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SOCIAL STUDIES SITES

The US Department of State - Student Website :  
http://future.state.gov/future/index.htm

Power Point Palooza - 100s of free Powerpoints on American and European history:

http://tinyurl.com/n6pbzw9

BEST OF HISTORY WEBSITES created by   EdTechTeacherInc. is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites. http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.php

Ledesma Project

Sites for your project:

TELEVISION:

NBC NEWS: http://www.nbcnews.com/

BBC NEWS AMERICA: http://www.bbc.com/news/

FOX NEWS: http://www.foxnews.com/

ABC NEWS: http://abcnews.go.com/

PBS NEWS: http://www.pbs.org/topics/news-politics/

CBS NEWS: http://www.cbsnews.com/

CNN NEWS: http://www.cnn.com/

RADIO:

NPR/PBS RADIO: http://www.npr.org/sections/news/

ABC RADIO: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/

CNN RADIO: http://cnnradio.cnn.com/

FOX RADIO: http://radio.foxnews.com/category/news/americas-talking-news/

BBC RADIO: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio

CBS RADIO: http://www.cbsradio.com/

VIDEO:

CNN VIDEO: http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=sitenav

NBC VIDEO: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/8004316/

PBS VIDEO:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/video/

CBS VIDEO: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50143922n

ABC VIDEO: http://abcnews.go.com/Video

BBC VIDEO: http://www.bbcamerica.com/videos/

FOX VIDEO: http://live.foxnews.com/

BLOGS:

FOX NEWS BLOG: http://blogs.foxnews.com/

NPR NEWS BLOG: http://www.npr.org/blogs/

NBC NEWS BLOG: http://worldblog.nbcnews.com/

CBS NEWS BLOG: http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18565_162-1962628.html

CNN NEWS BLOG: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/

BBC NEWS BLOG: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/

NEWSPAPERS ONLINE:

Go to: http://www.ipl.org/

          Click on the “Newspapers & Magazines” 
                OR

To read THE SACRAMENTO BEE ON ONLINE click here: 
  https://secure.sacbee.com/mie/mielanding.cgi?pub=SB&tid=27050&sid=113&eid=127
City/School:   
foothill high school - sacramento
Password:     
lewis

 

Research Support

ProCon.org is a nonprofit public charity that has no government affiliations of any kind. Their  purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. We do not express opinions on our research projects. Go to:http://www.procon.org/ 

The Pot of Gold Tutorial (from the University of Notre Dame) consists of 6 modules designed to help you manage information to support your learning during your school years and beyond.  http://www.librar -y.nd.edu/instruction/potofgold/introduction/

BUILDING GOOD SEARCH SKILLS - WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW - Read this article from MIND/SHIFT to learn more.

WHY GOOGLING ISN'T ENOUGH - Another article from MIND/SHIFT

12 WAYS TO BE MORE SEARCH SAVVY - Another article from MIND/SHIFT

SLIDESHARES on using SEARCH ENGINES - click here.

Mr. Ledesma's Public Policy Assignment

CALIFORNIA INTEREST GROUPS -
http://www.calvoter.org/voter/politics/groups.html

"ABOUT.COM" listing of Interest groups -
http://usgovinfo.about.com/blorgs.htm

PROJECT VOTE SMART -
http://usgovinfo.about.com/BLORGS.HTM

INTEREST GROUPS IN AMERICAN POLITICS -
http://www.twyman-whitney.com/americancitizen/links/lobbies.htm

WEB 2.0 CONNECTIONS

http://www.glogster.com/  -  GLOGSTER - a site to create an on-line digital poster.

http://animoto.com/ - ANIMOTO - turn your photos, video clips, and music into
video masterpieces to share with everyone.  Fast, free and easy.

http://blabberize.com/ - BLABBERIZE - a site to make "talking" photos, pictures etc

http://prezi.com/ - Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.
Prezi Video Tutorials: Prezi Tutorial 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuE0ln8oxYs
Three Steps to a great Prezi:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJJWTTfrXTE&list=PL09A34EF19596B7BB 
Student Prezi Tutorial - Long and detailed   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mesd637Z1IE   

SMORE - online simple flyer - https://www.smore.com/app    How to use SMORE video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnTK5ShAPuM

