Using Digital Content

We believe students should be creators with technology and not just consumers, so FCIT provides a wide range of digital assets for students to build their projects and, consequently, their understanding. But with well over 100,000 pieces of free digital content for the classroom, FCIT’s collections can be a bit overwhelming. The purpose of this blog is to highlight important areas of digital content and provide suggestions for using these digital “building blocks” in the classroom. Expect to find posts featuring FCIT’s clipart, photo, audiobook, and map collections among others. Your guide for this blog is Dr. Roy Winkelman.

 

Converting Raster Clipart to Vector

Converting Raster Clipart to Vector

The ClipArt ETC website includes over 70,000 images for classroom use. The majority of the images are scans of illustrations from 19th-century textbooks, but there are also many thousands of vector illustrations created by FCIT staff. I frequently receive...

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month

For the past 30 years, November has been celebrated in the US as Native American Indian Heritage Month. We have assembled a variety of digital resources from FCIT's collections to support classroom activities related to Native American Indian heritage. The...

NASA Mobile Quarantine Facility

NASA Mobile Quarantine Facility

This mobile quarantine facility (MQF) was one of four built by NASA for astronauts returning from the Moon. A converted Airstream trailer, the MQF contained living and sleeping quarters, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Quarantine was assured by keeping the air...

Signs for the Times

Signs for the Times

Normally in this space, I share a digital resource for students and teachers. Today, I'd like to share a resource collection that was originally created for students and teachers, but may prove even more useful for administrators and staff of schools and...

Reading Photos and Drawings

Reading Photos and Drawings

At first glance, individual ClipPix ETC galleries of historic drawings or recent photographs of old buildings might not seem to have much application to school subjects. However, matching up architectural drawings and photos of the same location...

Photo of the Month: Espada Aqueduct

Photo of the Month: Espada Aqueduct

The Espada Aqueduct is a part of the irrigation system that supplied water to the Spanish Mission Espada in San Antonio, Texas. The aqueduct was built in the mid-1700s to carry water over Piedras Creek. The Espada acequia fell into disuse in the 1880s, but...

Photo or Illustration?

Photo or Illustration?

FCIT provides over 100,000 copyright-friendly images for students and teachers to use in the classroom. The two largest collections are ClipPix ETC (our stock photography collection) and ClipArt ETC (our collection of illustrations—mostly black and white...

Hidden Gem: 4,000 Drop Caps

Hidden Gem: 4,000 Drop Caps

ONG BEFORE THE PRINTED BOOK and before our modern conventions of paragraphs, sentence punctuation, or even spacing between words, writers of manuscripts would mark the start of a new section with a large (and often embellished) initial letter. These...

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