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Benefits of Running a School Election

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Nov 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

For children, following politics is usually a passive activity. They are too young to vote, and it isn’t easy for them to actively participation in a political campaign. Knocking on doors and making calls to strangers well into the evening isn’t something we want little kids to do. Still, there are things we can do to help children become active participants in the political process. One way to do this is to hold an in-school election, and our new enhanced version of Voters Ed1 lets you do just that.

Topics: Voters Ed, civics

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Why Civics Education Matters

Ben Paris

by Ben Paris on Nov 13, 2018 12:11:11 PM

 “. . . wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.1

—Thomas Jefferson, 1789

Topics: Voters Ed, civics

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Why Classroom Playtesting Sessions Are Required

Brian Regan and Victoria Van Voorhis

by Brian Regan and Victoria Van Voorhis on Feb 25, 2016 5:18:23 PM

Making videogames for a living is awesome!

I’ve helped create and shape videogames for many years now, and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of working with talented, creative people who share my passion and want nothing more than to build something that will knock your socks off. Game development can also be really, really difficult as well. One of the most challenging aspects of making a good game is the fact that, as content creators, we never actually have full control over the content once the game is done and in the hands of consumers. We build the framework and lay the ground rules, but the details are handled by the individual players.

This is a unique challenge for videogame production, as compared to other creative pursuits such as filmmaking, book-writing, or painting. Because the consumer of a game has a certain level of control over the experience, it is impossible to foresee all the possible ways in which players will interact with our games. Educational games add an additional layer of complexity, since we have to ensure players not only have fun with our games, but must retain the information as well. This leads to one of the most important questions in our field: how can we ensure our games are fun and perform well, when we cannot even begin to fathom all the different ways in which players will interact with them?

Topics: Serious Play, Games, Voters Ed, Martha Madison

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Don't forget to VOTE!


by admin on Nov 6, 2012 6:33:53 AM

Today is the day-- Election Day 2012! We urge you to exercise your right to vote. Every voice counts.

Topics: Blog, Voters Ed, Election 2012

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Second Avenue at TEDxRochester


by admin on Nov 5, 2012 8:02:00 AM

Today we're at TEDxRochester, an independently organized TED event devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Our CEO Victoria Van Voorhis will speak about serious games and education today at 1:30 pm. We will be sure to share a link to the video of her talk once posted by TEDxRochester.

Meanwhile, have a look at our table: we're showcasing both Voters Ed and our progress on Martha Madison's Marvelous Machines, our NSF backed collaborative physical science game. If you're at TEDxRochester, be sure to stop by and grab a controller. Not able to attend in person? Follow the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #TEDxRoc.


Topics: Blog, TEDxRochester, Voters Ed, Martha Madison: Marvelous Machines

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Voters Ed in the Classroom


by admin on Oct 26, 2012 7:51:30 AM

Last night the Rochester, NY affiliate of News 10 NBC featured Voters Ed in use in a local 8th grade social studies classroom.

Topics: Blog, Apps, Voters Ed, Election 2012

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How are teachers using Voters Ed? Read on.


by admin on Oct 18, 2012 9:40:24 AM

With less than three weeks remaining until Election Day, it's time to think about how you can teach the election in your classroom. The electoral college is conceptually difficult for many people to fully grasp, which prompted us to build Voters Ed-- an engaging and fun app designed for the Civics student in all of us.

Topics: Blog, Pearson OLE, Voters Ed, Election 2012

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Join us on Edmodo


by admin on Sep 13, 2012 10:44:41 AM

We're pleased to announce the launch of Second Avenue Learning's Edmodo community.

Topics: Blog, Edmodo, Voters Ed

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Voters Ed: A Closer Look


by admin on Aug 31, 2012 6:12:22 AM

Voters EdTM is now available for purchase on Edmodo,, SMART Technologies' SMART Exchange, the App StoreSM or directly from Second Avenue. The app is perfectly suited for the classroom, as well as for the civics student in all of us.

Topics: Blog, Voters Ed

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Voters Ed by Second Avenue Learning. Coming Soon!


by admin on Aug 14, 2012 6:46:22 AM

Voters Ed, for the civics student in all of us.

Topics: Blog, Electoral College,, Apps, Edmodo, Voters Ed, Election 2012, SMART Exchange

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