Just in time for back-to-school: New distance learning resources are available on Wide Open School.
Looking for advice on distance learning? Have questions about how to implement digital citizenship in your school? Join our free professional learning community to participate in lively discussions and engaging webinars. In our library of more than 80 archived webinars (with new ones added each week), you'll find helpful tips and strategies on the topics you care about the most. Common Sense currently offers two webinar series:
- Digital Learning & Leadership sessions, hosted by edWeb and sponsored by Common Sense, are part of a free professional learning community where you can share, learn, and discuss ideas and best practices to enhance teaching with technology. These lively community discussions focus on meaningful integration of digital learning practices and digital citizenship. Watch the webinar either live or archived on edWeb's platform to receive a certificate of completion, the first step in our Recognition program for leading digital teaching and citizenship in today's classrooms.
- Distance Learning with Common Sense sessions are engaging, virtual opportunities to explore strategies and best practices while connecting with other educators from across the nation—all from the convenience of your home! These distance learning opportunities are free and open to all educators, and you can watch the webinars live or recorded on YouTube. (For those watching live, each session will be a 30-minute video conference on Zoom.) You'll receive a certificate of completion after watching the webinars.
Note: Some of the webinars reference Graphite, the former name of this website.
Distance Learning with Common Sense: The Connection Between Teacher Well-Being and Student Learning
Join founder and CEO of Breathe for Change Dr. Ilana Nankin and Diane Jones Lowrey, senior director of community partnerships at Common Sense, as they engage in a powerful conversation about why your well-being matters. Ilana's dissertation revealed the critical connection between educator well-being and student learning. Join them as they share how important it is for us, as educators, to take care of ourselves the way we take care of our students. You'll walk away with strategies and tips on how to sustain a practice of well-being in your daily life.
Teaching News and Media Literacy in an Election Year
Navigating the news and media landscape can be challenging – especially in an election year. From wall-to-wall campaign coverage to attack ads and stump speeches, there’s a lot to process – especially for students. Political schemes like October surprises have been around for a long time, but young people might not understand them. And in the digital world, things get even thornier and more complex, with everything from social media bots to deepfake videos, data voids, and viral memes (just to name a few).
These news and media literacy challenges are important topics for students to consider. Young people are curious about what they’re seeing and hearing online and in the news. They bring this curiosity into the classroom – and eventually the voting booth. Nevertheless, many teachers find it challenging to discuss the news and current events topics with their students. So, how can we help students explore these issues?
Distance Learning with Common Sense: Hands-On Learning When Virtual
As many classrooms head back into the virtual world this fall, hands-on activities do not need to be left behind. Join two Mooresville Graded School District teachers in North Carolina—Lindsay Smith, a high school science teacher, and Jill Zsupann, a third grade teacher—as they discuss how they incorporated active learning opportunities into their distance learning plans last spring. In this session, you will learn how they navigated getting supplies to their students, some of their favorite resources, and ideas for incorporating hands-on activities to get students excited about learning in the new school year.View More View Less
Distance Learning with Common Sense: Equitable Distance Learning for English Learners
How can we best meet the unique academic, social, and language needs of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse? Join Dr. Elvira Armas, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University, together with accomplished teachers of English learners, Mayra Lavadenz and Charlene Fried. They will share key considerations for implementing "Equitable Distance Learning for English Learners Design Principles," best practices for distance learning, and research-based resources to support ELs' social and emotional learning as well as language development.
Check out last week's discussions on our YouTube channel now.View More View Less
Distance Learning with Common Sense: Using Improv to Redefine Education
When you think of improv, you probably imagine a comedian going off script rather than an educator sitting in front of a laptop. While the use of humor to spark learning can be difficult for some educators to grasp, the need for us to alleviate our students' stress in online learning is not. Join Jordan Elizabeth, improv actor and New York education trainer for Girls Leadership, as she shares practical tips educators can incorporate into their pedagogy. The interactive chat will include physical activities and mindfulness exercises to try with your students.
Check out last week's discussions on our YouTube channel now.
Engagement Strategies for Reimagined Classrooms
Whether we are 6 feet apart or teaching online, our classrooms are going to look different this school year. No longer can we rely on our regular pair and share or group work formats but that doesn’t mean collaboration and sharing is over. How can we take what we already know about engaging students and translate it to distanced learning experiences to build community? This webinar will provide examples from a range of tech options that turn your in-class activities to ones you can use this fall.View More View Less
Packaging Your Digital Assignments: Creating Efficient and Easy-to-Navigate Lessons for Learning at Home
Are you adjusting to a new and unfamiliar environment of teaching and learning online and need new ways of presenting content? Moving assignments to a digital format can seem daunting, especially with the assortment of tools that are being thrown at teachers. But it doesn’t have to be! In this session we will examine good practices for at-home learning, discover why packaging digital assignments is important and a few tips for how to do it, and explore two tools for efficiently packaging digital assignments. At the end of this session, participants will feel better prepared to create digital assignments in either Google Slides, Seesaw, or both, so that students will be able to easily navigate them at home.View More View Less
Summer Learning through our Public Libraries in a time of Covid-19
Many families rely on their public libraries during the summertime. In a time of a pandemic, public libraries will be closed during the summer months, and that includes the wonderful face-to-face programming they offer to their communities. How will the pandemic change traditional summer programs in libraries across the nation? What does a summer learning or summer reading program look like now? What can libraries offer that engage kids, relieve families, and restore communities? We invite you to learn how Allegheny County Public Libraries and San Francisco Public Library are reimagining summer programs as a result of the coronavirus.
This edwebinar will equip school administrators and classroom educators with resources for families. It will provide public librarians with strategies and resources to consider as you pivot to online programming in your communities. We hope you will join us—there's something for everyone.View More View Less
New Remote Learning Resources from Common Sense Education
Campuses are closing and will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year. For many, our education system is unprepared to transition to remote learning. We need to make learning from home an awesome experience that thrills kids, engages teachers, relieves families, and restores community. We invite you to come learn about Wide Open School, a new, free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus.
This edWebinar will equip you with a variety of pre-K–12 content to address subject areas, life skills, SEL, physical activity, arts, STEAM, and much more. There is something for everyone!
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Tech Balance: Family Engagement Tools to Talk Tech and Media Habits with Parents
Talking to parents about their media and tech habits at home can be difficult. Many parents avoid the subject for fear of being judged and lectured. Rather than talking at parents, let's focus on engaging them in conversation and making the topic less taboo and more motivational. In this edWebinar, we will be sharing and brainstorming interactive exercises and discussions to use with parents of young children to promote a healthy balance of media and technology at home. Rocío López, manager of community partnerships for the Common Sense Latino Program, shares best practices in leading workshops with lower-income and monolingual Spanish-speaking families and provides tools and resources.
Learn best practices for engaging families in the topics of healthy media and tech habits.
Brainstorm an activity they can facilitate at their next parent event.
Receive interactive materials for parents, as well as flyers (PDFs) for Common Sense's brand-new text message program, Tech Balance.
Parents can sign up for Tech Balance (available in English and Spanish) by texting the word kids or familia to the number 21555 to receive Common Sense tips every week right in the palm of their hand for free!View More View Less
A Framework for Digital Citizenship Implementation
Successful digital culture-building must be intentional and proactive. Join this edWebinar to learn more about contributing factors that need to be considered when implementing digital citizenship in your school or district. Common Sense Education’s Digital Citizenship Implementation Guide provides a path for a phased framework to help you plan, implement, and evaluate your digital citizenship program. From how to get buy-in, assessing your motivation and needs, instructional plans, educating families, to how to become a Common Sense Recognized School or District, we will discuss different models for digital citizenship implementation. Participants will hear examples from six varied school districts driven by different needs and student populations. Though there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to digital citizenship, you’ll be provided examples and advice that district and school leaders can use at any point in their implementation.
This edWebinar will be of interest to school and district leaders of kindergarten through high school grade levels. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.View More View Less
Ready Player One: Esports in K–12
Esports is exploding with opportunities for student learning, engagement, and leadership. It's not just about players with the fastest thumbs; many roles comprise this burgeoning field. Learn how one county office has created an esports league and is supporting districts to build their programs. The Riverside County Office of Education is among the first county offices in the state to facilitate an esports league for its participating districts.
This session will focus on the why and the how relevant to getting started with esports programs in schools, districts, and/or counties. Participants will be provided with digital resources to guide them in getting started with esports programs at their school sites and districts or in their counties.View More View Less
Creating Accessible Learning Environments: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a philosophy that embraces flexibility in the way learners are engaged in learning and addresses the accessibility of materials, tools, and practices used by and with 21st-century learners. This edWebinar will provide an overview of the guiding principles of UDL and highlight a wealth of resources to help teachers recognize ways that instruction, materials, and environments can be optimized for all learners.
