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A Digital Toolkit for Teaching Civics

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    Engage students in critical thinking around civics, government, and representation.

    Times of crisis and uncertainty often prompt us to think more urgently and deeply about our institutions and civic life. As your students face new challenges and new realities, engage them in learning experiences around government, politics, and civics. Using primary resources to explore the foundations of representative government, your students will be able to engage in questions around the role of government in democracy, and what civic participation looks like in a digital world.

     

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    Engaging Congress

    An interactive game using primary resources to explore the foundations of representative government and the unique challenges these systems face today.

    Digital Civics Toolkit

    An interactive game using primary resources to explore the foundations of representative government and the unique challenges these systems face today.

    Lucas Education

    An interactive game using primary resources to explore the foundations of representative government and the unique challenges these systems face today.

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    There are so many governmental agencies and NGOs working on COVID solutions right now – it’s a great opportunity to dig into state vs. federal responsibilities, public vs. private intervention, and individual civic responsibility to protect everyone’s health.

    This is a great list for how to stay civically engaged, even remotely, from The Root.

    https://www.theroot.com/locked-in-the-house-like-the-rest-of-us-here-are-fiv-1842727007

     

    The organization of the Digital Toolkit is excellent especially the questions and activities to get students engaged in Participate and Investigate and offer easy connection to current concerns and local communities.

    I think that is such a great idea – in times of crisis – who does what? legally who is responsible? ethically who is compelled? What are the lines between local, county, state and federal control? If you want to get all the way in the weeds with this one – the National Archives has a nice set of activities to go through how we got to federalism and what level of government holds what power. https://www.archives.gov/legislative/resources/education/federalism

    🗣With the upcoming election and pending shenanigans,The national racial justice organization Color of Change is offering a Toolkit for Voting Rights Activists as part of the campaign to teach about voting rights in this 150th anniversary year of the 15th Amendment.

    I also really like Composer, it’s a one-stop for educators to access the top citizenship education resources and takes civics that one step further. Its civics, social justice, global competence, and social-emotional learning.

     

    The Kendall College of Art and Design EPIC Project has created FREE videos that provide animated descriptions of the types of people that make up and influence government and civil society. Our goal is to show that these jobs and roles can be challenging but worthwhile. You can watch them here: https://sites.google.com/view/epic-we-the-people.

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