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Thursday, October 09, 2008

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New ‘Games for Learning Institute' to study how computer games can boost student interest, achievement in math and science

Microsoft's research arm is leading a new effort to study the use of computer games as tools to help middle-school students learn science and math.
The Games for Learning Institute (G4LI) aims to identify which qualities of computer games engage students and help develop relevant, personalized teaching strategies that can be applied to the learning process, its organizers said. The G4LI is a joint research endeavor by Microsoft Research, New York University (NYU), and a consortium of universities. Partners include Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), Dartmouth College, Parsons, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Columbia Teachers College.

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New York University

AAP forum explores how textbook publishing must change to adapt to 21st-century instructional needs
By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor

To engage today's students and get them to learn, information must be more than just words on a page, educators told publishers at a recent forum: Instead, students need relevant and interactive material, as well as resources and activities that can provide real-life experiences.
That was the key message at the event, which gave educators a chance to tell publishers what their needs and objectives are for 21st-century instruction.
Organized by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and held Oct. 2 at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Va., the forum explored why the textbook publishing industry needs to change--and how publishers can adapt to serve the needs of a tech-savvy student population.

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Association of American Publishers
Southern Regional Education Board's State Virtual Schools Alliance
State Educational Technology Directors Association

Site of the Week is a one-stop shop for college planning information

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched a new web site that is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources to help students and their families plan, prepare, and pay for college. The site gives reasons why students should go to college, explains the necessary steps to be accepted and enroll at a two- or four-year institution, gives financial aid advice, and has sections devoted to parents/family and teachers/counselors.

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