The Winner of Our Digital Citizenship Challenge (Plus Free Resources)
Digital citizenship is a hot topic right now. For good reason too. The concept of citizenship has continued to develop over millenia, and suddenly then the internet swoops in over a few decades and completely upends how people view each other, their world, and their place within it.
With the rise of cyberbullying, digital copyright law, and data theft, it’s no wonder that digital citizenship is quickly becoming a core subject in school curriculums. Some states are even going as far to mandate that it be included.
As with any subject, however, figuring out what to teach and how to teach it are big questions that need answering. That’s why early this year Schoology launched our Digital Citizenship Challenge.
This initiative was an effort to crowdsource digital citizenship resources from the educational community with the goal of making them openly available in a Schoology Public Group (learn more about accessing the 7 resources—mostly full courses—currently available at the bottom of this post).
The response was incredible, to say the least. Over 1,000 education professionals signed up to participate (by submitting resources or pledging to implement them). The submissions included everything from activities covering one digital citizenship topic to full courses covering them all.
As part of this challenge, we had a panel of judges who scored each submission using this rubric:
For the full rubric and criteria details, click here
The top scorer wins an all-expenses-paid trip to our annual user conference Schoology NEXT where they'll have the opportunity to present their submission. The top scorer and the 4 finalists get seats on the Digital Citizenship Counsel, an organization that will create and maintain publicly available digital citizenship content.
So, are you ready to see who won? Below are the winner and 4 finalists of the 2018 Digital Citizenship Challenge!
5 Winners of Our 2018 Digital Citizenship Challenge
Here are the top scorers in our challenge, starting with the finalists.
Finalist: Rob Kamrowski
Rob submitted a full self-paced, gamified digital citizenship course. The story is that you are part of a small group of survivors during the zombie apocalypse. As a student, you have to “bring back the ideals of democracy while also protecting yourself and members of your squad from occasional zombie attacks.”
Finalist: Amy Crisp
Her Team: Tammy Rodriguez, Emily Baker, Karrina Lynch, and Michelle Norcia
Amy Crisp and her grade-level team submitted an entire digital citizenship course that is designed to be used before the academic year really starts. It’s full of activities using Digital Passport, Typing.com, and Symbaloo.
Finalist: Nancy Rivas
Nancy’s submission is a series of digital citizenship modules covering security skills, communication and safety, and intellectual property. These units are meant to be used in the elementary classroom.
Finalist: Amanda Lanicek
Project Partner: Amanda Mask
Team Amanda submitted an entire course that has its own library of resources that are used throughout various courses in Coppell ISD and was originally intended for the district. Now it’s available to everyone.
The Winner: Stephen Rao
As the top scorer among all participants in the challenge, Stephen submitted an entire digital citizenship course. It was designed for elementary students and includes presentations, games, extra resources, and an achievement badge for completion.
Congrats Stephen on your all-expenses-paid trip to Schoology NEXT 2018!
Where You Can Get Your Hands on These Resources
As mentioned before, our goal with this challenge is to create a publicly available library of digital citizenship resources for anyone who wants them. There are seven resources (almost all full courses) currently available in the Digital Citizenship public group.
Whether you use Schoology or not, these resources are available for you. Some resources are specific to Schoology, so if you don't use Schoology and want to use those resources, you'll need to first create a free account to export them. If you use Schoology, however, with something like 3 clicks you can add any of these resources to your courses and groups.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be opening this group to more submissions, so if you have digital citizenship resources you want to share with the world, upload them here.
Thank you, everyone, who participated in this challenge. You are leading the way to a better future.