The Tennessee Department of Education has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to provide training to teachers statewide on using the thousands of free, standards-based education resources available through Verizon Thinkfinity (, reports the Clarksville Online. This is the second year the foundation has provided this grant to the department. Verizon Thinkfinity contains thousands of free educational resources, including K-12 lesson plans, in-class activities, and videos that can be searched by grade level, keyword, or subject. "Partnerships are vital during this time of transition in Tennessee," Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. "The Verizon Foundation’s contribution helps continue our commitment to using technology in the classroom and increasing professional development as we implement new standards through the Tennessee Diploma Project." Verizon Thinkfinity offers elementary through high school teachers resources across eight academic disciplines, including science, English, and math, to improve student achievement. The grant was announced during the state education department’s annual Tennessee Education Technology Conference. It will be used to provide professional development opportunities to classroom teachers statewide through on-site and online training…

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