CSM INTRODUCES DIGITAL PASSPORT: Non-profit and digital citizenship maven, Common Sense Media, has recently released Digital Passport, a digital video and interactive game mashup that encourages critical thinking and safe online behavior for 3rd to 5th graders. Developed by SF-based Mighty Play (these guys have also partnered with Zynga and Nickelodeon), Digital Passport is the result of extensive user testing across the country. Common Sense reports receiving feedback from over 1500 students and teachers during development.
Moving away from its popular classroom-based curriculum, Common Sense has opted for an anywhere, anytime blended learning approach with Digital Passport. Public schools in Chicago, Denver, New York City, and Omaha, Maine and California have already signed on for the current school year. It's sure to also receive a boost from its recently announced partnership with One Laptop Per Child. Digital Passport will be bundled in XO laptops and tablets.
Common Sense also notes that Digital Passport is CIPA-compliant, Common Core ELA-aligned, and ISTE NETS standards-aligned, so barriers to implementation for younger students should be minimal. Give it a go and let us know what your students think!