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Fall 2012 Newsletter

With the start of a new school year, we wanted to update you on all the changes that have been happening at K12IRC.org. They include a new look and organization for the site, information on the new Common Core State Standards Initiative, new video resources, and a look at the wide variety of topics we cover.

K12IMC.org Is Now K12IRC.org

Over the last 8 months, we've re-focused the site with the goal of becoming a "one-stop resource" for K-12 professionals. These changes have included our new name and a new organization for the site. The new top-level topics are...

  • Lesson Plans & Standards}
  • Curriculum Resource Treasures}
  • Professional Development}
  • Publishing & Getting Noticed}
  • Media Creation}
  • Computers & The Internet}
  • Student Stuff}
  • School-Home Partnering}
  • School-Community Partnering}

Each area provides ideas and resources you can use on a day-to-day basis.

Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort being implemented over the next 2 to 4 years. While it is safe to say that "things are still getting organized", we have assembled resources and video here that can help you understand the new standards and provide some next-steps.

New Video Resources

With greater access to high speed connections, video has become a very popular and welcome addition to the Internet. We are now indexing video K-12 resources along side traditional web sites. Check out this list of videos available on the site. They cover topics ranging from Bullying to Thoughts on Educational Reform.

BTW, if you have not visited the site in a while, we now provide thumbnails for all web links, and are in the process of reorganizing every resource page to better integrate the text and links.

K12IRC.org Covers A Wide Range Of Topics

As you can tell from the topic list, the K-12 Internet Resource Center covers a broad range of interests within the K-12 community.

Here is an example list of resource pages. Pick one and check it out.

A 2-D Physics Sandbox
Art and Music Creation
Dealing With Controversial Subjects
ESL Resources
Earthquakes
Eyewitness Accounts
Great Women Resources
Primary Source Document Collections
Rubrics
School Video Production
Special Student Programs
TED and TEDx
Teacher Blogs
Theater Performance
Tips for Parental Involvement

If you have a specific topic or interest, use Search to quickly locate resources. To browse and explore, start with The Resource Center Directory at the top left of every page.

We'd Like To Hear From You

We appreciate your feedback on our site, things like...

  • sites we should consider adding,
  • what you like about K12IRC.org,
  • what we could do better,
  • how to let more people know about K12IRC.org.

Please let us know your recommendations and thoughts.

You can use the Comments links at the bottom of every page, or simply e-mail us at {MAILTO|webmaster@k12irc.org}. Your feedback will help us build a better resource for you and your colleagues.

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