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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

John Edelson

We started VocabularySpellingCity about 6 years ago. Initially, it was meant as a simple service to help students practice their spelling and vocabulary. Based on teacher requests, we have continued to upgrade the service adding:
- Vocabulary and writing activities to build core skills
- Differentiated learning capabilities through assignments and student specific lists
- Automation to streamline classroom management
- And more and more learning games to engage students and help them enjoy the self-testing and practice process
Today, it seems that more elementary school teachers than not, are familiar and involved with SpellingCity. Most use the free site, an increasing percentage are upgrading to Premium/Paid for $2/student year to get all the benefits. The iPad and Android apps have had more than a million downloads.

Our newest service is Science4Us, a core curriculum for K-2nd science that also teaches literacy and math skills. This has been be reviewed for efficacy by McREL, adopted in 2013 in Texas, and supported by a Dept of Education grant. I'd suggest that every K-2, even 3rd grade teachers, should take a look. Have no budget? Use the 55 free lessons on the site or contact us for help with grants.

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