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Wanted: Immersive gaming in K-8 classrooms

Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, though few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth exploration and 21st-century skill development. Teachers surveyed for a new report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center said they believe using digital games in the classroom helps students improve math skills (71 percent), computer/technology content and skills (65 percent), executive function skills (59 percent), and 21st-century skills (52 percent). But while more and more teachers are turning to digital gaming, the report notes a distinct lack of immersive gaming in K-8 classrooms. As research on...

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Free online aquarium resources foster science inquiry

To reach more classrooms with its educational programs, the Aquarium of the Pacific has created free online curriculum materials based on live animal webcams.…

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One school puts its mark on Maker Movement

Something happened when technology became so cheap that getting a new TV, DVR player, heck, even new clothes--was cheaper than fixing the broken or torn one. The creative, tinkering…

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5 strategies to align district leadership with unions

Teachers are essential to a successful digital transition, and when it comes to the relationship between teachers' unions and school district leaders, open communication is the most important…

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STEM contests challenge students to make a difference

An “eco-friendly” battery that converts carbon dioxide into electricity, solving two global challenges at once. An alarm system that saves children and pets from being left inside a…

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Computer science not just a game for S.F. schools

The second-period students in Room 124 at Balboa High School are playing Pong as their teacher, wearing a homemade Pac-Man fabric skirt and red-glitter Converse sneakers, offers advice. A…

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Easy steps to OER creation

Open educational resources (OER) offer educators a chance to align learning materials to students' needs--and teachers can create their own OER through a surprisingly straightforward process, using materials…

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Project-based learning gives students ownership of their education

The suggestions came thick and fast. Decatur needs a bigger and better mall. Or an amusement and water park. Or a wider selection of restaurants. Geometry students at Eisenhower High…

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Robotics enters K-12 classrooms

The lesser-known elements of STEM are enjoying the limelight right now, with computer science and coding moving to the top of educators’ priority lists. Robotics, too, is following…

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STEAM Ahead program gives students a taste of higher-level science, math, arts

The students crouched intently over laptop computers, inputting data from a chemistry experiment. It was the kind of thing one might expect to find in a college biology…

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Connect students, teachers to engineering

eGFI is managed by the American Society for Engineering Education, which aims to promote and enhance efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education. …

Educator Resource Centers

Harnessing Data for Common Core Success

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There is broad agreement among education leaders that collecting and analyzing student performance data, and using this information to target instruction more effectively, will be critical in making…

Strategies for One-to-One Computing Success

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A growing number of school leaders have recognized the benefits of making sure every student has access to a digital learning device, both in the classroom and at…

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…

Using Video to Transform Instruction

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Video is a powerful tool to help students learn—and a growing number of educators are integrating video into their instruction, either by using pre-existing video assets or by…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…

Controlling Costs, Boosting Efficiency Through Smarter School Management

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School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more true than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets…