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.
It’s probably happened to you. You’re talking with your son or daughter or listening to them talk with a friend, and they use an unfamiliar word or phrase. Whatever they said was about technology, but what, in fact, did they say?
Common Sense Media can help. Here’s their digital glossary, a short collection of words that are popping up in our children’s vocabulary. Check it out and see if you can now decode conversation a bit better. After all, YOLO.
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It seems Star Wars is everywhere and the folks at Common Sense Media recently shared five conversations families may want to have with their children:
- What role does violence play in the story? Do scenes of explosions and space battles affect you differently from those of close-up, one-on-one duels and killings? Why do you think that is? And what makes more of an impact: violence or loss?
- Who are the movie’s heroes? What makes them heroes? Are Finn and Rey positive role models? How are they different from Han, Leia, Luke, Anakin, and other characters from the earlier films? What motivates them? How do they demonstrate courage? Teamwork?
- Talk about the themes from the previous movies that repeat themselves here. Why are issues of loneliness, good vs. evil, fatherhood, mentorship, and so on so important to this series? How do they play out on-screen?
- How does Kylo Ren deal with his anger? What are some other options for managing frustration and disappointment? How do the two sides of the Force represent feelings we all wrestle with?
- Have you noticed all the Star Wars merchandise in stores? Does seeing the characters on products make you want to buy them?
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