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2020 Back to School: Classroom Supplies for COVID-19

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With the uncertainty of in-class learning resuming in the fall, preparing for the start of the school year is going to be challenging, especially when it relates to protecting your kiddos. Thankfully, the CDC has released a list of considerations that can be added to existing school rules and regulations to…

Free Digital Resources Perfect For In-Class and Distance Learning

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As planning for the 2020-21 school season begins, the uncertainty around how much of the school year will be spent inside or outside of the classroom can be daunting. On top of that, finding great digital resources for both you and your students that can quickly transition from in-class learning…

The importance of learning through play

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Children love play more than anything else. Children go to another world while they play, something that most adults wish we could replicate. Play has many social, emotional, and imaginative benefits for children, but we often lose sight of the educational advantages it offers as well. Leading scientific research shows…

Reasons why reading is so important

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Learning to read in elementary school is one of the most important things we do as kids. Reading is necessary for us to be able to learn about most other topics. After third grade, most learning in school depends upon reading off a whiteboard, reading off a computer, or reading…

Skills that kids learn from Dreamscape other than reading

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The primary goal of Dreamscape is to improve literacy rates around the world, and get students more engaged with the content they are reading. To accomplish this goal, we made an extremely engaging game that runs on reading. So of course kids will improve their reading skills through playing Dreamscape– but those aren’t the only skills.

How to Handle Technology in the Classroom

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We are living in a time where we are experiencing rapid technological changes, and it can be a challenge to integrate these new technologies into a classroom setting. Computer technology is becoming more important in the classroom as a tool to stimulate good teaching and learning practices. Computers, the internet,…

Skills and Common Questions Used in Evaluation

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DREAMSCAPE – Skills and Common Questions Used in Evaluation Dreamscape integrates a variety of curriculum aligned reading comprehension subskills and question types directly into gameplay. When students read passages and answer questions, both their reading level and their proficiency in these subskills are automatically tracked in reports. Th…

ISTE 2019 Survival Guide

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Plan Beforehand Preparation for ISTE begins weeks before the conference actually takes place:, there are threads to follow, influencers and educators to connect with, and schedules to make. A great first step is joining the ISTE Connect page. This is a discussion forum hosted directly by ISTE, and is exclusive to…

Keep Kids Reading Over the Summer

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What is the Summer Slide? In the ELA context, the “summer slide” is a reading skills learning loss that is a consequence of children not maintaining their reading activities over the summer months. According to a Brookings Institute article written by David M. Quinn and Morgan Polikoff, the average student falls behind an…

Fun, Effective Way to Increase Student Literacy

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As August approaches (the Sunday of summer!), teachers are beginning to think about the new school year ahead and prep for those busy fall days. With the increasing rigor of statewide tests like the STAAR in Texas, it’s good to have some apps and games in your back pocket to…