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Free Resources: LOC's Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2014

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

For September 15, 2014: Constitution Day will be celebrated on Wednesday September 17, 2014, and the Bill of Rights Institute's Landmark Supreme Court Cases website is a great topical resource for your students!
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For September 1, 2014: Back in School? Need resources? Ideas to refresh your mind after summer vacation? InformEd is a learning and teaching hub designed for educators and e-learners, featuring resources and interactive and innovative ideas for learning and trends in education as well as education technology.
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iTunes University

iTunes University provides free access to complete courses taught by instructors from leading universities and schools. It is also a web-based tool that lets educators build courses for their own students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

Free Resources: Popular Math Game Apps from Hooda Math

Hooda Math's apps will be available for free downloads on the App Store until Sept. 1.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Aug 2014

Discovery Education, 3M Announce National Finalists in 2014 Young Scientist Challenge

Ten students will participate in a summer mentorship program with 3M scientists and compete for $25,000 and the title of America's Top Young Scientist.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2014

Toyota and Discovery Education Announce Winners of 2014 Toyotota Teen Driver Video Challenge and High School Sweepstakes

The Video Challenge nets students from Irvine, Calif. $15,000 and the chance to work with Discovery to produce their entry as a TV-Ready PSA.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2014

GPS Hide and Seek

For June 15, 2014: Need some summer "study" ideas? GPS Hide and Seek is a complete lesson to use with students ... and a fun summer activity!
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SETDA Publishes Brief on Ownership of Teacher-Created Instructional Materials for State and District Leaders

"Clarifying Ownership of Teacher-Created Digital Content Empowers Educators to Personalize Education, Address Individual Student Needs" examines important legal considerations regarding the ownership and use of teacher-created digital instructional materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2014

Free Resources: Shmoop's Smartphone-Ready Video Test Prep

Shmoop's free test prep videos are delivered to students via email, allowing them to study quickly and rigorously.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 May 2014


For May 15, 2014: After a year of high powered learning, it's time to have some summer fun at Kizi.
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For May 1, 2014: Kinderart is just one example of some terrific websites that provide printable lessons about famous artists and step-by-step instructions for duplicating their artistic styles.
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Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Announce Winners of the 2014 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The competition empowers students nationwide to tackle some of the country's most pressing environmental issues and earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 2014

Common Sense Media

For April 15, 2014: Have you seen the Common Sense Media television ads with the catchy jingle "Pause and Think Online"? It is certainly worth a look, as is their Digital Citizenship curriculum.
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Hooda Math to Debut Free Cool Math Games at NCTM

Normally, playing Flappy Birds or 2048 during class might get you in trouble with the teacher. But thanks to Hooda Math, educational versions of both games are now available for free on the popular math games website.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Apr 2014

ProQuest Celebrates America's Libraries with Free Resources and Video Contest

The company will offer open access to popular databases during National Library Week, April 13-19.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2014


For April 1, 2014: SpellingCity is a must-have app for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Basic users can customize word lists and choose games or spelling test activities to use with their students.
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Gale Celebrates Upcoming National Library Week with “Libraries are Beautiful!” Photo Contest

To enter, library staff, students or patrons need only to submit a picture of the nominated library along with a short write-up for any of the 5 award categories. One "Best of Category" winner will be selected per category and will receive $500. One grand prize winner will be awarded "Best in Show" and take home $2,500.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Mar 2014


For March 15, 2014: Graph functions, plot tables of data, and much more at Desmos with this free graphing calculator designed for grades 6-12.
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Free Resources: Hooda Math's Free Timed Math Tests for Mobile Devices

The website recently released more than 50 free, non-Flash games that are also compatible with every device. Students and teachers can select a test with 25, 50 or 100 problems.
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Mar 2014


Flashcards are one of the faster and better ways to memorize most kinds of information. Cram utilizes the Leitner system of studying and can be used to create and store flashcards for later use or to borrow flashcards created by others. Flashcards can be created and studied on whichever electronic device is used to access the website or run the app.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By


For March 1, 2014: Select, organize, and share your Webmix (a group of websites) with students using this handy tool from SymbalooEdu.
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SIIA Announces Industry Best Practices to Safeguard Student Information Privacy and Data Security

The privacy and security best practices are intended as guidance for providers of educational services to educational institutions to the extent that they collect, disseminate, use or maintain personally identifiable information about students (student PII).
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2014

Story Arts Online

For February 15, 2014: At her Story Arts Online site, accomplished storyteller Heather Forest masterfully walks you through the storytelling process.
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Hooda Math Unveils 50 Math Games for Mobile Devices

Hooda's Site offers 500+ web-based and 50+ mobile math games, perfect for 1:1 and BYOD schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2014

Alma Launches Free K-12 School, Learning and Information Management System

Alma consolidates school, classroom and information management into one simple, intuitive and secure cloud-based system that minimizes busywork and improves efficiency, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2014


For February 1, 2014: Technology teachers who teach students how to build webpages should visit Weebly, a free tool that is intuitive and easy to use.
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THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Not Just for History--Primary Sources in the Science and Health Classroom

Primary sources are not just for history—they can enhance learning, questioning, and creative thinking in the science or health classroom as well. Mary Alice's quest to learn more about the fluoroscope led her to compile a primary source guide for those interested in the sciences.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 27 Jan 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

Net Texts Introduces Video Collections to Its Open Educational Resources Content Service

Teachers now can easily find and incorporate educational videos into their lessons using the free Net Texts content management website.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2014

Awesome Eats Game

For January 15, 2014: Elementary teachers looking for a fun way to teach students about nutrition and recycling should check out the Whole Kids Foundation's Awesome Eats, a free app for the iPhone or iPad.
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Discovery Education, 3M Launch Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge

The nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8, the Challenge rewards students for their science acumen, demonstration of innovative thinking and communication skills. Through the Challenge, students have the opportunity to compete for $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2014

Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24 — New iPad App

Door 24 is the second in a new series of educational games for the iPad that target the most essential skills for achievement in reading and mathematics, and that motivate students to develop these skills through the power of game design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jan 2014

Influence of Prominent Abolitionists

For January 1, 2014: From the Library of Congress' African-American Mosaic, the Influence of Prominent Abolitionists pages offer images, documents, and broadsides that illuminate the influence of the Abolitionists during the nineteenth century in American history.
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Anybody Can Learn Code

For December 15, 2013: Solve Angry Bird and Zombie puzzles with drag and drop programming with the help of, a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education.
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Energy Star Kids

For December 1, 2013: Be an energy star by discovering how to become more energy efficient throught the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star Kids website.
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Smithsonian X 3D

For November 15, 2013: Through state of the art scanning methods, the Smithsonian is transforming their collection into 3D objects, and you can check it out at their Smithsonian X 3D website.
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Art Cyclopedia

For November 1, 2013: Over 9,000 artists are represented in the Art Cyclopedia, a website run by John Malyon, with links to more than 160,000 works.
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Lumosity Education Access Program Provides Free Cognitive Training to 14,000 Students Worldwide

LEAP is a collaboration between educators and Lumosity researchers to advance the intersection of education and cognitive neuroscience research. The program provides educators with a research platform, including free Lumosity subscriptions that give students access to the full suite of online brain training games, to study the effects of cognitive training on student's learning abilities, behavioral characteristics, and academic performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Oct 2013

Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Accepting Applications for Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute Programs

These programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2013

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

For October 15, 2013: Make your own instrument, meet musicians, play Mozart's Minuet game, and learn about composers at the New York Philharmonic's Kidzone.
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Discovery Education and 3M Announce 2013 Science Competition Winners

Discovery Education and 3M have named 11-year-old Peyton Robertson from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., winner of the 2013 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his innovative sandbag design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Oct 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's No-Cost Professional Development Sessions for Educators Implementing Common Core State Standards

Designed specifically to support educators using digital media to enhance instruction and engage students, the Common Core Academies provide practical strategies and tactics that support long-term action planning as well as immediate implementation.
News/Free Resources - Posted 02 Oct 2013

Follett Challenge to Recognize K-12 Innovation at 15 Schools

The $200,000 contest will reward leading examples of 21st Century teaching and learning programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2013

Think Like an Egyptian

For October 1, 2013: Presented by the Franklin Institute and sponsored by Mellon, the Think Like an Egyptian site includes many resources for the teaching of science while studying Ancient Egypt.
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National Atlas

For September 15, 2013: Geography teachers will find a treasure trove of tools to use in their classrooms at the National Atlas Website. For starters, students can trace the flow of America's streams with an interactive map.
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Free Resources: Discovery Education's 'How Successful Digital Transformation Take Shape' Webinars

The free weeklong webinar series explores the roles of stakeholders in supporting digital transformations.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Sep 2013

BELLTONES: Picture This! Using Instagram With Students

One of MaryAnn's favorite things about Web 2.0 applications is the options for working with images. Read all about Instagram, what she does with it, and how you can use it with students.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Map Reading Activities

For September 1, 2013: Looking for an introduction to latitude and longitude? The World Map Activity at the Saskatoon Public Schools' Online Learning Centre site visually explains concepts such as latitude, longitude, equator, prime meridian, degrees, and more.
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The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Announce Call for Entries for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Challenge tasks K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2013

Edmodo Unveils Streamlined Redesign at Third Annual EdmodoCon

The social learning platform has also launched its latest iPad App and made free third-party apps available internationally.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Aug 2013

Traditional Children's Games from Around the World

For July 15, 2013: Jump rope, hopscotch, and tag are games children play around the world. Read all about some some of them in this issue of Topics Online Magazine.
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Promethean Advances Connected Learning with First Free Multi-Device Education App

With the release of CoolStreet, Promethean demonstrates how a connected learning environment can be created in a mixed digital device classroom. The app allows teachers to take advantage of mobile devices, ActivBoards, ActivTables and laptops to complete a simulation that reinforces basic economic principals through practical application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2013

Jones eGlobal Library Offers Free Digital Library Analysis

The analysis is designed to help education leaders understand how their digital libraries compare to the evolving "Gold Standards" when it comes to developing students' information literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2013


For July 1, 2013: Have some fun creating "word clouds" in Wordle. Type text, play around with it, publish it, and see what you've wrought!
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Glogster EDU

For June 15, 2013: For students, designing and making a Glog--an online media poster--is a snap. Sign up for a free account at Glogster EDU.
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For June 1, 2013: Add pizzazz to your online lessons with the free voiceover tool Voki.
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Free Resources: SETDA's New Report: 'Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning'

SETDA developed this report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 May 2013

Discovery Education to Release Interactive Educational Materials In Conjunction With Discovery's 'North America' Series

Teachers and students across the country have an exclusive opportunity to participate in virtual field trips to the continent's most awe-inspiring destinations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2013


For May 15, 2013: Animoto is a great tool for creating trailers on nearly every subject, from bios to travelogues to books. There are several pricing levels, but the lite plan allows you to create a 30 second video for free.
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Net Texts Provides Access to Free, Curated Open Educational Resources

Schools across the country are signing up for the service, through which they can combine free OER content with their own resources to create and publish lessons directly to students' iPads, Android tablets, or computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's STEM Camp Curricula

Discovery Education has announced the development of Discovery Education STEM Camp, a series of standards-aligned STEM curricula available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and parents.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 May 2013

Scholastic Summer Challenge

For May 1, 2013: The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge begins May 6 and is designed to keep kids reading and prepared in a friendly, competitive way. Educators can track the reading progress of their students and access classroom resources by registering their classes.
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Sony K-12 Initiative Now Accepting Applications for Education Ambassador Program

Interested educators are encouraged to download the application from the Sony Education Ambassador community website, a free online destination that provides solutions for educators looking to implement technology in the classroom and fosters dialogue about how technology can enhance student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2013

Mimio Hosts Live Webinar Series on Fostering Collaborative, Concept-Focused, Interactive Learning

Each of the live 30-minute webinars is presented on two different days to better accommodate educators' schedules. The majority of the webinars are hosted by school teachers and instructional technology specialists who have gained expertise with Mimio's collaborative technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2013

Science News for Kids

For April 15, 2013: Science News for Kids offers current science stories and features presented in an understandable format accompanied with suggestions for hands-on activities, books, and websites.
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PBS LearningMedia and the Henry Ford Announce the 2012 Teacher Innovator Award Winners

The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize 30 PreK-12 educators from across the country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students' learning across key subject areas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Apr 2013

Gale and Library Media Connection Seek Nominations for the 2013 TEAMS Award

The TEAMS Award recognizes teacher-media specialist teams in elementary, middle and high school settings for their critical collaboration to promote learning and achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Apr 2013

Create a Fossil

For April 1, 2013: Many states include the study of fossils as part of the curriculum during the spring, and Cyberbee's current Web Pick, Create a Fossil, from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, can be a big help.
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ASCD Launches Interactive 2012 Annual Report

"Creating Solutions: The ASCD Revolution in Motion" showcases the association's achievements and serves as a resource discovery tool for educators who seek programs, products, and services that empower them to support the success of each learner.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2013

PBS LearningMedia Launches Teacher Core Program to Support Teachers Using Digital Media

The PBS LearningMedia Teacher Core is comprised of K-12 educators and library media specialists from across the country. In partnership with their local PBS member station, they will work to champion digital learning in their communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2013

CIA World Fact Book

For March 15, 2013: The World Fact Book, published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency, provides information about countries around the world, including population, maps, flags, and other statistical data.
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CoSN Releases Results of First National K-12 IT Leadership Survey

The results will help K-12 decision makers better understand how education leaders are leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning, how these practices have changed over time and how current choices will affect the future of elementary and secondary education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2013

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: The World Digital Library--Global Primary Resources Just a Click Away

Teachers and media specialists looking for digital primary resources representing world history and cultures will be excited to learn about a growing collection of significant, multilingual resources accessible through the World Digital Library.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Math Terms

For March 1, 2013: This week we continue to focus on reference apps that teachers and middle to upper grade students will find useful in the classroom. Math Terms is an illustrated glossary of over 1,000 mathematical concepts.
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THE PIPELINE: Makerspaces in Libraries, Education, and Beyond

What do the arts, literature, cooking, 3D printing, LEGO, libraries, and education have to do with each other? They can all be supported and encouraged by makerspaces aligned with library collections, programs, and services.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Effective Web-Based K–12 Common Core Tools … and They’re Free!

