Center Ventures Into Teaching via Tablet Computers With New “Civic Quotes” Application for iPads


Center Ventures Into Teaching via Tablet Computers With New “Civic Quotes” Application for iPads [PDF]


BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Feb. 2 — Now available as a free app for the iPad tablet computer, and also on the web, is Civic Quotes, a new Center on Congress resource that uses notable quotations and images to teach about American government and citizenship in an engaging, interactive way.

When introducing Civic Quotes, Center on Congress Director Lee H. Hamilton said, “It’s vital to make civics instruction interesting and relevant. This app, which puts the latest technology into the hands of social studies teachers and students, will help spur young people to think about what it means to be an informed, effective citizen.”

Upon its debut, Civic Quotes earned mention in the “New and Noteworthy” section of the Apple iTunes store. Though developed primarily for the classroom, the app also is of interest to the general public.

To access Civic Quotes on an iPad or the web, go to

Civic Quotes takes the user through 64 primary-source images and related notable quotations from a variety of U.S. political leaders. Four topics are highlighted: representative democracy; the role and impact of government; the democratic process and compromise; and citizen participation.

Teachers can use Civic Quotes in the classroom to supplement their civics, government or American history curricula. The quotes and images can serve as discussion starters, encouraging students to learn more about the person being quoted and the history of the event and point of view being portrayed.

Also appearing with each quote and image is a quiz question taken from the 2006 and 2010 national civics assessment tests (NAEP). Users of the app can see how they do on each question compared to the 8th and 12th graders who took the NAEP test.

Civic Quotes is searchable in various ways, and coming soon on the web version will be lesson plans and more resources for teachers.

Civic Quotes is a product of the Center’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, funded by a grant from the Library of Congress. The visuals accompanying the quotes include many that are drawn from the Library’s archive of historical images. Content featured in partnership with the Library of Congress TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of all or any additional content provided by the partner organization.