HAIKU DECK - EASY PRESENTATION TOOL - FREE! https://www.haikudeck.com/

http://www.wordle.net/  - Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. To learn more about how to use WORDLE in your classroom look at this WORD document to learn more. USING WORDLE PTS 1 & 2  Step-by-step directions for making a WORDLE

http://popplet.com/ - Popplet is a platform allows users to visualize connections between ideas and bits of information by organizing them into a graphic map. Anything from lesson-planning resources to student research can be turned into a Popplet. It  becomes a visual idea board that helps users create themes or concepts that can blossom into something new or unique.

http://tackk.com/  Tackk is a site that allows you to quickly publish and share your message with one simple page. No signup, just easy, beautiful design. For a video tutorial go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLa6ubBPC3w

http://padlet.com/  Padlet is an online bulletin board and be used  in myriad ways. For example, Padlet users can pose open-ended questions and elicit multiple student responses—ideal for posing document-based questions using primary sources 
Look at this video to learn more - http://education.fcps.org/trt/padlet 

https://www.edu.buncee.com/  Buncee is an easy creation and presentation tool. The web-based platform provides you quick and easy tools to personalize your digital creations for education, business, or everyday creations. 

EMAZE - online presentation app. The next generation of online presentation software. Select any of the professionally designed free templates to create amazing presentations

ADOBE SPARK -   A free product from Adobe  useful for making presentations, Book Trailers, Posters, Reports etc.

 Here is a tutorial video that explains how to use it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdLR7MLiKM0

 

INTERNET SAFETY

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Common Sense Media - is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/

A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety - from the FBI  http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide

NetSmartz Workshop -  is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates. http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Safe Internet Surfing - was created as a resource for kids and their parents to help them work together as they learn about important safety precautions to take while surfing the 'net.  http://www.safesurfingkids.com/index.htm

Stop Cyber Bullying - Want to know what cyber bullying is? How it works? Why people cyber bully? How to prevent it?
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html

Career, Financial & OnlineResources

On Line Copyright Free - Creative Common Images

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. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.  http://www.pics4learning.com/

PHILLIP MARTIN free clip art: Check this site for commercial free kid friendly clip art: http://www.phillipmartin.info/clipart/homepage.htm

FREE PHOTOS & CLIP ART: http://www.ace-clipart.com/school-clipart-01.html

PHOTOLABORATORY - is the owner and distributor of the largest collection of exclusive stock photo images. All the images can be downloaded and used for personal, educational and other non-commercial purposes free of charge. http://www.photl.com/

SMITHSONIAN'S COLLECTION SEARCH CENTER - Search over 7.4 million records with 568,100 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries. http://collections.si.edu/search/

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - Has not only images, but films, maps, manuscripts and more. Explore at: http://www.loc.gov/index.html

SCHOOL CLIP ART - Free clip art for students and teachers. Go to: http://www.school-clip-art.com/

FREE FOTO - A site for 1000s of free photos that can be used by students. http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp

FREE PHOTO BANK - A site for free stock photos. http://www.freephotobank.org/main.php

ICON-BUG - A site for 1000's of free icons and clip art.  A person can even upload their own images or search in a variety of ways. http://iconbug.com/

PHOTOGRAPHIC DICTIONARY - This site has great images you can download - http://photographicdictionary.com/

SHUTTERSTOCK - This site has over 20 million stock photos, illustrations, vectors & videos - www.shutterstock.com

INFOTOPIA - has a page of public domain image resources that have been recommended by teachers & librarians. Includes clip art, photos, sounds etc. http://www.infotopia.info/pd_images.html

 

Click on the link below to download 

Shared Creations: Making Use of Creative Commons - this info should help you understand Creative Commons & why & when you need to cite. 

7 Excellent Resources for Public Domain Pictures: http://tinyurl.com/mrjbs7m

NYPL DIGITAL GALLERY NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints,photographs and more. http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/

Museum of New Zealand The Museum of New Zealand recently released more than 30,000 images of art and artifacts to download and re-use for free. The images are a mix of public domain images and images labeled with a Creative Commons license. The museum makes it easy to determine how an image is licensed. To determine the licensing of an image simply click on the download button and the next page clearly shows the license for the image. http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/

Want to learn more about COPYRIGHT? This link will take you to a COPYRIGHT TOOL KIT made in a Smore
https://www.smore.com/f677-a-copyright-friendly-toolkit

SOUNDS - "FindSounds.com, a free site where you can search the Web for sound effects" http://findsounds.com/

 

PHOTOS FOR CLASSIt ONLY searched Creative Commons, and it includes the citation on the bottom.
 

Link to many Creative Commons Images - This link will take you to a dozen sites to get legal digital images.

