IXL Helps an Urban State Park Blossom

IXL employees volunteer with Literacy for Environmental Justice

December 9, 2016

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Life at IXL

Last Saturday, a group of IXL volunteers helped an organization called Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) with an ongoing ecological restoration project at Candlestick Point in San Francisco. The leaders of this project, the Candlestick Point Eco-Stewards, hope to restore the area and open up San Francisco’s second campsite. The campsite will focus on youth involvement and will feature activities like kayaking and paddle boarding.

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Cultural Celebration Activities for Your Classroom

December 7, 2016

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In the Classroom
Cultural Celebration Activities for Your Classroom

The winter season is filled with opportunities to learn about cultural celebrations and bring some festive fun into your classroom. Whether you’re looking for lesson plan inspiration or holiday games and crafts, here’s a roundup of ideas for a full month of learning.

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Festive Family Activities for an Enlightening Winter Break

December 6, 2016

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At Home
Festive Family Activities for an Enlightening Winter Break

With winter break fast approaching, it’s nice to look forward to some quality family time. For a holiday season to remember, we’ve created a list of fun family activities that will give you a chance to soak up the season—and learn a thing or two.

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Wonderful Winter Reads for Kids of All Ages

A chilly reading round-up perfect for the ice and snow

December 1, 2016

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At Home
Wonderful Winter Reads for Kids of All Ages

Curl up with a good book and a steaming mug of hot chocolate to ward off the winter chill! We’ve rounded up some great wintry picks for kids of all ages—and adults too—that will make this the most wonderful time of year.

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Teaching Kids to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

November 30, 2016

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At Home
Teaching Kids to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is upon us! Young children are particularly susceptible to this annual peak in influenza, which sends an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 to the hospital because of flu-related complications. One of the best ways to prevent kids from getting sick is to teach them how to practice good hygiene at home and at school, where the virus can easily spread among students. Read on for some ways you can help your kids stay healthy through winter and beyond!

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Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities

November 21, 2016

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At Home
Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities

This Thanksgiving, get to the heart of the holiday with random acts of kindness, thoughtful art projects, and more! Here are a few ways to fill those pre-dinner hours with meaningful activities that cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

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Moving Beyond the Standard Curriculum with IXL Math

A Case Study of Roscommon Elementary School in Roscommon, Michigan

November 17, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
Moving Beyond the Standard Curriculum with IXL Math

Second grade teacher Scott Mayes knows the struggle of differentiation. It was a daily challenge until his school, Roscommon Elementary, purchased a license for IXL Math in 2012. Since then, Scott has used IXL to give his students extra support and expose them to math concepts that have not yet been covered in their standardized math curriculum.

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Wondering Where to Start with Private Funding for Your Class?

A how-to guide on successfully funding your IXL classroom membership

November 15, 2016

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In the Classroom
Wondering Where to Start with Private Funding for Your Class?

Looking to get a new resource for your class, but struggling to come up with space in your budget for it? Thankfully, in this day and age, there are lots of private funding options out there! To help you take advantage of these funding sources, we’ve compiled a guide with tips and best practices for successfully achieving your goal.

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IXL Employees Share Their Love of Science

IXL Volunteers at the Bay Area Science Festival

November 11, 2016

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Life at IXL
IXL Employees Share Their Love of Science

During the first weekend of November, thousands of people descended on San Francisco’s AT&T Park to share their love of science. Saturday’s Discovery Day was the final event of the weeklong Bay Area Science Festival and boasted 150 booths with activities for science enthusiasts of all ages. For the first time in the festival’s 6-year history, IXL sponsored a booth—and the day was a great success for everyone!

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What Does It Take to Have a Student-Centered Classroom?

A look at the role of heutagogy in learning

November 7, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
What Does It Take to Have a Student-Centered Classroom?

What’s “heutagogy” and what does it have to do with school? Eryn Barker, a Professional Learning Specialist at IXL, is here to answer those questions and more in this guest post!

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