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iCivics Congratulates the Winners of Globaloria Game Design Competitions in West Virginia

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 12:41

Globaloria, the social learning network teaching students to make educational webgames, has been hosting the nation’s first and largest game-design competitions since 2009. Honorary Chairs of the competitions included Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and US Senator Jay Rockefeller. Students on the winning teams won a Game Designer Kit (Laptop and Flash software) to support their computational creativity for years to come.

Justice O'Connor and iCivics in Newsweek

Mon, 07/04/2011 - 10:25

...So O'Connor, 81, launched iCivics, a nonprofit organization that aims to enrich students' understanding of American history, laws, and government. While O'Connor confesses she's "not an expert" in technology (she still writes everything out by hand), she has often displayed a unique talent for finding ways to channel public opinion.

How to Reboot Civics Education

Sat, 07/02/2011 - 08:53

As families gather to celebrate Independence Day, it is time to rethink the notion that civics instruction is less than vital in the global economy of the 21st century. If you want to succeed, the message seems to be: Take advanced science and math classes, but don’t worry about those civics classes. In a time of texts and tweets, and the instant democracy of the Web, civics instruction seems as antiquated to some students as studying the Dewey Decimal system...

Florida DOE releases guidance on mandated civics course, assessment

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 17:04

The Florida Department of Education has just released a memo answering Frequently-Asked Questions about the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act.

iCivics Will Offer "Argumentation Modules" to Advance Literacy and Critical Thinking

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 10:01

Critical thinking is at the heart of a full civics education. Good citizens need not just knowledge of how our government works, but also be able to participate constructively in that government.

Sandra Day O'Connor Gives Modern Civics Lesson

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 00:00

For students at Fulmore Middle School in South Austin, it is a 21stcentury take on a 200-year-old document. It is called iCivics, a computer program designed to break educational barriers, created by the woman who broke a few of her own.