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Newsletter — December 2021

Featured Lesson Plan

We Are Civil Communicators  — How can we communicate with civility online?

Ratings and Reviews

Empatico — Connect with classrooms around the world using built-in activities.

Unruly SplatsGame-making platform fuses coding and physical play.

Articles For Teachers

The Best Family Communication Platforms for Teachers and Schools — After dozens of hours of testing, we recommend TalkingPoints as a standout messaging tool for families, teachers, and students.

Tips and Strategies to Boost Student EngagementBring students back into the fold with approaches that help spark class participation.

The Best Screencasting Tools for Classrooms — After dozens of hours testing screencasting tools, we recommend Screencastify for students and teachers.

Resources for Teachers

Teaching Digital Citizenship Training —Interactive online training will provide you with a road map to teach digital citizenship and earn your Common Sense Educator badge.

Common Sense Education Recognition Program — Get recognized for preparing students for success as digital learners, leaders, and citizens.

Professional Development from CSE — Find the professional development format and time commitment that works for you! We offer free live events, interactive workshops, and self-paced training with practical takeaways and ready-to-implement teaching strategies.

Top Picks Lists

Great Student-Centered Learning Resources — The tools, resources, and lessons in this list will help you implement student-centered pedagogy in your classroom.

The Most Engaging Games for the Classroom — All of these games aren’t just absorbing, they also offer students opportunities to build valuable thinking skills and, in some cases, content knowledge. A few also get students creating or experimenting with systems, getting students thinking conceptually.

Ready to play Digital Passport™?

The award-winning suite of six interactive games addresses key issues kids face in today’s digital world. Each engaging game teaches critical digital citizenship skills that help students learn to use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

Parent & Caregiver Corner

Best for Learning: Our Recommendations for Families — Discover the best in learning apps, games, and websites for your kids.

Practical Tips for Easing Kids’ Social Media Anxiety — Fear of missing out can make social media-using teens feel stressed. Here’s how you can help.

Cómo saber si una aplicación o sitio web son realmente educativos — Obtén consejos para encontrar aplicaciones y sitios web que ayudarán a tu hijo con el aprendizaje a lo largo de sus vidas.

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