Every Friday on its Do Now website, KQED Education posts a weekly activity for students to engage in and respond to current issues using social media tools, such as Twitter. The activity includes a brief introduction to the topic and a media resource that can be played directly on the site. At the top of the activity, there is a question for student response after students go through the introduction and media resource to deepen their understanding of the topic. Students can respond to the Do Now activity in the comments section on the website, or they can tweet their responses. (Each student must create a Twitter account.)
Plus: KQED Education has produced a Guide to Using Twitter in Your Teaching Practice in collaboration with Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team. The free online guide provides resources for the school community to help jump into using social media, specifically Twitter, as a learning tool.
The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.
The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) launched Constitutein collaboration with Google Ideas in 2013. Accessible in English, Spanish, and Arabic, Constitute is an online environment to read, search, and compare the world’s constitutions.