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Drafting Board boosts students' writing skill, independent researchers find

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 17:08

The team here at iCivics is ecstatic to learn that our most ambitious project to date, Drafting Board, is more effective at teaching argumentative (persuasive) writing than traditional teaching approaches. According to CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University, Drafting Board had a "significant and positive effect on essay scores" for  students whose classes were randomly assigned to the tool compared with those who learned using existing methods.

iCivics Makes Jury Duty Fun With Launch of We the Jury Game

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:14

With the launch of its 17th online game, We The Jury, iCivics is bringing fun to jury duty.

Serving on a jury is one of the fundamental duties of American citizenship. Yet when most Americans see that summons come in the mail, their first thought is “How can I get out of jury duty?” It’s a staple of sitcoms and comedy routines. When Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer appeared to serve jury duty, national newspapers treated performing this basic duty of citizenship as something remarkable.

iCivics Launches Drafting Board, Innovative Common Core-Aligned Writing Tool

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 10:32

iCivics.org, the nation’s leading provider of high-quality and cost-free civic education materials, is revolutionizing both civic learning and the teaching of writing skills with the launch of its new tool, Drafting Board.

Civics Takes Seattle By Storm

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 12:04

Civics and citizenship took center stage at the National Council on the Social Studies Annual Conference this year in Seattle. The keynote event and major highlight of the conference was a citizenship and naturalization ceremony followed by a Q&A session with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Gerda Weissman Klein on the importance of citizenship.

A Philadelphia Story

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 11:30

The home of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and a commitment to civic learning... iCivics is a hit in Philadelphia, according to a story from local ABC station WPVI. Check out the full story here.

Time to Restore Civic Learning

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 16:59

The San Francisco Chronicle has published on op-ed by Justice O'Connor on the importance of civic learning. She observes:

"We need intelligent and engaged citizens. This country faces daunting economic and policy challenges. In discussing those challenges, we often hear politicians speak of the burdens on our children and on our children's children.