I have to teach 325 K-8 students once a week. I have a shoestring budget that is likely to get cut even further next year. What are your favorite FREE computer lab resources (e.g. software, websites, lesson plans, etc.)?

Here's my starter list (in no particular order):
1. Funbrain.com - Educational games. Math Baseball is a big favorite.
2. Starfall.com - My new favorite for teaching reading skills to K-2.
3. Timez Attack - Mult. Facts. A free version is available. Very attractive to the video console crowd.
4. Daily Writing Prompts - good for homework and keyboarding practice
5. Class Blogmeister - class blogging
6. TuxPaint - painting program (open source)
7. Chess Magnet School - learn to play chess with excellent lessons

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Here are some of my favorites:

Kerpoof - MANY things to do here. Create artwork, movies, stories, cards, and much more. Can't say enough good things about this site.

Tux Paint and Tux Math

Here is another resource I learned about this week. It is FABULOUS!
Scratch is an amazing free application.
Roy The Zebra early literacy
I'm trying this one out next with my Computer Club (grades 4-5). Using the key cards is a nice way to go. I'll probably integrate this in next year with more grades after I test it out with my after school group. Here's the link to Scratch and here's a link to my first attempt at creating a game. It took my about 1.5 hours to get to this point.



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