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New York Times: Learning Online May Be Better

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computer The New York Times recently reported on the results of a 12-year study by SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute) that examined the effectiveness of online versus traditional teaching methods.

Conducted in some K-12 settings, but mainly in college and adult continuing education-programs from 1996 to 2008, “the analysis for the Education Department found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile.”

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KidZui: The Internet for Kids, Ages 3-12

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KidzuiKidZui is a free Web browser, search engine and online playground for kids 3-12.

Kids have the freedom to learn, play, search and discover over 2 million games, websites, videos and photos on their own. KidZui has the largest number of games, websites, videos and photos reviewed by parents and teachers anywhere. Kids can find what they need to help with schoolwork, by themselves.

Smart for Parents
KidZui eliminates the need for parents to constantly watch over their kids’ shoulder, when they are online.

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Visual Dictionary: Improve Your Vocubulary with Images

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Visual DictionaryA 2009 Webbie Award Nominee in Education, The Visual Dictionary by Merriam-Webster is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work.

When you know what something looks like but not what it’s called, or when you know the word but can’t picture the object, The Visual Dictionary has the answer. In a quick look, you can match the word to the image.

In the classroom: Science teachers will find the Visual Dictionary extremely useful as a secondary reference to their existing textbook diagrams. The website covers a wide range of topics from Chemistry to Physics as well as other Biology-related subjects.

iClicker: The Simple Solution for a Student Response System

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iClickerStudent Response Systems, or “clickers,” have been making their way into the K-12 classroom after years of success in colleges and universities around the country. The most popular among them is iClicker whose reputation for affordability, ease of use and reliability has resulted in campus wide adoption in more than 50 schools across North America including Cornell, UC Berkeley and Boston College (to name a few).

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Boston Globe: Classroom Clickers Gain Traction with Students and Teachers

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iClicker After years of success in university courses throughout the country, “clickers” (also referred to as student/audience/personal response systems) are now gaining traction in the K-12 classroom. These handheld devices (shown right) allow students to interact with their teachers by submitting answers to multiple choice questions wirelessly from their desks. Within seconds, responses can be captured and analyzed in real-time by the teacher who can then use the results to tailor upcoming lessons.

Students and teachers have raved about the device indicating an increase in classroom interaction and energy. Others have said that the “clickers” help to reduce wasted class time covering topics that students already understand while allowing for greater attention to the more difficult concepts.

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