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ICivics

iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship. With your support, that vision is within our reach. Today, more than 108,000 teachers and 6 million students in all 50 states utilize iCivics’ innovative and free online resources. We rely entirely on philanthropy to keep those resources free and relevant. Your tax-deductible donation will help us further our reach and deepen our impact on student engagement in civic life…In 2009, a 79 year-old former Supreme Court Justice, who had never played a video game in her life, founded an educational video-game company to reimagine civic education in America. Ten years later, iCivics is the nation’s leading provider of civic education curriculum and resources. Last year alone, our games were played nearly 19 million times. 108,000 teachers now actively engage with our platform, and iCivics benefits 6.75 million students in all 50 states. That is an increase of nearly 30% over the previous year! Most importantly, behind those numbers is something far more meaningful: countless young people, who otherwise would not care, now appreciate the significance of their civic roles in society – and are inspired by it.

Some of our notable acheivements in 2019 include: Read more in our 2019 annual report and view a celebratory 10-year timeline.

  • Two new games released: Newsfeed Defenders and our first-ever history game, Race to Ratify
  • Received the President’s Award from TESOL – the largest organization of English learners
  • Developed 25 new curricular materials including lesson plans on the Constitution, mini-lessons on the Legislative Branch of government, game Extension Packs, and infographics
  • CivXNow coalition surpasses 100+ members..”

Report – Information literacy in the age of algorithms

Project Information Literacy – Student experiences with news and information, and the need for change. Alison J. Head, Ph.D., Barbara Fister, Margy MacMillan. January 15, 2020. “This report presents findings about how college students conceptualize the ever-changing online information landscape, and navigate volatile and popular platforms that increasingly employ algorithms to shape and filter content.… Continue Reading

The Hidden Dangers of the Great Index Fund Takeover

Bloomberg:  The Big Three—BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street—are the most important players in corporate America. Whether they like it or not. “If you hold a stock market index fund, congratulations. The S&P 500’s total return was a thumping 31.5% in 2019, and a fund that passively tracks that benchmark delivered almost all those gains, minus… Continue Reading

NYPL Top 10 Checkouts of All Time

New York Public Library: “Since The New York Public Library’s founding in 1895, millions of books have been checked out by patrons of all ages throughout the city. In honor of the 125th anniversary, a team of experts from the Library carefully evaluated a series of key factors to determine the most borrowed books, including… Continue Reading

Profs say teaching students how to email them properly is gift that keeps on giving

Journal of Higher Ed: “Somewhere between birth and college, students hopefully have learned how to compose concise, grammatically correct and contextually appropriate emails. Often they haven’t. So, to head off 3 a.m. need-your-help-now emails from Jake No Last Name, many professors explicitly teach students how to email them at the start of the academic year.… Continue Reading

100,000 Artworks Images From Paris Museum Collections Now Freely Available

Hyperallergic: “Paris Musées announced yesterday that it is now offering 100,000 digital reproductions of artworks in the city’s museums as Open Access — free of charge and without restrictions — via its Collections portal. Paris Musées is a public entity that oversees the 14 municipal museums of Paris, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la… Continue Reading

Dictionaries and the Law

Davis, Laurel, “Dictionaries and the Law” (2019). Rare Book Room Exhibition Programs. 33.   “Exhibition program from a Spring 2019 exhibit presented in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room at the Boston College Law Library. The exhibit focused on the history of legal dictionaries published over the last 500 years.” “The law is a profession… Continue Reading

A Library’s Past

Inside Higher Ed: “Two grad students convinced the University of Virginia to save and store its library’s card catalog, arguing that researchers and historians can use the cards. The card catalog for the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library was once the only way to find needed books. Over four million cards cataloged each book’s location and… Continue Reading

Russian journals retract more than 800 papers after ‘bombshell’ investigation

Science: “Academic journals in Russia are retracting more than 800 papers following a probe into unethical publication practices by a commission appointed by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The moves come in the wake of several other queries suggesting the vast Russian scientific literature is riddled with plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and so-called gift authorship, in… Continue Reading

The Case for an Institutionally Owned Knowledge Infrastructure

Inside Higher Education: The many bottlenecks that the commercial monopoly on research information has imposed are stimulating new strategies, write James W. Weis, Amy Brand and Joi Ito. “Science and technology are propelled forward by the sharing of knowledge. Yet despite their vital importance in today’s innovation-driven economy, our knowledge infrastructures have failed to scale… Continue Reading

ProPublica Database to Investigate Professors’ Conflicts of Interest

ProPublica: “When professors moonlight, the income may influence their research and policy views. Although most universities track this outside work, the records have rarely been accessible to the public, potentially obscuring conflicts of interests. That changed last month when ProPublica launched Dollars for Profs, an interactive database that, for the first time ever, allows you… Continue Reading

Free Textbooks for Law Students

Inside Higher Ed – “Legal scholars are increasingly adopting and creating free textbooks in an attempt to increase affordability for students. But are these textbooks considered open educational resources? Law school is notoriously expensive, but a growing number of professors are pushing back on the idea that law textbooks must be expensive, too. Faculty members… Continue Reading