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January 2017

Now Registering For: Using Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom

There is still time to apply for the Century Link Teachers and Technology Grant

Educational Technology's Typing Website Gems

Teacher Spotlight: STS, Jayanne Unander

By the Book Spotlight: Jenny Peirce, Kearns High School

UCET is Coming Up Soon! March 16-17





















































Now Registering For: Using Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom

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If you now have or soon will have Chromebooks in your elementary classroom, and want to learn more about using them constructively

and in ways that will help transform the way your students learn, then this class will be a great place to start!

It is open to all GSD elementary level teachers.


Where: TLC (Teaching and Learning Center) 5300 West Cherrywood Ln, WVC, UT - Room 6

When: Wednesday, January 25th

Time: 4:30-6:30 PM


2 licensure points will be awarded for attending and participating in this 2 hour class.


Click Here to register for: Using Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom














































There is Still Time To Apply For the Century Link Teachers and Technology Grant

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Teachers and Technology Program

The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grants are designed to help fund projects

that advance student success through the innovative use of technology. Teachers in public or private PreK-12 schools

in CenturyLink's residential service areas are eligible to apply for a Teachers and Technology grant for the 2016-2017 school year.

Key Dates

Applications will be accepted October 1, 2016 – midnight (Eastern) on January 12, 2017.

Grants will be announced and presented between April 1 and May 15, 2017.

Eligibility

Teachers in public or private PreK-12 schools located in CenturyLink's residential service areas may apply for a Teachers and Technology Grant.

Applicants do not have to be CenturyLink customers in order to apply for this grant.

Apply

Online applications may be submitted online between October 1, 2016 and midnight (Eastern), January 12, 2017 by visiting www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnology.























































Educational Technology's Typing Website Gems

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These typing sites are from the website: Interactive Sites For Education, compiled by Karen Ogen.

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Below are some fun typing practice websites to help your students increase their typing form, speed and accuracy.

Click Here for a link to the typing practice websites if you would like to use the link for your own class website.


*Some of these sites may require that you enable Flash on your device if it is capable of running Flash applications.
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Teacher Spotlight: STS, Jayanne Unander


Jayanne Unander is the school technology specialist at Pleasant Green Elementary.

In this spotlight video, we see her introducing Ozobots to students in the school's coding club.

For this activity students use tablet apps such as OsoGroove and OzoDraw to interact with the Ozobots,

learning fundamentals of computer coding in the process.

In addition to her work with students and teachers at Pleasant Green Elementary, Jayanne is also a

developer and trainer in our district's Educational Technology Endorsement Program.

Spotlight Creator: Kristen Johnson, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist





















































By the Book Spotlight: Jenny Peirce, Kearns High School

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Jenny Peirce has been the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist for the last 5 years at Kearns High School.
Before that she was an STS and eMints Instructional Coach for 5 years. She started her career at Granite teaching 4th grade at Beehive Elementary.
Her faculty says that they love having her at Kearns. She keeps the school running smoothly and is always willing to help.
One teacher made the comment, “Jenny is always so patient even when I ask the same question over and over again.
We are so fortunate to have her at Kearns HS.”
Jenny is creative, does monthly promotions and makes sure that students feel welcome and that they have all the new releases.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch and Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
What was the last great book you read?

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I tend to enjoy almost every book I read and think they’re all at least pretty good, if not great, but the last book I read that really stood out for me as a great book was Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.
The last book that made you cry?
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The last book that made you laugh?
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudson
What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?
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I was an avid reader as a child. I would stay up and read until late in the night. As a child, I loved The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner, and Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery. Another favorite author was E.B. White. As a teen, I read books mainly written for adults. Aside from novels that were assigned for school, Amy Tan stands out as an author whose works I enjoyed reading as well as The Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean M. Auel.
What is the best book you were required to read as a student?
I don’t know if it was the best book, but the most memorable was Lord of the Flies.
What book did you hate reading as a student?
I can’t think of any I really hated. There were some I didn’t like as much as others. I

remember struggling to stay motivated when reading William Faulkner.
What is your favorite book to recommend to students?
I try to recommend something I think they’d like based on what I know about their reading habits, so it’s different for each student. However, right now a couple of my favorites are Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson and The Young Elites series by Marie Lu.
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If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?
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What has been your most successful library promotion?
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Blind Date with a Book. I’ve done it a few times and it’s always quite successful.
Students are really excited to find out what book they’ve checked out based on what little information they have on the book.
I have them fill out a Rate Your Date form and a few have commended that they would never have checked out the book but ended up really enjoying it.
What are some of your favorite promotions?
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  • Every year we celebrate Banned Books Week. I create a display of banned and challenged books and include the reason each book was banned or challenged. I love hearing the discussions the students have regarding the books.
  • Blind Date with a Book is really fun!
  • Book Trailer Thursdays, where I show book trailers in the library during lunches. It’s a fun, easy way to spread the word about new or great books.
  • Library Craft Ideas
  • Makerspaces
  • Author Visits
  • Beehive Book Nominees
What do you like most about your job?
I love it when students return a book and tell me that they really enjoyed it and are excited to pick out another (especially if it’s a book I recommended to them).
Though it’s daunting, I also enjoy reading YA books to find books to recommend to students.

Spotlight compiled by Cindy Moyle, Library Supervisor for Secondary Schools in Granite School District.

This year we are spotlighting library media clerks and specialists throughout Granite School District by having them answer a series of questions about their reading lives and favorite books to recommend to students.
These “By the Book” spotlights are posted twice weekly on Granite Media, our school libraries web site, and we will be featuring selections from them here on the Granite EdTech blog.
Some book titles or author names in the spotlights are linked to ebooks and digital audiobooks in Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library,
which students and staff in Granite School District can check out to read or listen to from any computer or mobile device.










































UCET is Coming Soon! March 16-17

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March 16-17, 2017

University of Utah - Union & Warnock Bldgs

200 S Central Campus Dr.

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112


What is UCET?

The Utah Coalition for Educational Technology, a 501(c)3 Utah not for profit, volunteer-service organization comprised

of educators and others interested in promoting technology-enhanced learning and teaching for all.


What is the UCET Conference?

UCET is holding their annual conference on March 16 & 17, 2017 at the University of Utah.

This conference provides many hands-on breakout sessions on ways to utilize technology in teaching and learning,

and is perfect for educators of every grade level or subject area who are interested in technology integration. Last year over 1300 educators attended the conference to particpate, present, and lead activities. The theme for the March conference is “UCET4Success”.

Click Here for fee information and to register.

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