The start of a new academic year is one of my favorite times to visit our schools and talk with our students, families, teachers and staff. Our hallways are filled with a palpable optimism and drive to continue our momentum toward the highest levels of academic growth and success.
Think buying school supplies is hectic? Try prepping 18,000 iPads to be handed out to students across St. Vrain Valley Schools. Such is the start of the academic year for Michelle Bourgeois, Project Manager of Learning Technology Plan, and her team at District Technology Services.
As technology plays a larger role in your student's education, we want to help families find affordable ways to connect to the Internet at home.
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. They provide a list of local providers that offer discounted Internet access to families based on need. Find out more by heading to their website at everyoneon.org
Many interested parents attended the second Camp iPad for Parents event at Coal Ridge Middle School on April 23rd.
Parents learned tips and tricks, how to adjust settings on an iPad to their liking, visited with teachers and students, discussed “wonderings” and concerns with fellow parents and educators, and enjoyed meeting parents from around the district.
We discussed screen time, organization, assignments, and several other aspects of modern student life.
On February 24, we held our first ever Camp iPad for Parents at Westview Middle School. About 40 families joined us to learn more about how they can support their student’s learning with the iPad at home and to give us feedback on the Learning Technology Plan.
The camp gave parents a chance to view what the iPad program looks like in our classrooms as well as a session on iPad basics. We also had an open forum session for parents to ask questions and give us input.
ITAC consists of district leaders, school administrators, teachers, school staff, and parents who serve on one of two Instructional Technology Advisory Committees. These committees will provide input and guidance to the technology department and help to refine implementation plans for our technology investments.