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>Academic/CTE

>Accounting

>Accounting Careers NEW!

>Activities--Technology UNPLUGGED NEW ITEMS!!

>Aeronautics

>App Development/Coding NEW!

>Articles

>Assessing Knowledge

>Assessment

>Auto Body and Collision Repair

>Automotive and Diesel Technologies

>Biofuels Resources

>Biology

>Blogging

>Business and Marketing Skills in Technology Applications

>Business Ed. Software

>Business Law

>Career Development

>Career Exploration--Resume Writing

>Career Inventories and Tools

>Career Readiness Skills, Credentials & Certifications

>Careers

>Careers

>Certifications and Associations - New Category

>Child Development

>Clothing and Textiles

>Cloud Computing

>Co-Op Education

>CODING--NEW ITEMS!

>Common Core Standards

>Common Core Standards in Technology Education

>Common Core State Standards

>Common Core State Standards

>Computer Basics

>Computer Graphics

>Consumer Education & Financial Literacy

>Consumer Education Videos

>Copyright--Fair Use Sites

>Counseling and Mental Health

>Counseling and Other Health Services

>Counseling and Student Services

>Counseling and Testing

>Counselor Apps

>Course Management Systems

>Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

>Critical Thinking

>Curriculum Across US--BMCE

>Cyber Security

>Database

>Disease

>Drafting Education - New Listings

>Educational Videos

>Electronics Technology

>Emergency Medical Services

>Emergency Preparedness/Management

>Employment Skills

>Energy and Sustainability

>Entrepreneurship

>Entrepreneurship NEW ITEMS!!

>Family Resource Management and Planning

>FCCLA

>FCS Assessment

>Federal & State Agencies

>Federal Agencies

>Finance

>Fire Science

>Flipped Learning

>Flipping

>Foods

>Forensic Science

>Free E-Resources for Counselors, Students and Parents

>Fuel Cells and Battery Power

>Games for Business

>Gender Equity and Careers

>General Interest

>Gold Collar Job Resources

>Google Docs in the Classroom--NEW!

>Google Docs--Quizzing NEW ITEMs!

>Google--NEW ITEMS!

>Grant Resources

>Green Collar Resources

>Green Construction

>Green Technology Resources

>Health Information Technology

>Health Reform

>Health Services

>Illinois State Resources

>Interior Design

>Internet Safety Monitoring

>iPad

>iPad

>iPad Apps

>ISLE

>Jobs in CTE Areas

>Keyboarding

>Learning Objectives/Outcomes

>Lesson Planning

>Lesson Plans

>Lesson Plans and Resources

>Links That Complement Specific Lessons

>LiveBinders

>Manufacturing

>Marketing

>Math & Reading

>Math on Mondays

>Mathematics

>Medical Assistant

>MS Office--NEW ITEMS!

>Music/Sound & Audio--Royalty-Free

>Nanotechnology - New Listings

>National and State professional Organizations

>Nursing

>Organizations--Business Teacher and Student

>Other State Sites of Interest

>Other State’s Resources

>PARCC Common Core Testing--NEW ITEMS!

>Pharmacy Technician

>Podcasting

>Polling/Quizzing on Line

>Prezi

>Problem-Based Education

>Professional and Student Organizations

>Professional and Student Organizations

>Professional Development

>Professional Learning

>Professional Organizations

>Professional Organizations

>Programs of Study

>Project/Problem-Based Learning

>Research

>Resume - Portfolio Building

>Robotics

>Rubrics

>Safety

>School Guidance Counseling

>Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

>Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Content in Technology Education

>ScreenCasts

>Sewing

>Social-Emotional Learning

>Special Populations

>Standards

>State of Illinois

>STEM

>STEM

>Student Organizations

>Surveys

>Surveys

>Sustainability and the Environment

>Teacher Resources

>Teacher Resources

>Teacher Resources

>Technology

>Technology & Apps

>Technology Tools

>Test Preparation

>Training Resources

>Universities That Offer Teacher Education

>Universities--Business & Business Ed. Degrees

>Web 2.0 Emerging Technologies

>Web Page Development NEW!

>Web Resources

>Webpage Design

>Welding and Metal Fabrication

>White Boards

>Woodworking and Construction Trades

>Working with special populations

>Workplace and Safety - New Category and Links

>Your Community College and CTE

Academic/CTE

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ACTE Facts Sheets

http://www.acteonline.org/factsheets/#.VIDGCDHF_58

ACTE is your resource for quick, to-the-point fact sheets that will help you make the case for CTE with policymakers, businesses and the public.

College Affordability Guide

http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org

Affordable Degrees Online helps prospective undergrad and graduate students to find affordable, not-for-profit universities with solid outcome metrics in the healthcare field.

CTE Career Profiles

http://user-mniyirg.cld.bz/CTE-Career-Profiles-Bookshelf

Career Profiles are a great way to help your students plan for their future! Within each profile, students can learn about some of CTE's most exciting careers while also gaining insight into what it takes to follow this career path!

Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

http://free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=41

This is a very comprehensive site for all areas. Art, music, health & physical education, history, language arts, math, and science are all covered in this website. If you click on Math, you will find Mathematics Across the Curriculum. To access lessons, type “ lesson plans” in the search box.

iTunes U

https://itunes.apple.com/app/itunes-u/id490217893?mt=8&ls=1

iTunes U is the best way to create and experience courses on iPad. The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

K-12 Instructional Media Center

http://www.k12imc.org/

Click on Curriculum and Classroom treasures. You will find Electronic field trips as well as computer assisted collaboration projects, such as podcasts. This is a great site for all teaching areas.

Math for America

http://www.mathforamerica.org/teacher-resources/virtual-manipulatives

Teacher resources include: Games and challenges, activities and lesson plans, skills practice & worksheets, podcasts, etc.

New York Times Reprints

http://www.nytreprints.com

From this site, you can order presentation-ready copies to distribute to your colleagues, clients, or customers.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

http://www.parcconline.org/

PARCC is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

Thinkfinity

http://www.thinkfinity.org

55,000 FREE resources for all content areas, including 4,500 lesson plans.

This site provide resources for vocational e

http://khake.com/

This website from the Vocational Information Center has resources for Teaching and Learning, Career Guidance, Occupational and Industry Safety, Academics, Vocational and Career Lesson Plans

University of North Carolina

http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/math/archives/I-AFM.pdf

Math lessons.

University of Utah GIS Lessons

http://www.uensd.org/gis/lessons/GIS_Lessons_uen.htm

The GIS/GPS Academy is designed to introduce educators to two exciting technologies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Educators will not only be introduced to these technologies but will also be given tools and resources for using them to enhance their curriculum.

Accounting

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Accounting 1 Lesson Plans

https://cte.unt.edu/finance/accounting-1

Accounting 1 lesson plans and PowerPoints

Accounting 2 Lesson Plans

https://cte.unt.edu/finance/accounting-2

Lessons developed for Accounting 2 courses

Accounting Coach

http://www.accountingcoach.com/

Concepts explained, lessons,quizzes, and much more free

Accounting Curriculum Resources

http://www.wyzant.com/resources/accounting

All kinds of lesson plans for accounting available

Accounting Projects--American Institute of CPAs

http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/AccountingEducation/Pages/AEC.aspx

Many accounting lesson plans and projects.

Accounting Projects--Study Sphere

http://www.studysphere.com/Site/Sphere_5381.html

Learning resources for students, families, and teachers

Accounting--American Accounting Association

http://aaahq.org/Education/Teaching

Accounting and Business Teaching Resources

Careers in Accounting

http://www.findacareercollege.com/accountant-characteristics.htm

Is an accounting career for me?

Internet 4 Classrooms--Accounting Lessons

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/ct-bus.htm

A collection of Business Education course lessons including Accounting

Lesson Corner for Accounting Lessons

http://www.lessoncorner.com/search?q=accounting

Free login. Provides a variety of accounting lessons

Lesson Planet Search Engine for Teachers

http://www.lessonplanet.com/directory/Social_Studies/Economics_and_Business/Economics/Accounting

Teacher reviewed lessons correlated to state standards

Money Instructor

http://www.moneyinstructor.com/accounting.asp

Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping Lessons

Quicken 8.0 for Teaching Accounting

http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/ERI_95-04.pdf

A pdf file--Lesson Plan for Teaching Accounting for the Home Using Quicken 8.0

Small Business Fraud Buster

http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/Issues/2003/Aug/TurnExcelIntoAFinancialSleuth

Turn Excel into a Financial Sleuth. Free Fraud Buster download and coding link to make your own.

Teachers.Net Lesson Bank

http://teachers.net/lessons/search.html

Search “Accounting” for several lesson plans.

Utah Education Network

http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/LPview?grade=12

Accounting lesson links as well as other plans for business education courses.

Accounting Careers NEW!

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Accountant Salary and CPA Outlook by State

http://www.mastersinaccounting.info/salary/

The salary that you earn as an accountant is largely dependent on your geographic location and level of experience. Check out those opportunities by State.

Accounting & Finance Careers Job Outlook

http://www.mastersinaccounting.info/careers/

According to the BLS, there were 1,275,400 Accountants and Auditors in 2012.1 By 2022, there will be 1,442,200, an increase of 13%, which outpaces the overall growth average across all projected jobs categories in the US.1

Accounting and Finance Job Listings

http://www.mastersinaccounting.info/jobs/

Accounting and finance job board provides a source for finding opportunities for employment and also a way to research what qualifications and requirements employers are currently seeking in candidates. By understanding the needs of the job market, you can better prepare for the job search and make more informed decisions about education options.

Guide to Accounting Degree

http://www.mastersinaccounting.info/

Access top accounting programs via several ratings systems, student reviews, scholarships, student guides, a jobs board, free online lectures, and career outlook data for advanced degrees in Accounting.

Activities--Technology UNPLUGGED NEW ITEMS!!

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Computer Science Activities

http://csunplugged.org/activities

Each Unplugged activity is available to download in PDF format, with full instructions and worksheets. Background sections explain the significance of each activity to computer science, and answers are provided for all problems. All you need for most of these activities are curiosity and enthusiasm. The activities are primarily aimed at the five to twelve year-old age group, but they are by no means restricted to this age range.

Technology Unplugged--Activities

http://csunplugged.org/

Free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

Aeronautics

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American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

https://www.aiaa.org/

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

Andrews Engineering

http://www.andrewsengineeringinc.com/‎

Aeronautical Engineering in Springfield Illinois. The Expertise You're Looking For. Professional Engineers. Call Now.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/aerospace-engineers.htm

Mar 29, 2012 - Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they test prototypes to make sure that they function ...

Electric Stealth Plane

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nasa-one-man-stealth-plane&sc=CAT_TECH_20100120

Good interest item for electronics or aviation classes

Glenn Research Center - NASA

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/UEET/StudentSite/aeronautics.html

Sep 9, 2010 - What is aeronautics? What are the processes involved? What career opportunities are there?

Grad School Rankings

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/aero...

U. S. News Grad school Rankings in Aeronautical Engineering

Lockheed Martin

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Home Page. utics Company Home Page.

NASA.Gov

http://www.nasa.gov/aeronautics/

NASA Aeronautics is working to make aviation truly sustainable by reducing delays and environmental impacts, and by ultimately transforming aviation so it ...

U. S Air Force Academy

http://www.academyadmissions.com/

Earn an Aeronautical Engineering degree at the United States Air Force Academy, a top-ranked engineering university. The Aeronautical Engineering major ...

App Development/Coding NEW!

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10 Steps to be a Successful Appeneur

http://www.chupamobile.com/blog/2015/06/25/the-10-steps-to-be-a-successfull-appreneur/?utm_medium=al...

Today’s hottest professional prospect is to become an entrepreneur, both for kids and parents. I’m not talking about the old-style entrepreneur; I mean a new kind of businessperson: the appreneur or mobile application entrepreneur.

36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming

https://dzone.com/articles/36-resources-help-you-teach

35 possible options to teach coding

5 Tips for Mcommerce Success

http://www.openwavecomp.com/blog/category/mobile-app/

Customers around the world are looking for mobile optimized websites. Do you have one?

App Development Curriculum--Free

http://www.appinventor.org/

Curriculum to teach app development using the appinventor software provided free from MIT and Google

Coding/App Development Lessons/Curriculum

https://www.codecademy.com/learn

Excellent Resource to begin teaching Coding/App Devleopment! Curriculum to teach/learn how to code using a number of different coding languages.

Free App Development Software

http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/

More advanced than Scratch developed by MIT and Google.

jQuery Mobile Framework

http://jquerymobile.com/

jQuery Mobile is a HTML5-based user interface system designed to make responsive web sites and apps that are accessible on all smartphone, tablet and desktop devices.

