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Government Gives Teachers a Whole Lotta FREE Resources

Government Gives Teachers a Whole Lotta FREE Resources

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Government Gives Teachers a Whole Lotta FREE Resources
Government Gives Teachers a Whole Lotta FREE Resources

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Published by: Jason Gaya on Sep 13, 2010
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Government gives teachers a whole lottaFREE resources
Getting a good education in this country isn¶t always an easy or inexpensive proposition, but there¶s hope on the horizon. In one A+, gold star example of goodgov, 30 of our federal agencies got together and created a website called FederalResources for Education Excellence(eLearning), or FREE. The site is just
withinformation, teaching tools, and school resources, to borrow a phrase from thestudents.Spawning from an interagency¶s workgroupidea³to make hundreds of federallysupported education resources available´ for Americans online, the FREE websitewas funded by an Innovation Fund from the obscure but impressive soundingGovernment Innovation Technology Services Board. Three hundred and fortyteachers broke into ten teams to developOnline Learningactivities andlessonsLearning Management Systems(LMS).FREE¶s website is not particularly impressive at first glance, but like a kiwi fruit, onceyou get inside it suddenly gets pretty interesting. A click on ³World Studies ± Africa´ brings up an array of options from African Voices to Water in Africa, each brought toyou by a different federal agency. African Voices sends you to the beautifulSmithsonian Institution site for an audio lesson, and from the Peace Corps¶ Water inAfrica you get pictures and lessons from the volunteers.Take it from somebody who learned most of her lessons about the world from National Geographic magazine, this is a BIG step up. If you¶re interested in rocketscience, NASA can help you there with a ³Rockets: Educators Guide,´ or if thatdoesn¶t turn your key you can try ³Interactive Constitution´ from the NationalConstitution Center. This website seems to cover it all.FREE is an effort to give teachers in America a place to go to find resources that previously were not, well, easily accessible. Teachers can use it in a number of ways:searching by grade level or subject matter, tracking an RSS feed that announces newresources on the site, and following the FREE group on Twitter.Imagine being a teacher faced with a twenty-year old textbook and a dreary lessonabout the colonization of California in 1774. You log onto FREE and findWeb deAnza, an entire site brought to you by the National Endowment for the Humanitiesand the University of Oregon that¶s dedicated to the study of Bautista de Anza¶s twoexpeditions to Alta California. If that¶s not helpful enough, the website also gives

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