July 2013

Seven Inspiring Films for Educators

July 25, 2013 Uncategorized
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Superheroes and spaceships are all well and good when it comes to summer entertainment, but we thought you might also enjoy something a little more, well, down-to-earth. With another month of summer to go, now is the perfect time to start getting inspired for the new school year, while still taking advantage of relaxing vacation days. We think you’ll enjoy these award-winning films about the power of education and the positive influence that educators can have on their students’ lives. 1. The Miracle Worker (1962) The Miracle Worker tells the true story of Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan.

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Summer Boredom Busters

July 11, 2013 At Home
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Do the words “I’m bored” sound way too familiar? After the initial excitement of school-free days wears off, kids can start to get a little antsy. And as great as virtual games and apps can be, once in a while, you need a hands-on activity to shake things up! 1. For younger kids: Sometimes, the simplest activities are the best—and can keep kids entertained for hours! Get inspired with this super-easy project that repurposes a cheap pool noodle into a cool marble racetrack. 2. For older kids: What could be more fun than a real-world treasure hunt? In geocaching, players use GPS to help them locate hidden containers in their neighborhood—and all over the world. Caches can be found near a city street, at the end of a hike, or even underwater!

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2012-2013 School Year in Review

July 9, 2013 At Home
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Congratulations on finishing another school year! We hope it was a good one, full of learning, growth, and recognition for your hard work—whether you’re a parent, teacher, administrator, or student. In this spirit of recognition, we wanted to share some cool milestones you helped us reach over the past nine months:
-3.3 million new student accounts were created
-3.7 million students logged in and practiced on IXL
-47.2 million IXL skills were mastered
-18.9 million hours of practice were completed by signed-in users
-3 billion problems were answered by signed-in users

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Integrating Technology in Low-Tech Schools

July 2, 2013 In the Classroom
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As technology integration in schools forges ahead, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of new apps, gadgets, and innovations. But sometimes it’s important to step back and think about how we integrate them, and why we do it in the first place. We had the chance to attend a session at ISTE last week that addressed just that.

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