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Previous Webinars

A Fresh Look at Test-Prep Tools

Recorded on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Looking for a fresh take on using test-prep tools? Want to promote collaboration and engagement? In this webinar, Nancy Penchev, a technology teacher at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, Florida, has some proven tools your students will love! When you hear “test prep,” you might think drill and kill and lots of repetition, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Using engaging tools that include media and gamification, test prep can be fun and engaging for students. In this edWebinar, learn of a host of ideas and amazing tools, including Do Ink, FlipGrid, Chatterkids, and others.

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The Incredible Times: A News & Media Literacy Game from Common Sense Education

Recorded on Monday, February 5, 2018

Get a sneak peek at an exciting new online game launching soon! In this edWebinar, Eisha Buch, Senior Manager of Education Programs for Common Sense Education, will unveil The Incredible Times, a free game for exploring the topic of misinformation in an engaging way by introducing and sparking critical conversations around news literacy. Eisha will explore the key learning objectives of the game and different ways it can be implemented in your classroom in conjunction with other Common Sense Digital Citizenship resources. Eisha will demo the game for us as well. Classroom educators, technology coordinators, librarians, and anyone involved in teaching digital citizenship or news and information literacy are invited to participate. There will be time for questions after the presentation. Attend this session for a first-ever sneak peek of new Common Sense Education content that will be coming soon!

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Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World

Recorded on Monday, January 29, 2018

How can educators help families and students achieve media balance in today’s tech-immersed world? What strategies and tools can educators offer families? Media balance is an important issue for families in the modern tech-savvy world. Let Michelle Cooper, Library Media Specialist at White Oak ISD in Texas, share tips and strategies to help reduce screen time and increase family time. In this edWebinar, you will discover how to implement a parent outreach program that includes family media agreements, device-free dinner resources, and tools to combat technology addiction. Michelle also will discuss ways to find time to teach character strengths and life skills.

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Online Security, Privacy, and Risk: How to Avoid Becoming a Headline

Recorded on Thursday, December 7, 2017

Stay off the front page of the paper! In this edWebinar, Director of the Privacy Evaluation Initiative for Common Sense Media, Bill Fitzgerald, talks about defining and assessing levels of risk in the classroom and school. He provides tools and simple checks that we can all do to make sure we are using the available tech tools in a way that does not violate student privacy or school security. This edWebinar is for educators, administrators, and anyone connected to the school environment who wants to learn more about privacy and security in an app-based world. Watch and gain valuable insight on student privacy and school security!

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Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking

Recorded on Monday, November 6, 2017

In this edWebinar discover how you can help students grapple with these topics in a thoughtful, honest and civil way that encourages thinking about their own biases. Veteran teacher and media literacy trainer Chris Sperry will engage participants in analyzing classroom models of inquiry-based media analysis to explore pedagogy and practice. He will present classroom-ready strategies and free online resources from Project Look Sharp—applicable to all grade levels and subject areas—for integrating constructivist media decoding activities into your curriculum. This edWebinar is geared towards teachers, administrators, and library media specialists at the K-12 level. Learn how to integrate media literacy and critical thinking into your curriculum!

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Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption

Recorded on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What are some ways to get started teaching digital citizenship? What is the best strategy to implement a digital citizenship plan throughout a school or district?

In this edWebinar, Theresa Ellington, Instructional Technology Manager for Life Schools Charter School in Texas, will guide us through the planning and implementation of digital citizenship from one classroom to districtwide adoption. Theresa will share tips, resources, and the step-by-step process used to achieve district implementation. You’ll gain valuable insight on developing or extending your own digital citizenship plan at the teacher or district level.

There will be time to ask Theresa your questions after her presentation. This live, interactive session is designed for k-12 teachers, administrators, and library media specialists. Join us to learn how to take your digital citizenship program to the next level!

