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Which Tech Tools Are You Bringing to In-Person Learning?

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

A standing ovation to every educator this year! You transformed your teaching and designed a digital toolbox filled with new strategies for students’ learning, engagement, and general well-being—all during a pandemic.

As we move forward, join Common Sense Ambassador Jessica Lura for this edWebinar as she reflects on what worked and how to bring those tools into your K–8 in-person classroom. She will focus on how to continue using Flipgrid, Jamboard, Google Workspace, Office365, and screencasting to augment, modify, and redefine your teaching, even when teaching in person.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers of the kindergarten through middle school levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Past Webinars

Let's Celebrate, Share Ideas, and Grow Professionally

Recorded on Friday, May 7, 2021

Roomers and Zoomers: Tips for Working with In-Person and Virtual Students Concurrently

Recorded on Monday, April 26, 2021

In this edWebinar, you will learn ways to manage both in-person and virtual learners in a HyFlex/concurrent model.  You will learn ways to personalize learning for students to get the most out of a unique model.

View this edWebinar on edWeb.

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Evolving Digital Literacy in Early Childhood

Recorded on Friday, April 2, 2021

Historically, early childhood best practices have limited media and technology use. However, with technology becoming a necessity in delivering educational content, how can early childhood practitioners make this culture shift? Join us as we discuss one district's journey in cultivating children to become creators over consumers of digital content.

 

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Book Clubs for Today's Culture of Learning: Fostering a Love of Independent Reading Through Student Choice and Contemporary Skills

Recorded on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Book clubs are a social way for adults and students to connect to the literature they read. Using engaging techniques, both digital and analog, teachers can use the format of book clubs to foster a love of reading in students.

This edWebinar will illustrate a different way of implementing book clubs in the classroom, providing opportunities for students to interact with new reading strategies and produce engaging, relevant projects that offer opportunities to spark conversations around modern-day digital dilemmas. Teachers will leave this presentation with an implementation plan, sample activities, and opportunities to customize the way they launch book clubs in their classrooms.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and librarians of all grade levels. 

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Reading to Guide Effective Student Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Friday, March 5, 2021

We are celebrating National Reading Month with Common Sense Ambassador Shari Wladis. Join us as we share literature that can act as a lasso to grab students' attention. Choosing a picture book to open or continue a digital citizenship discussion creates a common focus. We will demonstrate with a few picture books how to find the key mentor text points for using these in the classroom to guide students on their digital citizenship education journey. 

Get your certificate of completion by completing the survey shared at the end of the session. 

Subscribe to the Common Sense Education YouTube channel to watch the recording and access the survey link for the certificate of completion. 

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An Introduction to Implementing Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship in UK Schools

Recorded on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Learners need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Teachers need resources to keep up with today’s fast-changing media and technology landscape. Common Sense Education has a free Digital Citizenship Curriculum that offers a whole-community approach to media balance and well-being. The resources support teachers and prepare learners to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create and participate 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 resources include real-life scenarios, new videos, and engaging activities that help students explore complex topics.

Join Katy Potts from Islington Council, Dan Ferry from Islington Schools, and Pip Bhol from King’s Cross Academy, in this edWebinar to learn about how this curriculum is being adopted by schools in the UK. The presenters will share best practices and implementation ideas including how the Islington School teams have mapped UK Educated in a Connected World and key resources to Common Sense Media.

There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

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The Role of Media and Technology in Early Childhood Development

Recorded on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Since the coronavirus pandemic entered our lives, questions have arisen about the outsized impact of the time our kids are spending with media and technology. Join us for a rich virtual conversation with leaders in early childhood education as we discuss the benefits and challenges of media and technology in the development of our youngest learners, and how educators can better support children and parents in the classroom and at home.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: There's More to Black History Than Slavery and Civil Rights

Recorded on Friday, February 5, 2021

Join educator Tory Wadlington as he shares his experience celebrating Black History Month. Tory will share resources for exploring Black individuals who have shaped the world we live in. We’ll learn how he shares with his community to make Black History and culture a part of every day.

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Social and Emotional Wellness for Everyone

Recorded on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A new year is like a blank book. As we begin to write our 2021 story, it is critical to recognize the importance of our well-being as well as others’. In this edWebinar we will share resources, tips and strategies to celebrate those small wins in life. As we dive into the social and emotional realm, we hope that participants will find inspiration in this presentation and motivation within for a dynamic 2021.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and librarians at the elementary through high school levels. 

