Portola Valley School District has launched a relationship with Common Sense Media,
tudent's will take part in classroom lessons from the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum. The goal of this curriculum is to encourage young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning, and to become safe, responsible and savvy digital citizens. In the Research and Information Literacy strand of the curriculum, your child will learn that the Internet is a powerful tool for research, communicating, and sharing ideas. Through hands-on activities and classroom discussion, your child will learn effective Internet search skills as well as how to evaluate the quality and credibility of online information.
What We Teach
In this set of lessons, your child will:
What Families Can Do
Common Sense Media takes a holistic school-community approach to digital literacy and citizenship and provides parent educational resources to help you support your child’s learning. As we complete these lessons in class, we will be sending home parent tip sheets, links to online videos, and an occasional homework activity for you to do with your child.
We encourage you to read and view the parent materials, have fun with the homework activities, and use this as an opportunity to share and learn about research and information literacy together.
If you have access to the Internet at home or at work, you can visit the Common Sense Media website at www.commonsense.org and take a look at the parent resources on kids and media.
Here are some tips you can use to teach your children about research and information literacy:
We are excited about embarking on this new curriculum and look forward to sharing more with you about our activities in the classroom in the weeks ahead. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Dr. Carol Piraino