I use the Tool factory suite of apps. I'm in my 2nd year. I'd love to chat more with you or you can come and see anytime. I'm currently at DOE today, but we can connect Mon or Tues next week??
Hope all is well
From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Lucie deLaBruere
Sent: Fri 11/16/2007 12:45 PM
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Subject: Tool Factory and Kid Pix
Currently exploring a few options for that would support K-3 (possibly K-4) classrooms as far as application software. KidPix has been around for a long time and seems to have a lot of followers. ToolFactory workshop has had a strong presence at Vermont Fest these past few years, and I see that some schools in Vermont are using it. I will examine both of these over vacation, but I'm wondering if anyone else has "teacher tested" these tools in K-4 environment and made conclusion about which ones primary teachers like best.
I'm wondering if ToolFactory could be installed on primary classroom computers in lieu of Microsoft Office. A site license for ToolFactory would be more economical than purchasing Microsoft Office for EACH of these stations. I will be examining this in the upcoming weeks, but would love to hear from anyone who has already explored some of these tools in their school.
Here are the links I've collected as I begin my exploration, in case anyone else is interested in this inquiry also.
Tool Factory Deluxe
Tool Factory Curriculum:
Kid Pix Resources
Other Free Downloads worth looking at: