Schools Recognized for Promoting Responsible Technology Use

Aug 22, 2022

2022 Common Sense School LogoTwo elementary and two middle school campuses have been designated as Common Sense Schools, an honor that recognizes campus efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people. With expanded access to technology, digital citizenship is more important than ever. 

FISD teachers engage students in the importance of digital citizenship starting in Kindergarten, in accordance with the technology Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. With explicit digital citizenship instruction, students learn how to engage in appropriate and responsible behavior when using technology. At all elementary campuses, students will partake in a lesson each week throughout the year informing them on digital citizenship and healthy internet habits.

“In order to make sure our students are future-ready, we need to equip them with the tools and knowledge to be safe and successful in a technology-driven world,” said Brandon Hunter, Bledsoe Elementary's digital learning coach. “Tech is more than a teaching tool, it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology.”

Technology unlocks extraordinary opportunities to explore, create and learn in ways never before imagined, but it also poses real risks for young people. It can raise safety and ethical challenges such as cyberbullying and misinformation and health issues related to media balance and social and emotional well-being. 

In Frisco ISD, we are committed to teaching our students how to be digital learners, leaders and citizens. Congratulations to these campuses and their digital learning coaches who are leading the way as Common Sense Schools:

  • Bledsoe Elementary - Brandon Hunter

  • Rogers Elementary - Tracy Churchman

  • Staley Middle School - Kristy McCoy

  • Wester Middle School - Samuel Shropshire

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. 

Learn About Technology Implementation in FISD

Thanks to the bond approved by voters in 2018, all students in Frisco ISD have increased access to technology. Secondary students have Chromebooks they take to and from campus each day and elementary students have access to iPads in their classrooms. Learn more about the 1:1 technology initiative.

The FCC requires three elements for compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act in schools: content filtering to prevent access to obscene, pornographic or harmful images; monitoring of online activities of minors; and education in appropriate online behavior and cyberbullying awareness. 

Frisco ISD employs a variety of methods to ensure the safety of students including internet filtering, classroom monitoring, Chromebook management and application restrictions. As the internet evolves, so do the District’s methods. Learn more about FISD’s approach to internet safety and digital citizenship.

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