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

Digital Civics Classroom Resources

The resources in the INVESTIGATE module of Digital Civics Toolkit engages students in thinking about how to understand and judge the credibility of online civic information. You will find a collection of activities exploring news in the digital age, credibility, the impact of bias, visual forms of information, and investigation and research.

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.

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.

Graduate Capstone Projects

Before graduating, students from Oakland Unified School District complete a capstone project investigating a social issue they care about. To learn more about the research process students undertake, you can read this blog post by Young Whan Choi and watch this video from the Learning Policy Institute.

You can also check out these videos of students’ final presentations.

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