Week 2. Introduction to the “online civic engagement project” concept

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Welcome to week 2! This week we will use our Google+ online space to discuss about civic engagement and ways in which this can be brought into the ESL/EFL classroom for a more realistic, motivating and engaging learning experience. You will also be introduced to various ways to create videos and video presentations and share them online, such as: Voicethread, Animoto, Photostory for Windows 3. At the end of the week you will create your own short video story based on a theme of major importance for your community and share it on Google+.

Moderators: Daniela Munca-Aftenev, Olga Morozan
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Week 2 Objectives

During the second week, you will:

  • discuss the ”civic engagement” concept
  • explore students made projects as part of the World Bank Essay Competiton
  • learn about how to use various online tools to create civic engagement projects
  • choose an online tool from the list provided and create a short project
  • evaluate your peers' projects and provide feedback
  • attend a live online session with moderators

images.jpgTask 1: Visit World Bank International Essay Competition for Youth websites listed below and post your answers on **Google+ Week 2** discussion thread:

a) What is World Bank’s Essay Competition?
b) What were the Competition’s major themes for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011?
c) What was your favorite winning video from the list below? Why?
d) Which tools did participants use to deliver their message across (images, video, text, music, statistics, etc) and call for action?

Task 2: Understanding the ”civic engagement project” concept and its use in the classroom: post your answers in our Google+ Week 2 discussion thread.

a) How does The New York Times define "civic engagement" ?
b) What are five "good citizenship themes" according to Education World?
c) Where does Partnership for 21st Century Skills integrate the civic component? Check the full list of interdisciplinary themes.
d) Case study: what is the purpose of CIVICS (Community Voices Collaborative Solutions)?
e) Browse though project student reports - which one caught your attention? Why?

Task 3: A powerful, persuasive message on a topic that is important to our youth can be delivered in various ways: through music, images, voice, etc. Find out about how to use the tools below. Create a short project on a topic of major importance for your community (environmental issue, unemployment, corrption, helping the elderly or the people with dizabilties, elections, discrimination, human rights, etc) using the webtools listed below and post your project link in Google + Week 2 and Particpants Profiles.

We are encouraging you to experiment with all of them!

Online tool

Sample projects:





Photostory for Windows 3

(You will need todownload it on your computer)






Task 4: Leave comments to at least 3 other projects posted by other participants

(Google+ Week 2 conversation thread).

An important part of our session is learning how to connect online using video. Task 5 will be dedicated to exploring a new tool created by Google+ Hangouts on Air. We will be using this tool to connect online every Sunday, 2.00 pm (GMT).

Task 5: (Post the answers to the questions below in our Google+ Week 2 Google Hangouts conversation thread)

a) What is Google Hangouts?
b) Give three examples of how people use Google Hangout from the official video.
c) How can a Hangout Party be started?
d) What are the two methods for sharing a power point during a Google Hangout on Air chat (See Step#5 )?
e) Google Hangouts offer a few moderation controls to the broadcaster. Name the three listed in the "Moderation and Production" section.
f) What happens when the video Hangout is over? (Read "Find the recording" section)
g) What does the public see when a Google Hangout is being broadcasted?
h) What are, in brief, the 6 ways teachers can use Google Hangouts?
i) Which of the ideas listed on Eduhangout would you be interested to integrate in your classroom?
j) If you shared this YouTube tutorial with your students, would they be able to learn how to use the tool?

Task 5: Attend a life session

Weekly Checklist

Have you....

  • read about and understand the ”civic engagement” concept and post your answers in the Google+ group?
  • explored students made projects posted by World Bank Essay Competiton?
  • learn about how to use various online tools to create civic engagement projects?
  • choose an online tool from the list provided and create a short project which could be qualified as a civic engagement call for action?
  • post your project link in the Google+ Week 2 discussion thread?
  • leave comments to at least 3 other projects?
  • learned how Google Hangouts on Air work and posted your impressions in the Google+ Week 2 Google Hangouts thread?
  • attend a live online session with moderators?

Suggested readings:

1) Expanding ESL, Civics, and Citizenship Education in Your Community

2) Infusing-Civic-Engagement-Across-the-Curriculum ,CASSIA FREEDLAND AND DEVORAH LIEBERMAN, 2010
3) Thinking Beyond “Increased Participation”m Integrating Civics and Adult ESOL, Andy Nash, World Education, 2010
4) Using Case Study for Professional Development in Civic Education

Online tools we recommend this week: