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Games motivate students to read beyond their grade level

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Kids spend a lot of time playing video games, and it's paying off for their education. Hannah Gerber, a literacy researcher at Sam Houston State University, observed 10th grade students and found while they only read about 10 minutes a day in English class—they spent 70 minutes reading at home. They're not devouring novels but instead websites and guides devoted to their favorite video games, like Minecraft or World of W
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7 studies that prove game-based learning really works

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The research proves it: Video games help students better understand what they’re studying in school. In a recent paper titled “Video Games in Education,” elementary teacher Matthew C. Heins looked at a number of studies where teachers used games in K-12 classes. “Video games were utilized in every major content area to an extent to help improve student learning,” Heins wrote. “The learning that took place improve
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How to maximize collaborative learning with Google Docs

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Digital tools like Google Documents are a great resource for increasing student collaboration in the classroom. Students can write together and edit together, but an academic paper from The Open University of Israel suggests that some methods of sharing and collaboration may be more helpful than others. In a paper entitled “What Type of Collaboration Helps? Psychological Ownership, Perceived Learning, and Outcome Quality o