We all know teenagers live with their phones in their hands. It can be especially frustrating when your kids won’t stop texting while on a family vacation. But there is an alternative to just taking the phone away. Katie Blunt, an education-technology specialist with the Canyons School District, recently appeared on ABC4Utah and KUTV with tips for how parents can get their kids to actually learn something while using their phones this summer. Among her recommendations — a detailed list of which can be found at the following link — are to encourage kids to record and edit video journals documenting the highlights of family getaways. Did you know there are apps for creating custom geocache challenges and virtual scavenger hunts? There are also plenty of interactive websites that kids can use to find local hiking trails or learn more about a given city or town. Check out this handy website for all kinds of resources and ideas:
The Canyons Board of Education is comprised of seven elected community leaders who are responsible for establishing education policy for the District and guaranteeing the judicious use of taxpayer funds while providing leadership to promote student achievement. This year, the Board welcomed back three return members: Chad Iverson, Mont Millerberg and Nancy Tingey. Iverson and Tingey were re-elected by voters to serve second terms on the Board, and Millerberg, a member of CSD's inaugural Board, returns to represent the Midvale community. They join Clareen Arnold, Steve Wrigley, Sherril H. Taylor who was chosen to serve again as Board President, and Amber Shill who was elected 2nd Vice President. Tingey was chosen to serve as the Board’s 1st Vice President. Additionally, Tingey is the newly-elected President of the Utah School Boards Association. She took the helm of the organization that advocates for public schools during the association's annual conference on Jan. 3.