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On April 10, 2014, Educator Innovator hosted a webinar in partnership with Mozilla's Webmaker team. The webinar focused on Thimble, a tool developed by Mozilla's Webmaker team to allow anyone to be a creator of the web and not just a consumer. Thimble was recently recognized as one of the best educational tools online—a "game changer"—of 2014 and given an "ON for Learning" award by Common Sense...
The Calfiornia Writing Project, along with Common Sense Media, is issuing a call to write and submit digital responses to the prompt: What does it mean to be an upstander? According to CWP, an upstander is an individual, group or institution that chooses to take a positive stand and act on behalf of themselves and others (from Facing History and Ourselves) and someone who takes action to stop...
Those of you familiar with Common Sense Media may have heard some buzz in social networks recently about their new Learning Ratings Initiative for Digital Media. For many years now, Common Sense Media has been the go-to source for parents and families to find unbiased ratings and reviews of all types of media, including movies, books, apps, websites, and more. When I was in the classroom, I often...
David Low - Unwholesome and Insipid Fruit_final.pdf In this humourous academic essay, I explore the historical roots of media panics, which are triggered by generational power struggles over the right to define and preserve culture. Within such panics there is often a rift between youth-oriented popular culture and adult-guarded "high" culture. This rift generally plays out as new media vs. old...
Based on the work of Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum from Common Sense Media takes what it calls a "whole-community approach" to digital literacy and citizenship by providing resources for students and educators. The curriculum includes units designed to promote student empowerment and help...