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What’s in Your Digital Citizenship Survival Kit?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

What can toothpaste teach you about digital citizenship? Showing students a tube of toothpaste can be a metaphor for the information that they are sharing about themselves online—once it’s out, it’s almost impossible to get back in the tube! In this webinar, Craig Badura, K-12 Integration Specialist at Aurora Public Schools in Nebraska, will share how he created a “digital citizenship survival kit” using items and props from everyday life as conversation starters and “teachable moments” with students around digital citizenship. Learn how Craig used this survival kit with students and get ideas on how you – or your students – can create their own “digital citizenship survival kit,” connecting everyday items to safe and responsible behavior in the digital world. Join Craig for this live, interactive event. He will field questions from attendees after his presentation.

Previous Appy Hours

Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

Recorded on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Learn about Digital Compass, Common Sense's newest interactive for grades 6-9. Based on the concept of “choose your own adventure” books, Digital Compass guides students in grades 6-9 to learn about making good decisions in the digital world.

Getting Started with Game-Based Learning

Recorded on Monday, April 27, 2015
Curious about game-based learning, but don’t know where to begin? Matthew Farber, educator and author of Gamify Your Classroom, covers strategies to include games into your classroom, providing examples from The Land of Venn, Minecraft, and more.

Tips & Tools for Flipping Your Classroom

Recorded on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Have you flipped? Flipping your classroom allows students to explore content at their own pace, slowing down, advancing, or reviewing as needed. Join Instructional Technology Specialist Aubrey Harrison to learn methods that will work best in your class.

What Does a Model Digital Citizenship School Look Like?

Recorded on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
What does a model digital citizenship school look like? Learn about the K-8 digital citizenship curriculum and parent program implemented at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, MA. This school has been Digital Citizenship Certified by Common Sense.

Designing Agile Learning Spaces

Recorded on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
How can schools design agile learning spaces with technology to foster learning? In this webinar, learn how Hillbrook School has students to design dynamic learning spaces where they can collaborate and work alongside teachers.

Fostering Meaningful Youth Dialogue in Digital Spaces

Recorded on Thursday, February 19, 2015
How can educators foster civil and meaningfu dialogue with young people online? Chris Sloan shares techniques such as “conversation moves” and thinking routines to support middle/high school dialogue, with examples from Youth Voices, Twitter, and more.

Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships

Recorded on Thursday, January 29, 2015
Learn how educators, practitioners, and parents can use technology to include children with developmental and learning differences (grades PK-5). Presenter: Tamara Kaldor M.S., founder of Chicago PLAY Pro, and Chicago Education Manager at Common Sense.

Top 5 Digital Tools of 2014

Recorded on Monday, December 15, 2014
Join Common Sense Graphite Certified Educator, Dr. Ruth Okoye, to learn about five of Graphite's Top Tools of 2014: Shadow Puppet, Prodigy, Newsela, Curriculet, and EduCanon. See the full list here: https://www.graphite.org/top-picks/best-edtech-of-2014

App Smashing: Combining Apps for Innovative Student Projects

Recorded on Monday, November 24, 2014
Learn to app smash! Join edtech guru Jon Corippo to learn about app smashing: combining different apps and digital tools to complete tasks and create rich student projects. App smashing maximizes digital tools by combining their features and functions.

Teachers as Designers of Technology, Pedagogy, and Content (TPACK)

Recorded on Thursday, October 30, 2014
Learn how the TPACK model, presented by creators Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Matthew Koehler, can help you evaluate your knowledge around pedagogy, content, and technology to design innovative learning experiences for students.

Khan Academy's Video-based Instruction

Recorded on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Khan Academy is a widely used instructional tool that provides free, self-paced academic videos for guided, adaptive instruction. With a strong focus on math, the site also offers videos on science, economics, the arts, and computing.

Inspiring Students to Design Great Cities with SimCity

Recorded on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
SimCity is an always-online, fast-paced, intuitive, and forgiving city simulator that lets kids build (and destroy) single-player cities in multiplayer regions.

Using the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Website for Early Childhood SEL

Recorded on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Help young children's social and emotional learning with warm, loving messages delivered on the PBS KIDS Mister Rogers' Neighborhood website, an interactive online extension of the classic and much-loved TV show.

Challenge Math and Science Learners with Brilliant

Recorded on Monday, April 21, 2014
Brilliant is a free website that challenges high-achieving middle and high school students in math and physics.

How Subtext Supports Common Core Standards

Recorded on Monday, March 17, 2014
Subtext is a collaborative digital reader in which students can access, annotate, and engage with literature in the classroom.

How ClassDojo Gives Your Class Mojo

Recorded on Friday, February 14, 2014
ClassDojo is a classroom management and task assignment tool that provides real-time feedback for students on how they're meeting classroom expectations.

Responsive Teaching With Socrative

Recorded on Monday, December 16, 2013
Socrative is a powerful student response system that helps support responsive teaching.

All Things Edmodo

Recorded on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Edmodo is a platform that allows teachers and students to post, collaborate, and submit class work in a safe social network-like setting.

Best ELA Apps and Websites Aligned to Common Core

Recorded on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Cut through the clutter and use the best apps for ELA learning.

Best Math Apps and Websites Aligned to Common Core

Recorded on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Learn from expert educators about digital tools that meet Common Core State Standards for math.

Best Apps for Back-to-School

Recorded on Thursday, August 15, 2013
Gear up for back-to-school with great apps, websites, and games to get students going, help their study habits, and organize effective workflow.

Great Apps for the Classroom

Recorded on Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Tools featured include Toontastic, BrainPop, Motion Math, and Spinlight Studios. Hosted by Launchpad Toys.

What Makes an App Have Great Learning Potential?

Recorded on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In this presentation from the ISTE conference, learn about Graphite's detailed rubric that scores each digital learning product on 15 dimensions and produces a rating, making it easy for teachers to identify the best tools for learning.

Essential Apps for the 1-to-1 Classroom

Recorded on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Cut through app clutter and deploy the very best apps for 1-to-1 learning from the start.