See the calendar of our upcoming webinars and conference presentations.
How ClassDojo Gives Your Class Mojo - Graphite Appy Hour
February 14, 2014
ClassDojo is a classroom management and task assignment tool that provides real-time feedback for students on how they’re meeting classroom expectations. It’s a great way to track student behavior, set expectations and goals for students, and offers ways for teachers to share this information with parents.
Responsive Teaching with Socrative - Graphite Appy Hour
December 16, 2013
Learn about how Socrative is a powerful student response system that helps support responsive teaching. Create custom quizzes to gauge student learning by seeing instant responses, or give students instant access to peer ideas. Hear how expert educators are using Socrative and get ideas for your classroom
Discovering Digital Tools for Learning with Graphite
November 13, 2013
(Hosted by BrainPop.) Pinpointing the best digital tools for your students can be overwhelming. Thankfully, there’s Graphite.org, a free service from the non-profit Common Sense Media. Through rigorous ratings and practical insights, Graphite.org helps educators discover, use, and share the best apps, web sites, games, and digital curricula out there. Join us and the team from Graphite for a webinar about harnessing the power of digital tools in your classroom.
Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Remix Generation
November 13, 2013
Are your students copyright confused? This webinar addresses copyright, fair use, and remix culture, including resources from Common Sense Media and Digital ID for teaching these topics to meet Common Core Standards. Help students harness their rights and responsibilities as creators! Presented by Gail Desler, Technology Integration Specialist at Elk Grove Unified School District, and Google Certified Teacher. (Hosted on EdWeb's Digital Citizenship community. Get a CE certificate for watching!)
Empowering Our Students to be Digital Citizens
November 12, 2013
Join this session if you're new to digital citizenship or want a refresher on Common Sense Media's resources for digital citizenship. In the first half, we cover research and background on digital citizenship. In the second half, learn about our free CCSS-aligned K-2 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum, and Digital Passport, an online interactive for grades 3-5 that teaches and tests the basics of digital safety, etiquette, and citizenship. (Hosted by ISTE - Verizon Innovative Learning Schools series.)
All Things Edmodo - Graphite Appy Hour
November 12, 2013
Edmodo is a platform that allows teachers and students to post, collaborate, and submit class work in a safe social networking-like setting. As one of our top viewed tools on Graphite, we devoted an Appy Hour to this great resource. Hear from expert librarian Sudi Stodola of Denver Public Schools, who has used Edmodo for years and who trains teachers on how to use it.
Empowering Students to Be Digital Citizens
October 24, 2013
(Hosted on EdWeb's Digital Citizenship community. Get a CE certificate for watching!) As schools increasingly integrate technology, they face challenges with behavioral issues that arise from students, such as cyberbullying, inappropriate sharing, and plagiarism. Digital citizenship is an essential 21st century skill in which students are safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world. Join Common Sense Media to learn about free CCSS-aligned curricular resources for both low and high-tech classrooms to teach digital citizenship, and how to implement digital citizenship in your school.
Creating Model Digital Citizens in Today's Cyber World
October 9, 2013
We joined Education Networks of America (ENA) to present an introduction to Common Sense Media's digital citizenship resources. Monica Cougan, ENA Product Marketing Specialist, shared resources for connecting professional development to your school through their platform.
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Great Tools for Production-Centered Design - Graphite Appy Hour
August 20, 2013
Need inspiration on incorporating production-centered design into your teaching? Hosted by Educator Innovator, this webinar features Common Sense Media and two "Innovator Educators" who focus on production-centered tools and how teachers are using them with students. You’ll learn about Common Sense Media’s free service Graphite, which provides robust ratings and reviews of apps, websites, and games—by teachers, for teachers—and hear about the best tech creation tools and how you can use them. Innovators Andrea Zellner and Joe Dillon feature the following tools: Pixton, Animoto, Minecraft, Hackasaurus, Prezi, and Voicethread.
Best Apps for Back-to-School - Graphite Appy Hour
August 15, 2013)
Gear up for back-to-school with these great apps, websites, and games to get students going, help their study habits, and organize effective work flow.
Great Apps for the Classroom
August 6, 2013
Hosted by Launchpad Toys, this webinar showcased a sampling of great apps for the classroom, including Toontastic, BrainPOP, Motion Math, Spinlight Studio. Developers shared the tools, and teachers described ways they have used them. Common Sense Media introduced Graphite-a resource to help teachers discover, rate, and share apps, websites, and games for learning.
Essential Apps for the 1:1 Classroom - Graphite Appy Hour
July 10, 2013
Cut through app clutter and deploying the very best apps for 1:1 learning from the start. Hear from expert educators cover Animoto, Google Earth, Google Art Project, and Schmoop. Read more about these tools and see ratings and reviews on the "Starter Apps and Website Tools for 1:1 Programs" top picks list on Graphite, a free service from Common Sense Media that helps educators discover, share, and rate the best apps, websites, and games for learning. Join the chat on Twitter at #appyhour. See the appy hour schedule for upcoming sessions.
