How Do I Help Students Research Issues That Matter To Them?

How do I help students research issues that matter to them?

Young people must learn how to investigate civic and political issues by analyzing evidence, determining the credibility of varied sources of information, recognizing multiple perspectives, and understanding the historical context of varied problems. Helping young people navigate the sea of information online today is increasingly critical. There is more information at young people’s fingertips, and there’s also an array of misinformation, so judging the credibility of sources can be complex. Explore the resources on this page to learn more about how you can help students research and investigate issues that matter to them.

Support Students with Online Research

These two videos, developed in partnership with Common Sense Media, break down key skills in doing online research.

Teach your students how to use effective keywords when searching on the internet.

Help your students use critical thinking skills to select trustworthy websites.

Credibility in the Digital Age

Take a look at these videos to further explore the importance of credibility in the digital age and why “fake news” is so prevalent. You can even show these videos to your students.

Credibility in the Digital Age: Video and Discussion Questions by the MAPP Project, Pivot TV, and HitRECord

KQED’s Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News

Don’t Get Faked

Check out the latest tool from Youth Radio, Don’t Get Faked. You can use this quick and fun online quiz with your students to see if they’ve got a nose for fake news. And it has a bunch of resources to help them become even sharper news sleuths.

Civics in a Partisan Age: Media Literacy and the Challenge of Misinformation

The Internet makes it easier to create and share inaccurate claims, and harder to tell what websites are credible. Thus, the need for media literacy in the digital age is greater than ever. Click here to see more from this infographic.

Make Learning Personalized & Customized

Watch how Tch Laureate Sean McComb uses a workshop model to make learning more personalized for his high school students. Students choose a current event topic they care about and research the issue in-depth.

Senior Capstone Projects

Below you’ll find links to videos of students from Oakland Unified School District presenting their senior capstone project, a requirement for all graduating seniors that focuses on a social issue each student is passionate about. These videos give an example of students’ analysis of a social issue via academic research, community research (via surveys, interviews, or focus groups), and a final presentation.

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