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Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools as a Common Sense district.

Greater Jasper has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn it while limiting the perils that exist in the online room such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition of knowledge is the district’s commitment to creating a culture where their whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as visual learners and citizens.

Assistant Superintendent of the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools District Todd Hitchcock says he applauds the faculty and staff of Greater Jasper for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students education and that Greater Jasper deserves high praise for giving its students the foundation skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.

Greater Jasper has been using Common Sense Education’s initiative and research-based digital citizenship resources,  which were created in collaboration with researchers from Project Zero, led by Howard Gardner 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, media balance, managing online relationships, and media literacy. The free K-12 curriculum is used in classrooms across all 50 states, in more than 50,000 schools, by more than half a million educators.

Dr. Tracy Lorey, the Superintendent of Greater Jasper Consolidated School District says that they’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense district and by preparing their students to use technology safely and responsibly, they are providing them on limited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.

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