April 2017

Educational Technology's Website Gem

Spotlight: Stephanie Seely, LMETS at Granite Connection High

Tech Tip: Create Virtual Manipulatives With Google Drawings

UCET 2017 Highlights

Epic! For Educators: A Free Reading Resource for the Classroom

Educational Technology's Website Gem


TES Teach with Blendspace is a simple drag and drop web tool that allows teachers to curate all the digital parts of a lesson into one place.

Students access video links, documents, quizzes and more from the same webpage.

Tes Teach integrates well with Google Classroom making it even easier for students to get everything they need for a lesson.

Tes Teach is also an ideal web tool for flipping a classroom.

There are many already created lessons in TesTeach that you can search for.

There are also lots of additional creative ways to use Tes Teach like having a class Jukebox.

Click here for more Tes Teach with Blendspace ideas.

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on getting started with Tes Teach.

Thank you Dave Taylor, STS at Pioneer Elementary and Moss Elementary, for sharing this website and neat ways to use it.

Tech Tip: Create Virtual Manipulatives With Google Drawings


A set of manipulatives for students can be very expensive. A set like you see below can cost around $250.00.

You can create virtual manipulatives for all of your students for free using Google Drawings!

Students can use their own set of virtual manipulatives on their Chromebooks or other devices.

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In the following tutorials, you will see some examples of elementary level virtual manipulatives, see how to create them, and in the second

video you will learn two ways to share them with students so they each have their own copy to work with.

Part I: Learn how to create Virtual Manipulatives using Google Drawings.

Part II: Learn how to distribute your Google Drawing activity so that each student gets their own copy.

UCET 2017 Highlights


On March 16th and 17th the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology held their annual conference at the University of Utah.

Sessions were led for and by educators, and many of Granite’s teachers, school technology specialists,

and library media educational technology specialists attended and presented at the conference.

Click Here for a link to a roster of the sessions shared by Granite teachers, along with links to resources from the sessions if available.

Contribution by Josh Whiting, Educational Technology Department, Granite School District

Epic! For Educators: A Free Reading Resource for the Classroom

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Epic! is 100% Free For Elementary School Teachers and Librarians in the U.S. and Canada.

The target audience for Epic is K-5.

Epic! is 100% Free For Elementary School Teachers and Librarians in the U.S. and Canada
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Learn more about Epic for Educators in the tutorial below.

Contributed by Brandi Gollinger, STS at Armstrong Academy and ETEP Curriculum Developer.

Spotlight: Stephanie Seely, LMETS at Granite Connection High

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Seely teaches a GED mathematics course. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).

By Aspen Perry |
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At 8 p.m. on a Thursday, Stephanie Seely is teaching a mathematics GED course through Granite Peaks
with a level of energy that does not reveal she has been at Connection High School since 6:30 a.m..
It is a level of energy that Seely said stems from doing what she loves.
“I have never wanted to be anything but a teacher. When I was growing up my next- door neighbor
was a teacher and I would spend hours at her house helping her grade papers and cut out bulletin board pictures,” Seely said.
Though Seely has only been with Connection High School as the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist (LMETS) for three years,
her resume is extensive. Seely has worked in the Granite School District for 24 years, including teaching at Jackling Elementary
in West Valley for 12 years, followed by seven years working as the School Technology Specialist (STS)
for Jackling and Farnsworth Elementary schools.
Though she never planned to leave the classroom, after some encouragement from friends Seely applied for a position
with the Educational Technology Department.
“I have always loved using technology with my students and loved seeing their excitement as they learn new things.
I wanted to be able to help other teachers incorporate technology and excitement into their teaching,
so I decided to apply for the position,” Seely said.
Though Seely enjoyed her work as an STS, she missed the classroom and started teaching GED courses five years ago
through Granite Peaks Learning Center located at Connection High School.
After just a few months with the GED program, Seely was asked to create a curriculum all GED teachers in the district
could use to keep content consistent regardless of campus. Additionally, Seely created a pre-GED course for students
who needed a review to be ready to start their GED.
“I am proud of these resources, because I feel like it is making a difference to our students,” Seely said.
For Seely it does not matter whether she is teaching elementary students or adults, she loves the excitement of helping others reach their goals.
“The light-bulb moments, the success and excitement you can see as students conquer something that was a challenge
for them is what makes being a teacher worthwhile,” Seely stated.
When the LMETS position became available at Connection High School and she was asked to consider applying,
she began making the transition from STS for elementary to LMETS for secondary schools.
This transition included earning her Library Media Endorsement and added to an already busy schedule.
“My schedule was quite crazy during this time. I would work for the high school from 6:30 or 7 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.
[Then spend] an hour or two working on assignments, [from courses] I was taking online from Southern Utah University.
I then taught GED classes from 6 to 9 p.m.,” Seely recalled.
Seely’s dedication paid off, she completed all required credit hours and passed her Praxis test earning her endorsement
in just two years, less than half the time she was allotted and is now in a new role she loves.
“The best part of my job as the LMETS for Connection is definitely the people I have the chance to work with…we have an amazing administration,
the teachers are incredible, and the students are so much fun to spend time with,” Seely said.
Seely further stated, as the LMETS she loves the ability to be part of the various aspects, whether visiting different classrooms
or helping students one-on-one with computer issues or finding books.
When asked what her biggest challenge, Seely responded, “I could say lack of sleep is my biggest challenge, because
I seem to work a lot, but if I didn’t love what I do so much, I wouldn’t keep doing it.”
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