NEW – #TheGreatListen
Every family has a story to tell, and TFA is partnering with StoryCorps, the national oral-history project, to gather these stories this Thanksgiving. Using the free StoryCorps app, high school students and others can take time over the holiday weekend to record an interview with a grandparent or other elder and then upload it to the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress. For more information on the Great Thanksgiving Listen, visit the StoryCorps website, and if you’re a teacher who wants to share this project with your students, download the free teacher toolkit and learn more on TeacherPop.
Need new resources or experiences for your students?
The free and flexible fundraising platform, PledgeCents, allows you to raise funds for any classroom need quickly, easily, and efficiently. Learn how teachers raise >50% of funds from outside their network. Sign up in under 10 minutes. Nothing to lose, only funds to gain. Check it out at www.pledgecents.com, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, requests for help, or to say hi!
Spread the Word About Free Adobe Partnership for Teachers
Adobe has committed over $300 million in software and professional development services to K-12 Title 1 schools as part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative. All you have to do is simply apply here!
Free and Low cost Computers for your students and schools
Wits, inc has a special computer program that your school and families can receive free or low cost Windows 7 desktops, laptops and tablets. While the school or district must sponsor the program, Wits,Inc brings all the equipment to you, one place at one time and you help families achieve their educational goals from home. We also provide free training classes for families to keep their computers safe. To schedule a meeting or to receive more details please email email@example.com or call 314-382-1650 ext 13. Visit http://www.witsinc.org for more information on the classes.
eSpark Learning – Sync Educational Apps
eSpark provides everything schools need to personalize learning on the iPad. Our comprehensive solution has been proven to help districts effectively leverage iPads and the vast ecosystem of educational apps to increase student engagement and achievement.
- Relevant, student-centered curriculum
- Understandable, actionable data
- Streamlined, easy iPad setup
- Expert coaching and ongoing support
Learn more about our teacher tool and school partnerships at www.esparklearning.com.
Classkick – Better Student Feedback
Created by TFA alums, Classkick is a magic whiteboard on the iPad where students work and get immediate help from their teachers and peers. This is crucial because the #1 intervention for increasing student learning in school is student feedback. With the app, teachers can see every students’ work at once, cut grading time in half, and add custom content in seconds. Students can raise their hand privately and engage each other with peer help. Best of all, it’s free! See it in action in these 1-minute video playlists:
Pear Deck – Hear From the Quietest Students
Give a voice to even the quietest students by quickly making every lesson interactive. Pear Deck lets you insert interactive content and formative assessments into any slide presentation (see examples). Students answer on their own devices. You can see their answers in real time to identify misconceptions and reteach as necessary or share the answers anonymously on the projector to spark discussion.
- Drive your class with inquiry
- Assess for learning easily
- Get students actively participating and engaging in the content
- Remove the “fear factor” of raising one’s hand
- Adapt your lesson on the fly
- Ask open-ended questions to promote critical and creative thinking
- Free plan and school plan available
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Flocabulary: K-12 Educational Hip-Hop
Flocabulary is an online library of educational hip-hop songs, videos and classroom activities used in over 20,000 schools to engage and inspire students.
- Over 500 videos to supplement instruction in math, science, social studies, ELA, vocabulary, current events, and life skills, including financial literacy and social & emotional learning
- Common Core aligned math and ELA content
- Vocabulary lessons proven to raise scores on state reading tests
- Printable lyrics, challenge questions and activities for each video, plus implementation guides for teachers
Flocabulary offers select free units on its website, and a free 30-day school-wide trial allows access to the entire online library for all teachers at your school.
MOHist Museum resources for Educators
Broaden your students’ experiences with the meaningful learning and high-quality resources offered at the Missouri History Museum. Whether you are a frequent guest or have never visited us before, there is something to meet everyone’s needs. Here are some highlights of the quality resources we’re offering your classroom this year:
• Field trips and programs that are hands-on, inquiry based, and interdisciplinary.
• Increased opportunities for teacher professional development.
• Brand new resources coming next spring!
• The Missouri History Museum is partnering with The St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights to host an Essay Contest for Middle and High School Students focusing on the events in Ferguson. The deadline to submit essays is October 31st. Learn more here.
Read the welcome letter and learn more about their programming.
A Guide to St. Louis City Schools
This site offers information on all 200+ school options in St. Louis City–from Public and Magnet to Charter and Private schools. It also includes an interactive map displaying the physical location of schools for parents searching for the right fit in their neighborhood. Check it out at www.stlcityschools.org!
Students and teachers: You may be eligible to get Office for free!
Students who attend qualifying schools can receive Microsoft Office software for free, and starting December 1st, this benefit extends to faculty and staff. Find out more information here.
ClassDojo is a free positive feedback platform that helps students learn the right behaviors in the classroom. Teachers can use ClassDojo to:
- Provide real time feedback to students on any behavior important to the classroom, like staying on-task, participating, or curiosity.
- Use our new app, ClassDojo Messenger, where teachers can privately communicate with parents, keeping them in the loop on their child’s progress.
ClassDojo also provides dedicated support to TFA corps members at: TFAfirstname.lastname@example.org. The tool is 100% free, and works on any device available to teachers, including iPhones, iPads, Android devices, laptops, and interactive whiteboards! Check it out here (via TFANet).
LearnZillion – Free planning resources
Founded in 2011 by a former principal and a former TFA alum, LearnZillion champions teachers and helps schools and districts develop a culture of instructional excellence. Their resource library is crafted by a “Dream Team” of expert teachers to provide clear, visual, grade-level appropriate explanations of the Common Core State Standards across grades 2-12. Over 330,000 teachers currently use this platform to:
- Familiarize themselves with the concepts in a given standards
- Plan and deliver direct instruction, whether for whole group, small group, or individual work
- Help to align parents with what’s happening in the classroom
ExitTicket – Free student response resources
ExitTicket is a student response system, designed by teachers to achieve one simple idea: Accelerate student achievement! ExitTicket and TFA have partnered to offer all corps member a free ExitTicket membership and 2 years of SuperStreak Free! This includes:
- Full access to all of the Core modules, Item bank, Math Engine and Longitudinal Scorebook
- 2 years free of the favorite premium app in the store, SuperStreak. It changes the Correct/Incorrect Emoticons for the Students to engage ALL students to participate.
All TFA Corps members and Alumni are eligible for a free lifetime ExitTicket membership, and 2 years of the premium app for free. Click here to access this amazing resource today!
Free K-8 Common Core Curriculum and RTI Program
MobyMax is a comprehensive online learning program that finds and fixes missing skills in math, reading, vocabulary, writing, and language arts. Specially designed placement tests diagnose problem areas for each student and assign him a series of fun, simple lessons for easy mastery. In past years, students using MobyMax have improved an average of 1.4 grade levels with only 40 hours of use. In addition to the curriculum, MobyMax includes games, progress monitoring, IEP goal-setting, and communication and motivational tools. MobyMax is offering a free year of the program to current TFA corps members. Register as many of your students as you’d like and use MobyMax in centers, small group instruction, as homework, for tutoring, or in computer lab! To sign up for a free corps member account, follow these directions.
We know that internet access can help evolve the learning experiences of our students and that the digital divide disproportionately affects lower-income families, limiting educational opportunities. Teach For America’s partner, Comcast, provide families with at least one student receiving free or reduced-price lunch affordable access to internet service, computers, and digital literacy training through their Internet Essentials program. To date, the program has impacted more than 1M students and their families. Learn more.