## Five Life Skills You Can Learn From Video Games

You’ve probably noticed the video game industry taking over the world. Digital games are now ubiquitous: they’re on our laptops, our tablets and cell phones, even on planes. In 2013 over 58% of Americans played video games and it’s predicted that in 2015 worldwide video game market revenue will reach \$70.1 billion. While video games […]

## Multiplication Games

One of the best way to teach multiplication is with games, be they virtual or physical.  One of our third-grade episodes, A Spinning Table, lets kids pull a lever and WHOOSH!!!!!  Some of the numbers fly off as the table spins.  Students are asked to fill in the missing numbers, a fun way to reinforce their multiplication […]

## How Do You Get To Ten?

By playing counting games with different types or colors of objects, you are preparing your kindergartens for addition.  With our String A Bead episode, children start with an empty string and various beads.  They are the asked to put a specific number of beads on the string.  But, here is the fun part – they […]

## Exploring Symmetry

Exploring symmetry lines can be a fun, yet challenging lesson for fourth-graders.   Using manipulatives can really help students to internalize the concept.  When kids play our episode Symmetry Lines, they have the opportunity to draw on shapes and discover if they are symmetrical or not. If you don’t have a computer in class, you can check out […]

## Technology’s Potential In Schools

The findings of the recent OECD report, New Approach Needed To Deliver On Technology’s Potential In Schools, is concerning, but not unexpected.  If computers and tablets are being used to present ‘gamified’ worksheets or as passive ebook readers, then it is not surprising that they fail to make any positive impact on students. Once upon […]

## Comparisons

Understanding comparisons is key to a kindergarten student.  This core principle lays the foundation for many mathematical concepts that will follow.  Our game, Busy As A Bee can help you illustrate this lesson.   If you don’t have a computer in class, you can make these adorable comparison alligators from PreK+K Sharing and use.  Not […]

## Adding Coding to the Classroom

Imagine training for years – decades, even – for your dream job. You choose all the right subjects, scrimp and scrape to put yourself through college. Countless hours of study, stress, working dull, low-paying jobs to get a foot on the ladder. Little by little you climb towards your goal. Once you’ve made it, all […]

## A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media for Teachers

Your students might not be ready for the big scary world of social media (though they probably think they are), but with your guidance they can still reap the benefits. Even if you’re not an avid Tweeter or YouTuber, social media is too good a teaching resource to pass up – the trick is knowing […]

## Using Models to Teach Fraction Understanding: 5 Essential Components

Introduce multiple models for the same fraction. For example, the money model is commonly used for ¼ because of student’s familiarity with the coin and the fact that four quarters make a dollar. However, the clock model is also a good model for ¼ since we often refer to “quarter after 5”, or “quarter to […]

## Weights, Balances and Multiplication

Many children are fascinated with balancing objects, and you can use this to an advantage in your multiplication lessons!  Matific has some great episodes for kids to practice and explore multiplication with simple riddles using weights and scales, like Weighing Riddles. If you don’t have a computer in class, check out this fun idea from Kids Activities Blog. […]