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ISTE Joins New Coalition to Reach One Million Students with New Definition of Digital Citizenship

A diverse group of tech, education, and media organizations announced today that they have come together to launch the Digital Citizenship Commitment campaign (DigCitCommit) with the goal of redefining digital citizenship and reaching one million students by 2021. The campaign will engage educators, allow for the sharing of best practices, and provide them with the tools to teach a new definition of digital citizenship. 

Through the development and sharing of curated resources, the DigCitCommit campaign supports educators in teaching youth to be safe online as well as instill in them a sense of digital literacy, civility, community, and engagement. 

Coalition members include: ISTE, Google, KQED, HundrED, Team4Tech, Facebook Education, Common Sense Education, Digital Citizenship Institute, KidCitizen, Wiki Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, Caroline County Public Schools, Generation Citizen, Media Education Lab, National Writing Project, EVERFI, National Constitution Center, The National Institute for Civil Discourse, and Newsela. Learn more about the coalition at digcitcommit.org/partners. 

In addition, the Digital Citizenship Commitment campaign is launching a new #DigCitCommit challenge, calling on educators and students to share how they are using technology to lead communities with the five DigCitCommit competencies. Prizes will be awarded for the top submissions. More information can be found at digcitcommit.org/join-us

The five DigCitCommit competencies – inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, alert – are designed to focus less on a list of DON’Ts and more on a proactive approach of DOs that challenge students to stay safe, solve problems and become a force of positivity. The DigCitCommit campaign and the competencies were previewed at ISTE19 to more than 20,000 attendees.     

The DigCitCommit coalition also announced the first Digital Citizenship Commitment Virtual Congress February 11-12, 2020. The free virtual event will showcase educators and students who are demonstrating effective digital citizenship based on the five competencies.  Programming and registration will launch in tandem with the coalition’s celebration of Digital Citizenship week in October.