School feted for digital efforts

BROADALBIN – Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization focusing on digital media and technology education, has recognized Broadalbin-Perth Intermediate School as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School for its digital and technology programs.

According to Common Sense, BPIS has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.

BPIS has been using Common Sense Education’s digital-citizenship and literacy resources, which were created in collaboration with Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The resources teach students, educators and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright.

The free resources are used in more than 85,000 classrooms nationwide.

To learn more about the criteria BPIS met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, log on to www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.