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Write for Authentic Audience with Common Sense Media

Posted by kparedes on March 9, 2016

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.

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Digital Literacy

Posted by ssweeney on September 30, 2015

Digital technologies offer many new opportunities for learning and skill development.  This Digital Coach team is focused on the research and development of a scope and sequence that ensures we are developing students’ skills with technology in the areas of general skill development, information literacy, media literacy, and digital citizenship while supporting ATLs.  This team will be focusing on our Strategic Plan Strategy 4 Result #2: FDR has an integrated school-wide program that encompasses a digital literacy curriculum

To develop their knowledge further, the Digital Literacy Team will be seeking their Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified Educator Certificate

Content Exploration

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence

ISTE Student Standards

21st Century Roadmap

Evaluating Current System

  • What is in place?
  • Who needs to be apart of the conversation?
  • What are our needs?
  • How can the needs be met?
  • Who will teach it?
  • How do we implement/train/communicate new ideas?