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Imagine Learning takes part in Operation Gratitude

Imagine Learning employees donated toys, food, and hygiene items to Operation Gratitude. This year for Veteran’s Day, Imagine Learning employees honored veterans by participating in Operation Gratitude. During our weekly company-wide meeting, we celebrated a few employee veterans—Todd, Kelly, and Eric—and learned about the mission of Operation Gratitude. Afterwards, we gathered to write letters of gratitude and appreciation for Operation Gratitude. We also donated toys and other items for care packages.
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Student success in Smyrna, Tennessee

Take a look at Smyrna Elementary where the school was selected to pilot Imagine Learning. As educators used Imagine Learning to personalize instruction, they saw students make tremendous gains and exhibit much more excitement about learning. Meet the principal, teachers, and students of Smyrna Elementary in their video story. Kid Stories in Smyrna Elementary School, Tennessee from Imagine Learning on Vimeo.
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Booster's costume creator: it's a scream!

It's officially October, and that means it's time for putting up spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, and best of all—dressing up in costumes. Deciding on a costume can be downright scary when there are so many options to choose from, so we invite you to try Booster's Costume Creator. This interactive site will allow you to try several costumes and see which one works best for you. And because it’s both fun and educational, you can dress up Imagine Learning characters in fun costumes, both hysterical and historical. Learn about Cleopatra, Blackbeard, or Einstein as you craft your creepy creation. Choose a background, pick a message, and then witch your friends a happy Halloween by sending your masterpiece to them as an e-card. Here’s how Booster’s Costume Creator works: 1. Pick a Person. Always wanted to be a brilliant scientist? Fond of famous pilots? With Booster’s Costume Creator, you have your choice of dressing up as a pirate, a vampire, an emperor, or several other options. 2. Choose a Costume. Want to add Shakespeare’s puffy shirt with Blackbeard’s silly pantaloons? No problem. Using three interchangeable panels, you can easily mix and match your favorite items from each character’s outfit plus a unique background to create a truly spook-tacular costume! You can even click the info buttons to learn about each character—from fearsome Blackbeard the pirate to disappearing pilot Amelia Earhart. 3. Share … and Scare! Now that you’ve picked the perfect costume, it’s time to scare somebody with it. Email an e-card of your boo-tiful character to friends and family, or simply print it off and hang it up somewhere. It’s a scream come true!
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Imagine Nation awards announced

This month, we’re celebrating top-performing Imagine Learning schools and districts through our customer recognition program, Imagine Nation. Schools are being recognized for outstanding usage, exceptional enthusiasm, and amazing Imagine Learning innovation for the 2013–2014 school year. Imagine Nation schools receive one of four prestigious awards: World-Class School, Top 50 School, Super School, and Top 10 Percent. For more information, see the official press release or view the lists of award-winning Imagine Nation schools.
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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 partners with VUS

Imagine Learning is pleased to announce a recent partnership with the VUS organization in Vietnam. Last year, a partner in Southern California introduced the company to VUS and since then, that introduction has blossomed into a full international partnership. Executives at Imagine Learning are pleased about this international venture and believe the partnership has great potential for future growth. Imagine Learning's CEO, Joe Swenson, and Director of International Business, Ben Eyre, with VUS partners VUS believes in equipping Vietnam’s next generation with one of the sharpest tools for success: English. With its multiple training centers throughout Ho Chi Minh, the company seeks to teach English and thus enrich students’ knowledge, broaden their vision, and allow them to integrate into world education. Learning English not only makes a difference to the students’ own lives, but it contributes to Vietnam’s social development as a whole.
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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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Imagine Learning Values: Be innovative and change our world

Imagine Learning’s second company value is to be innovative and change our world. We believe that to be a leader, we can never accept the status quo. We can never be comfortable. We are always pushing and exploring, developing and testing. We set goals that challenge us, because we know that by stretching to meet them, we’ll go farther than we ever expected. For us, being great today just isn’t good enough. We innovate to change our world. At Imagine Learning, our mission is to open doors of opportunity by teaching language and literacy to the children of the world. We want to change the world by giving students the language skills they need to succeed. How do we do that? By being innovative. But what does it mean to be innovative? This is the wall of iPads hanging in our production area. These iPads are running constantly to search out bugs in our product.
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Teacher Highlight: Tips from a TESOL kindergarten teacher in Shanghai

Catherine Lamb is a teacher in Shanghai, China and is, coincidentally, my mother! The beginning of her teaching career started with the birth of her first child, and continued until her youngest (that’s me!) was preparing to leave the nest. She then returned to the workforce. She currently works as a Primary Reception (Kindergarten) teacher and grade coordinator in a British international school. Because she is located in an international school in Shanghai, Mrs. Lamb’s students are often from many different countries. They speak many first languages but their knowledge of English varies from fluency to none at all. She has had students from Brazil, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Britain, America, China, etc. Her classroom is bilingual, and she team-teaches with a Mandarin speaking teacher; part of the day’s instruction is held in Mandarin and the rest is in English.       Mrs. Lamb, a teacher in Shanghai, China         Tips from the Teacher: 1. Repeat repeat repeat. Repetition is key with young kids. Don’t worry about boring them. The repetition will bring fluency and confidence. When I give instructions, I model them; I say the same line over and over and over and I circulate among the children. Sometimes I say something twenty-four times, “Johnny, now it is your turn to show us your living thing. Susy, now it is your turn to show us your living thing.” Repeat repeat. After the “reader of the day” reads, I always ask the same question: "Do you want to keep this in your reading folder or put it in the red bin?"  By the time a shy speaker reads, he knows that question is coming and what it means, so he will be ready for it and have a successful experience responding. 2. Follow a strict routine so they know what comes next. My students are tossed into a world where they can't understand what's happening. They are young too. Knowing what comes next comforts them.  Seeing the schedule and knowing when they will go home gives them a sense of security. Even now (when they've memorized the schedule better than I have) they look at it first upon arrival. If I haven't updated it for the day they want to help me get it ready. They question any new items. One of my students was struggling with being away from his mom everyday, so every day at noon he'd go through the schedule with me to ensure himself he got to go home. The ELL students learn how to spell class subject names because they learn quickly what each word means and they know exactly where to find those words on the schedule.
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