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Well, we got some good news here in Florida today, and it is wonderful and exciting to see that the state DOE has made an effort to support the work of our civic teachers. What’s that? What am I talking about? C’mon Steve, spit it out!!!! Oh, okay! The state, thanks to the support and work of current civic teachers and leaders, has developed and released tutorials that teachers can use to help students prepare for the EOC or even use as a supplement to or flipped classroom too for instruction! The tutorials are available at the Florida Students webpage, and offer a number of resources. These are 100% free, and you DO NOT need to be a Florida teacher to access and use them! I can imagine how civics teachers in other states might find some of these useful (and resources from other states are being used and shared as part of the tutorials as well!).

Once you access the Civics link, this is what you will see:

The Main Tutorial page, listing the benchmarks

The Main Tutorial page, listing the benchmarks

Now, it is important to note something, and you can sort of see this in the provided image: the resources on offer for each benchmark are not equitable. 1.7, for example, has 12 resources, while 1.4  only offers one.
So what kind of resources ARE available? Well, every benchmark WILL have at least one resource. Some of these will be outside links to other sites or downloads that address the content but are NOT DIRECTLY ALIGNED with the benchmark. Others, however, will have a narrated powerpoint crafted by a Florida civics teacher, such as we see below, and these will be labelled as ‘Florida Resources’:

Florida Specific Resource

Florida Specific Resource

Once you click that, you will see the PowerPoint. You can click on hyperlink in the caption below to access the PowerPoint and see how it looks! (They are not yet embeddable, sadly).

There are a few caveats to consider as you explore and consider these resources. The big one is that not every benchmark has a Florida specific tutorial, and I am unclear whether there are plans to craft those that are missing. Not all non-Florida resources are directly aligned to the benchmarks, BUT they all do a good job covering parts of the content for each benchmark. These tutorials were also developed using the item specifications, so that is definitely something to consider as you decide when, if, and how to use them. Finally, we here at the FJCC have NOT had a chance to review every single resource or tutorial, but we feel safe in offering these resources for your consideration. Ideally, we will do a follow up when we can that offers some comments and ideas about what is provided. Until that time, this is a resource we encourage you to explore.

Finally, kudos to our friends at the FLDOE and to great civics educators like Jenn Powell and the others who were involved in the development of these reources! If anyone does have an opportunity, we would love to hear your thoughts on these! Leave a comment here or email me at stephen.masyada@ucf.edu!

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