Worried about the Common Core State Standards? If you are a teacher, you don't have to be. Granted, it will take time and effort to adapt your teaching plans to meet these standards. But there are a lot of tools to help you do it, available right now on the web.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

WORLD BOOK - This Day in History

For February 15, 2013: Building the reference collection continues with World Book's free This Day in History app for the iPad.
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Free Resources: The Smithsonian Quests Program

A digital badge program that fosters project-based learning, Smithsonian Quests are intended to inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Feb 2013

Follett Challenge Helps Schools Share their Innovation with the World

The Follett Challenge will award $200,000 worth of Follett products and services to six winning schools, and also provide educators with a platform to show off their innovative teaching programs to the world through traditional and social media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2013

Smithsonian-ePals Global Kids Invention Challenge Winners Announced

Students were challenged to come up with solutions to problems in their schools, to improve on inventions being used in their schools, or to invent solutions for larger real-world problems that exist today.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2013

National Geographic World Atlas

For February 1, 2013: Begin building your classroom reference collection with this free iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app from National Geographic.
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Free Resources: Scholastic's 'Common Sense for the Common Core' Website

The site is intended to give teachers, school leaders and parents help in understanding and unpacking the new standards, as well as instructional and professional development programs to implement the CCSS.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jan 2013

Discovery Education, 3M Open 15th Annual Young Scientist Challenge

A top science competition for students in grades 5-8, the Challenge rewards middle school students for their science acumen, demonstration of innovation and curiosity, and communication skills. Through the Challenge, students have the opportunity to compete for $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2013

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos that provide learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Meeting Mania or Mayhem? Scheduling Software Can Help

Finding a common meeting time for just three colleagues can be more work than it should be. Mary Alice looks at several easy-to-use tools that make scheduling easier for media centers that need volunteers and for the volunteers who want to help.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Flipping Out--A New Model to Reach All Students All Ways

In this Tools for Learning feature, Victor explores some of the technologies, tools, and platforms that will enable you to succeed in implementing the new flipped classroom teaching and learning model.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

IXL Math

For January 1, 2013: IXL Math is a site for all ages that allows students to practice math skills. Problems are organized by grade level, timed, and scored. If a problem is missed, an explanation is provided to help the student understand the concept and continue.
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Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Accepting Applications for 2013 Teachers as Researchers and STEM Institute Programs

The STARs program invites 40 educators from across the nation to attend Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for two weeks to study and conduct research with some of the country's top scientists. The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 educators from around the nation to attend a hands-on, immersion program promoting STEM education at the Discovery Education headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Dec 2012

The Lincoln Institute

For December 15, 2012: The Lincoln Institute, a project of The Lehrman Institute, has produced several sites devoted to the study of Abraham Lincoln. Of particular interest to teachers is Abraham Lincoln's Classroom that features Lincoln's Daily Story, Quote of the Day, Quiz of the Week, Cartoon Corner, and a Library with speeches and timelines.
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Free Resources: EBSCO Publishing's Points of View Debate Blog

Using the blog as a teaching tool at the high school, junior college and college level, instructors can encourage students to submit their own topics for discussion. EBSCO editors select a new topic monthly and publish related entries throughout the month. Every thread is monitored and moderated to insure a safe, instructive environment.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Dec 2012

Science Buddies

For November 15, 2012: Students looking for science fair projects will find loads ideas at Science Buddies, a non-profit organization that "empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology."
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BELLTONES: Massive Open Online Courses--Moving Ahead With MOOCs

MOOCs are new kids on the online instruction block. Like many other online phenomena, they are growing in popularity at a rapid rate. Mary Ann takes an enthusiastic look.
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THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: What Happened on Your Birthday? Newspaper Archives Tell the Tale

Mary Alice looks at three specific, comprehensive digital collections—Chronicling America, Historic America Newspapers; Today in History; and The Newseum's Global Digital Archives—and shows you how to locate city and state newspaper archives.
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Turnitin Releases Common Core Rubrics as Free Educational Resource

Turnitin has made the writing rubrics developed to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) available free to educators worldwide through an open access license with Creative Commons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2012

Discovery Education, 3M Announce 2012 Science Competition Winners

Discovery Education and 3M have named 14-year-old Deepika Kurup from Nashua, N.H., winner of the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her innovative, cost effective and sustainable water-purification system.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2012

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Announces Launch of the State Education Policy Center

The SEPC is intended to provide up-to-date information regarding select technology-related education policies and practices to inform school reform and improvement efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2012


For October 15, 2012: The free A.Word.A.Day service from Wordsmith is a great way to encourage your students to hone their vocabulary skills.
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PBS LearningMedia, The Henry Ford Announce Call for Entries for the 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards

The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize classroom educators, media specialists, technology coordinators and homeschool educators who are digital pioneers, paving the way for new teaching techniques and a more interactive learning experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Oct 2012

OverDrive Releases Free OverDrive Media Console App for NOOK

With the new OverDrive app, users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can wirelessly borrow ebooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2012 and CDW-G Launch Webiste to Help Educators Find New Funding Sources

The website, GetEdFunding, is a free, searchable resource of more than 600 funding opportunities created by a team of current and former educators and grant specialists. The opportunities span the full educational spectrum, from adult education and arts to science, mathematics and technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2012

Free Resources: Edutopia's Guide to Help Educators Bring Mobile Devices into the Classroom

The guide, "Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know," recommends taking advantage of mobile devices to engage students and help them develop digital media and technology skills, and suggests specific tools that educators can begin using today.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Sep 2012


For September 15, 2012: If you are looking for a course or learning management system for your school, consider the free open source tool called Moodle.
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Follett Software Announces Digital Content Partnership with Curriki

Curriki's database will be integrated into Follett Software's Destiny Library Manager and Aspen Curriculum & Learning solutions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2012

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Google Literacy Lesson Plans--Way Beyond ‘Just Google It’

We should teach students how to search both Google and databases effectively. Nothing new here. But Google's Literacy Lesson Plans released in May 2012 are something new.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

iBooks Author

For September 1, 2012: Take your lessons to a whole new level with the free iBooks Author app for Mac. Create dynamic content for your students, including text, photo galleries, interactive visuals, movies, chapter reviews, and more.
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Content Collaboration--25 Resources for Accessing (and Sharing) It All

Teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others, including students themselves, need resources for accessing and sharing it all. With search, mobile, and social networking, there's a whole lot more help out of the quicksand.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

Follett Sponsors Website

Follett Library Resources and Follett Software, part of the Follett School and Library Group (FSLG) that also includes Follett Educational Services and Follett International - sponsored the website to serve as a one-stop resource for school and district librarians and administrators to find the information that will help them create the best digital strategy customized to their specific needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2012

Free Resources: Rand McNally's “Play the Election” Digital Learning Game and “Dear Mr. President” Essay Competition

"Play the Election" is a free collaborative, online tool that teaches students about the 2012 Presidential Election and election process through games, resources and competition. The "Dear Mr. President" essay contest is open to 7-12th grade students ages 13 to 20 years old.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Aug 2012

ASCD Launches Free Digital Common Core Implementation Tool, Announces Fall Common Core Webinar Series

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the CCSS. The series of new, free webinars provide educators actionable strategies and tactics for integrating Common Core standards into classroom activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's Online Needs Assessment and School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and school systems around the world, and targeted to schools developing and refining strategic plans, the online tool offers educators a comprehensive needs assessment as they embark on the new school year.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Aug 2012

iEARN Launches New Global Online Collaboration Centre

The mission of iEARN is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and respectful dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. This new platform is a key piece of fulfilling that mission.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2012

Steve Spangler Science

For August 15, 2012: Science teachers looking for supplies and classroom experiments will be delighted with the wealth of resources available at the Steve Spangler Science website. Sign up for the experiment of the week or deal of the day.
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Ology: the AMNH Science Website for Kids

For August 1, 2012: Choose an "ology" at Ology, the American Museum of Natural History's website for kids, and dive in to lots of hands-on science activities.
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Summer, Sidewalks, and Chalk!

For July 15, 2012: Summer is the perfect time for neighborhoods and communities to unleash the artistic talent of kids through sidewalk chalk art. To get started with some ideas, visit these sites.
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Edmodo Annouces Topics for Free EdmodCon Virtual Educator Conference

Wednesday, August 8, more than 4,000 attendees worldwide will connect online for a free one-day professional education workshop. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2012

Discovery Education, 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge

Students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovative solution that would impact an everyday problem, and these budding young scientists rose to the top of their peers due to the scientific ingenuity and inventive thinking demonstrated in their entry videos.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jul 2012

2012 summer Olympics

For July 1, 2012: Splash into the London Olympics at Time for Kids. Watch Road to London, a video marking 100 days to the Olympics plus interviews with Olympic and Paralympic legends and hopefuls, and lots more.
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Amphibian Ark

For June 15, 2012: Blue Poison Dart frogs and other amphibians are in danger! Visit Amphibian Ark to learn about them, what's killing them, why it matters (Yes, it does!), and what's being done about it.
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Free Resources: ASCD's 2012 Summer Boot Camp Webinar Series

Assisting educators at all levels around the globe prepare for the 2012-13 school year, ASCD's free summer boot camp comprises nine informative webinars on a variety of topics that shape classrooms worldwide.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jun 2012

Learning Resources Announces Winners of Nationwide Teacher Grant

Hosted by the online community WeAreTeachers, the grant program is designed to provide teachers with an opportunity to win portable interactive technology for their classrooms, while collaborating and sharing lesson plan strategies with educators across the country.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jun 2012

Kids and Hiking

For June 1, 2012: It's summer and time for some hiking adventures in a local, state, or national park. At the Kids and Hiking pages on the REI website, the folks at REI provide tons of information about camping, backpacking.
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Kid Blocks

For May 15, 2012: Create and build in 3D with Kid Blocks from miSoft, a free app for iPhone and iPad.
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Turnitin Study Reveals 10 Most Frequent and Problematic Types of Plagiarism in Student Writing

The survey asked higher and secondary education instructors to rank the frequency and problematic nature of 10 distinct types of plagiarism as defined by the Turnitin Plagiarism Spectrum. The Spectrum uses digital terminology to identify the types of plagiarism and assigns a severity level for each form based on the degree of student intent.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

Panarea Digital Announces Launch of Nearpod

Now available for free on the App Store, Nearpod allows teachers to create and share interactive lessons, receive feedback on student device use, assess learning in real time, and personalize instruction for students who are logged into the Nearpod Student app. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

Geocaching with Kids

For May 1, 2012: Find treasure caches and solve problems by using a GPS with your students. Teachers, parents, and students will be able to gather many ideas for their GPS trek by visiting Geocaching with Kids.
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The Nature Conservancy, Discovery Education Launch ‘Nature Works Everywhere’

The new online destination provides middle school teachers, students and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Apr 2012

Science House: Video Science

For April 15, 2012: At the Science House Foundation's Video Science site, science teacher Dan Menelly, from the UN International School, presents a series of experiments that teachers can use in the classroom.
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State Educational Technology Directors Association Releases Case Studies of Innovative Educational Initiatives

The case studies are illustrative of unique state grant programs tailored to meet the needs of teachers and students in those states. While each program is unique, some common themes have emerged among them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2012

Common Sense Media Launches Learning Ratings Initiative for Digital Media

The new ratings assess learning potential of apps, games, and websites to guide parents to great choices and spur development of quality products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 2012

Discovery Education/Siemens Foundation Webinar Takes Students Beyond the Classroom for a Journey to the Arctic

Scientists and producers from Discovery Channel's series FROZEN PLANET will lead the Earth Day webinar.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 2012


For April 1, 2012: Recently, Cyberbee's search for information about fossil identification led him to neoK12. It offers a large collection of free videos and pictures on nearly every subject for grades K-12.
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Capstone Digital Launches 2012 Summer Reading Olympics

Top prizes include an iPad for Students, and an interactive whiteboard for schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2012

Khan Academy

For March 15, 2012: "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere." That's the mission of Khan Academy featured on 60 Minutes. It is a place where students can go to view over 3,000 tutorials in many subject areas on many levels.
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For March 1, 2012: Want to easily integrate digital storytelling into your elementary classroom? Then, try StoryKit, a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
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Gale Looks to Unmask the Next Librarian Superheroes

The company is launching the second annual Are you a Librarian Superhero? contest to recognize the often heroic efforts put forth by librarians around the country.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2012

Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War

For February 15, 2012: Using diaries, newspapers, manuscripts, and other primary source material, Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War, a University of Virginia Library website, presents a composite sketch of southern women in the Civil War.
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PBS Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

For February 1, 2012: PBS is opening up its library of movies with its free iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch apps.
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GradeCam Releases Free Scanning Software for Rapid Classroom Test Grading

The web-based application works with a standard web or document camera to quickly grade multiple-choice tests, providing teachers with immediate feedback on student understanding.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

WNET’s THIRTEEN Announces Launch of Mission US: ‘Flight to Freedom’

Flight to Freedom is the second in a series of innovative role-playing games developed to transform the way middle school students learn U.S. history.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

National PBS Survey Finds Teachers Want More Access to Classroom Tech

Cost is the biggest barrier, according to the survey results, pointing to the need for free digital classroom resources such as those from PBSLearningMedia.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2012

Adobe Foundation Announces Call for Entries for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards

The AYV competition is a new opportunity for youth worldwide to submit their most compelling digital work to an international, online media competition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2012

Discovery Education Launches Discovery Education LIVE Webinar Series

Designed to help students understand the importance of their education and motivate them to make a difference, the webinar series will feature thought leaders on a variety of topics of importance to students and educators throughout the year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2012

Cool Links: Infographic--Apple, iPads, Digital Resources and Education

Take a look at's infographic about Apple's iTunes U app announcement.
News/Cool Links - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Pearson Launches PowerSchool Mobile for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

New apps track real-time grades, homework, attendance, and more with Facebook and Twitter integration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Voices from the Days of Slavery

For January 15, 2012: Listen to former slaves describe their lives in Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories.
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Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute and Web Wise Kids Introduce Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids to the Android Market

In collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families, the new "BeSeen" educational app helps teach kids how to use social networks safely and wisely.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012

CDW-G, Discovery Education Launch 10th-Annual K-12 Sweepstakes

The 2012 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes will award three grand prize 21st-century classroom technology packages, which include 20 tablet or notebook computers, an interactive whiteboard, student response system, printer, document camera and $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012

The World in 1898

For January 1, 2012: Through its website The World in 1898, the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress presents the Spanish-American War, offering valuable resources for teachers and students looking for primary source material.
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BELLTONES: Sourcing the Crowd--Common-Sense Measures for Hard Times

A song that keeps repeating in Mary Ann's head these days is "Hard Times Come Again No More," no doubt owing to the hard times and education budget cuts her public school colleagues are experiencing in Texas. In an effort to chase away this earworm with some positive thinking, she asked herself and other educators what they can do in the face of these cuts. See what the crowd came up with.
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Shmoop Launches Pre-Algebra Worksheets and Quizzes

The new Pre-Algebra section starts with the most basic fundamentals and focuses on making algebra fun, easy and - for the most part - painless. The section provides a number of worksheets and quizzes designed to steer even the most fervent algebra-hater gently and comfortably through the learning process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Dec 2011

BBC Circuits and Conductors

For December 15, 2011: After your students have completed hands-on lessons with electrical circuits, send them to the BBC Circuits and Conductors site.
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Free Resources: Scholastic’s ‘Teaching with Brian Selznick’ Website

Scholastic has launched a new free website for classrooms, Teaching with Brian Selznick, with a virtual field trip to the American Museum of Natural History, the setting for Selznick's newest bestselling children's book, Wonderstruck.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Dec 2011

Christmas Hangman

For December 1, 2011: Just in time for the holidays, a classic game for all to enjoy: Christmas Hangman, enhanced by online game developer Dimension's Edge.
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Six Flags and Discovery Education Promote Literacy Among K-6 Students with 'Read to Succeed' Program

Students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading, such as picture books, newspapers, comic books, novels and nonfiction materials, are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Nov 2011

Free Resources: StudyPoint’s College Admissions Webinar Series

In the free informational videos, experts share key tips and answer questions on a wide range of topics related to the admissions process, including how to parent your child through the process, ideas on what questions to ask during a college visit, what parents should and should not do while assisting students during the application process, and tips on choosing the college that will help the student reach his or her full potential.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Nov 2011

Students Create and Study Flashcards with Free StudyBlue Mobile App

The iPhone and Android app features speech-to-text and picture-taking functionality.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2011

Follett Challenge Winners Unveiled, Honored

The Follett Challenge was designed to reward school libraries for applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2011


For November 1, 2011: This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The National Portrait Gallery's CivilWar@Smithsonian features a wide array of primary sources to help you teach and commemorate the event.
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ASCD Announces Free Common Core Webinar Series for Educators

The webinars focus on supporting educators across the country as they implement the new standards. The first webinar, Common Core 101 with John Kendall, will be presented on November 9, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2011

PBS KIDS GO!’s Cyberchase Math Series Website Is Redesigned

The redesigned site will feature hundreds of videos, math games and hands-on activities in support of cross-platform STEM learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2011

Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networks Institute and Web Wise Kids Launch Free Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids

The BeSeen app is designed to teach kids how to responsibly use social networks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2011 Survey Open through December 23rd

Students, parents and teachers can share their opinions on schools; more than 23,000 schools have pre-registered from all 50 states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

Free Resources: Discovery Education and Partners’ Supplemental Classroom Materials, Grants, Award Programs

Focused on providing fun and engaging tools to classrooms and homes, these joint efforts include components like supplemental family activities, K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons and more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Oct 2011

Winners Announced in Ninth Annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes from CDW-G and Discovery Education

The 2011 sweepstakes awarded nearly $200,000 in customized classroom technologies to 53 schools nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2011

Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Fourth Annual Siemens ‘We Can Change the World Challenge’

Through the Challenge, students are invited to team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2011

Free Resources: A Discovery Education Day of Instructive Webinars on 21st Century Learning Tools

The special live student session will feature acclaimed children's author Jean Craighead George.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Sep 2011

National September 11 Memorial & Museum Teach and Learn

For September 1, 2011: As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the 9/11 Memorial Teach and Learn website can help teachers looking for ways to include these events into their classroom curriculum.
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Cool Links: The International Association of School Librarianship’s Skype Project

The International Association of School Librarianship (ISLM) offers ideas for taking your classroom global. An interesting one we just got word of, among several projects for International School Library Month, is ISLM's Skype Project.
News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Aug 2011

Free Resources: Pearson's ‘Remembering September 11’ Online Lesson Plans and Activities

To help students understand the events surrounding 9/11 and the aftermath, Pearson is offering teachers, students and parents a free collection of online education lessons and activities.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 Aug 2011

Discovery Education, Intel Encourage Students to Explore Their Curiosity Through New Online Resources

"Curiosity in the Classroom" engages students with cross-curricular lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2011

Study Jams

For August 15, 2011: For elementary math and science teachers looking for videos or slide shows to introduce or augment a topic, check out Study Jams.
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Free Resources: Shmoop's Mythology Learning Guides

Mythology is the 11th subject area on Shmoop, which now offers more than 750 free online Learning Guides.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Aug 2011

Animated Knots by Grog

For August 1, 2011: Kids looking for a summer activity? Brush up on how to tie knots by watching animated illustrations at the user friendly Animated Knots by Grog website.
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Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia

In addition to a rich public media library, PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from other publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Jul 2011

For July 15, 2011: Ready for a summer adventure? Explore prehistoric Native American pictographs and petroglyphs by visiting the numerous links to galleries and museums at
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Take a Field Trip to the Field Museum

For July 1, 2011: If you haven't had an opportunity to visit the Field Museum in Chicago, you can explore some of its natural history treasures online.
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Arcademic Skill Builders Introduces Score Tracking and Learning Management System Features

The online resource now offers a subscription option allowing teachers to track progress and metrics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2011

OverDrive Announces Media Console App for Windows Phones

OverDrive-powered library collections are now available on the LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, HTC Trophy, and other popular Windows Phones
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2011

A Prairie Field Trip

For June 15, 2011: If there's one near you, visiting a prairie remnant makes a great field trip. For background, learn about the prairie regions of Ohio, native plants, and Making a Prairie Garden from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Ohio Prairies website.
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Turning Foundation Awards 10 Grants with NBC Learn and Turning Technologies

The 10 grant awards will directly impact 1,182 students using classroom TurningPoint response systems and 9,228 students with building access to NBC digital content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2011

Free Nature Crafts

For June 1, 2011: Race into summer with a boatload of craft ideas from the Free Nature Crafts website that will keep kids busy outdoors.
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Free Resources:'s One-Day Summer Professional Development Teacher Camps

Teachers will learn, share and have fun in this one-day professional development day, and leave with confidence to create online lessons for the new school year.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 May 2011

Vegetable Gardens for Kids

For May 15, 2011: Combine a lesson on nutrition with a hands-on activity in your school yard using these tips and resources on the Vegetable Gardens for Kids at the Growing website.
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Capstone Digital to Award $2 Million in Grants to Improve Literacy in Schools

K-12 public, private, parochial or charter schools in the United States are encouraged to apply for more than $2 million in matching CARE grants towards the purchase of myON reader, a personalized literacy environment that focuses on increasing student literacy rates.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2011

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers' Domain Environmental Public Health Collection

The Environmental Public Health (EPH) collection offers classroom-ready assets for middle and high school students that look at how researchers, communities, and policy makers are working to address health issues resulting from toxins and other factors in our environment.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 May 2011

Study Island Announces Winners of Project-Based Learning Activities Contest

Four grade-level winners have been selected, with the winning entries to be published in Study Island online products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2011

State Finalists Named in Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board have named the 24 middle school and 24 high school state finalists in the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2011

From Social Networking to Academic Networking … A Paradigm Shift

Teacher Tim Childers has been a social networking tools evangelist for quite some time now. Here he reports on why and how, plus what tools he's leveraged, what barriers he's surmounted, and how you can do the same.
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Scholastic, PBS Kids and iVillage Launch Summer Reading Programs

The three brands are running two summer reading challenges designed to be entertaining and easy enough to fit into every family's busy summer schedule. Both challenges, the Scholastic Summer Challenge and the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, will be available through
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2011

Free Resources: The Classroom Economist

From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy's new INFOdocket blog of fabulous information and education resources: The economic education team of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank has developed a new online resource for teachers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Apr 2011


For May 1, 2011: Help students hone their math skills with these entertaining games at MathNook. You can choose the level that meets the needs of your students, from basic computation to advanced equations.
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Free Resources: Six Gale Online Resources Freely Available During National Library Week

Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2011. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting starting on April 10.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Apr 2011

Star Walk and Sky Map

For April 1, 2011: With the new GPS technology on smart phones, you can use apps like Star Walk and Sky Map to look at the night sky in your specific location.
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M86 Security Launches VuSafe Solution to Enable Compliant Usage of Online Video Content in the Classroom

M86 VuSafe provides a means to show pre-approved streaming media content without the peripherals (i.e. banner ads, comments, etc.) found on the source sites, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Mar 2011

ABC-CLIO Announces the 2011 “Hunt for History”

The "Hunt for History" competition offers school library media specialistsand teachers a chance to win valuable prizes—including iPads, online history database subscriptions, and ebook collections—on a history scavenger hunt.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2011

U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program

For March 15, 2011: One of the best resources for earthquake information is from the U.S. Geological Survey: The U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program.
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CoSN Launches Online Community of Practice Focused on Providing Access to Online Environments in K-12

The online community of practice will first focus on student-owned devices, followed by broadband. Future areas of focus may include cloud computing, mobile computing, enabling home access, wireless access and network design, among many others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2011

Vernier Announces Winners of Video Physics Contest

Winning entries in the competition, which was created to mark the launch of Vernier's Video Physics app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, demonstrated both creativity and innovation by using video to demonstrate the science concepts behind many everyday occurrences.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 2011

BELLTONES: Committee of One Gets Things Done

Mary Ann says there can be change even when there is just one person with vision, a message she wants to get out to those who struggle against the odds with efforts to bring 21 st-century skills to their libraries and schools!
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Thirty-Three Excellent Professional Development Resources for Teachers

The professional development scene for teachers has advanced to the point that the web is a true gift to educators. Here are some excellent online professional development resources to help move you toward a 21 st-century classroom.
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Best Kid Apps

For March 1, 2011: There is an app for that, but which app is the best for kids? Visit Best Kid Apps to read reviews and ratings of iPhone, iPad, and Android applications.
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Former ResourceShelf Publisher Launches INFOdocket Web Resource and Reference Material Site

Gary Price and colleagues will continue to provide valuable information and education resources through this new site as well as FullTextReports.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2011

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources, Lesson Plans for LOOP SCOOPS

WGBH Teachers' Domain has created free classroom resources to support LOOP SCOOPS, a new animated broadband series for kids ages 6- 9 designed to grab their attention and get them thinking more creatively about the environment and the choices they make.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Feb 2011

SIIA Education Division Releases Don’t Copy That 2 – School Version

Don't Copy That 2 - School Version is a fun-to-watch rap music video that addresses the dangers of engaging in piracy and the importance of respecting the creative output of others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Feb 2011

Netop Announces Additional Funding for Its Get A Grant for Education (NGAGE) Program

Available through June 30 or until the funding runs out, the grants are part of the company's commitment to ensure that all schools and teachers have access to tools for teaching with technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2011

Free Resources: THIRTEEN, WNET.ORG's Multimedia Project "Get the Math"

Get the Math combines entertaining reality-style TV and online challenges to help middle and high school students see the relevance of math in exciting careers and develop algebraic thinking skills.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Feb 2011

Any Video Converter

For February 15, 2011: Cyberbee is always on the look out for software programs that are easy to use, free, and help teachers with technology projects. Any Converter, for video files, is one such program that fits the bill!
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Discovery Education, 3M Announce Call for Entries for Young Scientist Challenge

Ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. to compete in the final challenge in October, 2011. The winner will receive $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2011

WatchKnow Web Service Announces WatchKnow Classroom and iPhone App

WatchKnow's newest features include a personalized "virtual classroom" and a free WatchKnow iPhone app.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2011


For February 1, 2011: Enhance your high school physics lessons with the information and video demonstrations from HyperPhysics, an award winning site hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University.
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Pearson Launches Update for Free iPad Gradebook App, PowerTeacher Mobile

Developed by Pearson, PowerTeacher Mobile 1.1 features the enhancements that teachers have most requested and is designed to make grading on-the-go easier.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2011

OverDrive Releases Free iPhone, Android Apps for Downloading Ebooks, Audiobooks

The free apps include a "Get Books" feature that guides users to their local library's digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to browse, check out, and download with just their device.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2011

BrainPop Featured Movie App

For January 15, 2011: BrainPOP has hundreds of original animated movies covering a wide range of academic subjects. Now there's a BrainPOP app offering access to the free "movie of the day."
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Follett Announces Follett Challenge Contest

Intended to identify the best innovations in school libraries, the contest will advocate for the role librarians play as champions of school programs that drive student achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2011

Pearson Launches Pearson Common Core Website

The new website offers states an integrated array of resources for the move to Common Core Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2011

Cool Links: Taking a Close Look at Smarthistory

Here's a Cool Link to an interview by Victor Rivero offering information and insight on a terrific Free Resource: Smarthistory.
News/Cool Links - Posted 03 Jan 2011

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

For January 1, 2011: The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, from the Clackamas County (Oregon) Heritage Partners, brings history alive through reenactments, videos, and print material. Historical information about the role of black pioneers in the settlement of Oregon is very informative.
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Science Kids

For December 15, 2010: Ready to spark scientific minds with some fun activities? Then, visit the Science Kids website, where you will find experiments on a variety of topics such as electricity, aerodynamics, and chemical reactions.
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Free Resources: Toyota and Discovery Education's "Toyota Teen Driver" Site

A comprehensive online destination, Toyota Teen Driver offers educators, students and parents a variety of powerful tools and materials designed to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel.
News/Free Resources - Posted 02 Dec 2010

Energy Quest

For December 1, 2010: At the Energy Quest website from the California Energy Commission, discover interesting facts about energy through a virtual interface.
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Free Resources: Thirteen and WNET.Org's Mission US Online History Games

"Mission US" is a new series of free online games designed to let middle school students learn and "live" history. The first game mission, "For Crown or Colony?," focuses on events leading up to the American Revolution.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Nov 2010

Free Resources: Pearson's "Next-Generation Assessments” Website

The Next-Generation Assessments website features free access to white papers and other resources developed by Pearson's experts in assessment, instruction and digital learning technologies to help states as they design and deliver new assessment systems that are both innovative and pragmatic.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Nov 2010

Robotics Museum

For November 15, 2010: Use the activities on the San Jose, California-based Tech Museum's robotics website to lay the foundation for studying robotics.
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The first release, available now in the Apple App Store, gives students mobile access to's library of 9,000 online lessons, worksheets, videos and test-prep resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2010

Free Resources: 3M and Discovery Education's Science of Everyday Life Resource Center

The Science of Everyday Life resource center provides teachers, parents, and students with a fun and interactive platform to explore the role that science plays in our daily lives.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Nov 2010

Discover the Forest

For November 1, 2010: At the USDA Forest Service's and Ad Council's Discover the Forest website find a forest or park by typing in your zip code, then start exploring!
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Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International Partners with Discovery Education to Launch Water Planet Challenge

The web-based program provides interactive tools and resources for middle and high school-aged youth to design, create and implement service-learning projects that address environmental concerns in their communities, from water conservation to beachfront cleanups.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2010

Shmoop Introduces Site Licenses for Schools, Districts and Public Libraries

Shmoop Site Licenses allow schools and libraries to give all of their students, teachers, and patrons complimentary access to Shmoop's subscription products anywhere they have web access.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010

Free Resources: The Hub and Discovery Education's

The new teacher website offers free tools, tips and resources based on characters from Hub TV shows demonstrating the power of storytelling in school, including lesson plans to improve student writing, and "The Hub Create a Story Contest" to encourage teamwork and engage student creativity in the classroom.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Oct 2010

Fear of Physics

For October 15, 2010: To students who think the field of physics is "mired with images of weird old men electrocuting themselves, strange equations, esoteric concepts, indecipherable books, etc.," the creators of the Fear of Physics website say: "NO WAY. Give it a chance!"
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Discovery Education and 3M Announce 2010 National Science Competition Winner

Liam McCarty, "America's Top Young Scientist," has received $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds. McCarty was one of 10 finalists who competed in a series of live science challenges in New York City.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Oct 2010

Project Vote Smart

For October 1, 2010: Midterm Elections are just around the corner. Project Vote Smart is loaded with information about the candidates, including profiles, speeches, voting records, and campaign finances.
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Free Resources: The Science of NFL Football

Thanks to Gary Price's ResourceShelf for this gem found at the National Science Foundation—"an informative 10-part video series that explores the science behind America's most beloved sport…"
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Sep 2010

WeAreTeachers, Follett Software Company Partner for New Microgrant Opportunity

Educators are asked to answer the question "What would $200 help you do with your school's library?" The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 11.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2010


For September 15, 2010: Parents, kids, and teens will discover a wealth of information reviewed by medical and health professionals at the KidsHealth website, from the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.
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Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and NSTA Announce Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The third year of this national sustainability challenge—now expanded to include high school students—encourages all students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their schools (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2010

Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Broadsides

For September 1, 2010: Constitution Day is coming up, and the Library of Congress provides excellent related resources for teachers through its Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention web page.
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Free Resources: Discovery Education's Fifth Annual Streamathon and Fall 2010 Virtual Conference

Focusing on how to integrate digital content and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction, these free, virtual events offer educators of all skill levels insight into best practices and new techniques that participants can immediately apply to their classroom instruction to improve student academic achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Aug 2010

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

For August 15, 2010: Search for exemplary lessons and information by topic or keyword at the free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence website.
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Shmoop Launches Free Online Pre-Algebra Curriculum

Shmoop's free online Pre-Algebra Learning Guides contain hundreds of topics with succinct explanations, diagrams, interactive examples, practice problems, and real-world applications.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Aug 2010

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Announces Top 10 Finalists

The top finalists will compete in New York City for $50,000 in U.S. savings bonds and the title of 'America's Top Young Scientist'.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2010

The Cemetery: History Written in Stone

For August 1, 2010: Discover history in your own backyard by exploring a local cemetery, with the help of the website The Cemetery: History Written in Stone. Cemeteries are great primary sources, with lots more than dates and names.
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Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Announces Release of the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts

The core subject map—the result of a collaboration between P21 and leading art, dance, music, theater, and visual arts associations—provides first-of-their-kind classroom examples of integrating the 'four Cs' into arts courses.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2010

International Spy Museum

For July 15, 2010: Spies are in the news, so visit the International Spy Museum if you're in Washington, D.C. this summer! Next best thing? Hit their International Spy Museum website! Be watching over your shoulder, though.
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Discovery Education, 3M Announce Middle School Science Competition Student Semifinalists

The 47 semifinalists were selected based on their science communication skills exhibited in a short video explaining the science behind issues millions of Americans face in everyday life, including preventing the spread of germs, ensuring food safety and sun protection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2010

Pearson to Sponsor Free Access for Educators on Ning currently hosts 6,500 K-12 and 2,100 higher ed social networks that run the gamut from Ning Networks designed for novice teachers, or for teachers of specific subject areas, to individual school and alumni networks and those where teachers offer help to students outside of the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2010

ePals Announces Winners of 2010 Teacher Ambassador Contest

Winning teachers have been showcased for providing students authentic, collaborative learning experiences; their projects and corresponding student work are featured on the ePals website and can be downloaded for replication in any classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2010


For June 15, 2010: Create your own games using the templates provided by ClassTools. Add your own content and images, then copy the link to your blog or website.
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Dance Mat Typing

For June 1, 2010: This summer have your students hone their keyboarding skills with Dance Mat Typing. It's fun, easy to use, and geared for ages 7-11.
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Siemens 'We Can Change the World' Challenge Announces 2010 Winners

Team 'No1Idling' from Michigan takes the middle school top honor; California's Team 'Planet Blue and Green' and Illinois' Team 'Zero Waste Lunch Experts' are the elementary school winners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2010

Projector Reviews, Inc. Releases Classroom Projector Report

Projector companies Epson, Optoma, and Dell highlight the new report, an analysis of digital projectors for the K-12 education market available at, an online resource for digital projector reviews, research, and commentary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2010

Gale Announces New iPhone Application for School Libraries

Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 May 2010

21st Century Learning Commons

For May 15, 2010: Want to brush up on Web 2.0 technology tools, gather ideas to use in your classroom, or add some professional development to your portfolio? Visit INFOhio's 21st Century Learning Commons.
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Free Resources: Federal Trade Commission's Advertising Literacy Campaign Targeting 'Tweens'

The FTC's new advertising literacy campaign was launched to help children understand the ads they see and become smarter consumers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 May 2010

BELLTONES: Who Cares What Everybody Else Thinks? I Do!

