Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Common core standards bring the opportunity to have a more technology-rich classroom and also the need to prepare our students to be online. Teaching students skills to be safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizens is an important 21st century skill. CUE, in partnership with Common Sense Media, is offering a Learning Tour that introduces teachers to the essential skills students need for a successful digital classroom, including tips, tricks, and best practices. Participants will be trained on how to teach digital citizenship using Common Sense Media’s free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum. The curriculum, developed in partnership with Howard Gardner and the Good Play Project at Harvard, offers authentic learning experiences, powerful videos for students to explore digital ethics, and is aligned to Common Core State Standards and ISTE’s National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S). “Students are using technology in our classrooms and educators need to be proactive not reactive. This is the perfect opportunity to show them how to make good choices, follow proper netiquette, and be responsible digital citizens,” says Danny Silva, CUE’s Professional Development Coordinator.
The hands-on Learning Tour includes sample lesson activities and examples of digital citizenship lessons in action from classrooms around the country. Participants also learn how to involve parents in order to build a positive school community around digital citizenship. Common Sense Media Certified trainers from CUE will cover the eight topics of the curriculum:
Internet Safety Privacy and Security Digital Footprint and Reputation Self-Image and Identity Relationships and Communication Cyberbullying Information Literacy Creative Credit and Copyright
“This event is a great way for educators to get involved with Digital Citizenship Month in California, an effort by Common Sense Media and the California Writing Project–with CUE being a supporting partner,” says Kelly Mendoza, Sr. Manager of Professional Development at Common Sense Media. “The Learning Tour will provide educators everything they need–professional development, curriculum, and parent resources–to teach digital citizenship.”
Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to access Common Sense Media’s resources. The event is hosted by the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College on May 18, 8:30-3:30. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.
The Learning Tour will be priced at $99 for CUE members – $139* for non-CUE members (including one year of CUE membership)ï»¿ Visit http://www.cue.org/learningtours for more information.
About CUE Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead.ï»¿ | http://www.cue.org
About Common Sense Media Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization based on San Francisco, is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and advice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Through education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information visit http://www.commonsense.org
Danny Silva – Professional Development Coordinator
Computer Using Educators (CUE)