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We All Teach SEL: Social and Emotional Learning and Character Day

Recorded on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How do you disseminate ideas on the science of character, social emotional learning, and flourishing in today’s world far and wide? Learn two fantastic resources to support these ideas. First, learn about Character Day, set for September 13th and now in its fourth year. It is an exciting global day where students, families, corporations, congregations, and educators from around the world screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives.

In this edWebinar you'll learn about resources supporting online global conversation around character—focusing on who they are, who they want to be in the world, and how to develop these character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness)—all rooted in evidence-based research. Everything is free thanks to generous grants and donations. And be given an introduction to Common Sense Education’s newest guide: Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning. The presenter will highlight the digital dilemmas that students may face in their lives, showing you what character strengths students need to navigate those dilemmas, and providing discussion questions that get students thinking about empathy, teamwork, and more. 

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Get Recognized for Advancing Digital Teaching and Citizenship

Recorded on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Are you teaching students to be safe, responsible, and respectful as they participate in the digital world? Are you using technology to enhance your lessons? Are you engaging parents in helping their kids be good digital citizens? Or are you ready to take the first step in your digital teaching and citizenship journey?

Common Sense recognizes the educators, schools, and districts that are committed to creating a culture of digital teaching and citizenship by implementing meaningful learning experiences within a safe and responsible environment. The Common Sense Recognition Program builds a community of educators, from novices to experts, who believe in the power of technology to transform learning and who believe that digital teaching and digital citizenship go hand in hand.

View now and learn how you can get recognized for the work you’re doing in your classroom, school, or district.

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Creating a Culture of Dignity in Your Community: Transforming Difficult Conversations into Meaningful Connections with Your Students

Recorded on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Young people often tune out when educators and parents talk to them about how to use social media responsibly. Join us to learn how to transform difficult conversations with students into meaningful connections.

In this edWebinar, best-selling author, educator, and thought leader Rosalind Wiseman will share:

  • The latest insights into how young people are using social media
  • Its impact on their social dynamics
  • How to have conversations about social media so they don’t tune out

With the right approach, these conversations can be transformed into powerful opportunities for positive teacher-student connection and engagement. There will be time for Rosalind to answer your questions after her presentation. Educators, administrators, and counselors serving middle and high school students are invited to this live, interactive session.

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How Games Can Be a Centerpiece for Student-Driven Learning

Recorded on Thursday, May 25, 2017

If—for the most part—phonics workbooks were abandoned in favor of whole-language approaches to reading, why are educational games still honing in on single concepts? Educational technology is often viewed as a tool to support learning, not the focal point of instruction. But games can be different. Games can be the centerpiece of a classroom. Much like studying a novel or analyzing a film, the systems in games can drive instruction around and about it.

In this edWebinar, Matthew Farber, Ed.D., social studies teacher and game-based learning author; and Steve Isaacs, video game design and development teacher, will discuss how games can create a shared experience for students, much like a field trip. In their game-based learning classrooms, students study games and then have an opportunity to mod (modify, change) as well as to design their own. Join us to learn how to move your students from content consumers to media creators!

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Device Free Dinners to Drive Home Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What does family dinner look like nowadays? In the digital age, it's easy to let devices occupy more and more of our family time. As more kids and parents bring their devices to the dinner table, the opportunity to connect with family members without distractions is getting lost. One solution families can adopt is having a "device-free dinner" with more bites and fewer bytes!

Join Common Sense to learn about their Device-Free Dinner initiative. Michael Robb, director of research at Common Sense, presents the latest research on media, kids, and families. Then Kelly Mendoza, director of learning and engagement, introduces Common Sense Education's Device-Free Dinner Toolkit, with turnkey resources schools can use to designate a Device-Free Dinner Day. Help families support a balance between tech time and face-to-face time with device-free dinners!

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News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators

Recorded on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and the difficulty of determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids.

In this webinar, Kelly Mendoza, director of learning and engagement for Common Sense Education, leads participants on an exploration of news and media literacy and debuts the new News- and Media-Literacy Toolkit by Common Sense Education, with resources for educators to help build students' skills to be critical media consumers and creators. This webinar is designed for middle and high school teachers, librarians, and tech coordinators.

