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DCPS TEACHERS & STUDENTS - Some schools have reported student access issues. We've looked into this with DCPS IT. The technical glitch has been identified & DCPS IT has manually resynchronized all student data. Penda is now refreshing all school data to remedy this ASAP.

Hot off the press! Take a look at Penda Learning's April ENEWSLETTER in this "Aligning Penda To Teacher Effectiveness Metrics" edition.

Penda Learning is excited to be featured by The Learning Counsel (@learningcounsel), a research institute and news media hub, focused on providing context for the shift in education to digital curriculum. With membership of 215,000 Superintendents, tech and instructional administrators, curriculum specialists, thousands of publishers, and interested enthusiasts anywhere in the teaching and learning field, Penda Learning is honored to be spotlighted as "A Math and Science Intervention Tool Backed by Efficacy and Case Study Research." Read More Here

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The Learning Counsel's mission is to help transform educational systems through digital curriculum strategies; enhance the creative construction of digital learning resources between teachers, administrators and publishers; and ultimately help all learners everywhere become more engaged in knowledge acquisition for life success.

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Goal # 1 - Students should use Penda for 30-minutes a week, totaling 1 hour during January (8 hours so far for school year).

Goal # 2 - Shoot for 80% + on each activity!

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Preparing For High Stakes Assessments - FSA/SSA/STARR/EOC exams

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Penda Learning has over 800 activities that are written by teachers for teachers and are strategically aligned to national and state math and science content standards. Hence, Penda Learning is a natural choice when considering a supplemental resource for high-stakes assessment prep.

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Hot off the press! Take a look at Penda Learning's March eNewsletter in this "Using Penda With Fidelity - The Art of Integration" edition.

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Penda Learning's Implementation & Support Services Team have received a few reports from teachers stating students have figured out a way of cheating when completing Penda activities. Teachers have stated that a student can open an activity in one Internet web browser window, then open the same exact activity in a different web browser window. With the two windows open for the same Penda activity, the student will use one of the windows to work question-by-question, testing to see which answer is correct, then use the second window open to select and submit their answers until they've completed the activity in its entirety. The student then closes the web browser window they used to test the correct answers when they arrive on the last s...

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temp-post-imageLots of teachers write in to ask about how they can create student incentives and challenges to help drive usage and get maximum results with students using Penda. Penda's Implementation & Support Services Team put together some simple DOs and DONTs to support teachers (and schools) in executing successful student competitions/challenges, perfect for implementing just before your school's spring break.

DOs:

- Student Choice - keep in mind that while some students are extrinsically motivated, other students are driven intrinsically so striking a balance is key! Give students a choice to opt in or out for a competition/challenge. Not all students are motivated by peer competition, but might still want to have their own independent competitio...

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The Heart of Educational Game Design

Posted on February 22, 2018

GUEST COLUMN | by Natalie F. Masters

Four key areas to consider when designing and evaluating digital learning games.

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Take-Aways:

- "Remarkably, the data we do have shows that educational games can produce better outcomes than traditional tools and models. Multiple studies have shown that students who used digital games to learn experienced statistically higher gains in performance over students who did not."

- "By combining game features and mechanics shown to spark positive emotional responses from learners and consistently improve engagement, motivation, and learning outcomes, educational games can capture students’ attention, activate their problem-solving minds, and ...

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Using Penda with Fidelity - The Art of Integration

Penda Learning On-Demand Teacher Professional Development Using Penda with Fidelity - The Art of Integration

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