PreK-12 Market Headlines

Users Say Online Teacher Resource Boosts Learning

Reston VA - A no-cost, high-value online resource for teachers is improving teaching and learning across the country.

In a recent TeachersFirst.com user survey, 94.5% of the respondents say using the service helps them enhance student engagement, creativity, innovative thinking, and critical thinking skills. 80% say that TeachersFirst makes them more aware of ways to use technology for teaching and learning. Other benefits for teachers include increased willingness to try new approaches and greater use of student-directed or small group projects.

TeachersFirst is a free, comprehensive service for K-12 teachers, offering abundant original content and 15,000 classroom-ready, educator-reviewed resources. Offered by The Source For Learning, Inc., a nonprofit based in Reston VA, the service is accessed by users more than two million times annually.

"The survey results show that we're providing an important-and free-professional development resource at a time when schools are struggling with budget cuts and limited classroom support," says Candace Hackett Shively, Director of K-12 Initiatives for The Source for Learning.

TeachersFirst will exhibit (booth 1906) at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in San Diego June 24-27. Also at the conference, from 10:15-11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at SDCC4,  Ms. Shively and colleague Louise Maine will offer a presentation titled Now I See! Visual and Analytical Routes to Literacy through Infographics.

The Source for Learning, whose products and services enhance learning through the strategic use of technology, is a member of ISTE 100, a group of corporations and associations that are key supporters of the International Society for Technology in Education.
 
Other resources offered by The Source for Learning include preschoolfirst.com, teachersandfamilies.com, growuplearning.com, and sflmedia.com, which provides educational video clips with links to related resources from TeachersFirst.

Contact: Candace Shively, TeachersFirst.com, 703-860-9200, cshively@sflinc.org