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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.
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!
Permanent link to this article: https://tech.svvsd.org/family/2018/12/21/conversations-for-a-lifetime/
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.
Permanent link to this article: https://tech.svvsd.org/family/2018/12/20/road-trip/
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.
Permanent link to this article: https://tech.svvsd.org/family/2018/12/19/hints-for-balancing-tech-use-over-the-holidays/
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.
Permanent link to this article: https://tech.svvsd.org/family/2018/10/19/screen-time-apple-releases-new-parental-control-tools/
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
Permanent link to this article: https://tech.svvsd.org/family/2018/10/18/get-digitally-organized-in-with-calendar-photos-and-notability/