In class

What is HackShield in Class?

Digital citizenship is becoming increasingly important. With growing challenges like disinformation, cyberbullying and phishing, digital skills are needed more than ever. But how and when do you teach about them?

HackShield in Class teaches kids about digital literacy and digital citizenship through classquests in a playful way. We offer a curriculum that includes:

  • 9 free 30-45 minute lessons
  • Interactive stories that playfully engage with digitization
  • A ready-to-use lesson pack including lesson plans and optional annual schedule
  • Flexible starting options by starting at your own pace with just one lesson (or invite a guest teacher!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any more questions about HackShield in Class, or any other question about HackShield? These Frequently Asked Questions may answer those! If your question isn’t in these, you can contact us by sending an email to info@joinhackshield.nl.

What does HackShield (in Class) cost?

HackShield is free to play for all kids. HackShield in Class is available for all schools to use - for free!

What tools and materials do I need to use HackShield in Class?

With only a digital schoolboard you can play the Class Quests. If you don’t have a digital schoolboard, it is also possible for students to complete these missions in small groups on a tablet or computer.

I have a student who is a Cyber Agent, do I have an advantage?

You sure do! You have someone who can tell you about HackShield, the internet and online safety. If there are students in your class who are already Cyber Agents, you can assign them to tell the rest of the group what it is like to be a Cyber Agent, to trigger the others' enthusiasm and curiosity.

The school district is affiliated with HackShield, what do I notice?

If your municipality is affiliated with HackShield, Cyber Agents are honored annually by the mayor and police. Perhaps a student in your class has been honored as a Cyber Agent or you are made aware of HackShield through the local press or communication channels of the municipality.

My municipality is not yet affiliated with HackShield, can I join?

HackShield is currently working with over 100 municipalities throughout the Netherlands. Even if your school's municipality is not connected you can use HackShield in the Classroom for free. Of course, you can alert the municipality to HackShield so that they too can enlist the help of the Cyber Agents!

How do I know when there is a new Class Quest available?

When we launch a new quest, we will send you an e-mail with an update, via the teacher account you are registered with. Every month at least, a new quest will come available!

Can I skip a Class Quest and teach it another time?

Yes, that is possible. This way you always can reach out to the available lessons when cyber crime topics are, for example, a hot topic in the current news.

How do I add students?

After playing a (classical) class quest at www.joinhackshield.com/en/indeklas you will receive a code. Students can complete this in their own account, which they create at www.hackshieldgame.com. They will then receive an additional Shield and points for their individual account and will be linked to your account. This way you can track their scores and monitor the class score list.

What is the difference between hackshieldgame.com and joinhackshield.com?

HackShield has an individual game and a teaching package (HackShield in the Classroom) that can be discussed in class. The individual game, i.e. the game that students can use themselves, can be played at www.hackshieldgame.com. HackShield in the Classroom, the teaching package, can be found at www.joinhackshield.com.