This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of all grade levels. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.View More View Less
How Digital Stressors Impact Student Learning
We know that meeting the social and emotional needs of students is critical to academic success; students learn better when they feel heard, valued, and respected. In this session, participants will define and understand the digital stressors kids are facing in digital spaces, such as social media and gaming platforms. They will discover ways to best integrate SEL practices and content to mitigate those stressors. Lastly, we will review examples of how educators identify and address stressors in the classroom. Participants will leave with practical strategies on how to address the digital stressors students are facing and resources to complement SEL content in the classroom.View More View Less
Let's Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week: Something for Everyone
October 14 to 18 is #digcitweek. Does your school have a plan? Digital Citizenship Week is a great chance to get digital citizenship off the ground at your school. Increase awareness and get students, faculty and families inspired to learn about media balance, cyberbullying, privacy and much, much more! In this EdWebinar, Wanda Greenfield will present her original ideas for taking advantage of this week. You'll get tips and resources from Common Sense Education.View More View Less
50 Top EdTech Tools for the Classroom
Since 2013, Common Sense Education has been teachers' trusted source for in-depth, independent, and unbiased ratings and reviews of edtech tools. They’ve rated over 3,000 products for learning, and the Common Sense Privacy Program has evaluated over 500 products for privacy. After all that time -- and all those reviews -- what’s stood the test of time? This presentation will highlight 50 special tools that offer inventive, rich learning experiences the Common Sense editors and reviewers just flat-out love. This isn’t your typical “best apps” list. Instead, this presentation focuses on tools that have been extensively vetted, and that represent truly transformative learning opportunities for classrooms. In addition, to hearing about these tools and why they’re special, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Common Sense review process, and the editorial team’s unique perspective on the past, present, and future of edtech.
All-New Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Looking for new and engaging digital citizenship resources? Common Sense Education has an all-new Digital Citizenship Curriculum free to all schools. The revamped curriculum helps prepare this generation of young learners to critically develop the skills and habits of mind as they face dilemmas in the digital world. The curriculum is guided by the research of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and addresses current issues students face, including cyberbullying, online privacy, hate speech, news literacy, and more. The new lessons include real-life scenarios, new videos, and engaging activities that help students explore complex topics. Take-home advice and activities are provided for parents.
In this edWebinar:
- Learn about the six topics covered in the new Digital Citizenship Curriculum
- Define ways to teach digital citizenship, including developing skills and dispositions in students
- Be introduced to activities and resources they can use with students
- Identify ways to implement digital citizenship into their classrooms, schools, or districts
This recorded edWebinar will be of particular benefit to K-12 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.View More View Less
Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship: An International Perspective
Summer is almost here, and for many students, that means a big break from school. But not from devices. Summer is an opportunity for rest, relaxation, and exploration, and it’s also a time for students to use devices with less adult guidance. This can bring challenges to families and lead to some bad habits. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.
In this edWebinar, join Heather Barnard, Digital Learning Leader and Common Sense Ambassador, who will provide an international perspective on continuing the digital citizenship discussion through the summer. She’ll have key talking points and practical strategies for preparing students to have a fun, #digcit summer! This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school educators. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.View More View Less
Release Your Inner Connected Educator!
Let’s unpack some of the strategic ways that educators are empowered to share common passions, laugh together, learn together, and even publish books together starting with connections forged through the #WeAreCUE community. In this edWebinar learn from Cate Tolnai, Director of Member Engagement at CUE, Inc., about how you can tap into networks individually or as a larger organization as she shares best practices for being a connected educator in 2019.
This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school educators. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Cate’s presentation.View More View Less
Educators and Social Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls
While social media presents a host of opportunities for educators to connect with their students and to prepare students to be savvy digital citizens, it also requires educators to walk a fine line. How can they make the most of tools like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, while also upholding appropriate boundaries that protect the privacy and well-being of students?
In this edWebinar, Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning Programs at Common Sense Media, will share strategies for helping teachers use social media in a way that benefits their students, their school, and themselves. This presentation will be of interest to elementary through high school educators. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the edWebinar.View More View Less
First Person: Bringing International Investigative Journalism into the Classroom
Want to inspire your students with global issues and the journalists who cover them? Join Fareed Mostoufi from the Pulitzer Center for this edWebinar. You’ll learn about Pulitzer’s variety of programs and resources, which include compelling news stories from around the world, and methods that the Center and its educator partners have spent over a decade developing to engage and challenge students to think critically about how news is made.
