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Gwinnett County Public Library Introduces Learning alive

The first multi-branch library rollout in the United States! Check this out from District Administrators: Gwinnett County Public Library Introduces Learning alive™ Kits for Early Readers Thanks to a generous donation from the Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) that was matched by the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, Alive Studios (https://bit.ly/2zvt5tF) is equipping all 15 Gwinnett …

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How Augmented Reality Engages ELLs

Need an effective solution for ELLs? Check out this great article from THE Journal: A kindergarten teacher pairs his research-based curriculum with 3D animals to teach and delight his kindergartners. I teach at a Title 1 school and have 21 students in my kindergarten classroom. My students speak six different languages, and 95 percent of …

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Engaging Kindergarteners with Technology

Check out this great PodCast from CoolCat Teacher featuring Greg Smedley-Warren of Kindergarten Smorgasboard! ENGAGING KINDERGARTNERS WITH TECHNOLOGY: AUGMENTED REALITY, IPADS, QR CODES AND MORE Listen to the actual PodCast here! Vicki: How can we engage kindergarteners with technology? Today we have a kindergarten teacher from Nashville, Greg Smedley Warren @kindersmorgie, or as his students …

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ELL’s are Making Strides in Literacy with Help from Augmented Reality

Concern for struggling readers and poor literacy scores has educators and special interest groups meeting, blogging, and talking about “awareness” of the issue. Unfortunately, most of the discussion is on just that, “awareness.” There aren’t many new ideas coming down the pipeline to help teachers reach this new age of children and their hunger for …

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The Instructional Value of Surprise for Knowledge Retention

Teachers can use unexpected events to bring students’ brains to attention and illuminate the pathways to memory storage. Can you think of a time when you were surprised? Of course you can. We all can. There’s actually a scientific reason that explains our ability to recall such times, as Dr. Judy Willis, a neurologist and …

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Augmented Reality (3D) Storybook

We are introducing a new augmented reality printed storybook, Amos Alligator Arrives at the Airport, into our current line of reading and math programs for PreK to 3rd graders. Our new interactive storybook is one of only a handful in early education that utilizes the emerging technology known as augmented reality. The accompanying free Storybooks …

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Another Cool Augmented Reality Tool

Hello fellow CEO’s … Chief Education Officers! I am blessed with the opportunity to speak at several educational conferences around the country about augmented reality… one of my favorite topics. I know we develop our own augmented reality software for classrooms, but it is always good to see what others are doing with this cool …

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Volume Bonus for School Districts

Below is a recent Press Release announcing our Proficient by 3rd Grade District Level Volume Bonus Program: Alive Studios Helps School Districts Win the Reading Challenges for At Risk Students Alive Studios is introducing a Proficient by 3rd Grade Volume Bonus program for school districts to test and prove the Letters alive early learning reading …

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Letters/Math alive Now on DonorsChoose

The wait is finally over! One of the common questions we receive after teachers fall in love with our software is “Are Letters alive and Math alive on DonorsChoose.org?” Now, we can answer with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Thanks to our friends at Kaplan Early Learning Company, our reading and math learning kits are now posted …

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Content is King for Classroom Technology

So, after a long wait and a lot of pleading you finally got that new computer, or that new smartboard. Now what? Do you have the really cool content you need to engage students? As we make the trade show tour, we have the pleasure of seeing all the latest educational technology; fast, streamlined computers …

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ISTE Never Fails to Deliver

As a startup technology company within the education market, it’s crucial for Alive Studios to be selective with our marketing dollars. Our mission is to provide teachers with cool technology that helps early learners become proficient in reading and math by the third grade. So, our marketing budget is targeted to areas in which we …

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The $10,000 per Student Question for School Districts

Several studies argue about whether repeating a grade is helpful or harmful to students; yet few studies discuss prevention by developing readiness. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, retaining a child can result in bullying or victimization and increase the likelihood of dropping out of school before graduation. This fact, coupled with the …

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Augmented Reality Early Literacy Program for Apple Macs

Alive Studios is introducing the Mac version of its Augmented Reality early literacy software program at the ISTE Expo in Philadelphia, PA. This product release is expected to be welcomed by School Districts who use Mac Technologies exclusively. Letters alive, a supplementary reading software program for 3-8 year olds, will be available for Mac users …

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Will Your Summer Program Prevent the Summer Slide?

Some experts say early learners lose up to two years of knowledge retention through the summer months. Make it a summer to remember with our fun, engaging programs for reading and math! Consider adding Letters alive and/or Math alive to your Summer Curriculum: Imagine teaching Reading like this: (90-sec video) Or, teaching Math like this: …

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Are We Hamsters on the Wheel of Illiteracy?

We see it in our inboxes. We read it in our news articles. We can Google it and find countless studies and blog entries. The issue isn’t awareness any longer, the issue is how are we going to address our country’s literacy problem. Like hamsters on a wheel, this summer could mark the beginning of …

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Will You be Someone’s Favorite Teacher?

Will You be Someone’s Favorite Teacher? I was recently asked to name my favorite teacher. Now, considering it’s been over twenty years since I’ve had a teacher, it took me a minute to think. But even after chewing on it for a bit, I realized not only did I not have a particularly favorite teacher, …

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Latest Technologies for Early Learners

Most Pre-K to 3rd grade teachers have been bitten by the sun bug and have spring fever. They are just starting or finishing their Spring Breaks and have their eyes focused on finishing the school year. Well, some of them. There are a select few who are wrapping up budgets and are seeking the latest …

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Mind-Boggling Supplemental Reading and Math Solution

Alive Studios announces the release of Learning alive, its innovative, supplemental reading and math bundled solution for PreK to 3rd Grade. This suite of software is injected with a hefty dose of Augmented Reality, an exciting technology that provides a 3D experience without the glasses. The goal is to have kids proficient in reading and …

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Augmented Reality Curriculum – Title 1

Early childhood educators attending the National Title 1 Conference in Salt Lake City this week will be treated to a hands-on experience of the latest in 3D augmented reality (AR) curriculum. Alive Studios has announced that it will launch and demonstrate their newly integrated Learning alive Suite of AR-based learning products that supplement reading and …

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Math alive Announced at FETC 2015 Conference

Our next stop on the trade show circuit was the FETC Convention in sunny Orlando, Florida. What a treat to have 60+ degree weather in January! We selected FETC to be where we officially announced the newest addition to our educational software solutions, Math alive! On the heels of the successful, Letters alive – our …

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