Commonsense Media Scope and Sequence

10-16-2013 11-28-36 AMI had to share this awesome (I can say that) site for teachers. This site is FULL of so many resources that you could spend hours surfing and downloading material.

I spent the greatest portion of my time visiting the Scope and Sequence tool on the site. The Scope and Sequence tool provides cross-curriculuar units that “spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.”


(Click here for the PDF version for the Scope and Sequence tool.)

The lessons are geared to specific grades, so you have the option to search specifically for your grade if you’d like. The grade suggestions also makes sure that the lesson that you have chosen is appropriate for your grade level. But we all know that teachers know how to take a lesson and adjust it to their particular grade level, so grade level suggestions are just suggestions.

For our class assignment, we were asked to find a lesson plan that we found useful. While there were many topics that I found extremely important to share, such as cyber-bullying, online safety, and online communication, I decided to share a lesson called Picture Perfect (recommended for grades 3-5). This lesson’s topic, “How can photos be changed on the computer, and how can that affect our feelings about the way we look?”, directly ties into the many conversations that I am having with my daughter about her self-image. As a woman, I understand the insecurity she feels about how she looks compared to the retouched photos that are posted online. Everyone knows that only the “best” pictures of someone are posted on Facebook or Instagram; at least those images that we can control, which is another topic that could also be covered within this lesson.

You will have to register and create an account before you can download the lesson materials that are provided with the lesson overview on the page, but since I’ve already created my account I will try to share the lesson materials with you now. Just click here and we’ll see if you can get to them.

I encourage you to visit the Common Media Scope and Sequence page to see what other options there are…and there are many!! The Common Media homepage also worth checking out, as is the Common Sense Media Education page.

Others that you might be interested in from Common Media:



ImageI’ve just started using LiveBinders to organize journal articles for my dissertation. Using this tool makes it easy to upload documents from a URL and be able to view it online inside one of the binders instead of having to download and save these articles to my jump drive, Dropbox, or Skydrive. The main issue I have with saving the pages/articles is that I have to name the files and then remember what I saved them as so that I find them. With LiveBinders, the article itself is on a page. The actual page/article that I have been viewing is visible within the binder. I’m sure I could create something similar, but with LiveBinder all I have to do is create a tab within my chosen binder, enter the URL, and that’s it. It’s there when I open the tab. I can name the tab by the subject, author, or any information that I think will help me locate it later when I need to reference that article.

The reason I wanted to share is because of the organizational properties that are available with this tech. tool. There are also a lot of example binders of ways in which they can be used to give you ideas of how you can customize each binder for your particular use. I’ve given you an example of the way in which I’ll be using my binders, but I’m sure you can think of different ways that you can make use of them. The binders can also be shared publicly online and with others in your network/work group.

Personally, I hope that using LiveBinders will help organize the hundreds of references that I will be using throughout my dissertation process. I’ve been looking for alternatives to printing or saving documents and this seems to fit my purposes perfectly, but…we’ll see.