26 12, 2018

Four Ways to Include Digital Games in the Classroom

By | 2018-12-25T08:33:25+00:00 December 26th, 2018|education, educational activities, Educational Content|0 Comments

Children love video games.  In our increasingly digital world, we can leverage their use for instructional purposes.  Here are four tips for educators and curriculum developers to use digital games in the classroom. Games as motivational aids Research has shown that video games help in promoting learning and motivating students.  A study at NYU found that gaming encourages students to become more engaged about their learning, and to become confident about their skills.  Games have an inherent motivational element, as they mostly contain leaderboards and built-in competition. This will eventually lead to progress in their learning. Use them to enhance instruction When selecting games to enhance instruction, make sure that the game you are using fits with your subject’s requirements, the needs of your students, and the skills they will need to develop to complete a lesson.  The key is to use games to help you plan curricula that engage students and support learning, and are not merely an end in themselves. Don’t reinvent the wheel Don't spend your time developing new video games to teach [...]

25 07, 2018

Three Ways to Develop Self-Awareness

By | 2018-08-10T20:33:02+00:00 July 25th, 2018|education, educational activities|0 Comments

Summer is a time for fun activities, exploring new ideas, meeting new people, and enjoying time with friends and family. Summer is also a perfect time for children to hone their skills with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The activities below support development of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, and Social Awareness. School administrators and school districts can provide these activities to their teachers and parents to encourage Social Emotional Learning not only in summer but all year long. Self-Awareness helps children learn about their emotions, personal goals, and values. It also helps them understand that all of these are interconnected. Self-Management is about regulating your emotions and persevering through difficulties. Social Awareness is learning to understand, empathize, and feel compassion for others regardless of cultural, religious, or other differences. This summer, encourage children from elementary to high school to work within these skills by engaging in the following activities. Self-Awareness To explore self-awareness, provide the following context for learners to understand why naming their feelings is necessary in developing self-awareness. Sometimes understanding yourself can be challenging, but this [...]

4 07, 2018

7 Summer Educational Activities to Keep Students Learning

By | 2018-06-26T17:03:58+00:00 July 4th, 2018|education, educational activities, Educational Content, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Most parents know that their children suffer a learning deficit over the summer months, but we bet you’d be surprised to learn just how significant this loss can be. A recent five-year study considering students in grades two through nine found that students lost 25 to 30 percent of the learning they’d acquired over the school year. Educational activities are important in the summer months. Of course, the way to remedy this learning loss is to make sure your kids continue to learn over the summer. Here are seven ways to keep them learning this summer—even if they still insist you take them to the pool! For young students: Encourage young students to improve their STEM skills by asking them to make a windsock kite. Kids can experiment by adding decorations like streamers and beads, but what decorations will make the kite stop flying? Read books with your young children, and then connect reading to the activities described in the book. For example, you could read Laura Ingalls Wilder and take your kids on a trip [...]