Everyone Can Create but what for? An EdWeek article about how to teach civics with storytelling

All these Apple tools and apps are nice, but how can we actually USE them to teach our curriculum?


graphic of quote from michael hernandez: "we must also actively put the concepts of civics into practice."

This Education Week article features my thoughts about using challenge-based learning and digital storytelling projects (made possible with tools like iPad, iMovie, Keynote, etc.) to help students practice civics, not just talk about it. We need to learn literature by writing, learn science by running experiments, and learn civics by being a citizen (experiential, PBL assignments like journalism, documentaries, podcasts, etc.).

These are concepts I expand upon in my new book about authentic learning, Storytelling With Purpose (ISTE, 2024) and will talk about at ISTE Live this summer. I'd love to hear what you think.

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Posted on May 30, 2024

Thanks for the link to your article in Education Week, Michael. You really express so well what learning is about. And for Civic education, Challenge Based learning is such a natural fit. Students who are involved and invested in their leaning are very successful learners. I’ve seen that over and over again with projects where students have voice and choice to investigate, design and provide solutions to problems. It sets them on a course of civic engagement.

I appreciate that you have provided teachers with examples and stories, through your book, podcasts, presentations, and newsletters on how we can support this important approach to learning.

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