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.

COMMON SENSE BAY AREA TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL

Common Sense Bay Area Teen Advisory Council Flyer.pdf

COMMON SENSE TIP OF THE WEEK

Get a Handle on Those Social Media Heavy Hitters

Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are old news, right? Well, it's true they've been around for a minute, but with extensive updates and fresh features, there's always something new for parents to know.

For instance, the livestreaming options add another way for kids to interact with followers that may not be safest for those with public accounts. And "click to buy" links or "swipe up" features that lead kids to products and services open another layer of consumerism. And with all of them vying for attention (even though Facebook owns Instagram), they're always adding elements that look eerily similar to other apps, like disappearing messages or short videos. So it's good to keep tabs on the ol' staples of social media to stay up on what your kid might be up to after the last update.


DIGITAL LITERACY RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS

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