Check out the prompts and responses from others around the country; use these to spark ideas as well as to explore diverse perspectives.
When you are ready to work within the Our Democracy publishing site, you must first Sign Up and then Log In with a code provided by a registered 18+ teacher/librarian/educator.
Sign Up and Log In
When you are ready to work on your response, you must first Sign Up with the code you receive from your registered teacher/librarian. Once you Sign Up you can then come back and Log In when needed.
Once you log in, you can create or edit an existing response. Responses are automatically saved as you go. If you would like to create more than one response, click the Add Your Response button in the right-hand navigation to start a second one.
Composing and Editing
Participants are welcome to compose their responses using text, images, sound, and video. The site also supports embedded video and most things in an iframe, and you can upload a range of multimedia within each post.
Each post begins with a Title and a Summary (280 character maximum). The summary will show up on the map and homepage along with any images you include. Upon publishing, Tags are required. Tags that are already in the system will display as you type and you can choose from those, or propose tags of your own. Your Display Name is also required and your first name and last initial will be the default.
Response fields you add can be reordered by dragging/dropping so that they appear in the order you decide. Whether you are working on a piece of writing and/or composing with multimedia, it helps to work through a process of feedback, revision, and editing. You can remove a published response or edit and then re-submit an already published piece.
As you draft, ask for feedback on your work-in-progress from a diverse range of people. Feedback from others is key, as your published post will be viewed by a diverse national and even international audience. Attributing the sources of any graphics, music, or other digital assets that you use honors the creative work of others while helping your readers learn about your sources.
Publishing and Sharing
Once your piece is finished, you will follow 4 steps to publish it.
- Click the Submit for Review button.
- You will be asked, “Ready to publish your response?” If so, select Tags for your response.
- Next, enter your public Display Name.
- Click Submit for Review.
Your response will be submitted to your registered teacher/educator who will do a final review and then post your responses to the public map and website.