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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

TEACHER BACKGROUND

INFORMATION

Teacher Background Resources

 

Online Discussion Platforms and Tools:

KQED Teach: Developing a Blog

EdModo

Edublogs

Flipgrid

Google Classroom

Out of Eden Learn’s Dialogue Toolkit

Youth Voices

 

Teaching Channel Deep Dive on Educating for Democracy in Digital Age. Discussion: How do I help students have productive discussions about current and controversial issues? Videos and curricular resources.

 

Readings

Hess, D. & McAvoy, P. (2014).  The Political Classroom. Book and associated resources.

 

Hodgin, E. (2016). Educating Youth for Online Civic and Political Dialogue: A Conceptual Framework for the Digital Age.  Journal of Digital & Media Literacy.

 

James, C. et al. (2016). Getting Into the Fray: Civic Youth, Online Dialogue, and Implications for Digital Literacy Education. Journal of Digital & Media Literacy.

 

James, C. (2014). Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

 

Levinson, M et al. Justice in Schools. A set of resources to support educators as they navigate dilemmas of justice in their schools. Cases studies address discussions of controversial issues including “Politics, partisanship, and pedagogy.” Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Middaugh, E. (2016). Blog post. Social media and online communities expose youth to political conversation, but also to incivility and conflict. LSE Parenting for a Digital Future.

 

Schulten, K. (2016). Talking Across Divides: 10 Ways to Encourage Civil Classroom Conversation On Difficult Issues. The New York Times.

 

Sloan, C. Civil Dialogue audio: An excerpt from a Teachers Teaching Teachers episode. Two students from very different backgrounds in a podcast discussion where they disagree and eventually come to an understanding. Listen to how the students learn to listen. Digital Is, National Writing Project.

 

Sloan, C. Comment as a Genre. Framing commenting as a genre, a set of principles to guide productive online conversations.


Sloan, C. Fostering Dialogue. A resource for teachers. Digital Is, National Writing Project.