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.


TikTok and Performance Platforms: What You Need to Know

If you've seen your kid dancing around your living room in front of their phone, they might be making a TikTok video. Witnessed your kid pretending to put on makeup while talking to the mirror? They're dreaming of being a YouTube star. Ever randomly Google your kid's name and a short story on Wattpad pops up?

In the age of online performance, many kids have shifted their dreams from basketball pro and movie star to esports competitor and influencer. Though hitting the big time online isn't easy, it does happen, so some kids desperately want to start their own channel or account in the hopes they'll be one of the lucky ones. But should you let them ? The truth is, motivations matter. Unlike kids shooting a million free throws in the privacy of an empty court, these kids are trying to make it big in front of the whole world. So, if kids strike out with the expectation that they're going to go viral, the mean comments and low number of likes might really bring them down. That doesn't mean you need to say no. It does mean you need to get to know the platform(s) your kid wants to use, set parameters, monitor, and make sure they can handle the scrutiny—and potential creepers . It's also important that they have fun! Being creative is wonderful and to be encouraged, but when the focus is only on success, the magic of the process gets lost. So focus on safety—and fun.

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