For the last several years, Mary Ann has enjoyed using many online tools designed specifically for the purpose of conducting surveys. These are great for professional use by librarians and teachers. She started, she says, with SurveyMonkey and really took off with it. In this month's Belltones, Mary Ann discusses a selection of survey tools, and examines ways educators and students can use them.
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Oil Spill as Teachable Moment!

For May 1, 2010: The huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a news maker that can be turned into a quick inquiry lesson for students. Try a lesson that Cyberbee has used with teachers and students to think about the best way to clean-up an oil spill. Then, visit NOAA's National Ocean Service website page.
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Online Training Videos for Inspiration 9 Now Available

More than 70 video tutorials can help teachers and students learn how to use the visual learning software's capabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Apr 2010

Association of Educational Publishers and Seek Videos to Share with AEP Conference Attendees

The "Teacher Video Challenge: Classrooms in the Digital Age" asks educators to submit videos featuring their thoughts and opinions on digital resources and classroom technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 2010

Stream Invertebrates Resources

For April 15, 2010: Meet the invertebrates through art and photography with help from, the website of the Bryant Watershed Education Project in south central Missouri.
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H.W. Wilson Offers Free Access to CAREERS Database for National Library Week

New in H.W. Wilson's Current Issues database series, Careers offers a wide array of information on diverse careers in a single vetted source, in articles selected by H.W. Wilson editors from thousands of magazines and journals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Apr 2010

Chautauqua Institution Launches Web-Based Learning Experience

For 2010, beginning on April 7, the In Depth web-based program will explore the Institution's Week Six (August 2-6) theme, "Excellence in Public Education."
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2010

Cool Links: Circulate This--Stories from the School Library

The California School Library Association has released an audio journal, "Circulate This: Stories from the School Library," which is packed with powerful stories about school libraries.
News/Cool Links - Posted 06 Apr 2010

Gale Celebrates National Library Week With Focus On Advocacy

In the spirit of the celebration, Gale will provide free access to four online resources for use by any library throughout the entire week: Career Transitions, Global Issues in Context, GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources), and Grzimek's Animal Life.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2010

Free Resources: Alexander Street Press' Sneak Peek at American History in Video

Alexander Street Press is offering a "sneak peek" look at its American History in Video online collection, free through April 30.
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Spring Virtual Conference

The free professional development event on April 24th will focus on integrating educational technologies into classroom instruction.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Net Cetera and AdMongo from the Federal Trade Commission

Net Cetera is a booklet and bookmark about social networking, cyberbullying, sexting, and more, and AdMongo is new website/game about teaching advertising literacy to kids.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Teachscape’s ‘TEACHER AS HERO’ Program for Motivating Educators

To help educators rejuvenate their passion for teaching, Teachscape's higher education division is offering free face-to-face events to learn what quality traits make a teacher a hero to students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Mar 2010

BELLTONES: Do You See What I See?

Every now and then, Mary Ann is seized by an idea or topic that really takes hold of her, piques her interest, and engenders new enthusiasm for learning and exploring. This year's big idea has been data visualization. She has discovered that she had been a fan of various presentations of data visualization without being aware of the term. Read and "see" what she's got to say about it in this month's Belltones.
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Women's History Month for Teachers

For March 1, 2010: Through a collaboration of several federal government agencies, at the Women's History Month for Teachers website, teachers are presented with a variety of primary source materials to use in their classrooms.
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Educational Networking: The Role of Web 2.0 in Education

The advent of the internet and Web 2.0 has significantly changed our relationship to information and personal learning opportunities outside of formal education, notes author Steve Hargadon. The technology that took this amazing change and multiplied it tenfold is an underlying theme of Hargadon's article, which ranges across social networking, Web 2.0, the emergence of educational networking, and what he sees as the first real area of significant adoption for educational networking: professional development for educators.
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netTrekker Launches "Personalized Learning in Action" Video Contest

The competition gives educators an opportunity to win one of two $1,500 scholarships to attend this year's ISTE 2010 conference in Denver in June.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2010

Free Resources: Shmoop's Learning Guides for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Shmoop, a Silicon Valley-based learning resource website, has compiled 47 free learning guides for high school students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Feb 2010

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

For February 1, 2010: Want to create a list of high-quality children's literature or find out if a book has won an award? Search librarian Lisa Bartle's Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature.
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Discovery Education, 3M Announce 12th Annual Young Scientist Challenge

The Challenge offers a chance for middle school students to win $50,000 in U.S. savings bonds.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010

PBS Seeks Entries for PBS Teachers Innovation Awards

PreK-12 educators can enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program through March 12 for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes trip to the premier annual PBS event and other prizes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010

Free Resources: Gale Cengage's Latest—for Black History Month

For Black History Month (February), Gale Cengage has again assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 25 Jan 2010

Fresh from the World ... Where Your Food Comes From

For January 15, 2010: The interactive site Fresh from the World ... Where Your Food Comes From presents the history of 15 popular foods as well as how food is grown, processed, and distributed.
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THE TECH EFFECT: Podcasting in the Classroom--A Sound Success

Podcasting, a morph of the words "iPod" and "broadcast," was first coined by U.K. journalist Ben Hammersley. (In fact, it was declared to be 2005's Word of the Year by The New Oxford American Dictionary, edging out both "Sudoku" and "trans fat" for the philological nod.) The digital medium quickly found its way into the classroom, and why not? After all, it's free, easy, and accessible, and it has the ability to power up education for students from kindergarten to college.
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Beaming the World Into Our Schools: Getting Into Interactive Videoconferencing

There is an economical way to introduce videoconferencing that involves inexpensive laptop computers and programs such as iChat, Skype, and ooVoo. A technology integration plan shared by a few pioneering districts in the author's area proves this point. Through it, schools have been able to make a serious commitment to the "new wave" of interactive technology at a minimal cost.
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National Agriculture Day

For January 1, 2010: Celebrate National Agriculture Day in your classroom or community. Each year the program promotes American agriculture and its essential role in maintaining a strong economy.
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Free Resources: PBS Teachers' New Collection for Teaching Critical Economic and Financial Literacy Skills

PBS Teachers has launched its contribution to public media's Economy Collaboration project, based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Dec 2009

Free Resources: Discovery Education SCIcon 2010 Science-Focused Professional Development Event

Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, Discovery Educator Network SCIcon 2010 is designed to help participants transform science instruction with digital media and to improve student achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Dec 2009

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University

For December 15, 2009: Build a thematic unit by searching the Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University, a great tool for elementary teachers who want to create reading lists to complement the curriculum.
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Free Resources: ALSC's Exceptional Web Site for Children List

From Gary Price's ResourceShelf: An entry noting additions to the Association for Library Services to Children's list of recommended sites, Great Web Sites for Kids.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Dec 2009

Free Resources: Funds For Learning's Seven E-rate Tips for Surviving the Filing Window

The E-rate Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year 2010 is open for applicants across the country. It extends from Dec. 3, 2009 to Feb. 11, 2010. E-rate consulting firm Funds For Learning has put together a list of seven key tips to help applicants navigate the waters of the E-rate funding application process.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Dec 2009

Netop Launches Netop Get A Grant for Education (NGAGE) Program

Through NGAGE, available through December 31, 2009, Netop provides financial support for schools to purchase an individual or site license for the Netop Vision6 Class Kit classroom management software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2009

Amazon Interactive

For December 1, 2009: At Amazon Interactive, one of a multitude of Eduweb interactive learning sites developed with a range of partners, explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online activities.
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Children & Nature Network

For November 15, 2009: The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature.
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THE MEDIA CENTER: The Power of Primary Sources

What's a primary source? The response, "Diaries, letters, journals, oral interviews, historic documents, photos, and newspapers" is typical. But what about sheet music, drawings, maps, movies, passports, athletic event ticket stubs and statistics, campaign buttons, quilts, flyers, political cartoons, telegrams, blogs, YouTube videos, tweets, or cell phone messages? Whether it's a traditional print document or a Web 2.0 digital file, primary sources have the potential to foster an interactive classroom and deepen understanding.
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Science Buddies

For November 1, 2009: Need ideas for a science project? Look no further than Science Buddies, a project of The Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation.
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Free Resources: PBS Teachers/Classroom 2.0 Webinar 'Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid'

The November 17, 2009 webinar focuses on resources and strategies to help students understand how germs, viruses, and vaccinations work.
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Oct 2009

Center for Technology and Teacher Education

For October 15, 2009: Teaching students how to think mathematically through hands-on technology is one of the goals at the Center for Technology and Teacher Education.
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Free Resources: Discovery Education's Re-launched 'New Teacher Survival Central'

Offering tips, tools, and suggestions for easing into the teaching field, New Teacher Survival Central provides educators with essentials such as classroom management techniques, ideas for connecting classroom activities to the curriculum, lesson plans, peer-networking resources, and tools to create engaging learning centers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Oct 2009

Cool Links: Wolfram|Alpha Officially Announces New Web Site for Educators and Students

There's been a lot happening with Wolfram|Alpha since we linked you to an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak on its arrival last May. Most recently, we noted—and are herewith passing on to you—an excellent posting at ResourceShelf on moves at Wolfram|Alpha on behalf of educators and students, including plans for an October 21 Homework Day Webcast.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Oct 2009

Free Resources: Turning Foundation Classroom Improvement Technology Grant

Turning Technologies’ Turning Foundation is partnering with Study Island and Performance Matters to launch its grant initiative.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Oct 2009

Free Resources: PBS' Digital Media Resources from Ken Burns's Documentary Series 'The National Parks'

On-demand video, lessons plans, student activities, and historical archives are now available through PBS Teachers. An Oct. 7 webinar provides ideas on infusing technology into instruction through the free online tools and 'National Parks' educational media.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Oct 2009

Zoomify Express

For October 1, 2009: Zoomify Express is a slick tool for webmasters who want to magnify content ... ideal for enhancing primary sources such as maps, documents, and photographs.
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Cool Links: Launches Today With Numerous Features

We ran the Library of Congress announcement on the launch of in this space a couple of days ago. Today, we note that Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a posting discussing the site and service to coincide with its actual launch. It's full of great information, as, of course, is the site itself.
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 Sep 2009

Free Resources: Library of Congress' New Multimedia Website Aimed at Readers

The site,, will include an exclusive episodic story called “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Sep 2009

ePals Joins National Consumer Brands to Launch 'Team Earth,' a Global Sustainability Movement

ePals will act as the global education partner for "Team Earth," and will offer an interactive, safe focus area for students worldwide to engage in competitions, voice their opinions and take action.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2009


For September 15, 2009: Want to make a rubric, but don't have time or need some assistance? At the Rubistar website, you can choose from a variety of templates and work through a ten-step process.
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Free Resources: Two Discovery Education Virtual Professional Development Events

Focusing on how to incorporate digital content and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction, the Fourth Annual streamathon and the Fall 2009 Virtual Conference showcase best practices and highlight new techniques attendees can apply to their classroom lessons to improve student achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Sep 2009

Charters of Freedom: The Constitution

For September 1, 2009: At the National Archives' Charters of Freedom website you can view original documents, read transcriptions, gather biographical information about the Founding Fathers who attended the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and more.
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Free Resources: Funds For Learning's Free Trial of E-rate Manager for Applicants

The offer coincides with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) downtime as it improves its Schools and Libraries Division information technology systems, and is intended to help applicants manage the E-rate process during this downtime.
News/Free Resources - Posted 31 Aug 2009

Netop Introduces MyVision Tools for Managing Classroom Technology

Two versions are planned: MyVision Free, which enables teachers to supervise student computer use and will be available for free download, and MyVision Basic, which features tools for guiding student learning on computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2009

Free Resources: NASA K-12 Teaching Materials

From NASA's site for educators comes this "finder" tool for NASA K-12 Teaching Materials.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Aug 2009

Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground

For August 15, 2009: Explore the wonders of astronomy at the Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground website from the Smithsonian Institution through a variety of activities designed for elementary teachers and students.
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Siemens Foundation We Can Change the World Challenge, Year 2, Begins

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are partnering again this year to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers nationwide to become "Agents of Change" in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Aug 2009

The Firefly Files

For August 1, 2009: Visit the Firefly Files site to learn fast facts about fireflies' classification, habitat, behavior, and bioluminescence, plus fun activities for stuying them.
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Free Resources: Lesson Plans--Human Population

A recent post on Gary Price's Resource Shelf tipped us off to this website and collection of Human Population lesson plans from the Washington, DC-based Population Reference Bureau.
News/Free Resources - Posted 30 Jul 2009

Tabula Digita Introduces 'League of Scientists' Video Game Series

Developed in partnership with the Monsanto Fund and the International Society for Technology in Education, the series is being offered for free to students in grades three through five and is meant to help students build their knowledge base.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jul 2009

AASL Announces Inaugural Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list honoring the top 25 internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jul 2009

NREL: Learning About Renewable Energy

For July 15, 2009: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has provided a website on energy efficiency and various applications of renewable energy including solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, ocean, and hydropower.
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Funds For Learning Announces Findings from National E-rate Survey

The survey assessed applicants' attitudes and opinions to help improve the E-rate program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2009

ePals Partners With Columbia-Based Foundation to Expand Spanish Language Focus of the ePals Community

The strategic partnership with the Gabriel Piedrahita-Uribe Foundation, based in Cali, Colombia, is designed to bring high quality learning resources, safe communication tools, and collaborative experiences to Spanish-speaking educators and their students around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2009

NECC News: Adobe Announces Winners of the 2009 School Innovation Awards

Bergen, N.J., High School students win the Best-of-the-Best overall submission.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2009

NECC News: PBS Developing PBS Digital Learning Library

The PBS Digital Learning Library will contain high-quality multimedia resources from PBS member stations and award-winning PBS broadcast programs, all aligned to national and local education standards and tagged for easy searching.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2009

Kids Gardening—National Gardening Association

For June 15, 2009: With help from the website from the National Gardening Association, you can easily kindle an interest in gardening concepts with your students.
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Smokey Bear

