Games are learning, set to the tune of fun. In an educational world filled with discipline and rules, games give us all a chance to be more playful – and they encourage students learn in a forum that they’re familiar with – which just so happens to be the exact forum they associate with recreation and a good time.
Games are also ideal for many different learning styles, particularly:
Games use visuals to create problems that players want to solve. The visuals also give clues towards the solutions, and keep them immersed in a visual experience.
Some games give audio directions or use voice-overs to reinforce text and it’s human nature to talk through questions, give pointers, and coach each other as we play games together.
Even the “hands-on” experience of moving a game piece engages kinesthetic learners in the learning process. Even better, a lot of newer video games get us up out of our seats and moving.
The social (interpersonal) learning style, as identified by Memletic Learning Styles, even mentions the enjoyment of games in its definition. Social learners are good listeners and like to share their ideas and thoughts with others for feedback, which tends to happen naturally during team-based games and activities.
Many games are designed to accommodate a multitude of learning styles, and they can be an incredibly beneficial addition to the classroom. Check out our teacher-designed Curriculum Mastery Games for Common Core aligned board games or sign up for a free trial of our Online Learning Program to give the digital versions a try! Your students will definitely appreciate it.
While we may not always look at our teachers as fearless adventurers, they are most definitely explorers.
Their fearless enthusiasm as they venture into a new, uncharted classroom every year is commendable.
They lead the way for their students, adapting to new environments (and standards) and creating new paths as they go.
They understand a map’s purpose and its value, all while recognizing that sometimes deviating from the guidebook is the smartest thing you can do.
They encourage kids to embrace the unknown and empower them to discover the answers for themselves.
They know that they have to find new and creative ways to use the resources available to them in order to reach new heights of understanding.
And most importantly, despite all of the uncertainties and challenges they face every day, teachers have fun on these adventures.
They know that the discoveries are worth it and that the rewards can be great.
Oh, and much like the work of our explorers, the work of a teacher just might change the world.
NewPath Learning Awarded an SBIR Grant by NIH to Develop & Test Multimedia Science Lessons
October 12th, 2011
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Victor, NY – September 9, 2011 – NewPath Learning, LLC, award-winning developer of supplemental education products for K-12 education, announces that it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant totaling $169,000 by the National Institutes of Health to develop and test multimedia science lessons for use on Interactive Whiteboards.
NewPath will use the Phase I SBIR funds to test current prototypes as well as design and research additional curriculum units. Designed specifically for use by Middle School and High School classes, each unit covers a key, standards-based topic through a series of lesson presentations, interactive activities, visual resources, illustrated vocabulary review and assessment questions. While the Phase I project will focus on the development and refinement of prototype units, upon completion, NewPath will be eligible to apply for Phase II funding that would enable extension of the line to cover an expanded product offering for distribution both within the United States, as well as internationally.
“While Interactive Whiteboards have become increasingly common within the classroom, educators continue to complain that they do not have the time or resources to develop high quality, interactive content for their use,” stated Kurt Gelke, NewPath’s president. “As a result the full capabilities of the technology are not fully tapped.”
“We are extremely honored to be selected,” continued Gelke. “In 2010, less than 11% of all applications within the category were funded by NIH.”
“Our development team, comprised of seasoned educators, scientific illustrators/animators and multimedia programmers, will produce a series of lessons which are highly interactive and extremely engaging, yet also’ very affordable,” said company co-founder, George Nassis, who will lead the project.
About NewPath Learning
NewPath Learning, LLC is a leading developer of supplemental education products for Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies for Grades K – High School. Founded by Kurt Gelke and George Nassis in 2007, the company’s product line includes the Curriculum Mastery Game Learning System, winner of Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice Award, as well as flip charts, Interactive Whiteboard software, study cards, learning guides and posters to provide comprehensive coverage of the current national and state standards. The company’s products are supplemented with web-based activities featured as part of its online learning system.
NewPath Learning Introduces Comprehensive Series of Life Science Multimedia Lessons for Use on Interactive Whiteboards — Accredited by SMART Technologies and Promethean, Series Includes Interactive Lessons and Activities to Supplement any Life Science or Biology Curriculum!
NewPath Learning, award-winning developer of supplemental products for K-12 education, has announced the introduction of a series of Life Science Multimedia Lessons for Interactive Whiteboards.
Designed specifically for use by Middle and High School classes, each unit covers a key, standards-based topic through a series of multimedia lesson presentations, interactive activities, visual resources, illustrated vocabulary review and a series of assessment questions. The initial ten titles provide comprehensive coverage of Cells; Mitosis; Osmosis and Diffusion; Protists; Meiosis; Photosynthesis and Respiration; Chromosomes, Genes and DNA; Genetics; Six Kingdoms; and Food Chains.Additional titles for Earth and Physical Science will be available by year end.
