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Classroom Resources

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

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Professional Development

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

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Tools

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

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Teacher Support

Find an affinity group or a good laugh.  → 

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Partners

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

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Distance Learning Resources

Find help, options, and best practices for this brave new world of online instruction.  → 

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COVID-19 Resources

We are following the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and its effect on the 2020-2021 school year. You'll also find lesson ideas, resources, videos and historical perspectives.  → 

Today's Video...
   Did Dinosaurs Really Have Feathers?

At least one entire class of dinosaurs seems to have had feathers -- including velociraptors, and maybe even T. rex. Find out how we know, and how we even know what color some of them were!  → 

A video from:  Environment and Heredity: Birds & Dinosaurs

more videos...  

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Today's Web Site...
   American Library Association: Digital Inclusion Survey

Libraries have constantly evolved in tandem with advances in technology. Just as libraries offered word processing software before personal computers were commonplace in homes and offered students their first chance to try the Internet, public libraries now enable patrons to explore e-readers, tablets and maker spaces.

The ALA convened a diverse collection of digital inclusion advocates to explore the ways in which libraries are leading the way in building digitally inclusive communities that support individual opportunity and community progress. "Today libraries are less about what we have than what we can do with and for our patrons."  → 

From:  Integrating Technology into Your School's Curriculum

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Diverse On-Line 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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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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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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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.  → 

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1,000's of Classroom Resources

We've indexed 1,000's of classroom resources on everything from Astronomy to Zebras to interdisciplinary learning resources.

Refresh your lesson plans here.  → 

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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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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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Student Subgroup Resources

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

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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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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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STEM Primer

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is getting a lot of attention, but there are barriers. Check out our extensive STEM resources → 

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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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Fun & Games

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

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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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Take Five

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

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Free Classroom Websites – A How To

Unlike this guy, teachers are finding that classroom web sites are great for communicating with students and parents. And students put in more effort when they know that their work might be displayed online.

Learn how a class website can help and how to easily set it up for free → 

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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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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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Bullying

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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Parental Support

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

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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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Minority Students

With the events of the last few years, the needs and safety of minority students have come into sharp focus. Many teachers are uncomfortable addressing these subjects or do not feel they have the cultural competency to speak to the issues. Here are some resources that can help.  → 

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Backyard Adventures

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

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Thoughts on Educational Reform

Videos and blogs with different views on Education reform.  → 

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Analyses and Evaluation

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

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Learn More About K12IRC

The K-12 Internet Resource Center was launched in the 1990's as one of the first web sites dedicated to indexing K-12 educational resources.  → 

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Help Spread The Word

We have flyers available for free. Leave some in your break room or distribute them at meetings or professional development events.  → 

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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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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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