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You Gave a Formative Assessment, Now What?

Recorded on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Have you ever given a formative assessment and not used the data? Technology has introduced a plethora of formative assessment options for teachers over the past few years. In this webinar, learn how Cathie Gillner, an educator from Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, PA and Common Sense Ambassador, uses concept mapping and games as formative assessments.

Follow formative assessments from start to finish and look at the most important part of a formative assessment—the results! Participants will be introduced to nontraditional types of formative assessments such as concept maps and games as a way to spot check students’ learning through a course of study. So let’s go beyond the game show and dive into the world of data-driven instruction.

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Teaching Students with Autism about Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Monday, January 16, 2017

Most educators realize the importance of teaching digital citizenship to all students, but students with autism face unique challenges. Join Instructional Technology Specialist Jennifer Liang to learn how to differentiate digital citizenship for students with autism.  Jennifer shares the strategies she uses leading the digital citizenship efforts at Cumberland Academy, an independent school that serves students with autism and other neurobehavioral differences.

In this webinar, Jennifer tackles these issues around teaching digital citizenship to students with autism:

  • What are the unique challenges for students with autism as it relates to media and technology use
  • How can educators draw on the abilities of these students – such as attention to detail, appreciation for rules, and a strong sense of fairness – and draw on those strengths to make connections to digital citizenship?
  • What can educators do to support parents and caregivers of students with autism and make a strong home-school connection with them?
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Now I Have to Teach Coding? A Beginner’s Guide

Recorded on Thursday, December 8, 2016

With the literacy of coding emerging as a “must” of 21st-Century learning, our already complex jobs suddenly seem to be getting more complicated. Teachers, however, don’t have to be masters of JavaScript or Ruby to give students the tools they need. Concepts like computational and design thinking, or connecting to the language of code to solve problems and create content, don’t have to be as complicated (or intimidating) as they sound.

Join James Denby and Robin Ulster as they focus on ways you can start incorporating these elements into your classes without having to attend a three-month coding boot camp first yourself. This webinar will share:

  • Accessible tools
  • A problem-solving approach
  • Strategies to inspire and challenge students (and yourself) to approach problems like coders

Join James and Robin for a live, interactive session which will include time for them to answer your questions. This webinar will benefit educators and administrators.

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Collaboration in the Digital Classroom!

Recorded on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Getting students to work together successfully is a key feature of Common Core State Standards. In this webinar, early elementary school teacher Jennifer Auten will talk about why collaboration is important and share tips on how to create a successful environment for collaboration. She'll share several digital tools that facilitate collaboration in the creation of a final product and give examples of completed second-grade projects. Finally, collaboration outside of product creation will be discussed.

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Increase Student Learning With These Classroom Management Tools

Recorded on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

More learning happens when the right classroom management tools are in place! In this webinar, middle school technology teacher Eileen Lennon will lead an exploration of tools to help you establish an engaging and productive classroom environment.

This webinar look at:

  • Class behavior sites for every age group, from ClassDojo to ClassCraft to Google Classroom tools that measure classroom sound levels
  • Timers for students to monitor their time management
  • Random student selectors and random group creators to help students feel they are treated equally and fairly
  • Online discussions or group collaboration to increase student engagement
  • Badges as a method of classroom management

A little work at the beginning of the school year will pay dividends for the rest of the year!  Join us for an hour and become a more effective and efficient classroom manager. Eileen will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive session. This webinar will be useful for K-12 educators and administrators.

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Character Day: A Global Event for Exploring Social and Emotional Learning through Films, Discussions

Recorded on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How do you disseminate ideas on the science of character, social emotional learning, and flourishing in today’s world far and wide? Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain will speak about Character Day, a movement that unites people from all over the world to discuss these ideas. It’s now in its third year, and over 20,000 events at schools and organizations around the world have signed up for Character Day, which is set for September 22, 2016. Character Day is a free annual day where students and educators from around the world screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives. Students dive into free printed discussion materials and join an online global conversation around character and the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness) — all rooted in evidence-based research.

