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Should E-Cigarettes Be Regulated?

Do Now | April 15, 2014 | 19 Comments

Should E-Cigarettes Be Regulated?

A new type of cigarette that some claim to be a harmless alternative to regular combustion cigarettes has entered the playing field: e-cigarettes. Should they be regulated in the same way as traditional tobacco cigarettes?

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Women Have the Right to Choose

Do Now Round-Ups | April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Women Have the Right to Choose

Last week, students across the nation tackled one of the most controversial topics in America: abortion. In our #DoNowAbortion post, we asked students Should the government (federal or state) be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion? If so, why? If not, should there be at least some restrictions on abortion procedures? Why or why not?

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How Can We Address The High Cost of Fast Fashion?

Do Now | April 11, 2014 | 91 Comments

How Can We Address The High Cost of Fast Fashion?

In the year since a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers, small steps have been taken to improve safety conditions. Who should be responsible for the manufacturing of clothing in unregulated and unsafe factories?

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Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets

Digital Tools | April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets

Google has a whole host of online document creation tools that are browser based and free to use. You may already be familiar with Google docs for word processing, and if so, you probably know that it can be a powerful tool for collaboration and cloud-based document creation.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cause More Harm Than Good

Do Now Round-Ups | April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cause More Harm Than Good

During the past two weeks, students across the nation discussed whether or not the government should invest their time and money into creating the Keystone XL pipeline in our #DoNowKeystone post. We asked students, Do you think the Obama administration should approve the Keystone XL pipeline? Why or Why not? What information should be considered in making this decision?

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The World of Crochet with Olek

Art School | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The World of Crochet with Olek

Olek is an artist who works in the traditional medium of crochet and transforms the soft material into massive-scale art installations around the world.

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“Four score and seven years ago…”: Lincoln and Gettysburg Resources

PBS LearningMedia | April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Four score and seven years ago…”: Lincoln and Gettysburg Resources

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, have your class join a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the famous speech. Then, on April 15th, tune in for the premiere of The Address on PBS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of the Greenwood School, a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address each year.

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What Does Graffiti Look Like in Your Neighborhood?

Do Now | April 8, 2014 | 88 Comments

What Does Graffiti Look Like in Your Neighborhood?

Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts–does it mean something to you? Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?

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We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Do Now Round-Ups | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Are American workers in need of a raise? Last week, students across the country debated about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased in our #DoNowWages post. We asked students What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet?

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A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

What's New in News & Civics! | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

California is home to a number of reservoirs and dams that provide water and power to surrounding cities and farms. However, as 2013 proved to be one of the driest years, the sources of water are not as plentiful as they have been in past years. KQED’s The Lowdown takes a closer look at how the drought impacted the level of water in reservoirs.

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