Borland Teacher Technology Team

January/February 2018

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Tween Tribune

New From Smithsonian: TweenTribune, A Free K-12 Resource for Teachers

Join more than 200,000 registered teachers who are already putting these free Smithsonian Teacher tools to use in their classrooms.

  • Daily AP news articles
  • Lexile® leveled for K-12
  • Self-scoring quizzes customized by Lexile® level
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Student commenting
  • Espanol AP articles
  • Weekly lesson plans
  • Weekly video
  • Weekend "Monday Morning Ready" newsletter as prep for the week ahead
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iCivics teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly. Through our games, the player steps into any role – a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist fighting for local change, even the President of the United States – and does the job they do. Educational video games allow for concepts to happen to us. They convey information while teaching skills for effective civic engagement.

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With over 220 interactive games, videos and activities, this online environment is designed to help students learn and teachers teach. Theses activities are innovative alternatives to traditional STEM learning resources. Click away at

The first 30 days are free. After that there is an $11 charge per month if you want to continue.

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ScootPad is best used to help kids practice new skills following face-to-face classroom instruction. Start by setting up your kids' accounts, providing them a username and password. If your students already have Google accounts, there's a streamlined method of uploading your class list.

You can set standard learning paths for students or customize for individualized learning plans. This allows you to select the specific standards that kids should be working on; plus, you can assign formative assessments to measure growth.

This site is free, but can be upgraded for a fee.

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CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. Our resources are:

  • Flexible;

  • Research-Based;

  • Aligned to the Common Core State Standards;

  • Created by teachers, for teachers.

We believe in the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. That’s why we are committed to keeping CommonLit completely free, forever.

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How Stuff Works

Looking for an informational website that will help students understand how a variety of things work? Check out

There are informational videos and articles on science, health, money, sports, etc.

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Learning Games for Kids

Check out Learning Games for Kids at There are many educational games that include typing, math, grammar, music, science, art, and social studies.
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Daily Starters

Establish a morning routine with Scholastic's Daily Starters — fun, fast math and language arts prompts and questions, including Teachable Moments from history and Fun Facts, such as "Before erasers, people used a piece of bread!" Sort by grade (PreK-8), and project them onto your screen or print copies for your students.