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What’s Your School’s Technology Strategy?


I have been doing all kinds of research on technology in the classroom since I’ve started this blog, and then today, I came across the graph below, and it made me a little sad.  The benefits of technology for both teachers and students are overwhelming.  So, the fact that 53% of the readers surveyed said that their school districts basically don’t have a strategy in place for technology just seems so unfathomable to me.  I guess I should be happy that the other 49% (why don’t these numbers add up to 100?), are making progress!

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Cool Interactive Whiteboard Lessons, Designed and Tested by Teachers

As more and more teachers are getting interactive whiteboards in their classrooms, they have the challenge of finding good lessons and resources to use with their whiteboards, with the hopes that they won’t have to spend countless hours finding them.  I came across a new line of lessons created by Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC in my research, and I’m impressed, so I thought I would share my findings.  They currently only have units available for K-2, but grades 3-5 are coming soon.  They also offer a free unit at their website, so it might be worth a look!  I found the original article at

Inspiring Content for Classroom Technology Drives Student Engagement

Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) February 21, 2012

Teachers are under great pressure to integrate new technology in the classroom, but struggle to find quality digital content and lesson plans. Today, Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC introduced the newest, comprehensive solution—Learning Spot™ Lessons—a line of teacher-designed and teacher-tested lessons for interactive whiteboards.

Educators have the opportunity to experience Learning Spot™ Lessons by downloading a free unit at Learning Spot™ Lessons bring the interactive whiteboard to life with standards-based, curriculum-focused content that encourages student interaction. The units allow teachers to plan lessons faster; a unit downloads in seconds and saves hours of prep time.

“For 35 years, Carson-Dellosa has listened to teachers and we know they share a common goal: to be a great teacher. We know it isn’t easy. We’ve served teachers through all of the changes and challenges in education,” said Judy L. Harris, Carson-Dellosa CEO. “Teachers told us how difficult it is to find effective digital lessons they can easily integrate into their lesson plans and about the hours they typically spend making their own. So we set out to create truly comprehensive interactive whiteboard lessons with all of this in mind.”

As part of their practice of developing products with their customers, Carson-Dellosa conducted a rigorous pilot program with nearly 200 classroom teachers nationwide. The participants provided direct feedback on all aspects of Learning Spot™ Lessons and the company received an overwhelmingly positive response.

“Learning Spot™ Lessons not only provide challenging interactive lessons for my students, they save me hours of preparation time,” said Carrie James-Hundley, a first-grade teacher in Atlanta. “With these [lessons], I’m a more effective teacher, my students are much more engaged…they are learning more quickly and retaining what they learn.”

Featuring thirty-five units for K–Grade 2, including math, language arts, and science titles, Carson-Dellosa Learning Spot™ Lessons are:
Comprehensive units featuring: lesson plans, printable pages, teacher notes, extension activities, classroom management tools, and more
Aligned to Common Core Standards
Downloadable from the web—no CDs needed
Compatible with all interactive whiteboards including SMART™, Promethean, and Mimio®, as well as Mac and other PCs
Easily adaptable for whole-group, small-group, and individualized instruction
Engaging to students and easily enables differentiated learning
Multilingual, featuring ELL support, and English, French, and Spanish audio directions

Carson-Dellosa Learning Spot™ Lessons will be available on the company’s website and through select retail partners. To learn more about Carson-Dellosa, visit

To download a free unit and find out more about Learning Spot™ Lessons, visit

About Carson-Dellosa
Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a leading supplemental curriculum solutions provider for both educators and parents around the world. Founded by two teachers, the company boasts a 35-year history of enhancing a child’s learning potential and environment through quality curriculum, supplemental learning materials, and classroom resources.

Carson-Dellosa proudly provides teachers, parents, and children around the world with the best possible educational materials produced by the industry’s most recognized and respected award-winning brands including: Summer Bridge Activities™, Mark Twain Publishing, Key Education, HighReach Learning®, Frank Schaffer®, Spectrum®, Judy® Instructo, American Education Publishing™, and Brighter Child®.

Free Interactive Whiteboard Resources

The following link is an awesome resource for teachers looking for new ways to use their interactive whiteboard in their classroom.  All of the resources are free, and they provide some great ideas for interactive classroom lessons!

This link also comes from an awesome website for teachers,  It has all kinds of lessons and teaching tools, as well as teacher recommendations, and education news.  Definitely worth taking a look at!