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Title: iCivics+: Games and Games-Based Assessments to Prepare Students for Better Citizenship
Center: NCER Year: 2012
Principal Investigator: White, Dan Awardee: Filament Games
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months Award Amount: $149,926
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES12C0024

Democracy relies on informed and active participation of citizens. This project team is developing a prototype of a formative assessment component to be added to the GoCivics games, a tablet-based intervention through which middle school students engage in compelling learning activities and simulations to learn standards-based civics content. The formative assessment component will adjust the game play to students' levels of knowledge in real-time and provide feedback to teachers. The games will be integrated within classroom practice and also used out of school. Pilot research in Phase I will seek to demonstrate that the software prototype functions as planned, teachers are able to integrate the games within classroom practice, and students are engaged by the prototype.