For Teachers

Classroom teachers can sign out technology equipment in Google Calendar.  Sign in to your gmail account to access Google Calendars.

Here is a video tutorial on signing out this equipment...

Please feel free to ask Ms. Maneck any questions. 


BBC Education links: The BBC has some wonderful resources for educators on its Schools page. You can choose to browse by topic for primary or secondary grades. Remember that there are different "grade" levels in Great Britain, so you may have to search around a bit to find topics that fit your grade level.

Some of my favorites:

  • Science clips! Make a circuit! Sink and float items! Explore a new biome! So many great clips. Flash required (your computer should have Flash).
  • World War II Audio Clips.
  • The Geography page.
  • Dancemat typing. A Scottish goat, an Italian octopus, and a rapping turtle are just an example of the cast of characters you'll meet as you learn the keyboard.



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The King Institute at Standford, the Nobel Prize website biography on Dr. King, MLK Day of Service, a short video about Dr. King's impact on race relations in the US

The Oak Park Public Library has an amazing array of subscription databases and online tools available to its patrons. As a teacher in Oak Park, you can use your OPPL card to login to these resources. Go here for the best information.

TECHNOLOGY  Everything on Kathy Schrock's site is amazing, but this link to iPad applications in the classroom is particularly useful


Webinars (a portmanteau of web and seminar) are a way to get professional development delivered to you, any time you like. Join conversations and discussions, meet with professionals in our field, hear from someone whom you admire in the teaching world. There are many places you can find free webinars; here are just a few:



Here is a list of online resources for all your election information needs

(from Scholastic Instructor, Fall 2012):

  • The Center for Civic Education: resources, lesson plans, and curricular materials
  • iCivics: Already wildly popular in 5th grade! Founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, this online library is filled with free lesson plans on government and the Constitution. Features games for students.
  • Kids Voting USA: Organized, authentic mock elections for students across the country. Free activities for teachers covering elections and voting, democracy and the people, informed citizens, and civic engagement.
  • Scholastic's Election 2012: Election central! maps, games, videos, and more.
  • Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids: Tailored to teachers, parents, and K-12, links, name it!
  • The Learning Network: from the New York Times, Teaching ideas, resources, lesson plans, and links to relevant background material.