Remarkable Technology Experiences
As educators and parents know, digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. At Country Day, we’re committed to taking a whole-community approach to preparing our students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
In fact, we have just been approved as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School—the first area school to receive this distinction. Certification recognizes our efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion.
The road toward certification began a year prior to the full 1:1 rollout of our technology initiative, when Jessica Flaxman, director of studies in Upper School, and Joe Hernick, director of educational technology, co-chaired a Digital Citizenship committee comprised of faculty, parents, and students. Their work led them to Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Criteria for receiving Digital Citizenship Certification includes, among other things, ensuring that teachers receive professional development training, dedicating instructional hours to digital citizenship at several grade levels, and parent education and outreach, like the Parent Speaker Series featuring Scott McLeod.
Additionally, several teachers and librarians have received recognition as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator. Congratulations to: Samantha Bosco, Anne Edwards, Megan Fink, Chad Jarrett, Sherri Leonard, Stacy Lynch, Karen Oldham, Michael Rinehart, David Sanders, Kasey Short, Jody Specker, Jordan Starck, Karen Sullivan, and Kelly Zander.