Welcome to the Instructional Technology Site for the St. Vrain Valley School District!

Why are we here? More importantly, why should you visit with us here?

Good questions.

This blog exists for 3 reasons:

  1. To provide information on best practices in teaching and learning with technology.
  2. To share the stories and successes happening in classrooms across the district.
  3. To communicate regularly with teachers and administrators in the St Vrain Valley School District about district technology resources and policies as they relate to instructional practices.

The Colorado Performance Based Standards for Teachers specifically mention Knowledge of Technology as a skill required of educators licensed in the state:

Standard Seven:  Knowledge of Technology: The teacher is skilled in technology and
is knowledgeable about using technology to support instruction and enhance student
The teacher has demonstrated the ability to:

7.1 Apply technology to the delivery of standards-based instruction.
7.2 Use technology to increase student achievement.
7.3 Utilize technology to manage and communicate information.
7.4 Apply technology to data-driven assessments of learning.
7.5 Instruct students in basic technology skills.

It’s our goal to help you meet these standards.

This little corner of the St. Vrain Blogs community is a place where we’ll share resources and information about making technology a part of your teaching toolkit. It’s a place to find answers and ideas that relate to teaching and learning with technology. It’s a place where we’ll gather together much of the cool stuff that we see happening in the district and the larger world of teaching, learning, and technology and share it with you.

More importantly, it’s a place where we’ll collectively communicate and collaborate to make exciting things happen.  That means we’re expecting to hear your ideas and answers through comments, questions and guest postings.  You know things we don’t.  And vice versa.  Let’s share them.

Students, you’re welcome here, too.  From time to time, we’ll ask questions specifically for you.  Other times, we won’t mention you directly, but know that everything that we’re about, and everything we hope is happening in your classes, is centered on you. We want to hear from your parents, as well.  All are invited here.

We’ll be updating this space often, so be sure to check back in to see what’s new. Better yet, use an RSS reader (like Google Reader) or subscribe using the email link to the right.

Welcome. We’re glad you’ve joined us here.  Let’s get to work.

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