Holy Trinity Certified As Common Sense ‘Signature School’
By Space Coast Daily // March 27, 2014
Recognized for Teaching Digital Citizenship
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has certified Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy as a Common Sense “Signature School” for educating its students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens.
Holy Trinity 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, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
They are the first school in Florida to receive this certification.
“We applaud Holy Trinity for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Media. “Holy Trinity deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”
Holy Trinity has been using Common Sense Media’s innovative and research-based digital literacy and citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The resources teach students, educators, and parents some tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputation and personal privacy, what to share and what not to share, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 65,000 classrooms nationwide.
“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense “Signature School”,” said Christopher Hayes, Head of School. “We did not grow up with these tools, so as parents, we do not have models. By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”