Jan 03, 2019 2019-01-03
The Digital Civics Toolkit provides lesson plans and content for students of all grade levels, so educators can help them productively engage in digital life. The lessons are intended to encourage students to recognize, take seriously, and act on the civic potential of digital and social media. The free toolkit is designed for high school students but can be adapted for younger students as well. It’s made up of five modules: Participate (students explore their identities and communities, identify issues that matter to them, and consider how they can use digital media to act); Investigate (students learn how to analyze civic information online and consider what information they can trust); Dialogue (students practice strategies for navigating diverse perspectives and exchange ideas about civic issues); Voice (students explore how and why they might create, remix, and share civic or political content in online spaces); and Action (students consider a broad range of tactics and strategies for acting on civic issues—everything from civil disobedience to Facebook likes). The toolkit was developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers, educators, and media producers working under the umbrella of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth Participatory Politics.