Monday, April 13, 2009

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor believes developing free web-based games is the way to teach civics

O’Conner is working on a civics education web site that should be launched this summer and stated that, “she believes that using technology is the way to teach students about the Constitution and inspire a renewed commitment to civics education in U.S. schools” and offered to middle grades students as free web-based games. O’Conner realized that students knew more people from “American Idol” than the three branches of government and she wants these web-based games to help students learn how to analyze problems and develop arguments.

The project is called Our Courts and is being backed by Georgetown University and Arizona State University and private funds. Two of the games being developed – Do I Have a Right and Supreme Decision are being designed for middle grades students to be played in class.

In the game, Do I Have a Right, students pretend to be the director of a constitutional law firm who need to decide which amendment would resolve a problem for a client. In the game, Supreme Decision, the students pretend to be Supreme Court law clerks that need to help Justice Irene Waters write the majority opinion deciding if schools can ban students from wearing music band T-shirts.

To learn more about the project please check out Our Courts 21st Century Civics at:

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