Join Common Sense Media at ISTE

June 19, 2012
Kelsey Herron
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES Common Sense News, Common Sense Resources, Digital Citizenship, Technology Integration

Educators, if you’re coming to the International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego next week, be sure to check out both of our panels on digital citizenship in the classroom.

Digital citizenship education is a necessity if students are to safely navigate today’s technology, yet many school administrators and educators lack a roadmap to implementing these new curricula. Common Sense Media offers a complimentary, student-centered K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum that was developed in conjunction with the GoodPlay Project at Harvard University.

During “Implementing Digital Citizenship: Lessons Learned from the First Year,” held June 27, teachers will have an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on how to successfully integrate digital citizenship in both elementary and middle school settings;
  • Consider challenges teachers faced and solutions to those challenges;
  • Understand the key skills for digital citizenship in meeting ELA Common Core standards for K-8; and
  • Identify how to successfully engage key stakeholders, such as administrators and parents.

An additional session, held June 26, is a hands-on workshop that will delve into Digital Passport, our new student-led interactive program for grades 3-5. The program helps build the skills needed to empower students to make smart choices online. Digital Passport contains six units for upper elementary and lower middle school students, focusing on security, privacy, friendship, communication, creative credit, or searching. Kids work through the curriculum by earning badges for each module, and they receive a their Digital Passport once they’ve received all six prerequisite badges.

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about our research-based framework;
  • Engage in a hands-on sampler of Digital Passport and the learning outcomes of its six modules;
  • Understand how to combine the student-led Digital Passport with the teacher-led curriculum to create a blended learning approach to digital citizenship;
  • Discuss possible uses and implementation.

Both panels have been recommended by the ISTE’s media specialists and will be led by Kelly Mendoza, manager of the professional development program at Common Sense Media. Mendoza will be joined by Merve Lapus, our educational program manager as well as Jeff Brain, teacher at Del Mar Middle School and instructor at San Francisco State University, and Doris Malmin, teacher and technology staff developer at K.R. Smith Elementary School in San Jose, CA. More details and registration information is available at ISTE. We hope to see you there.