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Thursday, October 6 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Common Sense Education: How edtech ratings and reviews connect teachers and students with transformative digital media

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Common Sense Education's community helps preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students. Since its launch in 2013, the ratings and reviews site (previously known as Graphite) has provided unbiased, rigorous ratings and practical insights from an active community of teachers. In this talk, reviewer and assistant editor Patricia Monticello Kievlan will discuss her experiences as a member of Common Sense Education's founding writing team and her work scouring edtech for the best tools to support learning experiences for a wide range of student needs. This talk will explore how Common Sense Education reviewers evaluate edtech for engagement, pedagogy, and support, and it will discuss key insights for how teachers and edtech developers can use digital media to design and build a flexible, supportive, and sustainable learning environment for every child.

As a classroom teacher and administrator, Monticello Kievlan has worked to connect students, teachers, and school learning specialists with the best edtech tools to support teaching and learning. As a community builder with The Sprout Fund in Pittsburgh's Remake Learning Network, she investigates ways to use digital media to help formal and informal educators improve their practice and better serve their students. She's critically interested in how edtech breaks down barriers to access, whether it's helping a dyslexic reader access the curriculum or helping families combat the summer slide. This talk explores how Common Sense Education's critical lens offers a helpful focus for understanding what works in digital media for -- and what work still needs to be done.




Patricia Monticello Kievlan

Program Associate, Community Building, The Sprout Fund

Thursday October 6, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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