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Gamification is a buzzword that you’ve probably heard a lot lately. It’s become a popular method for increasing the enjoyment and interactivity of learning and shaping behavior in many different environments. We’re seeing it pop up in schools, businesses, and our personal lives. With so much focus on gamifying our activities, it’s worthwhile to take a step back and see what it is and how it really works.

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May 02, 2019
Athena Baker

The Fun in Learning to Code Through Coding Games

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

From the time that I first learned Python during Sophomore year of college until today, learning how to code has always been a struggle. Prior to learning Python, I wasn’t the most technical person on the planet; I didn’t like that my coding classes consisted of boring drills, overly wordy textbooks, and meaningless coding projects that took up a HUGE chunk of my time.

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March 07, 2019
Kristin Crouch

Libraries: Not Just for Bookworms

Learning at Home, STEM, STEAM

Having a birthday party for your child? The library can help with that.

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January 24, 2019
Nupur Biswal

Improve Critical Thinking Skills With DIY Games

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

In today’s technological and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to assimilate data and demonstrate critical thinking skills versus repeating a list of facts from memorization. Kids need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, analyze, compare, contrast, make inferences, and demonstrate higher order thinking skills.

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January 03, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Cool Classroom Activity: Ice Core Mini Lesson

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

Looking to make climate change and proxy data hands on and accessible to students? Then this is the lesson for you!

In this mini-lesson, students will use simulated ice cores to make hands-on measurements and observations to help them construct an understanding of how scientists use proxy data as evidence of climate change.

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December 20, 2018
Alyssa Besonen

Making Math Move with Upper Elementary Students

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

I used to think that students were able to remain focused for a whole group math lesson that lasted 25-30 minutes long. I noticed some bored-looking facial expressions and students who were unable to respond or demonstrate understanding and after looking at the data from my students over several years, I saw a decline in their ability to understand concepts in math. I knew I needed to change my instructional approach.

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December 06, 2018
Becky Hill

Lessening Tutoring Stress with Games

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

The school year can be difficult for some children, especially if they prefer to play.  The years which require a child to study and/or do homework can be hard. When a child falls behind, oftentimes a tutor is required.What happens in those tutoring sessions? In years past, some tutors would often sit and do book work. One-on-one attention is an excellent learning environment, but some children have difficulty sitting. They prefer to play.

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