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Ideas And Inspiration For The K-12 Community

Check out these areas for inspiration and new ideas...

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Find a lesson idea, video or activity for your classroom.

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Check out the wide variety of professional development opportunities and resources.

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Everything from classroom automation and making a class web site to creating videos and 3D printing.

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Find an affinity group or a good laugh.

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Develop partnerships and engage your students, their parents, and the community.

How do dogs "see" with their noses

In this TED Ed video, Alexandra Horowitz illustrates how the dog's nose can smell the past, the future and even things that can't be seen at all. You may have heard the expression that dogs 'see with their noses.' But these creature's amazing nasal architecture actually reveals a whole world beyond what we can see.

A video from:  Brains & Neurons

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   Global Children's Art Gallery

Global Children's Art Gallery showcases art from kids up to 12 years old from around the world, and welcomes new submissions.

From:  Global Show'n'Tell

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STEM Primer

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is getting a lot of attention, but there are barriers: how to implement it, identifying what works, and dealing with new roles.

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Great Women Role Models

The best way to teach is thru examples. The earlier young women are encouraged that they too can make a difference, the better their chances for success.

The K-12 Instructional Resource Center is an independent voice for the K-12 community, indexing over 2,300 education resources.   learn more...

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New Visualization Tools

The Internet and modern browsers allow students build and test bridges, view plane traffic in real time, change gravity and perform experiments – all from their browser. Check out simulation and visualization tools available now.

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Bullying in school has become a national cause. Here's an index of resources for students and teachers to tackle this problem.

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Take Five

As a teacher, you can probably relate to these stories & videos.

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Student Subgroup Resources

Find resources to help all  your students, from ESL and gifted students to Autism and mental health.

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Diverse Exhibits

When you can not go to the exhibit, let the exhibit come to you. Free field trips available for the arts, science, paleontology, biology, history and more.

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Thoughts on Educational Reform

Videos and blogs with different views on Education reform.

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Common Core State Standards

While Common Core is being implemented by most states, there is much vocal opposition. Here are some resources that can help.

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Google Docs For Education

Google Docs has generated a lot of buzz within the education community. We've indexed resources to get you started.

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Copyrights & Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property rights arises frequently if you or your students conduct research, incorporate another's document (of any type) or publish on the Web.

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3D Printing Primer

3D printing is both an art and a science. And it's one of those areas where spending a little extra money can save a lot of grief.

Come along as we explore the world of 3D Printing.

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Analyses and Evaluation

Check out a wide range of assessment and evaluation tools, tutorials and resources.

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Affinity Groups

No matter what your area, there are support and professional groups for you.

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Dealing With Controversial Subjects

It is all but impossible to avoid controversial subjects or topics. Here are some ideas to cope.

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Backyard Adventures

You can do a lot of science in your backyard ... or school playground.

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Parental Support

Parents are a big part of the education equation. Here are some resources to help them cope.

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100's of Classroom Resources

We've indexed 100's of classroom resources on everything from Astronomy to Zebras to interdisciplinary learning resources.

Refresh your lesson plans here.

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WordPress for Teachers

Looking for a simple, no-cost/low-cost way to get your class information out on the Internet? Using WordPress, you can start with a simple blog and evolve into a complex web site.

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Patterns and Art

Adding art into the curriculum can be as simple as showing how it incorporates everything from math to biology and physics.

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Search Sites for Young Students

The Internet is a great resource, but many web sites are not appropriate for young students. Here are some search site options that allow them to explore.

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Eyewitness Accounts

Nothing is the same as being there. These eyewitness accounts provide perspective and insight into recent and past events.

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Mentor Networks

Help your students, and you, find mentors in your area. Or learn how to start a mentoring program of your own.

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School Video Production

We have a whole section on how to get started and incorporate it into the classroom.

With the advent of inexpensive production tools and free video hosting like YouTube, the idea of the school film has been turned on its head.

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Microsoft Office Alternatives

There are now good, no cost on-line and off-line alternatives to the cost and licensing issues of Microsoft Office.

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Fun & Games

Sometimes, you  your students just need to take a break ... and learn new skills.

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Simulation & Modeling Tools

There is a wide range of simulation and modeling tools available at no cost, covering everything from physics to engineering, astronomy and more.

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Computers in the Classroom

Check out videos and resources showing how computers have been successfully integrated into the classroom.

It's not as hard as these guys are making it.

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