Common Sense Education Newsletter — January 2022

Newsletter — January 2022

Featured Lesson Plan

Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for K–5 Distance Learning — Use these short, self-guided digital citizenship activities and create a positive culture around digital learning.

Showing a Movie in Class? Help Your Students Develop Active Viewing Skills — Have students write their own movie review with this fun lesson plan and worksheet.

Inside Out and SEL: A Movie Guide and Lesson Plan for Your Classroom — Help students reflect on the social and emotional aspects of the movie and consider how their own emotions work.

Ratings and Reviews

Bit.ai — Collaborate in real time with media-rich, dynamic documents

Common Sense Selections for Learning — Best-in-class media resources and tools that facilitate great learning experiences for students and educators.

Articles For Teachers

Media Literacy Resources for Classrooms — Regularly updated resources to help you better understand and practice media literacy.

Showing a Movie in Class? Help Your Students Develop Active Viewing Skills — Have students write their own movie review with this fun lesson plan and worksheet.

Inside Out and SEL: A Movie Guide and Lesson Plan for Your Classroom — Help students reflect on the social and emotional aspects of the movie and consider how their own emotions work.

Resources for Teachers

State of Kids’ Privacy Report 2021 — The Common Sense 2021 State of Kids’ Privacy Report provides a comprehensive look at the privacy practices of hundreds of technology-related applications and services intended for kids and students. 

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

Best Games, Apps, and Sites for Personalized Learning — These great personalized learning tools help teachers put each student first, letting individual interests, abilities, and goals drive learning.

Digital Tools for School Libraries and Media Centers — Common Sense has created a list that can help you sift through all the tech options out there to stay at the forefront and to make your learning commons a central hub of information and culture in your school.

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

The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens — The latest report from the Common Sense Census takes a closer look at how tweens and teens have been using entertainment media to keep their connections and their creativity alive when their worlds are so disrupted. 

What Does the New Infrastructure Law Mean for America’s Kids and Families? — This law represents the single largest investment ever toward closing the digital divide and ensure that every home and business has access to broadband connectivity that is critical to thrive in today’s economy, in school, and in society.

Best Movies of the Year: 2021 — Childhood memories are made during family movie nights. Common Sense editors have gathered the best movies released this year that will conjure up nostalgia for years to come.

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.