Common Sense Media to Host "ON for Learning Awards" Celebrating Digital Media in San Francisco

Event will recognize app and game developers who are creating high-quality educational content
For immediate release
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

San Francisco, CA – On Tuesday, March 26, Common Sense Media will host the inaugural ON for Learning Awards at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. This event will celebrate the very best in kids' digital media products designed to educate and engage. The awardees are apps, games, and websites that received Common Sense Media's highest learning rating and have the potential to help equip kids and teens with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. The full list of winners will be available at / on March 26.

"Our learning ratings are the most comprehensive tool parents have to distinguish the digital media products that are truly educational from those that simply claim to be," said Seeta Pai, architect of the Common Sense Media learning ratings initiative. "The ON for Learning Award recipients have set themselves apart from the pack. We look forward to celebrating with these developers and publishers, who are setting the standard for creating high-quality learning products among their peers, and who recognize digital media’s true potential for learning."

A 2011 poll from Common Sense Media found that while many parents believe that digital media can provide learning benefits, they are skeptical about the claims made by some companies about their product's educational potential. Common Sense Media's learning ratings address that problem by clearly communicating the learning potential of a website, game, or app, along with offering suggestions on how to get the most out of the user experience. A team of highly trained reviewers analyzes digital media products for core academic content like reading, math, and science, as well as deeper learning and social skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. The team also assesses each product's overall learning potential, looking both at how engaging it is and how it's designed to support learning.

Common Sense Media's learning ratings are based on comprehensive research and a rigorous evaluation framework. The framework was developed after conducting interviews with academic experts, a literature review of key 21st-century learning skills, and research with national samples of parents and teachers, who voiced a real need for learning ratings like these. The learning ratings initiative is made possible through a partnership with SCE (www.scefdn.com), a new foundation from Susan Crown.

The ON for Learning Awards event will bring together developers, investors, and other stakeholders who are committed to creating high-quality digital media learning products for kids. It is part of Common Sense Media's ongoing effort to highlight products that boost learning and developers who are improving the digital media landscape. The evening will feature networking, as well as a panel discussion among representatives from the game and app industries about the opportunities and challenges in the industry around creating truly high-quality learning products. Follow news about fellow 2013 Learning Award winners on Twitter at @CommonSenseNews and with #ONforLearning.

To learn more about Common Sense Media’s learning ratings, visit www.commonsense.org/learning-ratings. To attend the ON for Learning Awards as press, use the contact information below.

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: /.

Press Contacts:
Marisa Connolly
415-553-6703
mconnolly@commonsense.org

Julia Plonowski
415-553-6728
jplonowski@commonsense.org

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