The challenge is now over. Thanks to all who participated!

We believe that digital citizenship and well-being are critical for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. Empowered digital citizens are inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced and alert. They are able to discern fact from fiction, productively navigate relationships online and offline, and use technology to champion the change they want to see in the world.

The Challenge

Are you using technology to support positive change in the world? We want to see how you’re being a force for good online! Show us how you lead communities of inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced or alert digital citizens.


Show the world how you #DigCitCommit. Here’s how it works:

1. You can select an activity from the list below or choose your own to show what one or all of the DigCitCommit competencies look like in action: Inclusive, Informed, Engaged, Balanced or Alert.
2. Plan your course of action and capture your work!
3. Submit your idea by filling out this brief application form. Final submissions are due by 11:59 pm, EST on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.
4. Show us your idea on social media using the hashtag #DigCitCommit.
5. See if your entry qualifies to win awesome prizes for your team and your school!


Ideas to get you started:

  • Photo
  • Video (3 minutes or less, shorter is better!)
  • Podcast (10 minutes or less, shorter is better!)
  • Blog
  • Poster
  • Song
  • Social Media
  • Apps
  • Video of “TED talk”
  • Guide for your parents
  • School campaign
  • Tell a story
  • Make a game to play
  • Digital story
  • Infographic
  • Slide deck or slideshow
  • Stop motion animation
  • Other (How do you #DigCitCommit?)

Here’s an example to get you started

Submit a photo that tells the story of how you are “Inclusive” in online spaces. DigCitCommit defines being Inclusive as being open to hearing and respectfully recognizing multiple viewpoints and engaging with others online with respect and empathy.

This could be a photo of how you as an individual, class or school engaged in an activity or engagement with someone who has a differing perspective and how the opportunity shaped your intercultural understanding or development, how it affected your actions or those around you, or other moments of active learning.


The #DigCitCommit staff will select winning submissions for each of the following grade bands: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, post-secondary. The winning submissions will be announced and shared during the DigCitCommit Virtual Congress event February 11-12, 2020. Each submission will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment to the five DigCitCommit competencies
  • Clear, empowering, positive message
  • Creativity and originality
  • Degree to which students were engaged, planned and executed the project
  • Bonus: Innovative use of digital tools


You could win one of dozens of awesome prizes for yourself, your students and your school, including:

  • Registration, accommodations and airfare to the ISTE Conference & Expo, June 28-July 1 in Anaheim, California.
  • $5,000 in cash and gift cards for technology.
  • $500 Amazon gift card.
  • A DigCitSummit hosted at your school by the Digital Citizenship Institute, including professional development for students, parents and educators.
  • Registration, accommodations and airfare to the 2020 DigCitCommit Virtual Congress, Feb. 11-12.
  • A free day of in-person PD for your district from Common Sense Education ($5,000 value).
  • Free Newsela Pro content.
  • Invitation to the 2020 Helsinki Education Week & HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki.

View the challenge terms & conditions here.