Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age

The Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative's new video series documents best practices and new strategies in civic education. Are you concerned about the health of our democracy? Do you feel like schools aren’t doing enough to prepare young people to fully leverage the potential of digital tools toward civic ends or to avoid the pitfalls of the digital age? Do you wonder how to prepare young people to address the great challenges of our age from climate change to racism? The Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA) Initiative in Oakland, California includes more than 100 teachers who are grappling with how to productively engage their students in today’s civic and political world. EDDA is a partnership between Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Mills College, and the National Writing Project (NWP). EDDA aims to expand the opportunity structure in OUSD high schools and to develop students’ commitments and capacities for meaningful civic action in the 21st century. EDDA recently launched a series of videos with the Teaching Channel that captures how teachers in the Initiative are leveraging web 2.0 tools and best practices in civic education to provide students with civic learning opportunities that will prepare...
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The New York Times Learning Network Civil Conversation Challenge for Teenagers

Teenagers all over the world are invited to take part in the New York Times Learning Network's Civil Conversation Challenge by participating in discussions of big issues dividing Americans this campaign season, such as immigration, climate change, and race, gender, and identity. "The challenge? We are asking students from all over the nation and, perhaps, around the world, to practice the skills of respectful, informed conversation across ideological and demographic divides by not only posting their own thoughts, but by reading the thoughts of others and replying to them. What we’ll be looking for are not so much excellent posts by individual students, but civil, productive discussions between students." Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at The New York Times Learning Network.


Learning Differences MOOC-Ed Participant Perspectives: Constance Seibert

Our partner, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation's free online Learning Differences course aims to help teachers better understand and meet the needs of all learners. See what a Constance Seibert, a former participant-turned facilitator, has to say about what makes the course so valuable.  With the fall 2016 iteration of the Learning Differences course starting this Monday, we thought those of you unsure if the course is right for you might like to hear from a past participant. Constance Seibert, a media specialist and National Board Certified Teacher, was kind enough to give us 10 minutes of her valuable time to talk about her experiences—yes, plural—with the Learning Differences course. Not only did Constance take the course, but she enjoyed it so much that she returned to it as a facilitator to guide a professional learning network. Watch the video to see why the guiding principle of self-direction was especially important to Constance, and how a little "green cone of awesome" from the dollar store made a big difference in Constance’s classroom! We are able to provide the Learning Differences course at no charge thanks to support from the Oak Foundation. Click here to learn more about the course and...
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The Global Cardboard Challenge: Just Build It!

Through interest-driven learning and making, the Global Cardboard Challenge by our partner, Imagination Foundation, puts the principles of connected learning into practice while celebrating youth creativity in an annual day of play. "The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity!" Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at Imagination Foundation.

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