Your Back-to-School Checklist

Kick off the school year with positive tech and media use.

This school year, equip your students with everything they need to succeed in their ever-changing online life. Get started with these resources for fostering healthy tech and media use in your classroom.

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Free Templates to Ease Back Into Your School Year

Set a great tone with students and families with these customizable Google Docs templates.

Whether you want to give families an overview of your class's goals for the year, set norms and expectations for classroom device use, or support families with at-home tips and conversation starters, you'll find what you need.

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The Best Tools for Your Classroom

Looking for some great new tools for your classroom this year? Check out our list of Common Sense Selections for Learning—our editors' picks of the cream-of-the-crop digital tools and learning resources for today's classrooms.

Twice a year, our editors and reviewers review and hand-pick our official selections, based on our independent rating criteria and pedagogical rubric. If you're looking for the best edtech tools around, this list is for you.

Digital Connections

If you have students in grades 6–8, introduce them to Digital Connections, an interactive video series we created in collaboration with AT&T and the Public Library Association.

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Common Sense Media Tips by Text

Help families get entertainment picks and tips for healthy tech use, sent by text message. All at no cost. 

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New Civics Lessons for Grades 8–12

Our brand-new lessons help students think critically about important topics that cut across news and media literacy, social and emotional learning (SEL), and civics.

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Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Our research-backed, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum has lessons for students at every grade level, K–12.