“Because of iCivics, I’ve now got 500 children who are interested in their future in this country, who are interested in learning.” These are the words of an educator in Texas. This past year, iCivics formed the basis of a rigorous study in the Waco ISD school system.
(April 30, 2012) iCivics and Justice O'Connor were back in Texas once again, this time to see the iCivics curriculum in action in Waco, Texas. Baylor University has worked closely with Waco and Midway Independent School Districts to bring iCivics to students throughout Waco. Justice O'Connor, Baylor's student volunteers, teachers, and most importantly the middle school students had a great time.
This past weekend, Justice O'Connor spoke at the Boys & Girls Club of America's national conference and made a very exciting announcement: iCivics is partnering with BGCA! We'll be working together to provide top-quality civics education materials for Clubs around the country as part of their character and citizenship programs.
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!
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.
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.
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?.
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.
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.
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.