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Welcome Back and Thank You Educators

As the first day of school starts in St. Vrain I’d like to wish you an enthusiastic welcome back and thank you for all that you do to make the lives of our students and our community more awesome.

The beginning  of the school year always brings hope to this educators heart. Hope for making a difference in others’ lives and having my life changed by others. The hope for the development of new relationships, and greater depth of connecting in my communities. Hope for the moments of wonder, excitement, and laughter that seem to be more prevalent as an educator than in other professions (we sure could use that in every workplace.) Hope to miss less of these opportunities than I did last year.

It seems that St. Vrain is a district where others have similar hopes and the willingness to do it what it takes to see these hopes fulfilled. From the end of the school year to the start of this one I saw this willingness in so many educators. Here are a few of the ways I’ve seen this:

  • The hundreds of educators that went to the technology camps we hosted, giving up time to learn and in countless cases being vulnerable to try something new, whether it was presenting to peers, creating something, or adjusting your content to work with a device that you don’t know as much as you’d like to know about, etc.
  • Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 6.17.41 AMTaking time to create or organize resources and events, like my teammates who worked during the summer to make sure our Elementary Tech Camp went well, and Helen Robbins creating an iBook for digital citizenship.
  • Hundreds of employees, and volunteers supporting our schools in preparing, distributing and deploying iPads. Smiling, and celebrating the small successes of connecting to our Mobile Device Manager (MDM) or when a student successfully gets an Apple I.D.
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For all that you do, thank you! It takes a village and I’m honored to be a part of this one. In the words of our CTO Joe McBreen, you rock! May we all have our best school year yet!

iPad Camp Presenters Wanted!


We are actively seeking presenters (secondary) to help us plan for and build Camp iPad 2015, two multi-day professional learning experiences for St. Vrain secondary teachers to help them grow in their teaching and learning with digital tools. Please complete the Google Form to express interest and to share your ideas, and we will get back with you to build your idea into a piece of the Camp iPad experience. Selected presenters and facilitators will be compensated for their time, expected to attend a planning meeting (sub provided) and will help us to shape this event. Please complete this form to the best of your ability.

Presenter proposals are due by April 13th. Feel free to submit multiple sessions if you would like. For More information, go to https://blogs.svvsd.org/campipad/presenters/call-for-presenters/.

Camp iPad for Secondary Teachers offers either a 2 day or 4 day option for middle and high school educators interested in the iPad as a tool for teaching and learning. The two day conference model includes hands-on sessions to share best practices from fellow SVVSD teachers while giving participants time to explore and reflect on their own practice. The four day extended edition expands the time for participants to collaborate, build, create and prepare for the year ahead. Camp staff will be on hand to facilitate instructional planning with school-based and/or content-area teams. Bring your own team, or make one at camp. Camp iPad is open to ALL middle & high school teachers and is free for SVVSD teachers.

During Camp iPad for teachers, you will:

  • Learn from colleagues working in a 1:1 environment who are are integrating technology into instruction
  • Reflect on your own practice while planning for implementation in your classroom
  • Explore models of digital practice and citizenship

In addition, the 4 day edition will allow you:

  • Collaboration time to redesign units or lessons in your curriculum area

Learn more at http://blogs.svvsd.org/campipad

(Registration for the 4 day edition includes all events within the 2 day edition.)

Camp iPad: Frederick

May 27-28, 2 day conference edition

Register now HERE

May 26-29, 4 day extended edition

Register now HERE

Camp iPad: Longmont

June 2-3, 2 day conference edition

Register now HERE

June 1-4, 4 day extended edition

Register now HERE


Contact Instructional Technology Coordinator Stephanie Schroeder (schroeder_stephanie@svvsd.org ) if you have any questions in the meantime.



Modules: Data Viz, HS Internet Wellness, and Digital Storytelling

We’ve got three new modules fresh out of the Cubidrome Lab, ready for your professional learning pleasure.

Last night, we took, Data Visualization in the ClassroomDigital Storytelling as Evidence of Learning, and Internet Wellness and Digital Citizenship in High School live for anyone with an account on our MOODLE install.

We’re excited about the first two modules because of their high focus on literacy (visual and traditional) as well as their focus on asking students to create and read closely when working with varying kinds of texts across disciplines.

Here is the lowdown on each module:

  • Participants will complete this module with the ability to seek out, evaluate and then utilize data visualizations in their classrooms using mobile devices.


  • Where can I find quality data visualizations?
  • How can I best evaluate data visualization resources?
  • How do data visualizations connect with the SVVSD curricula?
  • How can I integrate the use of data visualizations into my teaching practices?


