The Truth About Game-Based Educational Software

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Ask a typical educator about game-based learning and video games in school, and expect at least some skeptical responses.

Many educators and parents worry about gaming as an educational tool.

Research on the educational worth of video games has been mixed, and some educators point out the fact that most data come from short-term studies.

While research on educational software is still young, increasing evidence points to positive outcomes for today’s students—despite the prevalence of headlines linking video games to bad behavior or lukewarm learning outcomes.

According to James Gee, an education professor at Arizona State University, blaming all video games for poor results is like blaming all food for the existence of obese people.1 Read more »

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The Action Areas Tool: Using Assessment Data to Inform Instruction

In his recent guest blog post, Trey Duke examined whether or not students are being overly assessed. He theorized that the assessments aren’t the problem, it is how educators use the data that is the problem. He said, “Having data should not be the priority; knowing what the data tells us should be the priority.”

Teachers’ time is precious. Between planning lessons, other responsibilities, and actually teaching there isn’t a lot of time left in the day to sit down and analyze test results! Imagine Learning has designed a tool that is meant to help teachers by analyzing the data for them. That tool is the Action Areas Tool. Read more »

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3 Top Social Media Choices for Elementary School Educators

Part III: Facebook

If you’ve followed our blog lately, you know that we’ve covered the basics of both Instagram and Twitter in previous posts. Why did we leave Facebook for last? The simple reason is that we wanted to end with something familiar to most readers.

Is Facebook right for your elementary classroom?Chances are, you already use a personal Facebook account. If not, it’s easy to create one. But more on that later.

Although Instagram and Twitter are popular choices for educators, Facebook still has some traction in the educational world. Of course, some teachers still think Facebook is best for personal use only. Regardless of your view, you should still understand Facebook’s reach and follow good digital citizenship whenever you post. Read more »

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3 Top Social Media Choices for Elementary School Educators

Part II: Twitter

Our previous blog post mentioned a few ways teachers use Instagram in their classrooms. After all, photo sharing is always a great way to enhance learning, which explains Instagram’s appeal. Even so, teachers may want more features.

Enter Twitter. Not only can Twitter incorporate photos, it allows users to post links to articles or blogs and participate in live chats with like-minded How do elementary schools use Twitter?professionals.

Like Instagram, Twitter uses hashtags to funnel certain tweets into varied news feeds. Both platforms also require the @username feature.

So, just what is Twitter, and why do educators use it? Read more »

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