“While Interactive Whiteboards have become very common in the classroom, educators continue to complain that they do not have the time or resources to develop high quality, interactive content for their use,” said Kurt Gelke, NewPath’s president and co-founder. “As a result, the capabilities of the technology are not fully tapped. Our development team – comprised of teachers, scientific illustrators/animators and multimedia programmers – have produced a series of products which are highly interactive and extremely engaging, yet also very affordable.”
The Multimedia Lessons may be purchased from NewPath or through the company’s international network of dealers and distributors. An individual title suitable for use on one Interactive Whiteboard system has a suggested retail of $59.95 while a site license for use within a single school building can be purchased at a list price of $99.95. In addition to use with an Interactive Whiteboard, the lessons can also be used by individual students for instruction on any Window or Mac computer.
About NewPath Learning
NewPath Learning, LLC is a leading developer of supplemental education products for Math, Science, Language Arts & Social Studies for Grades K – High School. Founded in 2007, the company’s product line includes the award-winning Curriculum Mastery Game Learning System as well as Flip Charts, Interactive Whiteboard Software, Study Cards, Charts and Posters to provide comprehensive coverage of the current national and state standards The company’s products are supplemented with web-based activities featured on as part of its Online Learning System.
CAMBRIDGE, MA — Oct. 18, 2010 — DYMO/Mimio ITT, a provider of interactive teaching technologies, is pairing up with NewPath Learning, a publisher of hands-on curriculum resources, to make it even easier for educators to ensure their lessons align with national and state standards. With each MimioVote assessment system purchased, teachers will receive a coupon for a free question set CD from NewPath Learning in their choice of subject and grade level.
“This partnership makes perfect sense as both DYMO/Mimio ITT and NewPath Learning strive to provide educators with the high quality tools they need to be effective in the classroom,” said Karen Mahon, Ed.D., DYMO/Mimio ITT content manager. “One of the goals of the Mimio content strategy is to provide meaningful assessment opportunities in all of our lessons and activities. And a great benefit of the NewPath Learning materials is that they are leveled by grade and aligned to national and state curriculum standards, which is often a requirement in schools.”
As more and more states begin to adopt a common set of standards across the nation, it is more important than ever to equip teachers with the materials they need to ensure their lessons and their students are in line with those goals.
The MimioVote and NewPath Learning question pack bundle is unique to the industry.
Specifically designed for use with DYMO/Mimio ITT interactive solutions, each question set features 750 illustrated review questions, divided into 25 topic-based subsets. The question sets provide comprehensive coverage of current national/state standards and are available for math, science, language arts and social studies for first through eighth grade, as well as for high school sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.
Once the questions are installed in the MimioStudio® 7 software, teachers can simply drag and drop them from the gallery into lessons, enhancing interactivity while ensuring the assessment component of the lesson is standards-based. Students can respond to questions using the MimioVote assessment system, while teachers receive real-time feedback about their comprehension.
The MimioVote is a revolutionary assessment system. Wireless and rechargeable, the MimioVote system features “illuminated response” technology, which lights only the buttons that the question requires on the handheld device, eliminating error in answer choices and increasing the accuracy of assessments. In addition, the handheld devices automatically renumber themselves when placed in the recharging tray, saving teachers time and hassle.
Other MimioVote system benefits include:
- Progress tracking with instant feedback, as well as scores tallied over time
- Ability to download student results into spreadsheets and lesson plans, for clear achievement records
- Teacher-led or self-paced testing options
- Rechargeable tray, meaning no need to replace batteries — ever
Visit www.newpathlearning.com. NewPath’s products are used in thousands of classrooms nationwide and were awarded the 2009 Teacher’s Choice Award by Learning Magazine.
NewPath Learning today announced the launch of its updated Curriculum Mastery Online Learning System. Specifically developed to provide comprehensive coverage of the current curriculum standards, the system features over 35,000 standards-based review questions for Math, Science, Language Arts/Reading and Social Studies for grades 1 – 12. The company also announced that it was providing access to the system through a FREE, 14-day trial subscription available at www.newpathlearning.com.
“The Curriculum Mastery Online Learning System is unique in that it allows teachers to develop and deliver customized lesson plans using our vast library of standards-based content,” said Kurt Gelke, the President of NewPath Learning. “The system also includes web-based resources and tools to use the content in a variety of formats including online games, assessments and interactive activities. Custom worksheets, flash cards and tests can also be created and printed.”
Gelke stated that the learning system is perfect for academic intervention and enrichment for students in grades 1 – 12, as well as Title I and Special Needs applications. The Curriculum Mastery system’s teacher and student communities also lend themselves to use for home schooling and independent study; in-class use, tutoring and assessment prep; and after school and summer school programs.
“Unlike other online systems, the Curriculum Mastery Online Learning site offers unlimited access to content for all grades and all subjects,” continued Gelke who also noted that a FREE Read the rest of this entry »