GPS The Series
We were hired by WorldChanging to spread the word about GPS The Series
One of the highlights for us at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) this year was the announcement of the Global Problem Solvers: The Series (GPS: The Series), a new Cisco corporate social responsibility (CSR) educational initiative. We had an opportunity to sit down and talk to the team about this new middle school program developed to inspire students to become global problem solvers.
GPS: The Series embeds problem solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurship and social impact into middle school curriculum by providing students an opportunity to put digital citizenship into action. As our DigCitKids Chief Kid Officer (CKO) shares, “The next CEO is a kid, so we need to include more student voice in solving problems and creating solutions.”
We loved how many student presenters were at ISTE this year. Here are some of our favorite highlights.
Learning Braille With 3D Blocks
This group of high school students from Mexico presented about their 3D Braille blocks. When we asked why they created these 3D blocks, the students responded, “We saw a problem and we wanted to fix it.” Another added, “We want to help people.”
Students who are solving problems around Universal Design are focused on access for all and when this happens, everyone wins!
Learning Different is OK
This student Ignite session by Elli Bee, a brave third grader illustrates how she is the ultimate problem solver, “I’m like Jack Jack from the Incredibles because I can adjust to any situation.” Imagine if we had more students like Elli? We’d have more global problem solvers who think and act differently.
This sketch note by Amber McCormick about Elli’s Ignite session says it all. If our students can adapt to anything, they can solve anything too.
This Is the Real World
What are we waiting for? As Leila, a high schooler shared during her presentation, the real world isn’t waiting for us, it is happening now.
We need connected classrooms providing real world opportunities for our students.
These student ISTE presenters are examples of Global Problem Solvers in action. Our students are wired to identify and solve global problems and GPS provides them the opportunity to solve social, economic, and environmental problems around the world like access to clean water in Malawi and helping students continue to learn when schools are closed after a hurricane hits the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The best part of GPS: The Series? The resources are already provided and you can make the lessons your own. We are really looking forward to seeing how teachers like Bronwyn Joyce, Michael Drezek and Malinda Hurt bring the GPS and the UN Global Goals to #OurGlobalClassroom Flipgid to students and classrooms around the world.
How Will You Commit? #DigCitCommit
ISTE asked us how will we commit to promoting digital citizenship this year? Here at the Digital Citizenship Institute, we are committing to students actively engaged in digital citizenship every single day. We commit to showcasing student examples of global problem solvers who use digital citizenship for good.
We hope you’ll join us at our 4th Annual Digital Citizenship Summit at Webster University in collaboration with METC for a Weekend of Digital Citizenship.
Some Additional GPS Posts:
The Global Problem Solvers Series Challenges Students to Tackle World Issues by Shelly Terrell; Scratching Below the Surface of GPS Series by Valerie Lewis; GPS: Global Problem Solvers by Susie Highley.
Education software developer, NetSupport Inc. partners with The Digital Citizenship Institute to reshape digital citizenship engaging in a proactive approach creating a safer learning environment
Atlanta, GA – June 21st 2018: Today, NetSupport Inc. and The Digital Citizenship Institute announced a strategic partnership aimed to help schools and their stakeholders reignite the digital citizenship discussion and enhance their approach.
With children between the ages of 8 and 15 spending more than twice as much time online at school and at home as they did a decade ago, now more than ever there is a need for young people to be educated about positive digital interactions and how to behave responsibly online – as well as ensuring schools and guardians are providing a safe learning environment.
Working together, the partnership will leverage the benefits that come with The Digital Citizenship Institute’s expertise in changing the narrative from a reactive to a more proactive approach and NetSupport’s 29 years’ software experience helping schools and districts manage their technology and its users effectively.
NetSupport’s latest software solution, NetSupport DNA, helps schools and districts to promote a culture of good digital citizenship, both in the classroom and across the school, with its unique features. NetSupport DNA offers keyword and phrase monitoring tools, age-appropriate internet controls, concern reporting to trusted staff, and access to self-help resources. It allows teachers to demonstrate appropriate behavior while ensuring schools can stem the increasing instances of cyber-bullying, radicalization, sexual predation, racism and more – while complying with CIPA requirements.
“Often, discussions around kids and technology begin and end with all the don’ts. We are committed to changing this narrative from the reactive to the proactive where the don’ts become I will statements and the positives outweigh the negatives,” states Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Citizenship Institute. The Institute expands the digital safety discussion to explore how adults and children can also work side-by-side to learn about and experience deliberate, positive uses of technology together.
Marcus Kingsley, MD of NetSupport Inc., explains “The increasing use of technology in schools brings with it the responsibility to keep students safe. Unfortunately, many schools rely on a restrictive policy to achieve this and believe this supports and cultivates good digital citizens. Restricting sites does help keep students safe (in school); however, it doesn’t educate or prepare them for the dangers online outside a school environment. This opens up a wider debate as to who is responsible for this task, but in short everyone is, from teacher to guardian, which is why we hope that this collaboration will not just enforce the importance of the digital citizen message to everyone but also, educate schools to consider applying proactive standards to allow teachers to demonstrate positive digital usage in a safe learning environment.”
In addition to joint collaboration and representation at upcoming industry events, the partnership will also entail the dual creation of factual and informative materials to help educate the global education audience and mutual input in a community-driven approach for empowering students and other educational stakeholders, transforming them into 21st century facing digital citizens.
Atlanta based NetSupport, Inc. is a member of the UK headquartered NetSupport Group of Companies and with a 29-year development pedigree, is an award- winning developer of IT Asset Management, Classroom Management, Desktop Security, ITIL ServiceDesk, and Desktop Alerting software.
NetSupport solutions and their derivatives are sold worldwide and enjoy market-leading status in many countries while supporting more than 16 million customers. Its flagship multi-platform classroom management solution, NetSupport School, has been consistently named best in breed, most recently awarded ‘Best of Show’ at ISTE 2017 and TCEA 2018.
For more information about the NetSupport range of IT Management solutions, visit www.netsupport-inc.com.
Press Contact: Priscilla Rein, Marketing Coordinator
About the Digital Citizenship Institute:
The Digital Citizenship Institute is an inclusive innovation network promoting a positive digital citizenship message of safety, social responsibility and social good through the use of social media and technology. The Institute partners with districts, schools, parents, organizations, industry and government agencies to provide a community approach to digital citizenship. The Institute is committed to turning negatives into positives and helping transform participants into designers, creative thinkers, global collaborators, problem solvers and justice-oriented digital citizens.
Since digital citizenship is everyone’s responsibility, the Institute’s mission is a community-driven approach to educating and empowering all stakeholders to be actively involved and engaged in solving problems and creating solutions in local, global and digital communities. The Institute provides professional development and certifies teachers, schools, districts and organizations.