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What Makes a Disney Tour Educational?

Written by Brightspark Travel

Sure, Disney World and Disneyland are a lot of fun. But that’s not the only reason why they’re some of our most popular student tour destinations. During tours, groups participate in an array Disney Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs that introduce students to the educational components of these information-rich parks. Led by knowledgeable Disney professionals, these accredited, standards-based programs are filled with hands-on lessons that will reinforce what is taught in the classroom.

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Teaching for All Interests: Los Angeles Student Tours

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When people think of Los Angeles, they think of the glamour of Hollywood and the allure of pristine beaches with perfect weather year-round. Although Los Angeles does provide those things in plenty, it is also a city with rich culture and educational opportunities for locals and tourists alike. When planning your next student tour, consider “The City of Dreams” as your preferred destination.

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The Long-Term Benefits of Educational Travel

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If you’ve experienced student travel, you know that it has a significant impact on kids. But did you know that some of the benefits stay with students throughout their lives? By adding a hands-on element to lessons and introducing students to new places, the influence of educational tours can be long-lasting. Here are just a few examples of the long-term benefits:

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Educator's Guide to Bringing Sketchnotes Into the Classroom

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As educators recognize the importance of student learning styles and the differences between linear and non-linear thinking, a “sketchnote revolution” is emerging. Gone are the days of teachers scolding students for drawing in the back of the classroom — now experts know that doodlers gain a 29 percent increase in information retention.

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How Well Does 'Selma' Teach Civil Rights?

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The emotions of the civil rights struggle are impossible to capture, but imagine this: A 54-year-old African American woman, Annie Lee Cooper, clubbed by a local sheriff as she waits outside a courthouse, registering to vote. Now imagine Ms. Cooper portrayed by Oprah Winfrey.

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The Apple Watch for Teachers: Tips for Classroom Use

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The Apple Watch is making quite a splash in the education world! While student usage of wearable technology in the classroom can be questionable, we believe that teacher usage can be beneficial. As strong supporters of education technology (read a blog post from our EdTech expert), we wanted to highlight the ways in which teachers can use the Apple Watch to teach smarter.

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EdTech Expert's Guide to Flipping the Classroom

Written by Brightspark Travel

Flipped classrooms remain a controversial subject, but the results are quite compelling. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, in essence, students absorb the content (videos of lectures, reading, etc.) at home and do what would otherwise be considered “homework” in school. EdTech expert Steve Ryan explores the process for flipping the classroom, both in the classroom itself and at home. 

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Will Teachers Finally Adopt Technology in 2015? Our Expert Says YES!

Written by Brightspark Travel

The world of educational technology changes all the time. From interactive whiteboards to gamification, technology can be used to enhance, augment and support teachers.

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Student Travel Trends for 2015

Written by Brightspark Travel

Our travel experts have identified the most influential student travel trends of 2015, and from ecology tours to travel selfies, these travel industry trends are sure to inspire out-of-the-box learning.

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Is a Religiously Tolerant Holiday Concert a Holiday Myth?

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As December rolls around, end of year festivities bring up issues pertaining to the separation of state and religion. This poses a considerable challenge to teachers—particularly choir directors and other music directors  responsible for planning public school holiday concerts. While there are several laws regarding the legality of certain song selections at public schools, the majority of choices are left up to the discretion of the director, the school board and the community.

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