In today’s 24/7 digital world, parents are concerned about the messages their kids are soaking up from the media they consume.  During this webinar, attendees also will hear from Dr. Yalda T Uhls about Common Sense Media’s new rating system which identifies movies and TV shows that teach children character strengths. Yalda will share how Common Sense Media’s new rating tools help parents discover, use, and choose movies and TV shows that portray positive character strengths and life skills in a way that experts have determined can support kids’ development.

Join Tiffany and Yalda to learn how to bring Character Day to your school! They will field your questions after their presentation. K-12 administrators, teachers, and counselors are invited to this live, interactive event.

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Implement Digital Citizenship Across Your District: Expert Tools and Tips

Recorded on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Want to know the best way to implement a digital citizenship plan across a district or school? Let Chris Sherman guide you through the planning and implementation of the program that he put in place to achieve 100% Digital Citizenship Certification by Common Sense Education in his 85-building district in less than eight months. In this webinar he will share the resources, documentation, and the step-by-step process that used to achieve this goal. Join us and gain valuable insight into developing or extending your own digital citizenship plan at the teacher or district level.

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Social Media and Cell Phones – Today’s Tools to Connect with Families This Summer

Recorded on Thursday, June 16, 2016

How can you stay connected with parents and students over the summer? Join Lisa Nielson as she gives practical step-by-step advice on how to leverage social media in a responsible way. She will demonstrate best practice use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms to help eliminate the summer educational disconnect.

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Bring Joy to the Classroom with Passion Projects

Recorded on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Whatever happened to joy in the classroom?  Join Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Tamara Letter for a live, interactive event as she shows you how to bring joy back to the classroom with Passion Projects.

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Engaging Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Learn how Cathie Gillner, Pittsburgh educator, uses Digital CompassApp Book Creator and Schoology to teach digital citizenship with comics and digital storytelling in a fun, fast-paced and meaningful way, with real-time feedback from students.  


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Driving Connectivity and Access: State K-12 Broadband Leadership

Recorded on Monday, April 11, 2016

Join Christine Fox (SETDA), Larry Coco (New Jersey Department of Education), Jeff Egly (Utah Education Network), and Steve Garton (Common Sense Education) as they share examples of different state’s approach to supporting high-speed broadband access for all students, including details about New Jersey’s Digital Readiness for Learning and Assessment Project (DRLAP) Broadband component and Utah’s statewide high-speed broadband network.

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Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

Recorded on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

With young children gaining access to a dizzying array of games, videos, and other digital media, will they ever learn to read?  Join Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, as they show how educators and parents can help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds—print, digital, and everything in between.

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7 Ways You Can Be a Digital Citizenship Leader

Recorded on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Learn seven ways you can be a digital citizenship leader from Susan Bearden, digital citizenship experts, and author of Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach (Corwin Press, 2016).

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Cultivating a Math Mindset

Recorded on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How can math teachers apply growth mindset principles? As part of the With Math I Can campaign, join Amazon Education, Stanford’s PERTS, Common Sense Education, and high school math teacher to learn how a growth mindset culture can change your classroom. 

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6 Terrific Tools to Transform Your 2016

Recorded on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Looking for terrific tools to kick off 2016? Join Suzy Lolley, Instructional Technology Specialist and Common Sense Education Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor, to learn about these teacher favorites: Office Sway, 
Canva, Newsela, TinyTap, Kahoot, and Seesaw.

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Using Games to Assess and Personalize Your SEL Instruction

Recorded on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Join Jessica Berlinski, chief impact officer of personalized learning games, in an engaging hour packed with the latest research about and use cases of evidence-based games for social emotional learning (SEL) for students. 

