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Young Inventor’s Challenge Plays a Role in the 4 C’s of Education

written by Julie McNamara, ALPS Teacher at Palos East School  Today’s students should be learning more than just the basics–reading, writing, and arithmetic. Twenty-first century learning integrates the 4 Cs of education—Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication. As a teacher, one way I have found to teach these skills in my classroom is through toy…

Game Review: Ship of Treasures

A beautiful game of light strategy for 8 to 12 year-oldsPublisher: Pressman Players: 2 – 4 (best with 4) Ages: 8 and Up Genre: Light strategy Ship of Treasures is an incredibly well-produced game of piracy for kids ages 8 and up. In it, players take the role of pirates searching a pirate ship for…

Benefits of Toddler Play

ThinkFun posted an article in their Education Blog about the Benefits of Toddler Play, including a cool little chart showing their “Top 10 Benefits of Play, Toddler Edition.” Check it out at: http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/benefits-of-toddler-games-early-childhood-education

Product Review: Night Zookeeper

Rising EdTech Platform Combines Gaming and Technology to Encourage Literacy In YouthOver the last year, a new web platform called Night Zookeeper has helped over 100,000 students develop their writing, reading and creative thinking skills. Night Zookeeper team’s World Creative Writing Month initiative generated over 1 million words of original content written by kids in 131 countries. Developed by former school…