The Village School recognizes that to be “builders of the future,” the presence of technology holds an important place in our classrooms. Our goal is to help students become discerning consumers of digital media and active producers of content, using technology to create and innovate. The guiding principle for the use of technology and digital media at the Village School is that it must be purposeful and meaningful.
For the school’s “Responsible Computer, Network, and Internet Use” policy, please refer to the VSNB Student and Family Handbook available here: https://vsnb.org/handbooks/.
Online Safety & Security
Keeping students safe on their school-provided devices is of paramount importance to the Village School. School-issued accounts are monitored through Bark for Schools—a service that helps us better protect our students, both at school and at home. The intent is not to try to catch kids doing bad things; it is to try to educate them on how to be safe, how to be protected, and how to be appropriate with their online and digital footprint.
>> Click here to read VSNB’s letter to families about Bark for Schools.
Resources for eLearning
• VSNB Parent Portal – Click here for instructions on how to access the TeacherEase Parent Portal. TeacherEase is the school’s student management database.
• Parental Controls, also known as parental lock or kids lock, are features that let you control how and when your child uses the internet or their devices. >> Click here to read more about parental controls and how to set them up on different devices.
• Vermont Agency of Education Continuity of Learning Guidelines for Parents and Guardians of Pre-K to 5th Grade Students:
• Vermont Agency of Education Continuity of Learning Guidelines for Parents and Guardians of Students in Grades 6-12:
Online Resources that VSNB teachers are using with students and/or recommend for students:
Some of these resources are subscription-based and others are free. If you need assistance accessing these resources, please contact your student’s classroom teacher or Technology Director Amanda Bickford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The leading digital library for kids offering unlimited access to 35000 of the best children’s books of all time.
IXL features a comprehensive and personalized curriculum, the IXL Real-Time Diagnostic, and actionable analytics.
•Libib: VSNB’s online library catalog system, available for students to check out and reserve books.
Spelling City has been a pioneer in helping students retain the vocabulary that enables them to succeed in comprehending what they read.
TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.
Abdo has eBooks, Read-to-Me eBooks, Interactive eBooks, and Databases—for free on one central bookshelf …
World Book has been the trusted encyclopedia of school and public libraries for decades. World Book Online contains thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities.
PebbleGo is a kid-friendly, searchable database that covers a variety of research topics in both English and Spanish.
•Pebble go Next
PebbleGo Next is the next step in research for students grades 3-6.
• Kahn Academy
Expert-created content and resources for every course and level.
• You Cubed
YouCubed is a free K-12 math resource from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Tasks are activities that can be filtered by grade, level of difficulty, concept, MP standard, and topic.
•Time for Kids
TIME for Kids has published a weekly magazine for elementary school students for 23 years. Its magazine provides age-appropriate stories for kids, information just for kids that explains the world around them, news literacy, and instructional materials that are aligned to Common Core and state standards.
• Typing Club
TypingClub is a free online game/educational program that assists students you with learning and improving their typing ability and speed.
• Ranger Rick
Ranger Rick is a children’s nature magazine that is published by the United States National Wildlife Federation. The magazine and multimedia website offer feature articles and activities for children to spark their interest in the outdoors and to encourage them to become more actively involved in the environment.
Children are at the heart of all we do. We nurture a child's curiosity, ignite enthusiasm for exploring, develop tools for inquiry, for invention, for achievement. We welcome families into a community-wide collaboration to help our children grow into their best selves - responsible citizens and stewards of the greater world, makers of the future.