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5 Earth Science Tools That Support NGSS

Recorded on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Join high school environmental science teacher Barbara Huth to learn how National Geographic Education, Google Earth, PBS Learning Media, KQED Do Now, and Nova Labs can be used to support the disciplinary core ideas of Next Generation Science Standards. 

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Curriculum and Instruction: Building a Better Mousetrap

Recorded on Thursday, October 22, 2015

Confused about blended learning, hybrid learning, digital learning, flipped classrooms, and project-based learning, or is this just jargon overload? Join Jeff Mao and Steve Garton as they examine models that provide a meaningful common language to promote better understanding of your school programs.

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Making Digital Citizenship Interactive with Nearpod

Recorded on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Join Sara Heaps and Joshua Tappan at Nearpod, and Kelly Mendoza at Common Sense Education, to learn about Common Sense’s K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum on Nearpod, which combines interactive activities, assessments, and real-time student feedback. 

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Combining Minecraft with Math for Exponential Learning

Recorded on Monday, September 28, 2015

Join teacher Jim Pike to see how you can use the popular game Minecraft to teach Common Core math with his Mathcraft curriculum, co-developed with Code REV. For example, see how to turn Minecraft buildings into algebraic equations, how to build algorithms for standardized test questions, and much more!

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Laptops, Tablets, and Chromebooks? BYOD? Practical Advice to Help You Find Your School's Solution

Recorded on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Confused by the multitudes of technology solutions available today? Join Jeff Mao and Steve Garton as they explore the increasingly diverse device landscape to help you make good decisions about devices, software, and digital content.

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Student Voice in Digital Citizenship: A Project-Based Learning Approach

Recorded on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How can student voice and choice be part of digital citizenship? Hear Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran provide examples on how to get more student voice involved in digital citizenship project-based learning (PBL) throughout the school year. 

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How to Become a Digital Citizenship Certified School

Recorded on Monday, August 31, 2015

Are you teaching students to be safe and responsible as they participate in the digital world? Learn how to become a Digital Citizenship Certified School by educating students, engaging parents, and demonstrating leadership in digital citizenship. 

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The Eight Tenets of a Relevant Connected Educator

Recorded on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why is it essential for educators to be connected via social media? Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) and Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) cover eight ways be a relevant educator, with examples of how to leverage Twitter, Hangouts, and more. 

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Telling Your Story Effectively: Building Community Engagement and Positive School Culture

Recorded on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Explore the increasingly diverse device landscape to help you make good decisions about devices, software, and digital content. Learn how Common Sense Education can help you find the next great learning app.

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It's About the Learning, Not the Technology ... Until It Breaks!

Recorded on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Concerned with the technology behind your learning inititives? In this webinar, we discuss how to successfully employ device-management solutions and technical-support strategies, while also balancing security, support, and control with learning, flexibility, and creativity.

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Do's and Don'ts of Integrating Tech in Schools

Recorded on Thursday, June 25, 2015

What are the "do's" and "don'ts" of technology integration in schools, including digital citizenship? Join Jeff Downing, Elementary Computer Specialist at Fremont USD, Calif., to hear lessons learned as he implemented a technology plan at his school site.

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The Art of Procurement: Balancing Price versus Performance

Recorded on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Is leasing a good idea? Is price the most important factor? How you shop for solutions can be as important as how you buy. Let Jeff Mao and Steve Garton guide you through these treacherous waters with practical advice and real-world experience.

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Are You Ready for BYOD?

Recorded on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Get ready for BYOD! Learn classroom management strategies, tool recommendations, and teaching tips with Rachelle Wooten, Digital Learning Specialist at Fort Bend Independent School District, Texas, and Common Sense Education Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor.

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What’s in Your Digital Citizenship Survival Kit?

Recorded on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A tube of toothpaste can be used as a metaphor for online sharing: Once information is out, it's impossible to get back in the tube! Learn how Craig Badura uses a "digital citizenship survival kit" of everyday items to teach students these skills.

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From Policy to Practice: Is Your Leadership Moving Your School Forward or Backward?

