March 1, 2010


Filed under: March 2010 — mbrown @ 12:09 am

Check out AMAZING low-cost subscription-based resources on the Web!

There are several resources on the Web that are high quality, constantly updated, and save hours of time by providing you with ready-to-use lessons, tutorials, professional development, and interactive tools for your classroom. A free trial of one or all of these resources may be worth your time to determine which subscription-based resources will benefit you. Once you’ve tried them you can then apply to your district to use Title II.D funding for technology to subscribe to these resources for the 2010/2011 school year.

BrainPOP – animated interactive tutorials in all subjects for K-12

BrainPOP is a highly-interactive animated educational site designed to be used to introduce new topics, illustrate complex subject matter, help students review for exams, and more. Hundreds of topics in science, social studies, math, English, arts, music, health, and technology are offered. All lessons are aligned to state standards and ideal for group or one-on-one settings. BrainPOP is just one of several different Websites offered including BrainPOP Jr. for grades K-3, BrainPOP Espanol, BrainPOP ESL, and all are supported by BrainPOP Educators. BrainPOP Educators provides free lesson plans, video tutorials, professional development tools, graphic organizers, and best practice teaching examples. Visit BrainPOP and start your free trial today, you may find what thousands of other teachers have found; this is an extremely valuable resource to have in your classroom.

Explorelearning – interactive math and science simulations

Explorelearning was designed to help students in grades 3-12 achieve long-term success in math and science through inquiry and exploration. This award-winning site features 450 interactive online simulations called Gizmos. These online simulations allow students to visualize and manipulate math and science concepts to gain a deeper understanding of hundreds of concepts. Research shows that students who use computer-based simulations perform on average 43% better than students who learn the same concepts using traditional methods. Explorelearning offers a free 30-day trial which allows educators full access to the complete library of Gizmos. Visit Explorelearning today to tour this amazing Web site and hear from educators who have experienced great success using Gizmos regularly in their math and science classrooms.

Atomic Learning – online video tutorials

Atomic Learning is a database of thousands of short, simple online training tutorials that teach you to use and apply more than 120 software applications for both Mac and PC. Tutorials are divided into three collections. The 21st Century Skills collection includes curriculum materials, professional development resources, technology integration projects, and student and teacher assessment materials. The Technology Skills collection contains more than 40,000 tutorials complete with closed captioning and tutorials in Spanish. The Assistive Technology collection includes training on assistive technology devices, software accessibility features, and special education software. Currently, more than 8 million individuals worldwide use Atomic Learning. Visit Atomic Learning today and request a demo.

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