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Curriculum Resources

170 Ideas for Integrating Technology
Annotated list of online resources for educators.
 
42eXplore
"Don't start with a search engine, start with 42eXplore! When you're learning something new, it's nice to have more than one resource to explore. This web project provides "four to explore" for each topic. On each page you'll find definitions, activities, four good starting points, and many more links and resources for the thematic topic." 
from Annette Lamb
 
A+ Math
This interactive web site allows students to participate in online worksheets, flashcards and games that are designed to improve Math skills for grades K-6.  Teachers can use the Flashcard Creator and the Worksheet section to generate activities which target specific skills.  Worksheets or flashcards can be used online or printed for offline use.  A homework helper is also available to assist students with problems "after hours."
 
AAA Math
Students in K-8 can practice basic math skills at this site.  Activities are randomly generated and interactive.
 
ABC Teach.com
This K-8 resource provides printable worksheets and online generators for activities, calendars, games and puzzles.  Children's writing can be posted at this site.
 
ACE kids
 
ACT: Activity, Curriculum and Technology
Guilford County Schools curriculum and technology lesson plans are published at this site.  Many instructional and curriculum resources are readily accessible here.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
 
Art Rights (Explore Copyright Laws)
 
Aunt Annie's Craft Page
 
Between the Lions (Stories online)
Stories for children to read with links to vocabulary, games, songs, and other activities.
 
Black History Site
 
Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library
 
Brain Pop
"BrainPOP is the leading producer of educational animated movies. The company creates original animated movies to explain concepts in a voice and visual style that is accessible, educational and entertaining for both children and adults."  A wide variety of subject areas are covered.  Movies are adaptable for all grade levels.  Users without subscriptions are limited to 3 movies a day.
 
CAT Online
Computer Awareness Tutorials are available at this site to learn basic computer competency skills with word processing, spreadsheets and multimedia.
 
Classroom Connect
 
Clifton High William F. Shershin Memorial Media and Technology Center Resources
This site has lists of web resources for various subject areas in the high school curriculum.
 
Computer Learning Foundation
 
Discovery School.com for Teachers
This site provides many resources for students and teachers, including lesson plans, worksheet, puzzle, and quiz creation tools, clip art, as well as resources for students covering a wide arrange of topics and skill levels.
 
eduScapes
This site is a comprehensive collection of web resource from Annette Lamb.
 
Educational Links Index - High School
 
edHelper.com
This site provides tools for creating online or printable worksheets and puzzles.  The worksheets are randomly generated so that more than one can be created for the same skills.  The site covers all subject areas for grades K-12.
 
English Errors
This resource helps writers understand the usage of commonly misused words.
 
eMail Classroom Exchange
Access eMail Classroom Exchange. Meet international classroom pen pals. Correspond with other K-12 children, teachers, keypals, schools and students through ECE. Educational and FUN!
 
Favorite Art Lessons
 
Field Trip Earth
"Field Trip Earth is the global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation."
 
Filamentality
The Knowledge Network Explorer is a portal that lets you search for specific online resources.  "Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into learning activities. It combines the "filament" of the Web with a learner's "mentality". Support is built-in through Mentality Tips that guide you along the way. In the end, you'll create a Web-based activity you can share with others even if you don't know anything about HTML, Web servers, or all that www-dot stuff."
 
Four Blocks Literacy Framework
Visit this site to learn more about this multi-method, multi-literacy framework for teaching reading.  
 
Fun Brain
 
Get S.M.A.R.T. Student Mastery Achieved in Reading with Technology
Need some strategies so no child is left behind in reading? Get SMART! Student Mastery Achieved in Reading with Technology is a professional development course that will demonstrate how technology can reach all learners when teaching your students to read. 
 
Global Schoolnet
 
Graphic Organizers
Resources on this page provide ready-made graphic organizers which can be downloaded or printed.  One site provides generators for graphic organizers so that the organizer can be modified to fit a particular topic.
 
GritsOnline
"Using this very Southern menu item as a symbol, SEIR•TEC offers students and teachers a full helping of online, curriculum-based activities and resources. Many online activities, lesson ideas, and reference materials are available to schools; so, how is GRITS different? GRITS––Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Schools––is connected to curriculum standards in reading/language arts, math, science, social studies, and instructional technology from the six southeastern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina)."
 
