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Educational games should have specific learning objectives

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December 27, 2012
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Head of the Class 
  • Educational games should have specific learning objectives
    Effective education games help students learn through hands-on experiences and a system of challenges and rewards, experts say. However, Dan White, CEO and a founding partner of Filament Games, says the best games include specific objectives for learning and are interactive to keep students engaged and motivated to complete tasks. eSchool News (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

So What Do They Really Know? shows English teachers how to make formative assessment a powerful part of everyday instruction, with lessons and strategies for getting to know students well, differentiating instruction, giving feedback, grading, and more. Read Chapter 1, Assessment: It Doesn't Have to Be the Enemy.
  • Donated tablet computers help engage students in lessons
    The Verizon Foundation and Samsung recently donated 60 tablet computers to a school in Detroit, along with funding to train math, science and technology teachers and students how to use the devices for classroom activities. So far, officials say the tablets appear to be a hit. One group of seventh-grade students used the devices recently to access Droid Skyview, using GPS coordinates to plot a portion of the solar system. The Detroit News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Systems Management 
  • Application helps students, schools track service hours
    Schools and students can track volunteer and service hours using a mobile application that is also available online. The app, developed by a Texas-based education technology startup called intelliVOL, is being used by schools in 20 states and Canada. "Service is an important factor in the college acceptance process, yet it is the most overlooked process when it comes to 21st century technology solutions in high schools nationwide," said Michele Pitman, the company's chief executive and co-founder. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing Budgets 
  • Advocates, districts challenge state education funding in 10 states
    Ten states have active legal cases over state funding for education moving through their court systems, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, many experts say the results of these cases can leave something to be desired as a ruling to increase education spending doesn't always have an impact on school finances in the long term. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Schools and Social Media 
  • Scottish school adopts social media curriculum
    A school in Scotland is teaching students about the libel risks associated with social media websites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Educators said the lessons -- included in the personal, social, health and economic section of the national curriculum -- focus on the ways in which students are using social networking websites and the potential problems they might experience. "Students need to know that whatever they say may just come back to bite them," said Carol Manley, a senior teacher. The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Last Byte 
  • How school leaders can pay it forward
    There are three things that good school leaders can do to help develop other leaders, writes Joe Mazza, lead learner at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia. He suggests in this blog post that they invest in a healthy school culture, which fosters trust and respect among all teachers. He also recommends that leaders invest in personal relationships and an "outside the box" lens. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet."
--Joseph Joubert,
French essayist

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