IXL Spring Learning Showdown – Week 1 Rankings

March 24, 2014 In the Classroom
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The results are in! This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the IXL Spring Learning Showdown rankings for Week 1! Keep up the great work, everyone. Remember, the top three classes in each division will win, so it’s still anyone’s game!

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IXL Spring Learning Showdown

March 10, 2014 In the Classroom
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Your students are already practicing till they’re perfect—now it’s time to show the world what they can do! Starting March 17, we are hosting a month-long contest to see which classrooms can answer the most questions on IXL. Competition will be fierce, so practice from home, at the computer lab, on your iPads—on April 18, we’ll announce our winning classrooms on Facebook! And while all that knowledge gained is a pretty good reward, we’ll also be throwing a pizza party for the top 3 classrooms from each level (elementary, middle, and high school)!

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IXL Insights – Take Advantage of Our iPad App

March 6, 2014 IXL Insights
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We know you’re familiar with all we have to offer online at IXL.com, but did you know that IXL also has an iPad app? Anyone can practice 20 free questions per day, and full access is included with all IXL math memberships—so take advantage of it!

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6 Parent Blogs to Watch

October 29, 2013 At Home
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Blogs have become one of the most powerful ways for parents to share and connect with one another online. Whether you’re looking for information, entertainment, or a little bit of both, here are some of our favorite parent blogs to follow. 1. Most likely to inspire you: Enjoying the Small Things – With a knack for writing and an eye for photography, Kelle Hampton blogs about loving and living with five kids in Naples, FL. She writes with honesty and optimism on everything from DIY holiday crafts to raising a daughter with special needs.

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IXL Insights – Free Daily Practice

October 15, 2013 IXL Insights
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Are you looking for some quick math and language arts review? Would you like to demonstrate a concept on the electronic white board with your students? Are you curious about the variety of question types IXL provides? Take advantage of our free practice problems! For anyone who wishes to get a taste of what IXL offers, we’re happy to provide 20 free problems per subject, per day on IXL. See how our SmartScore works and watch as questions adapt based on your responses, becoming easier if you get stuck on a skill and harder as you excel. You can even switch from one topic or grade level to another. To start, simply go to www.ixl.com and pick a skill!

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5 Tricks to a Safe and Spooky Halloween

October 8, 2013 At Home
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Parents, don’t let Halloween sneak up on you…Avoid the last-minute costume panic and start planning ahead now with these helpful resources! 1. It’s All About the Outfit – What is Halloween all about, if not finding the perfect costume? Spoonful.com offers a wide selection of costumes ideas for girls and boy, from silly to spooky. 2. To Wear or Not to Wear? – It’s safe to say that many of the costumes marketed to young women today aren’t exactly parent-approved. Are they cause for concern, or something to simply put up with for one night a year? This article from Huffington Post explores both sides of the issue. 3. Skip the Sugar Rush – Do your kids bring Halloween candy home by the pillowcase? Avoid the negative effects of too much sugar with these smart tips.

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IXL Math Graduates to High School

October 3, 2013 At Home
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You’re probably familiar with our elementary and middle school math content, but did you know IXL is taking on high school? Students who practice Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 skills on IXL will encounter not only more complex subject matter but also more sophisticated problem types to keep them challenged and engaged in learning.

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L.A. iPad Incident: A Reality Check for Mobile Initiatives?

October 1, 2013 In the Classroom
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Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Unified School District generated major buzz when they announced a $30-million initiative to put iPads in the hands of each of its 650,000 K-12 students. Last week, they made headlines again when nearly 300 high school students managed to bypass the security restrictions that tracked online activities and prevented students from accessing certain sites.

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IXL Insights – Welcome to the Challenge Zone

September 26, 2013 IXL Insights
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Practice on IXL is always exciting, but there’s something about that final stretch you just can’t beat. As soon as you reach a SmartScore of 90, you collect your third ribbon and the countdown begins…Welcome to the Challenge Zone! The Challenge Zone, that stretch of questions between 90 and 100, gives students a chance to really show off their stuff. Any score above 90 is excellent, but for those who wish to push even further, hidden prizes and a deeper level of understanding await!

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5 Festive Activities for Fall

September 24, 2013 At Home
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Can you smell the freshly-baked pumpkin bread? Fall is officially here! Share the wonders of this magical season with your students or children. Here are some ideas to get you started: 1. Discover the science behind fall foliage – The warm colors of autumn never fail to delight us, but why do they occur? This science lesson explains how and why leaves change color in the fall and includes four fun activities for students to complete, including a plant-themed word scramble and an experiment that separates colors in a leaf using chromatography.

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