Guilford County Schools - North Carolina Curriculum
Guilford County Schools' curriculum, prioritizes objectives and shows the vertical alignment of objectives for subsequent grade levels.  Lesson plans for objectives are available at this site.
 
Hillsborough Township School District Education Links: PowerPoint Games
 These files require PKZip for Windows, and Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows 95 or above. If you have review games you would recommend, e-mail suggestions to Mark E. Damon.

Instructional Strategies for Engaging Learners
Access activating, cognitive, and summary strategies which can be used to effectively teach students can be accessed from this web site.

 
Instructional Strategies
A glossary of instructional strategies for effective teaching.  This annotated list will give you new ideas for strategies to avoid using the same strategies over and over again.
 
Internet4Classrooms
"Internet sites for teachers to use when planning units, activities, or projects. Thousands of sites have been categorized into subject area and interest area pages." Links for students to find daily internet activities are also accessible from this site.  Resources are available for all grade levels. A Daily Dose of the Web provides links to challenging problem-solving activities for students.
 
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Kathy Schrock has compiled an extensive list of online resources for education at this site.  All subject areas are covered as well as links to teacher helpers for creating materials. 
 
Kaleidoscope
"Available at no cost, Kaleidoscope is a comprehensive site for busy elementary educators striving to integrate the North Carolina Computer Skills and Information Skills curricula into the Standard Course of Study.  This web portal takes North Carolina teachers and students on a week-by-week journey through a typical school year, linking students to rich online learning resources, while modeling "best practice" for the integration of Internet content in the classroom." 
The web site currently has weekly lessons for Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 and many of the activities and "best practices" are adaptable to other grade levels.
           
Kaleidoscope for Teacher's Only
Be sure to check out the Teacher's Survival Kit on the left side of the page.  It includes links for Bulletin Board Ideas, Handling 117 Misbehaviors, Back to School Ideas, First Day Ice Breakers, Stress Management and more!
 
Kids on Campus

Kids Voting USA
The Kids Voting USA website has all of the Civics Alive! and Destination Democracy activities as well as enhancements, supplements, and materials in Spanish.  It even includes an E-Bulletin for teachers that comes out quarterly.  The materials are found in the password protected part of the Teachers Only section of the website.   If you are a Guilford County teacher,  you can register online.  You can find the additional access information (user ID and password) at the following locations:

  1. Civics Alive! Activities Manual - Educator's Guide section (tab 2), page 1
  2. Local Teacher Annual Update
  3. Kids Voting office - 373-8773 or kidsvotingguilford@earthlink.net
  4. Through your school's Kids Voting Contact
 
Landmark-Project
The Landmark-Project is dedicated to providing online tools for teachers.  Tools include: Citation machine, Permission Request form, Rubric builder, plus the SLATE tool.  The SLATE tool provides a simple online form for teachers to use in building an web-based resource/activity page for their students.  Access to rubrics and SLATES that have been created by others is also available.
 
Learn NORTH CAROLINA
The North Carolina Standard Course of Study Curriculum Matrix, along with lesson plans for most objectives, can be accessed at this site.  Many other educational resources which are directly correlated with the North Carolina curriculum can also be accessed here.
 
Lesson Plans, Projects, and Activities
 
Leveled Booklists
A list of literature for grades K-8.  A synopsis is available for each book as well as the reading skills that can be taught with the book.
 
Literacy Web
Web resources in all major areas of literacy are available at this site.  Resources are organized by grade level.
 
Lonely Planet - Destinations
 
Math Stories
 
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
 
Multiplication.com
Access games, worksheets, rhymes, activities, and strategies for teaching multiplication facts at this site.
 
My Tech for Learning
Recipes and "snacks" for success using Tech for Learning's software tools, e.g. ImageBlender, as well as tools for creating rubrics, graphic organizers, and citations.  Additionally the site has ideas and lessons for project based learning.
 
NC Wise Owl
 
North Carolina Encyclopedia
 
Online Activities
 
Online Tools for Teachers
This website has resources for Grade 6-12 for literacy, science, social studies and technology. Tutorials for using technology programs are accessible from this website.
 
NC Start Squad
This site is a "kid friendly" portal for online resources.
 
PiNet Library
Build a library of web based resources for your professional use.  Students can be directed to your PiNet site and find all of the links to online resources that you want to provide for them.  Web resources can be annotated and categorized.
 
