Today is the first day of the Los Angeles Unified School District's inaugural Digital Citizenship Week. Starting today and running through Friday, March 21, all 650,000 students in K-12 classrooms throughout the district are being taught skills to engage safely and responsibly in the vast digital world. The lessons are provided to teachers, parents, and students from Common Sense Media's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.
Digital Citizenship Week launched at an inspiring event last Friday at Western Elementary School, a smaller K-5 school in South L.A. where students have been using iPads in their classrooms since last September. City and district officials were treated to a celebration of what those 650 students know about being digital citizens who are successfully using technology.
Superintendent John E. Deasy addressing students on Friday, March 14, to announce LAUSD's Digital Citizenship Week.
In a brief assembly as part of the Digital Citizenship Week launch, Common Sense Media's Program Manager Merve Lapus took the stage with Superintendent John E. Deasy; leadership from the LAUSD Common Core Technology Project (CCTP) team; Thelma Melendez, the Director of Education and Workforce Development for the City of Los Angeles; Sylvia Rousseau, LAUSD Board Member (District 1: South & Southwest L.A.), and Dr. Shilby Sims, Principal of Western Elementary. The brief comments to the students, teachers, parents, and guests in attendance included the importance of on-boarding students to succeed with technology, as well as heartfelt congratulations to the students from the superintendent for demonstrating that technology, used wisely, can inspire learning and close the opportunity gap for any student no matter where they're from.
As a special surprise for the students, actor Raini Rodriguez, star of the Disney Channel show Austin & Ally, joined the celebration to give high fives, take pictures, and talk to the kids about her work in bullying prevention.
Raini Rodriguez, star of the Disney Channel show Austin & Ally, with Common Sense Media's Merve Lapus.
Throughout this week, LAUSD educators will use free resources from Common Sense Media, including comprehensive and grade-appropriate lesson plans about digital citizenship, activities that can be implemented schoolwide, and materials to engage parents and caregivers. LAUSD has planned three other special events in other schools within the district this week and will continue to provide targeted resources for schools throughout the year.
To learn more about the additional events or to access lesson plans, suggested activities, and other resources for schools and communities, visit: http://lausd.schoolwires.net/dcw.