2018-06-15 / Community

Cape is ‘Common Sense District’

Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Cape Elizabeth schools as a Common Sense District, the first in Maine.

Cape Elizabeth schools have 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. The recognition acknowledges our district’s commitment to creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Cape Elizabeth schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Liz Kline, vice president, Education Programs, Common Sense Education, in a press release. “Cape Elizabeth schools deserve 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.”

Cape Elizabeth schools have used Common Sense Education’s digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of 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 used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense District,” said Superintendent Howard Colter. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

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