Educating for Democracy

Newsletter  |  June 6th, 2018

Digital Civics Toolkit Explores Civic Opportunities and Dilemmas

We are excited to announce the launch of the Digital Civics Toolkit - a collection of resources for educators that explore the civic potentials of digital life in five modules. The Toolkit was developed by Erica Hodgin, Carrie James, and Sangita Shresthova and draws on the research and work of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP). We invite you to explore each of the modules by clicking on the links below. 

Exploring Civic Interests

In this introductory module, you will find prompts and activities to invite youth to explore their face-to-face and online communities and to identify civic issues that are relevant, even urgent, to people in their local communities and in the wider world.
Navigating Online Information

The resources in this module engage students in thinking about how to understand and judge the credibility of online civic information.

Exchanging Ideas

In this module, you will find activities, resources, and tools to help youth consider the features of good dialogue and navigate the affordances digital and social media provide for dialogue about civic issues.

Using Digital Tools for Civic Life

This module includes hands-on activities you can use to engage students in considering what, how, when, why, and to what end they can create, remix, and otherwise repurpose content to share with others in online spaces.  

Taking Civic Action

This module invites students to carefully consider a broad range of possible tactics and strategies they can take in responding to issues they care about.

Introducing the New Civic Engagement Laureate:
Heather Van Benthuysen

We are thrilled to announce that Heather has just become the Teaching Channel's Civic Engagement Laureate. In the next year, she will be sharing resources and tools that guide educators on how to build democratic classrooms and integrate civic engagement across grade levels and content areas.

  • In Her Own Words -- Watch Heather explain why she uses civic education to empower her students.

  • Getting Better Together -- Read Erica Hodgin's blog post about Heather's background and goals as the new Civic Engagement Laureate. 
  • Building Democratic Classrooms -- Check out Heather's first blog explaining how educators can create intentional spaces for students to practice democracy. 

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About the Educating for Democracy Newsletter: This periodic newsletter highlights new resources that promote equitable civic education for the digital age and shares recently added materials to the Teaching Channel’s Educating for Democracy Deep Dive.  If you are not already signed up to get this newsletter, you can do so here.
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