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.

 

Photos of the Month: Two Libraries

Photos of the Month: Two Libraries

International Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on January 27. Over the past several decades, I've taken thousands of photos of Holocaust-related monuments across Europe for one of our projects. Most such monuments, of course, are intended to memorialize the...

African-American Digital Content Collections

African-American Digital Content Collections

Resources for African-American History Month Each year since 1996, the President of the United States has proclaimed February to be African American History Month. Its origins, however, go back to the 1920s when Dr. Carter Woodson and the Association for the Study of...

Cutout People for Digital Narratives

Cutout People for Digital Narratives

One of the most effective ways for students to gain (and demonstrate) understanding is through the creation of a digital narrative. Although digital narratives can be used in any subject area, I especially like to see them used in History classes. Students...

Photo of the Month: A Tree in Winter

Photo of the Month: A Tree in Winter

This is a photo of a tree in winter in Western Pennsylvania. Depending on the age level and background knowledge of your students, this photo can be a springboard into understanding something that at first seems pretty mysterious. How does a tree survive a...

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...

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...

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