  • Participants will complete this module with the ability to seek out, evaluate and then utilize data visualizations in their classrooms using mobile devices.


  • Where can I find quality data visualizations?
  • How can I best evaluate data visualization resources?
  • How do data visualizations connect with the SVVSD curricula?
  • How can I integrate the use of data visualizations into my teaching practices?


  • Participants will complete this module able to understand, explain and put into practice lessons and practices to help high school students maintain their wellness in online spaces as well as behave as responsible citizens in those spaces.


  • What are habits high school students can put into place to maintain their wellness in online spaces?
  • What are responsible practices of online citizens?
  • What resources can I utilize to learn and teach these habits and practices?
  • How do I help students understand these habits and practices in my teaching?

5 Links Monday (for Tuesday 3.11.14)

Welcome back. Below you’ll find 5 top-notch links to get the creative educational juices flowing. Plus, back again, a bonus link to help you think about classroom management and citizenship with digital devices. Link on!

Link 1 – The Art of the Streets

Vivian Maier was one of the greatest lost street photographers of the 20th century until thousands of her undeveloped negatives showed up by surprise at an auction. Those looking to discuss life in the last century with their students, or simply looking for a visual writing prompt will find a treasure trove in this collection of Maier’s portfolios.

Link 2 – This is what it looks like when a orb spider spins its web.

That’s it, no write-up, you can probably see the educational value here.

Link 3 – What if you wanted to disappear online?

The folks over at WhoIsHostingThis.com have this thorough infographic taking you through the steps of disappearing online. Imagine putting this in front of students and asking if they think it’s worth it. What’s more, ask them if they think it works.

Link 4- Start with the Moon, Then Think Bigger

This interface asks, “What if the moon were one pixel (on a screen)?” and then runs with it showing folks how big the sun is in comparison, the distance of other planets. In short, it’s pretty great.

Link 5 – Easily (& Legally) Embed Getty Images

In what must be an effort to stem the tide of image theft, the picture folks at Getty Images have enabled a new embed feature that allows for the credited (& free) use of many Getty photos. This page explains the steps, and the link at the bottom takes you to an image search. If you’re asking students to create digital works incorporating images, expect higher quality.

BONUS Link – Help Students Understand What Facebook is Keeping from Them

5 Links Monday (for Tuesday 2.25.14)

Welcome to this weeks 5 Links. As always, these are the best links lingering in my browser since last week. This week, 5 Links will include an additional sixth link to help folks think about classroom management with devices in the hands of kids. If you’ve a link to a resource worth sharing with the larger SVVSD world, leave it in the comments below, or email me directly. Link up!

Link 1 – Professional Learning for the Third Teacher

The folks at Canon Design’s Third Teacher are all about helping to make educational spaces more, well, educational, helping teachers and students to realize their potential as designers and getting to think about space as informing the learning and teaching that is going on in our schools. While it’s not possible for all of us to have a few thousand dollars waiting to be spent on design consults, this page is rife with ways you can re-imagine your classroom space, and re-design the learning inside.

Link 2 – Citing Things? Maybe We Do it Differently

This article from teacher Shawn McCusker explains, “Why It’s Time to Change How Students Cite Their Work,” raises some interesting points about a perennially sticky issue of citing sources. If nothing else, it’s worth checking out to better understand modern citation tools and to have a conversation with your students about the future of their work.

Link 3 – Do More with Blogs

You might not know this, but I read every blog post that comes out of the district. It’s a great way to see what students are working on and to keep track of the amazing things are teachers are doing in the classroom. Some folks aren’t using blogs because they can’t decide what they want to do with them, or can’t conceptualize what effective blog use might look like. This post by Dave Guymon (via OPD’s David Baker) has some great suggestions for “Making Student Blogs More than Digital Diaries.”

Link 4 – Poetry “App” Your Fingertips

Thanks to Mead Middle School teacher Kara Davis for reminding me of the wonders of the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry app. Search by author, title,  even emotions and moods. It’s got a beautiful interface, and is great for keeping poetry within reach. Watch out, Norton Anthology.

Link 5 – A Better Way to Understand Deforestation

Sometimes, it’s difficult for students to conceptualize the scale of deforestation around the world and its consequences. Enter, Global Forest Watch. Their interactive maps help to put into perspective the effects and locations of deforestation around the globe and can inspire creative problem solving on the parts of students.

BONUS Link – Quality Professional Learning around Mobile Devices

We love Common Sense Media in the ITC office. They’re a great non-profit designed around helping adults and students navigate safe use of online and digital tools. This site is their dedicated page for professional learning for teachers. It’s high-quality and high reward.