For June 1, 2009: Smokey Bear has been around for 65 years promoting the prevention of wildfires. Visit Smokey’s website for some expert information for kids, plus perhaps some nostalgia for you!
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Free Resources: TeachersFirst’s List of 'Summer Sparklers'—Fun Websites for Summer Learning

The list of educational websites can help kids avoid the "Summer Slide."
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 May 2009

World Digital Library

For May 15, 2009: At the World Digital Library, your students can view primary sources of historical significance from around the world in multilingual formats.
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ePals and First Book Partner to Strengthen Student Literacy Skills in Economically Disadvantaged Communities

The organizations' collaboration on theIn2Books program is intended to bring about greater access to high-quality books combined with authentic learning experiences.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2009

Cool Links: PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web

A recent article in the New York Times, "PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web," cites some very cool resources now more easily available from PBS.
News/Cool Links - Posted 07 May 2009

Free Resources: TeachersFirst's 10,000 Online Learning Resources for K-12 Teachers

The resources—websites offering a wide variety of content for all subjects in grades K-12—are presented by the nonprofit organization as it celebrates its eleventh anniversary.
News/Free Resources - Posted 01 May 2009

THE MEDIA CENTER: Get Your Special Education Brain in Gear

Special needs students—those with physical, behavioral, cognitive, and learning disabilities—represent a diverse range of learners. Because of the nature of the job, media specialists must provide resources that meet their needs. There are many ways you can do this, making connections to a broad range of learning needs and working with a broad range of teachers, and in this month’s Media Center column, Mary Alice gives you some guidance.
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THE PIPELINE: Tricks for Kids and Information Literacy

When he read the recent New York Times article “In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update,” featuring strategies of New York City school librarian Stephanie Rosalia, Stephen was moved this month to list a number of tricky web sites like the one that she uses to teach her kids information evaluation skills. Check out his list. It’ll make you laugh, or cry, or laugh ‘til you cry … but the sites comprise an eminently useful educational tool.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For May 1, 2009: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aka the CDC, was founded in 1946 to help control malaria. Since that time it has expanded its focus to prevent and control chronic and infectious diseases (Swine flu? They're on it.), injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.
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Curriki and the Open Educational Resources Movement: Please Pass the Curriculum! [Available Full-Text, Free]

Sharing knowledge: In some form or another, it’s why most educators went into teaching in the first place. But traditional instructional materials don’t lend themselves to sharing between educators. New technologies now allow teachers to share and collaborate locally and globally in ways that generations past could never have imagined. These tools signal what may grow to be true disruptive change in how schools acquire and disseminate instructional and professional development resources. The nonprofit ( is a 3-year-old organization that offers a large collection of free and open source content and collaboration tools.
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Free Resources: Making Civics Real—A Workshop for Teachers

From a recent Scout Report: "Civics can be a dreaded word for some students, but things just got a bit more interesting with this rather thoughtful and interesting video workshop created by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education."
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Apr 2009

Follett Software Company, RedRock Reports Partner to Assist with Identifying ARRA funds

The Follett Software-RedRock Reports partnership will provide educators with tools and information that define how available American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds can be applied toward the purchase of solutions to support high-performance learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2009

Cool Links: U.N. Launches Library of World's Knowledge

The World Digital Library has now gone live and was inaugurated today, April 21, 2009, at the UNESCO office in Paris. There's an excellent article about it on Washington that lays out the history, scope, and future plans for the project.
News/Cool Links - Posted 21 Apr 2009

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

For April 15, 2009: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History makes primary source documents and educational resources from all eras of American history available for free through the Institute's website.
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Free Resources:'s iPhone and iPod App (and Cool Video)

"The free app delivers world-class reference content from and including more than 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms." And students may even think it's cool after they view the very clever promotional video about it! Check it out.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Apr 2009

Free Resources: Thinkfinity Literacy Network

From the University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Sciences Internet Scout Project's April 10, 2009 Scout Report comes a tip about this great resource for language arts and literacy educators.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Apr 2009

BrainPOP Offers Free Financial Literacy Movies and Activities Throughout April

The collection of web-delivered animated movies, quizzes, and activities is intended to help foster discussion of timely topics to help children understand the financial issues facing the nation and the world today.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Apr 2009

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Arbor Day Foundation

For April 1, 2009: At the Arbor Day Foundation website, discover the history of Arbor Day plus a host of ways to incorporate it into the curriculum.
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By Popular Demand: “Votes for Women” Suffrage Pictures, 1850 - 1920

For March 15, 2009: At the “Votes for Women” Suffrage Pictures, 1850 – 1920 site in the Library of Congress’ American Memory Collection, students researching Women's History Month can find a selection of portraits featuring leaders of the suffrage movement.
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Free Resources: Women’s History Month—March 2009

There are some great facts, links, and other resources available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Facts for Features: Women’s History Month—March 2009” web page that you can point teacher colleagues to.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Mar 2009

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers’ Domain’s Adolescent Literacy Collection Targeting Struggling Readers

“Inspiring Middle School Literacy: Reading and Writing in Science and History” is the first collection on Teachers’ Domain that focuses exclusively on building literacy skills across content areas. It is comprised of interactive activities that middle school teachers can use to supplement their science, social studies, or language arts curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Mar 2009

Jefferson Lab Science Education

For March 1, 2009: Hands-on science activities abound on the Jefferson Lab Science Education site produced by the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
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Web Wise Kids Partners with Microsoft on Get Game Smart Campaign

The Get Game Smart aims to help parents and kids establish healthy habits for playing video games, watching TV, and browsing the Web. The campaign is designed to inspire families to take simple steps to help ensure that young people are using media in ways that are safer, healthier, and more balanced.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2009

Free Resources: NOAA Online Media Library of Ocean-Related Photos and Videos

The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is a comprehensive database containing a collection of high-quality still images and video footage featuring all 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Feb 2009

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the LOC

For February 15, 2009: Abraham Lincoln, one of the most popular presidents to govern this country, left a legacy of more than 20,000 documents, and you can access them at the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
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Maryland Public Television, MIT Education Arcade, FableVision Launch Lure of the Labyrinth Online Math Game

Using the immersive characteristics of digital games, Labyrinth blends a storyline with multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra skills in several core areas: proportions - fractions and ratios; variables and equations; and numbers and operations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Feb 2009

Award-winning Authors Guest Blog on

Authors and new Web 2.0 tools are adding interactivity to the literature-based online resources of
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 2009

Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian

For February 1, 2009: Through Government Information Online (GIO) you can ask questons of government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels on almost any subject.
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FETC News: PBS Teachers Introduces 'Activity Packs' Widgets

PBS Teachers Activity Packs enable educators to find and use multimedia instructional resources and activities in the classroom and save to their web sites and social network pages.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 2009

FETC News: PBS Teachers Live! Webinar Series Offers Ideas on Using Digital Media to Enhance Student Learning in Core Subjects

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 host free monthly webinars that feature education experts, authors, and PBS producers discussing curriculum topics and technology integration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2009

Discovery Education and 3M Announce Young Scientist Challenge

In an effort to foster the development of the next generation of scientists, Discovery Education and 3M have teamed up again to reward students for their science acumen and curiosity, while encouraging them to share that passion by creatively communicating their findings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2009

Adobe School Innovation Awards Program Call for Entries

With the theme "The World is Your Stage," students can submit entries using Adobe applications in three categories: Web Design and Development, Film and Video, and Graphic and Print Design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jan 2009

KidPub Announces Winter 2009 Writing Contest

The quarterly challenge gives kids aged 8 to 14 a chance to hone their writing skills as they compete for prizes with hundreds of young authors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009

CDW-G and Discovery Education Open ‘Win a Wireless Lab’

Five winning schools will be given the opportunity to expand educational technology and learning resources for students and teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009

CYBERBEE: Energy Challenges

Energy is an essential and, at times, a controversial subject. It is important that students learn about energy sources and the impact they have in their own lives, and Linda Joseph's Cyberbee guides you this month to web resources to help them do just that.
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EIA Energy Kids Page

For January 1, 2009: Need fast facts about energy sources, how they were/are formed, and their environmental impact? Start out at the federal government’s Energy Information Administration EIA Energy Kids Page.
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Presidential Inaugurations

For December 15, 2008: Want to know more about the traditions of past Presidential inaugurations? Get the scoop from the LOC’s American Memory collection and its Inaugurations Learning Page.
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ePals and SnagFilms Partner to Premiere Educational Documentaries Online

At “eFilms at ePals,” through widget technology, educators gain free access to videos, including National Geographic content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2008

Siemens, Discovery Education Partner in Launch of Siemens Science Day Website

The website offers educators free digital learning tools—standards-based earth, life and physical science content and hands-on activities that “turn students into scientists,” according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2008

Ippex Online

For December 1, 2008: Students will enjoy these virtual learning modules on matter, electricity and magnetism, energy, and fusion at the Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experience Online.
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Google Launches Ancient Rome in 3D on Google Earth

Ancient Rome in 3D, which enables students to explore the historic city as it stood centuries ago, is one of the most extensive collections of three-dimensional buildings to be found on Google Earth.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2008

The 2008-2009 Inspired Visual Learning Awards

The 2008-2009 Inspiration Software Inspired Visual Learning Awards program will recognize 15 educators and their students for creatively using visual learning in their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2008


For November 15, 2008: Try out BookHooks and introduce your younger students to a place where they can share their book reports with other readers in a safe environment.
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ABC-CLIO Announces History Research Competition for Secondary Students

ABC-CLIO will award more than $60,000 in cash and prizes to teams researching “Top 10 People, Events, Places Shaping History”
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2008

Apply Now: "Aspirations in Computing" Awards for High School Girls

Applications are now being accepted for the National Center For Women & Information Technology/Bank of America Award for Aspirations in Computing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Nov 2008

BBC Ancient History: Egyptians

For November 1, 2008: Highlighting the BBC Ancient History: Egyptians website are two outstanding interactive features that will mesmerize your students.
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CYBERBEE: Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Trek back in history to the reign of the pharaohs. Uncover the secrets of mummification. Lift the shroud of mystery surrounding the great pyramids. Translate hieroglyphic writing. Open the door to anthropology and archeology through the study of Ancient Egypt. With Cyberbee's guidance this month, your students will discover and solve many mysteries.
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ePals Launches 2008 Election Central

Election Central provides resources and forums for learning and discussing how elections affect the global marketplace.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2008

Application Deadline for Picturing America Extended Until November 14

Picturing America, presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), provides high-quality reproductions of great American art to public libraries and K-12 schools to enhance the study of history, social studies, language arts, literature, and civics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Oct 2008

Free Resources: PBS KIDS Island at PBS KIDS Raising Readers Website

PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting have announced the launch of PBS KIDS Island, the centerpiece of the new PBS KIDS Raising Readers website, which provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers, and teachers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Oct 2008

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Launches P21 Professional Development Affiliate Program

The new program is intended to increase the capacity of practitioners to embed 21st century skills into classroom practices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2008

Planet Orange and the World of Money

For October 15, 2008: Money and financial planning. Too boring for kids, right? NOT! Have them blast off to Planet Orange to explore the world of money.
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Discovery Education and 3M Announce Winners of Young Scientist Challenge

$50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds were awarded in the premier national science competition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Oct 2008

Free Resources: Collaboration Tools

The company’s service is intended to make it easy for students to work in groups.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Oct 2008


For October 1, 2008: Over 400 teacher-tested economic lessons are available for immediate use in the classroom at EconEdLink, from the National Council on Economic Education.
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NYT/Carnegie Corp. Awards Now Include SMLS Nominees

The New York Times/Carnegie Corporation of New York “I Love My Librarian” award program is now open—for the first time—to school library media specialists.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2008

Discovery Education, Siemens Foundation, NSTA Announce National Middle School Sustainability Challenge

The “Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” encourages students to create "green solutions"; prizes include regional and national recognition, cash, and an appearance on Discovery's Planet Green television network.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2008

The Thoreau Reader

For September 15, 2008: Learn about Henry David Thoreau and his writings at The Thoreau Reader, a comprehensive website featuring online versions of many of his books and lots of links and annotations about his literary works.
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Free Resources: More WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources

Teachers' Domain is a digital library of free media online resources for teachers, and online professional development courses created by public television station WGBH.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Sep 2008

CYBERBEE: Campaign 2008

With the 2008 election upon us, there are many websites analyzing the personal attributes and platforms of the candidates as well as examining the political process for electing a president. The news media provides all sorts of information from facts to commentary with a dose of speculation by an array of "expert" panelists. For better or worse, YouTube and blogs allow unfettered participation by individuals. It is more important than ever that your students learn to be discerning readers when researching these sources. CyberBee has selected a variety of places to explore and use with your students.
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Scholastic News Online - Election 2008

For September 1, 2008: From the Scholastic News Online - Election 2008 site you can meet the candidates, join an online discussion of campaign issues, cast your vote in a mock election, and more.
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Cool Links: Relaunches AskKids

The ResourceShelf folks recently briefly noted the relaunch of the AskKids search engine and interface, something we’ve been anticipating for quite a while now.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Aug 2008

Free Resources: Global Kids' Online Community and Game, “Hurricane Katrina: Tempest in Crescent City”

To mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, youth leaders for Global Kids, Inc. have created an online community and game in conjunction with Game Pill, Inc., AMD, and Microsoft Corp.’s Partners in Learning where young people can engage in and experience the ongoing relief efforts in New Orleans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Aug 2008

General Motors, Discovery Education Name Winners of 2008 LIVE GREEN Teacher Grants

Each of the 40 winning middle or junior high school educators will receive a $1,000 grant to implement classroom lessons on the environment or renewable energy initiatives.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2008

Discovery Education, 3M Announce Finalists in National Science Competition

Middle schoolers and teachers will put their knowledge of "The Science of Space" to the test in the finalist competition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Aug 2008

The Graphic Site

For August 15, 2008: Need some great clip art for worksheets or letters to parents? You will love the graphics offered for teachers and students at The Graphic Site.
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Free Resources: Fall 2008 “History and the Headlines” Collections From ABC-CLIO

ABC-CLIO’s collections of free online resources feature the Arab-Israeli conflict, the upcoming Spike Lee World War II film, and controversy in the Oval Office.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Aug 2008

Free Resources: AASL Offers More than $45,000 in 2009 Awards Program

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2009 awards program includes more than $45,000 in funding for awards to AASL members.
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Aug 2008

2009 AASL School Library Media Program of the Year Award: Applications Now Available

The 2009 application for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National School Library Media Program of the Year award is now available online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2008

Amusement Park Physics

For August 1, 2008: Plan a virtual field trip to Amusement Park Physics sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, where the question is always, "What are the forces behind the fun?"
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Free Resources: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) K-12 Content Available Through iTunes U

Arizona, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah, along with school districts, museums, and other educational institutions are now sharing resources not only for K-12 educators in their own states, but for teachers around the world.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Jul 2008

CDW-G and Discovery Education Support 21st-Century Learning Through Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes

The five grand-prize-winning schools just announced will each win a $45,000 21st-Century Classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2008

Soil Science Education Page

For July 15, 2008: Down and dirty!: NASA and the Soil Science Society of America's Soil Science Education page is a tremendous site rich in content and detail.
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BELLTONES: Viva Virtual Visits! Museums, Gardens, and Web 2.0

With the advent of spring and, now, summer, Mary Ann got the museum and botanical garden bug … which got her to thinking about the beauty, value, and educational efficacy of virtual museum visits, and, further, visits to "virtual gardens"—i.e. websites maintained by actual botanical gardens around the world. Take a tour with her in this month's Belltones column.
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CYBERBEE: Back to School Curriculum Ideas

Years ago, CyberBee began scouting the internet for content that was informative, engaging, and aligned with national standards, in 1996 becoming a column for MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine and a website for teachers. CyberBee thought it would be fitting to revisit some of the great websites that you may have missed over the past few years. There should be plenty of ideas to help you plan your lessons for the new school year.
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CYBERBEE: Summer Excursions

