K-12 Curriculum Resources

At the Internet2 Community Anchor Program, we work hard to support teachers to use the internet to teach in new and exciting ways and open up the world to their students.

The list of external resources below contains some of CAP’s favorite online and distance learning resources for students everywhere. Click the links below to help your students learn in new ways, whether it’s learning about art from Smithsonian experts, dissecting a bug online, or connecting to students halfway across the globe to compare cultures. Note: The external links to the resources below open up in new windows.

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*All Resources are free unless otherwise indicated

Arts/Culture

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Explore U.S. history and culture through these 10 free, interactive webinars. These Artful Connections programs promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication via discussion. Museum presenters create connections between American art and your curriculum, engaging students everywhere on topics like Latino Art and Culture, Found Object Artworks, and African American Artists. 

Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning
MSM Distance Learning’s award-winning programs, including the Global Conservatory for higher education, and Music Bridges for K-12 & Community audiences, offer master classes, private instruction, and seminars for music students and educators; standards-based classical and jazz programs for K-12; and a variety of selections for lifelong learners.

Museum of Modern Art
MoMA offers professional development workshops and online resources that will give you tools and tips to guide your students to look closely, discuss art, and think critically.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery is proud to host some of its many public programs online with these digital workshops ranging from storytime readings for young children to art-making workshops for all ages. Tune in to the museum’s social media channels to experience these workshops firsthand.

Biology

Learn Genetics & Teach Genetics
Here you’ll find a wealth of resources and information aimed at helping educators bring genetics, bioscience, and health alive in the classroom. A companion to the Learn.Genetics website, Teach.Genetics offers additional tools and resources to support your curriculum, all free of charge.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute BioInteractive
Discover tools to help plan lessons and opportunities to support professional learning around engaging students in science and the living world using real stories and real data.

Interactive Simulations
Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

Ask a Biologist
Ask A Biologist is one of the longest-running biology websites dedicated to teaching about the living world. Ask A Biologist is visited, on average, over 45,000 times each day and has answered more than 40,000 biology questions. Each lesson has a teacher guide with grade levels, teaching tips, and the lesson standards. This site has it all: interactive online experiments, Ask-A-Biologist Q&A, videos, simulations, activities, games, virtual tours, and podcasts. For example, your students can dissect a beetle online!

Earth Sciences

Skype a Scientist
Visit Skype a Scientist to connect your classroom to thousands of scientists all over the globe and watch science livestream videos. The site has made over 6,500 connections between scientists and classrooms in 2020 alone. Give your students the opportunity to get to know a real scientist and get the answers to their questions straight from the source. The site has over 5,900 scientists ready to chat, and puts on over 60 livestream events annually that bring scientists to the front and center for Q&A sessions with the general public.

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips
These virtual events let educators take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities!

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Educator Resource Center is an award-winning service provider dedicated to supplying educators with the skills, materials and information to present science lessons in an interdisciplinary manner that is accurate, effective and engaging. Interactive Video Conferencing programs are also available at a small cost.

Ask an Anthropologist
Ask an Anthropologist is an educational resource for students, teachers, parents, and life-long learners to promote a greater understanding of the course of human evolution.

Channel Islands Webcams
Channel Islands Live Webcams are an exciting new way to experience the wild, isolated land and seascapes of your national park and national marine sanctuary. Take a virtual visit to the Channel Islands through live webcams that highlight the remarkable natural and cultural resources of the islands and their surrounding waters.

Mote Aquarium
SEA Trek virtual field trips are live, two-way, interactive experiences between your school or organization and our laboratory in Florida. We connect your audience to our STEM subject matter experts and engage their curiosity with science demonstrations and lively animal encounters.

Wood Hole Oceanographic Institute
WHOI offers teacher workshops, classroom activities, online expeditions, information about marine careers, and much more.

NOAA Education
The NOAA Education Portal is your one-stop shop to connect with learning and teaching resources about the ocean and atmosphere. Discover curricula, lesson plans, and real-time data to bring NOAA science into your classroom.

National Park Distance Learning Programs
Explore the National Parks Educator resources from teacher guides to virtual visits, podcasts, citizen science databases, and more.

National Geographic
Explore the available classroom resources, student experiences, and educator professional development options aimed at teaching kids about the world and how it works and empowering them to succeed.

