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Applewild School Certified as a Common Sense School

16 Nov

Recognized by Common Sense Media forTeaching Digital Citizenship

Applewild School in Fitchburg has been certified as a “Common Sense School” by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization. The designation recognizes Applewild for educating its K-8 students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens. Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.

Amelia Herring, Librarian at Applewild, has been using Common Sense Media’s innovative, research-based digital literacy and citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputation and personal privacy, what to share and what not to share, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 65,000 classrooms nationwide. Herring facilitated the certification process. She and Mike Grant, the school’s Technology Director, have presented a workshop on keeping children safe in the digital world, using resources from Common Sense Media. An excerpt from their presentation is available at the school’s website, www.applewild.org. Herring said, “Applewild is committed to teaching our students vital 21st century skills, from understanding privacy and safety, to evaluating websites for research, to thinking critically about advertising messages online. The Common Sense Media curriculum plays an integral role in preparing our students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, and connect.”

Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Media, said “We applaud Applewild School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of its students’ education. The school deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense School,” said Christopher B. Williamson, Applewild School Head. “Common Sense Media reflects our Core Values and Core Competencies, particularly emphasizing respect, responsibility, compassion and the skills of communicating, collaborating, thinking critically, and being reflective. By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are reinforcing their awareness of good citizenship while encouraging them to maximize and personalize their learning.”

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