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Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping educators by providing news, tips, advice, curriculum, and professional development resources for educators integrating digital citizenship and technology in the classroom.
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  • Fru Florance avatar

    I teach technology for Blue River Elementary school in the Blue Valley School District located in Stilwell, Ks. Our district continues to embrace the teachings of Common Sense Media and has yearly expectation for all schools to become certified. In my 20 years of teaching technology, it is my opinion that Common Sense Media is one of the most important additions to our curriculum. This program has introduced the vocabulary and the expectations of global citizenship. CSM has provided valuable, informative and empowering resources for our entire school community to become knowledgeable about the online world. As students grow into their digital voices, BRE teaches them to think of themselves as self-leaders, being examples of what it means to be responsible, respectful and safe when interacting with those they come in contact with in the world, as well as, the online world. Their leadership should always transcend the environment or situation they are in.

    With three years of administering CSM, our students are cognizant of the long term ramifications of every photo and text they post and are aware of what becomes a permanent part of their digital footprint. Students now think about their reputation and how easily it can change from a positive one that they are proud of to one that could bring negative implications in the future when applying for college acceptance or job applications - a valuable lesson with lasting influence in a student's life.

    I teach technology for Blue River Elementary school in the Blue Valley School District located in Stilwell, Ks. Our district continues to embrace the teachings of Common Sense Media and has yearly expectation for all schools to become certified. In my 20 years of teaching technology, it is my opinion that Common Sense Media is one of the most important additions to our curriculum. This program has introduced the vocabulary and the expectations of global citizenship. CSM has provided valuable, informative and empowering resources for our entire school community to become knowledgeable...

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  • Fru Cline avatar

    As a first year of being a library media specialist along with our school going 1:1 this fall, my position is expanding and evolving faster than anyone could have imagined. I am doing a little of what the past library media specialist did along with quite of bit of new. In trying to find my place, I have discussed with my principal that I felt instead of teaching a 6th grade Media course we should expand it to Media/Digital Citizenship. This way we can say as we go 1:1 that we have touched base with our students on responsible online use as we hand them each their own device. Common Sense Media has made it so easy to find interesting lessons and topics to teach my students. Matter of fact some of our very best classes have revolved around our class discussions of cyber bullying and our digital footprints. I feel that this has been a huge addition to our school culture and look forward to this expanding in years to come!

    As a first year of being a library media specialist along with our school going 1:1 this fall, my position is expanding and evolving faster than anyone could have imagined. I am doing a little of what the past library media specialist did along with quite of bit of new. In trying to find my place, I have discussed with my principal that I felt instead of teaching a 6th grade Media course we should expand it to Media/Digital Citizenship. This way we can say as we go 1:1 that we have touched base with our students on responsible online use as we hand them each their own device....

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  • Fru Vargas avatar

    As a library media specialist, I am responsible for teaching information literacy skills to students in grades 2-5. Common Sense Media resources are by far the most complete i've encountered. I love the fact that I don't have to go crazy trying to gather different resources and hope everything goes well (who has the time?!). CSM has everything for every grade level, including assessments, videos, letters to families (even in Spanish) etc. Lessons are very captivating and the interactive games are highly engaging. This is my third year using CSM resources, and I've noticed the difference in my students' lives. I know I have empowered them and their families with the tools and guidelines they need to be safe and responsible users of technology.

    As a library media specialist, I am responsible for teaching information literacy skills to students in grades 2-5. Common Sense Media resources are by far the most complete i've encountered. I love the fact that I don't have to go crazy trying to gather different resources and hope everything goes well (who has the time?!). CSM has everything for every grade level, including assessments, videos, letters to families (even in Spanish) etc. Lessons are very captivating and the interactive games are highly engaging. This is my third year using CSM resources, and I've...

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  • Fröken Sullivan avatar

    In collaboration with WithMathICan.org, Common Sense Graphite is hosting a Lesson Plan Challenge to provide teachers with inspiration and ideas on how to cultivate a growth mindset in students with digital tools. A growth mindset is the belief that one can develop abilities through hard work, effective strategies, and guidance from others.

    Share your best practices on how you use digital tools to help your students adopt a growth mindset. You could win an Amazon Fire tablet along the way! To read the full details, click on the link below.

  • Fröken Cordova avatar

    My experience in implementing Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Program......Hmmm....Well it hasn't been an easy road. I was told in October that I needed to implement this program and have it finished by February. I know that many of you know the current responsibilities and stress of an educator are immense; now, I had to complete another task! I was freaked out at first and very much overwhelmed. Now that we have implemented Digital Citizenship in grades 1, 3 and 5, I do see how valuable these lessons are for our children. I have seen our students using the vocabulary taught to them in the lessons and trying to apply what they know about safe websites. I came from teaching middle school for the past 12 years and I would often hear from students about fights afterschool; these confrontations happened quite often because of something posted on social media, not anything that happened in person. So, now being in an elementary school, I definitely see the value of the lessons taught about Digital Citizenship. I am a rookie this year but I hope to be more knowledgeable and have the process go smoother next year! 😀

    My experience in implementing Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Program......Hmmm....Well it hasn't been an easy road. I was told in October that I needed to implement this program and have it finished by February. I know that many of you know the current responsibilities and stress of an educator are immense; now, I had to complete another task! I was freaked out at first and very much overwhelmed. Now that we have implemented Digital Citizenship in grades 1, 3 and 5, I do see how valuable these lessons are for our children. I have seen our students...

