The Importance of Unstructured Playtime

How much recess is too much? When planning the school year, many school administrators struggle with optimizing the school schedule. While teachers need enough time to teach the required curriculum, active time such as the unstructured playtime of recess and physical...

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Real-World Walkabout: Quiz, Quiz, Trade

This Real-World Walkabout asks students to move around the classroom and quiz each other on vocabulary words that have previously been covered in class. Quiz, Quiz, Trade is a fantastic game for reviewing any type of material and can even be adjusted to focus on a...

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Active Learning and ADHD

In a previous post on the executive function hypothesis, we highlighted the executive function of the brain and how ADHD is essentially a deficit disorder of that function. However, when ADD or ADHD is diagnosed early, teachers and caretakers can help children develop...

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Is Technology Beneficial for My Classroom?

When evaluating whether to use technology in the classroom, educators should ask, “Will this tech benefit my students and me?” The driving factor behind any decision to use technology in the classroom should hinge upon the answer to that question. For many teachers,...

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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

Have you heard of CDC Healthy Schools? It’s a branch of the CDC that works with states, school systems, communities, and national partners to prevent chronic disease and promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents in schools. Their framework, called...

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Teacher Benefits from Technology in the Classroom

When we discuss technology, we are referring not only to programs that students can use but also to programs that help teachers do their jobs behind-the-scenes more quickly and efficiently. In our previous post on digital equity in education, we discussed the...

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Digital Equity in Education

Technology is a growing part of every classroom, both as a tool for teachers and as a tool for students. Leveraging new programs, apps, and websites can make learning fun and can help with students’ retention of material. Switching up lesson plans also allows a break...

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No More Days off due to Inclement Weather?

Less than two decades ago during the winter months, children would go to bed thinking that the next morning might bring a coveted snow day. In the morning, they’d turn on the TV or radio and frantically listen for their school’s name to confirm the day off – all the...

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The Executive Function Hypothesis

The Executive Function Hypothesis was developed in the 1970s by Karl Pribram and other experts in psychology and psychiatry. Russell Barkley, Ph.D., defines executive function as “the cognitive or mental abilities that people need to actively pursue goals,” and it is...

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Breakfast and the Body

We all know the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” However, when the school year starts and busy parents struggle to prepare their children for the school day, the morning meal can often fall by the wayside. While businesses from drive-throughs...

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ActivEd Inc.

ActivEd is the educational technology company behind Walkabouts — online, on-demand adventures that transform math, language arts, and reading concepts into short, movement-rich lessons.