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Lesson Plan: How inventions using water power can create renewable energy

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Picture your nearest river or lake. How do people use it? Are you happy with the way it is treated and its relationship to your community? In some areas, sources of water are being used as enormous batteries to help supply power to thousands of homes, schools and businesses. This PBS NewsHour lesson will explore how to look at the movement of water in new ways. Continue reading

Lesson Plan: How to use social media for social good

Lesson Plan

Social media is an important tool for learning about current events and practicing active and informed citizenship. However, fake Twitter accounts called ‘bots’ have been used to try to influence public opinion—and not always for the better. Continue reading

Lesson plan: Build empathy with stories about disabilities

Lesson Plan

Are you an empathetic person? Use these stories about individuals with disabilities, all conceived of, filmed and edited by middle and high school students, to…read more

Lesson plan: Using gaming and technology to find solutions in agriculture

Lesson Plan

How does the food you eat make it to your kitchen table? How has technology made that process easier? In this lesson, PBS NewsHour takes…read more

Lesson Plan: How to create a balanced budget — it’s a ‘Balancing Act’

Lesson Plan

How do we know that our government is fulfilling its duties to us, the public? How do we decide what those duties are? As efforts to pass the federal budget get underway, students will have the power to re-prioritize how money is spent using the interactive tool Balancing Act. What changes will they make? Continue reading

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