Good afternoon, civics friends. As you know, the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship has a great many resources for elementary civics, including our Civics in a Snap lessons. There are, of course, other great resources available for elementary civic education as well, and I am excited to share with you one that could be simply fantastic in helping that youngest generation of students understand civic life. That resource is Kid Citizen. Our own Michael Berson, professor of Social Science Education at the University of Central Florida and a fellow here with FJCC and the Lou Frey Institute, has been heavily involved in the development of Kid Citizen, and he shares with us this overview of the program.
KidCitizen introduces a new way for young students (K-5) to engage with history through primary sources. In KidCitizen episodes, children interactively explore Congress and civic engagement through historical primary resources, and connect what they find with their daily lives. KidCitizen episodes capitalize on the active and social nature of young children's learning. They use primary sources for rich demonstrations, interactions, and models of literacy in the course of innovative hands-on activities that make academic content meaningful, build on prior experiences, and foster visual literacy and historical inquiry. KidCitizen also includes cloud software tools that let educators create their own episodes and share them with students. Using KidCitizen tools, educators can create activities using primary source photographs that are especially relevant to their students and community. The KidCitizen tools runs on the Muzzy Lane Author platform. KidCitizen episodes run on PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android mobile devices. The episodes can be accessed from the KidCitizen website www.kidcitizen.net . All are free to play, and a teacher’s guide accompanies each episode. KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project, and is supported by a grant from the Library of Congress.
You will definitely want to check out this new resource. I look forward to sharing this with my own future citizen's teachers!