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Below are links to help teachers along with ideas and tools. 


CTI-Center for Teacher Innovation (formerly BTSA)


CTAP: California Technology Assistance Project




Scholastic for Teachers




Education Week 


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Fair Use Media...


Pics4Learning ( is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Pics4Learning is developed as part of the Partners in Education program by Tech4Learning and the Orange County Public Schools Technology Development Unit. Images in the Pics4Learning collection may be used by teachers and students in print, multimedia, and video productions. The original photographers of each image retain the copyright to these images but have allowed the images to be used without permission for improving student educational opportunities.

Clipart ETC is an online resource from the Florida Education Technology Clearinghouse, housing more than 43,000 pieces of clip art organized into common educational categories. Most images are available in multiple resolutions and image formats for ease of use in a variety of products.  No permissions are required to use up to 50 images in a single, non-commercial product.

Calisphere ( is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of digitized primary sources. Images are selected from the libraries and museums of the 10 UC campuses and more than 30 cultural heritage organizations. Themed collections, lesson plans, and Browse A-Z are specifically designed to support K-12 classroom needs.

Calisphere is made up of six themed collections:

  • The Changing State in the Gold Rush Era (1848-1865)
  • Closing of the Frontier (1870-1900)
  • Emerging Industrial Order (1900-early 1940s)
  • The Great Depression (1929-1939)
  • World War II (1939-1945)
  • Social Reform (1950s-1970s)

You may use images, documents, and other primary sources from Calisphere in your classroom without permission, subject to fair use guidelines. Wikipedia has a listing on public domain images. Image sources are organized into categories, including books, logos, postage stamps, history, and US Government sites. Because Wikipedia has user-generated content, images should be checked to verify that they are in the public domain.

The Creative Commons ( is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to legally build upon and share. Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. License rights range from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." (Blocked from BUSD computers. Try from home)


Digital History at the University of Houston ( has a repository of historical music which is in the public domain. They also link to historical music for educational use that is freely available on the web under fair use guidelines.

Jamendo ( has more than 10,000 albums by more than 5000 artists, all free for teachers to download, use and in some cases even edit in their classroom. Each album is labeled according to its Creative Commons licensing, whether it's attribution only, non-commercial, and/or no derivatives. You can search for music according to artist, style, and/or licensing.

The Freesound Project ( contains Creative Commons licensed sounds that can be looped or inserted in a variety of multimedia projects. The site reguires users to register (free) prior to downloading, and Freesound creates a citation list as you download files.

Podcasting from CTAP ( has several links to sites that give specific tips and tricks on how to create your own educational podcast with and for your class.

Curricular Resources

Thinkfinity, formerly known as Marco Polo, contains a searchable database of standards-aligned web resources to support the curriculum.

CLRN Web Information Links (WILs) are a searchable collection of resources sponsored by the California Department of Education. Resources can be browsed by standard or searched by keyword.

FREE: Free Resources for Educational Excellence contains teaching and learning resources from government agencies. The resources include animations, primary source documents, images and video, and cover all content areas and grade levels. 

Calaxy is a free K12 site that allows members to upload videos to share with other educators. Directions for uploading videos can be found here

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.  Thousands of digital videos, images, and audio files are available to support a variety of content areas.

21st Century Learning Resources ( links to several other resources regarding various online tools you can use for instruction.  This is definitely an idea-starter.

Citation Tools

Citation Maker:  Elementary or Secondary.  This is a great way for students to easily create bibiliographies with a simple form, copy, and paste.  Available in both MLA and APA.

Citation Machine: This tool creates citations for several styles: MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago and includes in-text citations.

EasyBib ( This site saves your citations, puts them in alphabetial order, and can export the citation page to MS Word for you.

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