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4 Tools For Kids To Help Develop Compassion and Social Change

4 Tools For Kids To Help Develop Compassion and Social Change | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Tools that can help kids develop perspective and see the outcomes of their actions can help develop their sense of empathy and compassion.
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Movements of Every Refugee on Earth Since 2000

Movements of Every Refugee on Earth Since 2000 | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
A new visualization created at the Community Robotics, Education, and Technology Empowerment Lab at Carnegie Mellon University shows the flow of refugees around the world from 2000 to 2015. Although the Syrian refugee crisis may seem unprecedented, this tool for examining big data proves similar movements have occurred in Africa, Sri Lanka and Colombia.

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Renata Hill's curator insight, June 2, 6:53 PM
Arguments about refugees often start from a place of emotion and extreme thoughts, like, "Refugees are invading the US.'” With tools like this visualization, we actually can "see" the facts and speak with a more educated mindset.
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Meet Montréal’s New Wave of Activist Developers

Meet Montréal’s New Wave of Activist Developers | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Collaborative upstarts are bringing Montréalers together in new ways, fueling neighborhood renewal and an influential political movement. 

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Sky Mining — Real Life

Sky Mining — Real Life | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Nostalgic posters for space travel dress up capitalist resource grabbing as adventure

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Why geography matters now more than ever

Why geography matters now more than ever | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
When I was hired as a geography teacher in 2001, I was out of my element. I was a history person. I knew bizarre bits of American History and Ancient Civilizations, but nothing about geography. In that first year, my career plan was simple: wait it out. Wait until there was an opening in ancient…
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Forgotten Purpose: Civics Education in Public Schools

Forgotten Purpose: Civics Education in Public Schools | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Research into this long-neglected corner of the curriculum reveals surprising misconceptions about civics, and the promise it holds for student achievement.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 28, 4:48 PM
Public schools serve democracy.
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.

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Learning how to see more.

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Schools should teach pupils how to spot 'fake news' - BBC News

Schools should teach pupils how to spot 'fake news' - BBC News | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Young people need the skills to navigate the digital world, says the OECD's education director.
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25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students :: NY Times

25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students :: NY Times | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it

"How do we get students to consider perspectives different from their own? How do we get them to challenge their own biases and prejudices? If, as Atticus Finch famously said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” how do we get our students to do that?

"Teachers traditionally turn to literature, history and current events to open up these conversations, but it’s always helpful to have a bigger toolbox to tackle such important and difficult issues. That’s why we pulled together these 25 short New York Times documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity.

"To help teachers make the most of these films, we also provide several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.

"In the comments, we hope you’ll share how you use these films in your own classroom."


Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 17, 9:20 AM
"How do we get students to consider perspectives different from their own? How do we get them to challenge their own biases and prejudices? If, as Atticus Finch famously said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” how do we get our students to do that?
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Workshop on the e-Reflect approach

Workshop on the e-Reflect approach | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
"On Thursday 9th the e-Reflect group of the 1st Primary School of Rafina conducted a workshop for primary school teachers. The workshop was organized by the school councelor of the 54th District and took place at the premises of the 1st Primary School of Rafina. Teachers learned about the e-Reflect learning process and got involved in hand-on experiences of using technologies in the framework of active citizenship education projects."
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Hunted, haunted, stateless and scared: the stories of refugee scientists

Hunted, haunted, stateless and scared: the stories of refugee scientists | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Displaced researchers face huge challenges making lives abroad, even if they find work.
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The Venus Project Plans to Bring Humanity to the Next Stage of Social Evolution. Here's How.

The Venus Project Plans to Bring Humanity to the Next Stage of Social Evolution. Here's How. | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Since 1975, Roxanne Meadows has worked with renowned futurist Jacque Fresco to develop and promote The Venus Project.
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What Inequality Does to the Brain

What Inequality Does to the Brain | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Poverty may affect the size, shape and functioning of a young child's brain. Would a cash stipend to parents help prevent harm?
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Why Teachers Should Add Debate to Their Curriculum

Why Teachers Should Add Debate to Their Curriculum | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Debate- needed in all classrooms across the world.

Via Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales, Luciana Viter, Silvan Pan Morel, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 16, 12:33 PM
This has a hidden interpretation. We should also critically reflect on the curricula and their meaning in the 21st Century. Perhaps, this is something students can engage in with teachers, as well.

