Discovery Education, the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place, has recently collaborated with Norton, a leading Cyber Safety brand of Gen, to launch a new digital citizenship resource centre – My Digital Life – on the award-winning Discovery Education K-12 platform. The My Digital Life resource centre offers standards-aligned resources designed to empower students and educators with activities about digital citizenship.
Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level. Students will become inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, and alert in digital spaces by developing digital citizenship skills.
As a part of the initiative, Discovery Education and Norton plan to launch a suite of free resources focused on digital citizenship for educators, students, and families for the 2024 school year. In addition, the National Afterschool Association is a supporting partner providing insight and expertise to engage and support afterschool professionals. NAA membership includes more than 30,000 professionals who reach roughly 600,000 youth through community-based, school-based and private afterschool programs.
Speaking about the partnership, the Head of corporate responsibility for Gen and its family of consumer brands, including Norton, Kim Allman, said:
Equipping educators and families with digital citizenship tools help students develop the critical skills to stay safe online early. With the Norton resources created in partnership with Discovery Education, students will best learn how to conduct themselves in the digital environment.
Available on the Discovery Education K-12 platform, My Digital Life Center offers a centralized location for educators and students to learn and engage with digital citizenship. Discovery Education provides educators with an enhanced learning platform that facilitates engaging, daily instruction by connecting educators to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz and activity creation tools, and professional learning resources.
Norton aims to power Digital Freedom through its trusted consumer brands, including Norton, Avast, LifeLock, Avira, AVG, ReputationDefender and CCleaner. Gen empowers people to live their digital lives safely, privately, and confidently today and for future generations. Gen brings award-winning products and services in cybersecurity, online privacy and identity protection to more than 500 million users in more than 150 countries.
General Manager of Social Impact of Discovery Education, Amy Nakamoto, added:
While today’s students may be digital natives, safety is imperative to their online presence. Alongside Norton, students and educators using Discovery Education’s K-12 platform now have the tools to make digital citizenship a part of their learning experiences.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Discovery Education offers hybrid work schedules and flexible hours so that one can work when and where they are most productive. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional support, and innovative classroom tools, the platform helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement globally. The platform serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries, and territories inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc. the startup partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading EdTech solutions that support the success of all learners.
In September 2022, Discovery Education announced its acquisition of Pivot Interactives, a Minneapolis-headquartered developer of cloud-based activities and labs for the science education of K-12 students. Before that, the company had acquired DoodleLearning, an online maths tool for students aged 5 to 13, in the same year.