New Web Site Brings Civics to Life for Educators and Students

Students can now dive into more engaging content on civics and government, thanks to a new Web site and tablet-accessible eLearning activities created for the Center on Congress by d'Vinci Interactive Partners.

The Center's Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program has for several years been helping students learn about Congress, representative democracy and citizen participation. Now the Center aims to attract even more students and teachers with a redesigned TPS web site which is open to all (no registration required) and which includes new mobile learning activities in its suite of free eLearning resources.

"Unlike many educational websites that become stagnant, the Center on Congress site features new technologies to keep it relevant for teachers and students," said Mason Scuderi, chief operating office at d'Vinci Interactive. "Opening up all the content without registration makes the site an even more valuable learning tool.”

The activities are designed to help teachers access and use the digital primary source materials of the Library of Congress. There are more than two dozen activities, including: Analyzing Political Cartoons, Understanding Persuasion Techniques, Understanding Historical Context, and Exploring Primary Sources. Also, there are two iPad apps — “Civic Quotes” and “Congressional Moments.”

The Civic Quotes iPad app recently made the Top 5 List in AppoLearning’s Middle School Government and Civics category. App reviewer Abby Nowakowski said, "Too often statements such as these [civic quotes] can be passed over without pause, but this app gives students context, and encourages critical thinking on all civic issues."

Since the Civic Quotes app launched in January 2012, more than 16,000 people have downloaded it from iTunes. It recently won a Horizon Interactive Award for eLearning activities.

The Center works in partnership with the Library of Congress through the TPS program to increase awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives and to encourage teachers to use the Library’s extensive digital primary source materials. Content featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of additional content provided by the partner organization.