The Maine DOE is partnering with Common Sense Media to provide free workshops throughout the state this spring to help educators harness the positive power of technology.
Learning how to use media and technology wisely and safely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. The two workshops offered through the Department’s Maine Learning Technology Initiative will help educators guide students to think critically, act responsibly and interact positively in the digital world and to discover high quality resources. The hands-on sessions will be led by Common Sense Media experts and contact hours will be issued.
Skills To Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning Through Graphite will help educators use Graphite, a free service by Common Sense Media, to discover high quality apps, websites and games for students; evaluate the learning potential of these tools; curate tools into useful collections; innovate by reimagining lessons to seamlessly weave in technology using a framework called App Flows; and collaborate with other teachers by sharing best practices for using digital tools in the classroom.
The workshops are scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. on April 1 at Freeport Middle School, April 10 at Mount View Middle School, April 15 at Bonny Eagle Central Office, April 20 at Woodland Jr Sr High School and May 5 at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.
Making a Better World: Teaching Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills will provide educators an overview of free, research-based curriculum to help teach students safe, responsible and respectful participation in a digital world, while fostering 21st-century skills and meeting learning standards. The curriculum is available online as downloadable lessons, and as iBooks textbooks, with interactive activities, videos and assessments that can be downloaded to computers and tablets.
With students growing up in a digital world with potential for communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creation, session participants will consider how they can help students participate safely, responsibly and ethically in digital spaces. Workshop attendees will also learn about Digital Passport, a game-based interactive for students in grades 3-5 that teaches the “rules of the road” for digital citizenship, and how to engage families with the Connecting Families program.
The workshops are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on April 1 at Freeport Middle School, April 10 at Mount View Middle School, April 15 at Bonny Eagle Central Office, April 20 at Woodland Jr Sr High School and May 5 at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.
For more information about the free workshops, visit www.maine.gov/mlti/events or click here to register. For more information about Common Sense Media, visit their website at www.commonsensemedia.org/.