Voices of Youth (VOY) is all about blogging, filming, interviewing, and storytelling. On the VOY website, students will find easy-to-use resources that can help them to sharpen their multimedia skills. These tools are meant for young people who enjoy expressing themselves through media but feel they can still improve their skills. An Instructor’sManual will aid educators and youth-group facilitators in planning and conducting short filmmaking workshops with adolescents and youth using smartphones. Accompanying the manual are four video tutorials entitled Plan It, Film It, Cut It, Share It, along with a participants’workbook. In addition, beginners and advanced blogging guides provide practical advice and tips and tricks about blogging. The blogging guides are available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. An accessible version of the beginners guide is also offered, in English only. All of the guides are freely downloadable from the VOY website.
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues affecting their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary.
Created and produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass features the museum’s education staff, distinguished scholars, and even some well-known faces who bring the story of America’s democracy to life. Through this freevideoseries, students will explore America’s civic holidays and constitutional history.
Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, Facing History and Ourselves created a teaching idea that offers approaches to addressing the results of the midterms with students, no matter what the outcome. By giving students time to pause and reflect, process and think critically, teachers can model civil discourse and support their students’ civic development.