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Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Technology Resources

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Curriculum Details for
SAM Animation

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Resource Description
Staff, Planning,
and Costs
Standards, Research, and Evaluation

Standards Alignment

  • Technology:
    This resource addresses multiple standards identified in the National Educational Technology Standards for Students, which were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). For more information about these standards, see

Research Base

Studies informing the development/advancement of the resource:
Developers spent more than three years in classrooms using early versions of the software. The original versions were developed and tested in classrooms from 4th grade and up. The early testing informed the design of the latest version of the software.

Evaluation Details

The results of these early sessions led developers to make this software available at no cost. The overall file size is small, so that it is easily used on school computers. It is a simple interface that makes for easy adoption and can be used successfully at all grade levels.

Online Training for Afterschool Staff
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is available online free of charge.

The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.