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Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

MARCH 16, 2012

The Education Commission for the States released an interesting report on how civic engagement is changing as the first generation of digital natives comes of age. Those who have grown up without knowing a world before cell phones or the internet have a different view of civic engagement. According to the report, many kids today don't see civic action or engagement as a responsibility, but rather a form of self-expression. Interesting reading and iCivics is listed as a resource!

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Sandra Day O'Connor Promotes Civics Education: Los Angeles Times

DECEMBER 28, 2011

During a recent trip to Los Angeles, [Justice O'Connor] talked up iCivics, an expanding online program aimed at middle school students.The free curriculum includes lesson plans and games that are linked to subjects and skills that various states require students to master. The program also promotes public service projects.  

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Gaming Goes to College

NOVEMBER 30, 2011

As we here at iCivics know, video gaming is about a lot more than just pressing buttons while sitting in front of the screen.  Games can and are powerful teaching tools.  According to "Colleges' Latest Thrust in Learning: Video Games" in USA Today, games are making their way out of dorm rooms and into classrooms. Professors are introducing games in classes ranging from engineering to forensic investigation to medicine.

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Washington state’s TVW station has featured iCivics!

NOVEMBER 23, 2011

Engaged: Students Becoming Citizens put together a segment that has commentary from Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst and Seattle law professor Margaret Fischer about iCivics and the importance of civic education.  The show also gets up close with a middle school student who walks the audience through the ins and outs of Do I Have Right?.

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New Game: Run For President at Any Age!

NOVEMBER 14, 2011

Now you can run for president … in your classroom or at home! iCivics has just launched our newest game: Win the White House. Learn the ins and outs of the electoral process as you take on the role of a presidential candidate. This engaging and educational game allows you to manage your very own campaign from primary season to Election Day.

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Southern Exposure

NOVEMBER 03, 2011

The weather here at iCivics HQ has started to turn chilly, but we've had the opportunity to get a peek of how people are taking to our games in slightly warmer climes.  We just returned from a great trip to Texas where we met the wonderful students and teachers of Jefferson Middle School.  Justice O'Connor and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson were in attendance to chat with students and see them show off their iCivics prowess and civic knowledge.

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Scholars Put Civics in Same Category as Literacy, Math

OCTOBER 24, 2011

College-ready, career-ready … and citizenship-ready? Ten papersreleased by the American Enterprise Institute last week make the case that civics education is as critical as literacy and mathematics. They also explore what civics education should look like, how teachers can be prepared to create educated citizens, and future challenges and opportunities in the field.

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Justice O'Connor Headlines Chicago Ideas Week Educational Reform Panel

OCTOBER 17, 2011

After more than 24 years in the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor now strives to make civics and government more interesting for young children than it was for her growing up in El Paso, Texas.

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Justice O'Connor Welcomes Civic Educators Back to School

SEPTEMBER 08, 2011

Dear civic educator: When I was a young student in El Paso, Texas, civics and American history were a big part of my education. I didn’t know it at the time, but those classes were preparing me for a career of public service in all three branches of government. Sitting in your classrooms right now might very well be a future Supreme Court Justice, Senator, or mayor -- or perhaps a future PTA president, Little League coach, or other civic leader. One thing is certain: all of them are citizens and future voters. And that puts the future of our nation in your hands.

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Celebrate Constitution Day with iCivics

AUGUST 24, 2011

Schools that receive federal funding are required to "hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution". Meet your Constitution Day teaching requirement with fun, engaging, and easy-to-use games and lesson plans from iCivics:

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