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Games

Keeping High School Seniors Focused with Gaming

AUGUST 28, 2014

There is a phenomenon with my afternoon classes.  Although class demographics are the same as in the morning, high school seniors who take Government in the afternoon tend to be less motivated, have lower grades, and don’t learn the material as well.  In addition to normal classroom challenges, we also fight food comas, exhaustion, and the ever-present and always fun "Senioritis".  Maybe not completely their fault, but these  students seem a bit disinterested in learning.

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Civic Education

iCivics Teacher Council: More Than Expected

AUGUST 21, 2014

Before leaving for iCivics training mid July, I assumed that the highlight of the trip would be meeting Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice. Upon returning from iCivics training, I’ve realized the true highlight was being able to meet and collaborate with twenty-two other motivated, creative, intelligent teachers who are the iCivics Teachers Council.

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Games

Increase Engagement Through Game Based Learning: One Teacher’s Take on iCivics in Their Classroom

AUGUST 07, 2014

Are you a new teacher?  Are you an experienced teacher trying to use more technology in your classroom?  Are you a teacher looking for a new lesson plan?  Do you have students that would rather play games on their smartphone then turn in their homework?  If you are any of the above, then iCivics is the platform that will have your students playing educational games at night and during weekends.  I’ve witnessed firsthand how connecting students to iCivics gets them more engaged in the classroom.

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Civic Education

Happy New School Year! An 8th Grade Teacher's Take on Customizing iCivics for Your Class

JULY 31, 2014

As part of my curriculum in teaching 8th grade social studies, I am required to teach a quarter of government. I would often find myself struggling to make that quarter interesting and relatable to my students. The iCivics website changed everything in my classroom.  I felt comfortable using iCivics because iCivics lessons are aligned with state and Common Core standards.  You may think that yes, the iCivics website is just another tool for your tool belt, but the website is more than just a tool- it's an engaging experience.

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Civic Education

Advocacy for Civic Education: A Statistical Cry For Help

JULY 24, 2014

We’ve all seen the statistics…The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP) has consistently revealed that students, K-12, are not proficient in civics and government.  As of 2006, only 27% of 12th graders were proficient in civics and government.  The statistics for adults don’t get any better.  A study conducted by the American Bar Association (2005) revealed that less than half of American adults could identify the three branches of government and only 57% could identify even one Supr

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Civic Education

Meet Tyler Ellis, Baylor Teaching Fellow

JULY 17, 2014

During the month of June, iCivics welcomed Baylor Teaching Fellow, Tyler Ellis an Ed D candidate at Baylor University and 6th grade reading teacher at Rapoport Academy (Waco, TX).  Tyler spent his time with the curriculum team working on DB Quest, Drafting Board 2.0 and other parts of the iCivics curriculum.  As an educator, Tyler is part of a long tradition of teachers.  He doesn’t take this responsibility lightly and finds teaching to be challenging, enjoyable and a natural fit for his personality.

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Events

iCivics Welcomes the Teachers Council

JULY 15, 2014

iCivics welcomes our Teachers Council members to Washington, DC today. The purpose of this mini conference? Train our new council on a new mission centered around service. “Our goal is to have an action plan for serving teachers this fall”, says Erin Braun, Outreach Director. With the overall shift from recruitment to service, the Teachers Council of twenty has a big job of effectively supporting the iCivics user base of 40,000 active teachers.

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Events

iCivics Welcomes Executive Director Louise Dubé

JULY 03, 2014

Today, we are excited to announce the appointment of Louise Dubé as Executive Director. A leader in the education technology industry, Louise brings over 20 years of experience in learning design, product development, marketing and distribution strategy to iCivics. Louise will succeed co-founder and former Executive Director Jeff Curley, who is returning to graduate school and will join the iCivics advisory board.

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