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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Many students in the St. Vrain Valley Schools recently participated in Computer Science Week (December 7-13, 2015).
The high levels creative thinking involved explore to countless aspects of computer science was impressive!
Here is a video glimpse into Trail Ridge Middle School’s week.
Click here to view the video.
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Jason Turner, Thunder Valley K8 Art teacher, recently used iPads to enhance a self-portrait lesson.
This video shows a fun, engaging example of what happens when a creative teacher mixes with engaged students and exciting technologies.
Click here to watch the video.
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I want to share some examples of the type of positive impact learning technology is having from one of our schools. Julie Read, Longmont High School’s Learning Technology Coach, summarized the first twelve weeks with iPads at her school with a catchy video made on an iPad with Adobe Voice.
Click here to watch the English version and click here for the Spanish audio version. Both versions have subtitle options.
Julie also created an “interactive report” showing many of the great things already happening. Click here to view the “interactive report”.
Please know these activities are occurring in all of our schools. We live in an amazing time and are fortunate to have an opportunity to provide our students with world-class learning opportunities.
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This video from CommonSenseMedia.org discusses E-readers, tablets, phones, gaming devices and how they are evolving faster than ever. And it’s getting harder for parents to keep up.
Here are five questions for parents and grandparents to consider before buying a new device for your child.
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