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Teacher Resources

Please remember: "Education, not decoration" when purchasing items for the classroom.

Some of these are also mentioned on the Technology and Gaming in the Classroom webpage.


Interwrite Boards - http://www.gtcocalcomp.com/interwriteschoolsuite.htm   OR SmartBoard® - http://www.smarttech.com/   (check on Ebay, Lee’s large board cost $200 plus another $200 to ship from the seller in Alaska; they usually sell for about $2000

Response system for formal and quick testing – CPS - http://www.einstruction.com (expensive – try to write a grant); there are many other brands available now for testing using remotes - keyword into your search engine

Robotic toys – Perry the Bad, Mad, Sad dog teachers Perimeter – The Dollar Store, item was on sale

HotDots – HotDot reader with hot and cold dots; available in sets of cards - http://www.teachchildren.com/hot-dots.html

Rolling Signs – birthdays, homework – about $100.00 on Ebay or other internet source



Microsoft PowerPoint™ – http://microsoft.com  This is one of the most important pieces of software you can have in a classroom. Students learn by creating presentations which they use to teach others.

Microsoft Agent Scripting Helper (MASH) –  http://www.bellcraft.com/mash/   This software is an editing program that allows you to place Microsoft Agents (the characters below and others) into PowerPoint™ presentations. Lee uses a variety of them. The kids' favorites include Wartnose, the last character on the right. Wartnose appears in a PowerPoint™ on non-renewable resources. You write the script and instruct movements for the characters. They are animated and speak. The software comes with Merlin and other characters are free to download from the internet.

         Single user $25.00; Educational site license $250.00 

Microsoft Agent Characters




SmartBoard® activities – can be used with just a computer  http://www.theteachersguide.com/   scroll down left side to "Whiteboards" and click; you will have choices for templates and other information

Math - http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/  and  http://mathfactcafe.com/

Reading – celebrities read to students - http://www.storylineonline.net/ and select a story read by celebrity to students

Science – various animations - http://solidearth.jpl.nasa.gov/rp.html

Social Studies – Could you survive at Jamestown? http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/

 Interactive and Instructional Animations

        Tsunami    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4136289.stm

        Build a volcano and watch it explode http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/pompeii/interactive/interactive.html

        Earthquake http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/animations/earthquakes/index.html 

        Wycombe High School has a variety of earth science animations on their website. Go to http://whs.moodledo.co.uk/course/view.php?id=1365

        Lots of science animations here: http://nhscience.lonestar.edu/biol/animatio.htm



Intel’s Thinking Tools - interactive - http://www.intel.com/education/tools/ and click on Thinking Tools

Visual Ranking – assign ranking, debate reasons, reach consensus and helps to organize ideas

Seeing Reason – graphic organizer that allows students to determine strong and connections

Showing Evidence – create well-founded reasons for decisions and opinions –  one must prove and support the argument by showing evidence



There are many free tutorials available online for various software programs. Microsoft tutorials can be found at  http://www.baycongroup.com/tutorials.htm  

Dallas ISD did have tutorials available online, but that web address no longer works. However, I imagine there is a link for teachers to use within the system to find the IT Department and tutorials on these programs:

    Tutorials include: 

        AP Accuweather

        AppleWorks - Word Processing; Database

        Blackboard (used to Internet-based courses)





        Microsoft Excel 2003; Word 2003



        Windows XP for Beginners



A to Z Teaching Items - most free


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