Dear Sixes Parent or Guardian,
Sixes Elementary is excited to share with you a new program we are making available to your 3rd - 5th grade student.
DIGITAL PASSPORT by Common Sense Education is an award-winning suite of engaging games that address key issues facing kids in today's digital world. These activities teach critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community. Teachers receive robust reporting of individuals and groups’ gameplay. Each of the five games include videos, three levels of gameplay, collaborative offline activities, and aligned Digital Citizenship lessons.
In Twalkers, students learn why it is important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone. They consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
In Share Jumper, students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly "private" or "erasable" online.
In E-volve, students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyberbullied. They are encouraged to "evolve" into an “Upstander” – someone who takes action to stop cyberbullying, rather than standing by.
In Search Shark, students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, students discover hints for narrowing their search results.
In Mix-n-Mash, students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.
Each module is aligned to both State and the National Education for Technology Standards for Students (ISTE's NETS). Students will also receive companion lessons from Common Sense Media’s standards-aligned K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum throughout the school year.
We are asking students to complete all five modules by March 1, 2017. Doing so will earn students a digital passport certificate which can be redeemed for 20 Star Tickets. Teachers will be able to monitor progress through the teacher’s online portal.
While students will have some opportunity to work on this at school. We are encouraging them to work on this outside of school. Since Digital Passport is a web-based app, students can use their username and password to log in to Digital Passport from any computer with Internet access. Encouraging students to play at home and share the games with your family is a great way to open dialogue into the topics that Digital Passport addresses. Student username and password will be their CCSD student ID. Digital Passports website address is www.digitalpassport.org
We hope you and your student will find these lessons helpful. We are excited to help our students learn and grow into responsible 21st Century Digital Citizens.