Pitsco's Ask an Expert
 
Public Schools of North Carolina
 
PuzzleMaker
 
QTL:  Quality Teaching and Learning
Find out about this exciting staff development program that seamlessly integrates best practices and designs of learning with technology.
 
Quiz Center
 
Refdesk
"The single best source for facts."  A comprehensive list of online newspapers and a portal to many resources on the web
 
Read GCS
Resources and lesson plans for teaching reading.
 
Read, Write and Think
Lesson plans for reading and language arts instructions are available at this site, as well as Web Resources and Student Materials.  Student materials include interactive graphic organizers.
 
Reading is Fundamental
Reading resources online - includes read-aloud story for primary students and cyberguides to literature for upper grades. 
 
Reading Quest.org
Strategies for teaching reading.  Graphic organizers can be downloaded and printed from this site.  For more advanced strategies click here.
 
Rubric Builder at Landmark Project
The Rubric Builder allows the user to generate a rubric with up to 9 objectives and 9 performance indicators. The user must enter the objectives and the criteria by which each objective will be scored.  The rubric is saved online and can be printed.  A rubric calculator can be accessed which allows the teacher to enter the student's name and score.  The calculator then averages the score and converts the score to a percentage. Once generated and saved the rubric can be edited and/or used multiple times by entering an access code which the teacher must enter the first time the rubric is created.
 
S.C.O.R.E. CyberGuides
"CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature."
 
SAMI - Science and Math Initiatives
 
Scavenger Hunt
 
Scholastic Network
 
Science Fair Project Ideas
 
SEIR*TEC
"The SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC), a group of national, regional, and university-based organizations dedicated to promoting the use of technology to improve teaching and learning by providing technical assistances, authentic professional development in the areas of curriculum and instruction, leadership for technology, policy, and planning and evaluation. SEIR*TEC serves states, jurisdictions, school districts, preservice training institutions, adult and family literacy programs, and other constituents in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina."
 
Stamp on Black History
 
Tammy's Technology Tips
 
Teach-nology
A web portal for teachers, Teach-nology is a site that provides access to worksheets, worksheet generators, rubrics, tutorials and lesson plans. A wealth of material is available at this site.
 
Teachers Connect
 
Teacher Files
 
Teacher Pages
 
Teacher Vision
Access the Lesson Plan Center to find lesson plans by grade level, subject and/or themes at this resourceful site.  Online templates and tools for assessments as well as online student activities are also available for all grade and subject areas. Teacher tools and links to professional development resources can be viewed from this site.
 
TEAMS Distance Learning
Access K-12 resources and lesson plans at this site.  Enter the Electronic Classroom to find interactive activities for grades K-8.
 
TrackStar
TrackStar allows teachers to compile an annotated list of web resources for students to use when researching information on the web.  Tracks that have been created by other teachers can also be accessed using a searchable index that allows a search by keywords.
 
WebQuests (Guilford County WebQuests)
 
The WebQuest Page
The original WebQuest site, by Bernie Dodge, contains links to many WebQuests around the world, as well as tutorials on how a WebQuest can be created.
 
Tiny URL.com
Enter any URL and Tiny URL will create a short URL that you can use instead to access the site.
 
Virtual Math Manipulatives Library
This is a three-year NSF supported project to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-8 emphasis).
 
Weekly Reader Galaxy! - I'm a Teacher
 
Word Plays
Create anagrams, find words within words, get help with crossword clues and much more at the word play site.
 
Word Central
Merriam Webster's website for kids - includes a child friendly dictionary as well as other activities for kids.
 
World Atlas
 
Writing HTML
 
WWW.4Teachers

Internet Information

 
Internet Connections
 
Internet in the Classroom Tutorial
 
Newbie-U: New User University
 
SafeSurf Home Page
 
Web66 Schools Registry
 
Web66 Home Page


Internet Searching

GCS SPAM FAQ
This document answers many questions about SPAM, unsolicited email.
 
Dogpile Search Engine
 
ERIC
 
Lycos Roadmaps - Search
 
The Rhyme Zone
 
Vivisimo 
Searches and creates an organized index of found sites. Open links in a New Window to view the page without the Vivisimo header at the top of the page.
 
