There are many media literacy toolkits and resources available that focus on the formal use of media for critical thinking, digital safety, or generic digital citizenship. However, there is a clear need for toolkits and resources that create pathways for youth to safely and effectively participate in civic or political discourse.
Responding to this need, Civic IDEA provides a comprehensive program for facilitators to build capacity of youth to inform themselves, think critically and take civic actions online. This toolkit incorporates freely accessible digital tools to illustrate learning goals, move learners from digital literacy to digital expression, and provide detailed lesson plans for facilitators outside of the classroom. The tools include: Databasic, @Stake, MediaBreaker, and Emerging Citizens.
The Civic IDEA framework is being deployed in several Engagement Lab projects as well as by media literacy organizations and efforts around the world. We do not have any results at the moment, but as the framework is tested, we will share results.