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The Early Importance of Vocabulary: Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat”

Tuesday, March 2, was the birthday of one of the country’s most beloved children’s authors—Theodor Seuss Geisel , better known to many by his pen name, Dr. Seuss.  Mr. Geisel is credited with publishing over sixty children’s books whose imaginative characters have helped to bring smiles to countless faces and to make reading an enjoyable experience for young readers.

Since vocabulary is what the Vocab Videos team knows best, we thought our Vocab Videos fans would be excited to learn the interesting history of one of Dr. Seuss’ most cherished works, The Cat in the Hat. Mr. Geisel wrote the story about the mischievous cat in response to a 1954 Life magazine article written by John Hersey which discussed a prominent national problem in education at the time—children’s struggle with reading.

Hersey criticized the reading materials commonly available to students in school with their “insipid illustrations depicting the slicked-up lives of other children.” Why, he asked, “should [school primers] not have pictures that widen rather than narrow the associative richness the children give to the words they illustrate — drawings like those of the wonderfully imaginative geniuses among children’s illustrators?” One of the talented illustrators Hersey pointed to after posing this question was Theodor Geisel.

Hersey spoke and Mr. Geisel listened. Geisel’s answer?  The Cat in the Hat. Mr. Geisel’s publisher supplied the author and cartoonist with a list of words that he believed young school children would be learning.  Within the The Cat in the Hat’s pages, Geisel included 223 vocabulary words that would serve to help improve the literacy young children who picked up his work.

So happy birthday, Dr. Seuss, and thank you for your lasting contribution to children’s literature and vocabulary!

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The International Society for Technology in Education talks Vocab Videos

Check out what ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) has to say about Vocab Videos! Read it here.

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Vocab Videos: Facebook Challenge for a FREE 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP!

Hey Vocab Videos fans! We’re trying to give our Vocab Videos Facebook page a boost, and we need your help! We’re asking those of you who “Like” Vocab Videos on Facebook to get your Facebook friends to do the same!

The Vocab Videos Facebook page offers a bit of SAT advice every day whether it’s in the form of the definition of an SAT vocabulary word, a word scramble challenge, a funny vocab video, or some useful tips for test prep success.

Of course, for your help, we would like to give you something in return— A FREE ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO VOCAB VIDEOS!

  • Get 20 of your friends to become Vocab Videos fans (using the “Suggest to Friends” feature) and we’ll get you started with a one year membership to our online vocabulary system!
  • E-mail [email protected] to let us know all of the Facebook friends you’ve recruited!

To suggest the Vocab Videos Facebook page to your friends, simply follow these instructions:

  1. If you haven’t already, become a fan of Vocab Videos by logging in and going to the Vocab Videos Facebook page.
  2. Once you become a fan, on the Vocab Videos Facebook page, directly underneath Vocab Videos’ profile picture is the option “Suggest to Friends
  3. Either search for friends you think would be interested in the page, or better yet select all of your friends!
  4. Then click “Send Invitations

Trust us: It’s that simple, but more importantly—it’s worth it! Vocabulary is essential to success on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. So put your SAT vocabulary flashcards aside and study your SAT vocabulary the FUN way with Vocab Videos!

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Join in the Vocab Videos Facebook Challenge to receive a FREE ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP to Vocab Videos!

*Vocab Videos is a unique web-based learning system that brings vocabulary to life, and is being effectively used in schools across the country to prepare students for standardized tests like the SAT and as a general vocabulary improvement tool. The system uses hilarious short videos to illustrate the meanings of over 500 high frequency SAT vocabulary words making them easy for students to learn and remember. The extensive study material including practice quizzes, word lists with definitions, and recommended study guides, reinforces the vocabulary students learn through the videos and promotes high levels of retention.

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A New Breed of SAT Program: Business Wire Features Vocab Videos!

