Can we make U.S. history and civics fun and interesting for young people?
Unfortunately, many young people are under the impression that there’s no stimulating conversation to be had about civics or the constitution, but that just isn’t true. Year after year, new digital resources become available to students and educators. There are narrated snippets of animation, colorful articles, and experimental games that teach the importance of governance, constitutional law, the court system, citizenship, rights, and freedom of speech.
Even before recent technological advancements enabled engagement with history, legal practices, and courtroom proceedings with a swipe of one’s finger on a smartphone, students have long had access to many out-of-school tools and integration items, including books and performances, not to mention some incredible games and websites.
Please read on to learn the names of some incredible websites young people can visit to better acquaint them with the intricacies of civics and the U.S. government:
“Don’t just learn civics – play civics! Run for president. Pass new laws. Argue real cases” is one of the slogans published on the iCivics website. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics. It was created with the intention of respecting the U.S. government and a greater understanding. The site owns a variety of excellent lesson plans and well-designed games that promise to demystify the government.
Historypin is a resource; it’s a crowdsourcing platform that makes history accessible and approachable. Individuals can upload their photos and stories, sharing a personal account about their family and the local community. The historical collections offer insights on some memories, including social connections, memories, and struggles.
Smarthistory is a website that brings traditional art to life. A walk through a virtual art “museum” provides access to experts, conversational videos, and remote interviews. Art is a great way to learn history.
There’s a long list of databases and games that drive young people toward a better understanding of moral compromise, economics, and politics. For a more significant list of websites and games that can be used to focus on civics and the United States’ history, please visit Common Sense Education.