Made with Code from Google

https://www.madewithcode.com/resources/

Resources: Learn more about code through an event or partner organization.

Articles

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Cloud Computing: The Economic Imperative

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2009/03/04/cloud-computing-the-economic-imperative/

May 2009 eSchoolNews article talks about why this paradigm shift in IT isn't just lofty thinking

Off-Line Web Applications

http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?ch=specialsections&sc=emerging08&id=20245&a=f

March/April 2008 article in Technology Review predicting the future of computer applications

Students Dropping Out of HS in Record Numbers

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=2667532&page=1

From ABC News, a 2006 article--Department of Education found that 31 percent of American students were dropping out or failing to graduate in the nation's largest 100 public school district

Assessing Knowledge

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AnswerGarden

https://answergarden.ch/

AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.

Assessment Tools in Informal Science

http://atis.pearweb.org/tools/browse?assessment=true

Assessment tools for informal science according to age, domain, assessment type, or customize a tool.

Critical Thinking Assessments (by Insight Assessments, California)

http://www.insightassessment.com/SampleTest1.html

Both the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) and several Health Science Technology Assessments are available at this site. CCTST is the premier critical thinking skills test in the world today. Called the "gold standard" of critical thinking tests, the CCTST is based on the Delphi Expert Consensus Definition of Critical Thinking. The CCTST has been proven to predict strength in critical thinking in authentic problem situations and success on professional licensure examinations.

Critical Thinking Tools - Go beyond memorization and teach independent thinking skills.

https://www.mentoringminds.com/products/categories/critical-thinking.html

Critical thinking skills are adopted automatically, but may also be taught. Successful students have been taught lines of questioning, different levels of thought, and higher-order thinking skills. The "Critical Thinking Wheel" and other tools are available to teach these skills.

GoSoapBox

http://www.gosoapbox.com/

GoSoapBox is a web-based clicker tool used by educators around the world to keep students engaged and gain real-time insight into student comprehension.

GradeCam

https://gradecam.com/

GradeCam is a grading tool for shorter assessments and immediate personal feedback with any web or document camera.

Illinois Classrooms in Action

http://www.ilclassroomsinaction.org/

ISBE Professional Learning Series to allow educators to reach a deep understanding of the standards, knowledge of the instructional shifts for math and ELA, and a commitment to integrating assessment and instructional supports.

iTunes U

https://itunes.apple.com/app/itunes-u/id490217893?mt=8&ls=1

iTunes U is the best way to create and experience courses on iPad. The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Kahoot

https://getkahoot.com/

A free, online game-based classroom response and assessment system. A great way to get students engaged in thought provoking questions developed by you.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

http://www.parcconline.org/

PARCC is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

Plickers

https://plickers.com/

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices, using free, printable, scannable Plickers cards.

PollEverywhere

https://www.polleverywhere.com/

Poll Everywhere is a service that allows teachers to collect responses from an audience via text messaging in real-time.

QuizSocket

http://www.quizsocket.com/

QuizSocket is a tool developed for the purpose of enabling teachers to quickly gather feedback from students by creating quizzes. QuizSocket enables students to respond to questions through their cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Socrative

http://socrative.com/

Socrative empowers teachers to engage and assess students as learning happens. Through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation and visualization, teachers have instant insight into levels of understanding to use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners.

Assessment

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Career Development Assessments

http://www.ilworkinfo.com/icrn.htm

Guide to Academic Assessment by the ISBE—Math example for AG lesson—Shortened Version

http://www.isbe.net/ils/career_develop/pdf/assessment_guide.pdf

ILS Assessments for Business, Marketing, and Management (on CD)

http://www.isbe.net/ils/career_develop/business/assessment.htm

WorkKeys Web Site—for assessment questions which might appear on the ACT

http://www.act.org/workkeys/assess/index.html

Auto Body and Collision Repair

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I-CAR Collision Repair

https://www.i-car.com/index.shtml

The I-CAR Vision is that EVERY person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.

Automotive and Diesel Technologies

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Automotive Service Association of Illinois

http://www.asaillinois.org

To Advance Professionalism and Excellence in the Automotive Repair Industry through Education, Representation and Member Services

Automotive Technology

http://www.automotive-technology.com/aboutus/

Provides resources for the automotive industry on a global scale. Good for overview.

Autoshop 101

http://autoshop101.com/

On Line Lessons in Automotive Electronics Technology

Brake and Front End Repair

http://www.brakeandfrontend.com

Leading Edge Training and Resources for Brake and Front End Repair.

Car Repairs

http://www.carparts.com/carrepair

What's wrong with my car? Visit this site to diagnose and teach students how to determine what is wrong with your car.

Car Talk: The Official Site

http://cartalk.com/

This is the site for the popular NPR show. Be careful with what you choose for the classroom. Tom and Ray can stretch it a bit. Use your professional judgment.

CCAR - Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=d5dffa1e-80b8-4f09-a65b-6ce4d65afed6&c=b966a0c0-87...

OSHA's New Reporting Information for Deaths and Injuries in the Automotive Industry - Effective January 1, 2015.

Delphi Electronics for Automotive

http://delphi.com/manufacturers/auto/ee/

Electric Automobiles and EV Technology

http://www.electricauto.org/

Non-Profit Educational Organization for Promotion of Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Magazine

http://www.chargedevs.com

Magazine and Resources for the Promotion and Support of Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Technology

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/evtech.shtml

EV Technology at Fuel Economy.gov

Electric Vehicle World

http://www.evworld.com

Provides a Face to the Topic of Sustainable Transportation with a Focus on People, Policy and Technology

Electrical Digest for Automotive Technology

http://www.electricaldigest.co.uk

How Stuff Works Video

http://www.howstuffworks.com/electric-car.htm

How Stuff Works and Electric Cars

Illinois College Automotive Instructors Association

http://www.icaia.org/

An Association of Post-Secondary and Secondary Automotive Instructors Devoted to Providing Up-To-Date and Quality Automotive Education

James Halderman Resources

http://www.jameshalderman.com/

Free resources from James Halderman. Instructors: I'm sure you'll find the information I've included in my website useful in your classroom. Much of the information correlates directly to my textbooks. It assists you in putting together lesson plans and provides excellent visual and technical reference.

National Automotive Technology Education Foundation

http://www.natef.org/

Site provides links to materials on automotive testing and information

Power Tool Safety

http://www.powertoolinstitute.com/who.html

Power Tool safety at the Power tool Institute

Procarcare

http://www.procarcare.com/icarumba/default.asp

This site provides information on resources and may be useful for student career exploration

Siemans Electric Poweertrains

http://www.industry.siemens.com/topics/global/en/electric-vehicle/Pages/electric-powertrain.aspx

Electronicsand Automation in Transportation

Transmission Digest

http://www.transmissiondigest.com

Providing Education and Reference Materials in the Transmission Repair Industry. Serves as a Prime Resource for a Successful and Profitable Operation.

Welding Resources through the American Welding Society

http://www.aws.org

American Welding Society Educational resources related to welding provided by the American Welding Society.

Biofuels Resources

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Allaboutbiodiesal (this is the organization's name)

http://www.allabout-biodiesel.com

Bio-Diesel This is an organization based in Great Britain that provides information on Biodiesal careers and technologies.

University of Idaho Biodiesel Education Program

http://www.BiodieselEducation.org

Bio-Diesel University - level education in this field.

Biology

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5 Tips for Getting Into PA School by AAPA

https://www.aapa.org/twocolumn.aspx?id=2826

The PA profession is growing rapidly. It’s in demand, and it attracts a wide array of individuals with different backgrounds and healthcare experiences. Here’s some advice on navigating the pre-PA school track based on my experience. There’s more to applying to PA school than you might think.

BioBuilder

http://www.BioBuilder.org

Research in Teachable Form--This site provides a resource in synthetic biology--virtual experimentation. Developed at MIT in collaboration with secondary school teachers.

BioDigital

https://www.biodigital.com/education

Check out this free format for understanding the human body that resembles life itself.

BMC Biology

http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcbiol/

The flagship biology journal of the BMC series - publishes research and methodology articles of special importance and broad interest in any area of biology and biomedical sciences. BMC Biology (ISSN 1741-7007) is covered by PubMed, MEDLINE, BIOSIS, CAS, Embase, Scopus, Zoological Record, and Google Scholar.

Bone Bingo

http://resources.yesican-science.ca/iss07/w1_boneBingo.pdf

Make memorizing the bones of the body fun.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

http://www.cdc.gov/

As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish their mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

Code Fred

http://www.msichicago.org/play/codefred/#.V2mpuLsrLIU

Code Fred is a free online game developed by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. The game helps players learn about the human body's responses to trauma. The object of the game is to help "Fred" escape from the woods while he is chased by a wolf. To keep Fred running players have to pump blood, increase the flow of oxygen, and send adrenaline through Fred's body. If a player doesn't respond to the needs of Fred's body fast enough, he will get caught by the wolf that is chasing him.

CTE Skills.com's YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/iecSimulations/featured

With CTE Skills, you can bring the field trip to the classroom with streaming videos designed specifically for your course instruction. Why try to "imagine" a technical process when you can witness the actual procedure through the CTE Skills library? We provide high quality career oriented content which is continually updated. Virtually any trade and industry topic or technique is available. Prepare to meet the performance requirements of more employers in less time with our relevant instructional videos. Don't see the video that you need? Just ask; we will record and produce any procedure that is relevant to your program, in accordance with current standards, at NO COST (restrictions apply). Check out this outstanding educational tool which will supplement your classroom instruction.

Human Body StudyJams

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/human-body/skeletal-system.htm

Human Body Study Jams from Scholastic are slideshows and animations that provide a short overview of various topics in science and math. There are six human body Study Jams; skeletal system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, muscular system, and circulatory system.

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?

The mission of IDHS is to assist their customers to achieve maximum self-sufficiency, independence, and health through the provision of seamless, integrated services for individuals, families, and communities.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

http://www.dph.illinois.gov

The mission of IDPH is to promote the health of the people of Illinois through the prevention and control of disease and injury.

Illinois Pathways

http://www2.illinoisworknet.com/ilpathways/Pages/default.aspx

Illinois Pathways are an innovative public-private education partnership that is organized to support local implementation of P-20 STEM Programs of Study by coordinating and reducing the transaction cost among statewide networks of education partners, businesses, industry associations, labor organizations, and other organizations.

Illinois Pathways Health Science STEM Learning Exchange

https://www2.illinoisworknet.com/ilpathways/Pages/health.aspx

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Learning Exchanges have been formed for selected career clusters to improve the coordination and delivery of resources, work-based learning opportunities, career guidance, and partnerships that support local STEM programs.

Living Lung

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/living-lung-lung-viewer/id575926350?mt=8

Living Lung is a free iPad app from iSO-Form Medical. The app provides an interactive 3D model of human lungs. Users of the app can speed up or slow down the respiratory rate of the model. This free educational iPad app also allows users to add or remove labeled layers of the respiratory system, and it can zoom in, zoom out, and rotate the model on the iPad.

Medical Animation Studio

http://medical-animation-studio.com/Static-projects.html

This site offers teachers the ability to work on an interactive, animated touch screen that displays medical images of the human body, surgery, etc.

MedPage Today - Medical News & Free CME

https://www.medpagetoday.com/

A daily peer-reviewed medical news source featuring articles especially for the clinician. This clearinghouse features: blogs, columns, special reports, surveys, news by specialty, and a Washington Watch column.

NASA SciFile's YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/NASASciFiles

The NASA SCIence Files™ is an Emmy® award-winning series of instructional programs that introduces students in grades 3-5 to NASA and integrates mathematics, science, and technology through the use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), scientific inquiry, and the scientific method. The series seeks to motivate students to become critical thinkers and active problem solvers.

National Academies Press

http://www.nap.edu

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide variety of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

http://www.nih.gov

The primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical and health research.

NC Department of Health and Human Services: Infection Control Course Instructor Manual

https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/acls/training/infection/trainingmanual.html

The Infection Control Course was developed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in November 2011. The Infection Control Course may be used as a student guide. The Infection Control for Adult Care Homes – Instructor’s Manual was developed to aid instructors with training of the approved Infection Control Course for adult care homes.

NIH's MedlinePlus

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

Trusted health information from NIH's U.S. National Library of Medicine

PLoS Biology

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/

PLoS Biology (eISSN-1545-7885; ISSN-1544-9173) is an open-access, peer-reviewed general biology journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.

Probe the Brain

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/brain/

Using an electric probe and an exposed brain, now you can explore the neocortex to see how it works.