A-List Education Incorporates Teacher Training into New Breed of SAT Program at Two New Jersey High Schools

A-List Collaborates with Paramus High School and North Bergen High School on Unique SAT Programs Offered at No Cost to Students

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A-List Education (A-List), leading experts in standardized test preparation, announced today the launch of SAT consulting and teacher training initiatives at Paramus High School (Paramus) and North Bergen High School (North Bergen) of New Jersey. The training programs equip the schools with the resources necessary to manage their own, in-house SAT preparation courses that can be offered free of charge to their students. This arrangement allows Paramus and North Bergen teachers, who have first-hand knowledge of students’ proficiencies, to build on their relationships with students and provide them with an SAT program that is fundamentally tailored to their needs.

In the past, A-List has run successful SAT courses using its own instructors at tri-state area high schools including Dumont High School in New Jersey. Here, A-List developed a strong, working relationship with the Dumont School District’s then superintendent, Dr. James Montesano. Looking to build on the success of the Dumont program, where many students’ SAT scores increased in excess of 150 points, Dr. Montesano welcomed A-List into Paramus, where he is currently superintendent of schools. This time Dr. Montesano asked A-List to work directly with teachers to create a customized SAT program implementing A-List’s materials and methodologies, enabling teachers to utilize them with each new junior class.

“Most students can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on test preparation,” Scott Farber, president and co-founder of A-List said. “Schools can play a vital role and by training their teachers can offer outstanding SAT instruction at no cost to their students. It’s our hope to bring this program to high schools across the nation and to level the playing field.”

The program begins with senior A-List instructors conducting extensive seminars for the schools’ English and math teachers, equipping them with the content and strategies necessary for students to master the SAT. Teachers receive The A-List Book of Knowledge and companion teaching aids that offer explanations of answers and give detailed pedagogical reasoning about what types of mistakes students make and how to correct them. Students use A-List’s Vocab Videos, an innovative online vocabulary system, to learn more than 500 of the most frequently tested SAT words. Throughout the program, A-List provides the schools with detailed score reports that assess each student’s progress, indicate to teachers where a student is struggling, and suggest techniques to help improve scores. In addition, A-List consults with Paramus and North Bergen administrators to develop a customized curriculum and course structure, ensuring the program fits seamlessly into the school day.

“I’ve seen firsthand what A-List can do,” said Dr. Montesano, superintendent of schools, Paramus, NJ. “A-List’s SAT teacher training program allows the district to leverage its own assets and to institutionalize A-List’s proven approach to test prep. Their comprehensive materials and Vocab Videos are extraordinarily effective resources. Students, teachers, and the Paramus School District will all benefit from this program.”

Both Paramus and North Bergen high schools now have the capabilities to develop sustainable, high-quality programming that they can offer at no cost to their students through the A-List approach to in-school SAT programs.

About A-List Education

A-List Education (www.alisteducation.com) is an innovative provider of educational services for students, schools, and non-profit organizations. The company is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals and successfully prepare for undergraduate and graduate studies. A-List’s services include standardized test preparation, academic tutoring and college admissions advising. Through private tutoring, classroom based programs and online services, such as Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) and College Essay Organizer (www.collegeessayorganizer.com); A-List has helped thousands of students through its unique and highly effective programs and services. Using customized curricula and proprietary materials, A-List prepares students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ISEE, ACT and GRE. A-List is also committed to helping underprivileged youth and works with several nationally recognized original non-profit organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Harlem Children’s Zone and Year Up.

About Vocab Videos

Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) is an entertaining and effective learning system that brings vocabulary to life. Leveraging humor, pop culture and engaging characters, Vocab Videos helps increase student understanding and retention of vocabulary words through verbal, auditory and visual cues. Vocab Videos employs proven educational methodologies to help students learn more than 500 frequently tested words found in high school level English classes and on college admissions tests like the SAT and ACT.

For more information about Paramus High School, please visit http://www.paramusschools.org/ppsd/

For more information about North Bergen High School, please visit http://www.northbergen.k12.nj.us/northbergen/site/default.asp

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SAT Vocabulary: Make the Most of Vocab Videos!