Welcome to MapQuest!
 
WWWebster Dictionary - Search screen

Computer Skills Help Documents

Microsoft Works for Windows Database Instructions

Microsoft Works for Windows Spreadsheet Instructions

Microsoft Works for Windows Desktop Publishing Instructions

Word Processing with Student Writing Center

Database Vocabulary

Multimedia Vocabulary

Societal Issues Vocabulary

Spreadsheet Vocabulary

Telecommunications Vocabulary

Word Processing - Keyboarding - Desktop Publishing Vocabulary


Activity, Technology, and Curriculum Lesson Plans

Guilford County Schools - North Carolina Curriculum with Lesson Plans

ACT Lesson Plans
The ACT: Activity, Curriculum, and Technology Project is a joint effort by the technology and curriculum departments to provide lesson plans for teachers.  These lesson plans focus on effective ways to teach the curriculum objectives in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  From this site teachers can access lessons in a variety of ways, enter new lessons, edit and preview previously entered lessons and learn about instructional strategies for improving student achievement.

View Lesson Plans by Technology Skills

View Lesson Plans by Curriculum Area

Search for Lesson Plans by Grade, Curriculum and/or Objective

Units of Study - Curriculum/Technology Integration

PowerPoint Slide Shows

These slide shows can be  used in the classroom and/or with parents.  Thank you to Guilford County Teachers who created these slide shows in workshops and were willing to share.
To Save a slide show on your hard drive, right click and choose "Save Target As" with a left click.  Save the slideshow in "My Documents" and open. Save with the extension .ppt to open in PowerPoint.  Save with the extension .pps to open directly as a PowerPoint Show.


Special Areas
2004-2005 Guilford County Schools Calendar
Print out this PowerPoint File for a school calendar with the GCS dates already marked or type in dates in PowerPoint and then print it out.

 

Communication Skills: The Heart of Life’s Experience
Created by Lisa McDonald
Speech-Language Pathologist
General Greene School of Science and Technology

This slideshow provides an overview of the Speech-Language program in Guilford County Schools.  It would be very informative for the school faculty and parents.

Conducting Successful Parent Conferences
Created by Samuel Cain
Assistant Principal
Southwest Elementary School

Everyone is Smart in Many Ways
Created by Jean Moxley,
ALCS 
Colfax Elementary and Florence Elementary

This slideshow address Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.

Mainstreaming Limited English Proficient Students
Created by Vanessa Esquivel
ESL Teacher
Oakview and Kirkman Park Elementary Schools

Here is advice to teachers on mainstreaming LEP students.

Modifications for Exceptional Children
Created by Shannon Hooks
Exceptional Children's Teacher
High Point Central High School

This slideshow explains testing modifications for Exceptional Children.

Right Start: Basic Resources for Planning
Created by Maude Caudle
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Ferndale and Kernodle Middle Schools
Presented as a part of the Right Start Orientation for New Teachers, August 2, 2004.
This slideshow was designed to provide resources that will be helpful to new teachers. It showcases the LearnNC web site which provides links to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  Here each objective is linked to meaningful lesson plans for that objective.  The LearnNC New Teacher Support section is also introduced.  The Guilford County Schools web site is used to demonstrate curriculum links including Essential Questions, pacing guide, QUEST AND QTL lesson plans and other resources through Web Sites for Teachers.

Speech and Hearing
Created by Jennifer Broos
Speech Pathologist 
Guilford County Schools

Speech Referrals
By Renee Hunter
Speech Pathologist
Guilford County Schools

Language Arts
The Phonics Game

Created by Cynthia Ingle
Teacher
Sedalia Elementary School

The slideshow is a teaching tool.  It gives rules that make decoding words easier.

Book Talk
Created by Margaret Hobson
Language Arts Teacher
Jackson Middle School

Guidelines for Narrative Writing
Created by Carl Cockman
4th Grade Teacher
Oak Ridge Elementary School

Reading:  Stance Questions
Created by Steven Scherer
Teacher
Northwest High School

Social Studies ~ Science
Attractions of North Carolina’s Southern Coast
 

Created by Tiffany Huskey
Teacher
Alamance Elementary School

The Civil War
Created by Tammy Philipps
Teacher
Kernodle Middle School

Exploring South America
Created by Nancy Baker-Brown
Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher
Ferndale Middle School

The Lost Colony
Created by Kristin Mobley
4th Grade Teacher
Gibsonville Elementary School

North Carolina Geographic Regions
Created by Ruth Browne
Eighth Grade Teacher
Ferndale Middle School

Science Fair Project How To
Created by Kenya Donaldson
Teacher
Moorehead Elementary School

This slideshow gives detail directions for creating a Science Fair Project.  It is appropriate for presenting to PTA and or to students who are planning their Science Fair Project.