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Mentoring Students Every Day

Recorded on Friday, January 15, 2021

Now more than ever, students are struggling with social and emotional well-being. They want and need more from us. As educators, we have the power to make a difference. In celebration of National Mentoring Month, join Michelle Thomas, director of training and program development at the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and learn how you can amplify the power of Everyday Mentoring®!

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Media Use by Children Zero to Eight: Research-Based Strategies to Get the Most Out of Kids' Media Use

Recorded on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Entertainment, social life, and play are all increasingly digital. The activities children engage in, and the content and messages to which they are exposed, are based to a large extent on the media-related choices they and their parents make. In this edWebinar, join us as we gain insight from the National Head Start Association and Common Sense Media as we share the latest research, The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight, 2020.

We will not only highlight the research findings but discuss strategies on how to choose top-quality content for families. You will leave with free, high-quality resources and activities for online and offline to share with families as we head into winter break.

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-3 teachers and librarians. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Creating a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment

Recorded on Friday, December 11, 2020

Culturally Responsive Teaching is the key to creating a community in the classroom that is safe, inclusive, and engaging. Research shows that kids learn best when they tap into their prior knowledge and feel valued by the teachers. Please join us for our next Distance Learning Chat as we welcome Dr. Ingrid Colón and Selene Tituaña Jurado from UnidosUS and explore ideas on how educators can  amplify student voice by honoring the whole child. Participants will leave with strategies for whole student learning practices that leverage students and their families’ identities and home languages for increased student achievement.

 

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Developing a Student Team of Technology Leaders

Recorded on Friday, December 4, 2020

How can we elevate student voices by building a student team of technology leaders?  Join Leslie Leisey and Sharron Wooden from Fairfax County Public Schools as they share how they organized The Paw Tech Squad, a group of students in grades 4 - 6 at their elementary school. Learn how these student leaders are role models for digital citizenship and support the students and staff with their technology needs, by creating how-to guides, leading lessons in classrooms, and providing training for teachers.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: News Literacy and Civic Engagement in 2020 and Beyond

Recorded on Friday, November 20, 2020

Helping young people get informed during an election year is crucial. But the need for better news and media literacy doesn't stop after all the votes are counted. Election or not, the news and media landscape will only get more complex. How can we harness the momentum of election-year awareness to help students improve their news and media literacy in the future?

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Creating Learning Spaces for Hybrid Forms of Education

Recorded on Friday, November 13, 2020

As schools continue to move toward hybrid forms of learning, how do we create learning spaces on and offline? What lessons can we learn from after-school programs? Join in as we talk with Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco about tips on engaging students in distance learning, setting up physical learning environments, and acclimating kids to hybrid spaces.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: The Future of EdTech and Dig Cit in a Post-Election World

Recorded on Friday, November 6, 2020

Coming off the heels of the 2020 presidential election, the administration will have to take a serious look at the future of education. As educators, what are the important policies, lessons, and strategies we need to address to meet kids' needs? Join Mike Ribble, director of information technology for Manhattan-Ogden School District in Kansas, and Merve Lapus, vice president of education outreach at Common Sense, as they discuss the impact of media literacy and technology leading up to this year's presidential election and the future of technology for education and life.

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Co-Educating with Families

Recorded on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Family engagement has always been essential for effective education. But now more than ever, teachers and families are co-educators. Creative experiences draw families into learning together! Hands-on projects bring every subject to life.

In this edWebinar, Cheri Sterman and James Wells from Crayola will share practice strategies that bridge school and home learning. Whether it is Moved by Math, Writing Art-Inspired Stories, or STEAM for 21st Century Learners, projects that actively engage students as decision makers who create, present, respond, and connect enliven learning!

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK through middle school teachers and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: 5 Easy Steps to Increasing Student Engagement

Recorded on Friday, October 30, 2020

To build and strengthen empathy, schools are moving toward focusing on social, emotional, and academic patterns in learning. How can we support our most vulnerable students and provide opportunities for increased academic success? TWRLS (thinking, writing, reading, listening, and speaking) is used by administrators and teachers to integrate social-emotional and academic learning strategies. Learn how to use this easy, five-step framework for monitoring, planning, and developing habits of learning that empower and benefit all students.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: From ELA to Emotional Well-Being: Free Learning Activities!

