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February 2006

Florida Center for Instructional Technology
Sunshine State resources, also of interest to non-peninsula dwellers.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This site from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology is a collection of resources specifically for the benefit of Florida teachers and much of the content relates to the Sunshine State Standards. But any teacher would benefit from the majority of these materials including lesson plans, Web features, reading practice for students, educational Web sites and materials for making the most of technology resources in the classroom, and more.
This well organized site is easily navigated. A simple index of resources is listed on the main page. Internal pages are linked back to the homepage. QuickTime 5 plug-in is required.

This collection of resources has something for everyone, whether you are a veteran teacher or a novice. Three Web features: The Vietnam War: Oral Histories, A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust, and Multicultural Education through Miniatures offer engaging materials that could be used as supplements to classroom instruction. The Technology Clearinghouse offers a comprehensive list of educational resources grouped into three categories; subjects, resources for teachers, and reference sources. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 will benefit from the online reading practice tests to prepare for high stakes tests in their own states, and teaching strategies are included for teachers. There is a staff development tool for 5th and 8th grade math that presents a series of short videos that takes visitors directly into classrooms to see mathematics in action. Included are movie notes, lesson plans, and teacher reflections. If that isn't enough, there are self-study courses available on using multimedia in the classroom, using data to make decisions, and classroom assessment; a range of publications on working with the Web, creating school Web sites, school networking; a math portal that includes lesson plans, daily dilemmas (problem solving activities), performance tasks and more; and a series of video lectures by experts in the field of teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Rounding out the site is Tech-Ease, providing quick answers to real classroom technology questions.


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