This week, we have been reading about students around the globe that are learning to use social media and Web 2.0 to interact with, learn about and begin movements with others from around the world. A project started in Costa Rica, called the Deliberative Capabilities in School Age Children project hoped to explore and learn about children’s capabilities by linking to children’s exercise of their participation rights and explore the use of digital technologies in the process (Fonseca & Bujanda, 2011). The project was created with strong methodology and connections to curriculum. The results were that the children had, “less fear of speaking and interacting with others, increased interest and commitment toward community, increased ability to listen and participate in dialogue, and increased ability to relate and cooperate with others” (Fonseca & Bujanda, 2011, p. 254). In some Asian countries, with more regulated media and political environments, the findings suggest that some youth, may be utilizing the internet as a alternative civic space ( Lin, Cheong, Kim & Jung, 2010, pg. 852). People around the world are using twitter and facebook to organize into groups to work towards change.
This week’s readings made me reflect on how to support children in gaining the necessary knowledge and technological skils in order to allow them to move forward in this area. I teach mostly Science and Math, so my students and I do not delve as much into politics and the need for change. I suppose looking at climate changes and environmentalism might be a starting point for me. Do you have any suggestions in how to begin working with my students to become better global citizens?
What skills and abilities can we help to instill in our students to enable them to be part of the revolution for change? Will the open access allow them to better understand the worldwide climate and figure out globally how to work together to make it better?
Fonseca, C., & Bujanda, M. (2011). Promoting children’s capacities for active and deliberative citizenship with digital technologies: the CADE Project in Costa Rica. Annals Of The American Academy Of Political & Social Science, 633(1), 243-262.
Lin, W., Cheong, P., Kim, Y., & Jung, J. (2010). Becoming citizens: youths’ civic uses of new media in five digital cities in east asia. Journal Of Adolescent Research, 25(6), 839-857