Recorded on Friday, October 23, 2020

Don't have time to sort through all the great resources, platforms, and websites out there? We've got you covered! Join Common Sense in conversation with two New York City Department of Education educators who will share the treasures they've discovered on Wide Open School, a site launched by Common Sense in response to the pandemic to provide curated high-quality resources to educators and families to supplement learning.

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Fortaleciendo la ciudadanía digital durante el aprendizaje a distancia

Recorded on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Digital Family Celebra la semana de Ciudadanía Digital de la mano con commonsense education. Ahora más que nunca, los estudiantes necesitan habilidades clave de ciudadanía digital.

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Helping Kids Use Social Media Responsibly: An Educator’s Guide to "Social Media TestDrive"

Recorded on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Social media has upended the way we communicate and changed the way we see both the world and ourselves. But the sea of change brought on by social media also presents a number of complicated challenges, particularly for younger users. It’s natural that kids and tweens want to explore social media but navigating that world without a guide can be overwhelming and even dangerous.

In this edWebinar you will learn about Social Media TestDrive, a free educational tool created by researchers from Cornell University’s Social Media Lab in collaboration with Common Sense Education. Social Media TestDrive allows young people to navigate realistic scenarios and dilemmas they might encounter as users of social media in a safe virtual environment. By the end of the session you will:

  • Learn about recent trends of media use among young people
  • Understand how experiential learning is implemented in Social Media TestDrive
  • Review a Social Media TestDrive module
  • Know how to implement Social Media TestDrive modules in your classroom
  • Identify ways to use Social Media TestDrive as a family engagement tool
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Distance Learning with Common Sense and Crayola: Use CREATE™ to Nurture Relationships with Families

Recorded on Friday, October 16, 2020

 

Family engagement has always been a key pillar in education. But, today more than ever, co-educating with families is essential for effective remote instruction. We'll explore the CREATE Relationships protocol as a tool to build strong, supportive relationships within the entire learning community and especially with families. We'll discuss practical ways to celebrate strengths, respect diversity, and extend learning with high expectations. Bring the CREATE Relationships tool to life with the Crayola Murals and Statues project. Help students think about public art and what messages art conveys. Discuss how art represents community and personal values, then design a public art plan that tells stories that need to be told.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Reaching Spanish-Speaking Families Virtually and Via Texts

Recorded on Friday, October 9, 2020

The number of families in the United States speaking Spanish at home is on the rise. And, despite the cultural barriers associated with distance learning, Spanish-speaking parents continue to find ways to support their kids' learning at home.
What resources do you have in place to engage your Latinx population? Join Rocío López, community partnership manager for Common Sense Latino, and Common Sense Education managers Vicki Saylor and Jamie Nuñez as they share culturally relevant resources and best practices to engage Latinx families.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Use SEEK™ to Gain Insights from Student Work

Recorded on Friday, October 2, 2020

Together we will read student work for insights. You will receive an easy-to-use tool, SEEK, which helps build students' skills in observation, evidence citing, inference, and inquiry. Explore how the four steps in SEEK—See, Evidence, Explain, and Know—can be used with any image, from book illustrations to student STEAM projects. When students make thinking visible and reflect on how their work conveys meaning, they deepen understanding and participate in the assessment process.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Building Diverse Learning Environments with Your School Library

Recorded on Friday, September 25, 2020

School libraries provide a safe haven for all students to think, create, share, and grow. How can we bring students together and connect them to worlds beyond their communities? Join Dina D'Amore, elementary school librarian at Reeces Creek Elementary School, as she shares ideas and resources on how to build a diverse library within your school or classroom.

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Setting the Foundation for Student Digital Agency: An Educator’s Guide to Amplifying Student Voice

Recorded on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

With the ever-increasing normalcy associated with tech use, we often overlook the many ways students are developing positive habits online. How can schools better highlight their students’ positive presence online? Join Common Sense and San Francisco Unified School District’s Department of Technology as they share ways that educators can design a foundational level of understanding related to digital agency.

