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February, 2008

A database of lessons and other resources by and for Wisconsin teachers.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


ide@s (Interactive Dialogue with Educators Across the State) is a database of teacher-reviewed and standards aligned lessons, interactive tools, video and other resources for use in the classroom and curriculum development. It was developed by the University of Wisconsin for use by Wisconsin teachers but is useful to any K-12 teacher.
The site has a neat interface with no advertising. Resources can be searched from the left sidebar by grade level, subject area or by standard (Wisconsin). Adobe Acrobat Reader and Macromedia Flash Player are required.

This is a great starting point for teachers looking for classroom lesson plans or other curriculum materials and resources. Grade levels include pre-kindergarten through adult/continuing education. There are twenty-five subject areas including everything from agriculture and dance to special education and theatre with each having several sub-categories. The Videoide@s section offers more than 160 videos on such topics as acid rain, the Bernoulli Effect, carbon dioxide, circuits, pendulums and more. Additionally, a Brightide@s section features the most popular resources each month, a new section offers resources that have been added in the last thirty days and the NewsEvents section provides information on periodically changing themes associated with new or calendar events in Wisconsin or the nation; for instance, Martin Luther King Jr. Day or black holes in space.


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