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  • Ms. Sullivan's avatar
    On March 2nd, 2015, the New York City Department of Education is lifting their cell phone ban and empowering schools to make instructional decisions regarding the use of personal devices for learning.

    Lifting the ban is just the first step. Lisa Nielsen, director of digital engagement and learning at the NYC DOE, shares how the district is preparing schools to move forward. “An important part of this work is supporting schools in putting the right building blocks in place for success. This includes providing professional learning opportunities that address how to harness the power of the devices for learning. It also means ensuring staff is able to incorporate digital safety, citizenship, and responsibility into the work they do with students." This includes partnering with Common Sense to provide professional development.

    To learn more about lifting the ban read the original post on the Common Sense Education blog at link below.

    Does your school allow cell phones in the classroom? If so, what support do you have in pace, as Lisa puts it, to put the right building blocks in place? What lessons have you learned?
    On March 2nd, 2015, the New York City Department of Education is lifting their cell phone ban and empowering schools to make instructional decisions regarding the use of personal devices for learning.

    Lifting the ban is just the first step. Lisa Nielsen, director of digital engagement and learning at the NYC DOE, shares how the district is preparing schools to move forward. “An important part of this work is supporting schools in putting the right building blocks in place for success. This includes providing professional learning opportunities that address how...
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    Having a classroom full of students that have access to an iPad enables me to model, share, teach and present in a more interactive and exciting way. While technology helps me to make my lessons fun, interesting and more effective, it also places my students at risk if I do not equip them with the necessary knowledge to keep safe when using social and digital media. I believe it is my responsibility to give students the time and guidance necessary to understand the power they are being entrusted with before I introduce them to a device that is an outlet to so many new and ever changing avenues. This is why I decided to implement digital citizenship and literacy.
    Having a classroom full of students that have access to an iPad enables me to model, share, teach and present in a more interactive and exciting way. While technology helps me to make my lessons fun, interesting and more effective, it also places my students at risk if I do not equip them with the necessary knowledge to keep safe when using social and digital media. I believe it is my responsibility to give students the time and guidance necessary to understand the power they are being entrusted with before I introduce them to a device that is an outlet to so many new and...
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  • Mrs. Newton's avatar
    The school district that I am in has recently started a 1:1 iPad initiative for grades 3-12. I teach 2nd grade and have access to iPad carts in my school. It is nice to know how to approach teaching with iPads in a safe manner. My students will now be more aware of how to be safe using technology.
  • Mrs. Rocklein's avatar
    Our students are being immersed in technology. This is a great way to guide students through technology and help them make smart decisions as they explore the online world. The resources are easy to use and excellent!
  •  Brawner's avatar
    Hello All...I just wanted to share that this venue is wonderful. I began the Digital Citizenship with my students because we were becoming a classroom that uses technology most of the day. In order to not micro manage my students I implemented the Digital Citizenship classes. It's been smooth sailing every sense. I love the concept and the network ability!
  • Ms. Goss's avatar
    Our district has recently started a technology initiative, so it is very important that my students are aware of how to approach using these devices in a safe way. After teaching the first lesson, I was able to see that my students were being more conscious of the internet and it's possibilities.
  • Mrs. Darity's avatar
    Our district recently launched this program. After teaching the first lesson, I can see where this will be a very worthwhile program.
  • Courtney Lewis's avatar
    The district I teach in recently launched a 1:1 iPad initiative for grades 3-12. Students in grades k-2 share iPad labs that are checked out regularly. I teach 1st grade, and my students use the iPad lab daily, so it is extremely important to me that they know and understand the importance of being safe while online. The resources provided by Common Sense were very detailed and beneficial for students in the younger grades. I was able to successfully teach my students how to search online safely. My students are well on their way to becoming responsible digital citizens.
  • Mrs. Cox's avatar
    Common Sense Media has a lot of classroom materials and tools for me to use when working with students. I really liked the way students were taught how to stay safe online. Hopefully by using this curriculum my students will become responsible digital citizens.
  • Mr. Petrimoulx's avatar
    I began teaching the Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum at Claremont Middle School this past fall and I really love the units. I teach computers for all 3 grades, and over the course of the year, I will see the entire student body. The curriculum is well-planned and nicely builds from one grade level to the next and it's nice to know that all the students in our community learn the values and concepts taught in the curriculum. I look forward to becoming a Common Sense Certified Educator and potentially contribute to the future development of the curriculum. I will also be helping to bring the entire Common Sense Media curriculum to our k12 district. One of the most important skills our 21st century learners need is what I like to call "online survival skills" and Common Sense does a fantastic job providing those skills to our kids. Thanks and I look forward to seeing expansions and more content available in the future!
    I began teaching the Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum at Claremont Middle School this past fall and I really love the units. I teach computers for all 3 grades, and over the course of the year, I will see the entire student body. The curriculum is well-planned and nicely builds from one grade level to the next and it's nice to know that all the students in our community learn the values and concepts taught in the curriculum. I look forward to becoming a Common Sense Certified Educator and potentially contribute to the future development of the curriculum....
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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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