St. Vrain Valley Schools recently partnered with Dr. Devorah Heitner to host a conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing our students, parents, and educators around technology use. Attendees were invited to submit questions for Dr. Heitner, but limited time prevented us from addressing them all. Read on to see the questions submitted along with responses created in partnership with Dr. Heitner.
Media literacy is a skill we work to build in students to develop good habits around finding authentic and credible sources. The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) has created a parent’s guide to assist families in starting media literacy conversations at home.
There’s no shortage of social media, video-sharing, and homework-help apps that are popular with teens and tweens. And while it’s nearly impossible to keep up with every new app, it’s still important to know the specifics of what new or up-and-coming apps you might see.
Screen Time is a relatively new feature from Apple that provides more information about the use of the device as well as specific parental controls that might be helpful. Screen Time is a tool that is available for parents to enable on all district iPads.
If you’re a child of the 80s, you may have fond memories of your parents lugging around a huge camcorder to record every event, milestone, and vacation and then watching those experiences together on the family television. Now we have that powerful video making capacity at our fingertips! Read on for a few ideas for making fun family movies.
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Understanding how teens communicate and interact can be a challenge for parents. The constant texting, pinning, posting, liking and scrolling through that variety of apps and social media have changed the way teens interact. As parents we need to be a resource for our children in this digital world. It is important that we ask questions, stay informed and explore the digital world with our teens.
This video from Common Sense Media explains to parents about Teens and Tech: The New Landscape.
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I encourage parents to have conversations with their children about how they spend their time on devices. Here is a quick way to check how a student is using a device.
- Open Settings
- Select Battery
- Click on the Clock icon (* this will only appear in iOS 9)
- See how many minutes an app is used
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Parents at Coal Ridge Middle School had an opportunity to answer these questions at Open House;
- What have you been most impressed with regarding your student’s use of technology?
- In what ways has school changed since you were a child?
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