Digital Brief & Event

[Digital Brief] Teachers Not Shying Away from Political Talk but Still Fearful (Education Week)

April 7, 2017

While national politics are still creating sharp divides in school communities, most teachers aren't avoiding the topic, says a survey from the Education Week Research Center. Fift five percent of 830 teachers who participated in the survey responded that they have not avoided discussing current controversial issues in the classroom this school year, and another 28 percent did avoid talking about national politics with their students. But teachers are fearful––They are fear of parental and student pushback. Only 44 percent said their training adequately prepared them to handle those Read more about [Digital Brief] Teachers Not Shying Away from Political Talk but Still Fearful (Education Week)

community walks

[Digital Brief] Community Walks

March 28, 2017

Students teach teachers, not the other way around. Students in Oakland International High School (OIHS) in California, in which 32 languages are spoken by those who have newly arrived from 33 countries, tell their immigration stories on the “community walks” day. They lead a teach-in with their staff group, facilitate discussions, and walk the neighborhood, where many students live. Such unconventional teaching in terms of methods and instructor has much potential to boost affirmative school culture and student Read more about [Digital Brief] Community Walks

[Digital Brief] Breitbart-led Right-Wing Media Ecosystem Altered Broader Media Agenda (Columbia Journalism Review)

March 28, 2017

A social media study, "Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda," discovers asymmetrical political polarization in online news consumption.  Scholars at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the MIT Center for Civic Media found political polarization is more common among conservatives than it is for liberals. Hillary Clinton supporters Read more about [Digital Brief] Breitbart-led Right-Wing Media Ecosystem Altered Broader Media Agenda (Columbia Journalism Review)

Student Privacy

[Digital Brief] New Student Privacy Learning Tools (Harvard Berkman-Klein Center)

March 22, 2017

Youth & Media at the Harvard Law School-Berkman Klein Center released Privacy & Student Data: Companion Learning Tools.  The Tools are designed to help school and district-level decision-makers to use to “create meaningful learning experiences with core faculty and staff constituencies” around ed tech and student privacy.  The Tools can be used in Read more about [Digital Brief] New Student Privacy Learning Tools (Harvard Berkman-Klein Center)

[Digital Brief] How Youth Navigate the News Landscape (Knight Foundation)

March 21, 2017

Teens and young adults (ages 14-24) express low levels of trust in the news media and use a variety of strategies to confirm, verify, and clarify the stories they care about, according to a study produced by Data & Society and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, "How Youth Navigate the News Landscape." Among the key findings:

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Facing History and Ourselves

[Event] Transforming Schools and Classrooms: Empowering Student Voice and Civic Participation (April 5, 2017)

March 14, 2017

This event is part of the 2016-2017 Facing History and Ourselves Contemporary Issues Forum Series, in partnership with The Youth and Participatory Action Frame Project at Harvard University.

Join us at Harvard University Gutman Library for an all-day forum for teachers and school administrators on April 5th, 2017. In a series of interactive sessions, Facing History facilitators will explore tools and strategies that empower Read more about [Event] Transforming Schools and Classrooms: Empowering Student Voice and Civic Participation (April 5, 2017)

[Digital Brief] News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News (common sense media)

March 8, 2017

How do young people get their news? how much do they trust different news sources? whether can spot "fake news"?  A common sense media study, "News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News," finds that American kids (aged between 10 and 18) value the news, saying that following the news helps them feel prepared to make a difference in their Read more about [Digital Brief] News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News (common sense media)

[Digital Brief] How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News (Pew)

February 9, 2017

Social media and direct visits to news organizations’ websites are the most common sources for news online, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, "How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News."  The study also reveals that most poeple are aware of the sources of news they consume, which is important with respect to a rising concern over fake news.  Read Read more about [Digital Brief] How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News (Pew)