What Makes an App Have Great Learning Potential? - Graphite AppyHour
June 24, 2013
View our first "Appy Hour on Air" for Graphite , a new free service from Common Sense Media that helps educators discover, share, and rate the best apps, websites, and games for learning. This "appy hour" focused on the topic, "What Makes an App Have Great Learning Potential?" Learn about three learning dimensions you should look for in digital learning tools, and hear from expert reviewers on Graphite who discuss these dimensions on three different tools: Blood Typing Game, Reflex: Math Fact Fluency, and National Geographic Kids. Join the chat on Twitter at #appyhour. See the appy hour schedule for upcoming sessions.
1-to-1 Essentials Program: A Roadmap for Schools
April 18, 2013
Going 1-to-1…or already there? Join Common Sense Media to learn about their free 1-to-1 Essentials Program, a roadmap for schools implementing 1-to-1 tablets. 1-to-1 Essentials covers three phases (Envision, Communicate, and Implement) and offers tools to engage stakeholders, including writing AUPs, Teacher/Student Boot Camps, family resources, app recommendations, and more. Hear from expert educators and administrators who helped develop the program.
Teaching Digital Citizenship in a Digital Classroom - Presented by Gooru and Common Sense Media
March 16, 2013
Common Sense Media teamed up with Gooru to show you new and innovative ways to teach and share important Digital Citizenship topics to students and parents. You'll get an introduction to Gooru, a free search engine for learning, and learn how to use it to find and teach Common Sense Media's Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum for grades 6-8, along with other Web 2.0 tools.
Digital Citizenship in 2013 - Presented by Edmodo and Common Sense Media
January 16, 2013
Join Common Sense and Edmodo to learn how to use the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit, a series of activities you can complete in Edmodo to help start the conversation with students about Internet safety, cyberbullying, information literacy, and more. We'll take you through the contents of the starter kit and help you learn how to make the most of the Digital Citizenship Community on Edmodo.
Gender and Digital Life Toolkit Tour
Nov 14, 2012
What does gender have to do with digital literacy and citizenship? Messages about gender roles come from all directions, but some of the most influential messages come from the media. For today’s kids, that means not just the TV shows, movies, and ads they see, but all of the messages and images they create and receive from their friends. Learn about our new Gender and Digital Life Curriculum Toolkit. Use this toolkit to help students reflect on gender stereotypes: where they come from, how we learn them, and how they can shape the media that we consume and create.
New Scope and Sequence for the Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Nov 8, 2012
You told us, and we listened! Join us for a tour of our new Scope and Sequence for the Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum. The new Scope and Sequence provides a clear path for integrating digital citizenship into your curriculum, by providing cross-curricular, spiraling units, which cover a variety of digital citizenship topics throughout each grade band. Since we launched the curriculum in 2010, we've taken feedback from educators who have been using the curriculum in order to strengthen the lessons, improve the navigation of our lesson plan pages, and revise the Scope and Sequence. We've also added several new lessons we'd like to tell you about.
Going Beyond Acceptable Use: Teaching Digital Responsibility
Oct 15, 2012
We introduced digital citizenship in this webinar by the Indiana DOE's 21st Century Learning lab. You'll also hear from Pete Just, a Chief Technology Officer who explains how his district moved from an "acceptable" use policy to "responsible" use of digital media, and Joann Novak, a high school business and marketing teacher who shared the "Mind Your-e-Manners" project with her freshman class.
Digital Citizenship and Wikispaces
Sept 25, 2012
Hosted by Wikispaces, three Digital Citizenship advocates share their thoughts, experiences and best practices in this online panel. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear how to begin, rejuvenate or tweak your commitment to helping students discover what Digital Citizenship means in today's world.
Digital Passport Tour
Sept 19, 2012
Join Common Sense Media for a tour of Digital Passport, a free web-based interactive for grades 3-5 that familiarizes students with basic Internet safety and digital citizenship behaviors. Learn how to set up your class, manage student activities, utilize student reporting, and implement into your teaching plans.
Help Your Children Stay Safe on the Internet
June 14, 2012
For Internet Safety Month, this webinar with Verizon addressed strategies for parents to help their kids use the Internet and smartphones productively and safely. In this webinar, participants heard about the biggest safety risks, based on expert research, tips and advice on mitigating these risks, strategies for starting the conversation with kids, and tips on safe use of social networking sites.
