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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]

Reflections on March-9 Tech Forums

If you didn’t make it to our tech forums on March 9, you can still catch up on what you missed! Start by visiting the MCDS-Tech Parent Page–click through the links near the top of the page under “UPPER SCHOOL PARENT FORUM RESOURCES.” Or, for more of a firsthand look at what we covered and [Continue]

MCDS is a Common Sense Media Supporter School

A note on what this means: Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. Issues that emerge from this 24/7 “connected culture,” such as cyberbullying, privacy lapses, and uncertainty about which information to trust online, are surfacing both in schools and at [Continue]

6th and 8th graders explore media literacy

Ed/Tech Coordinator Christopher Warner and Upper School Counselor Rush Sabiston Frank recently completed a four-part media literacy series with 6th and 8th grades.The series began with a discussion about what media is and why it matters: where we find it, how it finds us, what forms it takes, and what messages–hidden or overt–it holds. The [Continue]

Scratch online course for 4th-8th graders

Summercore is offering an online Scratch coding course for 4th-8th graders, January 25 – 14, at a cost of $99. Topics will include sprites, variables, loops and animation, game design, tessellations, and fractals. This course starts “from scratch,” but moves quickly through the 4 lessons. There are homework challenges, and students will be able to see and learn from each [Continue]

Hour of Code 2015

This week’s 2015 Hour of Code proved to be a great success at MCDS! Grades 2-4 chose coding exercises from this page. The most popular by far were Star Wars and Minecraft, followed by Flappy Bird. These coding challenges beautifully added new life to the regular, ongoing coding practice we began in September. Also this [Continue]