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California Student Editorial Cartoon Contest: And the Winners Are …

Civics in the Community | December 15, 2014

California Student Editorial Cartoon Contest: And the Winners Are …

High school students across California this fall created and entered editorial cartoons in a contest that included schools from Chula Vista down south to Ukiah up north. See the winners here.

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Panopticon [Youth-Produced Documentary]

Bay Area Youth Media Network | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Panopticon [Youth-Produced Documentary]

This short youth-produced documentary illustrates an interesting perspective on consumer surveillance, as it parallels modern government to the Panopticon, a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. This video was an official selection of BAYMN FEST 2014.

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Was Justice Served in the Ferguson Decision? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | December 11, 2014 | 23 Comments

Was Justice Served in the Ferguson Decision? Students Weigh In

Recently the grand jury made a decision to not indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. Students discuss whether justice was served in the grand jury hearing.

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Should Obama Have Granted Deportation Relief? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | December 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Should Obama Have Granted Deportation Relief? Students Weigh In

Last week, students were asked whether or not Obama should have granted deportation relief to over 5 million immigrants who meet certain criteria. They were asked, “Should the President have given deportation deferrals and work permits to undocumented immigrants whose children are American citizens?”

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How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | November 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Childhood obesity has skyrocketed in the last 30 years, making the need for healthier eating habits an important matter. This past week, students were asked, “How can schools make lunches more appealing to teens?” Check out their responses.

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Belonging in Transition

Bay Area Youth Media Network | October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Belonging in Transition

Everything is in transition: our earth, our neighborhoods, our bodies. In fact, Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Adolescents especially know this truth because their bodies rapidly develop between the ages of 10 and 19. According to the World Health Organization, it is second only to infancy in terms of physiological growth.

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A Look into Race & Representation within Police Departments

Civics in the Community | October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Look into Race & Representation within Police Departments

A lot of news stories recently have focused on race and law enforcement. Should the members of a police force reflect the larger population they serve?

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The Global Community Can Do More to Fight the Ebola Outbreak

Civics in the Community | September 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Global Community Can Do More to Fight the Ebola Outbreak

In the past, diseases have had the ability to wipe out entire civilizations, and it’s still going on today. With the Ebola epidemic in West Africa becoming more of a menace, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Why should nations help fight against the outbreak? What are some challenges, and how can we, as an international community, overcome this? Last week, students from around the country shared their thoughts on what should be done in the fight against Ebola.

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Hands On Projects Promote More Thinking in the Classroom

Civics in the Community | June 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Hands On Projects Promote More Thinking in the Classroom

Would you rather learn about how a computer works by reading about it or building one with your hands? Last week, we asked students to think about how they like to learn in our #DoNowMaker post.

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Four Ways to Boost Your EdTech IQ This Summer

Arts in the Community | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

Four Ways to Boost Your EdTech IQ This Summer

Read about some amazing resource tips from Amy Ridlehuber Kingsley who was recently awarded the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Award. Amy has come up with 4 ways to boost your EdTech IQ this Summer.

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