Digital Literacy

Digital Lives Matter at the Town School Library

In the Fall of 2012, the Town School Library built out a K - 8 Digital Literacy Curriculum, initially adapted from Common Sense Media, in order to help students navigate their digital lives.

Since then, Town has been approved as a Common Sense School for four years running, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. Julie Alonso and Kim Stuart, Town School Librarians, have also been recognized as Common Sense Educators. These acknowledgements demonstrate our school's commitment to creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.


Summer Slip and Slide: Screen Time Rules and Slacking Skills

As summer begins, screen use can be even harder to get a handle on. Not only that—sometimes it seems like kids have forgotten everything they learned during the school year! But what if you could maintain some screen limits and maximize their use of media to help prevent summer slide?

You can start the summer off on the right foot by setting expectations about screens early: Sure, summer rules are usually looser, but what are the limits? Talk them through with your kids—no matter what age—let them have some input, and talk about how transitions to other activities will work. You can even create a special summer edition of a family media agreement so that the rules are posted for everyone to see. Also, even if you're traveling, you can maximize their media use by checking out some apps that have educational value but don't feel like school. Even family movie nights can open up important conversations. So, set those limits, maximize media, and have a great summer!

K-8 Overview Digital Literacy Lessons
Thinking About Digital Lives: Prof Growth 3/28/18 and 3/29/18
Library and Educational Technology Skills Matrix
Day 1 - Teaching Kids in Post-Truth World Professional Growth
Upper School Research Expectations for Teachers
Day 2 - Teaching Kids in Post-Truth World Professional Growth