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.

 

Trace-Based Case: From Boom to Zoom

Trace-Based Case: From Boom to Zoom

How Conditions in Florida Led to an Economic Boom in the Past and Continue to Help Florida Zoom Toward Future Prosperity This trace-based case is focused on the following question: What are the conditions that contribute to economic development in Florida?...

Photo of the Month: Basilica Cistern

Photo of the Month: Basilica Cistern

This is the second in the Photo of the Month series. Each month, I plan to 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...

Photo of the Month: Dahlia

Photo of the Month: Dahlia

I'm starting a new series with this photo post. I usually send photos back to the staff at the FCIT offices in Tampa, Florida, each week. Recently, one of the staff commented about how much she enjoyed receiving an interesting photo amidst all the...

Tales for All

Tales for All

One of the “hidden gems” within the Lit2Go free audiobook website is the Folk & Fairy Tale collection. Here you will find the text and audio files for well over 300 tales. Some teachers may skip over that collection entirely, thinking that it’s...

Colorizing ClipArt: Using Gradient Maps

Colorizing ClipArt: Using Gradient Maps

This week as I was creating a colorized illustration for our TIM website, I thought it was time to add a second installment to a series on colorizing clipart. The first post was "Colorizing ClipArt: Intro to Blending Modes". That first post included...

Trace-Based Case: Railroads

Trace-Based Case: Railroads

This trace-based case is focused on the following question: How did railroads contribute to Florida’s economic and social development? In a trace-based case, begin with a trace of history, like an artifact, photo, painting, or other visual text. In this...

Audiobooks for English Language Learners

Audiobooks for English Language Learners

Lately, we've noticed a large influx of subscribers from countries where students are likely to study English as a second language. Although most of the new subscribers are primarily interested in the TIM and TIM Tools, I'd like to make sure that they're...

Trace-Based Case: Florida Explorers

Trace-Based Case: Florida Explorers

What motivated explorers to take the long, hard journey to Florida? In a trace-based case, begin with a trace of history, like an artifact, photo, painting, or other visual text. Then, use a variety of sources to trace the historical evidence, using...

Using Holocaust Memorial Photos

Using Holocaust Memorial Photos

In 2019, Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust will be observed from Sunday, April 28 through Sunday, May 5. This annual 8-day period is designated by the US Congress for commemorations and educational programs to remember and draw lessons...

NASA Trace-Based Case

NASA Trace-Based Case

Trace-Based Case: Economic Impact of NASA on Florida
 This is one lesson in a new series of Trace-Based Cases, critical thinking inquiry lessons, created by the USF Stavros Center demonstrating the use of digital content in the classroom. Trace-Based Cases...

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