Great Tech Tools for Teachers
We've updated our list of great free technology sites and apps. Teachers don't have to use technology to have powerful classrooms, but they can sure help. See how this guide, by the makers of History Alive, can create a spark of thought for educators just easing into using web 2.0 and mobile technology in their classrooms. One concrete idea is provided for each web site/app. You can learn more about how to create engaging classroom moments by visiting us at www.teachtci.com. Follow @TeachTCI on Twitter and Facebook!
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