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New! Guided Lessons, Exercises & More
You may have noticed that Education.com looks a little different recently! We’re excited to reveal our updated look and introduce a few new exciting features that we think you’ll enjoy.
Skills Organization and New Exercises in Learning Resources
Until recently, millions of Education.com users visited us daily to download a worksheet or play a game. We took a close look and realized that our users wanted resources that were more focused around practicing a specific skill. In order to better help parents and teachers achieve this, our expert educator team reorganized our library of learning resources by skills. Now if you want your child to work on subject-verb agreement, you can find all the different resources we have that teach that skill on a single page, whether it’s a worksheet, game, story, activity, or exercise.
Grouping our resources by skill also acts as a great tool to help parents understand what skills are covered in each grade and subject. For instance, by selecting 1st Grade and Math, parents will find that Number Sense is an important topic covered in their child’s grade.
Finally, we’re proud to introduce exercises to our collection of learning resources. To complement our games, songs, and stories, we’ve added math, reading, and writing exercises for 3rd-5th graders. Exercises allow kids to practice skills using interactive graphs, visual models, and many other components that can increase conceptual understanding. With the addition of exercises to our existing early learning program, Education.com members now have access to an entire digital learning program from Pre-K all the way through 5th grade!
We’re extremely excited to reveal our Guided Lessons section as an integral part of the new Education.com. Our guided lessons section creates an online learning program that combines all of our learning resources into carefully designed, sequenced lessons that help kids learn math, reading, and writing skills. Through guided lessons, parents and teachers can work with children or allow them to learn independently to build foundational academic skills.
With over 150 lessons and growing, Education.com members can access our step-by-step curriculum, created by our team of experts that include national and state Teachers of the Year, accomplished curriculum designers, and veteran graduates and advisors from institutions like Stanford University and UC Berkeley graduate schools of education.
Guided Lessons are kid-safe—meaning they’re entirely free of ads—and incorporate progress reporting, so you can quickly identify areas where your learner excels or needs help.
Lastly, our Teaching Tools section is a quick place for you to access content that is relevant to educators, like our worksheet generator, lesson plans, Common Core resources, and more upcoming tools.
We really think you’ll love the new Guided Lessons and updates to Learning Resources and Teaching Tools as much as we loved making them. We at Education.com love to hear what our members have to say, so please tell us what you think about our new look and if there are any other things you’d like to see! Tag us on Twitter @education_com or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education.com is Renovating... Sneak Peek of What’s to Come!
Here at Education.com we’ve been working hard to bring you a new experience we think parents and teachers will love. We’ll be revamping the site and introducing new features based off feedback from both our loyal users and our brilliant education advisors.
More details and full access to new features are coming soon, but we want to give you an exclusive sneak peek of what’s coming:
Some people come to Education.com to look for worksheets or games, but sometimes you don’t care about the type of resource, you just want something that will help your child learn a specific skill, like two-digit addition. We’ve organized each of our 30,000+ learning resources by skill, so you can find all the different types of learning resources we offer that can help teach a certain skill or subject. (But don’t worry, you can still search for worksheets or games too.)
In addition to our online games for PreK - 2nd grade, we’re expanding our digital offerings to include fun exercises suitable for 3rd - 5th graders to practice Math and ELA skills.
We’re really excited about this one! Our curriculum designers and experienced teachers have designed a learning program with an immersive experience that can take kids all the way from PreK through 5th Grade. Complete with a points and rewards system for kids, and detailed progress reports for parents and teachers, our new guided lessons are the perfect blend of learning and fun.
I want to assure all of our current customers that there’s nothing to worry about—everything you’ve enjoyed about Education.com will still be around. We’ve just reorganized the site to make it even easier for you to find the learning resources you know and love, and we’ve added some great new features to improve ease of use and learning outcomes for your kids.
Stay tuned! We’re looking forward to unveiling the new Education.com very soon.
Have concerns, questions, or thoughts? Shoot us an email to let us know what you think, or send us a tweet @education_com.
Brainzy Second Grade Math Has Launched!
Second graders can finally get in on the fun of Brainzy! We recently expanded our math and reading program for kids ages 3-8 to include a new second grade math section, featuring games, songs, and stories.
