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  • 10 Classroom Creativity Killers

    Veteran art teacher Marvin Bartel lists 10 teacher behaviors that discourage student creativity and tells how to avoid them.

  • Americans for the Arts: Arts Education Navigator

    Through a partnership with Vans Custom Culture, Americans for the Arts has designed the Arts Education Navigator, a series of e-books designed to help educators, students, and advocates alike navigate the complex field of arts education. Each e-book in the Navigator series below will cover a specific topic, ensuring arts education supporters like you are equipped with the knowledge, statistics, and case-making techniques needed to effectively communicate with decision-makers

  • Art IS Education Calendar

    Arts education events in the Bay Area.

  • Arts 4 Learning

    Searchable arts education units.

  • Arts Education Partnership

    AEP serves as the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students, improving arts education practice, and researching how art influences and strengthens American education. We serve our Partner Organizations by providing priority access to research and information, and creating opportunities for communication and collaboration between arts disciplines and across sectors on key education issues, which benefits their work with their constituents in schools and communities nationwide.

  • Arts: KQED Education

    News, event listings, lessons, videos...

  • ArtsEdge at the Kennedy Center

    Sixty arts lessons for grades 9-12 connected with core subject areas.

  • ArtThink from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    ArtThink offers your students in-depth investigation of 20th- and 21st-century art and artists by using SFMOMA's award-winning interactive programs, Making Sense of Modern Art and Voices and Images of California Art as the basis for study. Each section of the site provides online exploration and research of thematic topics plus hands-on, step-by-step activities in language arts, history, and visual arts.

  • Bringing Poetry to the Classroom

    A collection of links to lessons, from the NEA.

  • Cal Performances K-12 Programs

    Cal Performances believes that the arts are essential to education. We provide a vital link to artistic excellence through our K-12 programs for thousands of children per year. SchoolTime features the same artist on the main season in one hour daytime performances and customized study guides. Preview the list of 2013/14 SchoolTime performances, and find out more about Cal Performances K-12 programs: Cal Performances in the ClassroomTEMPO (Teens Empowered by Music and Performance Opportunities), and AileyCamp.

  • California Arts Council

    The California Arts Council encourages public participation in the arts; helps build strong arts organizations; assists with the professional development of arts leaders; promotes awareness of the value of the arts; and directly funds arts programs in California's communities.

  • Classroom Resources from FIDM

    FIDM has channeled its educational expertise to create focused, free classroom resources for high school educators that approach learning in a fun way. The activities and Games That Teach™ are created for educators to facilitate on their own, and are available in this section to download. The presentations are conducted in the classroom by trained speakers. Visits can be scheduled anytime during the year. The materials cover a variety of academic subjects complementing current high school curricula, and meet state and national standards.

  • Educator Resource Finder at the Art Institute of Chicago

    This online tool was created to help teachers and other educators find resources at the Art Institute that can be used in the classroom. These resources—called interpretive resources—can be images, artist biographies, teacher manuals, art historical information, maps, videos, podcasts, lesson plans, interactive games—just about anything that can help teachers plan their lessons. These materials are intended for a wide age range and may be used as a part of a number of different curricula.

  • Educator Resources from the National Design Museum

    148 lesson plans for grades 9-12, in all subject areas.

  • Food Face

    Food Face lets students create portraits in the style of 16th-century artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The application supplies a library of frames, backgrounds, and stamps of fruits and vegetables.

  • Google Cultural Institute

    Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. Create your own galleries and share favorite finds with friends.

  • Joy2Learn e-Presentations

    In each e-Presentation, an artist introduces his or her art form, discusses its history, background and specificity, presents personal insights, and performs or demonstrates. Each e- Presentation is supported by interactive multi-media materials such as pictures, maps, text and quiz games. Artists include musician Wynton Marsalis, jazz; and Hector Elizondo, theater; Alan Gampel, piano; Gregory Hines, dance; Elizabeth Murray, painting; and Richard Serra, sculpture.

