Report on the Olympic Games and earn your 2012 Reporter Medal

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DigitalMe’s award-winning youth sports reporting programme Supporter to Reporter (S2R) is celebrating the London 2012 Games by tasking young people to become Olympic and Paralympic reporters - and rewarding them in an innovative new way.

Rewarding 21st Century Skills

"The time is right for an assessment solution which recognises the skills young people need to succeed in the 21st Century economy. Open Badges provides DigitalMe with the opportunity to make a significant breakthrough in this area."

After motivating young people through sports reporting for five years, S2R is now an official London 2012 Inspire Mark project. To celebrate this incredible summer of sport, S2R have set young people a challenge:

Have a go at sports reporting! Make an Olympic or Paralympic themed sports report and earn your 2012 Reporter Medal.

Each month S2R will also select the best reporters to be featured in the Medal Winners gallery, on the S2R network on Radiowaves, the safe social network for schools. The first 500 successful reports will be sent a real shiny 2012 reporter medal!

Coming soon - The reporters will receive a ‘digital medal’ (using a new system devised by Mozilla), which means the young person can display them on any of their social networks and personal pages.

The Torch Relay, local hopefuls, community events and country profiles are just a few of the topics young people could cover. S2R want to see young people’s experiences of the Games as text, photos and videos. To get involved visit here!

As well as inspiring young people to document their experience of the 2012 Games, this challenge also launches DigitalMe’s new ‘digital badges’ project, S2R Medals.

Digital badges are an innovative new way of rewarding achievements that traditional qualifications do not always recognise. S2R Medals, will reward the key skills like communication, teamwork and mentoring that young people gain on the project. DigitalMe were funded to develop S2R Medals by the US-based DML Badges Competition, the only UK organisation to be part of this Mozilla-backed initiative.

Tim Riches, CEO DigitalMe, believes "The time is right for an assessment solution which recognises the skills young people need to succeed in the 21st Century economy. Open Badges provides DigitalMe with the opportunity to make a significant breakthrough in this area."

S2R Medals can be displayed across a young person’s online networks including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Mozilla have developed the technology, which will see organisations all over the world begin awarding online badges to young people, helping them develop an online CV and rewarding their achievements.

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