Thank you for your continued support of StarrMatica! In this issue, you will find information about new K-6 resources, new additions for the 2010-2011 school year, a helpful article with tips on choosing quality interactive content and a fun idea to transform a wall in your classroom.

~Emily Starr
New K-6 resources

Wow! This summer over 50 online stories were added to our K-6 reading topics. The stories were individually reviewed and each was aligned to the reading topic that best describes the story's structure or purpose. Log in now and click on the resources tab or the resources gear to enjoy these fantastic new additions!

New For the 2010-2011 School Year

While you were on summer break, StarrMatica was hard at work making major additions to our library of interactive content so teaching with technology will be even easier! These exciting updates include:

  1. Over 1,000 K-6 science manipulatives, games and activities in our resources section
  2. Over 100 art and music manipulatives, games and activities in our resources section
  3. The ability to search StarrMatica's library of content by math textbook curriculums including Everyday Math
  4. The ability to search StarrMatica's library of content by the new National Core Standards as well as additional state standards

Even more updates are planned, so be prepared for wonderful surprises in September and October!

Ten Questions You Should Ask

As new companies begin to offer interactive whiteboard content to schools, how are teachers supposed to know which resources are worth the investment? That's why I wrote the blog post: Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Purchasing Interactive Whiteboard Content over at Interactive Whiteboard Insights. I invite you to read the list and share the article with colleagues who are evaluating content. There is even a handy table to help you compare products. (And yes, StarrMatica meets all ten requirements!)

Just for Fun

Do you have some blank wall space in your classroom or office? Maybe you should try Idea Paint, the paint that turns your wall into a dry erase marker board. Create a corner for brainstorming and imagination in your classroom where writing on the wall is encouraged! http://www.ideapaint.com/school/ideapaint

New Members

We welcome our newest members from Andrew School District in Andrew, IA; West Forest Elementary School in Opelika, AL; and Pekin Elementary School in Packwood, IA!