Debating is good. A challenge is to not let students become accustomed to debating something they do not truly believe in and that there are only two sides to a debate. Another skill debating might encourage is problem solving. How do differing views, and I don't mean just two, challenge us to work together and solve problems?
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Teachers can show young people the good and unifying in society

Teachers can show young people the good and unifying in society | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
It is easy to simplistically set the world as a place of stark opposites, but education has the power to give people hope and reflect our shared values
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 27, 12:41 PM
We live in a world that sometimes overwhelms us. Good teachers can be role models for students and teach in ways that allow young people to see the good in each other.
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Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history?

Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history? | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Biotechnology and the rise of AI may split humankind into a small class of ‘superhumans’ and a huge underclass of ‘useless’ people. Once the masses lose their economic and political power, inequality levels could spiral alarmingly

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Democratizing digital learning: theorizing the fully online learning community model

Democratizing digital learning: theorizing the fully online learning community model | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
The integration of digital technologies at institutions of higher education are profoundly influencing formal learning on a global scale. Social-constructivist models of fully online learning are well-positioned to address the demands of government, and economic and social-development organizations for civically-engaged individuals with strong problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration competencies. With an established record of performance at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada, the Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) is one such model. This paper theorizes FOLC as a response to several problematics, including (a) the aforementioned demand for greater educational focus on higher-order competency development, (b) the deficiencies of distance education and MOOCs as learning models, and (c) a quest for new learning models that strengthen deliberation skills and deepen democratic experience. As a divergent fork of the Community of Inquiry model, FOLC describes collaborative learning as a symbiosis of social and cognitive interactions amplified through effective use of synchronous and asynchronous digital affordances. Furthermore, it models democratized learning communities that reduce transactional distance between learners and educators, incorporates authentic assessment, and encourages negotiated technology affordances and cognitive outcomes while distributing responsibility for constructive criticality. Having positioned FOLC conceptually, and addressed current limitations, a research agenda for extending its empirical foundations, and leveraging UOIT’s EILAB affordances, is presented. The underlying argument is that self-regulating and transformative learning communities can be established and sustained in fully online environments, and that such communities (a) produce a diversity of beneficial learning outcomes, and (b) deepen the democratic functioning of learners and their social contexts.

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Katelyn Schultz's curator insight, May 17, 10:29 PM

This journal article is extremely insightful and gives a great outline of the FOLC, and its potential to grow and be used in classrooms. It explores the limitations of the education system as it is, and then outlines the difficulties of transitioning to FOLC and the difficulties that it presents.   

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How will tomorrow’s technologies change our societies?

How will tomorrow’s technologies change our societies? | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Throughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged that change our means of production and ability to communicate they have tended to transform society. The rapid technologica
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Demystifying the Argumentative Essay

Demystifying the Argumentative Essay | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it

Learning how to write stronger arguments is essential to academic success.
Whether you are relaying the results of an experiment, reviewing
literature, analyzing a policy proposal, or making the case for a
particular interpretation of a historical event—you will join an academic or social conversation and create your own unique argument.

To put things into perspective, here is an insightful quote from “They
Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing”:

Good argumentative writing begins not with an act of assertion but an act of listening, of putting ourselves in the shoes of those who think differently from us…Academic writing in particular calls upon writers not simply to express their own ideas, but to do so as a response to what others have said.

—Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein

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Political Motivation : Why Games Belong in our Classrooms

Political Motivation : Why Games Belong in our Classrooms | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Recently, we wrote a blog post saying that Political Animals was looking
for educators who would be willing to analyze the game and see how they
might use the game in their classes.  JFP Maligalig is one such educator,
and this is the first of a two part series of blog posts talking about his
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What If We Taught Argument in Every Class?

What If We Taught Argument in Every Class? | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
Now, maybe more than ever, our students must learn how to think rationally, see through faulty logic, and share opinions in a convincing way.
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Tech Expert Warns That AI Could Become "A Fascist's Dream"

Tech Expert Warns That AI Could Become "A Fascist's Dream" | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
At SWSX, Kate Crawford pointed out the ways in which AI can be coded with human biases, then used to target specific groups.
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All-America Conversations From The National Civic League

All-America Conversations From The National Civic League | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it

All-America Conversations from the National Civic League help communities bridge divides, build community and meet their challenges together.

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How Civic Engagement Helps Students See Their Capacity to Make Change

How Civic Engagement Helps Students See Their Capacity to Make Change | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
As civic engagement moves into the digital sphere, teachers have an opportunity to engage students with their local communities and the issues they face.
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Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?

Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? | Citizenship Education | Scoop.it
We are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society is organized. We must make the right decisions now
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