Recorded on Thursday, May 28, 2015

What can apps teach you about leadership? It may not be what you expect. Join Jeff Mao as he explores leadership at multiple levels and from multiple perspectives examining AUP, take-home, insurance, filtering, and other policies in a 1-to-1 environment.

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Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

Recorded on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Learn about Digital Compass, Common Sense's newest interactive for grades 6-9. Based on the concept of “choose your own adventure” books, Digital Compass guides students in grades 6-9 to learn about making good decisions in the digital world.

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Getting Started with Game-Based Learning

Recorded on Monday, April 27, 2015

Curious about game-based learning, but don’t know where to begin? Matthew Farber, educator and author of Gamify Your Classroom, covers strategies to include games into your classroom, providing examples from The Land of Venn, Minecraft, and more.

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Tips & Tools for Flipping Your Classroom

Recorded on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Have you flipped? Flipping your classroom allows students to explore content at their own pace, slowing down, advancing, or reviewing as needed. Join Instructional Technology Specialist Aubrey Harrison to learn methods that will work best in your class.

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What Does a Model Digital Citizenship School Look Like?

Recorded on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What does a model digital citizenship school look like? Learn about the K-8 digital citizenship curriculum and parent program implemented at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, Mass. This school has been Digital Citizenship Certified by Common Sense.

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Designing Agile Learning Spaces

Recorded on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How can schools design agile learning spaces with technology to foster learning? In this webinar, learn how Hillbrook School has students design dynamic learning spaces where they can collaborate and work alongside teachers.

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Fostering Meaningful Youth Dialogue in Digital Spaces

Recorded on Thursday, February 19, 2015

How can educators foster civil and meaningful dialogue with young people online? Chris Sloan shares techniques such as “conversation moves” and thinking routines to support middle/high school dialogue, with examples from Youth Voices, Twitter, and more.

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Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships

Recorded on Thursday, January 29, 2015

Learn how educators, practitioners, and parents can use technology to include children with developmental and learning differences (grades preK through 5). Presenter: Tamara Kaldor M.S., founder of Chicago PLAY Pro, and Chicago Education Manager at Common Sense.

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Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap

Recorded on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What are the moral and ethical “disconnects” or “blind spots” youth have about online privacy, property, and participation? In what ways are they engaging with ethical sensitivity in digital spaces? Drawing on extensive interviews with young people between 10-25, Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap explored youths’ attitudes about online life and the messages they hear from adults. In this webinar, Carrie James shared key findings from her book and offered a vision of “conscientious connectivity.” She discussed avenues for supporting kids to take socially positive online actions.

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Character Education in a Digital World​

Recorded on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Join digital citizenship guru Mike Ribble to learn about the intersections between character education and digital citizenship, and take away strategies that you can use with your own students.

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Top 5 Digital Tools of 2014

Recorded on Monday, December 15, 2014

Join Common Sense Education Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor, Dr. Ruth Okoye, to learn about five of Common Sense Education's Top Tools of 2014: Shadow Puppet, Prodigy, Newsela, Curriculet, and EduCanon. See the full list here: /top-picks/best-edtech-of-2014

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Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Social Media Use: What the Research Says​

Recorded on Monday, November 24, 2014

Learn about Dr. Elizabeth Englander’s extensive research in cyberbullying, sexting, and social media use, including myths and misconceptions, how educators can flag problematic behaviors, and how to frame effective responses.

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App Smashing: Combining Apps for Innovative Student Projects

Recorded on Monday, November 24, 2014

Learn to app smash! Join edtech guru Jon Corippo to learn about app smashing: combining different apps and digital tools to complete tasks and create rich student projects. App smashing maximizes digital tools by combining their features and functions.

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Talking with Kids to Make Safer, Smarter Decisions Using Digital Devices​

Recorded on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hosted by the National PTA as part of #ShareAwesome, we joined Lifelock's education partner Jean Chatzky and ConnectSafely's Larry Magid Ed.D., to discuss valuable tips and resources to assist parents to help kids be safe and responsible online.