Making the most of the Vocab Videos study program involves more than just watching the videos. Don’t forget to make use of our extensive review material! The supplemental material is intended to give you a better understanding of the vocabulary, so don’t let it go to waste. In addition to watching Vocab Videos, the downloadable vocabulary study material is going to aid you in remembering your SAT vocabulary come the big test day! Check out what we have to offer and how you can work it into your personal study plan:

  • Vocab Videos Study Guide: Our study guide provides insight into the Vocab Videos study program. Learn how to best utilize videos, absorb vocabulary efficiently, and use review material most effectively. The guide will help you to craft your own individualized vocabulary regimen.
  • Vocab Videos Glossary: An alphabetical glossary of all Vocab Videos-featured words and their definitions is useful for organizational purposes. Teachers and students can keep track of what words they’ve mastered, and students have the option to review definitions even when they don’t have access to a computer.
  • Vocab Videos Definition Groups: These category lists group words by common themes. This valuable reference allows for an even more comprehensive understanding of the vocabulary. Definition groups are useful for helping students to grasp subtle differences in meanings and when to use particular words.
  • Vocab Videos Worksheet: Worksheets can be used to get students more involved in the vocabulary learning process, and to help them maximize vocabulary comprehension and retention.  They provide space for students to write their own sentences, synonyms and mnemonic devices and to build a clear understanding of the meaning of a word.
  • Vocab Videos Quizzes: Take a quiz after watching each Vocab Videos episode. Quizzes allow students to test their newfound vocabulary knowledge and to reinforce what they’ve seen in the videos.  SAT–style questions prepare them for what they’ll encounter on standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, so it’s the ultimate review.

Learn vocabulary for standardized tests and English exams, and raise SAT scores 150 points with Vocab Videos!

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EducationNews.org Features Vocab Videos!

Check out the article below, or find us on http://educationnews.org/.

An Interview with Scott Farber: Word Learning.

Written By: Michael F. Shaughnessy Senior Columnist EducationNews.org

1)      I understand that A-List Education has introduced a new product, Vocab Videos. What is this all about?

Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) is an entertaining and effective learning system that brings vocabulary to life. Leveraging humor, pop culture and engaging characters, Vocab Videos help increase student understanding and retention of vocabulary words through verbal, auditory and visual cues. Vocab Videos employ proven educational methodologies to help students learn more than 500 frequently tested words found in high school level English classes and on college admissions tests like the SAT and ACT.

2)      How long are these videos and how many are there?

The videos tend to run 20 seconds to no more than a minute and currently there are over 500 words available on the website, with plans to develop many more over the coming year.  We wanted to make them short enough to keep the focus on illustrating the word itself, but the individual videos also come together to form “episodes” with extended plot lines and featured characters.

3)      I hear that Vocab Videos engages students by using popular television shows.  What are some of these shows?  Are you using the A- TEAM?

Getting students to engage with vocabulary content isn’t always easy.  We realized that an innovative method had to connect the Web 2.0 world and pop culture elements high school students see every day.  The VV episodes parody popular shows including Gossip Girl, Lost, 24 and the Office, as well as horror movies and Will Ferrell’s off beat sports movies.  As yet we have no videos using the A-Team, but the possibilities are endless.

4)      Are they in DVD or VHS format?

Vocab Videos are available through a Web-based service with monthly subscriptions of $9.99 or a twelve-month subscription for $49.99. Subscribers have unlimited access to content on the Vocab Videos website, including quizzes, review materials and video clips.

DVDs of Vocab Videos will soon be available on Amazon.com and in retail stores. There are no VHS versions.

5)       You are using a basic premise that I believe the Dolch lists espoused to help them learn  the most frequently found vocabulary words- was this your intention?

We found that many of our students struggled to learn words using traditional flashcards or by simply looking up new words in a dictionary.  We decided to develop a system that would make it easier and more enjoyable for students to expand their vocabulary by engaging them with verbal, auditory and visual cues.