Pulitzer’s resources also help students understand how underreported stories from around the world connect to issues facing their own communities, and how they can use journalism skills to share their stories with the world. Resources include journalist visits over skype, hands-on journalism workshops, standards-aligned lesson plans that integrate global news into diverse curricula and much more.
This presentation will be of interest to elementary through high school educators. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Fareed’s presentation.View More View Less
Cultivating Kindness: A Foundation for Digital Citizenship
How do you use kindness to promote learning? Join us for this edWebinar, where Meg Swecker and Tamara Letter, two tech integrators from Virginia, will showcase innovative ways to use kindness to build a culture of digital citizenship. Their presentation will include examples of kindness in action in Roanoke County Public Schools and Hanover County Public Schools with a preview of Tamara’s book, A Passion for Kindness: Making the World a Better Place to Lead, Love, and Learn.
This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school educators. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Meg and Tamara’s presentation.View More View Less
Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations
We make lots of choices when we go online—the device we use, the websites we visit, and the information we provide—and these choices can have consequences in how we’re perceived by others and in our futures. This is all part of our digital footprint. The choices we make online, particularly when we’re using social media, affect our reputations and our senses of identity, in both positive and negative ways.
In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences. This session is geared toward K–12 teachers in all subject areas. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Dr. Coffron’s presentation.View More View Less
Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices
It’s a safe bet that your students got devices as gifts for the holidays. An even safer bet? They’ll run into some challenges as they try to use those devices safely, wisely, and in balance with the rest of their lives. Of course, new devices can make great gifts, and they promise hours of entertainment, opportunities for creativity, and engaging resources for learning. But how do we help them avoid common pitfalls, find the best content, become creators as well as consumers, and use their devices to enhance their worlds—instead of their devices becoming their worlds?
In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device. This session is geared toward K–12 teachers in all subject areas. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Christine’s presentation.View More View Less
Close Reading the Internet: Developing Critical Thinkers
How do we teach students to be critical thinkers online? What do students need to consider when they search online, and how do they evaluate the results they get? In this edWebinar, Ben Cogswell, elementary school teacher, coach, and edtech specialist, will present strategies for teaching students to be effective researchers and critical consumers of online media. He’ll explain how online queries work and the steps to take to determine whether a webpage is trustworthy.
This edWebinar is geared toward K–12 teachers in all subject areas. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Ben’s presentation.View More View Less
Ideas for Jump-Starting Digital Citizenship at Your School
October 15-19 is #digcitweek. Does your school have a plan? Digital Citizenship Week is a great chance to get digital citizenship off the ground at your school. Increase awareness and get students, faculty, and families inspired to learn about media balance, cyberbullying, privacy, and much, much more!
In this edWebinar, designed in collaboration with ISTE, you’ll hear from three innovative educators, Gail Desler, Kathleen Watt and Mike Scafati, who’ll present original ideas for taking advantage of this week. You’ll also get important resources from ISTE for getting trained on and implementing digital citizenship at your school. And finally, by attending this live event, you are entered into a raffle for a chance to win a copy of Digital Citizenship in Action by Kristen Mattson and a Common Sense Digital Citizenship poster for your classroom.View More View Less
Empower Your Students to Be Digital Leaders on Social Media
Social media presents a world of opportunity for students and educators to connect, share, and grow. But it also presents some pretty big challenges. To become responsible and fluent users of this technology, students need real-world opportunities to practice. In this edWebinar, Heather Callihan of Northwest Public Schools in Nebraska will show you how.
At Grand Island Northwest High School, Heather and her colleagues have built a team of student interns who put their social media skills to use by telling the school’s story and engaging the community. This program builds trust between teachers and students, models digital leadership, and provides cross-curricular learning opportunities. Join us for Heather’s presentation to get the full story!
This edWebinar is geared toward grade 6–12 teachers in all subject areas. There will be time for a Q&A session after the event.View More View Less
Digital Citizenship: New Lessons for a Changing World
Students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Educators need resources to keep up with today’s fast-changing media and technology landscape. Common Sense Education’s free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum has you covered!
Join Kelly Mendoza and Jamie Knowles from Common Sense Education to learn about exciting updates for fall 2018, including updated topics, new lessons and videos for grades 3–5, and materials that are easy to share through Google Apps. This award-winning, comprehensive Digital Citizenship Curriculum covers a range of topics from media balance to cyberbullying to privacy. It prepares students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.
