Leaning in the digital age

Webster City Middle School has been approved as a Certified Common Sense School. The honor recognizes the school’s above and beyond efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community.

Webster City Middle School is one of the more than 40,000 schools across the country using Common Sense Media’s free education resources. Common Sense Media, a national non-profit organization dedicated to keeping kids and families informed and educated in today’s world of media and technology, provides tools to help teach digital citizenship. This recognition is provided by the Common Sense organization that approved the school’s application.

With the rollout of the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative, the Webster City School District staff felt that it was essential that students use the technology that was being put into their hands in knowledgeable and responsible ways, according to Sandy Ausenhus, library media specialist at Webster City Middle School.

Early last fall, all Webster City School students started on a path towards being good digital citizens. Using Common Sense Media educational material, Ausenhus developed lesson plans for students in grades five through eight. They were taught digital citizenship including cyber safety, creating good digital footprints, using technology in ethical ways and more. This was done before they received their iPads to ensure healthy and safe technology use.

All schools in the Webster City School District are committed to safe, responsible and effective use of technology, Ausenhus said. As a result, local students are better equipped to navigate this digital world.