Thursday, April 15, 2010

Common Sense Media Announces New Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Common Sense Media is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to "improve 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." Their website includes age recommendations and reviews of televisions shows, movies, books, video games, websites and music. They also offer a parental advice section. Coming soon, they will offer a digital literacy and citizenship curriculum designed for 5th to 8th grade students. Based on Dr. Howard Gardner's research on digital ethics and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the new curriculum will include five units, including:
  • Digital Life. How the anytime-anywhere-everywhere nature of digital media requires responsible choices.
  • Privacy and Digital Footprints. How to manage privacy online.
  • Connected Culture. How to build respectful one-on-one, group, and community relationships online and protect against cyberbullying.
  • Self-Expression and Reputation. Who we are in various online contexts and how to protect your reputation in the process.
  • Respecting Creative Work. How to get credit for original creations and respect other’s creative property.
You can also preview the Privacy Unit by clicking here.

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