TAS Lower School Earns Recognition from Common Sense Education

The Taipei American School Lower School recently earned recognition as a Common Sense School, a badge that signifies our school's commitment to helping our students learn how to be both responsible and effective in their technology use.

According to the program, Common Sense Schools are committed to the deep implementation of a 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.

Lower School Technology Coaches, Leanne Stanley-Rainbow, Pana Asavavatana, and Alfredo Papaseit, applied for this distinction in late 2020 before winter break and received notification of the distinction in January.

The Tech Coaches intend for this partnership with Common Sense Media to signify our school's commitment to embrace digital citizenship as an important part of the lower school curriculum. Lower School Tech Coach Alfredo Papaseit said, "At TAS, we are very intentional in the way we provide students with the foundational skills they need to participate ethically in society."

Chief Information Officer Dan Hudkins says he thinks this mark helps to "reinforce the importance of the home-school collaboration and our school's effective use of a family media agreement."

The Tech Coaches agree. “We approach media balance and digital well-being as a whole community dedicated to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly, respectfully, and safely. Students engage in a curriculum packed with thought-provoking discussions, compelling and authentic opportunities, and intentional integration. Classroom teachers build their understanding through conversations and professional development, and strong home-school collaboration is fostered through regular parent coffees and newsletters,” said Lower School Tech Coach Leanne Stanley-Rainbow. 

Ultimately, the coaches were spurred to apply for this distinction because they felt that during the COVID-19 pandemic there was no better time to push our community to formalize its approach to digital citizenship.

According to the Lower School Tech Coach Pana Asavavatana, “The challenge of fostering effective digital citizenship is particularly critical as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed millions of students to interact virtually. The stakes are high, and it's more essential than ever that we empower students with strong digital citizenship skills.”