Teacher Review For iCivics

Great way to continue student engagement and comprehension as an individual lesson tool and whole class game contests.

Michael G.
Classroom teacher
Bayshore Middle School
Leonardo, NJ
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My Grades 6, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
In teaching about the Executive Branch of the United States government, I wanted students to "experience" the job. I also wanted to make a game class leader board since a majority of my students are avid video gamers. I started by assigning "Win the White House," in which students had to try to win the Electoral College and keep the popular vote. I would record their scores and publish for the class to see. Next, I assigned "Executive Command" so that students received an authentic feel for the job of the president. Again scores were recorded and the winners received a prize. I liked the game simulation and attention to detail it teaches. It is also authentic which is crucial to meeting the educational needs of all students. I do not have a negative critique at this time.
My Take
I have really used the resources of iCivics a lot this year because I have a much more diversified group of student learners. I have found it to be a great, authentic educational tool to reach ALL my students and have them self-evaluate the lesson and their application of curriculum material. I like that students do not need to sign up for the website, even though it does allow for it. I like how it maintains a video game feel while staying focused on educational needs.