Hundreds of vacation destinations beckon families to visit each year. From battlefields and hiking to hands-on fun such as panning for gold, there is an adventure for everyone. And in the classroom in spring, students can prepare for their journeys via a wide array of learning activities. CyberBee has been scouting for summer excursions that will delight and nurture the minds of all ages. A few favorites are presented here.
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‘Class of 2k8’ Young Adult, Middle Grade Author Website Now Online

The website is dedicated to helping booksellers, librarians, teachers, and readers find exciting new books from among the more than 6,000 new children's and young adult books released each year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Mar 2008


For March 15, 2008: At Coolmath4kids, there are dozens of thinking games that wll keep students occupied for hours.
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Free Resources: Don Johnston and's Text Reader Software for Print-Disabled Students and Don Johnston, Inc. are participating in a partnership to provide qualified print disabled students with a free text reader to access electronic books from the library, beginning in September 2008.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Mar 2008

Former Random House Editor in Chief Launches Internet Book Show ‘Titlepage.TV’

Former Senior Vice President and Executive Editor-in-Chief of Random House Daniel Menaker will serve as host and editorial producer. Each episode of the show will feature four writers discussing their new books in a roundtable format.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2008

Inspiration Software Awards Scholarships for Best Projects Using Visual Learning

All 25 recipients will receive $1,000 to support professional development or new technology for their classrooms in recognition of their creative use of visual learning to help their students think and learn.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2008

Educating About Agriculture

For March 1, 2008: If you are looking for information on the hot topic of biotechnology, for an annotated list of books about agriculture, or if you just need to know the date for National Cream Puff Day or International Pickles Week (!), then look no further than the American Farm Bureau Foundation's Educating for Agriculture website.
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Adobe 2008 School Innovation Awards

Adobe Systems Incorporated is seeking entries for the Adobe School Innovation Awards recognizing the creative and innovative work of high school students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2008

New World Book/ALA Goal Award Promotes Information Literacy

The purpose of the World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award is to encourage innovative and effective information literacy programs in schools as well as public libraries, particularly programs focused on users who are likely to need the most help to obtain access to information, in print or digital form, and to evaluate the quality of the information available to them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Feb 2008

Aboard the Underground Railroad: A National Register Travel Itinerary

For February 15, 2008: Aboard the Underground Railroad showcases 55 historic places that are listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.
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GenevaLogic Visionary Grants Awarded

The first GenevaLogic Visionary Grants were awarded by the GenevaLogic Foundation in late January.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2008

Google Announces Doodle 4 Google Competition and Prize

The winning student's doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 22, 2008; the champion "doodler" will also win a $10,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his/her school.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2008

NSF ScrubClub

For February 1, 2008: It's winter, and the height of the cold and flu season, time to meet The Scrub Club in their quest to encourage effective hand washing to avoid infections.
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Scholastic Launches Children’s Book Search Tool: Teacher Book Wizard

The new, free website helps teachers and parents match the right book to the right child based on four different reading level systems, interests, and previously enjoyed books.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jan 2008

Free Resources: “The Festival of Authors” in Teen Second Life

The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC),, and Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services are producing and hosting “A Festival of Authors,” a virtual literary celebration that will take place Saturday, February 2, from 10 am to 2 pm PST (1 pm – 5 pm EST), in Teen Second Life.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Jan 2008

Free Resources: NOAA /NOS Discovery Kits

Discovery Kits describe the basic scientific principles underlying the applied science and activities of NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS).
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Jan 2008

World Book Asks Students, Educators, and Parents to Vote for Best Video about Finding Trustworthy Information Onlin

Online viewing and voting for best student-submitted videos is open through January 31, on the World Book site.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2008

NOAA Accepting Grant Applications for K-12 Environmental Literacy Projects

Projects should be designed to increase knowledge of scientific phenomena and provide opportunities for the application of that knowledge to environmental issues relevant to the students. Approximately $4 million in grants will be awarded.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2008

Primary Soure Tool Kit

For January 15, 2008: There are times when we simply have to "hold" a resource, touch it, and see it firsthand. The Library of Congress’ Primary Source Tool Kit website can make this possible!
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Pinnacle Systems Introduces Free Video Editing With VideoSpin Software

The VideoSpin application is for all consumers and will especially attract users who don't want to spend much time creating movies, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2008

IMLS Issues Study on Youth Programs in Museums and Libraries

The study, which is part of IMLS’s initiative, Museums and Libraries Engaging America’s Youth, examined Institute-funded programs for youth aged 9-19 and surveyed nearly 400 museum and library programs about their goals, strategies, impact, and outcomes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jan 2008

Read Write Think

For January 1, 2008: Get Ready, Get Set, and Go directly to the Read Write Think site, from the IRA, the NCTE, and the Verizon Foundation, for lessons that can be selected by grade band, literacy strand, or literacy engagement.
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UNICEF, One Laptop per Child, Google Launch Initiative to Preserve and Share Stories Around the World

The "Our Stories" project is a joint initiative to preserve and share the histories and identities of cultures around the world by making personal stories available online in many languages.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Dec 2007

Free Resources: H.W. Wilson Foundation's Scholarship Grants Program

The H.W. Wilson Foundation announced the continuation of its support of education in library and information science with a new round of scholarship grants.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Dec 2007

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

For December 1, 2007: Since 1996, B. J. Pinchbeck and his dad have maintained and regularly updated his Homework Helper website for students.
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Free Resources: Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary Online

"Thousands of stunning images enhanced by clear and precise definitions from the visionaries at Merriam-Webster." Take a look!
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Nov 2007

Find Your Longitude

For November 15, 2007: In Find Your Longitude, a NOVA Online Adventure game from PBS, your students can find out why having a precise timepiece—a chronometer—helps determine your longitude.
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YALSA Announces Avatar Contest

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, invites librarians to showcase their creativity and their library’s technology resources in a “Create Your Own Avatar” contest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2007

Free Resources: Tool Factory Podcasting Grant Deadline Approaching

Tool Factory will choose four winners for the Tool Factory Podcasting Grants program on December 30, 2007. Each will receive a free site license to Tool Factory Podcasting and all of the digital media accessories needed to start a school podcasting program.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Nov 2007

CYBERBEE: Physics is Phun

This month, Cyberbee prompts you to enter the wild world of physics, where appearances and logic are often turned upside down. Understanding the underlying concepts is essential for uncovering the magic of physics. It can be a thrilling adventure for students as they discover lots of cool methods for lasting knowledge. Browse these Web sites and discover a variety of interactive simulations, experiments, and ideas to use in your classroom.
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Java Applets on Physics: Walter Fendt

For November 1, 2007: Walter Fendt has created a fabulous set of Java applets that may be used by educators.
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Free Resources: 7 Things You Should Know About …

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About… series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Oct 2007

Free Resources: Updated Online EdTech Grant Funding Directory

The updated edition of EdTech Online offers the latest information on federal grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education that support educational technology.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Oct 2007

CoSN Seeks Award Nominations

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is accepting online nominations for three awards—the Withrow Award for Educators, the TEAM Award and the Excellence in Public Service Award.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2007

The New Deal Network

For October 15, 2007: Study the Great Depression using the New Deal Network as an educational guide.
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GenevaLogic Foundation Announces GenevaLogic Visionary Grants.

Four GenevaLogic Visionary Grants, designed to recognize teachers who have an innovative vision of the ways that instructional technology powered by Vision classroom management software can improve teaching and learning, will be awarded in January 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2007

New Look and Tools on Merriam-Webster's Word Central Site for Kids

The ever-alert folks at ResourceShelf have posted a brief on the revamped Merriam-Webster site.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2007

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's "History and the Headlines—Sputnik Escalates the Cold War"

The third in ABC-CLIO's Fall 2007 lineup of free online reference and activity collection is now available.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Oct 2007

Cool Links: ResourceShelf's Resource of the Week for September

Resourceshelf's Senior Editor Shirl Kennedy compiled and annotated an awesome collection of education resources largely from government Web sites in the September 20, 2007 version of the Resource of the Week article she does.
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Sep 2007

Free Resources: USGS Learning Web—Geologic Age

Once again, a tip on great free learning resources has come to us by way of the Scout Report. The September 14, 2007 report includes a pointer to USGS Learning Web: Geologic Age.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Sep 2007


For September 15, 2007: ReadPrint is a massive library of free online books that include authors such as Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and H.G. Wells.
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Monterey Institute for Technology and Education Launches HippoCampus, a Free Online Learning Tool

HippoCampus, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is an Open Education Resource (OER), part of a worldwide collaborative effort of academic institutions and educators to make quality education available for everyone.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2007

Interwrite Learning, TeacherTube Announce Interactive Makeover Video Contest

Three winners will receive an Interwrite Makeover by creating a music video of the song of their choice, plus prizes valued at more than $15,000
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Sep 2007

EPals Drops Subscription Fees for SchoolMail, SchoolBlog, and Online Literacy Curriculum

Internet learning community ePals, Inc. has announced it has made its policy-managed SchoolMail, SchoolBlog, and online literacy curricula services available free of charge to schools worldwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Sally Ride Science Blog

The Sally Ride Science blog features a series of science-themed entries designed to help elementary and middle school teachers illustrate real-world applications of science concepts and spark classroom discussions.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Sep 2007

CYBERBEE: Global Connections

Finding safe, engaging collaborative projects for your classroom doesn't have to be a challenge. There are many mentored and data-entry activities that allow your students to participate with classrooms across the country and around the world. Many of the Internet projects have been around for years with proven track records. Others have the backing of nonprofit foundations. This month, Cyberbee directs you to a range of such sites where you can find a project that is just right for your classroom.
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The MY HERO Project

For September 1, 2007: The MY HERO project encourages families, schools, and organizations to publicly honor heroes that have made a difference through words, images, and short films.
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Free Resources: Classroom Resources From TeacherVision

The teacher Web site offers free printable lesson plans and quizzes by grade, plus new Harry Potter activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2007

Free Resources: Exploratorium's Iron Science Teacher

From the August 17 Scout Report from the University of Wisconsin Computer Science Department and University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, we heard about The Exploratorium's Iron Science Teacher and just had to pass on the word.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Aug 2007

Personal Educational Press

For August 15, 2007: At Personal Educational Press, create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.
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National Park Service

For August 1, 2007: Plan a trip to one of America's national parks using the comprehensive directory at the National Park Service Web site.
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Cool Links: Yummy! A New Webliography from Library of Congress About Ice Cream

For those hot summer days, our pals at ResourceShelf have hit on another fun and appropriate resource—a Webliography from the Library of Congress about ice cream!
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 Jul 2007

Inspiration Software Celebrates 25 Years With Expanded 2007-2008 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning Program

Applications will be available September 25 for the Silver Anniversary program recognizing 25 champions of visual learning with $1,000 scholarships.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2007

Personal Education Press

For July 15, 2007: Personal Educational Press lets you create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.
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Free Resources: Olympus/Tool Factory Digital Wish Grant Program

Teachers register once; all original lesson plans are eligible to win any grant opportunity. Three Mobile Digital Camera Labs worth $3,500 will be awarded annually. Every month, Olympus and Tool Factory will award digital cameras, podcasting software, and more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Jul 2007

CYBERBEE: E-News Updates

Many organizations are distributing free newsletters with timely articles and links to valuable resources. Joining a mailing list or RSS feed is easy and convenient, and it's a timesaver when you want the latest news about innovative technology and practical ideas for integrating it into your classroom. This month, Cyberbee directs you to a selected mix of educational technology newsletters and RSS feeds to investigate.
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Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students

For July 1, 2007: The Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students (C.A.R.T.S.) site is filled with folklore, history, culture, and arts-in-education resources and educational activities.
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ePals Launches Ask ePals Global, Online Knowledge Sharing Community and Widget Tool

With Ask ePals, educators and others can share their knowledge with teachers, parents, and students, as well as seek the advice of others. The service is available either at or through Web pages that embed the widget capability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

pH Factor

For June 15, 2007: At the Miami Museum of Science's pH Factor site, elementary and middle school students can learn all about pH and have fun while doing so.
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AASL 2007 Awards Recipients

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2007 recipients of its annual awards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2007

Bubble Geometry

For June 1, 2007: Summer's almost here; time to focus on playing to learn, and the Bubble Geometry Web site offers opportunities for both. Pop on over!
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Knowledge Adventure to Offer Awards to Schools in Need of Reading Assistance

Knowledge Adventure's new competition will provide $120,000 worth of reading software programs and training to 10 school winners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 May 2007

Jan Brett's Web Page

For May 15, 2007: Enter the world of author Jan Brett and you won't want to leave! Not only does she share her beautiful artwork for printing, but complete background information about her books.
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Cool Links: Thomson Gale’s Library Video Contest

Thomson Gale extends the celebration of April’s National Library Week with an “I Love My Library!” video contest.
News/Cool Links - Posted 15 May 2007

CYBERBEE: Plant a Prairie Garden

Before the European settlers arrived, there were huge prairies stretching for miles across the North American continent. Only remnants—about 1 percent to 2 percent—of this environmental habitat remain. This has prompted restoration projects by government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations in several states. Teachers and students can learn about prairies through virtual field trips or by visiting a nature center nearby. Back in the classroom, students can use this knowledge to design and plant their own prairies as part of the school landscape. Let Cyberbee be your guide to Web resources on the subject!
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Bell LIVE! On the Prairie

For May 1, 2007: The prairie is one of North America’s great ecosystems and a vital habitat for many plants and animals. The Bell LIVE! On the Prairie site offers a great resource in understanding and restoring prairies.
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Cool Links: YALSA Launches Teen Read Week 2007 Web Site

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, launched its Teen Read Week 2007 web site,, which includes a variety of benefits for early registration.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Apr 2007

Free Resources: FREE Directory of Educational Web Sites and Tools

Gary Price’s ResourceShelf recently offered this description and pointer to the U.S. DOE’s Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) directory.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Apr 2007

YALSA Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Recognition Awards: Apply Now

The Excellence Award Task Force of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is looking for 25 exemplary teen programs/services in all types of libraries to include in a fifth edition of “Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Apr 2007

Princeton Review Offers Free College Entrance Practice Tests

The Princeton Review will offer free practice college entrance tests on April 28.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 2007


For April 15, 2007: At Moneyopolis, treat your students to a hands-on/minds-on money management and financial planning learning experience.
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Free Resources: Spike Lee HBO Hurricane Katrina Documentary and Curriculum

A grant from the Rockefeller Foundation will make Spike Lee’s HBO Hurricane Katrina documentary and a companion curriculum available at no cost for use by high school, college and community educators.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Apr 2007

Free Resources: PBS Teachers—Math

The Internet Scout Project’s Scout Report describes and points to this excellent PBS resource for educators.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Apr 2007

Free Resources: Library of Congress/National Endowment for the Humanities' “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers”

“Chronicling America” is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress created to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic pages as well as information about newspapers from 1690 to the present.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Apr 2007

Free Resources: World Book Spotlight on “Earth: The Living Planet”

World Book’s free, interactive content spotlight site, keyed to Earth Day 2007, offers students an understanding of the world in which they live—how it has changed, is changing, and how they are affecting its future.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Apr 2007

National Paper Airplane Contest

For April 1, 2007: Use the National Paper Airplane Contest Web site from Scholastic as the basis for starting a paper airplane contest at your school.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Apr 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Global Fishing Crisis

This month, examines the global fishing crisis from a number of perspectives.
News/Free Resources - Posted 01 Apr 2007

NSTA/Vernier Technology Award Winners

Seven educators nationwide are the recipients of the Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Technology Award honors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2007

Free Resources: Free Practice Tests For Exit Exams and Other High-Stakes Math Tests

The practice tests for state-specific exit exams will duplicate the lengths of the actual exams so that students can become familiar with the full rigor of the actual tests.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Mar 2007

Heinemann-Raintree Announces “Ask a Librarian” Service for Educators

Ask a Librarian will allow Web site visitors to interface with a staff librarian and submit inquiries on a variety of topics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2007

