Digital Citizenship Overview
Gilbert Public Schools is committed to providing Digital Citizenship education, resources, and support to the students, staff, and families of Gilbert Public Schools.
Our Mission: GPS students and staff will become responsible digital citizens who know how to harness the learning potential of digital media in a 24/7 connected world and will be able to experience digital learning in a safe, monitored environment, learn to use online tools safely, effectively, ethically, and respectfully.
What is digital citizenship? Learn what it is and why it matters.
All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Our award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum:
- Addresses top concerns for schools.
- Prepares students with critical 21st-century skills.
- Supports educators with training and recognition.
- Engages the whole community through family outreach.
About the Common Sense© Education Curriculum
Common Sense Media© is the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Since the 2015–16 school year, Gilbert Public Schools has been providing digital citizenship curriculum to our schools, grades K–12, via the Common Sense Media platform. Common Sense Media curriculum and lessons have since been updated to take on timely topics that students are experiencing in the online environment and accommodate online delivery via GSuite and Google Classroom. This integration will allow our teachers to have the option of using different methods of delivery from traditional handouts to online access.
During the 2019–20 school year Technology Services partnered with the GPS Student Support and Prevention team to provide additional support, training, and leadership. Counselors, Social Workers, and Technology Integration Educators are a part of providing digital citizenship assistance to GPS Classroom Teachers, Librarians, and Campus Administrators K–12.
Common Sense School Recognition
What is a Common Sense School?
Common Sense Schools are committed to deep implementation of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Earning the Common Sense School badge is a symbol of a school's dedication to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Look for this Common Sense School recognition badge on school websites that have earned this recognition in our district.
#DeviceFreeDinner: As we head into the holiday season, we're sharing resources that promote media balance and tips for families. We know tech plays an important role in learning and entertainment, but we also see a need to balance media and tech with undistracted face-to-face time.