Starla's Creative Teaching Tips

http://www.starlasteachtips.com/

Starla Ewan, M.S. is in her 31st year of teaching and brings a rich background of experience ranging from coaching, athletic training, all levels of Biology, college instruction of Anatomy, and years of on-site medical observation. She has been presenting successful teaching methods with teachers during conferences and staff development workshops for over 15 years.

TED-Ed Health Lessons

http://ed.ted.com/lessons?category=health

TED-Ed - Health Lessons Worth Sharing

TED-Ed Science & Technology Lessons

http://ed.ted.com/lessons?category=science-technology

TED-Ed - Science & Technology Lessons Worth Sharing

TED-Ed's YouTube Channel - Human Body Playlist

https://youtu.be/8dgoeYPoE-0?list=PLtx-qUNKJwDz2h9S5Yvil7NmwuofKC9C3

TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com).

Virtual Heart for iOS

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtual-heart/id501539525?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Virtual Heart is a free iPad app that allows users to take a closer look at how the human heart functions. The free app lets users speed up and slow down the virtual heart rate. Users have four views of the heart in the app. The views are of the electrical system, the valves, blood flow, and the interior of the heart. Each view can be experienced with or without labels.

Visual Anatomy for iOS

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visual-anatomy-lite/id523422151?mt=8

Visual Anatomy is an iPad app designed to help students learn the names of muscles, bones, organs, and systems in the human body. To use the app students select a system then click on the pinmarks in each image to learn about those parts of the body. The free version of the app has 300 pinmarks in standard resolution. The paid version of the app has 700 pinmarks with high resolution images.

Blogging

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iPad and Emerging Technology Resource Ideas

http://www.scoop.it/t/igeneration-21st-century-education?page=9

Ever building collection of emerging technology ideas for teaching and learning in the 21st Century

WordPress for Blog Site

http://wordpress.com/

WordPress allows you to create a FREE blog space should that fit into your course curriculum.

Business and Marketing Skills in Technology Applications

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Chief Marketing Technologist Blog

http://chiefmartec.com/2009/02/5-new-skills-for-the-future-of-marketing/

Marketing Blog by Scott Brinker

Spiceworks to Reach IT Pros

http://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/join/

Live Chat Spiceworks is a free IT management app and rockin' community that connects over 5 million IT buyers with 3,000 tech vendors. Would you like to chat about what Spiceworks can do for you?

Business Ed. Software

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Accounting/Finance

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_software_packages#Finance

List of Open Source software packages.

Computer Aided Design Software

http://www.archimedes.org.br/

Archimedes is a free and open source CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. It is a robust system built over Eclipse’s Rich Client Platform fully based on plug ins.

Computer Aided Design Software -- Other Sites

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_computer-aided_design_software

There are a number of other free CAD programs located here.

Computer Aided Design Software -- StaticFreeSoft

http://www.staticfreesoft.com/

StaticFreeSoft is CAD software that runs on most operating systems.

Data Mining Software

http://sourceforge.net/projects/weka/

This is good for data preprocessing, clustering, classification, regression, visualization, and feature selection. Also, http://rapid-i.com/.

Diagramming Software -- Dia

http://live.gnome.org/Dia

Dia is somewhat inspired by the Windows program 'Visio', though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams and the Operating-System is cross-platform.

Diagramming Software -- InkScape

http://www.inkscape.org/

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format

Diagramming Software -- Koffice

http://www.koffice.org/kivio/

Kivio is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other KOffice applications. It enables you to create network diagrams, organization charts, flowcharts and more.

File Managers

http://www.7-zip.org/

7-zip runs on Microsoft, DOS, Linux and others and is a file archive system.

File Managers Resource

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_file_managers

Check this site for other options for File Managers.

File Sharing-peer to peer-software--eMule

http://www.emule-project.net/home/perl/general.cgi?l=1

eMule is one of the biggest and most reliable peer-to-peer file sharing clients around the world which runs on Microsoft Windows.

File Sharing-peer to peer-software--FrostWire

http://www.frostwire.com/?id=home

FrostWire is free open-source file sharing peer-to-peer software which can be used on Windows, Linux/Unix like, and Mac OS X.

File Sharing-peer to peer-software--MLDonkey

http://mldonkey.sourceforge.net/Main_Page

MLDonkey is an open source, free software multi-network peer-to-peer application that can be used with Windows, Linux.Unix.

Finance -- jGnash

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/jgnash/index.php?title=Main_Page

jGnash is a free (no strings attached!) personal finance manager with many of the same features as commercially-available software. It was created in order to make tracking your personal finances easy, but also provides the functionality required by advanced users.

Finance -- Many Choices

http://financialsoft.about.com/od/reviewsfinancesoftware/a/FreeSoftwr.htm

This site has free software for Money Management. The downloads include: ClearCheckbook, GnuCash, AceMoney Lite, PLCash. This software is very similar to Microsoft Money and Quicken.

Finance -- TurboCash

http://www.turbocash.net/

TurboCASH is an open source accounting software package for Windows.

Finance--SQL Ledger

http://www.sql-ledger.org/

SQL-Ledger is a double-entry accounting system that works for both Macs and PCs

Finance/Accounting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_software_packages#Finance

List of open source software packages.

Graphic Editors (Bitmap) - GIMP

http://www.gimp.org/

GIMP is used to process digital graphics and photographs. Typical uses include creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, altering colors, combining multiple images, removing unwanted image features, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can be used on Windows, Mac and others.

Graphic Editors (Bitmap) -- Additional Sites

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_bitmap_graphics_editors

There are about six other free software programs here.

Graphic Editors (Bitmap) -- GIMPshop

http://www.gimpshop.com/

GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Like GIMP it can be used with most Operating Systems.

Graphic Editors (Bitmap)-- CinePaint

http://www.cinepaint.org/

CinePaint is a collection of free open source software tools for deep paint manipulation and image processing. CinePaint is used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and 3d model textures. It is also cross-platform.

Graphic Editors (Vector)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_vector_graphics_editors

There are a number of Vector Graphics Editors at this site.

Graphics Editing Software -- Art of Illusion

http://www.artofillusion.org/

Art of Illusion is an open source software package used for 3D modeling, texturing, ray tracing, and otherwise rendering computer generated imagery stills or animations (movies). This software is fully cross-platform.

Graphics Editing Software -- Blender

http://www.blender.org/

Blender is a 3D animation program. It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulating, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications. It can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux, and others. http://www.jrman.org/ jrMan is an open source version of the REYES rendering algorithm used by Pixar's PhotoRealistic Renderman. JrMan runs on most O.S.

Graphics Editing Software -- jrMan

http://www.jrman.org/

jrMan is an open source version of the REYES rendering algorithm used by Pixar's PhotoRealistic Renderman. JrMan runs on most O.S.

Graphics Editing Software -- Many

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_3D_graphics_software

Note: there are 18 other free 3D graphic editors at this site.

Graphics Editing Software -- OGRE

http://www.ogre3d.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=105

OGRE (Object-Oriented Graphics Rendering Engine) is a scene-oriented, flexible 3D engine designed to make it easier and more intuitive for developers to produce applications utilizing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics. OGRE seems to be one of the best free graphical software available. OGRE is Linux, Mac and Windows compatible.

HTML Editor - Mozilla

http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/

Operating system: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

HTML Editor -- Mozilla's Site Wizard

http://www.thesitewizard.com/gettingstarted/mozillacomposer1.shtml

This site shows how to design and publish your website with Mozilla Composer.

MS Office Alternative -- OpenOffice

http://www.openoffice.org/index.html

Open Office includes: Writer (very similar to Word), Calc (very similar to Excel), Impress (very similar to PowerPoint), and Base (very similar to Access). All of Open Office software is compatible with the Microsoft version except for Base (this means that Writer is compatible with Word and so on). It also includes Math, and Draw. Spanish version of Open Office: http://es.openoffice.org/

MS Office vs Open Office

http://www.openoffice.org/index.html

Microsoft Office Home and Student includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Microsoft Standard substitutes Outlook for OneNote. Microsoft Home and Student costs about $150 and Microsoft Standard costs about $400. OpenOffice is a free substitute to Microsoft Office. OpenOffice is very similar to and is compatible with Microsoft.http://www.openoffice.org/index.html You can also buy it for $25 dollars at http://www.openoffice2007.com/1495index.html. There is also a free Spanish version

MS Web Design Resources for Illinois Schools--Expression Studio

http://expression.microsoft.com/education

The Expression Studio suite of software provides easy-to-use professional Web design tools that allow users to create dynamic, interactive Web sites.

Multimedia Software--Gnome3

http://www.gnome.org/applications/

Hundreds of applications are available for GNOME. They enable people to engage in a vast range of activities, including everything from playing media and editing photos to system administration. And the vast majority are freely available.

Music Production & Creation Software--Wired

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Wired-3349.shtml

Wired project aims to be a professional music production and creation software running on the Linux operating system. Wired supports unlimited Audio/Midi tracks playback and recording, and introduces a Plugin system for instruments and effects.

Music Recording and Editing -- Ardour

http://www.ardour.org/

Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. It can be run on GNU/Linux, Mac and Solaris.

Music Recording and Editing -- Audacity

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Music Recording and Editing -- Sox

http://sox.sourceforge.net/

Sox is a general purpose sound converter/player/recorder. It can be used on Windows, GNU/Linux, Sun Solaris, and Mac.

PDF Editor -- iText

http://www.lowagie.com/iText/

iText is an ideal library for developers looking to enhance web-and other applications with dynamic PDF document generation and/or manipulation. The Operating System is cross-platform and uses Java.

PDF Editor -- Others

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_PDF_software

You can see a number of other free PDA software programs on this site.

PDF Editor -- PDFCreator

http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator

PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.

PDF Editor -- Skim

http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/

This can be used on Mac OSX. Use Skim to view, edit and add notes, highlight important text, and more.

PDF Editor -- Stefanochizzolini

http://www.stefanochizzolini.it/en/projects/clown/

A PDF creator and manipulator it works on all Operating Systems that have Java.

Photo Editor--GIMP

http://www.freeze.com//download/Design/Art/Gimp?f=7pXcVwaFS&a=6591&adid=4362974540

Download GIMP if you are looking for the ability to do any type of image manipulation.

Podcasting

http://radio.about.com/od/podcastin1/a/aa030805a.htm

This site shows you how to create a Podcast using different operating systems.

Podcasting in the Classroom

http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/tech/tech238.shtml

This site shows teachers how they can use Podcasts for education enhancement. This is a page with the fundamental questions answered.

Podcasting Tools

http://radio.about.com/od/onlinepodcastcreation/Online_Tools_and_Software_For_Creating_Podcast_Feeds...

This site gives you tools to create Podcasts.

Serif Software

http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/default.asp

This site has free downloads for: photo editing, document editing (creating professional documents), web design, art and drawing (to create attention-grabbing logos and such), and 3D programs (to add dimensions to your website graphics).

Text Editor -- Bluefish

http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/

Bluefish can be used with most Operating Systems.Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web-designers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code.

Text Editor -- Vim

http://vim.sourceforge.net/

Vim is also compatible with many operating systems. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing.

Video Conferencing/Webcasting -- Ekiga

http://www.ekiga.org/

Ekiga is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323 and SIP protocols. It supports many audio and video codecs, and is interoperable with other SIP compliant software and also with Microsoft NetMeeting.

Video Conferencing/Webcasting -- OpenWengo

http://www.openwengo.org/

OpenWengo allows users to speak to other users of SIP compliant VoIP software at no cost.

Video Conferencing/Webcasting -- Vmukti

http://www.vmukti.com/

Vmukti gives real-time conferencing and broadcasting, complete P2P collaboration architecture, open source voice and video over IP and more.

Video Editing -- LiVES

http://lives.sourceforge.net/

LiVES began in 2002 as the Linux Video Editing System. Since it now runs on more operating systems: LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features. Use Lives on Mac, Linux, BSD, and IRIX

Video Editing -- Avidemux

http://avidemux.berlios.de/index.html

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It can be used with Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, and BSD.

Video Editing -- Jahshaka

http://www.jahshaka.org/

Jahshaka can be used with Windows, Linux, and Mac. Jahshaka aims to become a cross-platform, open source, free, video editing, effects, and compositing suite. Once finished, it would be in the same market space as Newtek's Video Toaster and Pinnacle Liquid Edition.

Business Law

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Bus. Law Lesson Plans by UW Law Students

http://www.law.washington.edu/Clinics/Streetlaw/lessons.aspx

Lesson plans developed by University of Washington School of Law Students for the Street Law Course and are available for use at no charge. Each lesson plan is in Adobe PDF; some are also available in an editable Microsoft Word document. Additional files are available as noted.

