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  • Mrs. Herraez's avatar
    Pueblo City Schools has been raving fans of the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum for the past four years. We were very excited when we first learned of this amazing resource, because it fulfilled all our needs by providing comprehensive, high quality learning opportunities for our students to gain information literacy, digital citizenship and online safety skills in relevant, engaging, and collaborative ways.

    Our media specialists and counselors have received specialized training and lesson plan binders. We have aligned lessons to our instructional units and post online links to curriculum resources. As a technology coach I'm able to support teachers as they implement the program in their classrooms. This past year we have leveraged the power of Google Classroom for a paperless classroom environment using CSM lessons. Students and staff have embraced these tools as they allow for increased communication and collaboration. Furthermore, our students enjoy applying their critical thinking and problem solving skills to the relevant CSM scenarios. Our students have also become addicted to the digital passport lessons. We tried to introduce one lesson weekly, but found students had taken the initiative to complete them all on their own time after just one classroom lesson.

    Thank you, Common Sense Media! We truly appreciate having access to your high quality resources and look forward to expanding our implementation each year. We are also very thankful to have Brian Dino as our state CSM representative- he is a joy to work with and always very helpful!
    Pueblo City Schools has been raving fans of the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum for the past four years. We were very excited when we first learned of this amazing resource, because it fulfilled all our needs by providing comprehensive, high quality learning opportunities for our students to gain information literacy, digital citizenship and online safety skills in relevant, engaging, and collaborative ways.

    Our media specialists and counselors have received specialized training and lesson plan binders. We have aligned lessons...
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  • Ms. Van Der Wel's avatar
    While the debate continues about whether today's children are naturally tech savvy or not, in order to provide holistic education, Digital Citizenship must be addressed. Gone are the days where using technology was an option. It is so integrated into everyday life that teachers must take responsibility to further students understanding about what makes a good digital citizenship and what is involved in maintaining this. The actions of children today will impact on the rest of their lives. Having a good understanding of digital citizenship will assist students to develop positive digital footprints that will help them in the future while maintaining the privacy and security. As a Teacher Librarian I have the opportunity to reach every child in our school. This was too great an opportunity to pass up so we have dedicated a term of lessons to teaching Digital Citizenship simultaneously across the whole school. This means everyone is talking about it at the same time. The buzz has been amazing. But in order to keep the buzz alive we will continue to discuss digital citizenship at opportune times during other lessons, reinforcing the idea that this should not be something taught in isolation.
    While the debate continues about whether today's children are naturally tech savvy or not, in order to provide holistic education, Digital Citizenship must be addressed. Gone are the days where using technology was an option. It is so integrated into everyday life that teachers must take responsibility to further students understanding about what makes a good digital citizenship and what is involved in maintaining this. The actions of children today will impact on the rest of their lives. Having a good understanding of digital citizenship will assist students to develop...
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  • Mrs. Jefferson's avatar
    Children are already creating digital footprints - without their even knowing it. In this ever changing digital world, children it is imperative that they know how to protect themselves and build positive digital profiles. As an educator, I feel that is is our responsibility to provide information, tools, and strategies that will allow them to be positive contributors to their community.
  • Mrs. heath's avatar
    I believe as edcuators we are developing the whole child as children today are automatically a part of a digital society they must understand to be a active and safe user of the digital world. Children need to know how to interact with others in a safe , postive and engaging manner. As well as knowing the proper way to use the material found in the digital world in a secure and fair use way. We are educators are the teachers and the models to ensure this impact on their lives.
  • Mrs. Unnam's avatar
    Students spend a major amount of their day at school using the internet academically. As educators at Pristine Private School we have a accountability to edify our students in online well being and digital citizenship. We have greatly benefited with the curriculum and its applicability to all grades effectively via Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Education and therefore have successfully provided digital citizenship and internet safety training for every student in grades K - 12.
  • Mrs. Unnam's avatar
    Students spend a major amount of their day at school using the internet academically. As educators at Pristine Private School we have a accountability to edify our students in online well being and digital citizenship. We have greatly benefited with the curriculum and its applicability to all grades effectively via Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Education and therefore have successfully provided digital citizenship and internet safety training for every student in grades K - 12.
  • Mrs. Ligo's avatar
    As our district has integrated technology to complement instructional models coupled with the launch of 1 to 1 devices it has become imperative to educate and advocate to our students the responsibility they have as good digital citizens. As a library media specialist and computer teacher I value and integrate the exceptional resources that Common Sense Media has available. The conversations that I have with our middle school students allows them to cope, create strategies and support each other. The students, myself and other teachers in our school have developed a community of Digital Citizens aligned with the principles of Common Sense Media through continuous education, teen panels and in district tech expos.
    As our district has integrated technology to complement instructional models coupled with the launch of 1 to 1 devices it has become imperative to educate and advocate to our students the responsibility they have as good digital citizens. As a library media specialist and computer teacher I value and integrate the exceptional resources that Common Sense Media has available. The conversations that I have with our middle school students allows them to cope, create strategies and support each other. The students, myself and other teachers in our school have developed a community...
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  • Mr. Ross's avatar
    I started using Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship and Curriculum because I feel that students of the 21st century need these skills to be safe and responsible online. Students need to be explicitly taught these "real world" lessons and scenarios to become valued digital citizens. In my low socioeconomic culture, digital citizenship is not on the radar of students, parents, or other educators. This is one of the main reasons I chose to use Common Sense Media's resources and continue to spread the word at my local school site, the district, and various other professional learning networks.
    I started using Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship and Curriculum because I feel that students of the 21st century need these skills to be safe and responsible online. Students need to be explicitly taught these "real world" lessons and scenarios to become valued digital citizens. In my low socioeconomic culture, digital citizenship is not on the radar of students, parents, or other educators. This is one of the main reasons I chose to use Common Sense Media's resources and continue to spread the word at my local school site, the district, and various...
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  • Ms. Sullivan's avatar
    Want more tools that balance learning in front of a screen with hands-on activities outside in nature? Check out these resources for mixing screen time with tree climbs this summer! It's a great list to share with your students and their parents! What tools would you add to the list?
  • Mr. Reynolds's avatar
    I started using Common Sense Curriculum in grades 3-8 because of the concern about the students lack of awareness of their rights and responsibilities in matters concerning their online life. The parents really got involved and showed support for this project. We even held an after school meeting inviting parents to attend and learn about how to help their children online. Thanks Common Sense Media for all the materials and suggestions that helped make this a success.
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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.

Prekindergarten - 12th