Similar to the Dolch methodology, we recognized that many students are visual learners but we wanted to go a step further and introduce the video component. Vocab Videos provides students with a real-world illustration of the meaning of the word and a visual memory that they connect to that word. Furthermore, we found that incorporating humor into the videos is a highly effective technique for connecting students to the content and promoting retention.

6)   These words seem to be found in advanced high school English classes and on college admissions tests.  How did you come about choosing them?

Recognizing the difficulty many students have learning new words through conventional means, A-List created Vocab Videos after intense analysis and research. We reviewed dozens of standardized exams and ran word frequency queries through a database.  In addition our experience working with thousands of students (as well as individual teachers and school districts) gives us a unique insight.  This teaching system employs proven educational methodologies and helps connect high school students with the content and expand their vocabulary, while entertaining them along the way.

7)      How has this “A-List Education” made studying easier and more enjoyable?

A-List is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals and successfully prepare for undergraduate and graduate studies. A-List’s services include standardized test preparation, academic tutoring and college admissions advising. Through private tutoring, classroom based programs and online services, such as Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) and College Essay Organizer (www.collegeessayorganizer.com), A-List has helped thousands of students through its unique and highly effective programs and services. Our goal has always been to really make learning more fun while leveraging technology and creativity to empower students and teachers.

8)      Do you have a web site where I can learn more? Or an 800 number?

You can reach A-List education at www.alisteducation.com and Vocab Videos at www.vocabvideos.com. The number is: 646.216.9187

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SAT Vocabulay: Bring “Edutainment” to Your Classroom with Vocab Videos!

Entertainment + Education = “Edutainment”

If you’d like a more formal definition, “edutainment” typically seeks to instruct its audience by embedding lessons in some familiar form of entertainment. Combining entertaining video with SAT vocabulary, Vocab Videos wants to bring edutainment to your English classrooms!

Here are a few reasons Edutainment works in the classroom:

  • It’s Innovative: Students are used to learning from textbooks, worksheets, flashcards, and other typical educational materials. Edutainment is something new. Traditional methods like vocabulary flashcards simply give you a definition. And, a stack of 500 flashcards can be overwhelming for students. Vocab Videos uses humorous video to not only to tell you the definitions of 500 SAT vocabulary words, but to illustrate those words’ meanings. 
  • Gets Students Excited about Learning: Students like a change of pace. Ever notice how ecstatic they get to watch a movie for class? It’s because it’s not something they get to do every day. Vocab Videos gets students excited about learning SAT vocabulary! Because the material itself is entertaining, and it’s coming to them in a manner that doesn’t feel like “studying,” it works for students.
  • Gets Results: If students are motivated to learn the material, they’re not going to mind studying it.  Vocab Videos presents vocabulary in a manner that is digestible and entertaining for students, so that they actually enjoy learning it. This makes students and teachers lives easier as students learn crucial SAT vocabulary that will not only boost their SAT scores, but benefit them in their English classes. After all, an improved vocabulary promotes literacy—making students better readers, writers, and interpreters of information.

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Edutainment that can increase your SAT score up to 150 points? Give Vocab Videos a try!

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Vocab Videos Classroom SAT Program Featured on TV!

The Vocab Videos program in Paramus High School was featured on a special segment on News 12 NJ. Check it out!

See how educators are helping with SAT preparation and incorporating technology into the classroom. Students are learning essential SAT vocabulary, and having fun in the process!

  • Students, Vocab Videos is a fun and effective way to learn SAT and ACT vocabulary that can increase your SAT score up to 150 points!
  • Parents, your kids will enjoy Vocab Videos and it will help them get into their top-choice colleges!
  • Teachers, Vocab Videos can enhance vocabulary lessons and it gets results!

Check it out in action at Paramus High School, and consider giving Vocab Videos a try!

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SAT Vocabulary: Engage Your Classroom With Vocab Videos!

