Washington, DC (September 13, 2016) – CoSN today issued a homework assignment for students this school year: shine a spotlight on digital equity.
CoSN’s new Digital Equity Video Challenge urges students in grades 6-12 to submit a short video that raises awareness around digital equity. The challenge will run until January 19, 2017.
“Digital equity is the civil rights issue in education today,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Students have the most powerful stories to tell, and this is their opportunity to share why improving digital equity in our communities should be a national priority.”
Students can create a public service-type announcement, up to one minute in length, or a mini-documentary that is up to four minutes in length. Additional guidelines include:
- Videos must be created and posted on YouTube by students enrolled in grades 6-12 for the 2016-2017 school year;
- Videos may be submitted by individual students or groups of students;
- All video content must be original, copyright free, or used with permission for YouTube viewing; and
- Competition is open to students in the United States and Canada.
The winning students will be honored at the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, as well as the ASCD 2017 Conference in Anaheim, CA. Visit the Digital Equity website for more details.
In addition to recognizing the student winners at its 2017 Annual Conference, CoSN will present its first-ever Community Leadership Award for Digital Equity. The annual award will recognize districts that are addressing digital equity both at school and outside of school, as well as highlight the district’s innovative partnerships with elected local officials, the business and the philanthropic communities, and other local groups (e.g., libraries, housing authorities, nonprofits, etc.).
These efforts expand CoSN’s commitment to improving digital equity nationwide. Earlier this year, CoSN launched the Digital Equity Action Agenda, which provides school systems with the resources to tackle this societal and educational 21st century challenge.
Learn more about CoSN’s digital equity commitment at: cosn.org/digital-equity.
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