The discussion will include:

  • How to have a flexible implementation plan that enables creativity
  • Creating fun, customizable asynchronous materials that are appropriate for students to independently interact with
  • Best ways to incorporate celebrations such as National Digital Citizenship Week, culminating media projects, and teacher recognition
  • How to set up systems to disseminate information to all school sites

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Teaching 9/11 and Its Legacy

Recorded on Friday, September 11, 2020

Teaching about 9/11 is no easy task. As we commemorate the 19th anniversary of the attacks, our classrooms are filled with students who have no memory of that Tuesday morning. Given this distance, how can we help students understand what happened on 9/11 and appreciate its importance nearly two decades later? Join us as we discuss how to tackle this difficult subject and draw connections from 9/11 to today.  


To make the most of this conversation, please participate in "Anniversary in the Schools," a free digital program for the classroom, hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on September 11. For more information and to register, visit: 911memorial.org/webinar.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Your One-Stop Shop for Teaching During the Pandemic

Recorded on Friday, September 4, 2020

Join Erin Wilkey Oh, executive editor of education content, and Jennifer Ehehalt, senior regional manager, for a walk-through of Common Sense's new one-stop shop for teaching during the pandemic: the Wide Open School Teacher Resources Center. Get ideas for how to use these resources to partner with families, build your virtual classroom culture, and gain confidence with remote teaching. Plus, get the scoop on upcoming resources, and pitch an idea for a resource you really need!

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Building Self-Worth and Communication Skills in Our Students

Recorded on Friday, August 28, 2020

Come join the conversation with nationally recognized author, motivational speaker, and educational consultant Adam Lee Brooks to address our students' social-emotional needs, and learn real-life strategies for modeling and promoting healthy communication, with ourselves and others. In this session we will discuss the effects of social media, digital learning, and our society's standards on our students' self-worth and discuss ways in which we can empower students to communicate and connect more effectively with others.

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Teaching News and Media Literacy in an Election Year

Recorded on Monday, August 24, 2020

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?

photo credit: Darron Birgenheier and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Transitioning After-School Programs Online

Recorded on Friday, August 21, 2020

After-school programs offer a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn and socialize with one another. Join Mitch McCormick, director of the 4-H Afterschool Programs in Jefferson County, New York, as he shares tips on how to design a virtual after-school program that is geared toward K–8 youth. He will share his organization's strategy for creating engaging virtual environments for middle schoolers as well as his experience using Social Media TestDrive, a tool designed by Common Sense and Cornell University that supports middle school students as they transition to the world of online communication and social media.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: The Connection Between Teacher Well-Being and Student Learning

Recorded on Friday, August 14, 2020

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.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Hands-On Learning When Virtual

Recorded on Friday, August 7, 2020

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.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Equitable Distance Learning for English Learners

Recorded on Friday, July 31, 2020

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.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Using Improv to Redefine Education

Recorded on Friday, July 24, 2020

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.
 

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Engagement Strategies for Reimagined Classrooms

Recorded on Monday, July 13, 2020

How can we take what we already know about engaging students and translate it to distanced learning experiences? This webinar will provide examples from a range of tech options that turn your in-class activities to ones you can use this fall.

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Packaging Your Digital Assignments: Creating Efficient and Easy-to-Navigate Lessons for Learning at Home

Recorded on Monday, June 22, 2020

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. 

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Summer Learning through our Public Libraries in a time of Covid-19

Recorded on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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.

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New Remote Learning Resources from Common Sense Education

Recorded on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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

Recorded on Thursday, March 19, 2020

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.

Attendees will: 

  • 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!

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A Framework for Digital Citizenship Implementation

Recorded on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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.

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Ready Player One: Esports in K–12

Recorded on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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.

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How Digital Stressors Impact Student Learning

Recorded on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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.

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50 Top EdTech Tools for the Classroom

Recorded on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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.
 

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All-New Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Recorded on Thursday, August 22, 2019

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.

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Educators and Social Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Recorded on Thursday, April 25, 2019

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.

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Cultivating Kindness: A Foundation for Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Thursday, February 21, 2019

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.

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Close Reading the Internet: Developing Critical Thinkers

Recorded on Thursday, November 29, 2018

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.

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Fighting Fake: Digital Forensics and News Literacy Education

Recorded on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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.

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