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TVW.org Spotlights iCivics

Washington's middle schools have embraced iCivics, and the state's TVW cable network has taken a look at the program in a new video.

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos
Student demonstrates DIHAR in TVW program

 

The piece cuts between Washington's iCivics coordinators, speaking with clear enthusiasm about the program's promise, and an actual middle school student, walking the viewer through Do I Have a Right! with clear enthusiasm for the game. It's a short, snappy little show you can watch for free at TVW.org.

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01/19/2012 - 15:39
The Gamification Blog

The Gamification Blog posted a seriously glowing review of the serious games at iCivics.org last week. In it, our games for Sandra Day O'Connor's groundbreaking civics education initiative were likened favorably to Zynga's runaway Facebook hits and praised for dodging partisanship.

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos
Gamification Explores Their Civic Duties

 

"iCivics strikes an excellent balance between its game-based attractions—colorful, cartoon-like graphics, social-based leaderboards and cumulative points—and educational chops," concluded the author. "The harmony between entertainment and learning should make it effective both in the classroom and at home."

You can read the full review at Gamification.co.

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05/02/2011 - 09:24
Spotlight on iCivics

Last year, Josh Karp, flustered from the running of his DIHAR? law firm Karp and Freepress, posted some frantic praise for the game at Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning. 

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos

Last year, Josh Karp, flustered from the running of his DIHAR? law firm Karp and Freepress, posted some frantic praise for the game at Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning. 

Now, the site has expanded on Karp's delve into Sandra Day O'Connor's vision for 21st century civics education with more expansive props for iCivics.org, its formation, goals, and, of course, the gamesCheck it out.

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07/29/2010 - 10:52
Educational Games Research reviews DIHAR?

Alan Reid recently wrote a guest review of Do I Have a Right? for Educational Games Research. Critical and to-the-point, Mr. Reid broke down the game's interface, gameplay and teaching efficacy to arrive at his final score: a glowing "A". We love us some accolades, but we're even fonder of thoughtful critique. Thanks, man!

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos

Alan Reid recently wrote a guest review of Do I Have a Right? for Educational Games Research. Critical and to-the-point, Mr. Reid broke down the game's interface, gameplay and teaching efficacy to arrive at his final score: a glowing "A". We love us some accolades, but we're even fonder of thoughtful critique. Thanks, man!

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07/22/2010 - 13:55
ACLU

Last week, the ACLU of Washington's Brian Alseth shared his hands-on impressions of the iCivics games, including Do I Have a Right?, Executive Command, LawCraft and Branches of Power. The article reviews the games in depth, noting both triumphs and failings. In fact, Alseth clearly spent significant time exploring the games, subjecting each...

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos
Justice O'Connor wants you to play video games...and so does the ACLU

Despite some undeniably well-conceived and articulated criticisms, the review emerged overwhelmingly positive, acknowledging that the materials tackled "are all very difficult and complex issues, but the iCivics games do a remarkable job of making the concepts manageable and easy to understand."


We're much obliged for the great feedback, sir, and hope others follow your lead in thoroughly and critically dissecting the games!

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06/28/2010 - 09:15
LGN

Thanks to our friends at the Learning Games Network for a recent shoutout to the iCivics project via their "What We're Playing" feature. Along with a rundown of the site and the games, they had this to say: "The games are fun to play on their own, and with teaching support materials provided, they can make a great addition to an American History or Civics class, or for anyone...

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos

Thanks to our friends at the Learning Games Network for a recent shoutout to the iCivics project via their "What We're Playing" feature. Along with a rundown of the site and the games, they had this to say: "The games are fun to play on their own, and with teaching support materials provided, they can make a great addition to an American History or Civics class, or for anyone interested in our legal system."

Much obliged.

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06/17/2010 - 12:25
eSchool News Site of the Week
Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos

The educational technology portal gave an overview of each of the presently available games, including DIHAR?, Executive Command, LawCraft and Branches of Power, and pointed out that they were "free, teacher-friendly, and effective".

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06/08/2010 - 09:39
Justice O'Connor with George Stephanopoulos

If you didn't catch Good Morning America today, you missed Sandra Day O'Connor's talk with George Stephanopoulos. The retired Supreme Court Justice talked about immigration, Elena Kagan, and most importantly (we think so, anyway!) improving civics education via new media. Underscoring her points about the state of civics education and the opportunities for games to improve it, the clip features footage of the newly-unveiled iCivics website.

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos

As if this weren't endorsement enough, anchor George Stephanopoulos remarked at one point: "I love that game, 'Do I Have a Right?'"

 

You can watch the interview here, or read a transcript here.

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05/27/2010 - 10:05
Joan Ganz Cooney Center report: Game Changer

Over forty years ago, a study of the then-untapped educational potential of television led to the creation of Sesame Street. It was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney, and today the Joan Ganz Cooney Center is turning a similarly incisive eye toward games.

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos
Game Changer: games are the new television

 

Their report, Game Changer, explores the impact of gaming culture on children of all ages, and argues the ways that games and interactive media can be a positive educational force despite recent criticism.

 

The report also includes a fairly comprehensive list of games that exemplify the promise of digital learning in the advancement of child development. The list features the Our Courts initiative to educate young people about civics and the U.S.'s three-branch system of government.

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04/22/2010 - 09:46
Geekosystem

Following President Obama's fiscal commission asking Microsoft to create a game to demonstrate the difficulty of balancing the U.S. budget, geekosystem was inspired to put together a list of what they regarded as the 10 Best, Worst, and Weirdest educational games of all time.

Tue 31 Jul 2012
emehlos
Best, Worst, Weirdest

 

Calling their selection a mixed bag might be an understatement. Quirky QWERTY zombiefest Typing of the Dead is listed, very literally, alongside Sex Squad, a Canadian game that warns against the dangers of STDs. We're in there, as well: Do I Have a Right? is number seven, and, flatteringly enough, geekosystem was a lot kinder to it than SEGA's typing horror classic.

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04/19/2010 - 09:41