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Teachers as Designers of Technology, Pedagogy, and Content (TPACK)

Recorded on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Learn how the TPACK model, presented by creators Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Matthew Koehler, can help you evaluate your knowledge around pedagogy, content, and technology to design innovative learning experiences for students.

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Biggest 1:1 iPad Rollout Ever: Challenges and Opportunities

Recorded on Monday, October 27, 2014

Planning and deploying a 1:1 program for the second-largest school district in the country, serving 650,000 students, is an amazing feat. But it’s also not without challenges. In this webinar, LAUSD’s Rasheed Khan and Rick Hassler shared their Common Core Technology Project: the largest one-to-one mobile device rollout in the country.

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Making a Better World: Teaching Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills​

Recorded on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hosted by EasyBib, learn about three elements that are necessary for a whole-community approach to digital citizenship in schools: educating students, engaging families, and enhancing school leadership.

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Connecting Families: Rethinking Education About Parenting in a Digital Age

Recorded on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Common Sense is proud to announce the latest iteration of their free parent education program. View this webinar to learn about the new Connecting Families program as well as research findings on how to effectively engage parents on parenting in a digital age. Darri Stephens and Emily Weinstein share the substantial changes that were made to this program, based on research they conducted with parents, and ongoing feedback on the program.

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Five Skills To Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning​

Recorded on Monday, September 22, 2014

Hosted by EasyBib, learn about five important skills for teachers, including how to: discover, evaluate, and curate high quality tech tools into useful collections; reimagine lessons plans using Lesson Flows; and collaborate with other teachers.

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Khan Academy's Video-Based Instruction

Recorded on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Khan Academy is a widely used instructional tool that provides free, self-paced academic videos for guided, adaptive instruction. With a strong focus on math, the site also offers videos on science, economics, the arts, and computing.

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Building a Solid Digital Citizenship Program from Day One

Recorded on Monday, August 18, 2014

Hear from Steven Anderson, top educator and Learning Evangelist, who will share advice and strategies on how to set the foundation and build a positive school culture around digital citizenship throughout the year.

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Strategies for a Whole-Community Approach to Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Thursday, July 31, 2014

How has your school built a positive culture around digital citizenship? How have you involved students, faculty, staff, leadership, and parents? In this webinar, presenters Susan Bearden, IT Director and Bradley Meyer, 21st Century Learning Specialist, both of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, shared the three elements necessary to take a whole-community approach to digital citizenship at your school or district: educating students, engaging parents, and enriching leadership.

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Inspiring Students to Design Great Cities with SimCity

Recorded on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SimCity is an always-online, fast-paced, intuitive, and forgiving city simulator that lets kids build (and destroy) single-player cities in multiplayer regions.

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Using the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Website for Early Childhood SEL

Recorded on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Help young children's social and emotional learning with warm, loving messages delivered on the PBS KIDS Mister Rogers' Neighborhood website, an interactive online extension of the classic and much-loved TV show.

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Digital Citizenship – Seeing the Big Picture

Recorded on Monday, June 9, 2014

We live during a time of unfathomable, roller-coaster innovation with no braking system. While the ride is exciting, it moves so quickly that we typically don’t have time to think about the possible unintended consequences that might accompany it. The result is that we find ourselves unable to effectively respond to hot-button issues like cyberbullying and sexting because they seem to come out of nowhere.

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Defeating the Culture of Bullying in an Age of Social Media

Recorded on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Being a teenager has never been easy, but now it's more challenging. Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, will be sharing a Teacher's Guide to her book.

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Fun, Free Video Editing and Remixing with Popcorn Maker

Recorded on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mozilla's Popcorn Maker is a free website where students can edit and remix videos. Hear from a high school teacher and an assistant professor for ideas on using Popcorn Maker in your classroom!

