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PBS Kids Speakout

Posted by Kristen on November 13, 2008 at 7:10 AM in KristenMedia
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Have you seen this? The target audience is above the crowd at my house but what a great way to encourage your kids to be involved in the democratic process! From the PBS Kids Speakout website:

SPEAK OUT is a youth collaborative project to create a digital open letter to our presidential administration.

SPEAK OUT encourages civic engagement among 6 to 12 year olds by prompting them to submit ideas to address prominent citizens' issues as they most relate to kids' lives. Community discussion and the democratic process are modeled by allowing kids to choose which ideas they like best. The ideas with the most votes are featured on in the form of a message to our President. This active, digital message will reflect the youth's changing concerns and proposed solutions over time.

The project originally launched in tandem with the 2008 United States Presidential election.
How votes are counted.

Kid submitted "top ideas" are calculated by dividing the number of times the idea was voted for by the number of times it was part of a pair to vote on. Each voting pair is randomly created, supplying a higher percentage of unique situations to vote on and more chances for each submission to be seen.


PunditMom writes...

PunditGirl will totally be all over this!

areasontowrite writes...

Thanks again for being my smarty pants, writing inspiration! I have enjoyed reading your blogs!

a reason to write writes...

Hi Kristen:

I added you to my blogroll - you just keep me laughing!

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