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#WheresBooster Now? On Instagram, Of Course

It's easy to recognize Imagine Learning's most famous robot, Booster. He smiles and waves each time an Imagine Learning user logs on. And of course, he loves to give out lots of Booster Bits to his friends! Although Booster is usually content to spend time in Imagine Learning activities, for Valentine's Day he wants to travel to as many places as he can. And you can help him by following the instructions on this page.   Enter Imagine Learning's #WheresBooster Contest In past blog posts, we taught you how to draw Booster and use Booster's Valentine Creator to send a fun greeting to friends and family. But this Valentine's Day, we're trying something a little bit different with our first #WheresBooster contest on Instagram, open to both students and teachers.
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Small steps with big effects

Have you ever done something you considered to be insignificant, only to find out later that it had a much greater impact than you thought? A couple of years ago I posted a video of "The Opposite Song" on YouTube. It was a song that helped children learn the concept of opposites. The video was part of a television program I helped produce here at Imagine Learning called Imagine Island. The show was designed to help English learners and pre-K kids learn the alphabet, build vocabulary, and master the basics of literacy. We created 26 half-hour episodes -- one for each letter of the alphabet. In recent months I realized that "The Opposite Song"  had been viewed over 20,000 times. This was quite surprising, as I hadn't really emailed the link to anyone or promoted it in any way. As the total views for the video continued to increase, we began receiving comments from viewers who used the video in their classrooms.  It was exciting to know that teachers were finding our video and putting it to use. But that fact was really driven home last week when I received a video response to "The Opposite Song."
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Teaching to the letter

The cases are cracked and broken. The paper inserts are ripped and worn. It is obvious that the Imagine Island DVD set in Marie Lowry’s classroom is used frequently. Ms. Lowry teaches pre-K and Kindergarten at Miss May Vernon Elementary in Fate, Texas. And she’s tired of lending out her Imagine Island DVDs to other teachers. “My Imagine Island videos have gone through a lot because everybody wants them,” she says. “We bought it for our bilingual classroom, and the other teachers walked in one day and they fell in love with it. So now I have to share my Imagine Learning videos.” But she has an answer to her problem. “I’m ordering them for the whole district.” What is Imagine Island and why are early childhood education programs across the country clamoring to get more copies?
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