Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Recently the creators of Minecraft released that they have designed a Minecraft application for the classroom. This will be available in the summer for teachers to download and see what the experience is like. Minecraft is already very prevalent in the classroom but if you don’t have it yet here is what to know about it before this new version is released. The Basics The … Continue reading Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Social Media in the Classroom?

Technology in the classroom is a hot topic. In addition to using technology in the classroom, there is conversation going on about using social media in the classroom. There are some risks in relation to using social media in relation to coursework but there are ways to prevent those risks from happening. Overall using social media in the classroom is viewed as a benefit and … Continue reading Social Media in the Classroom?

Avoiding the End of Year Madness

Spring break has probably just ended or recently ended for many teachers and there still is a lot of time before the school year is over. There is a lot of time to teach students and give tests and projects. But, just because there is a lot of time left doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for the end of the year. Preparing early for … Continue reading Avoiding the End of Year Madness

5 Ways to Keep Students Focused This Spring

The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer; spring is here. Spring is the season where school ends and once the warm weather hits, it can be difficult to get students to focus. Many of them may look at the window at the beautiful weather while others may daydream about their plans this summer. So how can teachers keep students focused for those last … Continue reading 5 Ways to Keep Students Focused This Spring

Game-Based Learning vs Gamification

Game-Based Learning and Gamification are two hot topics surrounding the classroom. They may sound like they are the same thing but in reality they are very different from one another. Game-Based Learning So what is it? It is where there is a game that is used to help apply principles that were taught. There are specific goals or learning outcomes for the end result of the … Continue reading Game-Based Learning vs Gamification

Reward Students in the Classroom

  Being rewarded when we were younger was always exciting. Sometimes it would be a Jolly Rancher for answering a question correctly or a certificate at the end of the year for getting on the Honor Roll. Each of those rewards were exciting and gave motivation to continue those actions to receive the reward again. Throughout the school year there are countless opportunities to reward students … Continue reading Reward Students in the Classroom