Business Law Curriculum

http://www.icivics.org/curriculum

Topics from the constitution, the branches, to persuasive writing and budgeting, this curriculum provides lesson plans to guide through the topics.

Business Law Lessons and PPTs

http://www.cte.unt.edu/business/curriculum_law.html

15 lesson plans with PowerPoints created by the University of North Texas in cooperation with the Texas Education Association.

Business Law--North Carolina

http://www.wcpss.net/school_to_career/cte/instructional_resources/curriculum/courses.html#business

Download the zip file for the Business Law course to find many curriculum resources.

Legal Case Updates--Cengage

http://www.swlearning.com/blaw/cases/topic_index_main.html

Once a month, SW Legal provides 15-30 summaries of the most important legal cases happening around the country.

Career Development

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A Site Listing Education Resources

http://www.educationcorner.com/

This may be useful in finding professional development resources

Career Games

http://www.careergames.org

This site has games and workshop for career design and job hunting

Green Jobs Link

http://greenjobs.workforce3one.org/page/resources/1000916955604530872

This is a compilation of training programs, evaluations, and other green economy information

Green Programs at Illinois Community Colleges

http://www.iccb.org

Information on college credit programs related to "green" technologies.

Quintessential Careers - Resume's and Career Tools

http://www.quintcareers.com/resume_samples.html

Sample Professional Job-Search Resumes for All Job-Seekers in Various Professions and Occupations

Railway jobs

http://www.railcorp.com

Railway Industry - This listing focuses on jobs for the railway industry. Good for understanding a re-developing part of Transportation and Logistics.

Source for information on railroad related jobs in Canada

http://www.cantrak.com

Canadian railroads have been a model for North America. This site may help students to become excited about careers in rail.

Career Exploration--Resume Writing

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411 on College Education

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=1103&type=educator

Lesson calculating, comparing, and contrasting the cost of a college education

Business Jobs List

http://www.hicte.org/pathways/introduction/business.html

Business/Education business careers to direct students who may be interested in business careers

Career Advising and Planning Services - University of Chicago

https://caps.uchicago.edu/resourcecenter/jobsearch.html

Some excellent resources for job search preparation from the University of Chicago

Career Clusters--Programs of Study

http://careerclusters.org/

CTE is preparing students of all ages to help drive America’s success and vitality. This website provides the programs of study which lead to careers

Career Cruising

http://www.careercruising.com/default.aspx

This is a pay-to-view web site, but is a gold mine of resources from interest surveys to mapping courses throughout the university for careers of interest. Guidance counselors can look at the administrative portfolios of students to guide them correctly in their career choices. Universities with the degree programs throughout the U.S. are listed along with the requirements to achieve those degrees.

Career Guidance--Accounting Careers

http://www.findacareercollege.com/accountant-characteristics.htm

Characteristics of a career in accounting

Career Guidance--Business Careers

http://careers-in-business.com/

Careers-in-Business.com is designed to help you explore satisfying jobs in the business world.

Career Guidance--Business Careers Schools & Colleges

http://www.findacareercollege.com/business-career.htm

Explores the characteristics of most business careers and schools/colleges to attain the credentials for careers in business

Career Guidance--Choose Your Own Future

http://www.chooseyourfuture.org/

Website to help students prepare for careers.

Career Guidance--College View Careers

http://www.collegeview.com/index.jsp

With College View, you can search, compare, and connect to various careers and the post-secondary institutions that provides access to those majors.

Career Guidance--Marketing Careers

http://swlearning.com/web_resources/careers.htm#4a

Many resources and tools for career guidance which focuses on Marketing careers.

Career Guideance--Career and Job News, The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-career-jobs.html

Up-to-date information on the top careers across the country.

Career One Stop

http://www.careeronestop.org/credentials/index.aspx

From training to credentials in all career areas

Careers Counseling

http://counseling.careers.org/

Career Planning, Counseling and Coaching Resources -- Career Counseling on Careers.org has developed an online career counseling system through which our users can interact with a breadth of career resources, directories, and advice to assist their job search efforts.

Choose Your Career

http://www.chooseyourfuture.org/

A career planning site for students to explore career options, colleges, how to get to and pay for college, etc.

Creating a New Culture of Student Readiness

http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/ShiftingExpectations.pdf?utm_source=act_org&utm_medium=...

As the nonprofit leader in college and career readiness assessment, ACT has created this document as a tool to help policymakers and educators understand what lies ahead when a state transitions to evaluating the college and career readiness of every student.

CTE Career Exploration

http://www.chooseyourfuture.org/staff/cte

CTE Clusters and Pathways to careers offered in the Chicago Public Schools. These clusters and pathways are universal to CTE careers.

Illinois Career Resource Network

http://www.ilworkinfo.com/icrn.htm

A free resources, this site is a portal with resources similar to the pay-to-view sites. Career and interest information is available and is adding capabilities daily.

Illinois Department of Employment Security

http://www.ides.state.il.us/program/employer.asp

Illinois workNet

http://www.illinoisworknet.com/vos_portal

NACAC -- Nat'l Assoc. for College Admission Counseling

http://www.nacacnet.org/Pages/default.aspx

A rich resource to help students prepare for college and careers

Online Degrees in Business

http://onlinedegree.botw.org/

A site to explore online degree institutions

Resume Builder

http://www.livecareer.com/resume-examples#.U_SnQ_ldXAk

Resume samples and templates available

What's Next Illinois

https://secure.whatsnextillinois.org/Default.aspx

A career planning website to help students make career decisions.

Work & Career Lesson Plans

http://gcflearnfree.org/everydaylife/career.aspx

Lessons on career planning, job search, resume writing, cover letters, interviewing skills, money basics, career development, and the workplace.

Career Inventories and Tools

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://data.bls.gov/projections/occupationProj

Holland's codes-quick assessment

http://personality-testing.info/tests/RIASEC.php

Illinois Department of Employment Security

http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Employment_Projections.aspx

Illinois Reality Check

https://ilcis.intocareers.org/realitycheck/RC_Introduction.aspx

Career Readiness Skills, Credentials & Certifications

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AAPC - Advancing the Business of Healthcare

https://www.aapc.com/

AAPC was founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing student training, certification, ongoing education, networking, and job opportunities. Since then, AAPC has expanded beyond outpatient coding to include training and credentials in documentation and coding audits, inpatient hospital/facility coding, regulatory compliance, and physician practice management.

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workforce-solutions/act-national-career-read...

ACT's NCRC is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. WorkKeys assessments measure "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. The ACT NCRC offers the efficient matching of talent with work—which helps people find great jobs, companies find skilled workers, and our nation's economy grow and prosper.

America's Skills Gap Graphic

http://workboots.com/skills-gap

Some have suggested that the skills gap in America can partially be explained by the growing number of retiring tradespeople and the shrinking number of qualified applicants. WorkBoots.com supports the growth of a skilled workforce, and encourages today's youth to consider a career working the trades.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

http://www.ahima.org/

AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare

http://www.ilcte.org/ContentFiles/425201635908PM.pdf

This free, online course aims to help high school students, recent graduates, and those considering career transitions explore health care career options and learn strategies for entry into the health care workforce and health related fields.

CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare)

http://www2.careersafeonline.com/Healthcare

Coming Fall 2016: The OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) training course provides training for entry level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in healthcare industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. Students who successfully complete the course receive an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry wallet card from the OSHA Training Institute (OTI).

CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) Brochure

http://www.careersafeonline.com/index.php/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/254-general-indu...

Download this brochure for more information on the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) course, coming Fall 2016.

Critical Thinking Assessments (by Insight Assessments, California)

http://www.insightassessment.com/SampleTest1.html

Both the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) and several Health Science Technology Assessments are available at this site. CCTST is the premier critical thinking skills test in the world today. Called the "gold standard" of critical thinking tests, the CCTST is based on the Delphi Expert Consensus Definition of Critical Thinking. The CCTST has been proven to predict strength in critical thinking in authentic problem situations and success on professional licensure examinations.

CTE Career Profiles

http://user-mniyirg.cld.bz/CTE-Career-Profiles-Bookshelf

Career Profiles are a great way to help your students plan for their future! Within each profile, students can learn about some of CTE's most exciting careers while also gaining insight into what it takes to follow this career path!

eLearning Business Instruction by Skillsoft

http://www.skillsoft.com/online-learning-resources/

Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud-based learning solutions for our customers worldwide, who range from global enterprises, government, and education customers to mid-sized and small businesses. This is a good site to use to teach Soft Skills.

HST Career Profiles

http://user-mniyirg.cld.bz/HST-Career-Profiles-Bookshelf

These Career Profiles are a great way to help your students plan for their future in healthcare! Within each profile, students can learn about some of Health Science Technology's most exciting careers while also gaining insight into what it takes to follow this career path!

IDPH Division of Emergency Medical Systems and Highway Safety

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/emergency-preparedness-response/ems

This division of the Illinois Department of Public Health deals with EMS personnel licensing, testing, and education, as well as EMS provider and vehicle licensing.

IDPH Health Care Worker Registry

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/health-care-regulation/health-care-worker-registry

The Health Care Worker Registry lists individuals with a background check conducted pursuant to the Health Care Worker Background Check Act (225 ILCS 46). It shows training information for certified nursing assistants (CNA) and other health care workers. Additionally, it displays administrative findings of abuse, neglect or misappropriations of property.

Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)

http://www.idfpr.com/DPR.asp

IDFPR's Division of Professional Regulation's mission is to serve, safeguard, and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public by ensuring that licensure qualifications and standards for professional practice are properly evaluated, applied, and enforced. They license many healthcare professions in Illinois.

Illinois Nurse Aide Testing Program

http://www.nurseaidetesting.com/

This website contains all program, training, and examination information for the Illinois Nurse Aide certification program.

Jobs for the Future

http://www.jff.org

Jobs for the Future works to ensure that all underprepared young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems. Working with their partners, JFF designs and drives the adoption of innovative and scalable education and career training models and systems that lead from college readiness to career advancement.

National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)

https://www.ncctinc.com/

The NCCT provides multiple qualifying paths of certification in healthcare, e.g. Medical Assistant, Insurance and Coding Specialists, Surgical Technologists.

National Healthcare Association (NHA)

http://www.nhanow.com/

NHA provides professional development and certification for several allied health professions, e.g. Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) - FEMA

http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system

This section of the website provides information on NIMS. NIMS is intended to be used by the whole community. NIMS is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. NIMS is the essential foundation to the National Preparedness System (NPS) and provides the template for the management of incidents and operations in support of all five National Planning Frameworks.

National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

http://www.nremt.org

This site provides information on certification, testing, EMS program accreditation, and other pertinent resources.

Soft Skills Definitions of Communication and More

http://www.atctraining.com/soft_skills_definition_of_communication.htm

This article includes the WHOLE MESSAGE MODEL for communication and its related definitions.

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A Guide to Public Health Careers

http://www.publichealthonline.org/careers/

Explore what Public Health (PH) careers/degrees include, what industries and sectors PH professionals work in, where PH degrees are available, and who the top PH employers are.

AAPC - Advancing the Business of Healthcare

https://www.aapc.com/

AAPC was founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing student training, certification, ongoing education, networking, and job opportunities. Since then, AAPC has expanded beyond outpatient coding to include training and credentials in documentation and coding audits, inpatient hospital/facility coding, regulatory compliance, and physician practice management.

America's Skills Gap Graphic

http://workboots.com/skills-gap

Some have suggested that the skills gap in America can partially be explained by the growing number of retiring tradespeople and the shrinking number of qualified applicants. WorkBoots.com supports the growth of a skilled workforce, and encourages today's youth to consider a career working the trades.

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

http://www.aarc.org/careers/

Search for a job. Get job advice. Learn about being a respiratory therapist.

American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT)

http://www.pharmacytechnician.com/

Provides leadership and represents the interests of its members to the public as well as health care organizations. Promotes the safe, efficacious, and cost effective dispensing, distribution and use of medications. Provides continuing education programs and services to help technicians update their skills to keep pace with changes in pharmacy services. Promotes pharmacy technicians as an integral part of the patient care team.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

http://www.ahima.org/

AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

http://www.amia.org/

The AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics.

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

http://www.aspph.org/

This site is a resource for information from schools of public health.

Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare

http://www.ilcte.org/ContentFiles/425201635908PM.pdf

This free, online course aims to help high school students, recent graduates, and those considering career transitions explore health care career options and learn strategies for entry into the health care workforce and health related fields.

