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A Back-to-School Mindset: 4 Easy Tips for Educators

Photo source: Pixabay   It's hard to believe, but the end of summer break approaches. The question is--do you view the prospect with delight or dread? If you're like most educators, the answer probably lies somewhere in between both extremes. But even the best back-to-school plan can use a few practical tips. So, to help you get back in the game, here are 4 ways to boost your back-to-school mindset and keep your head in the game before the new school year even begins.
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Brain Science 101: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Smarter

In a 2011 Scientific American article, behavioral therapist Andrea Kuszewski reinforced a concept that continues to gain traction today--namely, that it's possible to improve one's native intelligence. In the past, even respected scientists assumed that intelligence was purely genetic and unlikely to change over time. Nowadays, neuroscientists and cognitive therapists recognize that fluid intelligence (e.g., the capacity to learn and process new information) is the reality. More importantly, people can boost their fluid intelligence by improving their working memory. But how? Five Principles According to Kuszewski, you don't have to be a genius to improve cognition. Even those with low IQs can grow in fluid intelligence. To quote the author, "what doesn't kill you (will make) you smarter."
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Celebrating ten years

This summer we celebrated ten years in EdTech! Imagine Learning started back in the summer of 2004 when a passionate group of educators and software developers became inspired to create better ways of teaching language and literacy to the children of the world. The vision was to develop adaptive software for a better, more individualized, student experience. The team did this by using some of the brightest minds in education to design and incorporate the type of engaging activities and games that draw students in, so children learn while having fun. This positive user experience helps students build confidence as they work through the content, experiencing success along the way. In early 2005, the first build of Imagine Learning was completed. It included first-language support to help English language learners (ELLs). As an ELL student becomes more confident in an English-only environment, first-language support gradually fades.
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Imagine Learning and Scantron form alliance

Combining language and literacy curriculum with adaptive assessment to help educators individualize instruction. Imagine Learning today announced a new alliance with Scantron, a leading provider of K–12 interim/formative assessment solutions. The combination of Scantron’s leading online assessments with the Imagine Learning platform offers an independent, valid, and reliable growth measure to evaluate student learning during program use and across grade levels. This strategic relationship expands assessment resources available to teachers and administrators to now include a market leading, researched-based diagnostic tool that provides an unbiased data set to measure and track student learning—allowing educators to make better-informed decisions regarding individualized instruction. Read the full press release on our news page.
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Imagine Learning releases version 14

Imagine Learning launched version 14 today, the latest update to its K–6 language and literacy software. Version 14 delivers the latest in optimized, individualized instruction: interoperability between devices, improved instructional design, new activities for older beginning students, and the new student Growth Reporting tool. Watch the video below to see all version 14 updates. Or, read the official press release. What's New V14 from Imagine Learning on Vimeo.  
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