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How Can Developers Make Meaningful Learning Games for Classrooms?

How Can Developers Make Meaningful Learning Games for Classrooms?

| January 3, 2014 | 10 Comments

As game developers look at a complicated education marketplace studded with persistent challenges, a few guidelines have begun to emerge to help make it easier for teachers to use and see value in educational games.

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What Happens When Parents Decide to Opt-Out of Standardized Tests?

What Happens When Parents Decide to Opt-Out of Standardized Tests?

| December 3, 2013 | 5 Comments

Parents are increasingly worried that the emphasis on standardized test scores is destroying children’s love of learning.

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In the Rush to Buy New Tech for Common Core, What Happens to the Big Picture?

In the Rush to Buy New Tech for Common Core, What Happens to the Big Picture?

| December 3, 2013 | 9 Comments

As schools and districts prepare for the Common Core State Standards, the pressure to buy new technology overtakes the need to create a vision and a plan for smart long-term use.

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Will the New SAT Be a Better Barometer for College Readiness?

Will the New SAT Be a Better Barometer for College Readiness?

| November 14, 2013 | 5 Comments

The new test is slated to be revealed in January, and as of now it’s hard to know specifically what the changes will actually look like, and in what ways the test will be “improved” for test takers.

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How Can Students Be Successful in a High Stakes World?

How Can Students Be Successful in a High Stakes World?

| November 12, 2013 | 5 Comments

High school students increasingly see school as something to “do,” not a place to learn. How can parents and educators reframe success to allow schools to become a place of deep engagement and real learning?

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Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

| August 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

Some educators are looking forward to incorporating the new standards, encouraged by what they consider to be a higher level of rigor, but others believe big questions must be addressed before the standards are adopted.

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What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

| August 6, 2013 | 6 Comments

Clever tools can even allow us to measure and monitor our own progress. Newly awash in data, the question becomes: What do we do with this information?

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Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

| April 29, 2013 | 5 Comments

Competency-based learning, which allows students to progress at their own pace after they’ve shown mastery of a subject, rather than by their age, is quickly gaining momentum. Already, a few states like New Hampshire, Maine, and Oregon are moving towards implementing competency-based learning models throughout the entire state. What’s more, 40 states have at least […]

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In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

| April 19, 2013 | 10 Comments

Renato Ganoza/Flickr   In this era of global competition, test scores are used as the primary benchmark to call out which countries will produce “successful” students. Knowing that American students are competing against a global pool of the best and brightest has led education leaders to focus more on how they score on international tests […]

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SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

| March 14, 2013 | 19 Comments

SimCity As game-based learning gains momentum in education circles, teachers increasingly want substantive proof that games are helpful for learning. The game-makers at the non-profit GlassLab are hoping to do this with the popular video game SimCity. GlassLab is working with commercial game companies, assessment experts, and those versed in digital classrooms to build SimCityEDU, a […]

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