NOVA
NOVA hosts an extensive list of resources and original content—including short-form videos, science and education blogs.

Lee Richardson Zoo
The Lee Richardson Zoo Education Team offers virtual educational programs and resources on a variety of conservation topics.

Astronomy/Space

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s STEM in 30 Video Series
STEM in 30 is an Emmy-nominated program for middle school students produced by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. New 30-minute episodes are released every month, followed by an Air and Space Live Chat where you and your students can tune in live and ask our expert your questions. Topics include the Mars Rover, the International Space Station, the Art and Science of Ballooning, and Careers in Aviation and Space.

Houston Space Center
**Provided at a cost
Space Center Houston Distance Learning provides age-appropriate, interactive and educational lessons at your location via technology. Distance learning can be customized to fit the needs of your audience. Each Distance Learning session will end with a question and answer session with one of our trained instructors.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a unique national research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. Explore our universe of science, technology, engineering and math activities, resources, and live video.

NASA: Live from ISS
Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey
This website presents data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make a map of a large part of the universe. Our materials will show your students everything from asteroids in our own Solar System to the most distant quasars ever observed! Students can explore the sky using all using the same high-quality data that professional astronomers use.

Engineering Concepts and Cybersecurity

CYBER.ORG
Help prepare your students to become the cyber workforce of tomorrow with CYBER.ORG’s free, standards-based curriculum, which aligns with state standards for education in 25 states and counting. Join over 18,500 teachers currently enrolled in CYBER.ORG’s content platform to incorporate cyber education into the following subjects: career & technical education, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering, humanities, math, robotics & coding, and science.

Exploratorium
By creating inquiry-based experiences and tools that spark wonder; offer hands-on experiences; and encourage questions, explorations, and individual discovery, we’re transforming the way people learn. Access a variety of resources—videos, classroom activities, tools, and workshops—that support better teaching and better learning.

PhET Simulations
Founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder has over 150 free interactive math and science simulations and over 2700 teacher-submitted lessons. Based on extensive education and research, PhET simulations engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery. Topics include physics, chemistry, math, earth science, and biology. Teachers have access to simulation-specific tips and video primers, resources for teaching with simulations, and activities shared by our teacher community.

Tinkercad
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. Tinkercad offers lesson plans that are ready for use online or in the classroom. Discover curriculum developed in partnership with teachers to align with standards including ISTE, Common Core, and NGSS.

NOVA Labs
NOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration. From predicting solar storms and constructing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movement and designing RNA molecules, NOVA Labs participants can conduct investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.

Scratch
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations —and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively —essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Machine Learning
This free tool introduces machine learning by providing hands-on experiences for training machine learning systems and building things with them.

History/Civics

Smithsonian Learning Lab
Teach effectively by creating your own interactive learning experiences-or adopt exemplars made by teachers and Smithsonian experts.

Time Project
Time Project offers a wide variety of inquiry/project-based learning activities such as video conferencing, the online research quiz ‘Unite the Nations’, a Model United Nations Video Conference Simulation, creative design activities like Design a Clock, World Selfies, and Sculptures Throughout Time plus classroom Twinning –Blogging Activities. Time participants from around the globe will learn about and share findings centered on the topics of The Plastics Crisis, Inequality of Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, The Lessons of COVID-19: Imagining a Positive Future. Time Project provides teachers with everything they need, lesson plans, organizational frameworks, support documents, and the online platform for sharing.

Video Conferencing for Global Learning
For educators who want to develop VC technology in their classrooms. To communicate, collaborate, educate, and innovate.

American Museum of Natural History
Activities, articles, videos, and more for students and educators interested in teaching or learning about science.

Presidential Primary Sources Project
This series of free, 45-minute interactive standards-aligned webinars connect classrooms in grades 4-12 to historians at presidential museums and historic sites. Students will interact directly with experts to learn about presidents like Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, and Theodore Roosevelt. Made possible through a partnership between Internet2 and the National Park Service, the series runs from January through March every year.

National WW2 Museum
Bring the National WWII Museum into your classroom through our collection of distance learning programming! No matter your budget or level of technology, the Museum can connect with your students through interactive and dynamic Virtual Field Trips, webinars, and more.

Sixth Floor Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza offers live, two-way audio and video presentations that bring the Museum to your classroom.

