Common Sense Case Studies

Digital Citizenship in Action

Find out why and how schools are empowering learners and leaders in the digital age.

In schools across the United States and around the world, educators are stepping up to ensure students have the skills they need to participate and thrive in an increasingly digital world. From developing media-literacy savvy to understanding and demonstrating respectful online communication, digital citizenship is no longer a "nice to have" -- it's essential.

The schools and districts featured in these case studies are committed to a whole-community approach to digital citizenship, involving students, educators, and families in elevating these essential skills. Check out these inspiring stories from teachers, schools, and districts like yours, and learn how you can empower your students to be confident learners and leaders in the digital age.

Manteca USD | Manteca, CA

The Manteca Unified School District in California's Central Valley has embraced digital citizenship instruction in every school and for every student. As part of one of the most comprehensive one-to-one technology programs in the state, the district's "digital driver's license" is a set of guiding principles for everyone involved in the district's technology initiative, from school and district staff, students, and parents to the greater community.

Omaha students working on computers

Omaha Public Schools | Omaha, NE

In 2014, Omaha Public Schools (OPS) made a bold move to focus on increasing equity and access to learning technology for its students, a majority of whom are classified as economically disadvantaged. Among a range of large-scale construction and renovation projects, OPS focused on modernizing the technology infrastructure across the district. And with new devices comes the imperative for responsible device use, which OPS was ready to face head-on.

boy at a computer

Montour School District | Montour, PA

#MontourProud: It's a hashtag that represents an entire community's commitment to using social media responsibly and respectfully. And it's just one of the many ways the Montour School District has made digital citizenship a priority and empowered students, parents, and teachers to think critically and act responsibly online.

PS1X The Bronx, NY

PS1X Courtlandt School | The Bronx, NY

Marie Belle Vargas has made it her mission to level the playing field for the kids and families in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the nation. Regardless of their access to devices or internet at home, she aims to give students at PS1X Courtlandt School in the South Bronx, New York, the tools they need to succeed in a world of media and technology.

My Neighbor, Big Brother

The recent increase in home surveillance technology could blur the boundaries between private and public spaces, and change expectations of privacy.
In recent months, real-estate agents disclosed to potential home buyers that some sellers used their home surveillance cameras to remotely spy on buyers during open house tours. However, real-estate agents ... Read more
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