Symbiotic Relationships (XP version)
Symbiotic Relationships  (Windows 95 version)
Created by Kim Walker
Teacher
Guilford Middle School

The Water Cycle
by Anna Lejeune
Technology Assistant
Florence Elementary School

Math
Using Graphing Calculators

Created by Timothy Beitz
Math Teacher
Northwest High School

Trigonometry
Created by Rhonda Hudson
Math Teacher
Northwest High School
This teacher uses PowerPoint slideshows to teach math.  This is an example of one of her lessons.

 

WebQuest Design Resources

WebQuests in Our Future by Kathy Schrock

The WebQuest Page

The WebQuest Design Process

The WebQuest Process Checklist

Taxonomy of WebQuest

Rubric for Evaluating North Carolina WebQuests

Rubric Builder at Landmark Project
The Rubric Builder allows the user to generate a rubric with up to 9 objectives and 9 performance indicators. The user must enter the objectives and the criteria by which each objective will be scored.  The rubric is saved online and can be printed.  A rubric calculator can be accessed which allows the teacher to enter the student's name and score.  The calculator then averages the score and converts the score to a percentage. Once generated and saved the rubric can be edited and/or used multiple times by entering an access code which the teacher must enter the first time the rubric is created.


Graphics and Web Page Construction

Images and Animated Gifs

How to Add Graphics to Your Web Page

About.com Web Clip Art

Animation Factory

Barry's Clip Art

Billy Bear's Playground

Clip Art Connection

Graphics Hot List

The Graphic Site

HTML Icons and Pictures Archives

Kids Domain Clip Art

The Mining Company (Many Graphic Sites)

Microsoft Design Gallery
Download clip art for Microsoft Office products.  Images can also be opened and saved as GIFs.

Multimedia Assets on the Ultimate Portal

Pics4Learning
Pics4Learning is developed as part of the Partners in Education program by Tech4Learning, the makers of ImageBlender, and the Orange County Public Schools Technology Development Unit.  This site offers many copyright friendly images and photographs for educators. A search-engine is provided to assist the user in finding images. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. 

Teacher Files Clip Art

Web Clip Art (About.com)

Webpage and Image Generators/Editors and Helpful Tips

Fine Points - Little Things That Make a Big Difference

CAST Bobby
This free service will check your web site for accessibility to people with disabilities..

GIFWorks

Cool Text.com

Flaming Text.com

TeacherWeb
TeacherWeb provides free access to a service for building your own web page in your browser, with no special software.  You don't even have to know html code, (though a little code can be useful in formatting your pages). Teachers can instantly update their pages with announcements, homework assignments, activities, calendars and more.  Teachers should add a disclaimer since this site is not hosted by Guilford County Schools.

Formatting Text with HTML Tags for Form Based Web Pages
Information from this page can be used to add html tags to form based web pages, such as the ACT Lesson Plan form or Teacher Web.

Calendars.net
Free online web calendar hosting for teachers and departments.  Be sure to set the Security settings to prevent anyone from editing your calendar.  On the page with the link to a Calendars.net calendar, please add a disclaimer since the site is not hosted by Guilford County Schools.

Localendar
Set up a free user account to enter events.  You may link to this calendar from your website. This calendar service may be used by teachers and departments.   On the page with the link to a Localendar calendar, please add a disclaimer since the site is not hosted by Guilford County Schools.


Web Page Tutorials and FTP Instructions

Introduction to Web Design with Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Tutorial
 
Introduction to Web Design with Adobe PageMill Tutorial
 
WebQuest Tutorial - Using Microsoft Word or FrontPage
 
Jazzing Up Your Web Page with Microsoft FrontPage 2000
 
FTP Directions for Internet Explorer
 
FTP Directions for FTP Explorer (Windows only)
 
FTP Directions for Fetch (Mac Only)


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Guilford County Schools