To help us with our expansion into second grade, we recruited experienced educators to identify the most important math concepts to cover. Once overarching skills were determined, teacher consultants were brought in to help. Our education experts oversaw the execution of each skill in a digital context, translating the most effective hands-on, manipulative learning strategies into gaming experiences. We then tested our games in real second grade classrooms to ensure their quality and effectiveness. Boasting 38 new games, our new sequences cover essential second grade math skills, including addition, subtraction, place value, geometry, measurement and data, time, and money. Fun and creative songs and stories put new concepts into contexts that help math learners understand them in fresh ways.
These Brainzy games encourage students to try out new skills without a fear of failure, and have fun as they persevere to master each skill they tackle.
You can unlock our entire second grade learning program on the Brainzy dashboard as part of your Plus or Pro account. A sampling of our brand new games are available to play, with more being added each week. Check out a selection of our second grade math games now. Later this year, we’ll add second grade reading games to help your child grow and become a better reader and writer.
Our Newest Partner: Clever
This morning, I received an alert from the bank about a suspicious transaction. I immediately went to log into my online account, but I couldn’t remember my password. Because I change passwords so frequently out of paranoia, I was locked out.
Most of us use logins for everything. For online banking, food delivery, retail, streaming music... the list goes on. We all know the drill. Type in the wrong password, request a new one, go to email to confirm, use your childhood phone number as the new password (again). Times have changed, and we can no longer afford to use the same password over and over again.
Even more than the average person, teachers need to easily access all the utilities they use in the classroom. Clever, an educational platform for teachers, has taken this challenge on—imagine that.
Today, we announced a new partnership with Clever, and we think you’ll love them. If you’re a teacher and you haven't heard about Clever, you probably will soon. As we’ve all seen, there are seemingly an unlimited number of new learning applications available for teachers to use in the classroom. This is a good thing, right? Potentially. New technologies also come with challenges—especially if you’re dealing with sensitive student data. Keeping track of all those URLs, apps, usernames, and passwords takes time. The Clever team realized these challenges, so they developed a platform where educators can easily choose applications and learning tools that support their teaching needs while eliminating the challenges of accessing them in a secure way. And it's very simple. Districts can keep track of what applications teachers in the school system are using, and individual schools can approve applications and products for use by teachers and students. No brainer, right?
Education.com aims to be everywhere teachers, parents and homeschoolers look for educational resources online—including in the tech systems schools and districts use most. Between our more than 2.5 million U.S. teacher members and Clever being used in 1 in 3 domestic schools, it was a very natural fit. So for us, it was an easy decision to put the Clever login right next to our own.
So if you’re a teacher and your school isn’t using Clever yet, talk to your principal about getting it in your district. It’s a great tool, and now you’ll be able to log in with your childhood phone number just once.
New! Chrome Apps & Brainzy Classroom Mode
What does this mean for you?
The Education.com app acts like a bookmark by giving you quick and easy access to the site and your membership without requiring you to log in each time.
Brainzy by Education.com allows your kids to start playing Brainzy games right away without requiring you to log in and access the page for them each and every time! Simply download the app, log in once with your Plus or Pro membership, and your kids can play, navigate levels, and even switch players all from the app. Closing out the app doesn’t log you out, so they can get back to Brainzy easily without your help.
These apps can be downloaded on any Mac or PC that has a Google Chrome browser. They’re especially convenient for classrooms that use Chromebooks.
In addition to the apps, we've launched a new feature in Brainzy for our Pro members: Classroom Mode! This has been requested by many of our teachers and we're excited to bring it to you.
Pro members can now turn on Classroom Mode in their Brainzy Dashboard. When enabled, Classroom Mode lets a user customize Brainzy with a teacher and school name and generates a unique code their students can use to login:
Students only need the unique access code to login to Brainzy (http://play.brainzy.com). They no longer need the teacher's email and password.
After logging in with the code, the student will see the customized teacher and school name.
Classroom mode also works with the Brainzy by Education.com App, so your students can quickly get to Brainzy and start playing. We hope you enjoy these new features and we at Education.com can't wait to show you what's next!
New Features: Workbooks
We've updated the workbooks section of Education.com! Just as with lesson plans, search for and find the workbooks and subjects you're looking for with our improved search bar located on the left side of the screen. The search bar located here works even faster than before to look through titles, subjects, and tags including Common Core nodes for the workbooks that apply, allowing you to quickly narrow your search within workbooks. You can also use the navigation panel on the left to filter by grade and/or subject. Hold down the shift key to click and select more than one filter.
Now you can choose between Grid View and List View. Grid View showcases each workbook's cover image, plus at-a-glance info for the subject and grade. List View provides descriptions and other information to help you make your decision and compare multiple books on one web page.
