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Students Form Families to Feel More Included at School

children holding hands in a circle“I have 10 moms,” said Katie Samuelson, a fifth-grade student at Reynoldsburg’s Gateway Academy.

Wait, what? How can a kid have 10 moms? That doesn’t make any sense…unless you know that Katie is talking about her “adopted family” of fifth and sixth grade students in the Reynoldsburg’s Gateway Academy.

In fact, Katie has an entire family tree at the school. It all started seven years ago, when students wanted to create bonds between students in different grades. Today, the tradition is still going strong.

Amy McKibben is a language-arts teacher at the middle school. She thinks that this form of connection between students are very important, especially when students are transitioning from child to adult.

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How Gaming Can Improve Education

how-gaming-can-improve-educationEducators often struggle with the problem of how to better integrate real-world skills into a textbook-bound, often theoretical curriculum. Reports suggest that the biggest hurdle to changing the system is that the alternatives are so difficult to implement. With the spread of computer-equipped classrooms, could social gaming provide a means of teaching real-world problem solving skills? Mashable reports.

In New York City, Quest2Learn has integrated a range of new technologies into its curriculum. Sixth graders learn geography from Google Earth, share their ideas through an internal social networking platform, and give presentations via podcast. The school promotes gaming as a rule-based learning system that allows students to solve problems, devise strategies and receive constant feedback. Quest2Learn emphasizes that its courses are not in any way made up of commercial video games, but are rather based on theories of game-play. Read the rest of this entry »

Out of This World Social Networking

The social networking site Twitter has been a way to keep individuals informed about pretty much anything. A posting on the site, or Tweet as it is called, can include anything and everything from your personal philosophy to your location. Normally, Tweets involving a person’s location are mundane, but in one particular instance, it was out of this world. For the first time in history, a social media site has moved from Earth to space. twitter

Astronaut Mike Massimino, also known as Twitter user Astro_Mike, made the first ever Twitter Tweet while in orbit around the Earth. His posting on May 13, 2009 said this; “From Orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working heard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!” Since this initial orbital posting, Massimino has updated his Twitter page 3 other times. His messages are updating on both emotional and mission statuses. Read the rest of this entry »


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