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Using BYOD in teaching and public speaking

by Anastasia on August 12, 2016






I recently returned from the University of Iowa where we held a 4-day workshop within our 2016 STARTALK grant program “Bridging the Gap: STARTALK, Teachers and High Tech.” This live workshop was a culmination of a four-week online training of teachers of Russian from various colleges and schools in the US on the use of […]






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Trailer for our online course on Russian Folklore

by Anastasia on January 20, 2016






In 2015, our program “Increasing Engagement through Storytelling, Scenario-Based Learning and Gamification” was a 2015 STARTALK grant recipient. During our program, we trained teachers of Russian on how to increase engagement in blended and distance learning classrooms through the use of storytelling, scenario-based learning and gamification. As a result of their training, we developed a […]






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Explainers: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

by Anastasia on September 26, 2014






Whether you are trying to assemble a new kitchen table or learn a new program, you have to deal with instructions. Reading instructions is rarely fun. They are often boring, confusing and full of jargon. We’d rather jump in and tinker with things to figure out how they work. That is why our Bookporia team […]






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Game on: 5 Ways to Boost Learning through Play

by Anastasia on April 28, 2014






We don’t play enough. Play is so much more than just having fun. Play changes our neurobiology and is essential to our neurological growth and development, well-being and creativity. Play allows children to build complex, skilled, responsive, socially adept and cognitively flexible brains. Play has also been identified as one of the primal emotional systems […]






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5 Steps to Build Virtual Presence Through Multimedia

by Anastasia on January 14, 2014






Marketing experts, like Seth Godin and others, predict that books and expert content have to move more and more into the digital realm to adapt to how people interact with information. We already saw it when Oprah and Brené Brown launched an e-course based on Brené Brown’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” That is going to […]






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