Digital Civic Learning (DCL) is a classroom-based research project that involves designing social studies curricula to help students develop better social and civic competence and academic achievement, making them better communicators and learners. We are developing an engaging, Common Core Standards-compliant curriculum that can be used in elementary school Social Studies classes. The curriculum is developed in collaboration with teachers, researchers, and other specialists, and is based on 10 components of design principles.
We use a toolkit of readily available technologies to create immersive realities. Rather than using high-tech tools, we asked schools what technologies they were familiar with, and adapted our curriculum accordingly.
We include a variety of topics related to civic and moral decision-making in our curricula, aiming at helping students to develop and share informed opinions about complex social issues.
Our approach focuses on encouraging learning through structured social interaction and shared projects of understanding.