April 2012

Registering Now For GSD Educational Technology Classes

GSD Educational Technology's Website Gems of the Month

Two Ways To Use Free Online Response Systems With Your Students

QR Codes In the Classroom

CANVAS Clip: Spice Up Your Discussions In CANVAS

Registering Now For GSD Educational Technology Classes


This class in now complete. Please check back for future opportunities.

The Beginning CANVAS Skills Course is being offered again in April. Register soon to reserve a seat. Space is limited.

The Beginning CANVAS Skills Course is being offered to all GSD Secondary Teachers.

This course will focus on the fundamental skills needed by each secondary teacher in Granite School District

to have a basic web presence for each class in the CANVAS learning management tool.

The course will include time to work on CANVAS pages and courses with the assistance of the instructor during class.

  • There is no charge for this class and licensure points will be offered upon successful completion of the classes

Beginning CANVAS Skills (Cottonwood High Media Center: Tuesdays April 17, 24 and May 1) 3:30-5:00.


This class is now full. Please click on the link to add your name to a wait list.

The Writing Projects With Pixie Course is a 15 hour course offered over a three day period and is being offered to all GSD grades 2-4 teachers.

(August 7, 8, 9) 9:00-2:30. GEC D228 Lab, 2500 S. State St. SLC, UT 84115

Pixie 3 software by Tech4Learning is the canvas for your students' creativity.

Student projects in any content area can be created and shared with this software. This course will focus on its use with writing.

In this 3 day course (15 hours of instruction time) participants will learn the Pixie software and how to use it with students in their writing.

The writing instruction is aligned with the common core and will cover opinion, informative and narrative projects.

Upon successful completion of the three day course, participants will each receive up to ten Pixie licenses depending on individual or team participation, and a
choice of 15 licensure points or 1 USOE credit. Attendance all three days is necessary.

GSD Educational Technology's Website Gems of the Month


Below, you'll find four Science website favorites. We hope one or more of them will make a great new addition to your classroom website.


Fact Monster

Fact Monsters is a one stop location to find science facts that are simply stated, written in kid friendly text and cover a broad range of sciences.
The topics range across all grade levels. You'll find facts on: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics,
Environment, Energy and Nature, Weather, Health and Body, Food, General Science, Plants, Animals,
Astronomy and Space, Interactive Periodic Table and more!


Zoom Sci

Zoom Sci is a PBS Website that has hundreds of science experiments for kids to do, all with simple to read and follow instructions on a wide range of topics:
Chemistry, Engineering, The Five Senses, Forces and Energy, Patterns, Sound, Structures and Water. Some of the experiments include video demonstrations.
There is also a page on the website to experiment through interactive science games. Click Here to get to the games page.


Cells Alive!

Learn about cells in a very visual and interactive way. This website has great animations. Try this one out to see the Cell Cycle.


BBC Bitesize Science

  • Living Things (Circulation, Food Chain, Human Life Cycle, Microorganisms, Plant and Animal Habitats, Plant Life Cycle, Plants, Skeletons and Muscles, Teeth and Eating, Variation)
  • Materials (Changes in Materials, Changing States, Heat, Material Properties, Rocks and Soils, Solids, Liquids and Gases)
  • Physical Processes (Earth, Sun and Moon, Electrical Circuits, Electrical Conductors, Forces, Friction, Light, Magnets, Shadows, Sound)

Two Ways to Use Free Online Response Systems With Your Students

Socrative and Poll Everywhere can be used with students who have access to a computer, cell phone, or a mobile device such as an iPod Touch or iPad.

Both Socrative and Poll Everywhere allow for real time interaction with the students. The teacher gets instant data and all students are contributing simultaneously.


Create a free account with Socrative. The free version will allow you to create quizzes for up to 50 users per activity.

The website has helpful video tutorials to get you started. Create a variety of quiz questions including: Multiple Choice, True/False and Short Answer.


With Poll Everywhere you can project instant student feedback onto the screen and watch the real time data change on the bar graph as

students send in responses via text message or from a computer, cell phone, or mobile device. Create a free account with Poll Everywhere

and then get started making your first poll question for up to 30 participants with the free version.

If your students are using iPods or iPads for either Socrative or Poll Everywhere,

they can save the website as an icon (looks like an app icon) on the device. Here's how you do that:

  • Open the browser on the iPod Touch or iPad
  • Navigate to the exact page of the website you want to make an icon for
  • Click on the icon on the top left side of the screen that looks like a rectangle with a right curved arrow
  • Choose "Add to Home Screen"
  • Name the website what you want and then touch "add"
  • It will then set the website as an icon on your iPod Touch/iPad

QR Codes In the Classroom

What is a QR Code?

QR is short for Quick Response. QR Codes were originally used for tracking auto parts, but now you'll see them just about everywhere.
The codes like the one below, can be scanned quickly by a phone or mobile device using a QR code reader. There are many QR code readers
available. Just check the app store for whatever device you're using.

QR Codes take you from the print world to the digital world. They can link you to a website, a video, text, and pretty much anything on the web.
For advertisers it's an easy way to give you more information about their product and allows you to save the website for future reference.

But what about using them in education?


The QR Code above, when scanned, will link you to a website with a poem titled, My Teacher Took My iPod, by Kenn Nesbitt.

The website is Kenn Nesbitt's

Stephanie Hamilton, the LMETS at Bennion Jr. High, recently presented at the 2012 UCET conference. Her class on QR Codes was fantastic!

She has compiled a wealth of great resources for using QR Codes in the Classroom on her webpage.


When scanned, the QR Code above will link you to Stephanie Hamilton's Wesbite where you'll find all the great ways to use QR Codes in the classroom.

Create your own QR Codes in a snap using the Kaywa website on your computer!


Two QR Readers for Apple Devices

The two QR Code readers below can be downloaded onto compatible Apple devices. Once you have a QR Code reader on your phone or device you're ready to
start scanning.
QR Reader (Free)

i-nigma (Free QR Code Reader)