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.

 

Creating “Historic” Postcards

Creating “Historic” Postcards

I collect old things. Old books, old maps, old stereoviews, and old postcards. Of these four, the postcards give the most personal insight into history. I enjoy both the image side of the card and the message side. If letters of yesteryear are the emails...

Photo of the Month: What is this bird doing?

Photo of the Month: What is this bird doing?

This month's photo is a mystery for your students to solve. It's actually an anhinga drying its wings because it swims underwater to find food. Unlike other bird species, its wings become waterlogged so it can stay underwater completely and for longer than...

A Beatrix Potter Summer

A Beatrix Potter Summer

Summer's a great time for kids to push away from the keyboard for a bit and engage in some decidedly non-digital activities, but that's not to say our digital collections can't be a great starting point. Beatrix Potter is one of the most popular authors on...

Seasons, Science, and Stevenson: The Bedtime Connection

Seasons, Science, and Stevenson: The Bedtime Connection

Sitting out on the porch of my childhood home in Pennsylvania on the longest day of the year when daylight lingers well past nine, I started to reminisce about teaching seasons to elementary students in Florida, whose idea of seasons was pretty much...

Annotating the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Annotating the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was born June 27, 1872. He was one of the first African-American writers to establish an international reputation. His work frequently features a conversational tone, innovative rhetorical structure, and a colorful use of both dialect...

Photo of the Month: A Story in Stone

Photo of the Month: A Story in Stone

This month's photo is of Trajan's Column in Rome. It commemorates Emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. Completed over nineteen centuries ago, the column is an amazing engineering and artistic work. Including the pedestal, the monument is 115 feet...

Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets

Any teacher who has ever done a puppet project with elementary students has experienced the amazing potential of creating and using puppets in the classroom. Students are engaged. They realize that they must really collaborate because, "The show must go...

Photos of the Month: When Blurry’s Better

Photos of the Month: When Blurry’s Better

Both of the photos for this month show movement. Give your students a few moments to list what is the same and what is different about the two photos. After they have shared their ideas, ask which part of each photo is in focus and which part is blurred....

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