This school year, there’s a national conversation going on about how things like history, current events and specific books should — and shouldn’t —be taught in schools. But we know that young people are looking to sources outside of school — online and otherwise — to learn about the world, too.
SRL wants to know about educational content (could be about history, culture, art, science, the environment etc.) you’ve learned outside of school that’s affected the way you see the world.
And remember, “education” sounds like a formal word, but really we’re talking about discovery - any piece of content that teaches you something new.
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If you plan on having a classroom discussion before assigning this Rapid Response, use this Classroom Conversations Guide to help students feel prepared and supported.
Civics teaches the principles—such as adherence to the social contract, consent of the governed, limited government, legitimate authority, federalism, and separation of powers—that are meant to guide official institutions such as legislatures, courts, and government agencies. (NCSS D2.Civ.7.9-12 - D2.Civ.10.9-12)
Historical understanding requires recognizing this multiplicity of points of view in the past, which makes it important to seek out a range of sources on any historical question rather than simply use those that are easiest to find. It also requires recognizing that perspectives change over time, so that historical understanding requires developing a sense of empathy with people in the past whose perspectives might be very different from those of today. (NCSS D2.His.4.9-12 - D2.His.8.9-12)
Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. (ISTE)
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (ISTE)
Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. (ISTE)
In order to act responsibly and effectively, citizens must understand the important institutions of their society and the principles that these institutions are intended to reflect. That requires mastery of a body of knowledge about law, politics, and government. (NCSS D2.Civ.1.9-12 - D2.Civ.6.9-12)
Camera or Mobile Phone
Tell us a story about a time you learned something outside of school (could be something you learned online or from someone you know) and how it expanded your worldview. Check out the guiding questions below to get started, but with this option, we want you to create a 60-second standalone story directly to camera.
Check out SRL’s tutorial on how to record a video diary. Practice before you record, speak from the heart (don’t read from a script!), and remember what makes a compelling story -- a great hook, a conflict or challenge, and a beginning, middle, and end.
Conduct a pre-interview and find a peer who discovered something outside of school that changed how they think about the world (could be something they learned online or from someone they know). Then, use the guiding questions below to record your interview. Remember, these questions are a guide. Feel free to add your own questions and be sure to improvise follow-up questions if your subject says something you want to know more about.
Instruct the subject to look at the camera while speaking. Submit raw footage with a transcript. No editing required.
This challenge does not have an active deadline to submit to PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. However, students are encouraged to publish their stories on their school/club/program website or through video/social platforms such as YouTube, Instagram or Twitter and tag Student Reporting Labs. Check with your teacher to find out instructions for class submissions.