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Winter 2021 Newsletter


Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum, our "head librarian" over these many years, passed away in October, 2020.

We are looking at how to create new content and keep K12IRC relevant going forward, and are asking the community for their input via this quick 4 minute survey (now closed).

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Winter 2021 Newsletter – Ideas and inspiration for the K-12 community.


2020 was an interesting year, to say the least. For many of you, it's been a year of new beginnings and, for others, a year of loss, as it has been for us here at

Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum   1944 - 2020

We sadly share that Bonnie Tenenbaum, our "head librarian" and founder passed away on October 15th. Bonnie was an educator for nearly 50 years and has been an integral part of K12IRC since its inception. A graduate from both Cal and Stanford, Bonnie used to joke that her team never lost a Big Game.

She will be greatly missed. You can learn more about Bonnie from this short article and her memorial page. In his eulogy, her son Josh talked about Bonnie's life long commitment to education.

Bonnie Tenenbaum

We Need Your Help

While Bonnie is no longer with us, will continue as a totally free resource for the K-12 education community. But we need your input and help.

When Bonnie started this site 25 years ago, you could count the number of educational sites on your fingers and toes. Today there are thousands of sites, including large, well funded corporate sites from the likes of Scholastic and PBS. However, Bonnie was an exceptional educator and the quality of content that has been found here for more than two decades is unique.

The Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation wants to honor her legacy and lifelong commitment to finding and sharing exceptional resources by transforming K12IRC into a community-based initiative, run by and dedicated to serving educators who are creative and committed to finding content that speaks to the unique needs of educators and students.

Please take a moment to answer our quick 4 minute survey. We are looking for ideas and contributors to keep K12IRC relevant going forward. Your input will help.

Take The Survey

(survey now closed)


Mary Jackson, the first black woman engineer at NASA

Black History

February is Black History month in the United States and Canada. Find images, first person accounts, videos and more to make your lessons come alive. Follow the related topics links to learn about things like "The Talk" and how women have played a essential role thru it all.  learn more...

Take Five

Stress relief takes many forms. Some of our favorites include Kid President, Best April Fools Prank, and 15 Fantastically Funny Educational Photos. Sometimes, you just need a good laugh.  learn more...

Algodoo screen shots

Algodoo 2-D Physics Sandbox

With many students (and teachers) stuck at home, field trips and classroom experiments can be challenging. Algodoo is a unique physics 2D-simulation software for PC's & Macs (free) and for the iPad (small fee). While designed in a playful, cartoony manner, it's a perfect tool for creating interactive scenes, encouraging your students to be creative, do some real science, have fun and learn.  learn more...

Projects for Parents and Kids Together

Hang out with Spider Man, learn how to take a photograph of someone balancing on their finger (Hunkins' Experiments) or open up The Idea Box and see what you can find. Lots of indoor projects parents and kids (or classes) can do together.  learn more...

On A Personal Note

I'm Chris Daley. Many of you have met me over the years at the various education conferences we've attended. My background is in computer software and systems analysis, with the last few decades focused on complex web site development. I've had the privilege of working with Bonnie for over 20 years, initially providing technical web site support and, more recently, helping with outreach, content curation ... and even writing newsletters.

Bonnie Tenenbaum played a central role in maintaining K12IRC – shoes that I could never hope to fill. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and help us move this site forward.

Have a resource we should know about? Please let us know.

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