 

The New York Public Library - THE PICTURE COLLECTION - for those who seek knowledge & inspiration from visual materials, the Picture Collection Online presents more than 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints & postcards, mostly created before 1923.
 

COPYRIGHT OF PHOTOGRAPHS - Link to an article explaining earn about photographs and copyright.
http://kol-safran.blogspot.com/2015/11/copyright-of-photographs.html

When citing images follow this advice from Peggy Keeran, Librarian at the University of Denver:

Whether you found an image for a paper or project through Google Images, a library database, or in a book, be sure to cite it properly. By citing your sources you avoid plagiarism and you give credit to the creator of the image, video, or text you are using. Be sure to include at a minimum:

  • The title
  • The creator, artist, or photographer
  • The source (book, journal, database, poster, or website
 

 

SAT Online Web Sites

Looking for sites to help you prepare for the SATs? See the links below. sat-study-material.jpg
You many need to register and create an account to use these links, but they are FREE!  

http://ineedapencil.com A Service Provided by CK-12 Foundation Lessons by subject and topic, quizzes of random questions or tailored to your needs, full tests, mark questions you need to come back to or get additional help for, track your progress.These resources can be downloaded on devices (IPad to Kindle) and even converted to an online reader or even printed into a PDF.. and more importantly they are free!

https://march2success.com  Take timed practice tests, get results and review problems, choose from 25 decks of flash cards.

http://sat.collegeboard.org This site is run by the College Board who produces the SAT. Practice taking full length tests or practice in specific areas.

http://www.studyguidezone.com  Download a free SAT study guide, take practice tests, read up on test taking and writing tips. Resource links are toward the bottom on the left.  Links on the top are for purchasing materials.

 

FINANCIAL SITES FOR TEENS

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Rent an apartment? Buy a car? See a movie every weekend?
“Reality Check” quiz lets teens see what it costs to live on their own.   http://www.californiarealitycheck.com/

Money Talks 4 Teens – Engaging & bilingual, this University of California site covers such topics as e-banking, eating & job hunting etchttp://moneytalks4teens.ucdavis.edu/

Financial Buzz – with titles like “Celebrity Calamity,” “Bite Club” & “Farm Blitz”, these personal finance games employ vampires, movie stars & angry rabbits.http://financialentertainment.org/

To help consumers and students of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance, Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators, and financial institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills program. At the site users can access free educational resources, including personal finance articles, games and lesson plans. Practical Money Skills for Life is educator-developed and educator-approved. Financial Football rollouts and the annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the charitable arm of Northwestern Mutual, partnered with the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) in the development of THEMINT.ORG. Sections on this site deal with earning, saving, spending, owing, tracking, giving, investing, & safeguarding .http://www.themint.org/

Don't Buy It! Media Smarts - Sales pitches can be devious, so have your students work through this site from PBS to learn how to be a smart consumer. Several games help users hone their buying skills. The emphasis in the Shopping Bag game is on reading labels, especially the fine print and ingredients. What's the difference between designer outfits and those which are more of a bargain? The games are all fun, but also instructive. http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/buyingsmart/

RESUMES - sites to help you create your own

Resume Writing Tutorial - Everybody needs a resume when job-hunting. Learn which resume formats the experts prefer and how to effectively write summary statements, your employment history and other sections. Browse our sample resumes and use our resume template to write your own.
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/resumewriting

RESUMEWRITINGTUTORIALWORD_DOC

California Healthy Kids Survey  The School Code is: KE99YZ

GOOGLE DOCS has resume templates - https://docs.google.com/templates?q=resume#

PURDUE OWL's resume workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective resume. The Purdue OWL also maintains resume quick tips resources and a resume PowerPoint slide presentation. Please visit those resources for shorter discussions of the resume. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/719/1/

Boston College's site on RESUME WRITINGhttp://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/careers/jobs/resumes/howto.html            

Writing Your 1st Resume - look at this template that walks you through how to set up a resume.  
https://www.careerkids.com/MyFirstResume.aspx          

CAREER SITES

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Click here: http://www.shmoop.com/careers/

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to learn more about careers. http://teens.californialearns.org/
User Name: foothillhigh
Password:    school
Click on CTE tab for information about careers.
Learn 360 under Media has videos about careers.

newsmlogo.jpg Learn more about different careers here:

    http://www.kids.gov/6_8/6_8_careers.shtml

 

LABOR.jpegOCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK
                                     http://www.bls.gov/oco/

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http://www.careeronestop.org/

http://www.acinet.org

 

