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.


Using ClipArt ETC for Flyers and Newsletters

We all want to reduce paper usage and waste, but there are times when printing is necessary. You may be serving a community that does not have ready access to digital devices. You may be in a situation where posting announcements in public places is the...

In Their Shoes: Identifying with Historic Characters

One of my favorite activities from our Hispanic Heritage iBook series is in the San Marcos iBook (Download). After students have read about the difficult time Florida Governor Don Pable do Hita Salazar had supervising the construction of the Castillo in...

Historic Florida Maps and Google Earth

Old maps and new technology can be an exciting combination in the classroom. You may have noticed that many of the historic Florida maps on FCIT's Maps ETC website include a link to a "Google Earth" file. If you click the "Google Earth" link, a...

Hidden Gem: Frank Leslie’s Civil War Engravings

Hidden away in ClipArt ETC > American History and Government > 1861-1865 Civil War is the complete set of over 700 Frank Leslie illustrations of the American Civil War along with hundreds of related images from similar sources. Frank Leslie's...

All Things Water

All Things Water is a free video series and photo collection about wetlands, watersheds, groundwater, the water cycle, water quality, and alternative water supply. Each video is accompanied by a PDF with coordinating activities for students. The videos and...

Hidden Gem: Varsity Letters

Hidden away in FCIT's Presentations ETC website is a handy collection of "varsity letters." These letters are great for newsletter mastheads, headlines, banners, school websites, TV graphics, and more. Each letter and numeral is available in five sizes...

FCIT Photos as Writing Prompts

FCIT hosts over 25,000 photos from various locations and time periods. Many of the images make excellent writing prompts. You'll find most of our photos either in ClipPix ETC or Exploring Florida. If you happen to have a set of 3D glasses for your class,...

How To Use Lit2Go Audiobooks in Your Classroom

FCIT’s Lit2Go audiobook website contains an amazing number of books and passages at all reading levels. The variety of recordings and the possibilities for using them can be a bit overwhelming, so we’d like to share some suggestions for finding the...

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