Visit the workbooks section and see for yourself! We hope you enjoy the new features.
New Feature: Download History
We’ve just launched the Download History feature! With Download History, you can find and re-download the resources you’ve used in the past that may be useful again. For instance, if you teach the same grade every year, you can easily retrieve the same content you used in previous classes for this year’s students.
You can find Download History in your account dropdown.
Search for your materials by year and month using the navigation to the left. When you click on a month you’ll automatically be scrolled to it. You can tell where in time you are by what’s highlighted.
To re-download your content, simply click on the thumbnail. If it’s been a while and you’d like more information about your download, click on the title and you’ll be taken to its description page.
New Feature: Notifications
We’ve launched a new notification system which you may have noticed in the top right corner of your screen when you logged in. With it, we’ll keep you updated on the goings on of Education.com and your account including new features (such as lesson plans, learning games, and more), blog posts, account reminders, and promotions. Enjoy!
As you can see in the image below, once you've clicked on and read a notification it will become gray. Notifications will remain for a limited amount of time; if you don't want to see a message anymore simply click the "x" to delete the message.
New Features: Lesson Plans
We've updated the lesson plans section of Education.com! This includes improvements for speed - pages now load up to four times faster so that you can find resources more quickly. To go along with that we've made the search bar in lesson plans (on the lefthand) more powerful. Try it out - search by author name, Common Core node if applicable, or any important terms that may come up in the text of a lesson plan.
Now you can also filter by multiple grades or subjects. Want to see both preschool and kindergarten lesson plans? Hold the shift key when selecting grade or subject filters.
We started out lesson plans by asking contributors to give us their best, tried-and-true lessons from their own classrooms, and grew from there. We hope these new technical features help you get the most out of that lesson plans content.
Printable Brainzy Certificates Added to Your Dashboard
Achievement Certificates are available to print for your kids as they progress through Brainzy games or for anything worth celebrating! Simply log in to Education.com and go to your games dashboard to take a closer look and download your certificates.
Brainzy is a math and literacy program created by Education.com made up of rich stories, games, and songs for kids ages four to seven. Try out individual games or stories in the games section of the website. For the full program go to your games dashboard, or, if you're not an Education.com subscriber see what you'll unlock in Brainzy if you join.
Save Worksheets to Google Drive
Save any Education.com worksheet directly to Google Drive.
Are you signed in to your Gmail or Google+ account? Then you're one click from saving worksheets to your Google Drive. Saving direct to Drive is an alternative to downloading worksheets onto your computer, emailing links to yourself, or using the Collect feature.
We're happy to be able to provide this option for our users who have Google accounts; to make grabbing the worksheets you want even more convenient.
12 New Borders to Finish Off Your Custom Worksheets
Twelve new themed borders are ready to top off any of our customizable worksheets. Head over to our worksheet maker to generate word lists and puzzles by putting in vocabulary words of your choice into Options, or choose Options settings for math worksheets. Select a Theme to add a little, not a lot, of decoration to the page, then download or save to use your worksheets when you need them.
Don't see what you want? Give us your feedback and ideas to help improve worksheet generator here.
Lesson Plans Have Arrived!
Organizing for the classroom requires teachers to meticulously plan out each day, hunting for resources to complement each lesson and creating backup plans for students who need differentiation.
We recruited over 70 contributors with experience teaching elementary-aged children from all over the United States to share their expertise. Working with a diverse group of educators gave our lesson plans a wide breadth of themes and knowledge, ensuring that all teachers could find a lesson that worked for their classes.
To date, we have published 965 lesson plans and counting, moving forward to our goal of 1000. Our lesson plans cover math, science, reading, writing, social studies, and ESL topics.
"The inspirations for our lesson planning template included the structure of mini-lessons used by Lucy Calkins in the Teachers College of Reading and Writing Curriculum and the structure of interactive modeling developed by Responsive Classroom," explains Tatum Omari, the Director of Curriculum at Education.com. "The end product we were aiming for with our template was one that incorporated best practices in instruction and that could easily be adapted to any subject area."
Many of our lesson plans are paired with original Education.com content, such as worksheets, customized worksheets, workbooks, digital games and activity ideas. These materials help students practice the skills using a range of strategies, so there’s something useful for every kind of learner.
Our new lesson plans help streamline the process of classroom planning by offering educators structured plans that help students practice everything from counting and multiplication to reading comprehension.
Lesson plans are available for preschool through fifth grade—check out our growing collection at http://www.education.com/lesson-plans/.