Keeping students engaged in the classroom can undoubtedly be a struggle for educators. Incorporating Vocab Videos into English classes is a fun and effective way to change up a monotonous vocabulary lesson, and teach high school students the SAT vocabulary they’ll need to know for their SAT test. Here are a few suggestions for incorporating Vocab Videos into your vocabulary teaching lessons:

  • Word of the Day: Accompany an SAT vocabulary “Word of the Day” definition with a hilariously entertaining video that illustrates the word’s meaning. The videos’ humor will give students something to look forward to each day, and students will be learning an SAT vocabulary word that they’ll need to know for standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. Don’t just watch—get involved! Encourage students to use the vocabulary word when possible throughout the day in their speech, writing, and classroom interaction.
  • Episode per Week: One SAT vocabulary word a day not enough? Or are you working on a tighter schedule in preparation for the SAT or ACT? Get into an entertaining educational routine by watching an episode a week. Watch the video once through, and review individual SAT vocabulary words throughout the week. Teachers also have the option of giving students a quiz at the end of the week to ensure that they’re retaining the material. With each video clip running about 30 seconds, an episode is only about 10 minutes long, so the video time won’t interfere much with your daily teaching routine. But, don’t forget these are a productive 10 minutes! Students are learning SAT vocabulary words that will not only help them on standardized tests, but will help them be become better readers, writers, and English students!
  • Homework Assignment: If watching Vocab Videos in the classroom isn’t an option, assign episodes or a certain number of SAT vocabulary words for a take-home assignment. Each student can login to their individual accounts from a personal computer, and it won’t even feel like homework! Reinforce definitions by using the SAT vocabulary words in class, and quiz students to make sure that they’re learning the definitions. No two students are exactly alike, so viewing Vocab Videos from home in addition to watching them in the classroom could be advantageous. It gives students the opportunity to spend more time reviewing the SAT vocabulary words that they’re struggling with.  
  • USE THE WORDS: No matter which vocabulary study plan you choose, don’t stop at watching the videos. Use these SAT vocabulary words, and really get involved in the vocabulary learning process. Make it a challenge. Encourage students to use the words as often as possible in classroom conversation and writing assignments. Make up a rhyme or story centered around a few of the vocabulary words. Again, the goal is for students to get a real understanding of these SAT vocabulary words’ meanings. If a student truly understands the definition of a vocabulary word, he or she will be able to recognize and understand it even within an unfamiliar context as it might appear on the SAT or ACT test. Furthermore, having a good vocabulary will be useful far beyond SAT test preparation!

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SAT Vocabulary: Learn Vocabulary Through Video!

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”—Albert Einstein

The Paul Barnwell Education Week article, “Literacy Accountability in a New-Media Age,” (http://www.alisteducation.com/info/category/educational-articles), calls to question whether educators need to alter their age-old teaching tools and strategies in a “New-Media,” technology-driven world.  Barnwell highlights that students, surrounded by websites, blogs, and social-networking technologies such as Facebook.com, are called to interpret various forms of media these days, not just traditional print media. Academia, he says, is a bit behind – only recognizing literacy in terms of books and whether a student can draw the main idea from a passage. His suggestion is not to get rid of this general understanding of literacy, but to expand on it as it is becoming increasingly important for students in today’s world to be capable of effectively reading and interpreting various forms of media.

And so it would seem that incorporating online video into the learning process is advantageous for students of the “New-Media Age.” Here are a couple reasons to support this belief:

  • We live in a media-saturated world. Students today are surrounded by, become familiar with, and learn to understand their world through symbols, moving images, as well as through printed words.
  • Video is engaging. Video as an academic medium offers verbal, auditory, and visual cues that effectively engage students and holds their attention.
  • Videos are more fun! Students love watching and sharing videos. The YouTube.com phenomenon is proof positive that online video is a communication medium that is here to stay. Using video in the classroom gets students engaged and excited about learning.

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Vocab Videos (http://www.vocabvideos.com) not only improves literacy in a real sense by teaching students vocabulary that will help make them better readers, writers, and interpreters of information, but also helps students become familiar with “reading” video and gathering information from different sources of media.  Give Vocab Videos a try!

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