the 2020 was a year that none of us will forget - the COVID, the social distance, the online education, the the fear of the unknown and all the time we spent closed at home.
This increased the amount of time that children spent with their digital devices while browsing online. As scientist declare 50% ot the teenagers feel dependent on their devices, but we at DigitalKidZ would like to replace the passive usage of technology, that leads to addiction with an active project based learning.
Unfortunatelly, in 2020 we did a step back. We've realised that before to equip the teachers and students with digital devces, boards and any kind of coding skill, we have to be sure that they are digital aware.
Digital literacy refers to the knowledge, skills and attitudes that allow children to be both safe and empowered in an increasingly digital world. This encompasses their play, participation, socializing, searching and learning through digital technologies.
And Z was born.
Z and his friends - the Flash fox, the Bite dog, Mrs Pixel the Owl and Bloo, the monkey are our cartoon amabassadors, through which experiences, children who listen to or read the books of The Z's Journeys will learn rules for safe use of the Internet and the importance of their digital footprints.
The first book is already available at Amazon - https://amzn.to/3asJh2J and 1000 copies in Bulgarian were sold out in less than two months.
Trilled by this success, we developed a serie of in-class materials and workshops based on the book story to support teachers organise digital literacy workshops among their students.
The project was awarded by the Central European Startup Awards as the Best Virtual Teamwork Solution in 2020.
Since, 2021 we'll add a book from the The Journeys of Z in any DigitalKidZ GO box and will develop a series of workshops for teachers to accompany any of the learning-by-doing engeneering sets we produce.
Thanks to your support, more than 100 Book Clubs in Bulgaria will receive a donation of books and in-class materials to join our #DigitalAware initiavice on February, 11th, when we will celebrate the Safer Internet Day (SID).
If you believe in DigitalKidZ support our cause, please share our page to your friends and peers. Let us make the digital (r)evolution possible.
Stay tuned and see you soon.