On Maps, ETC you will find a collection of over 5,000 historic maps representing many different time periods. Use maps in GIF or JPEG format for classroom presentations and student websites and PDF versions for displays, bulletin boards, and printed school reports.
The Exploring Florida Maps collection includes over 6,000 historic and contemporary Florida maps, including detailed county level historic maps for every Florida county. Your students can also browse hurricane maps, congressional districts, and maps of Native American tribal lands.
Florida Then and Now includes seventy reading passages about the history, environment, commerce, and people of Florida. Each text passage focuses on one topic and includes captioned illustrations, maps, tables, and diagrams. Each passage also includes separate documents for teacher notes, reading strategies, comprehension questions, and student activity sheets.
Floripedia is a collection of texts of primary source documents from the history of our state. Here you’ll find turn-of-the-century reports on the early citrus industry, pamphlets advertising the state to northerners, historic newspaper articles, and first-hand accounts from Floridians involved in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.
Exploring Florida hosts thousands of contemporary and historic photographs of Florida’s people, animals, plants, cities, parks, beaches, and wetlands. ExFL also offers over 100 virtual reality movies and over 1,000 3-D stereoviews of Florida’s past and present.
Historian Carl Becker said, “History is the memory of things said and done.” Through resources on FCIT sites, your students can explore those memories through the first-hand accounts of the people who were there.
On FCIT’s award-winning Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust site, you can download written accounts and videos in which Holocaust survivors tell their stories.
The Exploring Florida website includes personal letters and diaries from settlers, explorers, and soldiers about historical events.
On The Viet Nam War: Oral Histories site, students can view personal accounts of veterans.
The primary mission of Lit2Go is to provide text and audio recordings of classic children’s literature. But did you know that Lit2Go also includes historical works like Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and his 600 word autobiographical sketch? You can also download printable text versions and MP3 audio versions of works by Susan B. Anthony, Washington Irving, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others. Lit2Go also includes essays and articles describing life in Florida in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
No Strings Attached includes dozens of Social Studies lesson plans with a video of each lesson being implemented in a Florida classroom. All NSA lesson plans include effective technology integration, Sunshine State Standards, and NETS Profiles.
ClipArt ETC has tens of thousands of high quality images, painstakingly digitized from beautiful 18th, 19th, and early 20th century books and magazines. Here, you’ll find everything from aardvarks to zorillas, from the Absynnian crown to Zouave cadets, from Arabesque decorative flourishes to the crest of Zouche. Clipart ETC also includes drawings of many historical figures and events. Exploring Florida Maps includes over 10,000 clipart-style outline maps of Florida and every Florida County.
Have you ever gotten tired of the same old presentation backgrounds that came with your software? FCIT’s presentation site can open up your creative vistas with over 20,000 Powerpoint templates and Keynote themes, all free for classroom teachers.
Free online course materials help classroom teachers learn about how to effectively design and use different kinds of assessments.
Tech Ease is a collection of tech support articles and videos specifically designed for classroom teachers. The site includes printable tutorials and desktop videos on topics such as podcasting, managing your files, and printing.
Navigating the Sunshine State Standards has never been easier. Search by subject area, keyword, and grade level.
This site is a self-assessment tool for professional development in technology integration. Here, you will find example videos of technology in use at various levels.
Tapestry provides professional development resources for those teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This is a series of video lectures by experts in the field.
Jeanne Rogers is a veteran classroom teacher (N-8). For the past 12 years, Jeanne has been the Instructional Technology Specialist in Pasco County. Jeanne is a Master Digital Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and Star Discovery Educator who enjoys sharing technology integration strategies to colleagues across the state.
Social Studies and FCIT
Social Studies classroom suggestions using FCIT resources.