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Game-Based Learning: What it is, Why it Works, and Where it's Going

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. –William Butler Yeats

Deconstruct the fun in any good game, and it becomes clear that what makes it enjoyable is the built-in learning process.

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Serious Games Engaging Players In Scientific Inquiry

Serious Games Engaging Players In Scientific Inquiry | Preschool | Scoop.it

In the VELscience project, a series of six modules that immerse middle school students in virtual environments for learning (VELs), are being developed. Students take on the role of a scientist engaged in a complex task. The virtual settings presented in the VELs support students in designing and carrying out their own investigations. Students use virtual scientific instruments that resemble those used by scientists in the real world, but scaled to suit their age level.


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Knoword

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Knoword is a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. It focuses on teaching and advocating proper spelling habits, as well as good observational, analytical and typing skills. What makes Knoword different from all the other fun word games out there is that it's actually fun! With its fast-paced, addictive gameplay and a competitive and comprehensive player ranking system , Knoword pushes the limits on contemporary puzzle games and provides its players with a truly rewarding experience.


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The importance of Early Years education

Evidence of the importance of high-quality Early Years education, particularly for the most disadvantaged.
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71 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

71 Interesting Ways* to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

 

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What Makes Some Preschools Better Than Others?

What Makes Some Preschools Better Than Others? | Preschool | Scoop.it
It might seem like preschool is all about naps and playtime, but the latest research shows that early classroom experiences can have a major impact on later learning and academic performance, especially when it comes to language.
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Stories Can Transform an Idea & Change the World!

TED talk, TEDx East, Nancy Duarte, Presentation, Resonate, Slide:ology, slideology, duarte design...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfQF3DXG-S4


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INFOGRAPHIC: The Pulse of Education Around the World | Course Hero

INFOGRAPHIC: The Pulse of Education Around the World | Course Hero | Preschool | Scoop.it

A look at education on a global scale...how global education has progressed over the last few decades...

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How does Obama want to reshape preschools? Education Department shows its hand.

Reshaping preschool education in America.

 

With the new guidelines for the competition, called the Early Learning Challenge, ...the administration wants states to develop a public rating and improvement system for early-childhood programs.

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Genius across Cultures and the “Google Brain” | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

If you want to become a genius, you are well-advised to start practicing early while your brain is still developing. Does this mean that parents should enroll their children in music lessons to make them a genius? Hardly. Doing that would guide development of their child’s brain in ways that will make them very good musicians, but the important message here is that whatever one does with their brain while it is developing (up to about the age of 20 years or so), will result in a mature brain that is very good at doing whatever it was that one did with it during those formative years.

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Storynory, Free Audio Stories for Kids

Storynory, Free Audio Stories for Kids | Preschool | Scoop.it
Beautifully read audio stories for children and adults. Listen online or via podcast or app. Fairytales, myths, legends and stories from around the world.
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FreeRangeKids

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Give Our Kids the Freedom We Had...

 

Do you ever...let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk to school? Make dinner? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free-Range Kid! Free-Rangers believe in helmets, car seats, seat belts — safety! We just do NOT believe that every time school age kids go outside, they need a security detail.

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Exploring shapes on the table in preschool

Exploring shapes on the table in preschool | Preschool | Scoop.it
A terrific and simple activity for promoting shapes sorting, matching, and patterning!Read more...

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Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value

Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value | Preschool | Scoop.it
Schools are embracing digital learning, but evidence is scarce that the expensive technology is improving educational outcomes.
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Children's Books Forever - Free Children's eBooks

"Here is a nice site that I learned about from one of my favorite elementary school tech bloggers, Kelly Tenkely. Children's Books Forever hosts free children's ebooks that you can view online and or download to your local computer. As Children's Books Forever points out, the books are suitable for use on SmartBoards. There are books available in twelve languages including English, Spanish, German, and Japanese."

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All-round education for life – a “truly outstanding school”

All-round education for life – a “truly outstanding school” | Preschool | Scoop.it

All-round education for life – a “truly outstanding school” in one of the highest performing education systems in the world

 

Futurelab Associate, Helena Renfrew Knight recently visited St Paul’s Convent School in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong and explored how the school promotes an all-round education for life

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Fall Butterfly Craft | No Time For Flash Cards

Fall Butterfly Craft | No Time For Flash Cards | Preschool | Scoop.it

Leaf Butterfly. The book Leaf Man inspired this craft.

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Hens make for the perfect family pet - Telegraph

Hens make for the perfect family pet - Telegraph | Preschool | Scoop.it
Docile and patient, hens make for the perfect family pet says Francine
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Let Kids Learn & Play!

Kids play-whether it's outside, in the car, pool, classroom or bathtub-it's just what they do. So even if your students or children are “overactive,” perhaps it's not because they don't care, rather that they're not engaged properly.

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7 Things You Need to Know About a School (Before You Enroll Your Kid)

7 Things You Need to Know About a School (Before You Enroll Your Kid) | Preschool | Scoop.it

How do you tell which schools do a good job? What kinds of questions should you ask teachers and administrators?

 

The second most important decision you will make as a parent — apart from deciding to have the kid in the first place — is deciding which school for them to enroll in.

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The Ape and the Crocodile Mind Map

The Ape and the Crocodile Mind Map | Preschool | Scoop.it

This story from the Panchatantra deals with classic themes like betrayal of trust and friendship, disdainful conduct of a spouse, etc.

 

But the story has a more powerful moral. When faced with adversity, do not react in a knee-jerk fashion out of desperation. Instead, keep your cool and use your wit to deal with the situation. You will sail to safety just like Red Face, the ape in this story.

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Storytelling with imagination - Seminole Chronicle

"Imagine that you're driving down the highway and you see thunderclouds rolling in. Some folks will see those clouds and name them. They'll use big words like cumulonimbus and talk about condensation and weather fronts."

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Ability for Mathematics May Be Inborn: Scientific American Podcast

Children who have a good sense of numbers also tend to have a talent for arithmetic, even before formal training.

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Local preschools packed as parents flock to full-day kindergarten option - Chicago Sun-Times

Local preschools packed as parents flock to full-day kindergarten option - Chicago Sun-Times | Preschool | Scoop.it

Local preschools packed as parents flock to full-day kindergarten option...West Aurora took the plunge into full-day kindergarten this year with an overwhelming response.

 

“We're talking about a thousand kids,”...

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