Elementary School Software
This page will give you more information about what types of software and computer programs are available to the students at the elementary school. From games to digital storybooks, these are some of the tools that you can use in your classroom!
Looking for information about equipment? Please check the Elementary School Equipment page!
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Microsoft Office Suite
msoffice.jpgThe Microsoft Office Suite is available on all computers in the Elementary and Middle School. It is comprised of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and Access. From writing papers, creating brochures, graphing lines and managing databases, your students can do it all on Microsoft Office!



Click HERE for PowerPoint Resources.





Smart Notebook
smart.jpgSmart Notebook is your gateway to all things "Smart"! Use Smart Notebook in conjunction with your Smart Board to write on your board, save screen captures and much more!







Typing Programs
Typing Pal
learntotypejr.JPGTyping pal is a browser-based program so students can access it both from school and from home. We have licenses for grades 2-8. At the ES there is a more kid friendly version, there is a middle school version, and for any student ready for the challenge there is a professional version (think Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing). This is an easy to use 10-minute a day program and is valuable especially since the PARCC assessments will be online in the 14-15 school year. There are some great reports available as well in case you want to track student progress.


Tux Type
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Everyone's favorite Linux mascot, Tux the Penguin, is featured in this program to teach kids how to type. Primarily for grades K-4, this program will engage students in fun, educational games.







Organizers
Kidspiration

Kidspiration_1.pngKidspiration boosts comprehension using visual tools for all subject areas. Writing webs for English, timelines for social studies, manipulatives for math - this software can cover it all in a visual manner with all sorts of graphics you and your students can choose. This is installed on all computers at the elementary school and all thin clients at the middle school.








Read & Write
Solo
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SOLO is a literacy suite of the most popular assistive technology accommodations, including a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word processor, and word prediction.

Click HERE for a demo!



Kurzweil
KurzweilLogo.jpgA powerful way for students who struggle with printed text to access curriculum materials so they can keep up with assigned reading, learn critical study skills, an successfully complete writing projects and test independently.

Features

  • Support for fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, study skills, and test taking.
  • A single user interface containing all the tools necessary for academic success.
  • Access to all major digital file formats and printed materials.
  • Allows for individualized instruction as learners can move at their own pace with materials that serve their individual needs.
  • Easy-to-use tools for teachers to customize and implement instructional supports.
  • Support for all Response to Intervention (RtI) tiers of instruction, special education and multi-tiered classrooms.
  • A program anchored upon the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).



Educational Games
Fastt Math
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How do you assess student's knowledge on math facts in a fun, quick way? Fastt Math can help you! This intelligent software learns what math facts each individual student knows or does not know and differentiates activities tailored to each student. Teachers can then run reports to share with parents. All of this in only 10-15 minutes a day 3-4 days a week. Fastt Math is installed on every computer in the elementary school and in the 5th grade lab and all laptops at the middle school.


Study Island
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This online software is completely based on New Jersey Core Content Standards in Math, Science, and Writing/Reading. This software can be as simple or deep as you want it to be. Students can access the site from home for homework, quizzes, or for state testing preparation. Teachers can create classes to assign homework and track progress




Creative ProgramsPhoto Story
photostory.jpgWith Microsoft Photo Story, your students can create a slideshow of photos, including music, narration, special effects, and titles/captions. This is a free download through Microsoft, but can only be used on Windows machines! Students can create photo stories individually, in groups, or even as a class activity!





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Audacity is an easy-to-use sound recording software that is great mainly for podcasting and fluency. Recoding plays, reader's theater, and students practicing reading is quick and then playing back the .wav file lets the student really hear inflection, volume, pronunciation, etc. Save files to your teacher web page to share with parents!

Click HERE for tutorials and lesson plan resources!




Tux Paint
tuxpaint.pngGreat for PK-6, Tux Paint is a wonderful program for students to use to create drawings and pictures. Tux Paint is a "kid-friendly" program that allows students to draw with different types of brushes, stamps, and text. Teachers can add more stamps and pictures for students to use to create their masterpieces. It is a free download, available for Windows, Mac, & Linux.





Windows Movie Maker
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Windows Movie Maker enables you to create movies and slide shows on your computer, complete with professional-looking titles, transitions, effects, music, and even narration. And when you’re ready, you can use Windows Movie Maker to publish your movie and share it with your class, friends and family!


Click HERE for tutorials on how to use Windows Movie Maker.





Gimp
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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.






Global StudiesGoogle Earth
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Google Earth is a free, downloadable application that works as a browser for all sorts of information on
Earth. It uses satellite imagery to grab, spin, pan, tilt and zoom down to any place on Earth. Students canexplore every corner of the globe, measure distances, create their own virtual tours, and share their tourswith others. You can also create and download layers of information and view them in geographic context.

Click HERE for easy ideas of how to use Google Earth in your classsroom!

Click HERE for resources, lesson plans and ways to use Google Earth in your classroom!




Discovery Education
discoveryed1.JPGNeed a video to help introduce a new chapter? Did you just finish a lesson and need a nice video to wrap it all up? With over 6,000 videos for all grades K-12 and all curriculum, this is a great way to add a technology component to many lessons!

Click HERE for lesson plans using Discovery Education.

You may need to scroll down to see lesson plans!





Skype
skype.JPG With Skype, you can share a story with another class, learn about another country, hold a meeting, work with other classes around the world on a project – just about anything you need to do together every day. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you - on a computer or Smart Board. It is free to start using Skype! Click HERE for projects that teachers are using in their classrooms with Skype!
Click HERE for 50 ways you can use Skype in your classroom!