Did you know that St. Vrain students have more than 24,000 titles available to them in our extensive digital library?
In today’s digitally-fueled times, how might we teach our children to use technology in healthy ways and develop skills and habits that will help them be successful?
Accidents happen! The SVVSD Optional iPad Insurance Program for secondary students covers many of the costs associated with a damaged or lost iPad.
St. Vrain is excited to offer families of incoming 6th graders an opportunity to join a community-wide Schoology course designed to guide families through activities and conversations around school, home, technology and learning.
The start of a new school year is a great time to revisit your family’s media habits and create a family media plan. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a comprehensive tool that you can use to create your own customizable family media plan.
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Back in November of 2017, the Instructional Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) met to discuss and provide a recommendation about refresh options for iPads that were due to be retired. After looking at hardware specifications, examining data from surveys of teachers, students, and parents, and exploring learning tasks on different form factors, the committee recommended a change from the iPad mini to a full-sized iPad based on the curricular and student use benefits of the full-sized iPad. As devices are refreshed, students will receive 9.7″ iPads instead of iPad minis.
In addition, we are excited that beginning in August 2018, the cost of the SVVSD iPad insurance program is going down from $35 a year to $25! Click here for more information about the insurance program.
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Kids are spending more time with screen media than ever before. How might we consider the quality of screen time and not just the quantity? A survey from Common Sense Media identified four main categories of screen time:
- Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music
- Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet
- Communication: video-chatting and using social media
- Content creation: using devices to create
Clearly, there’s a lot of difference among these activities. But as valuable as many of them can be, it’s still important for kids’ overall healthy development to balance their lives with enriching experiences found off screens. Read this full article from Common Sense Media for tips for families to balance time on and off screens.
Permanent link to this article: https://tech.svvsd.org/family/2018/06/20/how-much-screen-time-is-ok/
Students today have never known a world without the ability to Google something. Wondering if they had ever thought about what their lives would be like without technology tools, we asked a group of SVVS middle school students how technology impacts their learning in school and at home. Below are some of their thoughts.
“The iPads give me the ability to bring my learning into my own hands. With the iPads I can learn at my own speed, which helps me learn much more than I could without them. I can also follow my interests like making videos or writing music.” – CW
“Our learning would be so much different without technology. We would not have the opportunity to do projects like podcasts or make slideshows for a presentation. We also would not have the ability to have easy access to calculators or online graphing calculators likes Desmos which some kids use to expand their learning farther than what the curriculum is. ” -SF
“I can’t imagine not having any technology. I know it could happen and it still happens in some parts of the world, but I feel like I would not have a good future because the workforce is changing as well and if you don’t have a background in technology it would be very hard to get a job.” -TM
Permanent link to this article: https://tech.svvsd.org/family/2018/06/19/middle-school-students-reflections-on-technology/
Parents and Guardians,
We are seeking your input and feedback so we can continue to build on the current success of the Learning Technology Plan. Please share your input by clicking here to complete a brief survey
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Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community and students.
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