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  • Four Gaming Resources for Learning

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 6,046 views | 3 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    Most educators view games as a way to incentivize students for good behavior, or to play during excess time in the class. However, using video games for learning purposes has caught fire in the classroom, and I don’t see it burning out anytime soon! In fact, MindShift just posted a video this week about How Games Are Being Used for Learning that I highly recommend checking out. Not convinced? Head on over to Mashable for another article about Why Education Needs to Get Its Game On.

    The great thing about this …

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  • Five TED Talks for Education

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 2,600 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    TED began in 1984 as a conference to bring people together and discuss “ideas worth sharing.” Today, you can find hundreds of TEDTalk videos online; a perfect resource for education leaders to inspire students and staff!
    In fact, many of the TEDTalk videos are devoted to education, and doing a simple search can pull up all videos with an ‘education’ tag. While there are many talks to choose from, I have pulled five of my favorite ones to get you started:

    Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
    Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria …

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  • Grading- How and why?

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 4,156 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Management, Common Core State Standards

    We are excited to welcome back Ken O’Connor as our guest blogger. This is Ken’s second post for Pearson!
    Ken is an independent educational consultant who specializes in issues relating to the communication of student achievement, especially grading and reporting. You can read more about Ken O’Connor on his website.
    In my last blog post, I set out to show how I think grades should be determined; in this post, I will explain why I think grades should be determined in those ways.
    There are four P’s that combine to produce implementation of …

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  • PowerSchool for Students and PowerSchool for Parents Mobile App Update

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 5,777 views | 47 Comments | Posted in: PowerSchool, Technology in the Classroom

    Today we live in an age where Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is changing the way students learn and interact with their environment and their academic peers, and yet today, in 2012 there are millions of new junior high and high school students wandering around campus with a crumpled paper school map and paper course schedule shoved into their pockets. With our updated PowerSchool for Students mobile app and PowerSchool for Parents mobile app, we are happy to announce that’s now a thing of the past! School maps and course …

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  • Infographics in the Classroom

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 3,169 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    We are becoming increasingly visual people. Your students are used to nonstop visual media that may make focusing in a traditional lecture-type setting difficult. So, why not opt for something a little more appealing? An infographic, perhaps!

    Infographics, also known as information graphics, can help you introduce lots of information to your students in a very visual and interesting way. You can find infographics for a wide range of subjects for whatever you may be teaching.
    For example, I gathered some infographics that could be used to prepare students for the upcoming …

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  • Making Homework More Meaningful

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 29,512 views | 4 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management

    As I sit here thinking about this post’s topic, I cannot help but ponder back to when my parents woke me up every Saturday to do chores. I would whine about having to do them, and I can vividly remember my parents telling me that it would be good for me; that it would teach me good work ethic. And you know what? They were right! I am grateful that they pushed me to work hard—even when I could not see why.
    The same applies to homework. Students often think of …

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  • How can I get faster responses from Pearson Tech Support?

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 4,485 views | No Comments | Posted in: News, Technology in the Classroom

    Your time is valuable and already stretched too thin. We want to help you have the most efficient and positive experience with us in your time of greatest need: the moment you log a case with Pearson Technical Support.

    Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of your support experience—straight from our Senior Support Specialist, Mike Jackson. Mike supports our International customers in their time zones. Over the years, he has gathered many tips and tricks that can help you improve technical support response times to web …

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  • Top 7 tips and tricks to getting Support cases resolved faster

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 2,629 views | 4 Comments | Posted in: PowerSchool

    Your time is valuable and already stretched too thin. We want to help you have the most efficient and positive experience in your time of greatest need: the moment you log a case with Pearson Technical Support.

    Senior Support Specialist, Mike Jackson, has summarized his years of experience on the PowerSchool support team into 7 tips and tricks that get faster responses and results.

    Tip #7
    Over inform. Lack of information is the most common reason a case may be delayed. Following a standardized format can greatly assist a Support …

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