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Technology and government communication

Project Published 4/2/20 Last updated on 6/12/20

In this activity, secondary school students will think critically about how governments spread messages in times of need by answering a big question: How has the advancement of technology changed the way people in government communicate with their constituents?

Objective: Students will be asked “Can you believe that not so long ago there was no television, radio, or the internet?! Have you ever wondered how people were able to get information quickly during those periods in the past?” Using a combination of Khan Academy videos and lessons, students will learn about the government communication, FDR and fireside chats. They will consider how improvements in technology have not only changed the way we receive information, but how any government across the globe is able to send out important messages to the public. Students will then create a website in Adobe Spark Page to launch a digital communication campaign to the public about the spread of the Coronavirus.

The attached resources for this Khan + Create Activity are ready for students to use, including step-by-step guides and all the resources they need to get started.


This resource was contributed by Cristen Magaletti who has a MA from NYU in Social Studies and Secondary Education. She has an extensive background in curriculum design and instruction and is a current teacher who has worked in public schools and private schools for decades.


Note on format: In the attached resources you’ll see PDF and Google Docs versions. In the Google Doc version, you can view without needing a log on, and you can export to any standard file formats (e.g. PDF or .docx), or make a copy and edit to adapt as your own Google Doc to share. To do so, simply select File > Make a copy and add to your Google Drive, or download the file to your preferred file type.

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Age Levels
Duration
1-2 Hours
Content Standards
21st Century Skills Framework
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Knowledge Constructor
Materials
CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Ratings
5 / 5 • 3 Ratings