by Jan Goehring
The Internet offers a wealth of sites for learning about civics and government. Through daily quizzes, interactive games and other tools, you can explore all sorts of great information. Here are just a few examples.
Do you already know a lot about civics? Then test your knowledge with the daily civics quiz offered by the Center for Civic Education. A one-minute podcast explains the answer to each daily quiz. For example, did you know that the Massachusetts Body of Liberties of 1641 was America's first Bill of Rights?
Are you interested in the U.S. Constitution? Then check out the Interactive Constitution that allows you to search the text of the document by keyword, topic and select Supreme Court cases. It's one of many tools offered by the National Constitution Center.
The Center on Congress at Indiana University has developed e-learning modules to educate website visitors about Congress. You can try your hand at balancing the federal budget or find out about the many roles of a member of Congress.
Our Courts, a web-based education project inspired by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, encourages students to learn about the U.S. Supreme Court and to become active citizens. Try out their new games, "Do I Have a Right?" and "Supreme Decision."
Civic learning has made its way to YouTube as well. For example, NCSL's Trust for Representative Democracy has posted a series of public service announcements about our system of American democracy called "Am I Missing Something?" In these videos, young students talk about making their voices heard, compromise and special interests.