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.
Conflicting headlines on screen time have increased in recent years and can fuel anxiety among parents and educators. How much screen time is too much? Is technology use related to negative effects on health and well-being?
Supporting and mentoring kids in the digital age is a community effort. Join St. Vrain Valley Schools and Dr. Devorah Heitner the evening of March 12th as we partner together to host a family engagement night for parents of current and incoming middle school students.
Sleep experts agree that teens need around nine hours of sleep a night, but by 2015, 43 percent of teens reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on most nights – meaning almost half of U.S. teens are significantly sleep-deprived. Should bedrooms be a no-phone zone? Read more for practical suggestions for teens and their families.
Have you ever considered preserving memories, stories, and reflections of beloved family members? A recorded oral history can become a treasured family artifact for generations to come.
As families gather together over the holidays, you can use any recording app (including the built-in Voice Memos app on secondary student iPads) to record interviews and conversations with family members.
Story Corp has some great suggestions and questions to get you started , and you can even add your stories to the Story Corps archive, if you’d like!
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Taking a road trip over winter break? Don’t forget that you and your family have access to more than 24,000 titles in SVVSD’s extensive digital library – and many of these titles are available as audio books, too!
Secondary students can use the Sora by OverDrive app on their district iPads to download ebooks and audio books. Click here for directions on downloading and using Sora. (For additional information, explore the FAQs.)
Or, extend learning further by challenging your child to read, watch, and listen to new things over winter break (and win prizes) with Longmont Public Library’s Winter Break Bingo! for Kids & Teens.
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What’s topping your kids’ holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. With a little planning — and kids’ assistance — you can balance your family’s tech activities with much-needed face time. This article from Common Sense Media provides some tips to help plugged-in families have a device free(ish) holiday.
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Screen Time, a new feature of iOS 12, can inform parents how much time they and their kids spend on apps, websites, and more on their iPads and other Apple devices. Parents can make more informed decisions about how their children use their devices and set limits if they’d like. Click here to learn how to turn on Screen Time, view reports, set limits, and manage a child’s iPad.
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An easy way to boost your student’s organization is to maintain a calendar.
To see how to link Schoology’s calendar to your students Google Calendar click here
Students iPad’s can fill up fast with photos and videos. Google Photo can automatically back up all photos and videos from the iPad’s camera roll straight into a nicely organized Google Drive folder. Google Photo also organizes photos automatically by date, location and it can even organize by face recognition.
For more information about Google Photo click here
Students use Notability to take dynamic notes in their classes. It can be extremely helpful to organize these notes into folders.
Notability lets you organize notes into subjects.
- Tap to make a subject.
(On iPhone, tap first.)
- Type a name for the subject and tap “Done”.
Or, on an external keyboard, press the return key.
- To move a note into the subject, press and hold on the note’s thumbnail. Then drag it to the new subject.
For more information about Notability click here
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