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Games for Learning: Why Games Are Effective Educational Tools

Games for Learning: Why Games Are Effective Educational Tools | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

By Adam Coccari

 

I am a 4th and 6th grade teacher that has been utilizing games in my lessons and tutoring sessions for a few years now. If I had suggested just five years ago that video games could play a major part in classroom education, the majority of teachers and school administrators would have laughed at me. Now, there seems to be somewhat of a sea change happening in this field. Educators are starting to believe what many researchers and advocates have long known: Video games can be excellent teaching tools and an effective way for students to learn.


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Harry & Rosemary Wong/Teaching Greatness: Alain L. Locke Elementary School, Part 1

Harry & Rosemary Wong/Teaching Greatness:  Alain L. Locke Elementary School, Part 1 | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

There is a man who lives on the top floor of an apartment building on 115th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, New York City. Every morning, he says, he is awakened by the sound of the students four blocks away at Alain L. Locke Elementary School as they shout:

 

I was born from Greatness
Therefore that makes me Great.
Today I will spread Love
Not hate
Not lies
Not violence
Just Love.

Today I will do more,
I will learn more,
I will be more
Than anyone ever thought I could.
Today I will strive for GREATNESS and nothing else.

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Harry & Rosemary Wong/Achieving Greatness: Alain L. Locke Elementary School, Part 2

Harry & Rosemary Wong/Achieving Greatness:  Alain L. Locke Elementary School, Part 2 | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

You watch Monica Burns, a fourth year teacher, interact with her class as she conducts a lesson. The students hold up their hands if they want to speak and while others are talking, they pat themselves on the head as a signal they concur with what has been said. There is no yelling. No frantic waving of a gaggle of hands. No students blurting out. No put-downs of other student’s responses.

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WordDraw.com - Free Family Newsletter Template

WordDraw.com - Free Family Newsletter Template | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

Download a free classroom newsletter template for microsoft word.
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iPads give a voice to disabled kids

iPads give a voice to disabled kids | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
Tanya Chilcott
From:The Courier-Mail
July 19, 2011 12:00AM

Principals say students who were unable to communicate verbally now can, those who couldn't write with a pen are able to use the touchscreen and pupils across the disability sector are engaging in classrooms like never before.
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Creating an ePub Book Using Pages - How to Make the eBook Cover Look Good | iPad Academy

Creating an ePub Book Using Pages - How to Make the eBook Cover Look Good | iPad Academy | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
A cover page with a white background using the handy ePub template Apple offers is easy.Generating a full-color cover page is more challenging. Here's some help.
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Classroom Jobs

Classroom Jobs | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
Now Hiring: Responsible students to carry out important classroom duties.As an upper elementary teacher, I have found that certain classroom jobs are critical to running an efficient classroom.
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Philadelphia English teacher explains why she helped students cheat

Philadelphia English teacher explains why she helped students cheat | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
The teacher, who remains anonymous in the story, says she began to help her students cheat because she worried their self-esteem was crushed by taking tests they were in no way academically prepared for.
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Miss T.'s Tidbits: Math games for upper elementary

Miss T.'s Tidbits: Math games for upper elementary | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
I am always looking for math games for 4th grade. I hit the jackpot and found several card games.
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Forget textbooks: It's iPads for all at Lake high school

Forget textbooks: It's iPads for all at Lake high school | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
By Erica Rodriguez, Orlando Sentinel
5:22 p.m. EDT, July 27, 2011

MINNEOLA — When students at the new Lake Minneola High School in Lake County return to classes in a few weeks, they'll have access to more than half a million dollars worth of new iPads that they'll use at school and at home.
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For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury? | MindShift

For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury? | MindShift | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
RT @MindShiftKQED: The need 4 digital media in schools Interview with @scraigwatkins.
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Professional golfer Phil Mikelson's science project – American Morning - CNN.com Blogs

Professional golfer Phil Mikelson's science project – American Morning - CNN.com Blogs | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
Professional golfer Phil Mickelson credits much of his success in golf to math and science, as air temperature, force and velocity all have an impact on his game. When he's off the golf course, Mikelson works as an advocate for education.
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Teachers taught Playful Economics at Pittsburg State - Pittsburg Morning Sun

Teachers taught Playful Economics at Pittsburg State - Pittsburg Morning Sun | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
Teachers taught Playful Economics at Pittsburg StatePittsburg Morning SunPatty Yoakum, a language arts teacher at St.
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How to Pack a Lunch with a Punch!

