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Back to basics by getting back to civics education

May 28 2010 - 3:02pm

The No Child Left Behind Act has crowded out civics learning in America's schools. It's more than memorizing the names of all the presidents, as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor shows with her "iCivics" computer game. I tried it, and learned something.

Our view: Lack of civics education bodes ill for our republic

May 28 2010 - 9:51am

Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor is the latest to call attention to the sad state of civics education in our nation's classrooms.

Justice O'Connor Says Videogames ‘Fabulous’ Teaching Tools

May 28 2010 - 9:49am

In an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday, O’Connor extolled the virtues of videogames as a teaching tool for young kids.

Justice O'Connor Hails Games As 'Fabulous' Teaching Tools

May 28 2010 - 9:44am

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently espoused the benefits of learning through video games, expressing her hope that game could help children advance in disciplines like civics and history.

Sandra O'Connor's Games

May 27 2010 - 12:57pm

The Wonkster talks about iCivics games and Gotham's own local government games.

Serious Games Deliberated at Twin Conferences This Week

May 27 2010 - 12:52pm

USA Today discusses Justice O'Connor, iCivics, and the Games for Change conference.

Sandra Day O'Connor on Civics Education

May 27 2010 - 8:58am

ABC's Good Morning America interviews Justice O'Connor during her visit to Democracy Prep in Harlem.

O'Connor, in NY, gives schools poor civics marks

May 27 2010 - 8:51am

Justice O'Connor's discusses iCivics at the Games for Change conference.

Our Courts in the Classroom

May 25 2010 - 9:43pm

Today’s digital world allows younger generations to engage and interact with history like never before, such as through virtual games.

2010 We The People Coordinator Conference

May 22 2010 - 4:54pm

iCivics will be presenting at the 2010 We The People Coordinator Conference in Washington DC.  The event will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from June 26 - 29, 2010.

The 7th Annual Games for Change Festival

May 22 2010 - 4:46pm

This May, the only festival dedicated to the exciting new movement of Digital Games for Social Change will explore real-world impact, the latest games, and funding strategies. Hosted in New York City by Parsons The New School for Design and The Games for Learning Institute at NYU, the 7th annual Games for Change Festival will take place May 24 – 27, 2010.

Civics Gets a Boost

May 19 2010 - 11:00pm

The Tallahassee Democrat discusses how the Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Education Act will improve education in Florida schools.

Law school awards Marshall-Wythe Medallion to Justice O'Connor

May 19 2010 - 11:00pm

William & Mary Law School awards Justice O'Connor for her "exceptional leadership and accomplishment," including her efforts in the area of civic education.

Justice O'Connor delivers game ball

May 19 2010 - 3:19pm

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor delivers baseballs to the umpires, then visits with the Cubs broadcasters to talk about the iCivics project.

Students get hold of augmented reality

May 18 2010 - 11:00pm

Rosa Parks elementary school students use cell phone technology - text messaging, video, email and GPS - to enhance their learning at the San Diego Museum of Art.


Students who walked out of Providence's Hope High to be punished

May 18 2010 - 11:00pm

Students who staged a school walkout in protest of schedule changes say they will face their punishment, but they argue that the detention given is too severe.

From Instruction to Construction: Rethinking the Classroom Model with Globaloria

May 18 2010 - 11:00pm

Schools in two states are piloting a game development program that weaves Web 2.0 skills, such as blogging, advanced social networking, and wiki contribution and use, with the full range of 21st-century skills, including collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and digital citizenship.


Tavaana: New E-Learning Website for Iranian Civil Society

May 17 2010 - 11:00pm

Tavaana, a project of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME), offers Iranian democrats online courses and interactive learning tools on civic leadership, democratic institutions, cyber-security and more.

Students Get Kicks on Route 66

May 17 2010 - 11:00pm

A multimedia graduate thesis project that uses a Volkswagen Bug, a Nintendo Wii, and three Google programs could just help renew interest in preserving what's left of Route 66.


Middle schools will include civics in 2010-11

May 16 2010 - 11:00pm

Pasco gets a head start on classes required by new law.  The school district plans to implement a seventh-grade civics class in August, putting Pasco ahead of schedule as state-mandated civics requirements are phased in at all Florida middle schools.

Civics education can take many forms

May 16 2010 - 11:00pm

Editorial argues that civics education should be broader than involving students in campaigning for official state food and drink items and should engage more students.

AMD and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Offer Game Technology Program to Hundreds of Youth Club Members

May 16 2010 - 11:00pm

Boys and Girls Club launches Game Tech program to make digital games dealing with social issues available to youth club members.


2010 Conference of Chief Justices

May 16 2010 - 11:00pm

Justice O'Connor will be addressing the Conference of Chief Justices about iCivics on July 26, 2010

Proms and alcohol: Area schools tackle issue in their own ways

May 14 2010 - 11:00pm

High school students speak out at school board meeting to express opposition to mandatory breathalyzer tests at prom because they feel the tests violate their rights.

Students Teach Students

May 13 2010 - 11:00pm

Older students teach younger students about how to take civic action to help protect dolphins.

Illegal immigrant student hopes case helps reform

May 13 2010 - 11:00pm

A student detained for immigration violations hopes her case will spur others to action to promote reform in immigration laws.

Collinwood Student Walkout

May 13 2010 - 11:00pm

High school students walk out in protest of teacher layoffs, and again in protest of arrests of two students at first demonstration.  The article discusses the students' use of YouTube and Facebook to organize the protest and expresses concern that adult groups improperly steered the students.

Don't shoot the messenger

May 12 2010 - 11:00pm

The author of an article about President Obama's technophobia discusses the benefits of technology (as well as the drawbacks), including the use of video games for educational purposes.


Sachem Student at Center of Anti-Bullying Legislation

May 10 2010 - 11:00pm

Student complaints about bullying lead to county anti-bullying legislation.

Student Gets Detention for Possessing Piece of Candy

May 9 2010 - 11:00pm

A Texas 3rd grader had to serve a one-week detention after a teacher found a single Jolly Rancher candy in her possession, and her family plans to appeal the decision to the school board.