Video Games in Learning

When it comes to the conversation of children and video games, we always tend to find negative backlash towards the idea of kids playing video games. Research has been conducted for years when it comes analyzing the negative effects of video games; some studies claiming that gaming can lead to depression and aggression in children. Yet, we rarely hear the good side of this argument to balance out society’s perception of video games.

The truth is, video games can play a major role in the learning cycle of a child’s life, and can bolster a wide array of cognitive skills in students. Since gaming has successfully played a major role on how children gather new information


Top Educator Influencers on Twitter

Teacher Appreciation Week may be over, but while we've all taken time to thank the teachers we know IRL, let's also take a second to shout out the education Twittersphere. These tweeters continually inform, motivate, and entertain us on the topic of education, across all subjects, age ranges, and points-of-view.

They're our favorites--who are yours? Share below!

Steven W. Anderson/@web20classroom

Followers: 137K

Follow for:

  • Education technology
  • Student development
  • Teaching methods
  • Social media how-to's
  • Ed…

Teacher Appreciation Discounts & Deals 2016

Teacher Appreciation Day is a day where we give our thanks and appreciation to honor our teachers who pass down their knowledge and expertise, guiding future generations of engineers, therapists, scientists, artists, and, best of all, teachers! Give yourself or a teacher you know some well deserved treats with the discounts on this list. From lunchtime goodies to office staples to work wardrobe updates, we've got you covered. And if we missed anything, please drop any links to discounts and deals for teachers you know of in the comments below!

J. Crew

On top of the usual 15% discount for teachers with a valid ID in store, J. Crew is ramping up its discounts to 20% off purchases for teachers from May 3-4.


How to Transition to Online Homework Assignments

Grading offline homework is a tedious task. Just getting all the assignments home without throwing out your back or losing anything is a miracle. And half the time the homework doesn’t even get to you: you’re practically fluent in student excuses from hearing so many.

Taking homework online, however, eliminates many of these problems: students can’t leave a Google Doc at home and you can’t lose a blog post on your way to the car. There are also many apps that make grading and organizing online homework assignments faster and easier.

Like any technology integration, however, this can seem like a daunting task: Where do I even start? This transition can be as simple or involved as you want; use these tips as a guide.

Just Get Started

The best way to transition to online homework is to simply do it. But getting started doesn’t have to mean going in all at once. Start small, with just one homework assignment a week. …


Five Alternative Careers to Pursue With a Teaching Degree

Many don’t realize this, but educators are trained to have many of the same skills that coincide with other careers. Some of these skills include organization, public speaking and presentation skills, leadership, multi-tasking, and effective time management. In fact, being an educator is a beast of its own. To quote Ryan Fuller at Slate, “Giving a presentation to NASA about how the thermal protection system of a spacecraft is connected to its primary structure is a cakewalk compared to getting 30 teenagers excited about logarithms.”

In a 2013 study executed by Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, they found that only 27% of college graduates held jobs that we…


Teach100 Mentor: Teacher Appreciation 2016 Stories

Around Thanksgiving, did a project to learn more about teachers' day to day efforts. It was called "Thank Teachers For," and it encouraged teachers to write themselves thank-you cards to share on social media. The cards would tell stories of small acts of kindness, extra efforts, or special measures of patience that non-teachers might not know is a a part of the job. Something about attaching specific circumstances--coming in on a sick day or helping a student cope with a death in the family--paints a more vidid picture of all the ways teachers give back. That's what we were hoping to do in having teachers speak up on their own behalves.

Many people made cards (with our generator, which you can still use!), bu…


8 Questions with a Teacher Librarian Consultant

8 QUESTIONS is a series of interviews with teachers who have effectively transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in the field of education. We at believe that teaching is a rigorous and diverse classroom in and of itself; the skills learned “in the trenches” can translate into an exciting portfolio of professional options. From education tech to consulting, the only “X factor” is where you want to go — our interviews hope to shine a light on the steps it takes to get there.