© 2018 by the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics

Students explore their identities and communities, identify civic issues that matter to them, and consider how they might use digital media for civic participation.

Students work to understand and analyze civic information online, and consider what information they

can trust.

Students navigate diverse perspectives and exchange ideas about civic issues in our inter-connected world .

Students consider how, when and to what end they can create, remix and otherwise re-purpose content that they share with others in online spaces.

Students consider a broad range of tactics and strategies for acting on civic issues. 

DIALOGUE

EXPLORE QUALITIES OF A PRODUCTIVE DIALOGUE ABOUT CIVIC ISSUES - IN PERSON OR ONLINE

QUESTION ONE:

What are the opportunities and challenges of in-person vs. online dialogue about civic issues?

Extension Idea: Revisiting or Building Discussion Norms

  • Face-to-Face Norms: Invite students to review/revisit existing classroom discussion norms and nominate any additional norms to support productive face-to-face conversations.

  • Online Norms: Now invite students to consider dialogue norms for the online context. Which classroom/face-to-face norms apply? Are additional norms needed to address the particular downsides or challenges of online spaces?

  • You may wish to conclude this activity by drawing a Venn diagram that highlights the dialogue norms that overlap versus the ones that are distinct to the offline or online context.