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OARS Assessment System

The Online Assessment Reporting System (OARS) makes the task of analyzing assessment data and student demographic information easy. OARS allows you to capture district benchmark assessment results in a simple web interface, and analyze the results for any subgroup. Add state testing results (like the CST and CAT-6 in California) and English Language Development (ELD) information to facilitate user-friendly analysis of multiple measures.


Rosetta Stone

Excellent software package which individualizes English acquisition instruction for English language learners (actually can teach ANY language). Helps limited English proficient (LEP) and other special needs students learn vocabulary, syntax, voice inflection and written expression.


Starfall opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. This is a good resource for teachers but an even better one for parents that can be recommended by teachers or by principals.


Parents' Guide to Student Success

The Parents' Guide to Student Success (provided in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The guide includes key items that students be learning in each grade, activities the parents can do from home, methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with teachers and tips for planning for college and high school. Great guide to provide to your community.

If you are looking for quick and effective web resources for English language learners, check out Teachers can use this site in a variety of ways. For example, there are online tests and exercises designed for improving English skills in grammar, vocabulary, and reading. These are simple and short and can easily be used as a computer station activity for English Learners (ELL, LEP). Additionally, you will find email lessons, teacher resources, English Learner links, a discussion forum, and other valuable resources for working with English Learners. I have recommended this to many of our EL teachers.


K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum Framework

Revised in 2003, the Arkansas K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum Framework mentions technology 26 times! For example, students are to use available technology for all aspects of the writing process.


Common Core State Standards Initiative

Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. This is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.


English as a Second Language Podcast

This is an excellent resource for ESL teachers and their adult students. Teacher materials are also available.


Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Calculator

Worried about testing students in a specific amount of time?This calculator estimates the number of days and associated network bandwidth required to administer English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments given the number of students, number of computers, and number of hours per day computers are available for testing at a specific school. The estimates are displayed at the bottom of the screen below the buttons.



ReadWriteThink provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content. Established in 2002, it is a partnership between the International Reading Association (BRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NOTE) with additional support from the Verizon Foundation. Resources include lessons related to the standards for both associations. Web resources and highly creative, interactive student materials are offered as well.


California Middle School Standards Matricies and Electronic Learning Resources (ELRs)

This Excel® template is designed to help administrators and teachers quickly find an ELR by English-Language Arts standard as well as providing you an easy-to-view representation of the standards. The California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) has gathered several ELRs. All of these have been reviewed for effectiveness and relevance to their appropriate grade level and content standards. This template will help you integrate technology in a standards-based curriculum.


U.S.A. Learns

Need to help your parents learn English? This is a free Web site and instructional program developed primarily for immigrant adults with limited English language skills who cannot attend traditional classroom programs. It provides English Language Learners (ELL) with practice activities in listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills.


We've Started, Now What? Leading Phase Two Common Core Implementation

The Common Core State Standards and associated shifts have been introduced. Now what? This archived ASCD Webinar will identify useful tools and strategies for going deeper with the standards using easily available resources for administrators and teacher leaders to use in planning, implementing, and monitoring the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/ literacy and mathematics. Web page has downloadable slides and handout packet. One-hour in length.


Center for Student Work

Looking for exemplary student projects? Check out this free resource that includes videos, writing samples and other work designed to provide teachers foundations to create their own projects. The searchable collection includes projects in English language arts, health and wellness, math, performing arts, science and technology, social studies, visual arts and world languages. A collaborative project between Harvard Graduate School of Education and K-12 education nonprofit Expeditionary Learning (EL).


EETT Spotlight: El Capitan Middle School

How do California schools use their funds from the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant? In this CDE spotlight, students in a two-year technology integration project scored significantly higher on a standardized Language Arts test.


Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence - CREDE

The Center for Research in Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE) is a very helpful resource when you need to sort through research on English Learners. Tools available on the website include self-assessment rubrics, descriptors and indicators of quality, and a CD-ROM with multi-media tools for professional development for teachers of English Learners. Also of particular interest is the Research Findings area. It is conveniently organized into strands such as Professional Development for Diversity. (ELL, LEP)


Internet and Media Publishing Consent and Waiver Form

These templates in both Spanish and English can be downloaded, modified, and printed to obtain parental consent for students who publish their work and/or photos and videos online. A signed consent form allows the school or district to also publish photographs and videos of students.


Google Docs in Plain English video

Want a quick lowdown on the premise of Google Docs? Check out this short video created by the folks at Commoncraft and posted on You Tube. In just a few minutes, you'll understand and be able to explain the purpose of this application.


Orchard Reading and Math Software

Orchard language arts and math software is expensive, but gives the principal real assistance in making sure quality instruction is being given to students. It provides a solid skills based program with state specific assessment and accountability that is easy for teachers to use. Pre-tests lead to appropriate assignments to teach skills tied to the standards. Post tests measure educational gains. The management system makes it easy for teachers and principal to monitor progress. Extensive reports including those for parents make reporting easy. The web site also lists grants to help fund this program and explains how it meets the No Child Left Behind requirements.


Instructional Program Summary

This Excel® template is designed to help administrators determine the instructional hours being spent in each content area. This template will also graph the data so you can see how content areas (Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies) are prioritized by your teachers.


Premier Assistive Technologies

Looking for assistive technology for persons with disabilities or other special needs to give them access to today's technologically oriented world, perhaps for free? Then look to Premier Assistive Technologies. They have developed a complete suite of products that address reading and information transfer needs for individuals with visual and mobility challenges. And what's more is that they have a grant program for public schools to receive their software free. Just fill out a simple grant application for approval and be on your way to implementing assistive technologies for those with learning disabilities and limited English proficient students (LEP).


Technology Infused Education: The TIE Project

The TIE Project, Technology Infused Education, is a statewide initiative in Arkansas funded through an EETT grant. The purpose of this project is to offer consistency across the state for technology trainings. Each education cooperative in the state has trainers that help present sessions on various modules. They also help write modules based on their levels of expertise. Benefits of TIE include having a common language across the state, increased integration of technology, and help meeting the six-hour technology professional development mandate. One of the biggest benefits is technology “for teachers, by teachers.”



The education department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art created this highly interactive, free website that is both content and activity rich. Artists from the 20th and 21st century are explored through their work and lives within a historical setting. Activities are included for visual arts, language arts, and social studies. Content is appropriate for 4th grade through college.


Twitter in Plain English

This video clip runs about two and one-half minutes and provides an easy-to-understand overview of Twitter. Appropriate for personal use, you can also share with staff and parents who might be curious about what micro-blogging is all about.



VMath published by Voyager Learning gives students in grades two through eight on line access to an intensive math intervention program 24/7. Students work in a game like environment with a variety of supportive tutorials. Users can switch between English and Spanish. Teachers can assign specific skill levels and view on line progress reports. There is an annual subscription fee or individual users, classroom groupings, and site licenses as well. The publisher promises State specific test prep in the near future.


PBS TeacherLine

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) TeacherLine is considered an excellent website resource for PreK-12 educators who are seeking to advance their careers or enhance their skills with standards and research-based graduate level courses in a flexible schedule. Educators can join the organization for free. This website also supports districts by offering options to enhance districts’ professional development offerings. More specifically, PBS TeacherLine offers high quality online professional development opportunities for educators covering the core subjects (Math, Reading and Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and History) and Instructional Strategies, Instructional Technology, and STEM. PBS TeacherLine has been recognized for its excellence by organizations such as the United States Distance Learning Association, National Educational Association, and the Software and Information Industry Association.


Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Speciality K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context and include the use of technology.


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