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On November 15, a group of IXL employees traded in our laptops for hard hats to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. Armed with hammers, nails, and even jackhammers, we spent our day learning new skills, bonding with our colleagues and making a difference in the community.

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Teach Kids to be Thankful All Year Round

November 24, 2014 At Home
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The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is great for inspiring kids to say what they’re thankful for – but once December hits, some children may switch into a “gimme” or “I want” mode, focusing on what gifts they want for the holidays and forgetting to appreciate what they already have. So how can we teach kids to express gratitude during the holidays and all 12 months of the year? Read on for some ideas!

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IXL Language Arts Usage Contest: Leaderboard Update

November 19, 2014 In the Classroom
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It’s just about the halfway point in our Grammar Geeks Unite! Language Arts Usage Contest, and we know you’re eager to see how your class is ranked  – so we’ve got the leaderboard right here!

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How to Keep Parents Connected With IXL Using Reports

November 17, 2014 At Home
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Teachers: Why wait until the next report card to let parents know how their students are performing in math and language arts? IXL’s reports provide a wealth of information that parents will find incredibly useful. Keep reading to learn how to share the power of IXL reporting with parents!

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How to Use IXL with Pre-K and Kindergarten Students

November 14, 2014 In the Classroom
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Research shows that the use of technology in an early childhood setting has many positive impacts – it increases student motivation, reinforces skills, encourages problem solving and collaboration, differentiates instruction, and tracks progress. Often, however, early childhood educators are unsure about how they can actually implement technology in their classroom and engage students with it in a developmentally appropriate manner. Jessica Sigler, a former kindergarten teacher (and now an IXL educational sales consultant), was in the same boat – but came up with creative ways to use IXL in her classroom and help students succeed. Read on to learn how ...

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What SmartScore Goal Should I Set For My Students?

November 10, 2014 In the Classroom
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Have you ever wondered how IXL’s math and language arts programs are able to adapt to each student’s skill level and provide accurate, continuous assessment of student performance? It’s all about the SmartScore! Setting SmartScore goals for your students is a great way to motivate them and encourage improvement. Read on to learn how to implement SmartScore goals in the classroom!

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IXL Language Arts Now Available on iPad!

October 30, 2014 At Home
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Great news for budding word wizards and grammar gurus – language arts for grades 2-8 is now available on the IXL iPad app! Just download the IXL app from the iTunes store, or update your existing app to the latest version, and start practicing vocabulary and grammar on-the-go. This latest update arrives just in time for our IXL Grammar Geeks Unite! Language Arts Usage Contest, which runs November 3-December 3. Enter your classroom for a chance to win a pizza party (and bragging rights)!

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Grammar Geeks Unite! IXL Language Arts Usage Contest

Contest runs November 3 – December 3

October 27, 2014 In the Classroom
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We are hosting a month-long contest to see which classrooms in the United States can answer the most English Language Arts questions on IXL. Competition will be fierce, so practice from home, at the computer lab, and on your iPads and Android tablets. On December 5, we’ll announce the winning classrooms on Facebook—each one will receive a pizza party! And, we’d love to feature your classroom’s Grammar Geeks on our Facebook page! Just snap a photo of your students practicing language arts on IXL, and send it to us in a Facebook message, and/or tweet it to us at @IXLLearning ...

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Tackle precalculus with IXL

Plus, new math skills for all grade levels

October 20, 2014 At Home
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Precalculus. For many high school students, it’s an intimidating subject to learn. However, a strong foundation in precalculus—which reinforces and builds upon algebra, trigonometry, and other mathematical concepts—prepares students for college and career success. IXL wants to help students feel comfortable with these challenging, higher-order math skills, so we’ve recently expanded our content to include precalculus. With this addition, students now have access to a full high school curriculum of over 975 advanced skills, presented in ways that make even the hardest math problems achievable. Read on to see a few examples of our new precalculus material!

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3 Middle School Language Arts Skills to Try This Fall

October 13, 2014 At Home
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The school year is in full swing, and we hope yours is off to a great start! Here at IXL, we’ve been working on expanding our language arts program to include more grade levels. Our most recent additions are 7th and 8th grade skills, which bring writing and reading comprehension to life. If you haven’t already explored our new content, here are three middle school language arts skills to try out this fall!

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