San Francisco – Common Sense, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a powerful voice for kids and families in the 21st century, today announced a new partnership with Niagara Cares, the corporate giving arm of Niagara Bottling. Niagara Cares will support Common Sense Education's research-based digital citizenship and digital learning resources in communities in California, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This partnership will create a community-centric approach to help kids to grow up using the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting potential online perils such as plagiarism, privacy invasion, and cyberbullies.
"We applaud Niagara Cares for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of students' education and recognizing that teachers need support in effectively integrating technology into their classrooms," said Rebecca Randall, head of Philanthropic Partnerships at Common Sense. "With the support of Niagara Cares, we will continue to help students build the necessary foundational skills to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and ethically participate in an ever-expanding digital society."
Common Sense Education's digital citizenship curriculum was created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the Good Play Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 50 percent of U.S. schools.
The digital citizenship curriculum includes over 65 media-rich lesson plans, videos, assessments, digital games, and parent education resources. The digital learning program includes reviews and ratings of more than 3,000 applications, games, and websites based on their learning potential. Teachers can search the database by skill, subject, grade, standard, and more. The digital learning program also features professional development resources for teachers on how to use technology to propel student learning.
"We're thrilled to partner with Common Sense to bring their important educational resources on digital citizenship to schools," said Kristen Venick, director of Niagara Cares. "Our kids are growing up in a digital world, and by proactively teaching students to use technology safely and responsibly, we maximize their opportunity for learning and prepare them for a positive digital experience."
For more information about Niagara Cares, visit: http://www.niagarawater.com/niagara-cares/national-partnerships/
To learn more about Common Sense Education's Digital Citizenship program, visit: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship
About Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Our educational ratings and reviews platform helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 340,000 teacher members in over 110,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.
Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. To see all of Common Sense's education resources, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/.
About Niagara Bottling, LLC
Niagara Bottling, LLC has been family owned and operated since 1963. Headquartered in Ontario, California, Niagara operates bottling facilities throughout the United States and Mexico. As a leading manufacturer of private-brand bottled water in the United States, Niagara Bottling works closely with some of the largest retailers, grocers, and club and convenience stores throughout the country. Niagara produces a variety of beverages, including bottled water, sparkling water, tea, sports drinks, and vitamin-enhanced waters. For more information, visit www.niagarawater.com.
About Niagara Cares
Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, is committed to supporting local and national community initiatives serving children and families in need by engaging stakeholders and investing its resources. Niagara Cares efforts include national strategic partnerships, local community grants, employee engagement, volunteerism, and the Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Scholarship Program.