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Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Previous Site of the Week - Wed, Feb 11, 2009

New online game brings a fresh approach to learning middle-school math

Maryland Public Television, in collaboration with MIT’s Education Arcade and educational media producer FableVision, has applied the latest research in game theory and design to produce a free learning tool to help all students learn pre-algebra concepts regardless of their math ability.

“Lure of the Labyrinth” is an online middle-school math game developed to reach today’s tech-savvy students in a contemporary way. Using the immersive characteristics of digital games, it blends a compelling storyline with multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra skills in proportions, fractions, and ratios; variables and equations; and numbers and operations.

Current Site of the Week - Mon, Feb 16, 2009

New media-education program targets parents

Common Sense Media, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the impact of media and entertainment on kids and families, has introduced a free media-education curriculum aimed at parents.

The program—which the organization calls the first of its kind—offers resources that address parents’ questions and concerns about television, movies, the internet, gaming, and more, giving schools the tools they need to run an effective media-education program for parents and faculty. “Kids today spend more time with media than they do in school or with their parents,” said CEO and founder Jim Steyer. “Parents need help sifting through the information about media use, and they often turn to their child’s school for advice.

Source: eSchool News