Essential question: How can educators use the resources of Common Sense Media to help develop, support and augment digital citizenship efforts?
For me this week I spent a lot of time looking at the lesson plans for grades 6-8 on Common Sense. I really liked the lesson titled “identifying high-quality sites.” I absolutely loved the checklist for identify if the site it high-quality! Trying to explain what a good site has sometimes goes in one ear and out the other. This list gives a concrete way for students to evaluate sites. Another struggle is that most students don’t understand that google is not a site and they just take the information Google puts at the top, and cite it as coming from Google. With this checklist I think it would be easier for students to understand that Google isn’t a source because most of the questions on the checklist could not be answered. Plus this checklist could go with any content area. It is really universal!
Gerald pointed out how there is an extensive the parent link is on Common Sense. I like the fact that they have a top picks on this section. Even for those of us who aren't parents, it can be helpful in determining what might be good for different children, as we all probably interact with children at some points. The parent link did not catch my eye as I was too involved in exploring the 6-8 resources this week.
Sarah also talked about a particular lesson with citing sources. It was interesting how almost everyone else was drawn to the reviews. I didn't even notice that until reading all the posts. I was drawn to the lesson on identifying quality sources. When students get to middle school they don't understand that Google isn't a source. There is so much researching across different content areas that really all lessons would be great to incorporate at some point. It is just a little overwhelming so I think picking 1 place to focus on would be a great start.
Pretty much everyone talked about the layout of the site and how nice it is that it is laid out by grade/age level. This makes it super easy as a teacher to go in and use the resources without a lot of modification necessary. Definitely makes me more willing to test out some of the resources.