Generation Z and Social Media

Generation Z (our current students, or the generation that came after Millennials) are growing up surrounded by smart phones and tablets, intuitive about using devices, and tend to be involved in various forms of social media.

So, what’s it like to be a teenager these days, growing up surrounded by technology and participating in social media?  Read this interview with 16-year-old Cole, who talks about social media, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), depression, and the positive impacts of social media in this article from UseTech4Good, Gen Z Shares How to Use Social Media for Good.

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LTP Changes: Full-Sized iPads and Insurance

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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How much screen time is ok?

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:

  1. Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music
  2. Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet
  3. Communication: video-chatting and using social media
  4. 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.

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Middle School Students’ Reflections on Technology

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

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