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netsafe_utah_logoNetSafe Utah class for teachers will be taught in January, February and April 2015.   This training meets all Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements needed to safely use Google Apps for Education in your classroom.

NetSafe Utah class flyer: NetSafeUtah

NetSafe Utah is a great website for students, teachers, parents, administrators and trainers. It contains age-appropriate videos and instructional materials. the class will cover these materials and discuss how teachers can teach net safety to their students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Trainings are grade level specific. When registering for this class in JPLS, choose the section for your grade level. 
K-3rd, 4-6th, or 7-12th.

Register for a class through JPLS on any of the following dates.

  • Tues, Jan 20th, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Wed, Feb 25th, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Thurs, April 9th, 4:30-5:30 pm

By attending this class you are qualified to be a NetSafe Utah trainer.  If you have any questions about the class, please contact your Curriculum Technology Specialist.


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Google Search is full of little helpful features.  Google has put all their tips and trick in one spot so you don’t have to search for them.

Some of useful Google search tips for teachers:

  • Search by file type:  Search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by adding filetype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation.
  • Get number conversions: Convert any measurement -- like miles to kilometers or ounces to liters -- by typing in the number and unit of measurement.
  • Get definitions: Put define: in front of any word to get its definition.
  • Calculate anything: Enter any math equation into the search box and Google will calculate your answer.
  • Read public domain books:  Read the complete texts of public domain works like Moby Dick for free by selecting "books" in the left panel of your search results.
  • Search by voice: To search the web by speaking, tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen to activate search by voice.


For the complete list of Google Tips & Tricks go to:

SlideShark app iconSlideShark is a great app for viewing and sharing PowerPoint content on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With SlideShark, mobile users can easily view and present PowerPoint slides with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.

  • Create a free account at
  • Upload your PowerPoint presentations to your account.
  • Download the SlideShark app onto your iPad, iPod or iPhone.
  • Use the app to show your presentation.

This is a great explanatory 60 second video on SlideShark.

SlideShark videos


piktochart iconIt’s often said that a person is the sum of their memories. We retain in our memories some of what we read, more of what we see, even more of what we experience.  When our students read information without reference to illustrations, posters, charts, graphs, tables, etc, they often do not have a full understanding of what they just read.

Information in graphic form, often enhances lessons and helps students to grasp facts, values, trends, as well as to analyze relationships in the data.

Piktochart, an infographic website, allows us to easily create visual graphics such as posters, reports, or presentations in just a few simple steps: 1- choose a theme, 2- Insert graphics, 3- Insert or edit text, and 4- Save and share.
Sample of a few Piktochart templates:

piktochart samples

Check out Piktochart's YouTube videos to learn more about creating infographics for your lessons.
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Some other popular infographic websites:

There are 7 billion people on this planet.  1 billion in the Americas, 1 billion in Africa, 1 billion in Europe, and 4 billion in Asia.  Data visualization helps us better understand the earth's population distribution.

world population per continent

Gapminder is a data visualization website and downloadable application that allows us to visualize some of the world’s most important trends such as environment, health, energy, gender, economy, demography and governance.

The data animations transform statistics into moving bubbles and flowing curves that make global trends clear, intuitive and even playful.  


In this video Hans Rosling, Swedish physician and Professor of International Health and cofounder of Gapminder, explains how to use the website (or download):
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Check out some Gapminder resources.  You will enjoy seeing statistics come to life.


typing club iconYou can improve your touch typing using Typing Club, a free typing program. This online program will assist you with learning and improving your typing speed. Choose the keys or general practice session you want to use.

After completing the session, you will get feedback on your performance based on speed, accuracy, characters typed, fingering, as well as speed over time as shown in the screenshots below: (click images to enlarge)

Speed, accuracy, time:

typing summary

Performance of each finger:

finger accuracy

Performance on each character:

list of characters

Timeline of typing speed:

speed timeline

Typing Club also has a Chrome extension so can you can download it and use it right from your Chrome apps.

k12pioneerPioneer Library is Utah’s Online Library of electronic resources. It provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

K-12 Schools: In K-12 school libraries students, educators and staff have access to World Book Online, CultureGrams and other online resources.

Public Library: Resources for all Public Library patrons - Genealogy, Auto Repair, Business Information, Magazines and Newspapers, even audiobooks! Available in your local library or at home.

Home:  Utah has a free Internet library for you and your family to use at school, home, your local public library or wherever you have Internet access.  Ask your teacher for login and password.

Colleges/Universities: Colledges/Universities offer access to an extensive collection of electronic resources to students, faculty, and the general public through Academic Pioneer.

Pioneer PreschoolPreschool Pioneer:  Fun educational activities to do with your preschooler at home.

Recursos en español:  Actividades infantiles y educación escolar. La biblioteca digital de niños: Escuchar historias y cuentos interactivo para niños, jugar con las actividades en línea, imprimir a cabo actividades para llevar a casa, la lista de lectura y más.

Discover the great resources Pioneer Library has to offer by completing this Scavenger Hunt.

Pioneer Library Quick Reference

UEN offers an online class to learn the many features of Pioneer Library.  Check here for UEN Professional Development classes available for free to educators.