Nearly three out of four K-8 teachers (74%) across the United States say they use digital games for instruction, according to a new report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Furthermore, more than half of these teachers (55%) say their students play these games at least weekly. The report, titled Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games, is based on a survey conducted in fall 2013 by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center on behalf of the Games and Learning Publishing Council.  Continue reading

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Winning product name: Teaching Young Children

Winning product company: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Teaching Young Children (TYC) has been one of the most popular and buzzed about magazine titles in our awards program for the past few years. TYC was shortlisted for the Golden Lamp Award three years in a row before winning the 2014 Golden Lamp in Periodicals (as well as taking home Periodical of the Year honors in the Adult division of the Distinguished Achievement Awards).  Continue reading

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In the ongoing debate over testing in U.S. schools, a new report issued by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky recommends a greater emphasis on ongoing assessment of students. The report calls for increased use of curriculum-based formative assessments that teachers give throughout the year and less reliance on standardized testing.  Continue reading

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The Lamplighter Honors Gala, presented by the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group on December 8, will celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the learning resource industry and the ongoing mission of helping every child receive a world class education.

frank-fergusonFrank Ferguson, Chairman and CEO of Curriculum Associates, LLC, will be inducted in the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame for his leadership in the advancement of student assessments and his philanthropic endeavors. In part two of his interview Frank shares the greatest influences on his career and what trend he is watching right now. Continue reading

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