery Skype.
- Choose and register for a virtual field trip by by clicking the purple “Register” button on the details page for that field trip.
For additional resources on Skype in the Classroom, view these links:
- Introduction to Skype in the Classroom (Virtual Learning Course)
- A Teacher’s Guide to Skype in the Classroom
- Authors Who Skype with Classes and Book Clubs (For Free!)
Page content created by Jenny Peirce, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist.
Have you ever created a document with a unique font on your personal computer and then wanted to edit that document on another computer, or share it with other teachers or students, while maintaining your custom font? Microsoft PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word all provide the ability to embed fonts in documents, so that the fonts are preserved when shared or edited on other computers. Keep Reading
During their recent annual conference in San Antonio, the International Society for Technology in Education released an update to the ISTE Standards for Educators. These standards complement the ISTE Standards for Students, updated last year, with a focus on “helping students become empowered learners.” Keep Reading
On May 11, 2017, Chris Larsen, Director of Educational Technology, led our monthly #GSDEdTech twitter conversation. This month’s topic was #letthemlead: Empowering Students to Take the Lead. You can check out the archive for great ideas for empowering students.