Content Area

Technology Integration


Technology can support teachers and students by providing rich content area resources. This can include videos, articles, lesson plans, interactives, and other content that can help students visualize, practice, and conceptualize. There are a number of searchable content area repositories on the web that are available for K-12 teaching and learning. In this Thing, you will find out how to search for content that is appropriate for your classroom. Your goal is to be efficient in locating quality resources to meet student learning goals.

This Thing features some quality resource and video collections to enhance and support learning. In order to save time, it is helpful to learn about those resources and how to search them for content related to standards and objectives.

Searching Collections

When searching collections, consider these five tips:

1. Have a clear goal or purpose for using the site: visuals, videos, interactives, lessons, engaging students, or etc.
2. Research the site features and functionality: know how the site works and what you will find there.
3. Use a bookmarking system to save your links and findings.
4. Check for additional teaching materials within the site. 
5. Consider where these resources fit within best practice implementation: SAMR, TPACK, Triple E, or TIM. 

Featured Content Resource Collections


The featured collections below were selected because of their wide appeal with cross curricular connections. They contain a variety of resources, many of which are linked to standards. You might find lesson plans, articles, videos, simulations, interactives, and more on these sites to support your lessons. Check out the Additional Resources page that includes collections featured by subject area.

Featured Audio/Video Collections

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These collections contain audio and/or video content you can use in your classroom. You can embed video and audio on your classroom "Face" (webpage), embed video players into your Learning Management System, or simply give students the hyperlink to a video or audio resource to view as part of their assignment. If YouTube is blocked in your district, consider TeacherTube or SchoolTube. Both of these sites contain video uploaded by teachers and students, and most districts do not restrict their use.