We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools: Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education provides high-quality digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities. Together, we work to empower students to harness technology for learning and life. Our free resources include ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.
Educator Toolkit: Lessons & Materials
News & Media Literacy:
In today’s 24/7 digital world, we have instant access to all kinds of information online. Educators need strategies to equip students with the core skills they need to think critically about today’s media. We teach foundational skills in news and media literacy through our Digital Citizenship program, specifically through our Creative Credit & Copyright and Information Literacy topics. Built on more than 10 years of expertise and classroom testing, these lessons and related teaching materials give students the essential skills to be smart, savvy media consumers and creators. From lesson plans about fact-checking to clickbait headlines and fake news, we’ve covered everything.
We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom:
Social-emotional learning (SEL) skills make us better people at home, at school, in our communities, and in the workplace. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), these skills (as well as the knowledge and attitudes that propel them) include how to “understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
Graphite™ is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Education designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students by providing unbiased, rigorous ratings and practical insights from our active community of teachers.
Student Portfolio Apps and Websites:
Portfolios are a time-tested and teacher-trusted method for assessing student learning. But what happens when students ditch notebooks and folders for laptops and tablets? These tech tools are here to help, offering students virtual binders, folders, Web pages, and galleries for collecting everything from text to video. They also give teachers the ability to easily browse through their students’ work and assess remotely.
Cheap and Free VR and AR:
With recent advancements, virtual and augmented reality have never been more accessible in the classroom.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
Find research-based tools to teach students how to embrace the power of technology in school and in life.
From cyberbullying and photo sharing to digital footprints and online safety, the Connecting Families program helps parents and kids address important topics and have meaningful conversations about making great choices in their digital lives.
Learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, choose-your-own-adventure interactive experiences, designed for grades 6-9. Invite students to explore digital dilemmas, make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and try out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. Students can play Digital Compass for free on their phone or tablet.
Digital Compass. Where are you headed?
The only educational game that gives kids the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives can impact their relationships and future.
Aquí encontrarás videos cortos y artículos sobre la educación temprana para familias con niños pequeños. También una sección para que uses la tecnología y los medios para apoyar a tus hijos en la escuela y consejos para proteger la privacidad y seguridad de tu familia cuando están online.
Common Sense Kids Action:
Common Sense Kids Action works with policy makers, business leaders, and other advocates across the nation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. Kids Action works to drive policies at the state and national levels that ensure all kids 0-5 have access to vital education and health resources; that all children have high-quality digital learning experiences; that their online data and privacy is protected; and that child poverty is reduced in America. With over 65 million Common Sense users, more than 275,000 educators, and potential advocates in every home and school across the nation, Common Sense’s advocacy platform is building a movement dedicated to making kids our nation’s top priority.
Teach and test the basics of online life.