Creating Music, K-8
This is a creative music environment for children to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.

Hands-on Crafts for Kids DVDs, K-6

Celebrate the creativity of children through crafts. Each program opens in exciting locations like Disney World, has its own theme with at least five craft projects, and includes kids using their crafts to help others. The DVDs can be duplicated or borrowed (call media reservations or order online.
After School #073586
At Home #073585
At School #073590
Going Green #073579
In Math Class #073587
In the Classroom #073581
In the Kitchen #073582
On the Road #073584
On Vacation #073589
Outdoors #073580
Sports #073591
With Friends #073588
Your Room #073583

Real Life 101 DVDs, 9-12

This new DVD series introduces students to real people doing real jobs. It shows professionals on the job so students can see why they love what they do. You can call media reservations, or reserve the DVDs online.
Alternative Medicine #809842
Animal Care and Training #809839
Broadcast TV #809843
Business #809835
Business Owners #809836
Dental Care #809837
Event Planning #809845
Home Improvement #809833
Justice System #809838
Photography #809841
Real Estate #809834
Special Effects #809840
TV and Video Production #809844

Free Video Lectures and Online Courses, 9-12

Free online courses can supplement secondary instruction. You’ll find video lectures, notes, exams, and support materials.
MIT OpenCourseWare

OpenYale Courses

Academic Earth

OpenCourseWare Consortium

Free video lectures:


Lecture Fox

YouTube EDU

Census Week in Schools in March, 6-12
Teaching materials are available on how census information is collected and used, and the safeguards to protect confidentiality. Letters to parents explaining the census are also provided in 28 home languages.

Copies of DVDs Available, K-12

About 200 titles have been added to the duplication DVD service the last two years. The cost is $2.40 per DVD number. Only one title can be copied on each DVD. Go to, click Advanced Search under Medianet, enter a search term, and go to the Format pull-down menu and choose DVD for Copy. Order DVD copies with the production request form (available from the van driver).
Please e-mail Jane Quanbeck at or call 515-270-0405 ex 14409.

Copyright and Online Reference Databases, K-12

This article summarizes the specific copying and usage guidelines for the online databases were purchased for schools in the Heartland AEA service area. The licenses have specific copying and usage guidelines. Ask the school teacher librarian for assistance and the school user ID or password. Access at
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AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive
• Can print copies of images for reports, term papers, theses, class handouts, and research.
• Can use images in multimedia presentations, overhead transparencies, and slide shows.
• Can’t use images to publish in newspapers, magazines, brochures, catalogs, commercial announcements, calendars, posters, yearbooks, playbills, newsletters, t-shirts, promotional items, or for commercial use or gain of any kind.

American History in Video
• Can clip videos to any length.
• Can use videos and images of videos in any type of external software (Word, PowerPoint, Blackboard, etc.)
• Can put any video clip or full video in a personal playlist, annotate it, and pull in additional content from the Web. Playlists can be made public, shared with just your school,
or kept private.
• Can’t post/reuse videos on the Internet without giving full credit to the original publisher and Alexander Street Press.
• Can’t decompile or reverse engineer the videos; modify or create a derivative work; remove, obscure, or modify copyright notices; sell, distribute, or commercially exploit the videos.
• Authorized Users are the school’s currently enrolled students, employees, faculty, staff, affiliated researchers, distance learners, and visiting scholars.

Atomic Learning
• Can’t copy, download, store, publish, transmit, transfer, or sell any information on the Web site.

• Can’t copy or re-distribute content.

iCLIPART for Schools

• Can download unlimited images, photos, and Web art images for educational use.
• Can use in projects such as Web sites, presentations, newsletters, brochures, advertisements, announcements, labels, e-greetings, Web templates, vinyl cutting, routing, engraving, t-shirts, school projects, screen printing, and mechanical embroidery. Contact iCLIPART if for a commercial use.
• Can’t give to a third party, share content across a network or on a CD, add to a “print-on-demand” Web site, or use in any commercial project or product.

DE Streaming and DE Science K-8
• Can edit some videos.
• Can use images in multimedia, print, or broadcast (closed-circuit or cable television).
• Can keep projects with video clips in their personal portfolios.
• Can maintain proprietary notices (i.e. watermarks, producer information) and cite Discovery Education in references.
• Can’t post on the Internet.
• Can’t convert digital video to analog.

EBSCO Databases
• Can download, print, e-mail limited copies for personal, non-commercial use.
• Can’t re-publish the information.
• Can’t download in a systematic or regular manner so as to create a collection of materials (print or nonprint).

• Can edit videos marked with the EDIT icon. This includes converting them to different formats or clipping.
• Can download and use the educational resources inside their school building, including print, video, images and audio files.
• Can store all Learn360 materials on school computers.
• Can’t post any content to the Internet.
• Users must cite Learn360 using citations.

• Can’t duplicate, publish, modify, or otherwise distribute the material.
• Can’t frame any of the Web pages.

SIRS Researcher
• Can make printouts (online, offline, fax, e-mail) for school or personal use.

