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NewsCurrents

This weekly, online discussion program for grades 3 through 12 is focused on national and international current events. Every issue contains two components: a discussion guide (written on three skill levels), and images that go along with each story. Teachers can use the program to encourage students to talk and think about important issues.

Schoology

This LMS combines an easy-to-use collaborative interface with application integration. Schoology lets students, teachers, and parents work together on online courses, schedules, and secure email. Administrators can add third party content and apps, and also control the grading scale.

SafeSchools Online Training

The SafeSchools online staff training and compliance management system contains a comprehensive library of school-focused courses. SafeSchools Training includes safety courses relating to special education, technology, emergency management, and nutrition.

Kurzweil 3000

As an Universal Design for Learning assistive technology, Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech program with a suite of reading, writing, test-taking, and study skills tools that makes curricula accessible to all students. It’s appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and also for English-language learners.

DreamBox Learning

This rigorous K5 online math curriculum can be tailored to specific students, and includes manipulative tools and game-like elements. DreamBox’s adaptive learning technology can analyze students’ answers and immediately adjust the lesson, creating a suitable pace for each student.

Gaggle

Gaggle is a school email system is designed to improve how students communicate with teachers. It includes tools like shared calendars, assignment drop boxes, discussion boards, blogs, online document editing, safe SMS texting, and filtered YouTube access. Gaggle.net also offers virus-free, online file storage that is accessible from home and school.

SchoolSpring

SchoolSpring is a free job search website that’s exclusively for educators. School job postings are aggregated from around the country, allowing teachers to search by location, category, grade, or type. For a small fee, administrators can search for executive level positions through single or unlimited postings.

Online Video Tutorials

This website contains video tutorials on flipped classroom models, college readiness programs, the Common Core State Standards, and other education-related topics. Students, faculty, and other school staff also can learn software and business skills.

RAZ Kids

The RAZ Kids online program consists of animated books and interactive quizzes. Students can listen to books or read aloud, with vocabulary and pronunciation support. Teachers can limit students to appropriate reading levels and specific books, and also track progress.

Performance Matters

This assessment and data management system provides teachers with online and paper tests to measure students’ progress. It includes 100 reports and dashboards that can be used to customize learning for students, whether they’re excelling or struggling. Performance Matters can also track state test results, attendance, and discipline.

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