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Common Sense Media Tech Forum 10/12/17

For our third consecutive year, MCDS hosted a panel of sixteen 8th graders from participating Marin schools, who answered questions about their digital lives in front of a parent audience. Notes are below–some thoughtful, balanced answers that we hope are indicative of the work we’re doing with students around digital citizenship. Most notes are written [Continue]

6th Grade Data re: mobile devices and tech challenges

As you may recall, 6th grade Tech/SEL content focuses on pros and cons of having/not having a mobile device. On September 27, we continued that conversation by polling two groups of MCDS 6th graders, each group containing 21 students. The results are presented in the PDF below. Headlines include: Overall, approximately 38% report already having their own smart phones [Continue]

7th Grade SEL summary – Sept 15

The focus for the tech portion of 7th grade SEL shifts from cell phones to the broader, more abstract concept of the media. Like in our first 6th grade session, we started with the questions “What makes technology tricky?” and  “What makes it different from other things in our lives?” We also looked at some of [Continue]

6th Grade SEL Class Summary – Sept 13

Today we had introductions from the full SEL teaching team: Darlene, Nell, Señora Ellsworth-Yow, and Christopher. We explored questions like What makes technology tricky? and What makes it different from everything else in our lives, that we would need to have major rules, guidelines, expectations, and conversations around it? We talked about how our screens [Continue]

Common Sense Media Marin Teen Panel: 11/7/16

We had a great turnout for this morning’s 8th grade panel. Consistent with what we see in our work with students, the panelists represented a wide variety of perspectives and relationships with technology. Below are notes from what the panelists said. We recommend that, as you read through them, you think about which perspectives align [Continue]

Reflections from our October-18 Parent Tech Forum

We had a great turnout for our Upper School Parent Tech Forum October 18th! Input from parents indicated a few common themes: Parents recognize the positive value in technology: for themselves, their children, and their families. Examples include digital artistry, interpersonal connection, communication, convenience, research, productivity, learning, and writing composition. Every child is different, and [Continue]

Welcome back, students, teachers, and parents!

We are excited to kick off the new school year with students on Wednesday, August 31. A couple important changes from last year: All students in grades 3-8 will have 1:1 Chromebooks, with cart-based access to iPads and Macbooks The Responsible Use Policy has been revised! Click here for the 5th-8th grade RUP. The 4th grade RUP [Continue]