Nonprofit group praises Cape Elizabeth schools

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Schools in Cape Elizabeth have been recognized as the first Common Sense District in Maine.

Common Sense is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.

According to a May 30 news release, Cape Elizabeth schools use Common Sense Education’s digital 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 tangible skills related to internet safety; how to protect online reputations and personal privacy; online relationships, and respecting creative copyrights, according to the release.

The free resources are used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

Liz Kline, who is the vice president of programming for Common Sense Education, said Common Sense applauds Cape Elizabeth schools for “embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education.”

Interim Superintendent Howard Colter said the recognition is an honor. 

“By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning,” he added.

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