Omaha Public Schools resource for
Digital Literacy & Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Cyberbullying.
The Omaha Public School District and The
Sherwood Foundation have an extensive partnership with Common Sense Media that
provides educational resources on Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety and
Security, Research, Privacy, and Information Literacy to our students,
parents, teachers, schools, and community. Common
Sense Media, a national not for profit company based in San Francisco,
California, is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and their families by
providing the trustworthy information, educational resources, and an
independent voice needed to thrive in our digital world.
To ensure Omaha Public
Schools’ compliance with federal CIPA and E-rate regulations
and standardize delivery of Common Sense Media’s
Digital Literacy & Citizenship resources district-wide.
Matrix. An implementation guideline that
identifies specific K-12 lessons and designated staff for instructional
Curriculum. Common Sense Media's free Digital Literacy &
Citizenship Curriculum is the required resource as it provides Omaha Public Schools
all resources needed to educate students about the three CIPA required topics:
1) appropriate online behavior, 2) safety and privacy, and 3) cyberbullying.
The curriculum contains 65 developmentally appropriate lessons (5 per
grade level) and are complete with supporting student handouts, videos,
assessments, and parent tips. Click the scope and sequence to view Common Sense Media's entire comprehensive curriculum. Each
lesson is paced at 45 minutes and can be customized to fit the teacher,
student, and school building needs. The lessons below are linked to the
Common Sense Media lesson wepbage for your easy access and viewing.
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Do you have a teen who hardly reads? You're not alone. Common Sense Media's latest research report, "Children, Teens, and Reading," shows that adolescents aren't reading for fun much anymore, and their reading achievement hasn't increased for over two decades. What's more, large segments of the population -- black and Latino (compared with white) kids, and boys (compared with girls) in general -- are falling behind.
We reviewed large, national surveys and databases and found trends on kids' reading rates, reading scores, and more. Here's a sampling:
>>Reading rates have dropped precipitously among adolescents.
>>Reading achievement among older teens has stagnated.
>>There's a persistent gap in reading scores between white, black, and Latino kids.
>>There's also a gender gap in reading across ages.
In a way, the report's findings about teens aren't surprising. Older kids have always read less than younger ones, as the multiple demands of growing up take over. For many, there's simply no time to juggle reading for pleasure with schoolwork, afterschool activities, sports, homework, jobs, and socializing. But some kids are managing to fit it in. Here's how you can help:
Walk the talk. Our study shows parents of frequent readers vs. infrequent readers are more likely to read themselves.
Provide the opportunity. Parents of frequent readers vs. infrequent readers are more likely to keep books at home. Check out our Essential Books Guide and recommended lists of books for tweens and teens to keep up a steady stream.
Set aside time … for them. Look at your kids' schedules and see if there's something you can help take off their plates. Parents of frequent readers vs. infrequent readers are more likely to set aside time for kids to read each day.
Discover pockets of reading. Our study shows people are undecided about whether ebooks are preferable to print books, but we say take it where you can get it. If reading a whole book is too much, almost everything else counts as long as it doesn't spiral down into distraction. Reading fan fiction from his favorite video game? Check. Reading the news on his phone? Check. Reading Wikipedia pages when she's curious about something? Check. Reading blog posts about an interesting topic? Check. Reading The Fault in Our Stars on his ereader or tablet? Definitely check!
Talk to the teacher. Reading scores are important because they're indicators of how kids are doing across most school subjects. If your kid's scores are flagging, find out from his teacher what she -- or school policies -- can do to help.
Start early. Although it's never too late, it's much easier to build habits when kids are young and impressionable. Raise a reader by encouraging your little one.
Help kids connect. When kids can relate personally to a story's characters and circumstances, they may read more. Seek out reading material with diverse characters and situations to encourage kids who may feel as if they don't see themselves reflected in most books.