Write for Authentic Audience with Common Sense Media
One of my top bookmarked websites as a Technology Integration Specialist is Common Sense Media.
It is a great “go to” tool for quickly assessing whether an app, game or video is good or a safe choice to use in school.
But besides being a content tool, it can also be used as a Cybersafety teaching tool, or a curation tool.
Students can use the a variety of reviews and ratings to synthesize a Big Idea statement. They can use data collected from the website to write persuasive essays on whether or not an app is worthy of the ratings provided by Common Sense and/or their review writers.
Or students can sign up and writer their own reviews. Thus giving back to a larger community and helping parents and teachers make better decisions to what constitutes as a fun or educational app, game or website.
Writing for an authentic audience is a great way to increase motivation for our young writers and Larry Ferlazzo posted many other great resources to use to help promote writing for authentic audiences.