Want to improve your tech skills?

The Longmont Public Library is holding a Tech Café once a month through the month of May. A Spanish version, Technoguía @ la Biblioteca, is also available.

See more information below, or call the library at (303) 651-8470.

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Connecting with Families and Community at Leadership St. Vrain

We had a wonderful conversation with parents and community leaders at Leadership St. Vrain last week. The opportunity to connect with this group each year is something we look forward to and is of great benefit to us as we work together to provide a world-class education for students in our community. We talked about the kinds of learning experiences students are having with technology in our district and how technology supports communication, learning, and innovation.

If you would like to experience the Nearpod we used with this group, go to Nearpod.com and enter the following student code to join a self-paced lesson: LWDCE

(You do not have to create an account or provide an email address to try out this tool.)

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Did you know that students can use technology tools to help increase well-being?

Sometimes in my school counseling office I see middle school students who are feeling challenged to manage anxiety.  I hear students report anything from “I feel anxious” to “I’m having a panic attack.”  It can be so hard for people in the middle of intense anxiety to know how to calm their system down to become regulated and comfortable again. 

Technology has given us some new resources that students (and adults) have at their fingertips to increase their ability to confidently manage anxiety symptoms and increase overall mindfulness and well-being.   I first learned of some of these apps a few years ago and  have since used them numerous times with students. I even like to use some of them myself to create an overall sense of calm.

The apps have a variety of resources, including basic ambient sounds to relax to (or have running in the background), guided meditations of varying lengths and purposes, breathing exercises, and even storytelling.  Often, just having students sit quietly while breathing and listening to ambient sounds of their choice helps them feel at peace, regulated, and ready to return to their studies. Who doesn’t need a mental break sometimes?

One of the things that is super exciting to me is that recently students have begun telling me about apps they have found and are using on their own to practice mindfulness and breathing exercises. Sometimes they come to my office seeking their own self-regulation time to use their app in a way they know already works for them, which is so cool! 

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Great Twitter Tech Challenge

Last fall, St. Vrain teachers, principals, and staff members participated in a professional learning opportunity around the impactful use of technology to support student learning.

Who? Nearly 300 staff members across 48 schools and departments accepted the challlenge.

What? Over 750 challenges were completed! The challenges incorporated activities such as podcasting, sketchnoting, creating, coding, storytelling, and putting educational research into action.

Want to be inspired? Search #GreatTwitterTechChallenge to get a glimpse of some of the amazing teaching and learning going on in St. Vrain Valley Schools!

examples of challenges

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Robotics in St. Vrain

On a recent weekday afternoon, the bell rings to dismiss school. Instead of making their way home, a couple dozen third, fourth, and fifth graders excitedly pour into the library, talking about their robots and plans for the afternoon.

St. Vrain currently has 40 schools participating in robotics with around 115 teams from elementary, middle, and high school.  Last year, 26 SVVS teams advanced to post-season events, including three teams that advanced to world competition. This year, our schools will host twelve robotics tournaments and the VEX IQ State tournament.

When asked what she enjoys most about the robotics club, Brooklyn replies, “Working together, building, and designing the robots.”

Students also enjoy the tournament competitions. “They’re very fun,” says Aaron. “We help each other with problems.”

“And you get to compete with other students around the district and meet new people,” adds Jameson.

Designing, planning, collaborating, reflecting, and solving problems are just a few of the skills that students develop through their involvement in robotics. To learn more about robotics opportunities available to your child, please contact the school directly.

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