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Volume 4, No. 13                                    4 February, 2005

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Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference

Students at work
4th grade teachers in Kentucky!! The Second Annual Regions of Kentucky Forum begins soon! See the Fayette County Forum project page (http://teach.fcps.net/forum/projects.htm) for details and contacts.

I'm involved in two workshops this year, and welcome you to stop by!

  • Making Movies on Location...Your Classroom! (TH106, Thursday March 3, 8:30 a.m.). This look at PC-based video production in instructional settings will include software training.

  • Get Connected Using E-Communication in the Classroom (co-presenting with Fayette County's Leanna Prater, TH206, Thursday 12:30 p.m.). Fresh from a successful "Regions of the U.S." forum hosted at Fayette County's Forum site (http://teach.fcps.net/forum/), Leanna and I will be looking at forums and other e-communications capabilities, and how they play out in the classroom, in the school, the district, and beyond!

Look for our KTLC curriculum tie-ins in our next issue!

...Jeffrey L. Jones, Editor, The E-Line


On-line lesson planning Library Internet IndexLibrary's Index to the Internet

Also, look at this great list of Black History Month resources from LII:

Funded through a half-dozen or so public library supporters (primarily in California), with some private help, LII is a great collection of links to reviewed Internet resources. The links vary from informational to lesson plans, and the site is both browseable by subject, and searchable. There is a strict non-commercial policy for submissions (much like the E-Line), ad, quite unusual for this sort of resource, the entire database of resources is available directly (in XML format), so resources can be cited and incorporated into other online delivery systems.

Content Area Resources
Visual/ Performing Arts Joy2LearnJoy2Learn


This site has only three presentations involving three arts areas ("Dancing" with Gregory Hines, "At the Piano" with Alan Gampel, and "Theater" with Hector Elizondo), but they're very high quality, and more are in production. The presentations are menu-driven collections of video vignettes, with performances, commentary, historical examples, and interactive games and quizzes. The content id completely free. It can be run from the site or downloaded for later classroom use, and many teacher helps are available directly through the modules. [Suggested by Joy Buckingham, Fayette County.]

Mathematics  TechnoSpud's St. Patrick's Day ProjectTechnoSpud's St. Patrick's Day
Online Project


This one-day mathematics project (March 17th) already has over 200 classes registered! It's a math project aimed at grades K-3, and the site has printables, lesson plans, and collaborative guidelines for classroom projects as well as the online one. Offered by classroom teacher Jennifer Wagner, and her free TechnoSpud (http://www.technospud.com/) website.

Reading, Dramatic Arts Folger Shakespeare LibraryEducation Resources at the Folger Shakespeare Library


This Washington, D.C. based library produces resources in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities' EdSitement program. Click on "Teaching Shakespeare" for lesson plans and primary sources aimed at a variety of grade levels (most are in the archives). Also, be sure to look at the "Shakespeare for Kids" page (linked from menu at lower left) for some activities and ideas aimed directly at kids and parents.

Science Howard Hughes Medical InstituteThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute


There are quite a lot of resources on this quirky web presence of the Maryland institute founded and originally funded by "the Aviator." Especially nice is BioInteractive (http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/), a collection of videos, animations, virtual labs, and other informational resources on the intersection of health and science (appropriate for high school and beyond). For K-4 students. there is Cool Science for Kids (http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/). with a handful of simple tutorials on health issues.
Social Studies, and Practical Living EconEdLinkEconEdLink


Whoa! The mother lode! This MarcoPolo co-funded collection from the National Council on Economic Education has bunches of full lesson plans for all grade levels! They're browseable by grade, topic, and  key word, and tied/linked to the Council's national standards. The plans themselves are quite complete, and include links to a variety of Internet-delivered informational sites.

Writing Plagiarized.comPlagiarized.com


Maintained as a free resource (with some ads) by Canadian Greggory Senechal, this wonderful site has lots of hard-won information and experience managing the ever-expanding world of Internet plagiarism. There are examples, things to look for, and access to resources. Excellent informational site for teachers worried about this issue!

Grant Resources Gale Schools Grant GoldmineGale Schools Grant Goldmine


Thompson Gale, the educational publisher, offers a few free things from their web presence, including some printables and templates (including a nice calendar for Black History Month). Also, they maintain this simple listing of classroom grant opportunities as a service to educators.

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