It’s All Coming Together: Check Out Education.com Materials
There are so many resources on Education.com—where do you get started? We've chosen to focus on grades preschool to five. So while we offer content in the grades above, we really shine in elementary school subjects. Read on to see what we have and hear about what's coming soon.
Our 4,200 activities are made up of arts & crafts, group games, and practice ideas for reading, writing, math, science, and social studies in preschool to high school. You can find activities here: http://www.education.com/activity/all/.
Brainzy, our online learning program, offers 450 Common Core-aligned games for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade, with second grade coming soon. You can access a sampling of featured games, stories, and songs online: http://www.education.com/games/educational/.
Lesson plans are our latest content addition, and written by teachers for preschool to 5th grade in math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and ESL subjects. At over 900 lesson plans currently available on Education.com, we’ll soon reach 1000! You can view our latest lesson plans here: http://www.education.com/lesson-plans/.
Our 1,800 science fair projects explore physical science, Earth & space, and life science topics for kids in kindergarten through high school. You can see science projects here: http://www.education.com/science-fair/.
We offer 359 workbooks in a growing library of academic skills and seasonal topics for preschool to 5th grade. Workbooks are written in collaboration with educators to cover reading, writing, math, science, socials studies, and the arts. You can browse workbooks here: http://www.education.com/workbooks/.
Education.com features more than 18,000 worksheets for students in preschool through high school, covering reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and seasonal and holiday content. This includes coloring pages just for fun and fine motor skills, all sorts of stories, and even Common Core aligned material. Find resources here: http://www.education.com/worksheets/all/.
Our worksheet generator provides 17 templates to create endless worksheets for math or reading practice. This includes word searches, crosswords, word scrambles, and matching lists with words of your choice. Worksheets to practice the basic operations and fact families can be customized in several ways, generating from 5 to 20 problems on a page for you. You can try it out here: http://www.education.com/worksheet-generator/
Signing up to Education.com for free gives you limited access to our most popular content including the ability to make your own worksheets, and you'll stay up-to-date with our newsletter. As an Education.com Plus member you get access to worksheets and answer sheets, worksheet generator, activities, workbooks, and science projects, a limited number of lesson plans per month, and up to three player accounts in Brainzy. As an Education.com Pro member you get unlimited access to everything, an ad-free website experience, up to 35 player accounts in Brainzy, and early access to new features. All levels of membership allow a certain amount of access to the content and resources above, and our Brainzy games sections and portal are always free of advertising.
Stay tuned to the blog to see more lesson plans, great holiday content, a new grade level coming to Brainzy, material to meet your Common Core needs, and more!
Welcome to What's New on Education.com
Welcome to What's New! Here you'll find out about things we’re working on, like when we launch new tools or features on the website, and what seasonal content you can expect. Come back often to find out more about the parts of Education.com you already know and use, and upcoming features we think you’re going to love.
Education.com Workbooks by Dover Publications
We're so proud to bring your favorite workbooks to print; put together through Education.com’s partnership with Dover Publications.
“One of the main requests we have heard from our members,” states co-CEO Todd Schwartz, “is to make our worksheets available in a book format. So for the past few years, we’ve searched for a publisher that shares our core values—and the name that we kept returning to was Dover Publications. Dover has been in business for over seven decades and they have always made sure to keep prices low and the educational content high. In fact, they offer hundreds of books for children that are filled with the same type of educational activities that are found in our worksheets. It is also exciting that their wide distribution network will make our products available in entirely new channels.”
“When Hayward and Blanche Cirker founded Dover in 1941,” adds Dover’s President, Frank Fontana, “they were determined to publish high-quality works at prices that were in reach of just about any reader. Our very first title was a low-priced reprint of a mathematics text, so we have been in the educational business since day one. Even our children’s titles help educate as they entertain since we publish coloring and activity books about counting, famous people, historical events, and more. So a partnership with Education.com makes perfect sense—we’re very complementary companies. Education.com provides the worksheet expertise, and our staff of professionals design, edit, publish, and market the actual books. Flipping through the first few titles, it’s obvious that the collaboration has been a rousing success.”
The workbook series launches with 20 grade-specific titles, including Creatures & Counting, Adventures in Writing, Fun with Nature, Earth & Sky, Math Mania, and All Sorts of Science. Each workbook offers 100 pages of worksheets
Printed and distributed by Dover Publications, the new Education.com workbooks are now available at www.doverpublications.com, Amazon, Books-a-Million, and other major retailers.