  • Level UP! (video game design)

    LEVEL UP! features a series of standards-based lessons that provide students with the knowledge and tools to design their own video games—right from the comfort of your classroom. Video games are exciting, challenging, and a vital part of life for many teens. This year energize your students by using video games as an engaging educational tool to teach core language arts, math, and science concepts!

  • Make Beliefs Comix

    Students can make their own digital comic strips, using any content!

  • PBS Learning Media

    Searchable database of thousands of lessons in all subject areas.

  • Poetry Out Loud

    POETRY OUT LOUD is an extraordinary opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and win valuable prizes – including a trip to Washington D.C. for the California State Champion, to compete in the national finals! The structure of Poetry Out Loud is similar to a spelling bee. Students compete first in their classrooms, then vie for the school title…your school’s champion competes at the district and/or county level…and county winners are treated to an unforgettable two days at the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento March 16 and 17, 2014. At the state level, everyone is a champion—and one winner will be selected to represent California in the national competition.

  • Printing Press from ReadWriteThink

    The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Numerous lesson plans are available to use with Printing Press.

  • ReadWriteThink

    Excellent lessons in all subject areas at all levels.

  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

  • SFMOMA Teacher Resources

    Seven different resources for teachers, including lesson plans, activities, and materials. For use with or without SFMOMA exhibits.

  • Snag Films

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  • Teacher Resources from the Library of Congress

    Primary sources and lesson plans, mapped to Common Core standards.

  • TED-Ed Video Library (Technology, Entertainment, Design), an established source of brief, entertaining and educational video presentations has just launched TED-Ed. TED-Ed’s growing library of educational videos represents collaborations between teachers and animators.Classroom teachers can use, tweak, or rewrite lessons, or create their own lessons, based on any useful educational video. For example, The Power of Simple Words (2:02) is a featured video that argues big words are not necessarily better than small ones. Students can view the lesson, take a short interactive comprehension quiz, write answers to questions to demonstrate more comprehensive understanding, and follow web links to additional resources.

  • The Art of Teaching the Arts

    The Art of Teaching the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers is an eight-part professional development workshop for use by high school dance, music, theatre, and visual art teachers. The workshop examines how principles of good teaching are carried out in teaching the arts at the high school level. From the Annenberg Foundation.

  • The Learning Network at The New York Times

    Teaching and learning, with The New York Times as a resource.

  • Thinkfinity

    Thinkfinity is the Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community, providing access to over 60,000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for K-12 — aligned to state standards and the common core.

  • Tools for Teaching from Smithsonian Folkways

    Tools for Teaching from Smithsonian Folkways provides ideas and resources for educators to inspire their use of Folkways music from around the world. Information about these sounds and the cultures that create them are a valuable resource to courses in history, geography, language arts, social studies, visual arts -- and of course music and dance.

  • Watch Draw Think

    Watch Draw Think presents visual presentations of complex cross-curricular concepts for students in grades 5-12 and older and provides a space for teachers to share ideas, lessons, and projects in which students use RSA Animates. The goal is for teachers to use a whole or part of an RSA Animate video as an introduction to, or as part of, a lesson. For a good general overview of Watch Draw Think see: The Big Idea: Making The Most Of RSA Animates In School.

  • WatchKnowLearn

    Free educational videos. Organized.

  • WebExhibits

    The WebExhibits online museum offers a multidisciplinary approach to a variety of exhibit topics. While the exhibits offer breadth and depth of knowledge to learners of all ages and in all settings, we’ve designed specific lesson plans and hands-on activities to support classroom learning. Please follow the links below for lesson plans and tips on using WebExhibits in the classroom.

  • YouTube for Educators

    YouTube EDU is a sub-section of YouTube that provides access to more than 500,000 educational videos from organizations like Stanford University, PBS, TED, Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science, and Numberphile. Videos are grouped for primary and secondary education, university, and lifelong learning with categories reflecting academic disciplines. For example, primary and secondary education includes the categories, history and social studies, languages, mathematics and science and within each of these additional subcategories. Categories can be browsed or searched.