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See what the National Writing Project says about Digital Bytes.
What does walking on water, a nine-year-old cardboard magnate, rotoscoping, and communities of kindness all have to do with each other? They are all part of a new informal learning program from Common Sense called Digital Bytes. Digital Bytes is a brand-new site for teens, ages 13 and up, ...
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Here's an interesting update on appropriate screen time use; it might be helpful if your house has new screens and young users.
New research may be changing the debate over how we think about screen time for young children.
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TOP DIGITAL TOOLS OF 2014 by @Graphite and "What does character education look like in a digital world?"

Top 5 Digital Tools of 2014:

What are the top apps, websites, and games for learning in 2014?Join Common Sense Graphite Certified Educator Dr. Ruth Okoye for our next Digital Classroom webinar on December 15 at 4 p.m. EST. Learn about five of the top-rated tools for 2014, including Shadow Puppet EDU, Prodigy, Newsela, EduCanon, and Curriculet. Get an introduction to these terrific resources along with specific examples of how to use them with students.

Character Education in a Digital World:

How do we guide kids to think critically, have moral sensitivity, and make ethical decisions in digital spaces? How do we help them think about how their actions in the digital world impact others?Join digital citizenship guru Mike Ribble for our next Digital Citizenship webinar on December 16 at 4 p.m. EST. You'll learn about the intersection of character education and digital citizenship and take away strategies you can use with your own students.
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Find Great Holiday Gifts for Kids!

The new Common Sense Media Holiday Gift Guide is packed with 100+ holiday gift ideas hand-selected to inspire, educate, and entertain kids of all ages and stages.  All the picks are arranged by age and media type, and they include movies, video games, books, TV shows on DVD, apps, and websites.
 
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/guide/holiday-gift-guide-2014
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It's #GivingTuesday! Join us in making the digital world a better place for kids by supporting Common Sense.

Educators and parents rely on Common Sense to help make great media decisions for schools and families.  Support us on #GivingTuesday! https://www.commonsensemedia.org/donate
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The digital age is filled with cool, new technologies and a constant world of tweeting, texting and snapping selfies. Hear what experts have to say about ways to help kids make safe, smart decisions – regardless of the device or social network. Join Jean Chatzky, and experts from ConnectSafely and Common Sense Media on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. EST. Register today http://bit.ly/1prBLea
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7 New Year's Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2015
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Give up carbs? Go gluten-free? Nah, these resolutions are far more entertaining -- and will have a huge impact on your family's media lives.
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Become a Certified Common Sense Educator!
A Common Sense Certified Educator is dedicated to teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young people using Common Sense Education materials. Certified Educators can work with students in any grade, from kindergarten through 12.

There is no cost for becoming a Certified Educator or for using any of the educational materials or online trainings available on the website. Apply here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification-educator.

You can also apply to be a Common Sense Certified School (apply here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification-school). Congratulations to Rocky Heights MS in Colorado for becoming a Certified School!
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Join us in the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!

Every student, boy or girl, should have the chance to learn computer science.  Join us: http://hourofcode.com

Here are some great tools to get you started with coding:
https://www.graphite.org/top-picks/student-friendly-tools-for-web-design
https://www.graphite.org/top-picks/game-making-tools-for-schools
https://www.graphite.org/top-picks/best-apps-and-websites-for-learning-programming-and-coding
https://www.graphite.org/top-picks/best-engineering-tools


See great teacher lesson plans on teaching coding:
https://www.graphite.org/app-flows/learning-to-code
https://www.graphite.org/app-flows/basic-computer-coding
https://www.graphite.org/app-flows/introduction-to-coding-hour-of-code
https://www.graphite.org/app-flows/coding-programming-an-introduction
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