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News | September 21, 2011

Sandra Day O’Connor Focuses on Civics . . . With a Challenge for Your Students!


Thinkfinity Education Speaker Series

September 27, 2011 – Sandra Day O’Connor


Verizon Thinkfinity is pleased to announce the Thinkfinity Education Speaker Series – bringing the most interesting voices in education to you.

The Thinkfinity Education Speaker Series is a series of video interviews with nationally known individuals with a passion for education. The series will launch on September 27, 2011, with Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice. After 25 years on the nation’s highest court, Justice O’Connor set her sights on education, developing an innovative online program called iCivics.org, designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy.

On Tuesday, September 27, visit the Speaker Series section of the Thinkfinity Community to watch the exclusive video interview with Justice O'Connor as she tells us why she created iCivics, how to keep students engaged in civic life, and what civic knowledge students need to know before they graduate. The interview will also be archived for future access by Thinkfinity Community members. Login to the Thinkfinity Community is required, but registration is free.

In addition to viewing the video interview, engage your students in learning about civics by registering them for the iCivics Impact Challenge. Between October 3 and November 30, students can earn points by playing educational games on iCivics.org. The games engage students in evaluating Supreme Court cases, becoming active in their community, voting, determining budgets, passing laws, arguing cases before a judge, and even being president for a day. The team with the highest number of points at midnight on November 30 wins the grand prize–a VGo Robot and videoconference session with Justice O’Connor! [See official rules on the iCivics.org website.]

For additional lessons, interactive games, and activities related to civics, visit the Constitution Day collection on Thinkfinity.org.