All posts by Jennifer Peyrot

Feb. 12-16 #SVVSDChat – Growth Mindset

February 12th-16th, the ITCs will be hosting another SVVSD slow chat, and we’d love to have you participate. A special invite goes out to the Growth Mindset book study hosted by Duffy Nelson and Casey Luker.

Check out this page to learn about the #SVVSDChat and how to participate. 

This month the topic we will be discussing growth mindset. We look forward to hearing about the classroom experiences with regard to growth mindset.

Questions for the next chat:

Q1 What has changed in your classroom or your practice when you started to emphasize a growth mindset?

Q2 What is one tool or strategy you have sed that has helped students understand the power of yet?

Q3 What surprising struggles have you encountered within yourself when embracing a growth mindset? 

Q4 With regard to growth mindset,   complete this sentence: “I wonder…”


Jan. 8-12 #SVVSDChat – Join Us!

January 8-12th the ITCs will be hosting the second SVVSD slow chat, and we’d love to have you join!

Before we give you details, we want to pause for a moment and celebrate the success around the first #SVVSDChat! Check out the timeline of the chat and some of the highlights below.There were so many incredible educational resources and thoughts shared across the district. Exploring some of the options led to more conversations with colleagues and shifts in my thinking and practice. This happened because so many folks participated, we hope you’ll  join us again, and invite some new folks to join!

Check out this page to learn about the #SVVSDChat and how to participate. 

Questions for the next chat:
Q1 What is a professional learning network (PLN) and why have one as an educator?
Q2 What groups make up your PLN? (both online and offline)
Q3 How do you build and engage with a PLN?
Q4 How have the students you serve benefitted from you tapping into your PLN?


SVVSD Twitter Slow Chat #SVVSDChat

December 11th the ITCs will be hosting the first SVVSD slow chat and we’d love to have you join!

Our first topic will center around some of our favorite educational resources. Here are the questions for the first week:

Q1 Which educational video(s) inspire you as an educator? (i.e. TEDTalk)
Q2 Which book inspires you as an educator and why?
Q3 Which podcast inspires you as an educator?
Q4 Who is an educator that inspires you?


Q1. How does the slow chat work?

A1. Monday through Thursday during the 2nd week of the month the slow chat facilitator will post a question using the hashtag #SVVSDChat and Q1 on day 1, Q2 on day 2, etc. 

Q2: How can I participate?

A2: Answer one or more of the questions posted throughout the week via #SVVSDChat, and the corresponding alphanumeric sequence to the question you are answering. And/or respond to other people’s posts. 


Solar Eclipse Nearpod Resource

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a great start to the new school year.

Are you as excited about the solar eclipse as we are?! We’d love to hear what you plan to do, or what you did with your students. Leave a comment or tweet us @svvsditc

Science Coordinator, Mike O’Toole, partnered with Nearpod to create a slidedeck that includes some questions, safety instructions and resources to get us thinking about and prepared for the upcoming solar eclipse. One of my favorite resources is the flying along the path and mapping the path from Esri. Here’s a clip.

ESRI resource of eclipse

Below is the Nearpod that you can use with students. If you want to have a copy that allows you to see your students responses you will need to add the slidedeck to your library. If you have a District Edition license you can find it in the District Library. If you don’t have a license but one one, go here to find out how to get one.

Nearpod Collaborate

Nearpod has recently come out with a new feature allowing students to engage in an online conversation within the Nearpod presentation, called Collaborate.

Want to learn more? Check out Nearpod’s blog to find out more.

Collaborate can be used to ask students questions, and see each other’s anonymous responses in real-time. Students can respond to a teacher prompt either in writing and/or with an image.

If you’re a regular Nearpod user this can add another element to allow student voice in the presentation of information, without having to leave the app. This is also a feature that can be used for teachers wanting to engage students in an online discussion, with the safety of a closed community.

We’d love to see a presentation you create using this feature.

MacBook Summer Care & Learning

Before you head off to some grand adventure, we hope you’ll pause and consider how to best care for your MacBook over the summer. Also included in this post are resources to learn more about using your laptop.

Considerations to best care for your MacBook:
  • Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 1.49.55 PMIf you’re not going to be using the laptop for awhile we suggest you shut it down with at least 50-90% of battery power.
  • Just like our bodies, MacBooks don’t like to be in extreme temperatures. If you need to leave the laptop in your car shut it down first.
  • When traveling, ensure that you are keeping the laptop in it’s case.
  • If your laptop is lost or stolen over the break you’ll need to contact your administrator, they might need a reminder that they’ll need to submit a ticket for it.
  • To best care for the content on your MacBook, back up your data.
Here are some resources for you to learn more about navigating your MacBook:



5 Links Monday (on Tues. 4/12/16)

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope it was exactly what you needed. In these 5 links you’ll find the thing Erik Black recently printed, the biggest U.S data visualization site, an easy way to have online articles read aloud to you, teacher inspiration from Apple and more. Enjoy!

