Digital learning is an important part of our educational progress. The Alliance for Excellent Education sponsors Digital Learning Day each year as a way to bring national attention to this important educational strategy and to provide the educational community with support. Visit the Digital Learning Day homepage to take advantage of the many ideas, lesson plans, and more that is available on the website, including a free webcast. Learn what teachers and classes across the country are doing on February 5 and throughout the academic year.
The Center for Civic Education is proud to continue its efforts to promote digital learning. Here are some ideas for both teachers and the students:
1. Try a scavenger hunt with 60-second civics. Fifty-five delegates were present at the Constitutional Convention, which was held in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787. Most students can identify George Washington, James Madison, and maybe even Alexander Hamilton. But what about the other fifty-two delegates? Who were they? How did they influence the convention? In this lesson students will familiarize themselves with the delegates by listening to a series of 60-Second Civics podcast episodes devoted to the Framers of the Constitution. This lesson can be used as an introduction to any social studies or history unit about the creation of the Constitution. As students go through this and subsequent units, they should pay attention to the role these delegates or Framers played not only at the convention but in the first decades of our nation’s history.
2. Start your day with 60-Second Civics. Engage your students with 60-Second Civics, a daily podcast and civics quiz. More than 1,600 episodes are also available.
3. Paper and speeches from the Center for Civic Education: Two engaging articles can be used by teachers for enrichment or students for a substantive class discussions:
- Civic Education for a Global World by Frances L. Kidwell, Ed.D. A paper presented a the 2013 Tutzing Forum: Political Didactics International Conference Tutzing, German, 2013.
- Civic Education and Social Media Use by Diana Owen, Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgetown University
4. Civic education links. This page is produced and maintained by the Center for Civic Education. Links to websites are provided for informational purposes only.
5. Mystery Skype with the Constitution. Mystery Skype is an educational game invented by teachers that can be played by two classrooms using Skype. The goal of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking questions. It is suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics, and science. Why not use the Skype activity to guess the Framers or Founders or explore the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Older students can be challenged to identify landmark legislation or Supreme Court cases.