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Choosing to Participate: Civic Engagement in a Digital Age

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Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Webinar
Date Thu, May 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Duration   1h

What does it mean to be civically engaged today? How can students effectively leverage the power of digital tools to make civic change? Join Echoes & Reflections for a conversation with Henry Jenkins, Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California, where they will discuss the relationship between technology, learning, and civic engagement.

Though in-person convenings are on hold, democracy and civic activism continue. Henry Jenkins’ research shows that young people are already engaging in “Participatory Communities” – choosing to make their communities better. Unlike the hierarchical nature of the traditional political sphere, digital participatory communities empower youth to use tools at their disposal to make their voices heard. We will examine how young people interact with technology, how they choose to participate in a digital age, and how teachers can help them participate in thoughtful and responsible ways.

During the webinar, we will:

  • Explore what digital upstanding looks like today and the mindsets that result in student engagement.
  • Get inspired by the creativity, resiliency, and opportunity for digital civic engagement.
  • Provide you with resources, strategies, and frameworks that will support and encourage student civic participation, help them learn from others and act on the issues about which they care.
  • Participants will access Facing History’s new guide “From Reflection to Action: Choosing to Participate” and be eligible to receive a free printed copy.

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8 PM ET/6–7 PM CT/4–5 PM PT. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and Echoes & Reflections will notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

Register here.

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