Link #1 – Adhesives Reference Chart (and a bonus link)

Erik Black, who “never” prints things out, did print this Adhesives Chart and shared it with our team. With this chart you won’t need to wonder if that felt cutout will fall off the styrofoam block, or if you can even make those two materials stick. This chart not only shows what materials can stay together, but the sticky stuff that will make them stay together. If you’d prefer a different way to find out this information, and more information about adhesives check out this site.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 1.29.31 PM

Link #2 – Narro – Listen to Articles

This link had me jumping up and down for joy! If you or your students would benefit from listening to an article use Narro to create a podcast playlist that will read the articles to you/them. Once you create an account you can paste the URL of the article you want to listen to onto your home page. This will add the article to your feed which you can listen to on the website or add the feed to your favorite podcast app to listen to on the go. If you add this address  to your podcast app you’ll see a couple of the articles I’ve added: Note: You must create an account, so you’d need to consider the District Guidelines for 3rd Party Services if you wanted your students to create their own list. The free version allows for only 15 articles per month.

Link #3 – Data USA

This link is also awesome! Data USA claims to be the most comprehensive website and visualization engine of public US Government data. It not only provides data, but provides stories through the intersection of this data. I can see this site being used to come up with questions about topics they might want to study, and creating a story about their findings. Do you know the most common occupation in the U.S.; clue, if you’re subscribed to this blog you might be in that position. Answer.

One of the interactive graphs.
One of the interactive graphs.

 Link #4 – Apple’s Teacher Inspiration

Many teachers have asked to see examples of how teachers use iPads in the curriculum, here’s a site they might appreciate. This new site provides ideas for teachers and students to get the  most out of the Apple products both in and out of the classroom. This site contains tech tips and videos, stories from the classroom, and several other resources. One of my favorites is using Siri to remind me of things throughout the day.


Link #5 – Collaboration Station

Looking to get your students to collaborate with classrooms beyond the district? Here’s a site recently put together by an educator that’s looking to help make that happen. You can start by filling out the form of what you’d like to do, or you can take a look at what other K-12 teachers are interested in  doing and partner with them.

5 Links Mon. (on Tues. 2/23/16)

Link #1 – Photos for Class

This resource will allow you and students to search for school appropriate photos that can be used by the public; AND, when you download the photo, the proper citation directly on the image.

105340010 (2)

Link #2 – New Features to Find & Organize in Google Drive Easier

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard how annoying it is to find things in Google Drive I’d be…not rich, but at least able to pay for a nice getaway weekend. This article will explain a few of the new features including how to move things around, and greater privacy features. It links out to Google’s blog to gifs on how to do this. One update the blog post doesn’t cover is the update to advanced searching (this is my favorite update) which you’ll see in the image below: Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.20.38 AM

Link #3 – LitCharts

LitCharts aims to help students better understand literature through interactive data visualizations, summaries, detailed analysis, quotes, symbols and themes. One of the way I can see using this is to support your visual learners and students that need scaffolding when reading literature.  How do you think you could use it with your students? This can be accessed via a browser or the LitCharts app can be downloaded on the iPad.Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.37.12 AM

Link #4 – Edutopia’s Election 2016 Resources for Educators

Election time was one of my favorite times in the classroom. There seemed to be a special kind of energy flowing and regular opportunities for stimulating political conversations. Here’s Edutopia’s collection of resources for the 2016 Election. Just today I learned about how Iowa’s cuacuses work, one processes sounds like a less civil Four Corners activity, have a look:

Link #5 – Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab was designed to create a more personalized learning experience for students. They provide access to over 1 million digital resources from across the 19 museums, research centers and the National Zoo. Students need an account to create their own curated collection, but instead of having to go through the hassle of getting this to be an approved curriculum resource, students can take screenshots and add them to a media album.

5 Links Mon. (on Tues. 12/8)

Link #1 – Boulder Computer Science Education Week 2015

CSED thought it would “cool if the whole town celebrated Computer Science Education Week,” and joined forces with several organizations to bring awesome events throughout the week. Check out the schedule to find out when all the events are happening. Is it any wonder that The Atlantic named Boulder as one of the 20 metro areas that have the one of the largest concentrations of the creative class. CSEDFlyer

Link #2 – EdSurge Extra – “Student Voice (Literally) – Two Student Podcasts

EdSurge podcasters took a backseat to share two student groups podcasts. One podcast is from a team of 5th graders interviewed a member of the local community that had immigrated in from another country. The other podcast is from a team of high school students debating whether their teacher should use more or less technology.

Link #3 –

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 12.02.51 PMColin Rickman was the first teacher that told me about using this with his classroom last year. He said he likes how easy it is to get started and students can easily use it on the iPad. This morning when I visited TRMS Computer Science week events, Stephan Krupansky was using with his students. They offer 1 hour coding challenges and coding courses for all ages for those that want to extend their coding experience in the classroom.

Link #4 – In Praise of American Educators

This is not a promotion for DuFour’s book, rather a pause to celebrate you and all the work you do. In this video DuFour argues that we are working in the greatest generation of educators our country has ever known. He also acknowledges we have more work to do and describes provides a provocative thought on a current practice that won’t work. If you have a listen I hope that you’ll imagine me being one of the people to applaud your work!

Link #5 – Recipe: Potato Pancakes aka Latkes

In honor of Chanukah having started this past Sunday I’m including a recipe for latkes. If you’ve never had them, they’re easy to make and delicious. If you don’t want to take the time to make them you can always get some from Trader Joe’s, they too are pretty tasty. My favorite topping is applesauce, but many folks like them with sour cream. I wanted to tell you about the puzzle involving 150,000 people centered around Chanukah that’s being put on by the Mystery League, but the company that teamed up with Mystery League may not be kosher enough for this blog. tjs potato pancakes