Careers: Medical

http://all50medical.com/

Website speaks to Medical careers and what is involved in each.

Certified Nursing Assistant Educator Association (CNAEA)

http://cnaeducators.org/main/

CNAEA's mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of education for certified nurse assistants (CNAs) in order to protect the quality of patient care. To this end, the group identifies and analyzes issues affecting the practice of CNAs, works to promote the quality of basic and continuing education for CNAs and monitors clinical practice issues affecting the direct and indirect patient care activities of CNAs and their impact on educational programs.

Commission on Accrediation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)

http://www.cahiim.org/

CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization whose Mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality Accreditation Standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) educational programs.

CTE Career Profiles

http://user-mniyirg.cld.bz/CTE-Career-Profiles-Bookshelf

Career Profiles are a great way to help your students plan for their future! Within each profile, students can learn about some of CTE's most exciting careers while also gaining insight into what it takes to follow this career path!

Directory of Health Administration Degree Programs

http://www.healthadministrationdegrees.com/

This site has a directory of over 400 U.S. schools that offer degrees in Health Administration. There is no charge to be listed in the directory or to take advantage of its services.

Education Corner Online Education, Degrees, Colleges, & Universities

http://www.educationcorner.com/

This site is a comprehensive database of colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. Explore thousands of accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. to learn about their offerings, tuition and fees, major programs, and expanded learning opportunities.

EnvironmentalScience.org

http://www.environmentalscience.org/

EnvironmentalScience.org's mission is to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers.

Health Care Pathway

http://healthcarepathway.com/

A resource linking education to healthcare careers for students and teachers

Health Informatics Forum and Free MOOCs

http://healthinformaticsblog.com/

This forum is an online learning community with over 9,000 members from around the world. They host free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for the international Health Informatics community.

Healthcare Jobs and Trends

http://www.reportlinker.com/report/search/industry/Healthcare/keywords/

This is a site detailing sources for jobs in the healthcare industry.

HST Career Profiles

http://user-mniyirg.cld.bz/HST-Career-Profiles-Bookshelf

These Career Profiles are a great way to help your students plan for their future in healthcare! Within each profile, students can learn about some of Health Science Technology's most exciting careers while also gaining insight into what it takes to follow this career path!

Illinois Area Health Education (AHEC) Network

http://ahec.rockford.uic.edu/

The overall goal of the Illinois AHEC Network is to improve health care for the underserved by increasing access to learning and professional development opportunities for health professionals, promoting health careers development to students, and enhancing collaborative, community-based health promotion activities.

Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP)

http://www.ichpnet.org/

ICHP provides networking, leadership development, and reduced rates for professional certification and continuing education for pharmacy technicians in Illinois.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDOES)

http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Pages/default.aspx

IDOES has Illinois labor market information, job fairs, and other career-related information.

Illinois Health Information Management Association (ILHIMA)

http://www.ilhima.org/

ILHIMA is a component state association of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). As the membership organization of health information management professionals, the ILHIMA fosters the professional development of its members through education and life long learning.

Illinois JobLink.com

https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/

Helps connects Illinois residents without jobs to businesses.

Illinois Master’s in Data Science Programs

http://www.mastersindatascience.org/schools/illinois/

A comprehensive directory of Master’s in Data Science programs–an emerging, interdisciplinary field– from universities across the US and specifically Illinois. The site is intended to be a kick-start to a search for a graduate program. Information on each program’s location and length, full-time, part-time and online options, concentrations and/or majors, and courses, internships, and real-world opportunities are included.

Illinois Pathways

http://www2.illinoisworknet.com/ilpathways/Pages/default.aspx

Illinois Pathways are an innovative public-private education partnership that is organized to support local implementation of P-20 STEM Programs of Study by coordinating and reducing the transaction cost among statewide networks of education partners, businesses, industry associations, labor organizations, and other organizations.

Illinois Pathways Health Science STEM Learning Exchange

https://www2.illinoisworknet.com/ilpathways/Pages/health.aspx

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Learning Exchanges have been formed for selected career clusters to improve the coordination and delivery of resources, work-based learning opportunities, career guidance, and partnerships that support local STEM programs.

Illinois Society of Medical Assistants

http://www.ilsocmedasst.org/

The Illinois Affiliate of the American Association of Medical Assistants

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) College and Career Readiness

http://www.isbe.net/career/

The College and Career (CCR) Division in the Center for Innovation and Improvement provides leadership and technical assistance to local districts and regional staff to support quality CCR programs, career development, and academic improvement in the five CCR areas: Agricultural Education, Business, Marketing and Computer Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science Technology, and Technology and Engineering Education (Industrial). Division activities include instructional program improvement, grant approval, and performance data analysis to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of CCR programs and activities.

Illinois workNET Center

http://www2.illinoisworknet.com/

Training, Connecting, and Developing Illinois' Workforce

Illinois workNET: Careers, Wages & Trends

https://www2.illinoisworknet.com/explore/Pages/ExploreCareers.aspx

Use career and labor market information to: 1)Plan for high school and beyond. 2)Complete job applications and prepare for interviews. 3)Find out about expected number of job openings and how much a job could pay. 4)Make a job change, relocate, or request a pay raise.

indeed - Search Engine for Healthcare Jobs

http://www.indeed.com/q-healthcare-jobs.html

Search indeed for healthcare jobs near you or across the nation. Can also search other healthcare careers at this site.

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

http://www.iacp.org/

The IACP is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

ISBE College and Career Readiness--Health Science Technology

http://www.isbe.net/career/html/cte_health.htm

The Illinois State Board of Education CCR HST site includes Health Guides, Health Occupation Programs, and HST Resources.

Jobs for the Future

http://www.jff.org

Jobs for the Future works to ensure that all underprepared young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems. Working with their partners, JFF designs and drives the adoption of innovative and scalable education and career training models and systems that lead from college readiness to career advancement.

Johnson and Johnson Website for Nurses

http://campaignfornursing.com

Current Information for Nurses and Nursing: career paths, meeting nurses in the profession, school info, scholarships, and much, much more.

Learn How to Become

http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/

Find your career. Find your future.

Master's in Healthcare Administration

http://www.healthcareadministrationedu.org/

Healthcare administration represents one of the largest and most essential components of the healthcare industry. This website provides free resources to explore this area of study. In addition to working for hospitals and clinics, healthcare administrators are also often found working for consulting firms, bio-pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies.

Masters of Nursing

http://www.mastersofnursing.org

The most common masters of nursing degree is the Master of Science in nursing, commonly referred to by its initials, MSN. MSN degrees come in a variety of specializations, including family nursing, health informatics, nursing management, nursing education, or nurse administration. The MSN degree is also the prerequisite to becoming an advanced practice nurse, such as clinical nurse specialist (CNS), nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. Earning an MSN or even a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree can open doors to new career possibilities and potentially higher salaries.Visit the site to learn more.

My Next Move

http://www.mynextmove.org/

This site helps the consumer to determine what they want to do for a living through career searches or an interests/training questionnaire. My Next Move is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.

National Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

http://www.nationalahec.org/

The National AHEC program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train, and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The National AHEC program helps bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. The strength of the AHEC Network is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues.

National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)

http://www.napo.org/

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/Home_Page

Provides service to the public and professionals involved with or interested in career development, including professional development activities, publications, research, professional standards, and advocacy.

National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE)

http://www.healthscienceconsortium.org/

The mission of NCHSE is to provide leadership and professional development for Health Science Education through collaboration among education, healthcare industry, policy makers, and professional organizations.

National Health Council (NHC)

http://www.nationalhealthcouncil.org/

Founded in 1920, the NHC is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.

National Healthcare Association (NHA)

http://www.nhanow.com/

NHA provides professional development and certification for several allied health professions, e.g. Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician.

National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA)

http://www.pharmacytechnician.org/

NPTA is the world's largest professional organization established specifically for pharmacy technicians. The association is dedicated to advancing the value of pharmacy technicians and the vital roles they play in pharmaceutical care.

Nursing Education and Careers

http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/

Excellent website for prospective nursing students, counselors, and administrators to learn about applying for nursing degrees and to answer questions from nursing degree students.

Nursing Explorer

http://www.nursingexplorer.com.

Find information on nursing programs, scholarships, career guides, etc.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/section/Home/5/?eio=34361

The Chronicle is one of the most comprehensive sources of information about higher education, especially about job openings.

The Pathways to Prosperity Network: A State Progress Report

http://www.jff.org/initiatives/pathways-prosperity-network

To address persistent high levels of youth unemployment and prepare students for good jobs in growth industries, a number of states have, in a few short years, initiated ambitious system-level reforms designed to enable many more young people to gain traction toward careers and postsecondary degrees. Eight states that are members of the Pathways to Prosperity Network have launched or dramatically expanded career pathways that offer flexible work and learning opportunities. This new report includes the unique stories of the developments in each state as well as observation and description of key aspects of this work across the states in the Network as a group.

U.S. Air Force

https://www.airforce.com/careers

Search careers in the U.S. Air Force in several fields, including but not limited to Health and Medicine, Health Technicians and Specialists, Allied Health, Health Administration, Law and Enforcement, Natural Science, and Mental Health.

U.S. Army Careers

http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories.html

Search careers in the U.S. Army in Legal & Law Enforcement,Medical & Emergency, or numerous other categories.

U.S. BOL Healthcare Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

This site can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and job outlook for 47 different healthcare occupations.

U.S. Coast Guard

http://www.uscg.mil/top/careers.asp

Search the many careers available in the U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. Database of Healthcare Jobs

http://www.healthjobsnationwide.com/

The largest specialized health care/medical job site on the Internet, with over 1 million posted healthcare/medical jobs.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

Provides up-to-date labor statistics for career planning.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

https://www.dol.gov/

DOL's mission is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

U.S. DOL Information on Gender Equity in Compensation

http://www.dol.gov/equalpay/regions/

This site provides statistics on male/female earning ratios by region. Can be useful in career counseling and gender equity concerns.

U.S. DOL's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

http://www.bls.gov/

The BLS of the U.S. DOL is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.

U.S. Marines

http://www.marines.com/being-a-marine/marine-corps-careers

Search the many careers available in the U.S. Marines.

U.S. Navy Careers

http://www.navy.com/careers.html

Search careers in the U.S. Navy in several fields, including Healthcare and First Responders.

Vocational Career and Academic Resource

http://khake.com/

An education directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools, and related vocational learning resources.

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Career Cruising

http://www.careercruising.com

This free site offers tests on careers, resume building, as well as career paths.

Careers in Culinary Arts

http://www.myplan.com/majors/culinary-arts-chef-training/related-careers-12.0503.html

Suggested careers in the area of Culinary Arts.

Careers in FCS

http://www.myplan.com/majors/culinary-arts-chef-training/related-careers-12.0503.html

This website provides career information on all aspects of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Child Care Careers

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/childcare-workers.htm

Information on Child Care Careers.

ECE Teacher

http://www.earlychildhoodteacher.org/

This website tells about becoming an ECE teacher and how to become certified in every state.

FCS Careers

http://www.aafcs.org/students/careerFCS.asp

The AAFCS website provides a comphrehensive list of FCS careers.

FCS Careers

http://jobs.lovetoknow.com/Family_and_Consumer_Science_Careers

This website lists FCS careers and provides help in writing resumes.

Illinois Work Net

http://www.illinoisworknet.com

A comphrehensive website providing information on job applications and resumes, job availability and wages in specific counties, and educational opportunities.

Nanny as a career

http://www.nanny.org/

Information on what being a nanny entails.

Teach for America

http://www.teachforamerica.org/our-mission

Teach for America works to ensure that Students growing up in poverty get an excellent education.

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American National Standards Institute

http://www.ansi.org

A good site for information related to safety.

American Welding Society

http://www.aws.org/w/a/

This is your opportunity to enhance your professional life through membership in the world’s leading materials joining organization. AWS has created a new Membership to address the needs of welders worldwide.

American Welding Society Certification

http://www.aws.org/certification/

AWS Certification

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Excellence

http://www.hvacexcellence.org/EmploymentReady.aspx

To assist HVACR programs in meeting Federal, State, and institutional requirements, HVAC Excellence has developed the Employment Ready Certification program. These discipline specific exams provide instructors with the information needed to evaluate the efficacy of the HVACR program. Using standardized exams helps to evaluate student achievement creating documentation of a person's retained knowledge necessary for employment in the HVACR industry.

Home Builders Institute

http://www.hbi.org/

HBI's training programs are national in scope but implemented locally, using proven models that can be customized to meet the workforce needs of communities across the United States and internationally. Through certification programs, mentoring, pre-apprenticeship training and job placement services, HBI prepares students with the skills and experience they need for careers in the building industry. Its programs benefit a variety of people, including at-risk and underserved populations.

