December 5, 2014 - Granite Meeting Agenda


Host: Granite School District


Granger High School

3690 South 3600 West, Room D210
West Valley City, Utah

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8:30-9:00 Light Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introductions
    • Carbon District now has 1 - 1 Chromebooks in Secondary.
    • Special thanks to the Ed. Tech. Specs at Granite School District
    • Special thanks to Granite High School for hosting us in this amazing school
9:30-9:40 Overdrive update (Cindy Moyle) -
  • Infographic
    • Why digital books? Knowledge at your fingertips. No matter where or when. Between 2009 & 2011 G.SD lost 5,251 books at an average cost of $15.00 each. $78,765.00 of books lost. Never lost even 1 Overdrive book. The district needed convincing when Celia and Cindy were pressing for Overdrive.
    • Students consume differently
    • Cost effective
    • Less Processing
    • Downloadable on multiple devices - compatible with everything - Chromebooks, androids, Windows, iOS
    • Books available immediately - Cindy buys the books in the morning and it is available to students by the afternoon. She takes requests from Librarians, students, and looks at the books that are on hold daily. She decides what it is available for different grade levels. Adult, Jr. High, Elementary.
    • They looked at Follett and others
    • Teachers Lounge - PD books are in there
    • You can run reports to see check outs and holds. (See Infographic)
  • What's New in Overdrive
    • Magazines, Read Alouds, Advantage Accounts, Teachers' Lounge
    • Book - 50 Below Zero - Robert Muench - available on Overdrive for Granite Schools
9:40-10:00 Break
10:00-11:00 OER (Open Education Resources) Presentation - Brian Blake and Tracy Poulsen, Date and time confirmed. They started working on this in 2009.
Digital Content - Rick Gaisford - Rick's Digital Library Symballoo -
  • Dr. David Wiley from BYU, a leader in the area of open education resources working with USOE. Over the last few years USOE has been developing Open Education Resources - Sarah Young, STEM Action Center Liason with USOE.
Presentation today located here.
Teachers will ask
  1. What is an OER? - Teachers can manipulate it. They can move chapters around, do ecology part when it works for them, add visuals that they like that others don't use. They can do all sorts of tweaking without violating copyright. Much less heavy. (We don't allow kids to write, take notes, underline in texts. The only way to interact with it is look at it.)
  2. What will an OER do for me? This is the "What I need to teach? and I can figure out how to teach it." Particularly good for new teachers. Do iPad 101 with students. Brian's class preferred iPad Mini's rather than Airs. Maybe because students are already comfortable with their phones, which is close to the size of the iPad Mini. Brian prefers the iPads especially for Biology and Anatomy. Tracy prefers the Chromebooks. Nebo is moving towards 1 - 1. They are debating whether Chromebooks, iOS, Windows, or BYOD. Brian really likes the BYOD for several reasons including that his stuff is on their phone and they are using their phones all day. The iPads stay in the school. Cody says BYOD sounds like the future because the parents will replace the student Smart Phone every 18 months. (?) That is much less costly for the schools. Brian and Tracy says Brian thinks PARENTS' impression is that Smart phones and iPads are for games and the small computer is for work. They don't understand that work is done on the tablet or phone as well.
  3. What problems with using it?
  4. How to use it?
  5. How to access it?
    1. Check the presentation for links to books to download. Tracy has the kids highlight the eBooks. Students look for and identify important ideas, patterns, etc. and mark up the book. Brian really likes Evernote app. Our challenge is what we are going to try to teach teachers. Michelle says that K - 6 grades Armstrong Academy are on the Evernote and they use it for notes. The teachers load stuff, announcements go out. Kids take photos of their projects, they record their voice. Used as a portfolio and students can share on Edmodo. Brian imports business cards in Evernote.
    2. Cody is doing an experiment with this Motorola phone - $100.00 one time. No annual contract. Cody can you please send the info about the phone to me? I will add here.
    3. Joe's netbook - is it Joe's Non- Netbook? Recommended by teacher. Funny Toilet Paper Commercial.
    4. K-12 OER Collaborative (11 states working together to create Open Education Resources to go along with the Common Core in Math and Language Arts. They are looking to fund people to create resources that teachers can use anyway they see fit.
    5. cK-12 (can go right in to Canvas) Topic, information, practice assessments, real world problem, read from textbook, quizlet vocabulary quizzes, etc. The students are able to choose what works for them.- You can make books in here, pull content.
    6. -
  6. Brian and Tracy are available to come to schools to talk to science teachers and show them how to use these resource. Email either Tracy or Brian or Sarah Young. They will come for free. The state pays them to do this.