How to Pack a Lunch with a Punch! | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

Here’s a great article if you’re a parent (use these tips!) or if you’re a teacher (print these tips for your parents on what to pack for snack and lunch). It’s all about eatin’ healthy…because, in the classroom, children really are what they eat. Healthy food = healthy brains that are ready to learn.

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Impact Of Hand Hygiene Knowledge On Risk Of Infection At ...

Impact Of Hand Hygiene Knowledge On Risk Of Infection At ... | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

Over the three months of the intervention at the IS, 324 pupils aged 5-14 were each given one lesson in hand disinfection theory and practice and directed to disinfect their hands using ethanol gel three times throughout the school day, resulting in a 66% decrease in pupils with four or more days of absence and a 20% increase in children with zero absences over the 2007 data from the same school.

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The Myth of Differences Between Urban and Rural Schools | Dropout Nation: Coverage of the Reform of American Public Education Edited by RiShawn Biddle

The Myth of Differences Between Urban and Rural Schools | Dropout Nation: Coverage of the Reform of American Public Education Edited by RiShawn Biddle | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

RT @SFAschools: Rural/Urban myth post @dropoutnation http://bit.ly/pRNaUq #edreform #RurlaEd...
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TeachPaperless: What Google Plus Could Teach Us About Education Reform

TeachPaperless: What Google Plus Could Teach Us About Education Reform | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
"However, in using Google Plus, I'm thinking that we could learn a few things in terms of rethinking and redesigning public education...."
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Classroom Management Plan - Part 1

Classroom Management Plan - Part 1 | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
I did away with my behavior chart a couple of years ago.  I know, what kind of primary grades teacher doesn't have a behavior chart?  Well...this one.  Instead I have a little index card binder....
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Thanks so much for adding my blog post to your page! If you haven't seen it yet, you can see the rest of my classroom management series at http://tinyurl.com/3llwp7x.
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Classroom Management Plan – Part 2 – Determining the Need For Behavior Plans

Classroom Management Plan – Part 2 – Determining the Need For Behavior Plans | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
In case you missed my original post on my classroom management system, you can find it here to get up to speed.  I know my system seems a little complicated, but I'm trying to prevent poor behavio...
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Teachers take lessons of No Child Left Behind to D.C.

Teachers take lessons of No Child Left Behind to D.C. | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
In the past couple months, thousands of teachers and parents have been calling for radical change in the education system, citing issues with the No Child Left Behind policy.
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City turns attention to elementary science education

City turns attention to elementary science education | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
New elementary STEM program seeks to change course of science shortcomings in city schools
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Encouraging a Love of Reading | A Fly on the Classroom Wall

Encouraging a Love of Reading | A Fly on the Classroom Wall | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it

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Virtual schools increase in Kansas - Topeka Capital Journal

Virtual schools increase in KansasTopeka Capital JournalToelkes explained in an e-mail: "With regard to the funding, virtual schools receive the same BSAPP (base state aid per pupil) as other schools, plus 5 percent.
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Improving Physical Education in Urban Schools

Improving Physical Education in Urban Schools | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
Action for Healthy Kids is the nation's leading nonprofit and largest, active volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools to help kids learn to eat healthy, be active every day, and be ready to learn.
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How High-Stakes Testing Led to the Atlanta Cheating Scandal - Slate Magazine

How High-Stakes Testing Led to the Atlanta Cheating Scandal - Slate Magazine | ElementaryEd | Scoop.it
WXIA-TVHow High-Stakes Testing Led to the Atlanta Cheating ScandalSlate MagazineThe problem with this impulse to forgive No Child Left Behind and defend high-stakes testing is that the Atlanta case isn't an isolated tragedy.
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