What is a PLN, and why should you start one? Our panel of teachers and PLN experts weigh in.
Traditional professional development for teachers, while important, doesn't usually address every teacher's unique needs when it comes to professional learning. Top-down PD solutions tend to ignore what we want most: More opportunities for choice and topics that are timely and actually relevant to our unique classrooms.
It's no wonder, then, that online PLNs -- professional (or sometimes "personal") learning networks -- have become so popular in recent years. ... Read more
The Digital Youth Network is a digital literacy program that gives students on Chicago’s South Side the skills and tools they need to be media creators — and critical media consumers. So what ... Read more
In this expert interview, Common Sense Media met with renowned educator and psychologist Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We talked about his latest research on digital media, ... Read more
In this expert interview, we sat down with Katie Salen (Director of Institute of Play and associate professor in the Design and Technology department at the Parsons School of Design) to talk ... Read more
Do you wonder how kids are being affected by growing up in a globally interconnected, multicultural, participatory world? In this expert interview, Henry Jenkins (Provost’s Professor of Communication, ... Read more
Constance Steinkuehler (an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison) has the job many kids dream of: She gets to hang out in virtual worlds like World of Warcraft and Runescape while ... Read more
The Bronx Early College Academy, BECA, a small and growing public school in the Bronx, NY, implemented the Digital Citizenship curriculum with their whole student body, in grades 6 through 10, with approximately ... Read more
Six best practices from Common Sense School of the Year 2008 Convent of the Sacred Heart and Stuart Hall for Boys, San Francisco, CA.
What do you get when you combine a school with a commitment to learning ... Read more
In this opinion article, Rick Phillips (the Executive Director and founder of Community Matters) urges parents and educators to address issues of bullying in a proactive way that emphasizes community and ... Read more
In this opinion article, Matt Levinson (author of From Fear to Facebook) shares Nueva Middle School’s journey toward embracing technology in the classroom.
When it comes to cyberbullying, issues ... Read more
In this article, Dr. Patricia Greenfield and Yalda T. Uhls, from UCLA and Children’s Digital Media Center, help us make sense of some of the research being done on how multitasking affects productivity ... Read more