Charlotte Latin School was recently recognized for its extensive integration of digital media and technology into its curriculum.
Common Sense, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media, recognized the school as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.
Charlotte Latin has sought to develop a “whole-community” approach to developing students into digital citizens through the use of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while also limiting complications online, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.
“We applaud the faculty and staff of Charlotte Latin School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education, said in a news release. “Charlotte Latin School 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.”
Charlotte Latin used Common Sense’s digital citizenship resources to help develop the program, which students, educators, and parents learn tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships and respecting creative copyright.
To become a certified school, Latin has to create a digital citizenship vision; provide in-person and online professional development for staff; complete a Digital Citizenship Certified School Implementation Plan; use Common Sense digital citizenship resources; complete the Digital Citizenship Teacher Worksheet to indicate which educators taught the lessons; and engage and educate parents about digital citizenship in three different ways.
“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” Headmaster Arch McIntosh said. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”