11:00-11:45 Google Glass in the Classroom (Kristen Johnson, Jayanne Unander, Brandi Gollinger) Many resources are included on the .pdf. Check that out. Granite District has 3 Google Glass and they are going to let us try them!
  • Hands free photo and video taking is an advantage.
  • Access to critical information including How-to's, time, driving directions
  • Wonderful for differently-abled people - they spoke of a particular special ed. student who saw them, immediately started talking and using them without any education or experience with them beforehand.
  • Videos linked on .pdf
    • Firefighter video - firefighters see floor plans, specific car extraction from vehical diagrams, addresses, location of fire hydrants.
    • Parapalegic person using glass explorer and developing confidence about being out and about.
    • Physics teacher goes to Cern Switzerland to take his class on a virtual field trip through the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator.
    • Smiley Face on .pdf leads to FAQs about Google Glass
  • Cody brings up the problem that Google won't let educators buy them without paying taxes. Cody says that Google also told him that the account has to be connected to Google Wallet.
  • Good slide in presentation about what Google Glass CAN"T do. (The glasses can heat up and you need to remove them.) The camera can't zoom.
  • Cody tried a Google Glass Competitor's Glass in Las Vegas this last year. Someone else said the Chinese ones are now available for $600.00.
  • Works well with Google+ and Google Hangout. Brandi took a photo of all of us and shared it with Google circles. (like in less than a minute!)
  • Kristen recorded a video - then shared with Hangouts.

11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15- 12:30 Revving Up Our Social Media in Granite (Dani Sloan) - Presentation - Ideas for how and why to use Twitter and Pinterest, etc.
12:30-1:15 Powtoon (Patrick Flanagan)
  • Where to create your own //Powtoon.//
  • Patrick's Example
  • Cherie says if you sign up for Powtoon's notification, you can learn when they are having their special pricing and offers
  • UELMA -
    • New Twitter Account - Follow UELMA at __
    • __More info about Conference on March 20, 2015__
      • I have contacted both Jared and Justin at UEN about having UEN people present at UELMA specifically on Twitter for Librarians and Google Searches. Justin has already take care of this. They went in a totally different direction with NoodleTools, eMedia, and Pioneer Library.
      • I emailed a blurp about our conference and a short blurp about Hour of Code for the UELMA newsletter. I am having trouble getting any response from the woman in charge of the newsletter and she left out my blurp last month. Trying to ascertain if I have the right email or mine are blocked from her box.
    • UCET -
      • I have contacted Ross Rogers about whether ComputerWise is willing to record our sessions in exchange for vendor space. He will contact them.
      • I have emailed two administrators at Herriman High asking if they have any students who might be interested in taking photos in exchange for lunch.
      • Where is the video from last year located?
      • By 12th we should be able to register for the conference and request for presentations.
      • We are looking for Student Showcase.
      • Cool Cat Teacher to Speak at UCET 2015
        We are excited to announce Vicki Davis (FB, @coolcatteacher) will be joining us as a keynote speaker for UCET 2015 (#ucet15), held April 2 and 3 at Herriman High School
    • UEN - Justin Brooksby -

Gale Online Webinars

Jan 16 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Junior Edition
  • Student Edition
  • Kids Info Bits

Jan 30 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Discovering Collection
  • Student Resource Center - Junior

Feb 13 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Biography in Context
  • Student Resources in Context

Feb 27 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Global Issues in Context
  • Science in Context

March 13 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • InfoTrac Newsstand
On Updates

  • 1:30- 2:00 Badges in Education (Rick West from BYU) - Memphis, Perdue and Illinois are doing badges
  • 2:00 -2:30 Hour of Code (Cheri Anderson) As of this minute - 2:29 PM 12/5/14, there are 761 schools in Utah participating in Hour of Code events. WOW!
Granite District has 30 Lego Leagues this year - 30 Teams X 10 per team - 300 kids!
  • Unplugged activity with cups -
  • All school children in England from K - 12 are taught coding
  • Michelle says don't start with Frozen - it's too hard - Start with Angry Birds or Code Monkey
  • Michelle says doesn't work well in Internet Explorer.
  • Kiki vs IT - shows how to do the unplugged activities
  • Made with Code - Holiday-themed activities
  • Code Academy - Text based games - fun for older kids
  • Tynker - K - 8 - The Candy one doesn't have words - good for the K kids
  • Coding Apps - Kodable - Light Bot - Cargobot - Hopscotch - The Foos - Daisy the Dinosaur - Codeadademny - Tynker - 17 Coding Apps