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.


Staying Sane While All Cooped Up

Just stay home—what's so hard? Well, not only are some people on the front lines in hospitals, doing deliveries, or helping in other ways, but it turns out there are psychological challenges that come with this pandemic.

Uncertainty is difficult for most of us. Extroverts can't be with people, and introverts can't escape from people. We're confined to a tight radius, together. It's intense, even if you and yours aren't out there in the mix. So, it's very important to take some time to tend to your mental health and teach your kid some skills to do the same. Meditation apps come in many forms, and there are some just for kids. And there are apps that let you connect with health care professionals or other people who are dealing with similar feelings. As best you can, nurture yourself and each other!

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