Where is KidCitizen being used so far? (Use report Part 2)

First a quick update on Episode use...

When we made our first post on how KidCitizen is being used, the Episodes had been played more than 3000 times.  It’s now early April, and we’re about to cross the 5000 mark!  We’ve continued to have steady traffic to KidCitizen.net, with over 5000 unique visitors since our launch in November, and over 17,000 pageviews.  Teachers are also continuing to explore the six KidCitizen Episodes and use them with students.  Total episode plays are at 4876 as of April 4.  

The Episode with the strongest growth has been Welcome to Congress.  It’s been a great Episode for Women’s History Month, with its focus on Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink, as well as other legendary Congresswomen in this photograph (featured in the episode):

 Keating, M., photographer. (1991) [U.S. Representatives including Nita Lowey, Pat Schroeder, Patsy Mink, Jolene Unsoeld, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen walking by the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Senate]. Washington D.C, 1991. [8 Oct] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,  https://www.loc.gov/item/2015645194/ .  

Keating, M., photographer. (1991) [U.S. Representatives including Nita Lowey, Pat Schroeder, Patsy Mink, Jolene Unsoeld, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen walking by the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Senate]. Washington D.C, 1991. [8 Oct] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015645194/.
 

So where is KidCitizen being used so far?

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People have visited kidcitizen.net from all 50 states (including Hawaii!), with eight states having more than 100 visitors, three more than 200, and three more than 500.

In addition, we have a voluntary ask for teachers to give us their zip code when they download a teacher guide for an episode, and this gives us some idea where episodes are being used with students. The results:

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The 163 teachers who have downloaded teacher guides are teaching in 32 states, and 112 congressional districts. This is a good start, and it has come from the Library of Congress' anouncement, our workshops at the NCSS conference, and teachers sharing with each other and spreading the news.  We will continue working to spread the news.

 

What’s next?  We'd like to know what you think!

One thing we know will be helpful will be finding more ways to get the word out about the KidCitizen Episodes, and the Editor.  The workshops and sessions we did at NCSS led to a big increase in interest and activity, and we want to do more.  We also want to do workshops and webinars on best ways to use the Episodes, and getting started with the KidCitizen Editor.  We’ll put out the word as we do. 

If you've got questions or requests for us, send us a message,  and we'll get you quick answers.  

Do you know someone who might be interested?  Send them to Kidcitizen.net, where they can easily check out the episodes, or go ahead and use them with students, or sign up to access the Editor.  And they can get in touch with us with any questions or requests.
 

Herbert Snow