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February 2015

Now Registering For: Shift Your Reading Into OverDrive

Now Registering For: CANVAS Feedback, Scoring, Rubrics and More

Now Registering For: Google Your CANVAS Parts II, III and IV

Educational Technology's Website Gem of the Month

Citations Made Easy For Teachers and Students

KidSmartz School Safety Dance Video Contest

OverDrive in Granite School District

Highlights From The First Lego League Event Hosted by Granite District




























































Now Registering For: Shift Your Reading Into OverDrive

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Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your Granite's OverDrive library – anywhere, anytime.

Join us to learn how you and your students can use Apple, Android and Microsoft devices to access our growing library collection and how you can use OverDrive to improve learning and access in your own classrooms.


Churchill Junior High School, Room 207

East Oakview Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (MDT)


CLICK HERE to register for: Shift Your Reading Into OverDrive



































Now Registering For CANVAS Feedback, Scoring, Rubrics and More

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Class Description:

This class is open to all GSD secondary teachers. Make your courses paperless, interactive and correlated to the Utah Core by learning how to give quality feedback to students, by scoring your assignments, quizzes and discussions online, and for those interested in standards-based learning how to create rubrics and outcomes in Canvas. Come prepared to work in your existing courses with ideas, plans and materials you intend to use in your classes.


Class Details:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (MST)

Jackling Educational Technology Lab

3760 South 4610 West

West Valley City, UT 84120


There is no charge for this class. Licensure points will be awarded.


CLICK HERE to register for: CANVAS Feedback, Scoring, Rubrics and More














































Now Registering For: Google Your CANVAS Parts II, III and IV

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Google Your CANVAS Part II

Class Description:

This course is designed to help teachers use the Google tools to save time in course creation in Canvas and to make their courses more interesting,

interactive and easy to use. Learn how to embed Google calendars within your courses, how to filter your e-mails to send them to your GSD account, use templates and more.


Granite Education Center, #D-228

2500 South State

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (MST)


CLICK HERE to register for: Google Your CANVAS Part II



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Google Your CANVAS Part III


Class Description:

This course is designed to help teachers use the Google tools to save time in course creation in Canvas and to make their courses more interesting,

interactive and easy to use. Learn how to embed Google charts and update them live, how to use the Google Draw with your courses and how to help student collaborate asynchronously and synchronously for your Canvas courses.


Granite Education Center, #D-228

2500 South State

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (MST)


CLICK HERE to register for: Google Your CANVAS Part III


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Google Your CANVAS Part IV


Class Description:

This course is designed to help teachers use the Google tools to save time in course creation in Canvasand to make their courses more interesting, interactive and easy to use.

Learn about forms and embedding them in your Canvas, how to students can edit responses after submission, how to collaborate on a form, using spreadsheets with good,

forms with a grid for easy rubric information and even how to start a Google Hangout on air in Canvas.



Granite Education Center, #D-228

2500 South State

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (MDT)


CLICK HERE to register for: Google Your CANVAS Part IV







































Educational Technology's Website Gem of the Month

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KidSmartz School Safety Dance Video Contest

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Click Here or on the image below for contest details.


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Citations Made Easy For Teachers and Students

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The Easybib web tool allows you and your students to generate citations in MLA format free of charge for:

  • Websites

  • Books

  • Newspapers

  • Journals

  • Databases

  • ...and many more options

Paid version of Easybib also allow for APA, Chicago and other citation formats.

Save time by making a Works Cited page automatically.


Easybib Add-On and Google Docs

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You can also use the Easybib add-on in Google Docs to create bibliography pages for your document.


The video below will explain how you can use the built in research tool and citations in Google Docs and also how to use the Easybib add-on tool in Google Docs.


You can do this using your personal Google account or you and your students can access these same features using the Google accounts that all staff and students in the district have.

Click Here for more information on District Google Accounts.



































Highlights From The First Lego League Event Hosted by Granite District

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First Lego League is an international program where 4th - 8th graders learn to design and program a Mindstorms robot, as well as research a themed social challenge, in order to design an innovative solution. While doing all this, they learn to collaborate, problem solve, and persevere.

Granite School District Ed Tech Department sponsors 30 teams which are coached by teachers and school technology specialists. Watch the video below to see how our teams did in this year's competition.















































OverDrive In Granite School District


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What is OverDrive?


Granite School District’s OverDrive provides students and teachers with access to a library of eBooks and audiobooks for independent, recreational, or teacher-assigned reading. These books can be read on a computer or checked out and downloaded to mobile devices via the OverDrive Media Console apps.


Who can access OverDrive?


Since 2011, all students and staff members in secondary schools have had access to the digital collection. At the beginning of this school year, we extended access to all staff members in the district and began piloting OverDrive in 13 elementary schools, with the goal to have 100% access district-wide by 2016.


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Where/how can we access OverDrive?


The OverDrive collection is accessible anywhere in the world, just as long as you have an internet connection! If you are on a mobile device, you will only need an internet connection for browsing the collection and checking out materials.

If you are on computer, using a web browser, go to http://granite.lib.overdrive.com. If you are on a mobile device, follow these steps first:

  1. Download the OverDrive app from your mobile device’s app store.

  2. Create an OverDrive account (different from your school account), or click the option that states “I am under 13 years old.”

  3. Choose “Add a library” from the menu and search for “Granite School District” or your school name.

  4. Visit Granite’s library page in the app and enter your district username and password (a.k.a. “AD Credentials.”)



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You can now browse or search for available eBooks and audiobooks.

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Click or tap on a title or cover for more information about that book or to borrow the book.

Click on the “Account” button to see books you have borrowed. Read a borrowed book right in your browser, download the book to your computer/device, or send to a Kindle via Amazon.


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Books are returned automatically on the due date.

If you have any questions about OverDrive, please contact the library media specialist or media assistant at your school. You can also contact media specialists at the district level with additional questions: Nikki Gregerson (Elementary), Cindy Moyle (Secondary), or Josh Whiting.