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Guest Post | 5 Steps to Implementing Game-Based Learning in the Classroom [+ Game Examples & Downloadable Guide]
Many teachers struggle to smoothly incorporate games into lessons due to time and logistical issues, yet see game-based learning (GBL) as a way to engage students and appeal to diverse learning styles. Research has continuously shown such advantages. For example, video games stimulate an increase in midbrain dopamine to help store and recall information, according to a 2014 article in the journal of Learning, Media and Technology.
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Revision Assistant is a new product from the folks at Turnitin that is designed to help support secondary students with writing. Revision Assistant provides both positive and constructive feedback to students while they write in order to help scaffold their writing processes. It is a stand-alone, web-based resource and is available across all platforms, including mobile devices.
It’s an excellent resource for supporting students through what can be a difficult and complex process, and you can read the complete review on our Review's Page.
bulb is a web based platform where students and educators can curate, create, share, and showcase their smarts. The main goal of the service is to provide a space where students and teachers can evaluate the meaningful works they have created, and to showcase their highlights by bringing in all forms of multimedia. It’s an excellent resource and offers some great features that aren’t typically seen in other digital portfolio providers. Read the complete review here.
Reviews | Reading Horizons Elevate®: Interactive Reading Software for 4th Grade to Adult, ELL Students, and Struggling Readers
Reading Horizons Elevate is an interactive reading program that is designed to provide differentiated reading instruction to students in 4th grade and above, including ELL students, struggling readers, and adults. The Reading Horizons Elevate software can be used independently on any computer or Chromebook with an internet connection, or with guidance from a teacher as part of a blended learning environment. Read more.
Reviews | Frontier from eSpark: Differentiated Digital Research and Writing Projects for 3rd - 8th Grade
Frontier is a new online resource that is designed to provide students with differentiated research and writing projects over a large variety of topics. The resource aims to gives students a choice as to which topic they’re interested in researching and writing about, and also asks students to make real-world connections through both topic and assessment options.
Frontier is available on any web enabled device and is currently available for free until March 31st. Read the complete review on our Review's Page.
sciNote is a new resource that is designed to help scientists organize, store, and share data as well as collaborate on experiments. It’s an excellent resource for those working in the field, but it also holds a great deal of potential for use in high school science classrooms. There are multiple possibilities for differentiation and collaboration, plus, it’s a completely free resource. Read the complete review on our Review's page.
Flipgrid is a new K-12 resource that is designed to promote open discussion between all students within your classroom. Teachers post topics, videos, or links for discussions and students respond to the prompt and to each other with short video reflections. It’s a wonderful resource, and Flipgrid offers a free plan as well for those who want to give it a try.
On the student side, FlipGrid is available as both an iOS and Android app, and teachers can login through any browser as well. Read the complete review on our Review's Page.
This review might be a little out of the vein of what we typically focus on here at the EdTech Roundup, but as a piano and percussion instructor for nearly 20 years, I have a deep-rooted passion for the incorporation of music and fine arts into K-12 education. I strongly believe that music education can be both a powerful and empowering component of a student’s education and I believe it’s a shame that so many schools have moved away from music requirements and integration.
Therefore, I’m always incredibly happy to see products like Cantata Learning’s new story books which incorporate music and movement in engaging and enjoyable ways. Read the complete review here.
Author: Bob Hand
At the beginning of this year, President Obama began an initiative called “Computer Science for All” to empower students around the nation with the skills needed to thrive in the modern world. As the end of the year draws near, it’s time to reflect: how has the American educational system changed to incorporate computer science into the curriculum? What can teachers do to further this goal? Read the complete post here.
Brainly is a social learning network designed for students to both seek out and provide help to their peers across all subjects and grade levels. It is a completely free resource that can be beneficial for students looking for help as well as students who are interested in helping others in areas they are interested in. It’s a wonderful resource, that provides lots of fun incentives for getting students involved with helping each other. Read the complete review.
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