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Back to basics by getting back to civics education

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 17:02

The No Child Left Behind Act has crowded out civics learning in America's schools. It's more than memorizing the names of all the presidents, as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor shows with her "iCivics" computer game. I tried it, and learned something.

Our view: Lack of civics education bodes ill for our republic

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:51

Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor is the latest to call attention to the sad state of civics education in our nation's classrooms.

Justice O'Connor Says Videogames ‘Fabulous’ Teaching Tools

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:49

In an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday, O’Connor extolled the virtues of videogames as a teaching tool for young kids.

Justice O'Connor Hails Games As 'Fabulous' Teaching Tools

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:44

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently espoused the benefits of learning through video games, expressing her hope that game could help children advance in disciplines like civics and history.

Sandra O'Connor's Games

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 14:57

The Wonkster talks about iCivics games and Gotham's own local government games.

Serious Games Deliberated at Twin Conferences This Week

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 14:52

USA Today discusses Justice O'Connor, iCivics, and the Games for Change conference.

Sandra Day O'Connor on Civics Education

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:58

ABC's Good Morning America interviews Justice O'Connor during her visit to Democracy Prep in Harlem.

O'Connor, in NY, gives schools poor civics marks

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:51

Justice O'Connor's discusses iCivics at the Games for Change conference.

Our Courts in the Classroom

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 23:43

Today’s digital world allows younger generations to engage and interact with history like never before, such as through virtual games.

2010 We The People Coordinator Conference

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 18:54

iCivics will be presenting at the 2010 We The People Coordinator Conference in Washington DC.  The event will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from June 26 - 29, 2010.

The 7th Annual Games for Change Festival

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 18:46

This May, the only festival dedicated to the exciting new movement of Digital Games for Social Change will explore real-world impact, the latest games, and funding strategies. Hosted in New York City by Parsons The New School for Design and The Games for Learning Institute at NYU, the 7th annual Games for Change Festival will take place May 24 – 27, 2010.

Law school awards Marshall-Wythe Medallion to Justice O'Connor

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 01:00

William & Mary Law School awards Justice O'Connor for her "exceptional leadership and accomplishment," including her efforts in the area of civic education.

Civics Gets a Boost

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 01:00

The Tallahassee Democrat discusses how the Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Education Act will improve education in Florida schools.

Justice O'Connor delivers game ball

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 17:19

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor delivers baseballs to the umpires, then visits with the Cubs broadcasters to talk about the iCivics project.

Students get hold of augmented reality

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 01:00

Rosa Parks elementary school students use cell phone technology - text messaging, video, email and GPS - to enhance their learning at the San Diego Museum of Art.


Students who walked out of Providence's Hope High to be punished

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 01:00

Students who staged a school walkout in protest of schedule changes say they will face their punishment, but they argue that the detention given is too severe.

From Instruction to Construction: Rethinking the Classroom Model with Globaloria

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 01:00

Schools in two states are piloting a game development program that weaves Web 2.0 skills, such as blogging, advanced social networking, and wiki contribution and use, with the full range of 21st-century skills, including collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and digital citizenship.


Tavaana: New E-Learning Website for Iranian Civil Society

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 01:00

Tavaana, a project of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME), offers Iranian democrats online courses and interactive learning tools on civic leadership, democratic institutions, cyber-security and more. WASHINGTON, DC, May 18, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Iranian civic activists received a helping hand this week with the launch of Tavaana: E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society.

Students Get Kicks on Route 66

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 01:00

A multimedia graduate thesis project that uses a Volkswagen Bug, a Nintendo Wii, and three Google programs could just help renew interest in preserving what's left of Route 66.


Civics education can take many forms

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Editorial argues that civics education should be broader than involving students in campaigning for official state food and drink items and should engage more students.

AMD and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Offer Game Technology Program to Hundreds of Youth Club Members

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Boys and Girls Club launches Game Tech program to make digital games dealing with social issues available to youth club members.


Middle schools will include civics in 2010-11

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Pasco gets a head start on classes required by new law.  The school district plans to implement a seventh-grade civics class in August, putting Pasco ahead of schedule as state-mandated civics requirements are phased in at all Florida middle schools.

2010 Conference of Chief Justices

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 01:00

Justice O'Connor will be addressing the Conference of Chief Justices about iCivics on July 26, 2010

Proms and alcohol: Area schools tackle issue in their own ways

Sat, 05/15/2010 - 01:00

High school students speak out at school board meeting to express opposition to mandatory breathalyzer tests at prom because they feel the tests violate their rights.

Students Teach Students

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:00

Older students teach younger students about how to take civic action to help protect dolphins.

Collinwood Student Walkout

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:00

High school students walk out in protest of teacher layoffs, and again in protest of arrests of two students at first demonstration.  The article discusses the students' use of YouTube and Facebook to organize the protest and expresses concern that adult groups improperly steered the students.

Illegal immigrant student hopes case helps reform

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:00

A student detained for immigration violations hopes her case will spur others to action to promote reform in immigration laws.

Don't shoot the messenger

Thu, 05/13/2010 - 01:00

The author of an article about President Obama's technophobia discusses the benefits of technology (as well as the drawbacks), including the use of video games for educational purposes.


Sachem Student at Center of Anti-Bullying Legislation

Tue, 05/11/2010 - 01:00

Student complaints about bullying lead to county anti-bullying legislation.

Student Gets Detention for Possessing Piece of Candy

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 01:00

A Texas 3rd grader had to serve a one-week detention after a teacher found a single Jolly Rancher candy in her possession, and her family plans to appeal the decision to the school board.