In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked IXL employees to share life lessons gleaned from their mothers or wisdom that they’ve shared with their own children. The responses ranged from hilarious to inspirational and were a great showcase of how much we’ve learned from our moms.

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IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016 Winners

Find out which classes won the contest!

May 4, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016 Winners

Nearly 15,000 classrooms entered our Spring Learning Showdown, and students collectively answered over 113 million questions. That’s a lot of learning! And now, (drumroll), it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: time to announce the winners!

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IXLers Head Back to School—To Volunteer!

IXL Helps Out at East Palo Alto Academy’s Campus

April 29, 2016

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Life at IXL
IXLers Head Back to School—To Volunteer!

On April 23, a group of IXLers went back to high school for the day! We helped students at East Palo Alto Academy clean up their campus and prepare for a big school project. East Palo Alto Academy is a small public charter high school that strives to prepare students for college and the 21st-century workplace.

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What’s a Mole Have to Do with the White House? How to Handle Polysemous Words in the Classroom

April 28, 2016

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In the Classroom
What’s a Mole Have to Do with the White House? How to Handle Polysemous Words in the Classroom

A mole is a very different concept depending on whether you’re sitting in social studies or science class: are you referring to a spy in the White House or the small burrowing mammal? Regardless, both meanings are related (they both go under the radar) and can cause confusion for students, particularly English language learners. Here’s what to watch out for in the vocabulary of your content area.

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Show and Tell: Randy Rawlins

A Q&A with an IXL Technical Support Analyst

April 26, 2016

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Life at IXL
Show and Tell: Randy Rawlins

Meet Randy Rawlins, a computer whiz and Technical Support Analyst at our Raleigh office. Find out about his racecar aspirations, how he’d survive a zombie apocalypse, and more!

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IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #2

Will your class finish in the Top 3?

April 22, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #2

We’re nearing the finish line for this year’s Spring Showdown, and your classes continue impressing us with their dedication and drive to win! Here’s the second leaderboard update—take a look to see if your class is in the Top 20*!

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Should the English Spelling System Be Revised to Help Kids Learn?

April 20, 2016

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At Home, In the Classroom
Should the English Spelling System Be Revised to Help Kids Learn?

It’s no secret that English spelling is complex. What’s often forgotten is that it takes children a long time to master the skill, and let’s not kid ourselves: plenty of adults still grapple with it too (to? two?). In light of these reasons, some people are advocating for a reform of the system, whether through a complete overhaul or more targeted changes. So is there any weight to their (there? they’re?) argument?

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IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #1

Is your class on track to take home the prize?

April 15, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #1

Wow! We’re already blown away by the number of classrooms who have entered and the amount of questions that have been answered. Check out the current standings below to see if your class ranks in the Top 20 of their grade bracket!

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Ever Wondered What It Would Be Like to Learn to Read Again?

An Exercise to Understand Students’ Literacy Challenges

April 13, 2016

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In the Classroom
Ever Wondered What It Would Be Like to Learn to Read Again?

For most of us, the experience of learning to read is a distant, fading memory. It’s hard to put ourselves back in the shoes of young students as they painstakingly sound out words. Whether you teach kids who are just beginning to develop literacy skills or work with English language learners who aren’t yet literate in English, the following exercise can help you relive the process of learning to read and better understand the struggles your students face!

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IXL’s Mobile Team Goes Back to School for a Classroom Visit!

The mobile team visited John Kelley Elementary School to see how they use IXL on iPads

April 12, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL’s Mobile Team Goes Back to School for a Classroom Visit!

Recently some of the engineers from our mobile team went on a field trip—back to school! Corey Zilli, an IXL Educational Sales Consultant, went along with them and is here to report the story.

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