Manufacturing Skills Standards Council

http://www.msscusa.org/certification/

As the leading certifying body for the nation's front-line manufacturing production and supply chain logistics workers, MSSC's two certification programs allow students and workers to document their knowledge. As the only certification organization in the industry accredited by ANSI under ISO 17024, we also help provide employers with a pipeline of individuals with the core competencies of highly skilled industrial athletes of the future.

National Construction Careers Educational Resources (NCCER) Curriculum and Resources

http://www.nccer.org/

Resources for Construction Careers

National Institute for Automotive service Excellence

https://www.ase.com/Home.aspx

Show Customers Your Expertise. Join the more than 300,000 automotive professionals nationwide who have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills

https://www.nims-skills.org/web/nims/home

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

North American Council of Automotive Teachers

http://www.nacat.org/

Help North American Council of Automotive Teachers celebrate 41 years of industry leading conferences and 38 years of incorporation. Together, we will continue to enhance automotive education through cooperative peer interaction.

OSHA Education Center

http://www.oshaeducationcenter.com/

Provides OSHA Training Completion Certificate* 100% Online: Complete Course and Receive Wallet Card & Certificate in Mail Take the Course Anytime, Anywhere 24/7/365 US-Based Customer Service Work at Your Own Pace Earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Society of Broadcasting Engineers Certification

http://www.sbe.org/sections/cert_classif.php

There are eight (8) engineering certifications, two (2) operator certifications and one (1) broadcast networking certification – each to be valid for a period of five (5) years. There are also three (3) specialist certifications to establish a benchmark of individual strengths for those already certified at specific certification levels.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc.

https://www.nims-skills.org/web/nims/home

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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Baby Center

http://babycenter.com

This site has a wealth of information on pregnancy, prenatal growth, baby names, etc.

Bento Box Lunch Lesson Plan

http://www.familyconsumersciences.com/2015/04/fun-with-foods-bento-box-lunches-for-kids/

See this site for a lesson plan on how to make Bento Box lunches for Elementary students.

Child Care Credentials

http://ilearning.inccrra.org/providers/illinois-dcfs-trainings.html

Credentials needed for people working in Child Care.

Community Child Care Connection

http://www.cccconnect.org

Community Child Care Connection (CCCC) is a Child Care Resource and Referral agency linking parents, providers, employers and the community with resources. CCCC is part of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and is funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services. This website provides information on accreditation and credentialing ,,opening a day care, getting funds for professional development and much more.

Council for Professional Recognition (CDA Certification)

http://www.cdacouncil.org/

The Council for Professional Recognition is a nonprofit organization located in Washington, DC. It promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in early childhood care and education. In keeping with its goal to meet the growing need for qualified child care staff, the Council administers the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program. The CDA Program is designed to assess and credential early childhood care and education professionals based on performance. Your students will be able to get this certification as soon as they graduate and are 18.

Early Childhood resources

http://www.earlychildhoodteacher.org/teacher-tools/

This site has multiple sites that offer free teacher resources.

Early Childhood Teacher

http://www.earlychildhoodteacher.org/.

This site offers tools for Preschool Teachers, how to become certified in all states, a day in the life of a preschool teacher,a teacher blog and more.

Free Pre-K Lesson Plans/ Child Care

http://www.funlessonplans.com/preschool_lesson_plans/free.htm

Free Pre-K Lesson Plans/ Child Care

http://www.teachercreated.com/lessons/

Free Pre-K Lesson Plans/ Child Care

http://www.childcarelounge.com/free.htm

Games and crafts for children

http://www.familyfun.com

How Much Does it Really Cost to Have a Baby?

http://zunal.com/process.php?w=50321

This is a very comphrehensive website that will give students a realistic idea of what it costs to have a baby.

INCCRRA

http://www.inccrra.org

The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) is a statewide organization which -- in partnership with its 16 partner Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) agencies -- is a recognized leader, catalyst and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education options available for children and families in Illinois. You will find information on career opportunities, scholarship information and child care statistics on this site.

Just FCS

http://justfacs.com/lesson-ideas/child-development/

This page is where you will find lesson ideas for teaching child development, early childhood education and other topics pertaining to children. It contains PowerPoint presentations, project rubrics and worksheets. Some of the PowerPoint presentations even have activities at the end. Enjoy!!!

My Story Maker

http://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker/storymaker.swf

My Storymaker allows users to create a story entirely online. The user can choose characters and the character's goal for the story. The settings and other items for the story are added to the picture by simply clicking on them. The author can also choose emotions, actions and interactions for the characters, which the characters then act out in the picture. As the characters do this, the text of their actions appears below them. This text can be edited and the final story can be printed. My Storymaker allows users to create a story entirely online. The user can choose characters and the character's goal for the story. The settings and other items for the story are added to the picture by simply clicking on them. The author can also choose emotions, actions and interactions for the characters, which the characters then act out in the picture. As the characters do this, the text of their actions appears below them. This text can be edited and the final story can be printed.

NAEYC

http://www.naeyc.org/

Information of Early Childhood Education.

PaintGo

http://www.abcya.com/abcya_paint.htm

COLOR, DRAW & PAINT PaintGo! is an online paint, color and drawing activity for children. It features many colors, fun stickers and children's artwork.

Story Bird

http://www.storybird.com

Storybird provides you with illustrations to inspire you to write and publish your own book. You choose the illustrations from many artists that are available. Choosing, rather than drawing the illustrations, forces the student to focus on making a story out of the illustrations, rather than on the illustrations themselves. Teachers can set up student accounts. Finished stories can be embedded into a blog. For a fee, they may also be downloaded or purchased in hard or softcover form.

Story Place

http://www.storyplace.org

There is a section on good books for preschoolers as well as themes and activities.

Storyline Online

http://storylineonline.net/

Members of the Screen Actors Guild read children's stories. Each book has accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

The Power of Purple--shaken baby syndrome

http://www.familyconsumersciences.com/category/professional-development/clothing-textiles/

A great lesson on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Clothing and Textiles

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2014-2015 Fashion Trends and Prints

http://www.pinterest.com/dorlydesigns/fashion-prints-textiles-trends-1415/

This Pinterest Board shows 2014-2015 Fashion trends.

4 Smart Textiles You have Yet to See

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-07/4-smart-textiles-youve-yet-see

See the textiles of the future.

About.com

http://sewing.about.com/

Free patterns, sewing instructions, lessons, and definitions

Allcrafts.net

http://www.allcrafts.net/sewing/pursesew.htm

Free sewing patterns for clothing, as well as free patterns for knitting, and crocheting purses, crafts, quilts, etc.

Clothing and Textiles Information

http://fabriclink.com

This website has information on textiles careers, fabric care, current articles on green technology, and much more.

Computers with Smart Fabric

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2011/11/17/wearable-computers-with-e-textiles-and-conductive-fab...

A good blog on the use of Smart Fabric.

Cornell Costume Collection

http://char.txa.cornell.edu/treasures/index.html

Wonderful historical 19 and 20th century costume collection

Craftgossip.com

http://sewing.craftgossip.com/

This website provides lots of free patterns for making customized accessories, recycling fabric, and crafts for preschoolers.

Custom Apparel Pattern Drafting Software

http://www.wildginger.com

Free patterns for hospital gowns, U.S. troops draw bag, anti ouch pouch, and accessories. Information on an online Fashion Design class and custom fit patterns.

e- Textile Lounge

http://www.etextilelounge.com/

This website will tell you what e-textiles are, where you can get materials, and what types of projects you can do.

Ecouterre

http://www.ecouterre.com/category/textiles

This website has a great section on eco textiles.

Embroidery Machine Website

http://www.secretsof.com

This site provides a wealth of information for the embroidery machine user. You can find projects, ideas, tutorials, designs, etc. Some free designs are available.

Fiber Source

http://www.fibersource.com/

A wealth of information about fibers.

Free newsletters

http://newsletters.drgnetwork.com

Free online newsletters for sewing related projects.

Geotextiles

http://www.engr.utk.edu/mse/Textiles/Geotextiles.htm

This site provides an overview of the history of Geotextiles and where the industry is today. A very informative site.

History of Fashion and Dress

http://www.costumes.org

Free online class. Contains many videos on fashion thru the ages, as well as vintage clothing, costumes for sale, hats and millinery, and “free” stuff. A very comprehensive web site on costumes and fashion.

Innovation in Textiles

http://www.innovationintextiles.com/smart-textiles-nanotechnology/

Information on Smart Textiles. Free newsletter

Moda Bake Shop

http://www.modabakeshop.com/

Lots of free quilt patterns.

Quilting Assistant

http://www.quiltingassistant.com

This website provides free patterns, calculators, product reviews, and quilting hints and tips.

Recent trends in textile wet processing

http://www.slideshare.net/abiramtex/recent-trends-in-textile-wet-processing

This 52 slide presentation shows recent trends in textile wet processing.

Recycling Fabrics

http://www.smartasn.org/about/videos.cfm

This site gives you access to videos that talk about recycling fabrics. Click on "Educators and kids" on the left. It might be a great FCCLA project.

Secrets of Embroidery

http://www.secretsof.com/

Free embroidery design.

Sew Electric

http://sewelectric.org/diy-projects/

This site provides instructions for two projects where you can illuminate your sewing.

Sewing Freebies

http://sewingfreebies.com/

Free patterns for window treatments, fleece, no -sew fleece, babies, costumes, pet apparel, clothing and more.

Sewing Projects for Charity

http://www.conkerrcancer.org

This website provides a pattern for making fun, uplifting pillowcases for young cancer victims. Click on “How to Help” at the top of the home page for complete directions.

Sewing Projects for Charity

http://www.sewing.org

A wonderful website for the secondary clothing teacher. This website has an abundance of ideas for simple sewing projects including charitable sewing ideas and home décor projects.

Sewing.com

http://www.sewing.com/page/Sewing-Links.aspx

This website has the following sewing links: Fabric, patterns, notions/tools, costumes/formal wear/bridal, quilting/paper piecing, embroider/cross-stitch, free stuff, sewing machines/manual/repair.

Simplicity.com

http://www.simplicity.com/

This website has a section on free classroom materials, including videos, patterns, and suggestions on measurement and choosing a pattern. There are also quilting tool tutorials.

Smart Textiles

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesstylefile/2014/05/07/what-is-the-future-of-fabric-these-smart-text...

This blog has pictures and descriptions of Smart Textiles.

Threading a sewing machine lesson

http://www.averusa.com/presentation/uploads/lesson%20plan%20threading.pdf

This interactive website shows how a sewing machine works and includes a very comprehensive lesson on how to teach Threading a Sewing Machine to 25 students.

Threads Magazine

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/

A wealth of information for the FCS teacher who is teaching sewing.

Tipnut

http://tipnut.com/

Lots of FREE patterns and recipes.

Cloud Computing

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Edmodo.com

http://www.edmodo.com

Create groups for students for assignments to submit classwork online.

iPad and Emerging Technology Resource Ideas

http://www.scoop.it/t/igeneration-21st-century-education?page=9

Ever building collection of emerging technology ideas for teaching and learning in the 21st Century

Co-Op Education

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Co-op Handbook

http://www.isbe.net/career/pdf/coop_ed_handbook.pdf

"Handbook for Cooperative Education, Internships, and Registered Apprenticeship" from the Illinois State Board of Education

CODING--NEW ITEMS!

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20 iPads Apps for Coding

http://www.ipadsammy.com/techlandiaradioblog/2015/7/14/get-your-students-coding-with-these-20-ipad-a...

GET YOUR STUDENTS CODING WITH THESE 20 IPAD APPS

36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming

https://dzone.com/articles/36-resources-help-you-teach

35 possible options to teach coding

Code of the Day Blogspot

http://codeoftheday.blogspot.com/

Hundreds of code shared by topic.

Code with Tynker--Lesson Plans

https://www.tynker.com/school/lesson-plan/

Tynker's Hour of Code activities are designed to teach students computational thinking and the basics of computer programming.

Code.ORG

http://code.org/

Code.org provides educational resources for all ages, free of cost. There is a summary of their curriculum and other programs. Our online courses on Code Studio are meant for use in all settings - in-school, home-schooling, after-school - and can be taught by teachers, parents or volunteers.

Coding/App Development Lessons/Curriculum

https://www.codecademy.com/learn

Excellent Resource to begin teaching Coding/App Devleopment! Curriculum to teach/learn how to code using a number of different coding languages.