This edWebinar is designed for all K-12 teachers, librarians, and tech coordinators. There will be time to get your questions answered after the presentation.View More View Less
Educating Students and Parents About Privacy and Technology Overuse
Web-based apps and devices have transformed our students’ lives, creating new privacy risks and changing ways of social interaction. In this edWebinar, Gaia Bernstein and Jari Peters, professors at Seton Hall Law School’s Institute for Privacy Protection in New Jersey, will present a new program that targets kids in fifth and sixth grades—the ages at which they receive their first cellphones. The free program is unique in that it includes both a curriculum for elementary and middle school students and lectures for parents.
The program highlights the importance of developing a healthy online/offline balance and understanding the connection between excessive use of smartphones, screens, and digital communication and privacy and reputational harms. For the students’ curriculum, they have implemented lessons that use real-life scenarios and engaging, student-driven activities to prepare students to make thoughtful and responsible decisions when using technology. The goal of integrating the students’ curriculum with parents’ lectures is to promote a dialogue of cooperation regarding technology use between students and parents.View More View Less
Fighting Fake: Digital Forensics and News Literacy Education
Preparing students to navigate the landscape of news media is perhaps the most urgent challenge for educators today. From satire and hoaxes to partisan rumors and outright disinformation, today’s information landscape is the most challenging and complex in human history. News literacy—the skills for interpreting and critically analyzing news and information—is nothing less than fundamental to the future success of students and the world they’re responsible for shaping.
In this edWebinar, Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Education at the News Literacy Project, provides an overview of the field of news literacy, including the most current trends and research, and offers concrete tools and strategies for addressing these skills in the classroom.
Join us to learn ways to prepare your students with the critical skills needed for news literacy. This session is designed for middle and high school teachers, librarians, and tech coordinators. There will be time to get your questions answered after Peter’s presentation.View More View Less
Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship
Worried about summer brain drain?
In this edWebinar, Suzy Lolley, Instructional Technology Specialist at Cherokee County School District in Canton, GA, shares ideas for keeping your students learning while having fun all summer long. As summer fast approaches, learn tips for keeping kids engaged when school is closed, including:
- Tools for engaging students academically and creatively
- Tips for helping students stay digitally safe
- Ways to promote healthy media balance through fun outdoor activities and screen time limits
This edWebinar is geared toward K–12 teachers in all subject areas as well as librarians.View More View Less
Amplifying Student Voice with Technology
Looking to enhance student voice? Dr. Chawanna Chambers, Board President of Single Seed Enrichment School, and a national award-winning and board-certified teacher, has you covered.
Putting students at the center of the learning experience has a transformative effect on a classroom. Powerful learning happens when teachers can bring forward student voices and when they position students as the drivers of class culture and community. And technology can help you do that! This edWebinar will show you how.
This edWebinar is geared toward K–12 teachers in all subject areas.View More View Less
A Fresh Look at Test-Prep Tools
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.View More View Less
Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World
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.View More View Less
Online Security, Privacy, and Risk: How to Avoid Becoming a Headline
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!View More View Less
Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking
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!View More View Less
Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption
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!View More View Less
We All Teach SEL: Social and Emotional Learning and Character Day
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.View More View Less
Get Recognized for Advancing Digital Teaching and Citizenship
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.View More View Less
Creating a Culture of Dignity in Your Community: Transforming Difficult Conversations into Meaningful Connections with Your Students
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.View More View Less
How Games Can Be a Centerpiece for Student-Driven Learning
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!View More View Less
Device Free Dinners to Drive Home Digital Citizenship
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!View More View Less
News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators
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.View More View Less
You Gave a Formative Assessment, Now What?
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.View More View Less
Teaching Students with Autism about Digital Citizenship
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?
Now I Have to Teach Coding? A Beginner’s Guide
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.View More View Less
Collaboration in the Digital Classroom!
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.View More View Less
Increase Student Learning With These Classroom Management Tools
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.View More View Less
Character Day: A Global Event for Exploring Social and Emotional Learning through Films, Discussions
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.View More View Less
Implement Digital Citizenship Across Your District: Expert Tools and Tips
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.View More View Less
Social Media and Cell Phones – Today’s Tools to Connect with Families This Summer
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.View More View Less
Bring Joy to the Classroom with Passion Projects
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.View More View Less
Engaging Digital Citizenship
Learn how Cathie Gillner, Pittsburgh educator, uses Digital Compass, App 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
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.View More View Less
Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens
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.View More View Less
Cultivating a Math Mindset
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.View More View Less
6 Terrific Tools to Transform Your 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.View More View Less