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Educational Games & Gamification

Gaming Education: Are Parents, Teachers, and Schools Ready to Embrace Gaming as a Learning Tool?

December 29, 2013

With the Gamification of Education on the Rise, we Explore Some of the Hurdles That Remain for Wider Acceptance to Take Hold. Remember the early days of video gaming? Teachers lamented the existence of the accursed time-wasters and parents struggled to keep their kids’ eyes on their studies and away from those decidedly non-educational screens. […]

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Introducing Kyle Counts and the Math Arrow – An Innovative Approach to Teaching Number Skills

August 1, 2013

iPad App Utilizes a Unique Approach to Teaching Early Math Skills that Schools are Starting to Embrace. The Math Arrow is a patented teaching construct developed by Todd Buchholz, former White House Director of Economic Policy (under George HW Bush), and winner of the Allyn Young Teaching Prize at Harvard University. Buchholz is also a […]

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8 Great Online Resources for ESL/EFL Teachers

July 11, 2013

A selection of Internet tools that can be highly useful to teachers of English as a second (or foreign) language. The ever-growing Web has caused the availability of resources for teachers of English as a foreign language to skyrocket over the last several years. Whether you teach in a virtual or traditional classroom, chances are […]

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The Evolving use of Badges in Education

June 12, 2013

Rewards as a Way to Motivate Students to Learn Today’s schools commonly use grade-based evaluations where students get rewarded for the knowledge they gain. Students are evaluated and rewarded with grades and sometimes other types of rewards, for tasks such as projects, behavior, skills, and taking tests. Evaluations are one way to reward learning. The […]

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Salman Khan’s Inspiring One World Schoolhouse

May 19, 2013

A look at how the Khan Academy came to be, and powerful ideas that can truly change education. I am currently reading Sal Khan’s book The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined and it didn’t take very long to come to feel strongly that this book should be required reading for educators everywhere. I’ve been a […]

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Moby Max is a Proven Adaptive Learning Toolset with Differentiated Curriculum for K-8 Students

May 5, 2013

Moby Max adds individualized, adaptive learning for writing, reading, and language skills to its powerful math skills platform. As you might imagine, EmergingEdTech receives an endless stream of requests to write about education and instruction oriented software products and services. One of the first things I look for when considering these submissions is what teachers […]

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8 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education

December 5, 2012

There are myriad ways in which “gamification” can play a positive role in the educational setting. On Sunday, Tess Pajaron sent me a great article from Open Colleges about “The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn”. One thing that really struck me about this article is […]

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Improving Instruction – Increasing Immersion With the iPad in the Foreign Language Classroom

December 2, 2012

15+ Apps that can Facilitate the Vital Element of Immersion in Foreign Language Teaching Since my school piloted its 1:1 iPad initiative in the spring of 2011, I have been thinking of ways to incorporate it into my lessons. I searched for and visited websites that touted lists of applicable apps, did searches in the […]

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8 Highly Recommended iPad Apps for Homeschoolers

August 26, 2012

A selection of apps covering a range of grade levels and academic subjects, great for home schoolers. Guest post by Chris Martin. Homeschooling your children requires discipline, hard work, and patience – and a whole lot of time and effort. Thankfully, technology has made this undertaking a bit easier for parents. Personal digital devices like […]

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Tailoring the Classroom of the Future With the Fabric of the Past

August 19, 2012

“The world’s most ambitious mobile learning company” is introducing engaging learning apps based on sound pedagogy. Guest post from Matt Meyers. As someone whose job it is to reinvent the way we use technology in our classroom, a lot of people ask me some interesting questions. One of my favorites is, “how do you keep […]

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