Feb 09

Five Fantastic Apps for Family Fun Night

Want to bring your family game night into the 21st century? Here are five free iPad games that promote learning and cooperation while providing fun for the whole crew!

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Reverse Charades A fun twist on the traditional game in which the entire family acts out the words while a single person tries to guess as many as they can within the time limit. The free version comes with several sample packs of words. This app does offer in-app purchase of additional words. Another fun charades game, Charades for Kids has a free version, but you’ll need to be ok with ads if you select that one.

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Mr. Words is a Scrabble version for two players that doesn’t connect to FaceBook. A great vocabulary building game that even includes a Jr. version for younger players.


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Othello The classic game, without the need to keep up with all those pieces. (This app includes ads at the bottom of the screen)


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Five Dice. Can you use the dice to create an equation? This game is great to practice order of operations. Bonus: No ads or in-app purchases!


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SpaceTeam Have two or more iPads? Looking for a nonsense night of fun? This game is for 2-4 iPads and focuses on cooperation as your spaceteam follows nonsense commands to keep your ship in flight. In-app purchase unlocks additional levels.

What are your favorite games? Share them with us!


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Feb 03

Would you like to help shape the LTP? (Apply for ITAC before February 25th)

An important part of the Learning Technology Plan (LTP) is an ongoing discussion and review process of what is going well, what we can change or improve, etc. A large, representative group of teachers, administrators and parents, known as the Instructional Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC), provides recommendations about the implementation of the the LTP.

ITAC is very important because I take the committee’s recommendation to the District’s Leadership Cabinet for approval and implementation.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee should read the ITAC overview document, then complete the application before February 25th. New ITAC members will be required to participate in a brief orientation before the April 2015 meeting.



Thank you,

Joe McBreen
Chief Information Officer
St. Vrain Valley Schools
Twitter: @svvsdcio
Enriching Education – Service::Teamwork::Communication

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Feb 02

Share your thoughts – help make “Camp iPad for Parents” GREAT!

Several people asked for more detailed information about Camp iPad for Parents. We are in the process of finalizing the agenda and would like your help to ensure it meets and exceeds your needs.

Please tell us what  you are looking for at Camp iPad for Parents by submitting this short form.

Camp iPad for Parents registration:

Look for additional Camp iPad for Parent opportunities in the near future!

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Feb 01

Parent Tip: Setting reminders with Siri

Do you ever feel like a broken record with reminding your student about an upcoming assignment or even something as simple as “Don’t forget to plug in your iPad?” With Siri, you can help your student learn to set their own reminders and become more responsible for setting priorities.

It’s easy to do. Simply press and hold the Home button on the iPad to activate Siri and state what you need to be reminded of. Some examples include:

  • Remind me to plug in my iPad at 8:00 PM every night.
  • Remind me to bring my permission slip to class on Friday.
  • Remind me to return my library book in two weeks.
  • Remind me to take out the kitchen trash on Sunday night.
  • Remind me to ask my science teacher about my quiz grade at 9:00 AM tomorrow.

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Jan 27

Camp iPad for Parents – Register today

Register today for Camp iPad for Parents using one of the links below.

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Look for additional Camp iPad for Parent opportunities in the near future!

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