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March’s Quest of the Month: Teacher Steve Isaacs’ game design lesson plan

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Introducing Classcraft's first-ever Quest of the Month! Each month at Classcraft, we'll be choosing one awesome quest to promote. Quests are personalized, self-paced, choose-your-own-adventure lessons for students. Our goal is to spotlight the amazing educators who inspire us and share creative, teacher-made content with our global community of forward-thinking educators. If you use Classcraft, you can submit quests you'
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Future-ready education: The lessons students need to learn aren’t taught by textbooks

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New to the world of edtech, I arrived at the 2016 SETDA/ISTE conferences in Denver, Colorado, as the chief academic officer of the New Jersey Department of Education. I was there to celebrate two New Jersey educators who were being recognized for their work fostering student voice. The conference began with “speed dating” rounds, where educators could learn more about companies looking to partner with and support their work with students. The kickoff began with each new company giving an
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How assessing student types helps me individualize their learning experience

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When assessing my approach to teaching and my relationship with students, I never once forgot the first piece of advice I received. It was my cousin who told that the one thing every good teacher needs to have is "eyes in the back of their head." It was true back then, and it's still very much true today, even with the huge technological development we are witnessing in schools. Whether or not you use new techniques in teaching and classroom management, the best thing you can do is to be awa
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How I use Dungeons and Dragons in the classroom

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Let me start off by saying that I hate Dungeons & Dragons. No, let me rephrase that — D&D has caused me more heartache, lack of sleep, troubled dreams, and loss of focus at work than my ex-wife! … And that kind of power is exactly what makes it such an amazing tool to use with students in the classroom. But before I tell you about how I’ve incorporated Dungeons & Dragons into the classroom, I’d like to take you back … way back (Hey! I’m 48 years old!) ... to m
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Webinar event: How educators can crowdfund resources for their classroom

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Classcraft is excited to announce our upcoming webinar with crowdfunding platform PledgeCents this February. The webinar, "How to Crowdfund the Classroom Resources You Need," will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at 8 PM EST and is available to anyone who'd like to attend. Special guest Andyshea Saberioon, the CEO and co-founder of PledgeCents, will head the prese
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Teaching with technology: How, when, and how much?

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Technology is to the classroom as a costume is to a superhero. Superhero in this context will be defined as someone with abnormal quirks that allow them advantages over the typical human. Many superheroes use their powers without any sort of accessory, but their suit often serves as a modifier, enhancing or structuring abilities so that they can take down villains with ease. It is important to remember that the suit is unique to the superhero. Like a suit, technology should be unique t
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How to measure social emotional learning

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Social emotional learning (SEL) is a key factor in ensuring students are prepared for future success. It’s one of the top determinants of their performance in the workplace, where they’re expected to be team players who can communicate effectively, manage their emotions, and adapt to changes easily. But if there’s no set curriculum to teach social emotional learning, how do we know our kids are acquiring the skills they need? Where do
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How to use flexible seating to maximize your classroom

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Flexible seating is one of the hottest new trends in education today. Teachers around the world have been looking at adding exercise balls, couches, and standing desks as a way to maximize engagement and provide a new environment for students to work in. But the process can be intimidating, and figuring out how to manage your new learning environment can be overwhelming. Here is how to get started with flexible seating, a
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How to implement cooperative grouping in the inclusive middle school classroom

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Young teenagers in middle school grow at very different rates and, in this period when they are figuring themselves out, have an “intense need for social interaction and peer affiliation.” It’s no wonder the development of students’ interpersonal and social skills has been identified as a key goal of middle-level education in the National Middle School Association’s position paper, “

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5 incredible student-designed games and experiences

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The ETC Festival 2017 this week showcased some of Pittsburgh’s best student-designed games and experiences using technology such as virtual reality, mobile devices, and occasionally the more bizarre — like a fully functional Egyptian tomb. I attended the festival at the Entertainment Technology Center, part of Carnegie Mellon University, where more than 25 student-created games and experiences were on display. Many are part of Jesse Schell
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How school leaders and teachers can prevent bullying using PBIS

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In a paper titled “Bullying in secondary schools: Action planning using a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support framework,” Tory De Shannon Lawrence suggests ways to incorporate proactive initiatives into a PBIS framework to prevent bullying behavior. Lawrence, a PhD student at Liberty University in Virginia, has worked with several schools to create action plans that address problematic student behaviors. In her paper,
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How to crowdfund Classcraft with PledgeCents

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Thanks to our partnership with crowdfunding platform PledgeCents, it’s super easy for teachers to fundraise a year of Classcraft Premium with the support of their local community. With PledgeCents, you can get your fundraising page set up in minutes. You’ll receive $1 per Facebook share of your page (up to $16 for individual licenses, or $250 for school licenses). Classcraft is also backing each campaign with an initial do
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G Suite for Education or Google Classroom?

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G Suite, Google Apps, Google Classroom … Google has made a big push into the education world, and keeping all the terms straight can be a little overwhelming. But it’s important to understand what they mean, especially if your school is making the switch to Google’s platform. G Suite for Education and Google Classroom might sound like two separate programs, but they’re actually not as different as you think. Already using Googl
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How to use Google Classroom for personalized learning

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Integrating personalized learning into the classroom can seem daunting, but the shift becomes easier when teachers leverage tools they’re already using — like Google Classroom. Below are some simple tips you can follow to use Google Classroom for personalized learning in the classroom. Already using Google Classroom? Gamify it with Classcraft today! 1. Differentiate learning with technology If you use
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Is Google Classroom a virtual classroom or LMS?

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With more schools making the switch to Chromebooks and Google apps, Google Classroom is an increasingly popular tool. But what exactly is it: a virtual classroom or an LMS? The simple answer: Google Classroom is an LMS, or learning management system. But if you’ve been asking yourself this question, it’s probably because you need a little help understanding the difference between a virtual classroom and an LMS. In this article, we’ll define these terms, assess their
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How to explain personalized learning to parents

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Personalized learning directly affects the daily routine of you and your students, but often parents are out of the loop when it comes to its purpose and benefits in the classroom. Below is a simple guide that you can follow when explaining personalized learning to parents. What is personalized learning, and why do we need it? Personalized learning is education’s answer to the ever-changing needs of diverse student populations, who enter school with different lea