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October e-ClassNotes

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We’ve Got An All-New Website!

We all know your website is your first impression! We’re re-introducing the world to Classroom, Inc. through our brand new site, which showcases who we are and what we do, and we’re focused on providing useful tools for our partners. Explore the key features:

Check it out and tell us what you think! What else would you like to learn about through our website? Email Celia Alicata, director of marketing & communications.

Our Reflection on Games + Learning’s New Report

The latest report from the Games + Learning Publishing Council, a project from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, shows that there’s increasing momentum for games in the classroom. Specifically teachers are finding promise in the ability of games to motivate low-performing students. Read our response to the report, written by Jane Canner, senior education advisor.

It’s Connected Educator Month

October is Connected Educator Month (CEM), a celebration of community with educators at all levels, from all disciplines, moving toward a fully connected and collaborative profession. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners, CEM offers diverse and engaging activities for educators to connect with eachother and learn to infuse more digital tools into instruction. And while this is the last week in the month, creating a more connected classroom should be a year-round priority. Learn more about the resources available. Check out the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag: #CE14

After the Storm: Day One BrainPOP Webinar Now Available

Did you miss our webinar “Critical Thinking Through Game Play” on our latest learning game, After the Storm? Check out the archived version and learn how games can prompt problem solving and decision-making.

Want to see for yourself what all the buzz is about? Play After the Storm: Day One direct from our website.

What we're reading

Check out the full list of news, blogs, and reports that caught our eye this month in our October RoundUP.

What is Personalized Learning?

Education Week surveyed a number of edtech organizations to clarify what the term really means. This special section dives deep into the hot topic.

Second Immigration Wave Lifts Diversity to Record High:

In a special report, USA Today looks into what is being called the biggest wave of immigration since the turn of the last century. This builds on earlier reports that minorities now comprise, for the first time ever, more than half of the American student population.

Video Games, Henry Ford, and the Problems of Modern Education:

Edtech journalist Jordan Shapiro argues in Forbes that games have the capacity to nurture critical thinking skills, uncertainty, creativity, empathy, and human dignity.

We’re making our plans for various events over the next month. Want to meet up with us?

Email: CInewsletter@classroominc.org

Tweet at us: @ClassroomInc

iNACOL:Palm Springs, CA: Nov. 4-7
Conference for Middle Level Education, AMLE::Nashville, TN: Nov. 6-8
National Summer Learning Conference:San Antonio, TX: Nov. 17-19

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