• Can use music files for video production; video yearbooks; podcasting; broadcasting (including cable, closed circuit, distance learning, YouTube, TeacherTube); PowerPoint; Web design; digital storytelling; sporting events; media and technology fairs, competitions, and exhibits; plays and theater; public performance and ambient listening; and other classroom multimedia uses.
• Can download Author Name Pronunciation files and use them in educational podcasts, videos, and PowerPoints.
• Can download and reproduce In-depth Written Interviews PDF files for educational, non-commercial purposes.
• Can print the novel units and discussion guides from the Book Guide section for educational, non-commercial use.
• Can play Original TeachingBooks Author Program videos in classrooms, libraries, or other performance locations.
• Can’t download, save, or play Original
Author Program videos or Book Reading
audio files off any machine other than server.

Teen Health & Wellness
• Can download, print, e-mail limited copies for personal, non-commercial use.
• Can use information in PowerPoint or similar presentation.
• Can link to the homepage or article pages.
• Can’t re-publish the information.
• Can’t download in a systematic or regular manner so as to create collection of materials (print or nonprint).
• When information is put in your own words, permission is not needed.
• Use the proper citation form and keep/display the author, image, or photo information.

World Book Web
• When information is put in your own words, permission is not needed.
• Use the proper citation form and keep/display the author, image, or photo information.
• Can use information in PowerPoint or similar presentation.
• Can link to the homepage. No deep linking without permission.

Video21: 21st Century Education in Action, K-12
P21, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, has launched Video21. It provides examples from real classrooms around the country that show 21st century learning and teaching, an opportunity to rate and share your favorite videos with colleagues and friends, and a place to contribute your own videos.

Spark Creativity, K-12
GE’s Imagination Cubed is a free Web application where students create original designs, do scientific work (for example, draw models of the solar system), write text, draw pictures for inclusion in online stories, and more. The URLs can then be e-mailed and posted, and remain hosted at Imagination Cubed. Even better, when you visit the design, you see it as it was being created (in fast-motion), so you can almost see the student’s thinking process.

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods, 6-12
This site published a periodic table of methods of visualization. This table displays approximately 100 diagram types such as knowledge maps, concept maps, charts, graphs, and pictures with examples. They are classified by:
• simple to complex
• data/information/concept/strategy/metaphor/compound
• process/structure
• detail/overview
• divergence/convergence
This resource focuses on visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. This site helps students evaluate advantages and disadvantages of visual representations, use them to create and communicate knowledge, and to devise new ways of representing ideas or concepts.

Copyright-Free Images via Google, K-12

Here’s how to find images on the Internet that can be copied and modified.
Click Images (top left)
Click Advanced Image Search
Enter search and go to Usage Rights pull-down
• Labeled for reuse
Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy and/or modify the image in ways specified in the license.
• Labeled for commercial reuse
Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy the image for commercial purposes, in ways specified in the license.
• Labeled for reuse with modification
Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy and modify the image in ways specified in the license.
• Labeled for commercial reuse with modification
Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy the image for commercial purposes and modify it in ways specified in the license.

Click Advanced Search
Enter search
Click Date, usage rights, numeric range, and more
Choose Usage rights in pull-down menu
• Free to use or share
Your results will only include pages that are either labeled as public domain or carry a license that allows you to copy or redistribute its content, as long as the content remains unchanged.
• Free to use, share, or modify
Your results will only include pages that are labeled with a license that allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.
• If you want content for commercial use, be sure to select the appropriate option containing the term "commercially".

Downloading YouTube Videos, K-12
To download YouTube videos to a computer for later viewing without the need to visit the site again just follow the directions listed below.
Just add "kiss" right before the words "youtube" in the URL. When you press enter, you will be directed to the Web site where you can download it as a .flv video or convert it to other formats.

iPhone and iPod Apps for Special Education, K-12

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This free embedded document is a compilation of iPhone and iPod touch applications for education and special education. A description accompanies each application on the list. To adequately determine device compatibility, carefully read the application's description and requirements on the iTunes App Store.

Google Goggles, K-12
Google Goggles is a form of visual search for a mobile phone. Open the app, take a photo of something (such as a book, landmark, logo, or store) and Google will instantly return information on that object. It's ideal for things that aren't easy to describe in words. Google Goggles works better with certain types of queries. Try taking pictures of books and DVDs, landmarks, logos, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text.

For the best results when taking pictures, hold your phone in "left landscape" mode and press the on-screen shutter button with your right thumb.

Note: Google Goggles is currently available for Android devices running Android 1.6 and above. To see which version of Android you're running, go to Settings > About phone > Firmware version. Google has confirmed that Google Goggles will be available on iPhone and other platforms soon.
Tere is a short YouTube video demonstration of Google Goggles at

Strengthen Early Literacy Skills, K-3
The School–Home Links Reading Kits offer 400 activities for strengthening children's reading and writing skills. These kits, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Compact for Reading,” not only help improve children’s reading skills, but also provide guidance on creating and maintaining school–family partnerships. The School–Home Links Reading Kit is also available in Spanish.

PBS Kids Whiteboard Games, PreK-5
PBS KIDS offers a collection of interactive whiteboard games for language arts, the arts, mathematics, and social studies. Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from programs such as Curious George, Super Why, and Arthur. Some of the games require audio to play. All of the games are age appropriate and evaluated by educators.

