When it comes to engaging and Generation Z (those born after 1990s), most engagement experts recognize that technology is a necessity. But Annelise Wunderlich, KQED’s youth participation manager, is seeking to turn this understanding into action. As she puts it in her article published on the KQED blog (Public Media for Northern California):
It’s clear that young people are online – on multiple devices – all the time. But tech savvy doesn’t automatically translate to digital literacy; and many teachers feel intimidated by the task of equipping their students with the 21st century skills they need to become engaged digital citizens. Last weekend at the Teachers 4 Social Justice conference at Mission High in San Francisco, KQED and BAVC partnered to present a workshop called “#Tweet4Change: Students Using Social Media to Challenge the Status Quo.”
In the article, Wunderlich talks about the importance of social media and how it can serve as a vital tool for young people to be engaged and influence social issues around the world. At the workshop she introduced:
Do Now, KQED’s weekly activity that presents students with high-quality media content tied to a question designed to inspire dialogue, debate, and media-making.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17