At Journey we are using Common Sense Media’s curriculum to help our middle school students extend well-cultivated behavioral skills into cyberspace. This curriculum, which emphasizes critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making, can be taught completely without technology (which is a good thing, considering we have none!). We are hoping that the result of introducing “digital literacy” in this manner will be a school-wide sense of comfort about allowing students to use the “tools” in 7th and 8th grade because they’ve (hopefully!) learned how to use these powerful technologies wisely.
We look forward to keeping you informed about our upcoming 8th grade Media Literacy Curriculum!
- New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (PDF) (National Association for Media Literacy Education’s Journal of Media Literacy Education, 2012)
- Teaching Digital Citizenship in a No-Tech Classroom (Common Sense Media Webinar, 2012)
- Cyber Civics at Journey School (iKeepSafe, March 2012)
- Why Common Sense Media’s Curriculum Worked for Our School (Common Sense Media Educatorblog, September 2011)
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