Remind contacted us earlier this year to let us in on a secret: They had a plan in the works to add two-way "Chat" to their popular messaging tool for educators. We were thrilled to hear about the added functionality, which would continue to encourage teachers to capitalize on seamless communication with students and family members. Remind’s tool clearly illustrates how today’s technologies can take learning beyond the four-walled, brick-and-mortar buildings by encouraging a strong and ongoing home-school connection. And we all know that “just in time” and “on the go” learning is crucial for today’s 21st-century student.
Remind asked if we could partner with them to reinforce safe and responsible behaviors needed for digital communication, which is just one aspect of our free K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum. We jumped at the opportunity and are pleased to announce a new Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Common Sense and Remind. The kit contains one week’s worth of content, activities, and tips to help introduce all users to Remind’s two-way Chat while communicating the importance of safe digital communication.
Broken down by grade band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12), the kit outlines by day:
- An age-appropriate digital citizenship lesson
- An activity that teachers can send to students via Remind
- A tip that teachers can send to parents via Remind
Not only will the kit help you become familiar with the various ways to use Remind to communicate with families, but in completing the five days of lessons and activities, you'll be eligible to become a Common Sense Certified Educator.
Also in the news recently was New York City's lift of the ban on cell phones in schools. As schools focus on the challenges of managing mobile devices on campuses and in classrooms, they also have the chance to shine the spotlight on empowering students to succeed with their technology by giving them the skills to behave safely, smartly, and respectfully with devices. Educator Matthew Soeth recently emphasized this opportunity in his blog post "Developing Digital Citizenship Through Mobile Communication."
“In the changing landscape of education, digital communication via text is one of the best tools for keeping students engaged, informed and connected. Teachers who embed technology in their curriculum, and not just as a supplemental part of the curriculum, will see students’ digital citizenship abilities grow. Talk to students about expectations and procedures for using technology. Once it is embedded into the classroom management plan, technology will be part of both students’ and teachers’ daily routine and students will begin to develop tech skills that they will find useful long after they have left the classroom.”
Check out the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit, and let us know how we can continue to support you in helping your students and their parents be good digital citizens.