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.
This holiday season, consider preserving memories and oral stories of beloved family members through digital recordings.
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!
What’s topping your kids’ holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. Read more to learn how to balance family tech use over the holiday break.
St. Vrain is excited to offer families of incoming 6th graders an opportunity to join a community-wide course designed to guide families through activities and conversations around school, home, technology and learning.
The family Schoology course begins after Labor Day and consists of four 60-90 minute modules. Each module has a different focus:
- Family – School Connections;
- Support Structures for Success;
- Learning with Technology ;
- Parenting in a Digital Age, with Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Our Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World.
Each module will last 1-2 weeks and consists of a short video introduction, resources for learning, a family activity, and a live discussion. Contact your school for more information on how to join the course.
While this course is designed for families of incoming 6th graders, the district plans to expand discussions with families around technology and learning in the future, so stay tuned!
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As we start a new year of school, it’s a great time to revisit your family’s media habits and create a family media plan. Doing so helps you and your child have meaningful conversations that align your family values and priorities with the use of technology.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a comprehensive tool that you can use to create your own family media plan that is customizable by age and by parent expectations. Find it on their website along with a tool to calculate your family’s media use.
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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.
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