Tapping the Power of Tech
“Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.” —Anne Frank
Technology is all around us, but did you know that activists—especially young activists—use technology every single day to fight for causes they believe in? Today, you'll learn how young people are tapping their tech skills to raise thousands of dollars, why certain #hashtags are more effective than others, and how holograms (yes, holograms) can help real people fight for their rights. Digital activism requires technology but also a whole lot of creativity, love, effort, and belief in a cause. Do you have what it takes to make a good cause go viral?
what you’ll need
- Your Camp Kinda toolkit
- Props of your choice
- A phone or tablet with a camera (optional)
Ask About Today
How is social activism different now than it was when I was your age?
What form of technology do you think is best for people trying to change the world?
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
The Evolution of #Activism
You might have already learned that the 1960s was a time full of protests. A lot has changed since then, especially when it comes to technology. Learn about social activism, then and now.
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
Coding for Justice
Did you know that teens across the world are learning how to code for justice? Learn about George and the app he created to save lives.
Protesting Via Hologram
You might think holograms are only found in sci-fi movies, but they are actually real! Check out how activists in Spain used a hologram to fight for social change.
What do will.i.am, mapping technology, Los Angeles high schoolers, and social justice have in common? Find out here.
Now it's time to share your message with the world through a Public Service Announcement (also known as a PSA). A PSA is like an ad for a good cause. Making a video that explains your cause is a great way to motivate others to act.
What Do You Want to Say?
Before you make your own video, check out this one from Chelsea Phaire as inspiration. She is pretty great, right?
Make Your Own Video
Now it's your turn to make your own video. Read over the speech you wrote yesterday and decide on how you will make your words come to life. Think about things like:
- Is there a location or backdrop that might match up with your cause?
- Are there any props or people that could make your video even better?
- What kind of outfit would be best for your message?
This is your chance to be creative and motivate your audience to join your campaign. Once you have a plan, start recording! You may need to try a few different takes to get the best video, but that's all part of the process.
Can't make a video? That's okay! You can still set the scene and practice your pitch in front of the mirror or see if anyone in your family will watch your performance.
Share your work! We'd love to see your video whenever you're ready. Ask a parent to email it to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.
If you're going to spend time using technology for a good cause, you might want to get your hands and fingers strong. Check out "Finger Exercises for Gamers." Repeat the exercises at least twice to build up your stamina!