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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.
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.
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
7 Ways You Can Be a Digital Citizenship Leader
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).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