Thanks to a partnership between the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) and the Verizon Foundation, teachers in Louisiana are learning about the free educational resources available at www.thinkfinity.org.
At the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators Conference in Baton Rouge early in December, the DOE announced plans to begin training state educators how to use Thinkfinity.org's online resources - including thousands of K-12 lesson plans, in-class activities and videos - that cover eight academic disciplines and are aligned to state and national standards.
The partnership with Verizon Foundation will:
- Provide professional development opportunities to classroom teachers, college of education faculty, staff and students through on-site and online training.
- Provide educators and students with access to Verizon Thinkfinity resources aligned to state standards through the Louisiana DOE's educator resource portals.
- Raise awareness of Verizon Thinkfinity resources and professional development opportunities among educators statewide.
"Whether it's an English teacher looking for resources to spark a love of reading in a student, or a parent seeking a convenient and user-friendly educational activity to stimulate the mind of a young child, Verizon Thinkfinity will help them find the information they need quickly and easily to improve student achievement," said Michelle Robinson, Verizon president - Southeast Region.
"Teachers have limited timed time to sort through copious amounts of online information to help them meet the needs of 21st century learners. Verizon Thinkfinity provides trustworthy, commercial-free, standards-based resources that are innovative, exciting and absolutely free," said Patrick Gaston, Verizon Foundation president.
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