Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Northwest Allen County Schools as a Common Sense Certified District: Digital Citizenship.
All ten NACS schools have also been identified as Common Sense Certified Schools and 245 NACS teachers have been recognized for meeting the requirements to be named Common Sense Certified Educators.
Northwest Allen County Schools has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its 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.
"We applaud the faculty and staff of the Northwest Allen County School District for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. "NACS deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."
Northwest Allen County Schools began using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this year to compliment and support the district’s Empowered Digital Education (EDGE) initiative, which is equipping each student with a device for use in their education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.
"Congratulations to all who completed the process of earning the Digital Citizenship Certification,” said Dr. Chris Himsel, Northwest Allen County Schools Superintendent.
To learn more about the criteria NACS met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified District, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification