December 5, 2014


Host: Granite School District
Location: 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
9:30-9:40 Overdrive update (Cindy Moyle) -

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 -

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.
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  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!

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)

Gale Online Webinars

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Feb 13 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Feb 27 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

March 13 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Granite District has 30 Lego Leagues this year - 30 Teams X 10 per team - 300 kids!


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