Teaching Parents about the Impact of Media on Kids
June 5, 2012
Parents are very concerned about their children's digital lives. But they often don't get the resources or education to help them understand key issues their children face in a media-saturated world. In this webinar, you will be introduced to the media landscape that kids are living in and what parents need to know. In this webinar for Keenan and Associates, participants learned about Common Sense Media's Parent Media Education Program. This free program gives your school or district's parent coordinators everything they need to become the go-to advisors on this hot topic. The program includes online access to videos, discussion guides, parent tip sheets, and presentations to share with parents. Resources are available in both English and Spanish and help meet the parental involvement requirements of NCLB and Title I.
Cyberbullying Toolkit: Educate Kids to be Upstanders
May 23, 2012
Are your students “upstanders?” Do they stand up when they see cyberbullying happen, or do they stand by? As kids and schools become more digitally connected, cyberbullying is an issue all schools are dealing with. Increasingly, state laws are being passed and schools are incorporating cyberbullying into their policies and curriculum. In this webinar, the second in a series hosted by Keenan and Associates, you will learn some information and facts on cyberbullying, and be introduced to Common Sense's Cyberbullying Toolkit, which offers resources that will help you jump-start the cyberbullying education efforts in your school or district. Help educate students to be “upstanders” and stop cyberbullying before it starts.
Common Sense on Common Core: Meeting Standards in Middle School
May 15, 2012
How are you meeting "the core" standards? Many teachers are unclear on how they can integrate Common Core standards into their teaching. Join us for tips on how to teach digital literacy and citizenship to meet ELA Common Core standards in middle school. You will receive concrete advice and ideas for integrating digital literacy and citizenship for Common Core, and check out best teaching practices from teachers in New York and San Francisco.
Getting Smart About E-Rate
May 9, 2012
Does your district or school receive E-Rate support? Are you confused how to comply with E-Rate’s additional education requirements? In this webinar, the first in a series hosted by Keenan and Associates, participants will be introduced to Common Sense Media’s E-Rate Toolkit, which includes resources that will help you meet the educational requirements outlined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Participants will walk away confident in fulfilling the educational requirements of E-Rate.
Facebook and Social Media in the Classroom: Legal Aspects
May 8, 2012
Are you are interested in incorporating social media--like Facebook--in your classroom? Many teachers are intrigued by social media, but worried about the potential legal problems with opening this "can of worms." Join Namita Brown, legal expert in issues around digital media and technology in schools, who discussed the legal aspects of using social media in the classroom. Namita Brown is a partner at Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost, and is co-chair of the firm's eMatters practice group. For more information about F3, visit their site.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship (a dialogue)
May 2, 2012
Google in Education hosted its first Education On Air conference, bringing together those interested in education and technology. The conference was entirely online and free for attendees, using Google+ Hangouts. In this Hangout, moderated by Kelly Mendoza of Common Sense Media, you will hear from a panel of educators who emphasize digital literacy and citizenship in the work they do with in their schools and districts. Topics covered include sharing best practices in digital citizenship, and the possibilities and challenges of teaching digital citizenship in schools. .
Teaching Digital Citizenship in a No-Tech Classroom
April 4, 2012
It may seem counterintuitive, but you can teach digital citizenship even if students don't have access to technology! Diana Graber of Cyberwise presented her experience implementing Common Sense's digital citizenship curriculum into a Waldorf school. Despite stereotypes about Waldorf education being anti-technology, Diana found digital citizenship to be a great fit, as it focuses on character education and ethical decision making. Attendees also heard about Diana's exciting work with Cyberwise. (View CyberWise's videos of students learning the lessons.)
Preventing Cyberbullying: Connecting Students, Teachers, and Parents in Digital Citizenship
January 25, 2012
We joined the Middle School Portal (MSP2) to share Common Sense Media’s free K-12 education resources that help students learn to be safe and responsible digital citizens. Middle school educators were introduced to our Cyberbullying Toolkit, which offers key lesson plans, engaging videos, a parent outreach kit, and resource links for administrators and kids.
Let's Move! Child Care Screen Time for Providers
January 24, 2012
We joined NACCRRA's series on Let’s Move! Child Care to share goals related to young children and screen time. We shared what research tells us about the appropriate amount of screen time for young children, which age-group is suitable to watch television, the amount of screen time that should be allowed in child care settings, and how to determine “quality” screen time.
Is Media the Other Parent? The Influence of Media and Technology on Young Children
December 7, 2011
We joined NACCRRA to present on the impact of media on young children, the latest research on media in the lives of young children, and hear expert guidance about how to raise and educate children in today's 24/7 media world.
Digital Citizenship for Everyone: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Families
November 9, 2011
We joined BrainPOP to share our Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum and show the connections with BrainPop's resources on digital citizenship. Watch this session to see how how our curriculum is complimentary to BrainPOP's Digital Citizenship module. Learn how you can combine resources from BrainPop and Common Sense to create a unique curriculum that includes student-facing and teacher-led materials.