Computer Science Activities

http://csunplugged.org/activities

Each Unplugged activity is available to download in PDF format, with full instructions and worksheets. Background sections explain the significance of each activity to computer science, and answers are provided for all problems. All you need for most of these activities are curiosity and enthusiasm. The activities are primarily aimed at the five to twelve year-old age group, but they are by no means restricted to this age range.

Exploring Computer Science Curriculum

http://www.exploringcs.org/curriculum

Find H.S. Computer Science Curriculum for Coding at this website--FREE!

Exploring Computer Science--Archived Curriculum

http://www.exploringcs.org/curriculum/archived-curriculum

ECS Vers. 4 and 3 data files including Scratch, Seismic, and Python as well as others.

Hour of Code Events

http://hourofcode.com/us

Sign up to participate in the Hour of Code Events

Hour of Code Links and Resources 2014

http://ettc.net/resources/hourofcode.cfm

Hour of Code 2014 stories and experiences with resources available.

LiveCode Lesson Plans

http://lessons.runrev.com/

Lesson Plans to use the free App Developer, LiveCode.

Made with Code from Google

https://www.madewithcode.com/resources/

Resources: Learn more about code through an event or partner organization.

Power My Learning--Coding Activities

http://powermylearning.org/

Career Exploration: Media Arts and Computer Programming I gives free beginning coding and programming activities which could be used in various places in the business curriculum.

Scratch Coding Program

http://scratch.mit.edu/

Code and create stories, games, and animations; Share with others around the world

Scratch Coding Samples

http://code.org/learn

Learn to write a first computer program using "Scratch" with walk-through tutorials.

Common Core Standards

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FCS Common Core Grid

http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/facs/grids/Key.pdf

This site from Utah aligns many FCS classes to the Common Core Standards.

Common Core Standards in Technology Education

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Standards-based Teaching

http://www.eschoolnews.com/author/hidden/

This is a site from eNews, with text and videos exploring Common Core Standards and teaching techniques.

Common Core State Standards

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21st Century Skills--Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide

http://www.p21.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=800&Itemid=52

The most up-to-date P21 Framework that spells out expectations for 21st century student outcomes and the necessary support systems at the state and local levels available.

Achieve the Core

http://www.achievethecore.org/

This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards.

Achieving the Common Core

http://www.achieve.org/achieving-common-core

Achieve has developed materials to help states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards and the content and evidence base used to support the standards with tools for implementation as well as assessment.

Common Career Technical Core

http://www.careertech.org/CTE

The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clusters™ and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study.

Common Core Lesson Plans--Utah

http://utahcommoncoresecondarylessons.com/grades-11-12.php

Activities associated with Common Core Standards have been created. Some have the standard stated; others do not.

Common Core Standards Website

http://www.corestandards.org/

Official website that explains the mission of the Common Core Standards.

Common Core Standards--Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

http://isbe.net/common_core/default.htm

The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted new Math and English Language Arts standards for K-12 education known as the New Illinois State Learning Standards, incorporating the Common Core. The goal is to better prepare Illinois students for success in college and the workforce in a competitive global economy.

ELA Reading Informational Text Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12

Reading Informational Text Common Core Standards organized by Categories for Reading

ELA Reading Kits for Teachers and Administrators

http://education.illinoisstate.edu/casei/ela/

Resources available for teachers and administrators to help teach ELA CCSS within their content areas

ELA Speaking and Listening Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/11-12

Speaking and Listening Standards are sorted by categories--easy to use

ELA Standards into Categories

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/11-12

Language standards are broken down into categories to help the user.

ELA Standards Simplified with Examples

http://www.councilforeconed.org/resource/common-core-state-standards-standards/

Great Resource! Gives the ELA standards and sample lesson ideas to apply the standards.

ELA Writing Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12

Writing standards are sorted by categories.

Illinois Classrooms in Action

http://www.ilclassroomsinaction.org/

ISBE Professional Learning Series to allow educators to reach a deep understanding of the standards, knowledge of the instructional shifts for math and ELA, and a commitment to integrating assessment and instructional supports.

Illinois Learning Standards (ISBE)

http://www.isbe.net/ils/

The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) define what all students in all Illinois public schools should know and be able to do in the seven core areas as a result of their elementary and secondary schooling.

Math CC Tasks

http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/mathematics/index.html

Instructional Strategies for Geometry and Algebra CC Tasks from Maryland

Math CCSS Simplified with Examples

http://www.councilforeconed.org/resource/common-core-state-standards-standards/

Math CCSS simplified with suggested topics for application

Math HS Algebra Introduction

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSA/introduction

Describes the basics of Algebra

Math HS Geometry Introduction

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSG/introduction

Explanation of what HS Geomtry would include and standards within this section

Math HS Modeling Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSM

Modeling standards related to CTE and everyday life

MILE Guide Self-Assessment Survey

http://mileguide.p21.org/

Access this FREE online self-assessment survey to plot where your district is today and set your course for integrating 21st century learning into your systems.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

http://www.nextgenscience.org/

NGSS were developed by educators, content experts and policymakers, using as a guiding document the Framework for K-12 Science Education from the National Research Council. The K-12 academic standards in science were developed by and for educators and school leaders, and as such states, districts, schools, teachers and non-profit education entities may copy, reproduce, alter, adapt, edit, delete and rearrange any and all parts of the NGSS as they see fit and without permission. To limit any confusion, states and districts may not represent that their K-12 science standards are the NGSS unless they have adopted all of the performance expectations.

Unpacking the CCSS--North Carolina

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/#unpacking

Common Core Support Tools provided by the North Carolina State Board of Education

Unpacking the Standards--Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W452p7sgQ8

Diane Lauer from Colorado gives a thorough breakdown of what unpacking the standards means--Part II.

Unpacking the Standards--Part II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WELscsMW_8A

Diane Lauer from Colorado gives a thorough breakdown of what unpacking the standards means--Part II.

Unpacking the Standards--Part III

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL2KdpJz6uw

Diane Lauer from Colorado gives a thorough breakdown of what unpacking the standards means--Part III.

Unwrapping the Standards--A 5-Step Process

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emL6NDq29qE

Example of how the Standards can be broken down and then taught in the classroom

Common Core State Standards

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21st Century Skills--Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide

http://www.p21.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=800&Itemid=52

The most up-to-date P21 Framework that spells out expectations for 21st century student outcomes and the necessary support systems at the state and local levels available.

Achieve the Core

http://www.achievethecore.org/

This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards.

Achieving the Common Core

http://www.achieve.org/achieving-common-core

Achieve has developed materials to help states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards and the content and evidence base used to support the standards with tools for implementation as well as assessment.

Common Career Technical Core

http://www.careertech.org/CTE

The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clusters™ and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study.

Common Core Lesson Plans--Utah

http://utahcommoncoresecondarylessons.com/grades-11-12.php

Activities associated with Common Core Standards have been created. Some have the standard stated; others do not.

Common Core Standards Website

http://www.corestandards.org/

Official website that explains the mission of the Common Core Standards.

Common Core Standards--Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

http://isbe.net/common_core/default.htm

The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted new Math and English Language Arts standards for K-12 education known as the New Illinois State Learning Standards, incorporating the Common Core. The goal is to better prepare Illinois students for success in college and the workforce in a competitive global economy.

ELA Reading Informational Text Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12

Reading Informational Text Common Core Standards organized by Categories for Reading

ELA Reading Kits for Teachers and Administrators

http://education.illinoisstate.edu/casei/ela/

Resources available for teachers and administrators to help teach ELA CCSS within their content areas

ELA Speaking and Listening Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/11-12

Speaking and Listening Standards are sorted by categories--easy to use

ELA Standards into Categories

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/11-12

Language standards are broken down into categories to help the user.

ELA Standards Simplified with Examples

http://www.councilforeconed.org/resource/common-core-state-standards-standards/

Great Resource! Gives the ELA standards and sample lesson ideas to apply the standards.

ELA Writing Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12

Writing standards are sorted by categories.

Math CC Tasks

http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/mathematics/index.html

Instructional Strategies for Geometry and Algebra CC Tasks from Maryland

Math CCSS Simplified with Examples

http://www.councilforeconed.org/resource/common-core-state-standards-standards/

Math CCSS simplified with suggested topics for application

Math HS Algebra Introduction

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSA/introduction

Describes the basics of Algebra

Math HS Functions Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSF/introduction

Explanation/description of what Mathematical functions mean

Math HS Geometry Introduction

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSG/introduction

Explanation of what HS Geomtry would include and standards within this section

Math HS Modeling Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSM

Modeling standards related to CTE and everyday life

MILE Guide Self-Assessment Survey

http://mileguide.p21.org/

Access this FREE online self-assessment survey to plot where your district is today and set your course for integrating 21st century learning into your systems.

Unpacking the CCSS--North Carolina

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/#unpacking

Common Core Support Tools provided by the North Carolina State Board of Education

Unpacking the Standards--Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W452p7sgQ8

Diane Lauer from Colorado gives a thorough breakdown of what unpacking the standards means--Part II.

Unpacking the Standards--Part II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WELscsMW_8A

Diane Lauer from Colorado gives a thorough breakdown of what unpacking the standards means--Part II.

Unpacking the Standards--Part III

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL2KdpJz6uw

Diane Lauer from Colorado gives a thorough breakdown of what unpacking the standards means--Part III.

Unwrapping the Standards--A 5-Step Process

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emL6NDq29qE

Example of how the Standards can be broken down and then taught in the classroom

Computer Basics

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Computer Basics Tutorial Videos

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics

Topics include Getting to Know the Computer, operating system, etc., About the Desktop, Laptop Computers and Mobile Devices, Getting Started--internet basics and safety, extras

Internet Safety Tutorial Videos

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafety

This Internet Safety course will provide you with the strategies, skills, and mindset needed to protect yourself, your computer, and your privacy when you connect to the Internet.

Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks Tutorials

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/techsavvy

Insider knowledge that makes people savvy users of technology--keyboard and mouse shortcuts, password tips, backing up files and much more

Computer Graphics

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Animation Factory by Jupitor Images

http://www.animationfactory.com/en/

Download PowerPoint Templates, Video Backgrounds, and Royalty Free Animated Clipart

Cartoons--ToonDoo

http://www.toondoo.com/

Create short cartoons using this site.

Clip-Art

http://www.clip-art.com/

Top Free clip art sites available here.

Good-Tutorials

http://www.good-tutorials.com/tutorials/

Tutorials for Java, CSS, Flash, and many more

Graphic Illusions

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html

Discover how to make graphic illusions.

Paint Program--free

http://sumopaint.com/app/

Paint Program with 3-D effects. Some examples are not appropriate.

Phong--Tutorials (Photoshop, flash, pov-ray)

http://www.phong.com/tutorials/

Tutorials

Photoshop & Website Tutorials for Beginners

http://pegaweb.com/

Tutorials to develop websites as well as work with Photoshop available.

Photoshop and Other Graphics Programs Tutorials

http://www.teamphotoshop.com/tutorial-15,8.html

Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Photography tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials

http://www.photoshopcafe.com

Photoshop tutorials and resources at PhotoshopCAFE Photoshop CAFE V3

Photoshop Tutorials 2

http://www.planetphotoshop.com/

Various tutorials available for Photoshop techniques

Photoshop Tutorials--Absolute Cross

http://www.absolutecross.com/tutorials/photoshop/

The skills you'll learn by working through these tutorials will help give you a firm grasp of what makes Photoshop tick.

Photoshop Tutorials: N-sane Art

http://www.n-sane.net/

N-sane Art is the premier site for getting to know the wonderful program of Adobe Photoshop better.

Tech4Learning-Pics4Learning

http://www.pics4learning.com/

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.

Consumer Education & Financial Literacy

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411 on College Education

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=1103&type=educator

Lesson calculating, comparing, and contrasting the cost of a college education

ABCs of Credit Card Finance

http://www.theabcsofcredit.com/#/Home-01-00/

Free curriculum teaches high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen how to wisely choose and responsibly use a credit card.

Annuity Resources: Your Guide to 401(k)'S & IRA'S

http://www.annuityfyi.com/guide-401k-IRA.html

Information regarding retirement options and comparative financial returns.

Basic to Advanced Math Lesson Plans

http://www.webcrawler.com/info.wbcrwl.300/search/web?q=math%20lesson%20plans%20free

Free math lessons of all kinds from K-12 in all subject areas. Good resource to include math in your curriculum

Consumer Jungle

http://www.consumerjungle.org/

Web site with thousands of Consumer Education resources for teachers and students including lesson plans, activities, and more.

Consumer Price Index, March 2013

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=1161&type=educator

Lesson on Consumer Price Index, what it means, and how it is calculated.

