May 2017

Registering Soon For Granite's Educational Technology Endorsement Program 2017-2019

Upcoming Event: #GSDEdTech Twitter Chat

Educational Technology's Website Gem

Granite District Battle of the Books 2016-2017 Competition Winners

Tech Tip: Using the Google Translate Extension

Registering Soon For Granite's Educational Technology Endorsement Program 2017-2019

Granite School District Teachers,

The Educational Technology Department will be accepting applicants for the 2017-2019 Educational Technology Endorsement Program

starting Tuesday, May 16th 2017 at 7:00 A.M. We will be offering two new cohorts with 24 participants each.

One cohort will attend on Wednesdays and one cohort will attend on Thursdays.

If you are interested, you can find more information about the ETEP schedules and how to register by clicking here.

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Educational Technology Endorsement Program

Please contact Kristen Johnson if you have any questions at

Upcoming Event: #GSDEdTech Twitter Chat

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Upcoming Event: #GSDEdTech Teacher Chat, May 11, 2017

Our monthly #GSDEdTech Teacher Chat series continues in May with the topic:
#letthemlead: Empowering Students to Take the Lead.

This chat will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4 P.M via the #GSDEdTech hashtag on Twitter.

To go along with our theme of student empowerment, a chat participant will be randomly chosen
to win a classroom set of Canon PowerShot digital cameras, which their students can use to
record video and take high quality digital photos.
The Educational Technology department sponsors a monthly educational chat on the second
Thursday of each month to provide an easy way for educators throughout the district to connect with each other, discuss timely
issues, and share ideas specific to our community.

The chat is open to all K-12 educators, staff members, and any interested community members. We hope that you will join us.

If you are new to twitter chats, you can find out how to join them here,

or feel free to contact any of us in the Educational Technology department with any questions.

Educational Technology's Website Gem

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Flippity is a free web tool that can be used across content areas and grade levels.

With Flippity you can easily turn a Google spreadsheet template into flashcards, quiz shows, word clouds and more.

Watch below to see an overview of Flippity used for flashcards and a Jeapordy style game quiz.

Granite District Battle of the Books 2016-2017 Competition Winners

May 1, 2017

On April 13, 2017, over 50 student teams from 18 different elementary schools in Granite School District
converged on Gearld Wright Elementary for the first annual Granite District Battle of the Books competition.
Student teams went head-to-head in this “Family Feud”-style game, in which their knowledge of the 15 books
on the official 2016-2017 reading lists was put to the test.
We congratulate all of the students who read and participated in the battles,
whether in their school or at the district competition. We thank all of the media clerks, teachers,
administrators, parent volunteers, and others who tirelessly supported this program and inspired
our students to find excitement in reading. Check out the winners of our 2016-2017 competitions!


2016-2017 Battle of the Boooks 3rd-4th Grade Brackets

2016-2017 Battle of the Books 5th-6th Grade Brackets

Any who are interested in learning how their school can participate in next year’s Battle of the Books program
are invited to one of two informational meetings which will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017,
at your choice of 12:00-12:30 PM and 2:00-2:30 PM. These meetings will be held at the
Educational Technology Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at:
5300 West Cherrywood Lane, West Valley City, UT 84120.

If you have any questions about Battle of the Books, please contact:
Nikki Gregerson, District Elementary Library Supervisor in the Educational Technology department.

Tech Tip: Using the Google Translate Extension


Using the Google Translate Extension you can translate words or passages into a large selection of languages.

Even better, you can also translate entire websites into a different language! Students already have this extension installed on

district Chromebooks when they are logged in.

Watch below to see how the Google Translate extension is used.

If you would like the Google Translate extension for your Chrome browser,

you can visit the Chrome Web Store and search for Google Translate under

the extensions section then add the extension, or use this direct link.