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5 virtual worlds for engaged learning

5 virtual worlds for engaged learning

12/28/2018

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Maybe you’ve heard of Minecraft. Or World of Warcraft, or Second Life. Maybe you’ve even heard that there are a few brave educators who are using them in their classrooms, with — gasp! — students. These educators know that 3D virtual learning environments are far more than mere games and that…

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8 ways to prevent cheating in the digital age

8 ways to prevent cheating in the digital age

12/28/2018

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For as long as there has been school, there has been cheating. And in many ways, the advent of the digital age has made plagiarism and stealing answers even easier. Some teachers will tell you that trying to prevent cheating is an exercise in futility. While it’s true that you can’t police all…

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Create learning environments that drive engagement

Create learning environments that drive engagement

12/28/2018

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There’s a Golden Rule when it comes to creating or reinventing a learning environment: The environment’s design must support student engagement.

Sounds easy enough, but educators must be aware of the pitfalls – like incorporating technology into the environment and then focusing…

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A sketchy approach to learning

A sketchy approach to learning

12/28/2018

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Adult coloring books are the latest fad for a stressed out workforce looking to zone out with some easy creativity. Before that, it was smashbooking, or the craft of randomly layering photos, mementos and memories into a notebook on the spot. The recent Bible journaling trend isn’t as messy…

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Wanna flip? Math class is logical place to start

Wanna flip? Math class is logical place to start

12/28/2018

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So you want to try flipped learning but don’t know where to begin? One subject that lends itself well to the adjusted pace and additional practice time that flipping offers is math.

In fact, one expert calls flipping math “the world’s biggest no-brainer.”

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Engaging lesson plans that will make your students crave school

Engaging lesson plans that will make your students crave school

12/28/2018

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Is this the year you’re determined to do something drastically different in the classroom? Maybe you’ve been teaching for decades and a particular lesson needs a fresh coat of paint. Maybe you’re a new teacher looking for ways to…

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Get your students on the road to digital citizenship with a digital driver' 's license

Get your students on the road to digital citizenship with a digital driver's license

12/28/2018

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As more schools go 1:1 and embrace bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, the need to teach students — and educators — about digital citizenship is intensifying. In fact, the U.S. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act emphasize the…

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Virtual reality in the classroom just got affordable

Virtual reality in the classroom just got affordable

12/28/2018

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What could your students learn if you took them to the Great Wall of China? To the bottom of the ocean? To Mars? Or inside the human body?

With advancements in virtual reality (VR) technology, it’s not only possible to experience such places in precise 3D detail, it’s…

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Turn screen time into learning time

Turn screen time into learning time

12/28/2018

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In one corner of the building, a 3D printer hums and whirs, rhythmically building a bright blue sculpture designed by a 9-year-old boy. Across the room, a girl sporting a virtual reality headset explores a…

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Infographic: Create a school makerspace in 3 easy steps

Infographic: Create a school makerspace in 3 easy steps

12/28/2018

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This is an updated version of a post that published on June 24, 2014.

As maker education gains steam, many educators are looking for ways to incorporate making and tinkering into…

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