Connected Classrooms

Today’s technology, used wisely, presents tremendous opportunities for personalized, more engaging learning in K-12 classrooms everywhere. Common Sense is committed to increasing kids’ access to digital learning by providing sufficient high-speed broadband, quality learning tools, content, and teacher supports in K-12 schools. Common Sense CEO Jim Steyer is a founding co-chair for the bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital  (LEAD) Commission, which developed a blueprint that defines the opportunity and pathway for technology to transform and improve education in America.

  • Modernizing E-Rate

    Common Sense is working closely with the LEAD Commission to support its 5-point Blueprint to pave a path forward for digital learning in the United States.  As a first step, we support modernizing and expanding the Federal Communication Commission’s E-Rate Program to bring high-speed broadband into all our schools. Today, only about one-third of schools have the high-speed Internet needed for students to take advantage of digital learning technology and develop the skills necessary to compete in today’s tech-savvy workforce and global economy. Our video shows the difference faster Internet speeds can make for students, and why we want to ensure our schoolchildren aren't being left behind with slow connections.

Faster Internet for Schools from Common Sense Media on Vimeo.

    • School Privacy Zone

      As our nation’s schools are wisely embracing the vast potential of educational technology to enhance and personalize student learning, we also need to ensure that students’ personal data is protected. Through online platforms, mobile applications, and cloud computing, schools and edtech providers collect massive amounts of data that contain sensitive information about students – information that needs to be kept out of the hands of non-educational, commercial interests and other third parties. In support of connected classrooms that respect and safeguard student privacy, Common Sense launched the School Privacy Zone campaign and is reaching out to edtech industry leaders, educators, policymakers, parents, and other stakeholders to discuss and develop safeguards for students’ personal information.