• Ms. Drew's avatar

    Hey all! I was a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator last year, and am here to re-certify! Last year I was inspired by many tech-forward TSAs in our district, and this year I'm hoping to inspire others. I loved having common language in my class last year to discuss safety, feelings, and critical thinking, so I'm excited to get these lessons going with my new group. I'm at a STEAM school now so tech will be all over-- making this even more important!

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    Common Sense Education is very excited to share that we are launching our first-ever Digital Citizenship Pledge! By taking the pledge, educators are committing to empowering their students with the skills they need to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology.
    As a bonus for taking the pledge, educators will receive our Back-to-School Guide, which provides tips and tools on everything from engaging students to bridging the home-school connection, all while empowering students to be good digital citizens. Click here to learn more: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/pl...

    Common Sense Education is very excited to share that we are launching our first-ever Digital Citizenship Pledge! By taking the pledge, educators are committing to empowering their students with the skills they need to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology.
    As a bonus for taking the pledge, educators will receive our Back-to-School Guide, which provides tips and tools on everything from engaging students to bridging the home-school connection, all while empowering students to be good digital citizens. Click here to learn more: ...

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  • Ms. Sullivan's avatar

    What new lessons are you planning for this school year? Are you taking on coding for the first time? After all, coding is for everyone, it's a fantastic way to engage students in critical thinking and content! If you're looking for some tips or motivation, check out this blog post by educator and Common Sense EdTech Mentor James Denby: https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/do...

    What other tips would you provide coding newbies?

    What new lessons are you planning for this school year? Are you taking on coding for the first time? After all, coding is for everyone, it's a fantastic way to engage students in critical thinking and content! If you're looking for some tips or motivation, check out this blog post by educator and Common Sense EdTech Mentor James Denby: https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/do...

    What other tips...

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  • Ms. Van Der Wel's avatar

    Just finished another year's program of Digital Citizenship using Common Sense Media's great resources. Looking into Graphite and Compass to see how we could use them with what we are doing. We spend an entire term each year with all students learning about Digital Citizenship during library lessons. Had some great moments where children shared stories showing how they were applying their knowledge in real life. One of our Year 5 students told me she has stopped using her YouTube channel to post meaningless videos that could be putting her at risk but is looking forward to using it again when she has worked out a way to use it with purpose and in a safer way!! Also had children sharing their knowledge with kids from other schools that don't do any explicit education in this area. Each year we do it again and each year you can see the knowledge base and skills growing. The proof is in the pudding that this is a great program that really reaches the kids and their families.

    Just finished another year's program of Digital Citizenship using Common Sense Media's great resources. Looking into Graphite and Compass to see how we could use them with what we are doing. We spend an entire term each year with all students learning about Digital Citizenship during library lessons. Had some great moments where children shared stories showing how they were applying their knowledge in real life. One of our Year 5 students told me she has stopped using her YouTube channel to post meaningless videos that could be putting her at risk but is looking forward...

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    I was sitting at the beach last weekend and my friend announced that we were sitting next to a Pokéstop (a mural on the seawall). My quizzical expression resulted in a full tutorial on the world of Pokémon GO and I realized I was way behind the learning curve. The Pokémon GO craze is in full effect, and everywhere, even at the beach. Which means, it could also be in your schools and classrooms!

    If you're looking for some fun ideas for channeling kids' excitement around this craze, into meaningful learning experiences, check out Common Sense Education's recent blog post: 4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom.

    Have any other tips on how to manage the craze? Please share!

    I was sitting at the beach last weekend and my friend announced that we were sitting next to a Pokéstop (a mural on the seawall). My quizzical expression resulted in a full tutorial on the world of Pokémon GO and I realized I was way behind the learning curve. The Pokémon GO craze is in full effect, and everywhere, even at the beach. Which means, it could also be in your schools and classrooms!

    If you're looking for some fun ideas for channeling kids' excitement around this craze, into meaningful learning experiences, check out Common Sense Education's...

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    Have you seen the changes on Common Sense? We've merged Common Sense Graphite with Common Sense Education and you can now find all the great resources found on Graphite, all the essential ingredients for digital learning at commonsense.org/education!

    We will be working over the next year to bring all of our offerings together as we set our sights on bringing you more of the high-quality reviews, recommendations, tips, lesson plans, and digital citizenship resources you rely on. Our first step was to rename Graphite, both on our social media channels and on the website. Today, the Graphite website is now Common Sense Education. All the great reviews and lesson plans you're familiar are still easily accessible -- with a new name and URL.

    Check it out at: https://www.commonsense.org/education/!

    Have you seen the changes on Common Sense? We've merged Common Sense Graphite with Common Sense Education and you can now find all the great resources found on Graphite, all the essential ingredients for digital learning at commonsense.org/education!

    We will be working over the next year to bring all of our offerings together as we set our sights on bringing you more of the high-quality reviews, recommendations, tips, lesson plans, and digital citizenship resources you rely on. Our first step was to rename Graphite, both on our social media channels and on...

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    Is your school looking for an easier way to evaluate the privacy and security practices of the apps your students and educators are using in the classroom? Common Sense has your solution! A new platform launched on Common Sense, the Privacy Policy Browser, tests the privacy of commonly used apps. Along with a short overview of the app, the platform provides ratings based on safety, privacy, security and compliance.

    Check it out today (https://privacy.graphite.org/) and let us know what you think!

  • Mrs. Tamboo's avatar

    Our school was very pleased with Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship curriculum this year! I'm looking forward to expanding its use to grades 3-5 in the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • Ms. Sullivan's avatar

    If you haven't already, now you have one more reason to check out Common Sense Education's middle school online interactive game, Digital Compass! The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) named Digital Compass one of this year's best learning websites!

    Have you used Digital Compass with your students? Share your experience!

  • Mr. Thomas's avatar

    Over the last three years I have taught Digital Citizenship at Sunrise Point Elementary using the Common Sense Media Education lessons. From the activities, conversations and reactions of the students to this curriculum, I’m continually reminded of how important these topics are for them. All of this technology comes with a responsibility to themselves and others. Understanding the consequences of poor choices is essential for them to know. Common Sense Media Education helps to provide them with this information.

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