Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomDiscover the many ready-to-go, short, focused activities found on this site during any lessons on social issues and current events. Each lesson features discussion questions, after class discussions ask students to share their thoughts using an online blogging tool such as Edublogs, reviewed here. Have students include information and links that reinforce their ideas. For older students, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing issues and ideas in online articles.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUse Tweetgen as part of your Internet safety and digital citizenship lessons as a tool for teaching students how to use social media properly. Include it as an engaging way for students to share learning about events in history. For example, generate tweets that might have occurred in response to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Have students add fact check warnings for false information. After saving the images, include them in a larger multimedia presentation created using Sway, reviewed here, that includes student-created texts, images, tweets, and videos. Learn more about social media practice spaces by reading this helpful blog post.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomUse this toolkit to identify different facets of diversity to include in your lessons about social justice and inequalities in society. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a resource to create and share your lessons with students. Create a Wakelet that includes links to your instructional resources, including videos, online information, and uploaded documents. Include in your Wakelet a link to a different collection that is created as a collaborative space for students to add text responses, videos and reflections. Have students upload a video into the collection directly from Flip, reviewed here. For example, visit this collection entitled "Diving into the Civil Rights."
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUse these free materials to supplement your curriculum and teaching units. When polling students for short-response questions, use a polling tool such as Answer Garden, reviewed here, to engage learners and encourage them to share ideas anonymously. Answer Garden posts short responses in a word cloud format that encourages students to focus on shared ideas and discover different views. Enhance learning by asking students to share their thoughts through writing blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here. Incorporate blogs into the process as a way for students to share ideas, research, and explore their thinking throughout the projects found in this curriculum. Extend learning by asking students to continue exploring and discovering the role of gender, politics, and other factors in the world around them in various ways. For example, some students might enjoy preparing and producing a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, others might create a video using Powtoon, reviewed here, and another group might prefer to focus on a specific topic using a timeline tool such as History in Motion, reviewed here, to present a visual timeline of world events.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomInclude lessons from the IWitness site with your lessons related to the Holocaust and when teaching about prejudice and empathy. Increase comprehension of the complex ideas related to the Holocaust and prejudice using mind maps to organize and clarify information for students using a digital mind mapping tool such as MindMup,reviewed here. MindMup offers various tools that make it easy to build simple mind maps for use with younger students or enhance learning in more complex ways by adding links to documents, videos, and images. Extend learning by asking students to design and produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to tell the story of the Holocaust and share stories of how to build empathy for others.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomEngage students in any of the provided lessons by starting with a simple poll using Slido, reviewed here. For example, ask students if they are familiar with the topic discussed, have experienced a similar emotion, or display an image on your whiteboard and ask students if they know what it represents. Enhance learning throughout any of the lessons by sharing additional resources using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here. Add links to videos, articles, or online activities related to the lesson's content. As you complete lesson activities, extend learning by asking students to share their understanding by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, flyers made with Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, or infographics created with Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use as a resource for fostering productive class conversations as needed when discussing difficult events. Be sure to share this site with parents who are also dealing with students that are dealing with tragic events at home. After allowing time to reflect upon the events and your classroom discussions, some students may need additional time to process the information. Provide an additional outlet using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Create a Jamboard that allows students to add sticky notes anonymously that share their feelings or solutions to difficult problems. Curate resources for students (and parents) that include age-specific information such as news articles, videos, and background information using a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here. Consider creating a Wakelet for parents and guardians with information to use at home to support students in meaningful ways. Provide students a creative outlet to share their emotions by suggesting they create short videos, flyers, or websites using the free tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Find more resources to help facilitate difficult conversations on this Special Topics Page.
GradesK to 12
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