areyouAre YOU, a digital hero? Do you have what it takes to survive in the 21st century world of always present technology? If you think you are up to a test of your skills, then you are in the right spot!

Starting on February 3rd a series of posts will appear at this address, five in all. Each will discuss an essential characteristic of Digital Heroism… Character, Originality, Kindness, Respect, and Talent.

themissionYour mission, should you truly be a Digital Hero, is to respond to each post with an intelligent comment sharing your thoughts on each trait, asking a question of the blogger, or sharing your personal experience with the topic. Comments will be screened before going live on the blog – this might take a little time, be patient, they will appear.

Should you successfully complete your postings for all five challenges you will earn the title “Digital Hero” and will be entered into a prize drawing. Prizes include iTunes Gift Cards, Wireless Mice, and more and will be distributed the week following the challenge. So how do I get started, you ask? Using your EVSC Gmail account, login to post to this blog and reply when the time comes, when your first hero trait posts early on the morning of February 3rd! Looking forward to seeing you in the virtual world of our blog!


History

The EVSC Digital Heroism Challenge began in 2013, the brainchild of Bill Gumula, EVSC eLearning Coach. With five tremendous bloggers and an outstanding audience of student digital heroes, that first year we saw almost 250 students participate posting over 1,000 comments. We had 1,700 unique page views and a total of more than 7,000 page loads. Student survey data were exceptionally positive, indicating that students’ experiences with the blog had a genuine impact. The project was a unique way to engage students in discussion around digital citizenship, and to “Bring Learning to Life.” It was so unique and impactful that the project was chosen to be presented as a poster session at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), one of the largest educational technology conferences in the country, where it was very well received and inspired numerous other districts to start similar projects of their  own.

 

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Bill is an eLearning Coach helping to facilitate meaningful integration of technology to enrich instruction, engage students & develop 21st century skills. He is dedicated to enthusiastic, dynamic and technologically rich teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of learning in children. He has over 15 years of classroom experience and was the 2006 Outstanding High School Educator for Vanderburgh County. Currently he is a doctoral candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology degree with an emphasis on integrating technology, learning, and psychology. Bill maintains an active presence as presenter on the eLearning Conference circuit. He has a supportive wife Jeneen and wonderful son Zander.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I feel I have what it takes to be a digital hero. All you have to do is respect others and yourself online! Be a leader to others in real life and online. One person can make a BIG difference.

    • Anthony you sum it up so well. Be a leader – online and offline. Be the same great person that you are wherever you are, whether virtual or physical. You are exactly right when you say that one person can make a BIG difference. One “hello” in the hallway, one kind word online, and someone’s life could be changed in a huge way – any you’ll never know it. Thanks for sharing!

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