Protagonize is a story and writing collaboration site. Users come up their own stories, or contribute to others, adding parts as the story progresses. Use Protagonize as a fun group project in a creative writing class.
Scholastic's interactive site supports the robust election coverage that's delivered in the Scholastic News magazines, as well as the activities in the Election Skills workbooks. Students visiting this site will learn about the election process, get up-to-date news, see the latest results on interactive maps, vote in polls, and read news from the campaign trail from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.
iRadeo is a free online radio streaming service. Just create a station, upload your audio files, add the embed code to your site, and iRadeo will stream your tracks. Set up a schedule in advance, or let users skip through songs. This could be used for classroom podcasting, or sharing students' oral projects.
Code Studio is a site for teaching programming fundamentals using an engaging and hands-on Scratch-based interface. Students progress through the lessons and apply prior knowledge to new coding problems. Different types of lessons are available for all ages of students 4 and up.
A public school student who graduates on or after January 1, 2016, must pass a basic civics test as a condition for receiving a high school diploma. Students enrolled in an adult education program must also pass the basic civics test as a condition for receiving an adult education secondary diploma. Students must correctly answer a minimum of 35 out of 50 questions in order to pass and can take the test as many times as necessary beginning in the 8th grade.
Every day for the past 25 years I have gone to work in Weber School District. It has been so much more than a job to me. Working with and knowing all of the wonderful students, families, administrators, staff, and business partners, has made the past twenty-five years of my life as rich and rewarding as I could have ever hoped for! Weber School District is a place where people really, really care for one another, champion each other's successes and support each other in challenging times. It has always been my goal to make the place that means so much to me a better place for students and staff. I have learned so much from all of you and truly value my experience. More than anything, I will miss the great people I have met and been able to work with every day. I consider every student I have ever known a friend, and every educator a valued colleague. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives and for being an unforgettable part of mine!
On behalf of the entire school district, we want to congratulate Reid on his appointment as superintendent of the Davis School District. For the past 25 years, Reid has served tirelessly as a teacher, coach, principal, CTE Director, Executive Director of Secondary Education and most recently as Assistant Superintendent and principal of Weber Innovation High. His influence and impact on students, teachers and our community has been tremendous! We are so grateful for his dedicated leadership and wish him the very best as he transitions into his new assignment.
This site from the U.S. Government contains great information on topics for elementary students about how our government is organized, how bills are passed, and how elections work.
Space Engine is a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies. Areas of the known universe are represented using actual astronomical data, while regions uncharted by astronomy are generated procedurally. Millions of galaxies, trillions of stars, countless planets -- all available for exploration. You can land any planet, moon or asteroid and watch alien landscapes and celestial phenomena. You can even pilot starships and atmospheric shuttles.
In the new Common Core State Standards Initiative, college and career-readiness standards have been incorporated into the K-12 standards which will enable educators to better prepare students for the 21st century. The Utah State Board of Education gave permission for school districts to take time to implement training of the core to educators. The WSD Board of Education granted a full school day for the purpose of training, planning, collaboration and application of the new core. On September 30, elementary and secondary educators gathered together in several different locations across the district for general and subject-specific training and teacher development. The focus of the day was centered on speaking, listening, writing and comprehension of informational text across all curricular areas. Teachers have indicated that the Common Core training day was valuable and impactful. We are currently in the process of gathering more data from educators to help determine the level of effectiveness of the training and how to improve similar trainings in the future. We appreciate the members of the WSD Board of Education for their support in allowing educators this valuable opportunity for planning and preparation, collaboration with colleagues and opportunities for growth and learning.