Can we use primary sources and technology to promote civic engagement? Richard Hartshorne and Scott Waring of University of Central Florida say yes.

They shared a great set of resources to help you structure your use of technology in the classroom.  They didn’t really share specific examples about civic engagement activities with these tools – mostly a review of the different tools – but they do have one lesson idea online.

All of the tech tools are free and easy to use:

My favorites?

  • the great Primary Source Sets on the Library of Congress site.
  • Padlet. I love this! One way to use it is post a series of photos / maps / graphics and then ask kids to give you a list of the photos in the correct chronological order.
  • Remind 101. Perfect for connecting with kids and parents via text without actually texting.
  • DropBox

1. Hook

2. Identify Fundamental Question(s)

3. Engagement with Primary and Secondary Sources

4. Consider Multiple Perspectives & Historic Causation

5. Piece Together a Plausible Narrative

6. Complete Authentic Assessment

7. Reflect on the Experience

Find tons of other stuff at their weebly site. Be sure to check their list of Library of Congress learning modules.


C4 Framework alignment? This type of activity is what students are doing during the Collect element.