The Puzzle Center

For March 15, 2007: At APTE's free Puzzle Center, you can construct crosswords, word scrambles, and more ... and send them on to friends or students whose brains you want to tease!
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TIGed Take Your Classroom Global Contest! Announced

The competition is designed to promote technology-rich global learning from students and educators around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2007

ETS Offers Webinars on Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Tool

During the webinars, ETS will also introduce a new Preplanning tool that gives students a choice of eight plan types, including an outline, an idea web, and templates for specific types of essays, such as compare/contrast and cause and effect.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2007

Free Resources: The Library of Congress’ Women’s History Month Site

The Library of Congress has gathered a dynamite collection of multimedia resources online for use by educators in teaching during Women’s History Month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Mar 2007

Digication Announces Release of New Version of Integrated E-Portfolio Tool with Online Learning Community

The Web-based educational software tools empower teachers and students to manage course content, facilitate communications, and publish Web portfolios.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2007

PBS Launches Comprehensive Pre-K-12 Educator Web Site

PBS Teachers offers thousands of free lesson plans, local and national educator resources, teacher professional development, videos, blogs, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2007

Learn to be Healthy

For March 1, 2007: At the Learn to Be Healthy Website, you'll find sample health science activities and lessons for all age levels.
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CYBERBEE: Healthy Choices

Given the health issues facing children today, Cyberbee has decided to provide you this month with an array of reliable Web-based sources of information for you--or them--to use in pursuit of knowledge and healthy choices.
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Free Resources: New Library of Congress Online Collection--Oral Histories of U.S. Diplomats

The LOC’s “Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training” collection captures the post-World War II period in vivid terms and intimate detail, documenting the way U.S. diplomacy defended the U.S. and its interests in a challenging world.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Feb 2007

Free Resources: AASL School Librarian's Scholarship Deadline Nears

Applications will be accepted until March 1 for the AASL School Librarian's Workshop Scholarship.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Feb 2007

Free Resources: World Book Spotlight On Black History Showcases Struggles and Contributions of African Americans

Students have the opportunity to explore and learn about the African American experience through World Book's free, interactive Black History site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Feb 2007


For February 15, 2007: Sponsored by the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, the Cyberbullying site provides the Educator's Guide to Cyberbullying, Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying, and links to real life stories.
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Muzzy Lane Software Announces Teacher Innovation Program

To support teachers who want to explore use of video games in education, Muzzy Lane Software has created the MAKING HISTORY Innovative Teacher Challenge, open to all high school history teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2007

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

For February 1, 2007: At the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives , kids can "play" with loads of computer-based manipulatives created to help them visualize mathematical relationships.
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Span It: A Bridge Building Game

For January 15, 2007: Span It is an engineering simulation challenging kids to build--within budget!--bridges that will support designated loads, such as a freight train! It's fun, and not even too geeky!
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CDW-G and Discovery Education Announce Win a Wireless Lab 2007

Five mobile labs will be awarded in honor of the program’s fifth year; sponsors are donating $300,000 in prizes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jan 2007

HP EdTech Grant Reviewers Needed

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in partnership with HP Philanthropy and Education, is looking for grant reviewers for the 2007 HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jan 2007

BKFK and Mattel Announce 3rd “Invent-A-Toy” World Games

By Kids For Kids Co. (BKFK) and Mattel are partnering for the third annual “Invent-A-Toy” World Games competition for youngsters ages 5-19.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2007

Free Resources: CoffeeCup’s Web Design Software for Schools

CoffeeCup Software, Inc., a Web authoring Internet software company, has announced the availability of their Educational Software Package, a free suite of five top-selling Windows applications that helps educators teach their students how to make Websites.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2007

CYBERBEE: Keeping Safe in Cyberspace

The Internet has changed the way students learn and communicate. With the click of a mouse, they can instant message one another, work together on projects, download all kinds of multimedia files, and post to blogs, Web sites, and RSS feeds. Access to people and information enhances instruction, but what happens when the "dark side of the Internet" sneaks around the corner and into the classroom or home? In this column, Cyberbee points to lots of resources that can help.
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Free Resources: HP Offers K-12 Technology Grant Initiative

A new HP initiative will award grants totaling $3.9 million in cash and HP equipment to K-12 public schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Dec 2006

Etch A Sketch Online

For December 15, 2006: Remember Etch A Sketch? Well, it's still out there, and it's very popular. At the Etch A Sketch Web site, see how Etch A Sketch becomes an art form, then give it a try yourself.
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ETS Launches ‘50 Great’ Teacher Retention Initiative

ETS says it is seeking corporate alliances for the program, which would provide new teachers with incentives and professional development support.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Dec 2006

Free Resources: The Weather Channel Offers Web-Based Resource on Global Warming

The interactive resource, created to support the Weather Channel’s show “The Climate Code,” brings global warming issues into the classroom.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Dec 2006

Free Resources: For Human Rights Day, December 10

The United Nations organization has put together a Web site of resources and links that you'll find useful if you want to teach to the subject of human rights and poverty on the advent of Human Rights Day this December 10.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Dec 2006

Cool Links: Google Launches Literacy Project

Google’s Literacy Project Web site, launched during the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, is “a resource for teachers, literacy organizations, and anyone interested in reading and educations … ”
News/Cool Links - Posted 04 Dec 2006

Fact Monster

For December 1, 2006: Fact Monster, a great, free research, homework help, and just plain fun site from Information Please, provides loads of features targeted to students.
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Free Resources: ABC-CLIO Schools “Inquiry in History” Professional Development Series

ABC-Clio’s new program is designed to demonstrate how librarians and social studies departments can partner to develop students’ information literacy and inquiry skills.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Nov 2006

Nutrition Café

For November 15, 2006: At the Nutrition Café, "where nutrition information is fun,"students get to learn about and demonstrate their knowledge of nutritional facts.
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Free Resources: Activities for National American Indian Heritage Month

The folks at the ReadWriteThink Web site—a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation—have an excellent collection of resources of their own making, plus links to many more, to use during National American Indian Heritage Month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Nov 2006


For November 1, 2006: You can encourage students to explore the world around them through Earthcaching--treasure hunting for the caches that the Earth has stored. Where do you start? Earthcache.
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CYBERBEE: Caching in on GPS

Cyberbee is positioned this month--Globally Positioned, that is--with resources to help you and your students map trails, find treasure caches, and solve problems by using the Global Positioning System technology made possible by 24 U.S. military satellites orbiting Earth that transmit signals to a GPS receiver.
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Free Resources: Field Trip Earth

Field Trip Earth, a project of the North Carolina Zoological Park, is a great place for a “wild” experience, billing itself as “the global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.” Through the site, you and your students can get involved in field-based wildlife conservation projects ongoing around the world.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Oct 2006

School Science Fairs

For October 15, 2006: “You never know where a science fair project will take you.” That’s the philosophy behind the creation of the School Science Fairs Web site! Cyberbee says the site should be your first stop when looking for science fair project ideas.
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The Scoop on Google for Educators

On October 11, Google very quietly launched Google for Educators, a site that pulls together access to and, in a sense, annotates a whole bunch of Google features, tools, and resources in a way that will make them easier for educators to find, understand, and use for teaching purposes. Read all about it!
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2006

Free Resources: NationMaster

Nope, not a massively multiplayer online war simulation game nor a superhero character. NationMaster is “a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. … a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Oct 2006

Free Resources: World Book’s ‘Causes and Effects of Global Warming’

The new feature in World Book’s Online Reference Center is intended to help students and their parents better understand the issues around global warming, from the science to the politics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Oct 2006

Droodles and Memory at Exploratorium

For October 1, 2006: Just for fun, test your visual memory at the Droodles and Memory page at the Exploratorium’s Web site. Your job is to try to remember—and draw—the droodles named with made up words.
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Free Resources: National Science Foundation Online Lessons and Web Resources

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers an online collection of lessons and Web resources, most of which come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Sep 2006 Observes Banned Books Week

Among the features and services is a Banned Books Week display that highlights the books of author Robie Harris and illustrator Michael Emberley. They are the creators of the most challenged book of 2005.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2006

Free Resources: AASL Awards Applications Now Available

A total of more than $50,000 is offered through the 13 awards, grants, and scholarships that make up the awards program of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Sep 2006

Free Resources: TRAILS—Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

TRAILS (Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is a federally funded project to create a tool for library media specialists and teachers to assess the information literacy skills of their high school students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Sep 2006

Free Resources:’s ‘Building Internet Skills for Kids’ Program for Elementary, Middle School Educators

The free classroom program allows teachers, kids, and parents to explore blogging, messaging, and private social networking while having fun and connecting safely online, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Sep 2006

Committee for Citizen Awareness

For September 15, 2006: It’s election season and a time for civics lessons. The Committee for Citizen Awareness produces and distributes a series of educational civics videotapes, with titles including The U.S. Congress and You, Your Court System and You, The Executive Branch and You, and more.
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Free Resources: Thomson Gale Materials to Celebrate, Educate During Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, 2006, Thomson Gale will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by offering free or trial access to a wealth of resources, educational activities, and authoritative information about the history, influence, and achievements of the Hispanic culture.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Sep 2006

Free Resources: NASA Space Place Podcasts

No time to think about the wonders of the universe, much less how to explain them in a simple way to your students? Sign up for the new Space Place Podcast.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Sep 2006

Inspiration Software Launches 2007 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning

The scholarships will support professional development activities for educators who champion the integration of visual learning and technology into the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2006

CampSilos: The History Center Excursion

For September 1, 2006: From the National Park Service's Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (one of 27 federally designated heritage areas in the nation), the CampSilos History Center Excursion Web site lets your students role play as curators, historians, and archivists in a museum.
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Free Resources: Instructional Classification Toolkit for School Library Media Specialists

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, published a set of new advocacy tools developed to address the issue of the categorization of school library media specialists as “non-instructional.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Aug 2006

Free Resources: AASL Announces New Reading Grant

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, has launched the AASL Innovative Reading Grant.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Aug 2006

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at Lions, Caves, and Shoes

Travel from Botswana to New Guinea to China to the bottom of your closet on in September.
News/Free Resources - Posted 25 Aug 2006

H.I.P. Pocket Change

For August 15, 2006: Make your own change, learn how coins are made, and find out the latest news from the U.S. Mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change site.
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Free Resources: NOAA’s Marine Science Web Portal offers live video and special content to educate people of all ages about the ocean, including national marine sanctuaries.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Aug 2006

Free Resources: Toolkit from ETS and SETDA to Help Educators Leverage Data

“Using Data for School Reform” is one component of SETDA’s 2006 Leadership Summit Toolkit.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Aug 2006

DigiTales—The Art of Telling Digital Stories

For August 1, 2006: At DigiTales, multiple media and storytelling really come alive! The Web site presents seven steps to creating a 3-5 minute digital movie, with specific directions for each step.
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Olympus, Tool Factory Award Classroom Grants

The five winning grants were selected based on effective use of digital cameras and technology in the curriculum, high degree of student involvement, and creativity and fun. Olympus and Tool Factory are continuing to support the Classroom Grants Program, with new entry deadlines in 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2006

National Audubon Society

For July 15, 2006: The National Audubon Society's Web site is geared up for the society's centennial year. Check out some conservation history as well as features like guidance in setting up a bird-friendly back yard.
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Free Resources: Scholastic News Online's Desktop News

The new service is a user-friendly interactive application that downloads news directly onto any computer, helping students stay connected to the news of the day.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jul 2006

Free Resources: Promethean Launches Collaborative Web Portal ‘Promethean Planet’

Designed to be a comprehensive online source for educators, Promethean Planet provides searchable information to help educators maximize the use of interactive technology in the classroom.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jul 2006


For July 1, 2006: BubbleShare, “the best way to share your photos and the stories that go with them,” is worth considering if you want empower your students to create and share their work. Safety features included!
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The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full-Text Articles, Books, and More! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The scholarly Web is getting noticed more because of new digitization initiatives underway and the enormous publicity search leaders are receiving for their fledgling work. Many librarians and researchers seem to be pleasantly surprised by the continually changing face of the scholarly Web and its freely available quality full-text offerings. This article brings together pertinent resources on the free Web of interest to anyone, including librarians and other educators, who conducts research and would like to easily supplement their currently available holdings, in print and electronic formats and via commercial vendors’ fee-based subscription databases, within their own libraries.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Laura Bush Announces More Than $20 Million in Librarian Recruitment and Education Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The grants are designed to help offset a current shortage of school library media specialists, library school faculty, and librarians working in underserved communities, as well a looming shortage of library directors and other senior librarians.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2006

Free Resources: ‘Internet Detective’ Tutorial for Critical Thinking in Research

Created through a partnership between two universities in the U.K., the tutorial offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of Web sites and highlights the need for care when selecting online information sources to inform academic work.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Jun 2006

Free Resources: Access NewspaperARCHIVE, from

Access NewspaperARCHIVE makes millions of searchable newspaper pages available at no cost to schools and libraries.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jun 2006

Free Resources: NOAA Ocean Explorer

The Ocean Explorer, which we heard about through The Scout Report, has ongoing explorations you/your students can join; a gallery of maps plus photos, audio clips, and writings gathered under headings such as Explorers, Technology, History, Cultural Heritage; and loads more, including a For Fun section.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jun 2006

Free Resources: World Book’s “Hurricanes!” Feature

World Book’s hurricane feature offers a comprehensive overview of hurricanes, including how they originate and travel as well as their impact on both the coastal and marine ecosystems.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jun 2006


For June 1, 2006: The USDA's Sci4Kids Web site is a series of stories for students ages 8-13 illustrating the work of the Agriculture Department scientists. Learn how satellites determine where cows Moo-ve (roam) and why that is important, how food might be grown in space, and lots more.
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Free Resources: The Miller Center Presidential Speech Collection

These audio files are wonderful multimedia educational “artifacts.” Here’s some information, straight from the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 May 2006

Free Resources: Access 330,000 E-books at The World eBook Fair

Combined efforts of The World eBook Library consortia and Project Gutenberg make it all possible in July.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 May 2006

David Thornburg's "When the Best is Free"

Dr. David Thornburg’s new book, When the Best is Free: An Educator’s Perspective on Open Source Software, examines free software programs that run equally well on nearly any current operating system found in schools today.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2006

PLATO Inspired Education Award Winners

L.E.A.D.S. Academy in the San Diego Unified School District (CA) and Nimitz Ninth Grade School in the Aldine Independent School District (TX) are the recipients of the 2006 Inspired Education Award sponsored by PLATO Learning and the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS).
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2006

A Maths Dictionary for Kids

For May 15, 2006: Amazing fact to illustrate the concept of "billion" that you can learn from A Maths Dictionary for Kids: You have 10 billion brain cells working for you right now! That, plus the opportunity to practice math skills, and more await your students at this animated, interective site.
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Kids in the Creek

For May 1, 2006: Gear up for a day at the creek with help and guidance from the Kids in the Creek Web site. You and your students will soon be testing Ph, water temperature, and dissolved oxygen, as well as collecting aquatic insects.
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Moodle: A Free, Easy, and Constructivist Online Learning Tool

Moodle is a free, open source course management system software package that is designed to help educators create quality online content and a collaborative, interactive environment to support their classroom courses. It's been in use at the author's school, the National Cathedral School (NCS) in Washington, D.C., for 3 years and there has been tremendous growth in its use over those years. Athena Maikish describes the software and the many ways they're pressing it into service, from creating interactive physics homework quizzes to promoting a paperless classroom and applying technology to increase productivity.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Creekin’

This month, Cyberbee sets his and your sites on water, streams, and creeks, where your students can experience great adventures. Discover all sorts of creatures and plants that live in this aquatic habitat, investigate the health of the creek and its impact on the overall environment, and lots more. Prepare for your journey by visiting these Web sites for information and lesson ideas.
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Knowledge Adventure Teacher Awards Program to Honor Innovative Classroom Educators

Each month, running through January 2007, a panel of industry experts will review entries and select one submission for a Knowledge Adventure Teacher of the Month award.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Apr 2006

The National Postal Museum

For April 15, 2006: Lots more fun than the I.R.S. (!), the federal government's National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, features exhibits such as Mail to the Chief, Object of the Month, and Posted Aboard R.M.S. Titanic at its Web site.
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PLATO Offers Inspired Education Award

PLATO Learning is accepting applications from high schools in states west of the Mississippi River for its 4th Annual Inspired Education Award.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Apr 2006

Ohio Peregrine Falcons

For April 1, 2006: Each spring when the falcons nest, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources sets up the Ohio Peregrine Falcons site, using a live cam on the 41st floor of the Rhodes Tower in Columbus.
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Cool Links: The Exploratorium’s Solar Eclipse Webcast

The Exploratorium had the March 29 solar eclipse covered, with scientists on the scene in Turkey, squarely in the path of totality. We’ve sampled the Webcast via the archive, and it’s really quite dramatic.
News/Cool Links - Posted 31 Mar 2006

Free Resources: @rt Room

Maybe you saw our pointer to Artopia a few weeks back. Now here’s another art activities resource, @rt Room, which is more exclusively focused on visual media.
News/Free Resources - Posted 30 Mar 2006

Tool Factory/Olympus Student and Teacher Contests

The newest phase of the Tool Factory/Olympus Student and Teacher Contests is currently underway; the deadline for entries is June 2, 2006.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Mar 2006

Free Resources: EBSCO’s History and Reading Web-based Resources

EBSCO Publishing launched two free Web-based resources for school libraries: History-It’s Happening! and It’s a Reading Rave!
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Mar 2006

Something Froggy!

