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Thanks so much to everyone who made suggestions for software. I'm looking forward 
to researching these.

Software suggestions for a new elementary school lab:
From Shondra Brisco:
Teaching books (offers information about authors and illustrators, as
well as lesson plans, video streaming, and links to great children's
literature).  The price is also very reasonable---check to see what
they offer your district / school.  A trial is also available free of
QuizList Interactive  (if you have AR, you'll want to subscribe to
this product---it's a great way to sort, organize, and locate the
books that you have AR tests for).  You can trial it for 30 days
free...but I guarantee, you'll love it!  (The price is about $400).
For teaching information literacy skills at all, you'll definitely
want to add Big6 Turbo Tools.
For other ideas, Shonda has written some reviews in School Library Journal's 
Resources" column---online too!
From Diane Lungaro:                                                                 
                                                  Our schools have Type to Learn 
and the 2nd - 5th grade students have formal lessons on this program.  We started 
to use Type to Learn about 3 years ago, and I'm starting to notice a big 
improvement in our newest middle school students.
From Lori D. Dyer:                                                                  
                                                                          Type to 
Learn is one we use daily.  Success Maker is a great remediation program for use 
with at-risk students.
Chris Smith noted that I did not mention whether we have Apple or Windows (we have 
Windows), and suggested looking at the following links
But the thing is that now it's possible to do almost everything with free software 
For specific needs go to and use the search facility
P.S. "MS Office" for very young children .... YUK  (sorry ... a bit naughty of me 
to say ... but couldn't resist)
From Diane Del Priore: Look into Kid Pix. I've done so many things with it! Also, 
please post a HIT if you get some good ideas.
From Kristin M. Dardano: Brain Pop!
From June Keuhn:  What about a typing program? Disney has some cute ones & I know 
there are other. Or a subscription to World Book Online for kids?
From Susan Jones: 
Betsy Stubblefield
Library Information/Media Specialist
Tulip Grove Elementary
441 Tyler Drive
Hermitage, TN 37076

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