An innovative, project-based curriculum for middle school and high school, Rock Your World inspires students to ask bold questions about the challenges they see in their neighborhoods, communities, and the world around them, and then engages them in the development of advocacy campaigns designed to overcome those challenges. The program presents a variety of research techniques designed to help students become aware of and informed about an issue of their choice. Students study tactics and techniques employed by successful campaigns and then create and pitch their own advocacy campaigns by making films, writing persuasive pieces, or composing songs. Flexible and fully aligned with Common Core State Standards, Rock Your World offers more than 70 lessons from which teachers can choose, depending on their instructional goals and students’ interests and needs. Sponsored by the Creative Visions’ Foundation, Rock Your World is free and available for download from its website.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in March.
During the week of November 4, 2018, students and teachers can join other school groups from around the nation for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through Close Up’s Election Week Programs. Close Up’s Student Programs for middle school and high school focus on civics, political efficacy, and skill development.
Researchers have developed an online game to “vaccinate” people against fake news—by showing them how to become a fake news mogul. In the game, called Bad News, players use misleading tactics to build their own fake news empire.