For March 15, 2006: Life re-emerges as we spring into spring! Take frogs, for instance. At the Something Froggy Web site, choose from the Primary (K-3) or the Junior (4-8) version to learn about frogs and their life cycle.
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Free Resources: Thomson Gale Offers Earth Day Materials

Thomson Gale provides free online access to a variety of Earth Day-related materials, including experiments, information on the environment, related Web links, tools for teachers and parents, and environment-focused Thomson Gale titles.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Mar 2006

Free Resources: BrainPOP's Earth Day Videos

BrainPOP offers free online movies on topics related to Earth Day throughout the month of April.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Mar 2006

Free Resources: National Archives, Google Project to Digitize and Offer Historic Films Online

The pilot project will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries, and other films from the National Archives via Google Video as well as the National Archives Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Mar 2006

Free Resources: CNN Student News Women's History Month Classroom Resources

CNN Student News celebrates Women’s History Month throughout the month of March by offering both on-air and online profiles of historical and modern women. Educators will also have access to additional learning activities as well as a backgrounder on the origins of Women’s History Month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Mar 2006

K8AIT's Kite Flying

For March 1, 2006: Ah, yes. March! That transitional, traditionally windy month. What you need is Kite Flying, a complete lesson on kite flying for all age levels.
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Free Resources: Free State-Specific Web Seminars on Standards-Aligned Assessment from ETS

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is hosting free Web seminars that examine using standards-aligned assessment to drive instruction and improve student achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Helps Teachers Find Funds provides educators with free access to up-to-date announcements of corporate, foundation, state and federal education funding opportunities.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Brainy Kids

Brainy Kids, from the Dana Foundation, is a comprehensive Web site offering children, parents, and teachers selected science-related links to games, labs, science fair ideas, educational resources, and lesson plans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Feb 2006

Electric Universe: The Power of Learning!

For February 15, 2006: Electric Universe is "a universe of information about electricity, how it affects our lives, and how to harness its power safely." Check out "Louie's Space" and other electrifying spots on the site!
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Free Resources: Thomson Gale Content for Women’s History Month

Thomson Gale has announced the launch of a Web site of biographies, quizzes, activities, timelines, and more to complement classroom topics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Feb 2006

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Winter Olympics

This month, the National Geographic Web site examines the Winter Olympics in a variety of online feature articles.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Artopia

“Artopia is a comprehensive Web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts.” (from the Artopia Web site) And … it’s really fun!! (from MMISXtra)
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Feb 2006

Intel to Train 10 Million Teachers in Developing Nations

Intel Corporation announced plans to train an additional 10 million teachers in developing nations during the next five years in the use of technology to advance learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2006

The Jigzone

For February 1, 2006: At The Jigzone, students can create, decipher, and otherwise work on jigsaw puzzles online.
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Cool Links: Partnership for a Nation of Learners

The site targets museums, libraries, and public broadcasting stations, aiming to help them “work together to address local needs, increase civic engagement, and improve the quality of life” in their communities.
News/Cool Links - Posted 23 Jan 2006

National Science Foundation Launches New Web Portal for International Polar Year

The NSF site will provide access to classroom resources, news releases, listings of museum and gallery exhibits, and catalogs of relevant video and still images and other materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Martin Luther King Jr. Newspaper Archive

Thanks again to Gary Price’s ResourceShelf for a valuable pointer, this time to the Martin Luther King Jr. Newspaper Archive from
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jan 2006

Been Here So Long: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives

For January 15, 2006: At FERI's Been Here So Long: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives site, 17 American Slave Narratives have been selected from approximately 2,300 that were compiled by the Federal Writers Project.
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Dialog Seeks Applicants for Summit Scholarship

Dialog is accepting applicants from North America for its 2006 Roger K. Summit Scholarship.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates Offers Online Training in Curriculum Integration

Teachers receive research-based information on principles and strategies as part of Curriculum Associates’ Topics in Education Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Launches Web Site to Celebrate Black History Month

The site is designed to help students, teachers, and families celebrate the month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jan 2006

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Focuses on Iraq

In January, the online edition of National Geographic presents writer Frank Viviano’s examination of the conflict in Iraq. Viviano’s article focuses on the Kurds, possibly the only group powerful enough to keep Iraq from tearing itself apart.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Jan 2006

Henry Box Brown

For January 1, 2006: Students will be fascinated by Henry Box Brown, who mailed himself to freedom. His story is told in UNC Chapel Hill's Documenting the American South digital publishing initiative.
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Free Resources: Dickens' A Christmas Carol in askSam Searchable E-Book format

askSam Systems keeps on adding to its free, searchable collection of literature works online.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Dec 2005

RIF Reading Planet

For December 15, 2005: At the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) site, the focus in on developing children's as well as family literacy programs. RIF's Reading Planet is full of fun activities that lead the way!
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Free Resources: The Baldwin Online Children's Literature project

Last week's Internet Scout Project Scout Report gives you the basics on this interesting, charming, and ultimately useful project and literature resource. See what new perspectives it might bring to your students' reading or literature study.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Dec 2005

Art Interactive, from the Hirschhorn

For December 1, 2005: Examine four different sculptures to discover how modern artists use different methods and materials to convey ideas at the Art Interactive site from the Hirschhorn.
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Free Resources: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in askSam Searchable E-Book

askSam continues to expand its free, searchable collection of important works online.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Nov 2005

AASL School Library Media Program of the Year Applications Available

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2006 School Library Media Program of the Year award process is underway.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Nov 2005

How Stuff Works

For November 15, 2005: Have you ever wondered "How Stuff Works?" ... as in how a microwave heats food or why a phone can still work when the electricity goes out? ...
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Free Resources: iEARN-USA’s Teachers’ Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet, Direct from the DOE

The new Teachers’ Guide provides tutorials, tips, online and print resources, and specific curriculum-based projects in which U.S. teachers can participate to establish school-to-school global interaction on the Internet.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Nov 2005

Scholastic Book Fairs Announces 2006 Student Author Contest

The Scholastic Book Fairs annual “Kids are Authors” competition is now underway for 2006.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2005

Free Resources: Discovery Education, The Faith & Politics Institute, and Freddie Mac Bring Civil Rights Curriculum to Schools

Multimedia curriculum kits are being provided free to all 15,000 U.S. middle schools.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Nov 2005

Free Resources: ScienCentral, Inc. Video Stories

ScienCentral is currently providing their video stories free to educators who wish to use them as teaching tools or in presentations. A sampling from today’s home page: Remote Control Flies, Defeating Dyslexia, Spider Silk Strength, Alzheimer’s Eye Test, and Living to 100.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Nov 2005

Free Resources: The Redesigned International Children's Digital Library Web Site

The Web site for the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), a project of the University of Maryland funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, has undergone a total redesign and is now sporting a fresh, new look.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Oct 2005

Free Resources: BrainPOP Offers Avian Flu Movie

BrainPOP has launched a free online movie addressing the concerns surrounding avian flu.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Oct 2005

Free Resources: School Libraries Work!, Updated 2006

From Scholastic, freely downloadable, comes this update of the uplifting and substantive report “School Libraries Work!”
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Oct 2005

U.S. State Department, Global SchoolNet Foundation Announce “Doors to Diplomacy” 2006 Web Project Competition

The educational award program will recognize the student-created Global SchoolNet Web projects that best teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Oct 2005

Free Resources: S.O.S. for Information Literacy Launched at AASL

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic, multimedia, Web-based, and freely accessible resource for K-8 library media specialists and classroom teachers that promises to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills worldwide, according to the project organizers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Discovery Education Launches unitedstreaming South Africa Sweepstakes

All educators at schools subscribing to unitedstreaming are eliglible to enter the Discovery Education/unitedstreaming South Africa Sweepstakes, which will award a week-long trip to South Africa to five U.S. educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Oct 2005

Free Resources: The Alliance Library System and TumbleBooks Launch Animated Online Book—“Why Libraries Matter: A Story Long Overdue”

The e-book book—latest in a series of initiatives in the Libraries Matter campaign—is available free to all public libraries and elementary schools in North America for use on their Web sites.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Oct 2005

Olympus, Tool Factory Classroom Grants Program, Student Photo Contest Are On Again

Olympus America, Inc. and Tool Factory, Inc., sponsors of a classroom grants program and a student photo contest designed to strengthen education through digital imaging and the power of visual learning, have announced deadlines and new details for new rounds of both programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Shakespeare’s Macbeth in askSam Searchable Database

The individual scenes are divided into separate documents in the database, allowing users to easily search and locate scenes pertaining to specific topics, according to askSam Systems.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Teacher’s Domain, Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development

From Boston-based PBS station WGBH, “Teachers' Domain is a multimedia digital library for the classroom that provides learning experiences in ways no textbook can.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Sep 2005

A Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor ... Of All the Audacity!

For September 15, 2005: Audacity is a solid audio recording and editing program for the budget minded teacher, and here's where you can get it.
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Free Resources: CNN Student News Special Constitution Report

On September 16, CNN Student News will offer a special report that highlights how the Constitution is living and breathing through recent events in the nation’s capital, a learning activity and a news quiz for educators who plan to teach the Constitution.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Bringing Hurricane Katrina Into the Classroom, from the Alliance for a Media Literate America

The AMLA’s Web site offers “a basic set of media literacy activities and suggestions … for educators who want to help students analyze, understand, and cope with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Sep 2005

Free Resources: CNN Student News Resources On Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath

CNN Student News has many educational resources available to assist educators teach the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Check out these links.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Hurricane Video from BrainPOP

BrainPOP's hurricane video and accompanying quiz questions are meant to help students understand the science behind the havoc wrought by Katrina.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Sep 2005

Free Resources: The New York Times Learning Network Constitution Day Web Pages

For Constitution Day in mid-September, there are lesson plans, crosswords, Q&A opportunities with Times reporters …. Good stuff!
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Sep 2005

Free Resources: In the First Person, from Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press’ new database is “an index to letters, diaries, oral histories, and other personal narratives.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Aug 2005

Applications Available for 2006 Inspired Teacher Scholarships

Applications for the 2006 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning are available for download.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Aug 2005

ITI Cross Links: Generosity and Copyright--Creative Commons and Creative Commons Search Tools

These days, students are creating reports, portfolios, presentations, or other works that need to incorporate—legally, but without enormous hassles—multiple media “objects” such as music, voice, video, images, and more. Laura Gordon-Murnane’s Searcher article explains how “librarians now have a useful tool they can use to help identify content that patrons might want to use in a podcast, a mash-up, a collage, a video contribution to a blog, a document, a presentation, or whatever.” (From Information Today, Inc.’s Searcher magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 25 Jul 2005

Free Resources: National Geographic News

Being from the National Geographic Society, this news site is wide ranging, and both educator and student friendly.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Jul 2005

CYBERBEE: Sensational Software on a Budget

Over the years, while creating content for the CyberBee Web site and constructing workshops for educators, Linda Joseph says she has invariably needed a software program to complete a specific task or to solve a particular problem. The programs described in this article are Linda's/CyberBee’s favorites for work and play.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition)

For June 15, 2005: Enter the front gate, virtually, of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis via this Web site developed by the St. Louis Public Library.
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From the Library of Congress—Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier

A cooperative effort between the National Library of Spain and the Library of Congress, the redesigned site has added materials from the collections of the National Library of Spain.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2005

Free Resources: The Newberry Library’s Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

Librarian Marylaine Block’s Neat New Stuff I Found This Week was our tip-off to this quality teacher resource of historical maps and excellent accompanying lesson plans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Jun 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Professional Development Course on Test Preparation Strategies

Entitled “Test Preparation Strategies,” the three-lesson course discloses findings on factors that affect test performance and shows teachers ways to create a positive, anxiety-free attitude toward test taking, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 31 May 2005

Free Resources: Scholastic Launches ‘Write It’ Interactive Site for Students and Teachers

The new online writing destination helps students find their voice, develop their craft, and publish their work, according to Scholastic’s announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 May 2005

Olympus and Tool Factory Sponsor Classroom Grants Program and Student Photo Contest

Aimed at K-12 students and teachers, the two programs will award winners packages that include Olympus digital cameras, Tool Factory educational software, and cash.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2005

Free Resources: National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth Web Site

National Geographic and PBS have created a series of four television documentaries and a complementary Web site, all under the moniker Strange Days on Planet Earth, that make for a riveting 21st-century media approach to studying environmental issues.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 May 2005

Free Resources: EASE History, a U.S. History Project from Michigan State

EASE History’s creators describe their Website as “a rich learning environment that supports the learning of U.S. history … by connecting historical events, campaign ads, and core democratic values.” With its more than 600 videos and photographs from 1900 to the present and an interesting interface to explore them, it is indeed all that.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 May 2005

Free Resources: Teaching Poetry and the Story of Emmett Till, from and Houghton Mifflin

August 2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Emmett Till's murder., in collaboration with Houghton Mifflin Company, has created an online resource that stimulates discussion about this landmark event in America's civil rights history, an Authors Up-Close program featuring award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Apr 2005

Free Resources: Poet's Corner from Thomson Gale

Did you know it was National Poetry Month? Well, it is, and new in Thomson Gale's Free Resources space is its Poet's Corner.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Apr 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Database Promotion for National Library Week

News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Mar 2005

Free Resources: New York Public Library Introduces Online Archive of 275,000 Images

News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Online Training in Differentiated Instruction

News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Mar 2005

Free Resources: For Women's History Month

News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Video Library

News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Feb 2005

Literacy Through School Libraries grant technical assistance conference calls

News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale's Latest--for Black History Month

News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Feb 2005

CYBERBEE: Formula for a Winning Proposal

With federal mandates such as No Child Left Behind stretching school budgets, it is essential to find additional funding sources, especially for technology initiatives. Grants are one option, but where do you start? CyberBee has written numerous grants ranging from a few thousand dollars from private foundations to several million dollars from federal programs such as Enhancing Education Through Technology Title II-D. Much has been learned from these experiences. The examples presented below are general and do not represent an entire grant, which might be several pages in length. These samples of grant language, funding sources, and Web sites are shared in the hope that more teachers will consider writing a grant as an alternative way of providing technology resources and professional development to their schools.
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