In an ongoing effort to educate students about the importance of civics and government, d’Vinci Interactive has partnered with the Center on Congress at Indiana University to launch six new engaging online learning programs.
The Center’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) website and iPad apps help students learn about Congress, representative democracy and citizen participation. The activities are designed using a wealth of primary source materials provided by the Library of Congress. All web-based activities are programmed using modern web standards, and are accessible from tablets and mobile devices as well as desktop computers. No registration is required for any of the more than two dozen learning activities.
New content available includes: Enduring Issues, Congress in the Public Eye, Major Compromises, Critical Thinking, Impacts of Congress and the web version of the Congressional Moments iPad app. In “The Impacts of Congress, The First Congress, 1789-91,” students use the web or their iPad to examine 11 key legislative actions by the First Congress that still have an impact on our lives today. Then, students pick a later session of congress and explore and analyze its accomplishments. Students’ responses can be shared electronically with teachers. All the learning programs offer helpful teacher lesson plans to allow educators to guide their students.
d’Vinci worked with former Congressman Lee Hamilton and the Center on Congress to develop student activities and tablet-accessible media that collectively form a “digital classroom” where teachers assign work and grade students through an online management system. The activities are designed to help teachers access and use the digital primary source materials of the Library of Congress.
The Congressional Moments iPad app recently captured a Silver Creativity Interactive Media Award and Gold Horizon Interactive award and the Teaching with Primary Resources website won a bronze Horizon Interactive Award. In addition, the Civic Quotes iPad app was recognized on the Top 5 List in AppoLearning’s Middle School Government and Civics category and the Civic Quotes app won a bronze Horizon Interactive Award for eLearning activities.