Exploring the Science of Light
This Web site created by the Optical Society of America is devoted to everything optics. Users will find activities combining Jell-O and laser pointers, definitions of terms like acousto-optics and retroreflection, profiles of optics celebs who are changing our world and an optics timeline stretching from prehistory to the present. It includes tutorials featuring interactive applets and the optical illusions that are sure to make you scratch your head.

Virtual Body, 9-12
This site offers interactive animated exhibits of the body in both English and Spanish. The narrated tours explain the brain’s potential, the skeleton and its functions, how the heart works, and the digestive tract. Students can test their knowledge with interactive activities such as “Build a Skeleton” and “Organize Your Organs.”

Lego® Periodic Table of the Elements, 6-12
Each LEGO® brick links to building instructions for a model of the solid state structure for that element. The colors of the bricks represent different types of elements:
• green = main group metals
• red = metalloids
• yellow = transition metals
• white = nonmetals
The small blue bricks are the number of valence electrons for the neutral form of that element (main group elements only).

Materials World Modules (MWM), 6-12
These are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units. Based on materials science and nanotechnology principles, this interdisciplinary approach engages students, adds relevance to traditional curriculum, and has been shown to improve science knowledge for all students.

Science of the Winter Olympics, 6-9
NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF) produced this 16-part video series that explores the science of Olympic events. Each video is complemented with lesson plans. Episode titles:
Aerial Physics (Aerial Skiing)
Slapshot Physics (Hockey)
Internal Athlete (Cross-Country Skiing)
Olympic Motion (Mixed Sports)
Competition Suits (Mixed Sports)
Mathletes (Mixed Sports)
The Science of Skis
The Science of Skates
Figuring Out Figure Skating
Safety Gear (Mixed Sports)
Banking on Speed (Bobsled)
Downhill Science (Alpine Skiing)
Air Lift (Ski Jump)
Science of Snowboarding
Science Friction (Curling)
Blade Runners (Short Track Speed Skating)

Discovery Education LIFE Series, 6-12
This new series is segmented into concept-level clips that focus on different animals and plant groups, LIFE captures never-before-seen behaviors using the latest state-of-the-art high-definition filming techniques. When logging in, students and teachers should use the online database username/password assigned to the school.
• Challenges of Life
• Birds
• Creatures of the Deep
• Fish
• Hunters and Hunted
• Insects
• Kingdom of Plants
• Mammals
• Primates
• Reptiles & Amphibians

Discovery Education PLANET EARTH Series, 6-12
This new series presents never-before-seen animal behaviors, startling views of location captured by cameras for the first time, and an unprecedented look at animals from biological and ecological perspectives. When logging in, students and teachers should use the online database username/password assigned to the school.
• Pole to Pole
• Mountains
• Deep Ocean
• Deserts
• Ice Worlds
• Shallow Sea
• Great Plains
• Jungles
• Fresh Water
• Seasonal Forests
• Caves

NASA's Amazing Space, 6-12
Amazing Space is an online space science resource that features a set of interactive curriculum support tools, news articles written for students, homework help, and information on space science topics. A unique feature of the Amazing Space is found on the “For Educators and Developers” side where each curriculum support tool has an overview page of information designed to help teachers integrate current science into their classrooms.

Interactive Periodic Table, 6-12
This site produced by Glaxo Smith Kline has an interactive periodic table with a wealth of resources. Related modules include:
• Humans and Animals
• Illustrated Materials Database
• Mission Material
• Humans and Animal Habitats
• Energy Challenge
• Population Growth
• Body Builder
• The Heart
• Balanced Diet
• Elements Database
• Population Growth and Spreadsheet
• Selective Breeding and Genetic Engineering
• Enzymes in Biotechnology

UNdata, K-12
United Nations has been collecting and publishing statistical data for 60 years on a wide range of economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental issues. The goal of UNdata is to gather statistics from 24 separate databases and make them all accessible through one search interface. The data can be customized by country, area, or time period filters. A permanent URL can be created to link to the customized data. Can also download the data in a comma-delimited file.

Mississippi Freedom Summer Digital Collection
Freedom Summer was a key part of the civil rights movement in 1964. Letters and diaries from students and civil rights leaders are included. Includes photographs, advertising trade-cards, newspapers, manuscripts, and videos. Also includes a K-12 curriculum.

My Life on the Farm DVDs, K-6

This DVD series visits with rural children around the world and shows their daily life on the farm. Each program is about 15 minutes in length. Call media reservations or order online. Countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, Ireland, Madagascar, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Digital Maps from the Library of Congress, 6-12
Maps help us make sense of our world. Map Collections: 1500-2003 includes historical maps from the American Memory collections. A Primary Source Analysis Tool for analysis and note taking has been provided. The Teachers Guide to Analyzing Maps has guiding questions and activity ideas. Using historic maps with subjects such as migration and settlement, travel and transportation, military and pictorial maps, students learn basic map reading skills. There is also a section called Unusual Maps that includes ideas on how these maps can be used in the classroom. A graphic organizer is included.