One of the key findings published in Paul Mihailidis's book Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen: Youth, Engagement and Participation in Digital Culture is that youth engage in social networking and cultural sharing in dynamic ways, but have trouble recognizing how their digital applications provide productive connectivity, vibrant communication, and diverse information consumption in daily life. Therefore, if students are not able to understand how social and mobile technologies enhance learning experiences, it will be hard for them to see the value that comes from informal or alternative learning pathways.
This suite transforms the process of interrogating the impact of user generated digital media into a fun, accessible, playful experience. Each Emerging Citizens game encourages players to engage with culturally and politically relevant topics while focusing on a specific 21st digital modality (Memes, Hashtags, and Hyperlinks). The Emerging Citizens suite is easy to implement and play within a normal class time period. No installations, no downloads, no subscriptions, no problems. Modular content system allows for subject-specific lesson plans. Focused on learning through Lesson Guides and Activities.
Civic IDEA has been used nationally and internationally to encourage the investigation and interrogation of media through a civic lens.