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Challenge Math and Science Learners with Brilliant

Recorded on Monday, April 21, 2014

Brilliant is a free website that challenges high-achieving middle and high school students in math and physics.

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What We Know About Families' Use of Educational Media

Recorded on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parents will tell you they're interested in the media that helps their kids learn. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center shared the results from "Learning at Home", a report from a national survey of over 1500 parents of children ages 2-10.

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Implementing Digital Citizenship District-wide

Recorded on Monday, March 24, 2014

How can a school district educate each and every student to be model digital citizens? In this webinar, see how Kent School District in Kent, Washington is teaching 28,000 students digital citizenship skills every year.

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How Subtext Supports Common Core Standards

Recorded on Monday, March 17, 2014

Subtext is a collaborative digital reader in which students can access, annotate, and engage with literature in the classroom.

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Using Comics and Storytelling to Teach Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Monday, February 24, 2014

Comics are a great avenue to teach digital citizenship, through themes of right and wrong, and taking the virtuous path. Jeff Brain shared a program he has developed where students learn digital citizenship, through writing and media creation skills.

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How ClassDojo Gives Your Class Mojo

Recorded on Friday, February 14, 2014

ClassDojo is a classroom management and task assignment tool that provides real-time feedback for students on how they're meeting classroom expectations.

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Social Media: An Essential Tool for K-12 Classrooms

Recorded on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

While some educators say "no" to social media, Lisa Nielsen disagrees. Lisa shares how educators are using social media both as a powerful tool for professional development as well as student learning that prepares them for today's world.

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Responsive Teaching With Socrative

Recorded on Monday, December 16, 2013

Socrative is a powerful student response system that helps support responsive teaching.

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Think Twice: Kids' Online Privacy and Digital Footprints

Recorded on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We know that the holidays means new devices, but are kids learning how to manage their online privacy? Understanding how to protect online privacy goes beyond privacy settings. Lisa Highfill, discusses kids' online privacy and digital footprints.

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Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Remix Generation

Recorded on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Are your students copyright confused? Gail Desler, of Elk Grove Unified School District, addresses copyright, fair use, and remix culture, including resources from CSE and Digital ID for teaching these topics to meet Common Core Standards.

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All Things Edmodo

Recorded on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Edmodo is a platform that allows teachers and students to post, collaborate, and submit class work in a safe social network-like setting.

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Best ELA Apps and Websites Aligned to Common Core

Recorded on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cut through the clutter and use the best apps for ELA learning.

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Empowering Students to Be Digital Citizens

Recorded on Thursday, October 24, 2013

As schools increasingly integrate technology, new challenges arise such as cyberbullying and inappropriate sharing. Digital citizenship is an essential 21st century skill in which students are safe and respectful participants in a digital world.

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Best Math Apps and Websites Aligned to Common Core

Recorded on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Learn from expert educators about digital tools that meet Common Core State Standards for math.

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Great Tools for Production-Centered Design

Recorded on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Need inspiration on incorporating production-centered design into your teaching? Hosted by Educator Innovator, this webinar features CSE and two "Innovator Educators" who focus on production-centered tools and how teachers are using them with students.

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Best Apps for Back-to-School

Recorded on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gear up for back-to-school with great apps, websites, and games to get students going, help their study habits, and organize effective workflow.

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Great Apps for the Classroom

Recorded on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tools featured include Toontastic, BrainPop, Motion Math, and Spinlight Studios. Hosted by Launchpad Toys.

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What Makes an App Have Great Learning Potential?

Recorded on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In this presentation from the ISTE conference, learn about Common Sense Education's detailed rubric that scores each digital learning product on 15 dimensions and produces a rating, making it easy for teachers to identify the best tools for learning.

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Essential Apps for the 1-to-1 Classroom

Recorded on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Join CSE to learn about our free 1-to-1 Essentials Program, a roadmap for schools implementing 1-to-1 tablets. Hear from expert educators and administrators who helped develop the three phase (Envision, Communicate, and Implement) program.

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