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Appomattox Middle and High School Instructional Technology
"RAISING THE BAR"
 
Our division Instructional Technologist would love to assist you. This year, Danny Richardson, is the Division ITRT for ACHS, AES, and APS and Stephanie Totty, for AMS.  We are available to help you implement technology in your classroom. Realizing how frustrating it can be to try something for the first time, we would love to be there and help. Of course, we want you to be able to utilize the technology after our initial help. 
Best of the Best Free Websites
These are free websites that have a multitude of resources for just about every subject.
 
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Thinkfinity is a free digital learning platform from the Verizon Foundation that offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by content partners such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the International Reading Association, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the National Geographic Society, and more.
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Provides free and easy-to-use resources for teachers, including “Teacher Timesavers.” The site also features 42,000-plus lesson plans, 9,000 free printable worksheets, rubrics, teaching tips, web quests, and other free teacher resources.
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This website is for all teachers, not just ones that have a Promethean Board. Features tons of lesson plans, interactive material, and professional development.
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4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars.
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This Library of Congress site has ready-to-use classroom materials that are aligned with state standards and take advantage of the Library’s primary sources. It includes access to primary source sets around topics such as U.S. presidents; short facts or activities for class starters, such as “Today in History” and everyday science mysteries; themed lesson plans for dozens of topics; and even professional development curriculum.
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This site features online professional development, TV programming and multimedia web content, lesson plan ideas, and ways to connect with other educators.
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This site has downloadable video lectures from elite universities, and it allows viewers to grade the professors. Academic Earth also offers a “Playlists” feature based around themes such as “Laws of Nature,” “Wars Throughout History,” or “You Are What You Eat.”
 
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This Open Source collaborative website helps connect educators, parents, and students in the development of curriculum and other educational materials. With its open-source curriculum format, Curriki allows anyone to post their teaching ideas for others to view, download, use, reformat, and reshare.
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The National Science Digital Library is the nation’s online library for education and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It provides free math lessons and activities.  NSDL also provides science literary maps and iTunes multimedia files.
 
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Federal Resources for Educational Excellence is a U.S. Department of Education website that compiles free teacher resources available from dozens of federal agencies. Educators can sign up for the FREE RSS feed, which notifies users when new resources are added. Otherwise, they can browse by topic, from music history to life sciences.
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Teachers’ Domain offers free digital media from public TV broadcasters for educational use. Users can search for materials via individual state standards, Common Core State Standards, or national standards.
 
 
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