- Thinkfinity from Verizon (Free) - http://www.thinkfinity.org - excellent interactive activities and lesson plans for teachers to use in the classroom. Very dynamic, searchable, and connected to standards.
- Google Apps for Schools (Free) - http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/index.html - allows the district to base email and other apps for staff off of the Google tools -- for free. Allows each staff member to have 2 GB of space online, enhanced web-based email, and collaborative documents.
- Clicker 5 (Cost) - http://www.cricksoft.com/UK/products/clicker/ - is a cross-platform program that helps pre-rereading / pre-writing students to put together ideas and words to write stories. This looks exciting for our PreK and Kindergarten classes to replace some of the older programs that no longer are being supported. Can also be used with more sophisticated content. To find out more, check out - http://www.cricksoft.com/uk/ideas/using_clicker/index.htm.
- Library of Congress' Website (Free) - http://www.loc.gov/teachers/ - one of the best experiences from the conference was a free pass to visit the Library of Congress for a closed evening event. We were treated like royalty with free drinks and desserts as well as free access to the main reading room at the Thomas Jefferson Building. This room is only available to the public about twice a year so we truly were treated as honored guests. There are so many resources available for students and educators at the Library of Congress and even if you have checked out the site in the past, you should take another look.
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