The educational social networking site Edmodo has created a partnership with Common Sense Media to provide teachers with student activities designed to encourage the use of social media and other technology. The collaboration grants current Edmodo users free access to the “Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connection Culture” K-12 curriculum.
The new curriculum teaches responsible online usage, educating students about cyberbullying, plagiarism, and privacy. The value of this kind of education is greater now than it ever has been. With more and more students experiencing education in the digital world, parents and educators must exercise appropriate levels of caution and teach children about potential threats they might encounter.
The new digital literacy curriculum provided by Common Sense Media is based on the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
From the project’s site:
“With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the GoodPlay project explores the ethical character of young people’s activities in the new digital media. We seek to understand how young people conceptualize their participation in virtual worlds and the ethical considerations that guide their conduct. We are exploring five themes which we believe are salient in the digital age, with implications for ethics—identity, privacy, ownership and authorship, credibility, and participation.”
Last July, New Enterprise Associates invested $25 million in Edmodo, which was founded in 2008 and recently surpassed 8 million members. It’s used in 85 of the largest 100 U.S. school districts and is based on San Mateo, CA.