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February 2017


Getting Started With Granite School District's Overdrive Digital Library of eBooks and Audiobooks

Highlights From the Granite School District First Lego League Competition 2017

Now Registering For: Using SMART Notebook 16 With Class Devices

Educational Technology's Website Gems

Google's New Team Drives Make It Easier Than Ever to Collaborate With Others

Now Registering For: Code.org For Elementary





































Getting Started With Granite School District's Overdrive Digital Library of eBooks and Audiobooks

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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.
There is a quick link in the granitesd.org bookmarks folder when staff or students are using district Chromebooks with their granitesd account.
  • Staff users will login with their Active Directory account (which is the account used to log into any district computer)

  • Students will use their Active Directory account (which is the account used to log into any district computer)


For more information or help getting started with OverDrive, visit http://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/overdrive.)


The images below highlight a few of the young adult fiction titles that have recently been added to Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library.
You can print them out and display them in your library or classroom, or display them on a school or class website.
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Article Contribution: Josh Whiting, Media/Technology Specialist









































Highlights From the Granite School District First Lego League Competition 2017

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Granite School District welcomed 28 First Lego League teams to the 3rd GSD sponsored qualifying tournament on Saturday January 28th at Granger High School.

Students participated in robot games, showed off their ability to work collaboratively on a problem, explained to engineers how they designed and built their robot,

and presented a solution in the form of a product or service to enhance the relationship between animals and humans.

Winning trophies were:

  • Plymouth: Core Values 1st Place
  • Lakeridge: Core Values 2nd Place
  • Arcadia : Robot Design 1st Place
  • Westlake Jr.: Robot Design 2nd Place
  • Moss: Project 1st Place
  • Stansbury: Project 2nd Place
  • Cottonwood:Robot Games 1st Place
  • Valley Jr: Robot Games 2nd Place
  • Cottonwood: Championship Team 1st Place
  • Valley Jr.Championship Team 2nd Place
  • Hartvigson: Team Spirit
  • Monroe : Gracious Professionalism

Eight teams will be going forward to the state tournament on February 11th at Weber State. They are Cottonwood, Stansbury, Farnsworth, Arcadia, Monroe, Armstrong Academy, and Valley and Westlake Junior High Schools.

Congratulations to all the Granite District teams who competed in the First Lego League tourney at Granger High School as well as Salt Lake Community College. You make us proud!!









Article Contribution: Cherie Anderson
Thank you to Cherie Anderson for all her work in organizing the FLL events.
Thank you to all the coaches, judges and other volunteers who help make these FLL events possible.










































Now Registering For: Using SMART Notebook 16 With Class Devices

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Some schools with SMART boards and SMART Notebook software recently purchased licenses for the updated version of

SMART Notebook Software (Version 16). The SMART Notebook icon on your desktop will indicate rather you are using version 11 or 16.


This class will focus on the new features included with SMART Notebook Version 16 called SMART Response and SMART Labs

and their use with class devices.

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This class will give you the opportunity to experience these two awesome features

from the students' perspective using mobile devices, as well as give you time to build activities

with SMART Response and SMART Labs with the help of your class facilitators.


You may bring your own device, but it is not required. Computers and mobile devices will be available for your use.


2 licensure points will be provided upon successful completion of the class. There is no fee for this class. Openings in this class are limited, so sign up soon!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR: Using SMART Notebook 16 With Class Devices













































Educational Technology's Website Gems

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Granite School District Staff and Students have access to many wonderful learning resources through Utah's Online Library (formerly Pioneer Library).

Some of those exceptional resources are the Gale Collections organized by age group and content. Below, you will find links to some of the Gale websites available

through Utah's Online Library. They are well organized and visually appealing.


For Our Younger Learners, Gale Offers Kids InfoBits

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For Students in Grades 6-8, Gale Offers the Research In Context Website

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For Students in Grades 9-12, Gale Offers the Student Resources In Context Website

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Additional Outstanding GALE Resources include the following Websites

GALE Biography in Context


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GALE Science in Context

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Google's New Team Drives Make It Easier Than Ever to Collaborate With Others

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Granite School District staff and students now have access to the new Team Drives in Google using your granitesd.org accounts.


What are Team Drives?

They are a shared location in your Google Drive where collaborators can all have access to shared materials.

Everyone can be an equal owner of the content, so that nothing disappears if a collaborator leaves the group.


You can create Google docs, sheets, slides, drawings, forms and more in Team Drives and organize the content into folders.


How Do I Use Team Drives?

The video below will explain how to get started using Team Drives. The instructions are also listed below.


  • Login to your granitesd.org Google Account on any computer or device with an internet connection

  • Navigate to the Google Drive App, or go to drive.google.com (and make sure you are logged in with your granitesd.org Google account)

  • Look for the Team Drives Link below the My Drive link on the left of the screen

  • Either click on the blue button at the top that says, New Team Drive or click on the gray button in the center of the screen that says Create Team Drive

  • Name the Team Drive

  • When your new Team Drive loads up, click on the drop down arrow by the Team Drive Name and choose, Change Theme to select a theme for your Team Drive

  • Click on the Add Members Icon below your Team Drive Name

  • Add email addresses for the people you want to add to your Team Drive, add a message if you want to, and then click on Manage Members to decide on access level, click send

  • Click the New button to upload files, create folders or create new content within the Team Drive













































































Now Registering For: Code.org For Elementary

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Do you wonder what all the fuss is about teaching kids to code? Are you an ELEMENTARY teacher?


Are you planning ahead to next year, and want to start a coding club, develop an enrichment curriculum,

or create an amazing center that will help students learn reasoning, logic and critical thinking,

as well as math concepts about space, measurements and directions?


If so, then Code.org is for you. We are offering a 6 hour training spread out over two nights,

Monday April 17th and Tuesday April 18th, from 4:30 -7:30 at the GEC D228 Lab.

You get a teaching manual with plugged and unplugged, self directed or guided instruction,

easy to understand and deliver 20 minute lessons, 6 hours of relicensure credit, and a super bag of swag.

In addition, on completing the course you will receive the supplies for the unplugged lessons.

Click Here to register for the Code.org for Elementary Class


Class will close after 25 seats are filled.