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    • Fröken Sullivan

      Thank you for sharing. We know, that as educators, it's not easy to put one more thing on your plate but it's great that you're already seeing positive results! You're providing your students the skills they need to avoid the perils of online life in the future- well done!

  • Fru Sparrow avatar

    As an elementary technology teacher, I see that our youngest of learners know how to use technology, but continually ask myself if they know to use technology responsibly? For the past few years, I have embraced the responsibility of teaching approximately 680 students (K-5 grade) the concepts of Digital Citizenship. I've found Common Sense Media's curriculum the most-effective resource for me to utilize as I embarked on this new technology education journey. While using this online resource, my students are totally engaged, excited about what they are learning, and truly taking ownership for their learning! Their excitement is contagious! I'm now actively working to become a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, so I can continue to learn best practices to guide not only our students, but their families and our faculty to become digital citizens.

    As an elementary technology teacher, I see that our youngest of learners know how to use technology, but continually ask myself if they know to use technology responsibly? For the past few years, I have embraced the responsibility of teaching approximately 680 students (K-5 grade) the concepts of Digital Citizenship. I've found Common Sense Media's curriculum the most-effective resource for me to utilize as I embarked on this new technology education journey. While using this online resource, my students are totally engaged, excited about what they are learning, and...

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  • Fru Curtiss avatar

    As a media specialist I am working non-stop to keep up with the current trends in technology. My district recognized the need for student, and parent, education in Digital Citizenship. My colleagues and I found the Common Sense Media curriculum fit our needs perfectly. For the past few years, we have been teaching Digital Citizenship in our libraries in all grade levels. I am excited to see the change in how students utilize, and interact, with others through technology. 20, 30, 40 years ago we would not have been able to comprehend what kind of lifestyle we would be living through technology. It is important that we guide our students through this web with as much respect and responsibility as possible. Becoming a Common Sense Media Educator will help me guide our students, families, and staff on this technology journey.

    As a media specialist I am working non-stop to keep up with the current trends in technology. My district recognized the need for student, and parent, education in Digital Citizenship. My colleagues and I found the Common Sense Media curriculum fit our needs perfectly. For the past few years, we have been teaching Digital Citizenship in our libraries in all grade levels. I am excited to see the change in how students utilize, and interact, with others through technology. 20, 30, 40 years ago we would not have been able to comprehend what kind of lifestyle we would be living...

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  • Herr Stockton avatar

    I have been a library media specialist for several years (22 to be exact). In that time, I have witnessed technology, especially online technology become more complex. Students need guidance. In most cases, they know how to use technology, but do they know how to use it effectively and responsibly? About 4 years ago, our district decided to teach these skills using a curriculum. Common Sense Media was a perfect fit for what we wanted. It is current, aligned to ISTE and Common Core standards. I have been using it for 3 years now. This year, we have decided to take more of a leadership role in becoming certified as Common Sense Media Educators. Ultimately, we would like to become a Common Sense Media district.

    I have been a library media specialist for several years (22 to be exact). In that time, I have witnessed technology, especially online technology become more complex. Students need guidance. In most cases, they know how to use technology, but do they know how to use it effectively and responsibly? About 4 years ago, our district decided to teach these skills using a curriculum. Common Sense Media was a perfect fit for what we wanted. It is current, aligned to ISTE and Common Core standards. I have been using it for 3 years now. This year, we have decided to take more...

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  • Herr Sayer avatar

    As a PYP Teacher, my students have their own MacBook as well as trialling the use of their own iPad Mini. Common Sense Media is integral in ensuring that students safely and responsibly use their devices to protect themselves and their peers. My group loves Digital Compass and engaging in thoughtful conversations and reflections on how to become digital citizens. They have also been sharing these ideas with their reading buddies in Lower Elementary. Great stuff!

  • Fru Steward avatar

    Common Sense Media (CSM) is the best resource I have ever used to engage students and equip them with the skills they need to become digital citizens. From K to 4th grades, they are responsive to the basics about the importance of having a secure password (PW), the components of secure PW, and staying safe online by protecting their personal information. In our district, teachers are required to teach an internet safety lesson each six weeks. As the technology teacher, I became responsible for all students receiving training in digital citizenship. As I prepared at the beginning of the school year, learning about all the great resources available from CSM made the new duty less challenging. There are handouts, activities, videos, online assessments, and games. Implementing their curriculum into ours was easy because everything is mapped out for me in the scope and sequence. In addition, the lessons and activities are aligned to the ISTE, NET(S)(T), and common core state standards for technology. The lesson units are age appropriate and divided by topics and grade. I can easily choose the topic that corresponds with the topic my district's requires me to teach. The feedback from students, parents, and teachers has been positive. I think we have used the majority of the tools CSM provides. I would like to thank you for making my job easier and providing resources the students want to use. I have attached some photos documenting our experiences.

    I was inspired to apply to become a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator and Digital Citizen Certified School because our district is undergoing change in attendance and we will be competing with other schools for students. Having this recognition will inform parents and the community of our efforts and commitment to creating and developing digital citizens. After researching, my state does not have a Digital Citizenship Certified School. This will set us apart from other schools not only in our district but also in our state particularly being the first or only. What and honor!

    Common Sense Media (CSM) is the best resource I have ever used to engage students and equip them with the skills they need to become digital citizens. From K to 4th grades, they are responsive to the basics about the importance of having a secure password (PW), the components of secure PW, and staying safe online by protecting their personal information. In our district, teachers are required to teach an internet safety lesson each six weeks. As the technology teacher, I became responsible for all students receiving training in digital citizenship. As I prepared at the...

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