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.

 

Once Upon a Dime: Jack and the Beanstalk

Once Upon a Dime: Jack and the Beanstalk

In this new series, Little Books Solve Big Problems, we will use classic children’s tales to introduce problems and have students come up with solutions. For example, in these activities, we are learning about trade and the characteristics of money, using...

Winter Pictures and Poetry

Winter Pictures and Poetry

Whether you consider Winter to start on the first of December or the winter solstice (December 21 or 22), here are some poems and pictures appropriate for classroom use. The poems are available in both MP3 and PDF formats from the Lit2Go website. The...

Photo of the Month: Fresnel Lens

Photo of the Month: Fresnel Lens

This beautiful glass object from the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, is an example of an important optical invention that saved countless lives in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From its first use in a lighthouse in 1823...

Trace-Based Case:  The Mystery of the Mounds

Trace-Based Case: The Mystery of the Mounds

This trace-based case is focused on the mysterious mounds that have been found in Florida In this case, we are beginning with artifacts—mounds—to piece together the everyday lives of the early inhabitants of the state. Then, after examining the past, we...

Photo of the Month: Chupadero Black-on-White Jar

Photo of the Month: Chupadero Black-on-White Jar

This is the fifth in the Photo of the Month series. Each month, I select one photo from the ClipPix ETC website and give a few examples of how teachers can make connections to various subject areas or use the photo a springboard for class discussion or...

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

This month, my colleague Deborah Kozdras has contributed the post "Trace-Based Case: The Mystery of the Mounds." I wanted to supplement that Florida post with a collection of Native American resources from outside Florida to use during Native American...

Spooky Stuff

Spooky Stuff

Take advantage of your students' fascination with spooky stuff this month. We've collected our favorite Lit2Go stories and poems along with some spooky images from FCIT websites. The items in the collection will probably give you many ideas for classroom...

Florida Goes to War

Florida Goes to War

An often-overlooked FCIT website is Florida Goes to War: The Sunshine State in WWII. This website was a joint project of the Florida Humanities Council and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. We realize that only a small fraction of our subscribers are...

Photo of the Month: Reichstag Dome

Photo of the Month: Reichstag Dome

This is the fourth in the Photo of the Month series. Each month, I select one photo from the ClipPix ETC website and give a few examples of how teachers can make connections to various subject areas or use the photo a springboard for class...

Autumn in Verse

Autumn in Verse

(Our friends from Australia and elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere will probably prefer to celebrate the September equinox with our collection of spring poetry on Lit2Go. We've noticed a large influx of subscribers from Australia lately. Welcome!) Most...

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