Cardiff School District recognized for digital program

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized the Cardiff School District as a Common Sense Education, Certified District Digital Citizenship district for 2016-2017, according to a release from the district.

The certification is given to schools that are leading the way in approaching digital media and technology issues in innovative ways, according to the release. This is the second-year Cardiff School District has been recognized.

The two schools in the district, Cardiff School and Ada W. Harris Elementary School, also received recognition for 2016-2017. In addition, Debbie Heyer, technology education teacher at the two schools, was honored for 2016-2017.

Cardiff School District has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the 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, according to the release.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Cardiff School District for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Jessica Lindl, head of Common Sense Education. “Cardiff School District 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.”

“Digital media and technology will be at the forefront of our student’s educational journey and into their adulthood,” said Debbie Heyer, educational technology teacher, Cardiff School District. “We believe it is essential to teach our students about the opportunities and threats that come with engaging in online activities and research at a young age so that they will be prepared and exercise the highest-level integrity and ethics when using digital media and technology. I’m proud to be recognized with our schools and District.”

Cardiff School District has been using 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, for more than two years. 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, according to the release. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” said Jill Vinson, superintendent, Cardiff School District. “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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