Schoology Launches Global Digital Citizenship Challenge
Inaugural challenge mobilizes Schoology's community of educators, district leaders and stakeholders to promote leadership skills and positive behavior online.
New York, NY (February 14, 2018)—Schoology, the leader in learning management systems (LMS) for education, today announced the launch of the inaugural "Global Digital Citizenship Challenge." With students being exposed to the internet and social media at younger ages, it is more important than ever for them to act responsibly, safely, and ethically online. This challenge is designed to rally the global community of educators around the increasingly relevant and important topic of digital citizenship.
Schoology is asking educators to participate in a 30-day challenge (via www.schoology.com/digcit) where they submit a resource that will help teach or promote better digital citizenship among students. Participants can also browse through submissions and "commit" to implementing these ideas in their own schools or districts. The submission that best addresses the Challenge and promotes awareness of digital citizenship, as decided by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, will win an all-expenses paid trip to Schoology NEXT, the company's annual user conference to be held in July in San Diego, to present their idea for addressing digital citizenship. Judges selected by Schoology based on their expertise and or passion for the topic of digital citizenship include Kellie Ady, Schoology's Director of Instructional Strategy, Adam Larson, Schoology's Educational Strategies Director, Robert Schuetz, Technology Coordinator at Palatine High School, D211 in Illinois, and Rachel Murat, Teacher and Tech Integrator at Maine-Endwell CSD in NY.
There is no question that social media and digital devices have become integral parts of teens' daily lives. According to the 2015 study The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 45 percent of teens say they use social media on a daily basis, with most teens devoting over an hour to social media use each day. Technology can be a great tool for learning and growth, but it is not without potential pitfalls. Time on digital devices starts early— with 5- to 8-year-olds spending nearly 3 hours on screens—and only increases as kids get older, with teens spending nearly 9 hours a day on devices. Because of this, digital citizenship education needs to start in kindergarten, tackling issues like internet safety and privacy, and moving into more complex issues like cyberbullying, digital footprint, and identity as kids get older. It's never too early to help kids think critically and participate responsibly in the digital world.
In response to this need, from Feb. 14 to March 16, the Global Digital Citizenship Challenge will engage and invite teachers and administrators around the world to share resources and insights that aim to further the cause.
"Schoology is aware of the benefits that educational technology brings to the learning experience. We also want to give educators the resources they need to promote responsible use of technology and digital media platforms. The best people to come up with and share creative and effective ways to teach and promote digital citizenship are educators themselves," said Schoology CEO Jeremy Friedman.
"We believe that as schools integrate technology for learning, all educators are in a unique role to help guide students to think critically and behave safely in their digital lives," said Dr. Kelly Mendoza at Common Sense Education. "We see digital citizenship being taught in a variety of different ways, with some really innovative things going on in classrooms. We look forward to hearing these stories and experiences direct from educators."
Later in 2018, Schoology will also announce the creation of the Digital Citizenship Council, comprised of educators, thought leaders and influencers in the education space. The council will assist in the continuation of ongoing activities to promote digital citizenship and the adoption of legislation in the coming years.
For more information about the Challenge, and to see the fantastic and innovative ideas generated by educators to address the issue of digital citizenship, follow #DigCitChallenge on Twitter and Facebook.