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Just how important is reading aloud to children?

Parents and educators recognize the importance of reading to children. But how important is it really? An extensive study done by the U.S. Department of Education determined that “children who were read to at least three times a week had a significantly greater phonemic awareness when they entered kindergarten than did children who were read to less often and they were twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading”. It is also known that one of the best predictors of early reading success is phonemic awareness. This is powerful information for stressing the importance …

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The best 14 iOS apps for teachers and educators

Long gone are the days of straight rows and chalkboards. A quiet and independent learning environment is no longer considered effective. With the introduction of new evaluation systems, planned and unplanned walkthroughs, and the debut of the Common Core State Standards it is no wonder why teachers have been scrambling for innovative ways to stand out – or better yet – survive.

Suggested ways to engage students in learning through technology are:

  • Global learning
  • Multimedia
  • Video streaming
  • Gaming
  • Staying on trend
  • Connecting to world

iOS Apps (or Apple applications for iPod and iPad), if used properly, can have a profound …

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10 DIY Minecraft ideas and decor

Kids nowadays are no strangers to video games. If you allow your kids time on the tablet for educational purposes, chances are they are also exposed to a variety of entertaining games. So it’s no surprise that they may pick up a game-themed celebration for their upcoming birthday party.

One of the most commonly requested game-themed trends in the past few years is a Minecraft-themed party. If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, it’s a game that allows your character to explore an infinite vast world where you can build things, hunt monsters, and mine for resources. The incredible amount of …

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