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Common Sense Education's K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum Launches on Nearpod

Mobile learning platform enables an interactive, highly engaging classroom experience to develop students’ ability to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world.

Common Sense Media
Thursday, August 20, 2015

San Francisco - Today, Common Sense Education's pioneering Digital Citizenship curriculum - used by more than 220-thousand teachers in more than 94-thousand schools - becomes available on Nearpod, an award-winning educational technology company that helps teachers create and deliver interactive lessons in the connected classroom.

Common Sense Education is the education arm of Common Sense Media, the independent, national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Through Nearpod, classrooms with digital devices will be able to access 75+ developmentally-appropriate lessons and assessments from Common Sense Education's award-winning K-12 curriculum. This Common Core-aligned curriculum teaches critical 21st century skills and covers topics ranging from Internet safety, to privacy and security, cyberbullying and digital drama, creative credit and copyright, and digital footprint and reputation.

Adapting the Digital Citizenship curriculum for the Nearpod platform enhances the engagement and interactivity offered by features such as instantly graded quizzes, open-ended response questions, polls, videos, and drawing features. Teachers see the results of their students in real-time and respond immediately to their students, or access post-session reports of student data.

"Teaching kids to think critically and behave responsibly in today's fast-paced digital world is essential," said Mike Lorion, General Manager of Education at Common Sense Media. "Providing educators a safe and secure platform to see in real-time if students are engaged in and acquiring these foundational skills has great value for any teacher working in a flipped classroom or implementing technology into the classroom for the first time."

Nearpod is an app that that provides teachers with the platform to create engaging classroom experiences for use across all devices– smartphones, tablets, desktops, and all operating systems. Teachers are able to create their own content or curate lesson plans from their Content Store that feature text, images and videos, quizzes, polls, and other interactive elements.

"Teaching digital citizenship skills is a necessity for schools involved in technology deployments, but teachers have so little time to develop lessons around topics outside of their regular teaching load " said Guido Kovalskys, CEO of Nearpod. "With the launch of Common Sense Education's K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum, teachers now have access to ready-to-teach, world class content combined with interactive activities, assessment and real-time feedback from Nearpod."

Common Sense Educations' resources include professional development tools and information and activities for parents. Since 2008, Common Sense Education's programs have been adopted by a network of more than 94,000 schools in all 50 states, and more than 200 countries worldwide.

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. Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. www.commonsensemedia.org.

About Nearpod

Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company that develops synchronized digital learning and interactive content for mobile devices, providing teachers with an easy and effective way to leverage technology in the classroom. Nearpod was developed by a team of experienced entrepreneurs passionate about mobile technology and its implications across education. For more information visit http://www.nearpod.com

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