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Show and Tell : Kate Mattison

A Q&A with IXL’s Director of Products

December 8, 2014 Life at IXL
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In a new series of blog posts, we’ll be introducing you to members of the IXL team. Through fun Q&As, you’ll learn how our employees bring IXL to life, and how we spend our time away from the office. We’re kicking off this series with an interview with Kate Mattison, Director of Products. Read on to …

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IXL Language Arts Usage Contest Winners!

December 5, 2014 In the Classroom
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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for…we’re revealing the winners of the Grammar Geeks Unite! Language Arts Usage Contest! Here are the top 10 classrooms, based on the average number of problems practiced per student. The top five are our winners, and will get to celebrate with a pizza party courtesy of IXL! J. Solomon’s class, St. …

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Introducing the IXL Community

Support and resources for teachers

December 1, 2014 In the Classroom
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We’re excited to announce the launch of the IXL Community today! Located under the new Community tab on IXL, we’ve designed this professional learning community to be a space where teachers can get support, resources, and ideas for IXL.   Here are some of the helpful features you’ll find on the IXL Community: Video tutorials and webinars Missed one …

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Helping to Build a Community

November 25, 2014 Life at IXL
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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. The work that we IXLers did that …

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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 …

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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! Here are the top 10 classrooms so far, based on the average number of problems practiced per student: J. Smith’s class, St. …

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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! Updating parents on their child’s performance is …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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