NETMOVEdownload.jpgMy Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.

http://www.mynextmove.org/

 

The California Career Center is your career planning website with tools to help you map your future. CCC is focused on resources for students but also contains resources for counselors, parents, teachers, in short, anyone interested in developing the career self-management skills necessary in today's world of work - /http://www.calcareercenter.org/

California Community Colleges Virtural Career Center - http://www.cacareercafe.com/

California Reality Check - Don't know how much money you will need to earn in the future? Don't know which occupation to choose? No problem! This site brought to you by California Career Resource Network will help http://www.californiarealitycheck.com

Career Planning at the ACT site - http://www.act.org/majorsmap/index.html

ACT Career Exploration - http://www.act.org/world/world.html

Big Future - Majors & Career Profiles - https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers

Job Scout - An online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job. To use you must create a FREE account. http://www.myjobscout.org/ 

DR. KIT Career Videos - http://www.drkit.org/careervideos/

O-Net on line: http://www.onetonline.org/
WHAT IS YOUR LEARNING STYLE?: Take this quiz and find out!

http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

Find Out Your Learning Style Video

Learning Styles Video

WHAT CAREER IS RIGHT FOR ME? Discover which career is right for you by taking this online aptitude test.
Click on this URL: http://www.whatcareerisrightforme.com/

CAREERS GPS - The Sacramento Region's online resource for career &
job training exploration. http://careergps.com/

LEARN HOW TO BECOME - http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/  
This site began in late 2013, its mission is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder. We are passionate about creating a one-stop, comprehensive resource that can guide individuals through each of the steps they need to take to begin, further, or change their career path.

 

Preparing For An Interview

The links and sites below will help you prepare for your interview:

CREATIVE INTERVIEW SKILLS

 

World Wide Web

The INTERNET DETECTIVE - a free online tutorial that will help you develop Internet research skills for your university and college work. The tutorial looks at the critical thinking required when using the Internet for research and offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of web sites.  http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/index.html

LEARN HOW TO USE THE WEB - Learn how to find anything on the Internet with quality Web sites. Become a smarter, savvier searcher. http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Technology/Internet/Dulcineas-Guide-to-Searching-on-the-Web.html

FIVE CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION WEB PAGES by Jim Kapoun from Cornell University.  How do you know if the information on the website is valid and correct? Click here to learn what questions to ask: http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webcrit.html

TRYING TO DECIDE WHICH SEARCH ENGINE TO USE? This page from NOODLETOOLS will help - http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html

A "FACS" Sheet for questions you should consider when using the Internet for research - click here to read the FACS -PDF

EVALUATING INTERNET SITES 101. This web site was developed to help Internet users evaluate Internet pages. At the end of this virtual tutorial you will be able to:

  • Evaluate Internet resources using the following criteria :
    • Author
    • Audience
    • Scholarship
    • Bias
    • Currency
    • Links
  • Determine if the web site meets your needs and standards of quality
  • Apply what you have learned to evaluate all material, whether the format is electronic, print, nonprint, etc.  
  •   http://library.albany.edu/usered/webeval/

EVALUATING WEB PAGES - TECHNIQUES TO APPLY & QUESTIONS TO ASK - from UC Berkeley Library
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html

COPYRIGHT CRASH COURSE - from the University of Texas Library - learn about copyright click here: http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP - What kind of global citizen are you?

A presentation created with Haiku Deck on Digital Citizenship for students.
https://www.haikudeck.com/digital-citizenship-education-presentation-4qoNstdLzN

Careers with Children

Looking for literacy resources for preschoolers and young children?Try these websites:

READING ROCKETS is a great resource! Their web address is:
http://www.readingrockets.org/

RIF - Reading is Fundamental - their vision is o motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.to access to books and discover the joys and value of reading. Their web address is: http://www.rif.org/

WORDS FOR LIFE - a British site for parents to help them learn to communicate with their children and will help them develop good relationships. Good resources available at: http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/

Look at these brochures about reading aloud to children.

30-read-aloud-DOs.pdf
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read-aloud-brochureJIMTrealease.pdf,

readaloud

Online Storytelling Websites



MIGHTY BOOK -is an online publisher that specializes in children's illustrated, animated read-aloud eBooks and Story Songs for ages 2 to 10, plus children's sing-along songs. Click on http://www.mightybook.com/ to learn more.

STORYLINE ON LINE - the Screen Actors Guild Foundation brings you this on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children's books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas. Click on http://storylineonline.net/