Cost of Living and Life Preparedness

http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/programs/consumer/cost_living_preparedness.shtml

Materials available to teach the cost of living and life preparedness in Business & Technology Concepts as well as Consumer Education classes.

Credit Card Fraud Lesson Plan

http://www.consumer-action.org/english/articles/credit_card_fraud_lesson_plan/

This updated packet provides guidance for teachers and team leaders. The 18-page packet contains a detailed curriculum, classroom activities and Phishing information.

Credit Card Resources--A Student's Guide

http://merchantwarehouse.com/students-guide-credit-card

Provides information to students regarding application and useage of credit cards.

Economic Lessons includes Math Component

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/economic-lesson-search.php?page=1&per=100&type=educator

Economic Lessons of various grade levels speaking to the Economics and Consumer Economics topics including the MATH components

Employment and Unemployment Rates

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=1164&type=educator

Lesson on US Employment and Unemployment rates, what it is and how it is calculated

EverFI Financial and STEM

http://www.everfi.com/

EverFi’s unique model brings private sector leaders and forward-leaning foundations into the education innovation movement. We enable you to license and private-label our learning platforms in local schools. EverFi sits in the background. These are your programs, your technology, your brand, and your education results in the communities that are important to you.

Family, Economics, & Financial Education

http://fefe.arizona.edu/

Downloadable curriculum for Consumer Education/Business and Technology Concepts Courses

Financial Literacy--Teach it!!

http://www.ecb.org/finance/links.html#K4standardA

Awesome financial literacy lesson plans, powerpoints and more!

MoneySKILLS Financial Literacy Course

http://www.moneyskill.org/index.cfm

MoneySKILL is a FREE online reality based personal finance course for young adults developed by the AFSA Education Foundation. This interactive curriculum is aimed at the millions of high school and college students who graduate each year without a basic understanding of money management fundamentals.

Online Banking Lesson

http://banks.ja.org/BIA/Login/Login.aspx

Provided by the Junior Achievement, use this site to teach students about online banking.

Practical Money Skills

http://practicalmoneyskills.com/foreducators/

Free lesson plans, profiles of inspiring teachers, discussion of relevant economic topics, and more - Practical Money Skills for Life hopes to empower educators, enable student learning, and ultimately support the financial literacy necessary for success today.

US GDP Rate of Growth

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=1163&type=educator

Lesson on US GDP, what it means, and how to calculate it.

Consumer Education Videos

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Consumer Ed--Get it on Credit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83wtyEqD1fc

Animated video about purchasing on credit

Consumer Ed--The Kingdom of Mocha Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVffZEzh_8s

Animated video of Consumer Education Concepts

Consumer Ed--The Kingdom of Mocha Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIw6750P-_U

Animated videos of Consumer Education concepts.

Consumer Ed--The Kingdom of Mocha Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSYmVKsHtnU

Animated videos introducing concepts for Consumer Education

Consumer Ed--The Return of Mocha Part Three

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9hDwHuV4XU

Animated video of Consumer Ed. concepts.

Consumer Ed--The Return to Mocha Part One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ky3BDw2tvQ&safe=active

Animated video re. Consumer Education concepts.

Consumer Ed--The Return to Mocha Part Two

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjTn-KY5zTk

Profit and Loss concepts

Practical Money Skills Videos

http://practicalmoneyskills.com/video/

Videos discussing financial literacy for everyone.

Stossel in the Classroom

http://stosselintheclassroom.org/index.php?p=video_activity.html&l=3

Each month, new streaming videos from John Stossel on issues that they believe students will find interesting and thought-provoking largely related to the country's economics. After viewing the video, there are discussion questions to pursue the ideas in the video further. Teacher's guides and free DVDs are made available.

Copyright--Fair Use Sites

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10 Myths About Copyright

http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html

An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.

Intellectual Properties

http://www.crackingideas.com/exhibition/

A British animation encourages creativity and explains "intellectual properties."

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/

Stanford University discusses copyrights.

Counseling and Mental Health

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PsychCentral

http://psychcentral.com

The Internet's "largest and oldest independent mental health social network." Many mental health articles and blogs.

Counseling and Other Health Services

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Super Tracker

https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/

Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Super Tracker identifies how personal dietary and physical activity choices compare to recommended amounts. Useful for personal counseling or class discussion.

Counseling and Student Services

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National Dropout Prevention Network

http://www.dropoutprevention.org/

Resources useful for counseling with at-risk students.

Counseling and Testing

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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

http://www.parcconline.org/

PARCC is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

Counselor Apps

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Aurasma

https://www.aurasma.com/

Make marketing come to life!

Kahoot

https://getkahoot.com/

Interactive technology for quizzes and check ins during instruction

Pintrest

https://www.pinterest.com/

Keep your ideas organized and follow other counselors for great ideas!

SCOPE by Dr. Erin Mason

www.scope4scs.com

Helpful apps for counselors in a variety of areas

Course Management Systems

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Atutor Learning Management System

http://atutor.ca/atutor/

ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Management System (LMS) used to develop and deliver online courses. Educators can quickly assemble, package, and redistribute Web-based instructional content, easily import prepackaged content, and conduct their courses online.

Blackboard Learning Management System

http://www.blackboard.com/

Offers a more collaborative, interactive learning experience that constantly evolves and keeps everyone engaged. That’s what the Blackboard Collaborate™ platform is all about. Helping you create virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces that open more possibilities to more students. This is a "for pay" service.

Desire2Learn

http://www.desire2learn.com/

Our unparalleled Learning Suite, including a Learning Management System (LMS), is transforming the way people teach and learn. Like Blackboard, this LMS charges for its services.

Dokeos 2.0 Learning Management System

http://www.dokeos.com/en/download.php

Dokeos is an open source online learning suite. It provides all the features needed for e-learning and blended learning management from authoring to reporting. Dokeos 2.0 is designed to operate on tablets also, like the iPad and any of these touchscreen trendy computers that fit in your hand.

Moodle Training Videos

http://moodlecommons.org/course/view.php?id=7

Moodle Training Videos by Brian Hawkins and Forest Grove School District is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Schoology

http://www.schoology.com

Schoology combines social networking with learning management to help you create and share academic content.

Website Development--Joomla

http://www.joomla.org/

Joomla is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) and application framework.

Weebly for Education

http://education.weebly.com/

Create a free class website; let your students create pages too!

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

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bParati - The Epicenter of Community Preparedness

http://www.bparati.com/

Online tools and resources that support the alignment of the disaster preparedness efforts of healthcare institutions, emergency management, public health, and other public, private, and not-for-profit organizations that care for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people each day

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

https://www.cia.gov/index.html

The CIA preempts threats and further U.S. national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.

CTE Skills.com's YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/iecSimulations/featured

With CTE Skills, you can bring the field trip to the classroom with streaming videos designed specifically for your course instruction. Why try to "imagine" a technical process when you can witness the actual procedure through the CTE Skills library? We provide high quality career oriented content which is continually updated. Virtually any trade and industry topic or technique is available. Prepare to meet the performance requirements of more employers in less time with our relevant instructional videos. Don't see the video that you need? Just ask; we will record and produce any procedure that is relevant to your program, in accordance with current standards, at NO COST (restrictions apply). Check out this outstanding educational tool which will supplement your classroom instruction.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

https://www.fbi.gov/

The FBI's mission is to help protect you, your children, your communities, and your businesses from the most dangerous threats facing our nation--from international and domestic terrorists to spies on U.S. soil…from cyber villains to corrupt government officials…from mobsters to violent street gangs…from child predators to serial killers. Along the way, they help defend and uphold our nation’s economy, physical and electronic infrastructure, and democracy.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

https://www.fema.gov/

FEMA’s mission is to support U.S. citizens and first responders to ensure that, as a nation, we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)

http://www.illinois.gov/iema/Pages/default.aspx

The primary responsibility of IEMA is to better prepare the State of Illinois for natural, manmade or technological disasters, hazards, or acts of terrorism.

Illinois State Police (ISP)

http://www.isp.state.il.us/

ISP's mission is to promote public safety to improve the quality of life in Illinois.

indeed - Search Engine for Healthcare Jobs

http://www.indeed.com/q-healthcare-jobs.html

Search indeed for healthcare jobs near you or across the nation. Can also search other healthcare careers at this site.

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

http://www.iacp.org/

The IACP is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)

http://www.napo.org/

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) - FEMA

http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system

This section of the website provides information on NIMS. NIMS is intended to be used by the whole community. NIMS is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. NIMS is the essential foundation to the National Preparedness System (NPS) and provides the template for the management of incidents and operations in support of all five National Planning Frameworks.

Technology Education Association of Illinois (TEA of IL)

http://www.teaillinois.org/

TEA of IL is the IACTE affiliate that the Illinois Law Enforcement Teachers Organization (ILETO) is housed under. TEA of IL is dedicated to the promotion and professional development for teachers in the Technology Education field.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

https://www.dhs.gov/

DHS has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear - keeping America safe.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

https://www.justice.gov/

DOJ's mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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Achieving the Common Core

http://www.achieve.org/achieving-common-core

Achieve has developed materials to help states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards and the content and evidence base used to support the standards with tools for implementation as well as assessment.

Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains

http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html

This site covers the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.

Common Core Standards Website

http://www.corestandards.org/

Official website that explains the mission of the Common Core Standards.

Critical Thinking Assessments (by Insight Assessments, California)

http://www.insightassessment.com/SampleTest1.html

Both the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) and several Health Science Technology Assessments are available at this site. CCTST is the premier critical thinking skills test in the world today. Called the "gold standard" of critical thinking tests, the CCTST is based on the Delphi Expert Consensus Definition of Critical Thinking. The CCTST has been proven to predict strength in critical thinking in authentic problem situations and success on professional licensure examinations.

Critical Thinking Tools - Go beyond memorization and teach independent thinking skills.

https://www.mentoringminds.com/products/categories/critical-thinking.html

Critical thinking skills are adopted automatically, but may also be taught. Successful students have been taught lines of questioning, different levels of thought, and higher-order thinking skills. The "Critical Thinking Wheel" and other tools are available to teach these skills.

Critical Thinking: Logic Problem Activities

http://www.edhelper.com/logic_puzzles.htm?gclid=COf0p8rO86QCFUUUKgodpAMQig

This site provides logic problem for classroom use in all content areas.

Critical Thinking: YouTube Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg

This video presents an appealing way to engage students about the value and character of critical thinking.

iTunes U

https://itunes.apple.com/app/itunes-u/id490217893?mt=8&ls=1

iTunes U is the best way to create and experience courses on iPad. The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

NIH Environmental Health Science Resources

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/scied/teachers/

Free Environmental Health Science resources available for educators by NIH. Resources include booklets, fact sheets, flyers, interviews with scientists/researchers, lesson plans, news, pamphlets, presentations, storybooks, training programs, videos, and additional websites.

Plickers

https://plickers.com/

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices, using free, printable, scannable Plickers cards.

Soft Skills Definitions of Communication and More

http://www.atctraining.com/soft_skills_definition_of_communication.htm

This article includes the WHOLE MESSAGE MODEL for communication and its related definitions.

Strategies for Critical Thinking

http://www.studygs.net/crtthk.htm

This site provides the basic strategies for critical thinking, steps taken, and provides a critical thinking exercise.

UIUC Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives

http://cte.illinois.edu/resources/topics/syllabus/blooms.html

U of I Urbana-Champaign's Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning provides simple tools to utilize Bloom's Taxonomy while teaching.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

http://www.vtshome.org/

VTS is a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and language skills through discussions of visual images. VTS encourages participation and self-confidence, especially among students who struggle. VTS is easy to learn and offers a proven strategy for educators to meet current learning objectives.

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Arkansas – Career and Technical

http://ace.arkansas.gov/cte/informationForms/curriculumFrameworks/Pages/businessMarketingTechnology....

Has course outlines for all business subjects, but no direct curriculum

California – Business and Marketing

http://www.cteonline.org/

Business Cluster Curriculum available

Illinois State Board of Education--Business

http://www.isbe.net/career/html/cte_bus_ed.htm

State Business Education Offices throughout the U.S. are listed below by state. Some states have more materials available pertaining to business education curriculum than others. As of March 2006, the links below were active. More complete information regarding these sites are available in the State of the Art paper APPENDIX A which can be downloaded from the business home page.

Indiana

http://www.doe.in.gov/cte/cluster-business-and-marketing

Indiana's business courses are outlined here

Michigan

http://more.mel.org/index.php?P=BrowseResources&FieldId=27#

Has curriculum resources under "Technology Instruction" category

Missouri