Civic Engagement Blog

Students document their civic engagement.

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Update 11/18/16: Have a look at what a Civic Engagement Blog could look like!

Does your class spend 30 minutes a week learning about current events through Junior Scholastic, Flocabulary, CNN Student News, etc? Imagine if students were given the same amount of time to connect, brainstorm, and work on projects to address societal issues and problems. 

How could we document the civic engagement this kind of approach to current events would produce?

Overview: Schools should create a blog that documents their civic engagement on their website. 

Only one rule: all posts are written by students.

This blog would be a great way to document and assess a school's civic engagement. By restricting authorship to students, we are elevating and honoring student voice.

Potential For Impact: This idea is a very doable idea that promotes student collaboration and creation while empowering student voice. The blog will encourage schools to give students  opportunities to be civically involved while documenting progress.

Value Prop/Pitch: We say we want students to use the four Cs. Here is a way to practice what we preach that is as easy as creating a WordPress.

How’d I get this idea off the ground? I would start by trying it at my middle school.

How you can get started: Pitching the idea to the principal and creating the blog. This project could impact all grades K-12, with student creations on the blog representing developmentally appropriate skills.

Metrics: The blog will serve as its own documentation. This project can be evaluated by how often students are posting about civic engagement to the site.

Materials to get this idea off the ground: Register for a blog site such as WordPress. Then have teacher work with students to create posts.

A school could also simply make an eBook in Google Slides, publishing it to the web, and linking it on their website.


Join the conversation:

Photo of Paula Marra

Hi Tom, I love that. Have you seen this somewhere? How do you think younger students could participate? Trying also to imagine how partnerships could be created from this. Share more!

Photo of Tom Mullaney

I have not seen it. It came to mind during the Twitter chat. As far as elementary schools, the youngest I have taught is fourth-grade so I have a hard time imagining what it would look like. I'm not sure about partnerships. Perhaps students can have outside partners be guests on their posts?

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Maybe younger grades could pair up with older grade "buddies" so that they could participate, possibly incorporating video blogging.