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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]