November 18, 2013
A Boon for Ball State: Among the changes Indiana imposed two years ago was a new salary model that gives more weight to factors like teacher evaluations, leadership, and the academic needs of students. The teacher's experience and level of education—including newly acquired master's degrees—would count for no more than 33 percent of any raise. When John Jacobson, dean of Ball State University's Teachers College, got wind of the looming change, the date by which prospective master's students would have to begin their programs in order to receive the full pay increase was scarcely more than a month away.
February 6, 2013
Professor Garfield Foundation and FTC Family of Companies Announce New Partnership
The Professor Garfield Foundation, (an educational initiative of Paws, Inc. and Ball State University), and FTC Family of Companies, are pleased to announce their partnership in integrating the Professor Garfield "G-Cubed" game as part of the Teacher Gaming Network platform. Note: PR-Newswire distributed this story nationally.
January 10, 2013
New video game allows fourth-graders to travel along the Underground Railroad
With Black History Month quickly approaching, a team of teachers and students at Ball State have released an interactive video game aimed at fourth grade students. The Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley River aims to help students understand what it was like to be a slave seeking freedom.
November 12, 2012
A-Z guide to handling report cards
Should you pay your child $10 for every "A"? Banish video games for a month for each "F"? Lisa Huffman, an assistant professor of educational psychology at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., offers these tips for handling report cards: Keep lines of communication open. Ask your child how he feels about the school term before discussing the report card. For example, is she worried about what her marks may be? Be sure to let children know that discussing concerns is good. This way they will be more likely to let you know if there are any problems. Note: This story also posted several other television and radio stations across the country.