is hosting no-cost workshops for K-6 educators interested in teaching computer science. Workshop will cover beginning courses and offer supplies needed to teach them.

What’s in this workshop? In-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

What you’ll receive (at no cost) • Printed curriculum guide • Certificate of completion • Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons • Fun swag

Where to register:  Register in JPLS.  Classes are filling fast.
Location of workshops:  ASB.  Check JPLS for room number.
Cost:  Free
Instructor:  Camille Cole, certified instructor

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classroomAre you looking to get started with Google Classroom or just wanting to learn a bit more about it?

Classroom is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Docs, Drive, and Gmail (for grades 7-12)

Get started with Classroom

You will need to provide your students with their email address so they can log into Google and join your class.

Note:  Many features are unavailable for grades 3-6 such as sending/receiving email (including from teacher), chat, Google sites, and more.

You must be logged into your Jordan District Email address to access the following documents.

Student email addresses:
The documents listed below provide step-by-step instructions on how to locate student JSD email addresses.

Create your class in Google Classroom

How students join your Google Classroom

Each Google classroom has a unique code.  Students join a class by entering that code.  The following document shows how this is done.

Google Support Page for Google Classroom

Contact your Curriculum Technology Specialist for help.
We can provide in-services on Google Classroom, attend a PLC to help, or just answer a question.
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Google Apps for EducarionRegister now for Professional Development classes for elementary teachers.  Classes are offered cafeteria style: take whichever class or classes you would like.  Register in JPLS. Search for "Elementary: Google Classes" or "Elementary: iPad Classes".

Location: PDC Computer Lab, Room 112.
Time: 4:30-6:30 pm
Dates:  Listed below


  • Oct 7:    Google Drive and Docs
  • Oct 20:  Google Sheets and Forms
  • Oct 21:  Google Docs Addons, Tips & Tricks
  • Oct 22:  Google Classroom
  • Oct 29:  Google Slides and Drawing


  • Nov 3:   Google Sites
  • Nov 4:   Chrome Extensions
  • Nov 5:   One iPad Classroom
  • Nov 18: Google Drive and Docs
  • Nov 19: Google Sheets and Forms


  • Dec 1:  Google Classroom
  • Dec 2:  Google Sites
  • Dec 3:  Google Slides and Drawing

Classes taught by Elementary Curriculum Technology specialists: Bonnie Muir, Deanna Taylor, Raimee Jensen.

google docs quick createNow a quick, easy way to create new Google documents by clicking on an extension in your Chrome browser bar.

Add the Google Docs Quick Create extension to your Chrome browser bar.  When you want to create a new Google Doc, just click on the Google Docs Quick Create icon (it is the Google Drive icon) and click on a new doc, sheet, presentations, forms, or drawing.

Locate Google Docs Quick Create in the Chrome store or simply click on the link below:

Google Docs Quick Create

For other great Chrome extensions, check out the Chrome extension store.

Speech-recognitionSpeech Recognition is a Google Docs Add-on you can now use in Google Docs.

How to get this Add-on

  • Open a Google Doc.
  • Chose Add-ons-->Get new add-ons.
  • Search for Speech Recognition.
  • Add it

How to use the Add-on

  • Begin by choosing your language and region.
  • Then click Start and begin speaking.
  • Your voice will be recognized and entered as text.

We have tried it in 3 different languages and it worked well.  One thing we have learned is to enunciate a bit more clearly.

Give it a try and see what you think.


flags globeCalling all dual immersion teachers and foreign language teachers!  Google classroom is available in your language.

To show a Google Classroom in a language other than English is a matter of adding an ending to the address

The endings are:

  • English: ?hl=en
  • Spanish: ?hl=es
  • French: ?hl=fr
  • German: ?hl=de
  • Italian: ?hl=it
  • Russian: ?hl=ru
  • Portuguese: ?hl=pt

Notice the addresses of the languages below.  So you can switch between languages simply by adding the language extension to the address.