Ideas And Inspiration For The K-12 Community
Check out these areas for inspiration and new ideas...
Find a lesson idea, video or activity for your classroom.
Check out the wide variety of professional development opportunities and resources.
Everything from classroom automation and making a class web site to creating videos and 3D printing.
Find an affinity group or a good laugh.
Develop partnerships and engage your students, their parents, and the community.
How GPS Works
This Discovery News segment from 2013 describes the GPS network, where it came from, how it works, and how it it being upgraded with a new generation of satellites.
A video from: Geography, Maps & GPS
Today's Featured Web Site...
Mendocino Community Network
Sometimes, you just have to build out your own service. Mendocino is a small historic town of Victorian style buildings on the rugged coast of California about 150 miles north of San Francisco.
The Mendocino Community Network (MCN), owned and operated by the Mendocino Unified School District, came about through an original grant from NASA for teachers to develop curriculum that utilized the Internet. As they were "in the middle of nowhere", part of the grant was used to bring in Internet access. When the grant was over, the district opened up subscription access to the community.
At last check, MCN employs 18 local people, provides internships for many high school students and provides free or deeply reduced Internet services to the schools, teachers and nonprofit community groups in the area and throughout California.
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.
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...
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.
Bullying in school has become a national cause. Here's an index of resources for students and teachers to tackle this problem.
As a teacher, you can probably relate to these stories & videos.
Find resources to help all your students, from ESL and gifted students to Autism and mental health.
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.
Videos and blogs with different views on Education reform.
While Common Core is being implemented by most states, there is much vocal opposition. Here are some resources that can help.
Google Docs has generated a lot of buzz within the education community. We've indexed resources to get you started.
Intellectual property rights arises frequently if you or your students conduct research, incorporate another's document (of any type) or publish on the Web.
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.
Check out a wide range of assessment and evaluation tools, tutorials and resources.
No matter what your area, there are support and professional groups for you.
It is all but impossible to avoid controversial subjects or topics. Here are some ideas to cope.
You can do a lot of science in your backyard ... or school playground.
Parents are a big part of the education equation. Here are some resources to help them cope.
We've indexed 100's of classroom resources on everything from Astronomy to Zebras to interdisciplinary learning resources.
Refresh your lesson plans here.
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.
Adding art into the curriculum can be as simple as showing how it incorporates everything from math to biology and physics.
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.
Nothing is the same as being there. These eyewitness accounts provide perspective and insight into recent and past events.
Help your students, and you, find mentors in your area. Or learn how to start a mentoring program of your own.
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.
There are now good, no cost on-line and off-line alternatives to the cost and licensing issues of Microsoft Office.
Sometimes, you your students just need to take a break ... and learn new skills.
There is a wide range of simulation and modeling tools available at no cost, covering everything from physics to engineering, astronomy and more.
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.
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.