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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project | Education | Scoop.it

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Research Links 'Responsive' Teaching to Academic Gains | Education Week

Research Links 'Responsive' Teaching to Academic Gains | Education Week | Education | Scoop.it

By Jaclyn Zubrzycki

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"Fifth-graders attending schools in which teachers used the Responsive Classroom teaching method performed better on state math and reading exams than other students, researchers say. The social-emotional-learning approach focuses on how teachers' language and expectations can help students with social and emotional learning. Researchers say that of the 24 Virginia elementary schools in a three-year study, the schools that were most committed to using Responsive Classroom practices showed 23-point gain on state standardized tests."


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Best Educational Apps for Kids – Elementary School Science

Best Educational Apps for Kids – Elementary School Science | Education | Scoop.it

"Today’s “Best Educational Apps for Kids” list is Science apps for kindergarden and early elementary kids.  I did not include those animal related apps, as there will be a separate list of “Best Educational Apps for Kids” on ”Nature and Animals”.  If you know any good science apps for kids age 6 to 10, please leave the app name in a comment.  I will update the list periodically."


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Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Benefits of Yoga for Kids | Education | Scoop.it

Overwhelmingly, research shows that children who practice yoga-based movement, conscious breathing, and mindfulness activities are better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress and calm themselves. They may also choose better foods to eat and engage in more physical activity than children who do not. The studies also illustrate that centered, calm and focused children learn more easily, have better social skills and, in general, are much happier kids.

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Audiobooks Help Kids Learn: Learning Ally ;access to 75,000 audio textbooks & popular literature titles

Audiobooks Help Kids Learn: Learning Ally ;access to 75,000 audio textbooks & popular literature titles | Education | Scoop.it
Studies have shown that audiobooks are remarkably effective for many students with reading-based disabilities. The benefits of auditory learning include increased comprehension, better grades, higher confidence and improved self-esteem. The leading resource for these students is Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization that offers the world’s most advanced library of audio textbooks for at-home and in-the-classroom reading.

Audiobook Apps Go Mainstream

Learning Ally offers instant access to more than 75,000 audio textbooks and popular literature titles—nearly everything required for kindergarten through high school and beyond. The audiobooks can be easily loaded to devices that kids use in everyday life—like iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as their laptops.

Educators applaud the independence that new mainstream technology gives to their students. “Kids with learning differences want to be part of the crowd, and they don’t want to be dependent on having mom or dad read their books to them,” says Ruth W., an educational therapist inCalifornia. “Now they can just put their earbuds on, read with Learning Ally’s free audio app on their iPhone, and blend in with their friends—which, especially in the teen years, is a huge consideration.”

Proven Help for Dyslexia

With the help of Learning Ally audiobooks, thousands of young people across theU.S.are enjoying newfound success in the classroom. Dyslexic student Kara S. has come a long way from the “slow reading table” she was forced to sit at in elementary school. She recently graduated from theUniversityofSan Franciscowith a double major in physics and math.

“Parental support could only go so far,” Kara says. “I needed something more.” She credits her membership with Learning Ally as the key to igniting her passion for learning and increasing her confidence as a reader and student.


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Want Kids to Succeed at School? Stock Your Home with Books : Publishing Perspectives

Want Kids to Succeed at School? Stock Your Home with Books  : Publishing Perspectives | Education | Scoop.it
Reading books at home are the most important indicator of academic performance at school, says a new study about the learning habits of UK children.

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Blast from the Past: S'cool Tools for Storytelling (EdSurge News)

Blast from the Past: S'cool Tools for Storytelling (EdSurge News) | Education | Scoop.it

"TELL ME A STORY," says every child. Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at University of Virginia, shares in his blog a new study suggesting that "putting to-be-learned material in a story format improves learning outcomes." So we thought it'd be good to dig through our s'cool tools for those that help kids tell their own stories."


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A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Close Reading | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Close Reading | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education | Scoop.it

Close reading is definitely a "survival skill" particularly in a world drowned in information. Close reading is all about reading differently, it is reading for deep understanding through paying attention to what others would normally oversight. Being a close reader entails focus and dedication to your reading material. It empowers readers to delve deeper into the latent meanings of text searching for cues that make the reading  a totally different experience one that resembles the detective wok. Close reading is also about critical reading, reading that does not take things at face value but rather investigates for what is hidden between the lines.


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Close reading is an essential part of developing critical thinking skills for students at all levels....

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning

"Teachers at Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, use proven Responsive Classroom techniques -- such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities -- to get students focused and ready to learn. Learn more about this school and find resources at http://www.edutopia.org/stw-sel-class..."


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30 Of The Best Elementary Education Games For iPad

30 Of The Best Elementary Education Games For iPad | Education | Scoop.it

"Parents and teachers who trust little Muffy and Junior with their shiny iPads don’t have to worry about how access to shoot-‘em-up video games will rot their precious little gifted and talented program minds. Instead, they can download some of the following alternatives to help them build up their brilliant brains that will totally go on to win Nobel Prizes someday."


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How to create a reading friendly environment at home

How to create a reading friendly environment at home | Education | Scoop.it
By creating an atmosphere in which reading is encouraged, praised and supported; parents can help their children improve their reading skills.

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Audiobooks Help Kids Learn - North American Press Syndicate

Audiobooks Help Kids Learn - North American Press Syndicate | Education | Scoop.it
Audiobooks Help Kids LearnNorth American Press Syndicate(NAPSI)—With school back in session, there is good news for millions of students who have difficulty reading because of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.

Studies have shown that audiobooks are remarkably effective for many students with reading-based disabilities. The benefits of auditory learning include increased comprehension, better grades, higher confidence and improved self-esteem. The leading resource for these students is Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization that offers the world’s most advanced library of audio textbooks for at-home and in-the-classroom reading.

 

Learning Ally offers instant access to more than 75,000 audio textbooks and popular literature titles—nearly everything required for kindergarten through high school and beyond. The audiobooks can be easily loaded to devices that kids use in everyday life—like iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as their laptops.


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10 Reasons to Educate Elementary Students about Social Media | Big Ideas in Education

10 Reasons to Educate Elementary Students about Social Media | Big Ideas in Education | Education | Scoop.it

Teaching primary kids about social media| good reason to have TLs in schools teaching information literacy.


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Carey Leahy's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:03 PM

A reminder about the digital footprint that follows us all.