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May 13, 2016

[NEW POST] Encouraging Students With Game-Based Learning

And from K12, Inc. themselves to finish the week…

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Can Games Increase Student Success?
Games are a fun, interactive way to teach students. They can also help encourage students who are otherwise disengaged learners. When students feel a sense of competition and urgency, they become motivated to learn concepts so they can advance further into the game.

To be an effective teaching tool, games need to explain, expand, or reinforce academic concepts or assist players in developing specific skills. The most effective games have defined learning outcomes and help players apply what they’ve learned to real-world situations.

Games should require students to actively participate and use the skills being taught through play. This high-participation level isn’t hard to achieve with young learners today who have grown up playing technology-based games.

Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning

Both gamification and game-based learning can be effective tools in the classroom. But what’s the difference between them?

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Blended Learning Success: Positively Impacting Every Student
In its new series, “Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs,” the Evergreen Education Group takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Crater Lake Charter Academy case study.

Blended Learning Success

In only their second school year in operation, more than 200 students are currently enrolled at Crater Lake Charter Academy (CLCA), a blended learning comprehensive charter school located in Eagle Point, Oregon, serving grades K through 12.

Six months after opening its doors, CLCA began the accreditation process through AdvancED, an accrediting agency that conducts onsite external reviews of pre-K–12 schools and school systems. As part of their accreditation survey, they questioned CLCA elementary and secondary students and their parents. Below are the especially positive results from the survey where 94 percent of elementary and secondary students agreed that “teachers help me prepare for the next school year.”

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Five Ideas for Creating a Community in Online Learning
4.27.2016, Contributor: Kelli Hicks, FuelEd teacher
As an online or blended learning teacher, it can be hard sometimes to create the same feeling of a community that you can in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting—but it isn’t impossible. Here are five ways you can create a sense of community with your students and fellow teachers in the online world.

1. Team Name: Create a team name for your class of students. Take suggestions from the students in your class or teachers you’re paired with and start calling yourself a team. I’ve found that when you start calling a group a TEAM, magic happens. Then, use a survey tool so everyone can vote on which team name they like the best. After the name is decided upon, start using it in course announcements and emails that are sent to the group. For example, we named our Utah team “The Utilizers…”

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The Utilizers’ logo and their superhero mascots.
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