Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Using Participatory Media and Public Voice to Encourage Civic Engagement

by Howard Rheingold, Stanford University, Communication Department

"As increasing numbers of young people seek to master the use of media tools to express themselves, explore their identities, and connect with peers—to be active creators as well as consumers of culture—educators have an opportunity to encourage young media makers to exercise active citizenship.1 Might teachers enlist these young people’s enthusiasm for using digital media in the service of civic engagement? I propose one way to do this: help students communicate in their public voices about issues they care about".

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