CURRENT EVENTS: Using the Brexit debate to increase student democratic engagement

Should the UK stay or should they go?

That’s the question the British people will answer at a National Referendum on June 23, when they vote to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union.

While the Brexit vote will likely come down to two fundamental issues—weighing the economic risks of leaving versus concerns over an unstoppable flow of immigrants’ impact on the infrastructure of the UK—this excellent Bloomberg Quicktakes video (suitable for students) explains what’s at stake, in under two minutes.

Heady stuff for Britain of course, but also an excellent opportunity to use current events as a vessel for talking to students about citizenship, debate, and democracy.

In this Teachers Media International video titled CITIZENSHIP: Engaging with Democracy, a teacher explores the idea of campaigning to see how engaged students might be if the political issues on debate impacted them in a more meaningful way.

Given the upcoming U.S. presidential election, this, and other videos on the Teachers Media International website, will be excellent primers for what will likely be a hot topic in the United States—with worldwide implications—this November.

Voter apathy of young people is a global concern. What other resources would you recommend to increase student democratic engagement?

~ The Teachers Media Team

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TMI named one of 10 Hottest Social Media Solution Companies for 2016

angelaTeachers Media International (TMI) has been named by Education Technology Insights as one of the 10 Hottest Social Media Solution Companies for 2016.

Selected by a distinguished jury comprised of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and analysts including the Education Technology Insights editorial board, the award acknowledges leading firms that offer “best-of-breed technology solutions and services related to social media in the education sector.”

“Our team works tirelessly to provide a combination of solution-based resources for the global education sector,” says Angela Ney, Founder, Teachers Media International, a global provider of online professional development services and programs. “We are honoured to be recognised for our work, along with nine other outstanding companies.”

11021601In an article featured in the January 2016 issue of Education Technology Insights, Ney outlines the Teachers Media International ethos and philosophy, noting that the company works with education ministries from around the world to provide a customised blend of solution-based resources, ranging from teacher ambassador mentorship programming to a comprehensive multi-media professional learning platform.

“We also understand that we, as a service, need to be accessible to all, so we are building a multi-language approach for our users from platform to mobile,” Ney explained.

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~ The Teachers Media Team