Ford’s Theatre
Bring the story of President Lincoln’s assassination and the world of Civil War Washington into your classrooms through our distance-learning program. Using live videoconferencing, students and history lovers of all ages engage with primary source images and Ford’s Theatre Education staff in our interactive, Virtual Field Trips.

National Archives
Teach primary sources with the incredible selection of instructional tools from customizable lessons to professional development, the National Archives provides online and printable choices. The Archives also support all the educational programs at the Presidential Libraries across the country:

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.

Digital Public Library of America
Educators and students explore our Primary Source Sets to discover history and culture through primary sources and ideas for classroom use.

Model Diplomacy
Model Diplomacy is a free simulation program that invites students, educators, and professionals from a variety of backgrounds to step into the roles of decision-makers on the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) or UN Security Council.

iCivics
iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. We provide teachers well-written, inventive, and free resource that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms.

PBS Learning
PBS has curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers and students.

Civil Rights Digital Library
The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. The CRDL features a collection of unedited news film from the WSB (Atlanta) and WALB (Albany, Ga.) television archives held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries. The CRDL provides educator resources and contextual materials, including Freedom on Film, relating instructive stories and discussion questions from the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia, delivering engaging online articles and multimedia.

Mapping Inequality Digital Scholarship Lab
The Digital Scholarship Lab develops innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond. It seeks to reach a wide audience by developing projects that integrate thoughtful interpretation in the humanities and social sciences with innovations in new media.

Big History Project
OER Project courses make sense of our world by connecting the past to the present with an eye toward the future. Everything is free, online, and totally adaptable to meet your students’ individual needs.

AR/VR

Expeditions
Google Expeditions makes it possible for teachers to take their classrooms on virtual reality field trips to amazing places like the Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu. Anybody can explore more than 600 different tours on their own,download theExpeditions app, drop your phone into Cardboard and get ready for an adventure.

Tour Creator
Tour Creator allows anyone to create their own VR tour using imagery from Google’s Street View or their own 360-degree photos.

East of the Rockies
East of the Rockies is an interactive narrative AR experience told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in one of Canada’s Japanese Internment Camps.

Civilisations
Putting history in your hand -the BBC’s first-ever Augmented Reality app Civilisations AR brings art and culture direct to you from across the world. Discover the secrets of ancient Egypt, reveal hidden layers beneath Renaissance masterpieces, and learn more about the origins of these cultural treasures and the people who made them. This personal, virtual collection contains over 30 historic artifacts. It is curated by the BBC with contributions from across the UK’s heritage sector and is developed in collaboration with Nexus Studios.

Google Earth VR
Explore the world from totally new perspectives. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over Yosemite, or teleport across the globe.

Cospaces
3D creation web & app-based classroom tool that allows students to create in 3D augmented and virtual reality environments. Finished creations can then be viewed in VR with a mobile device using the app.

Metaverse
Metaverse makes it easy for teachers and students to create their own augmented reality experiences without having to code. Experiences are created on the web in Metaverse Studio (MetaverseStudio.com) and viewed on the Metaverse app (iOS and Android).

Remote Instrumentation

Remote Instrumentation for K-20 Schools
Utilizing advanced networking, students can conduct original research using the same instruments as the nation’s premier scientists. These remote instruments let your students control a microscope or telescope hundreds of miles away to view everything from comets to mosquitos to microchips.

Multiple Subjects and Other Resources

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
 **Some programs require a cost to the description
Courses from the CILC expand opportunities for students to interact and learn live from any of the CILC’s 200 content providers from around the world. Teachers can choose from any of the over 1,900 professionally delivered programs offered, all of which have been evaluated by teachers and can be sorted by topic or by recommendation.

Educate Today
Connect your students to real-world experts through our free, live, interactive programs. In our free programs available throughout the school year at scheduled times, you and your students can watch online at Educate.Today.

Census DATA
Statistics in Schools (SIS) brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for use year after year for K-12 students. Explore this site for engaging resources and activities in social studies, math, English, geography, sociology, and more.

Professional Learning Opportunities
The Professional Learning Practices Dashboard includes examples of professional learning opportunities to support digital learning, personalized learning, quality instructional materials, and leadership. The professional learning resources can be sorted by state, professional learning goal, delivery method, and/or funding source. Educators, students, families, and other stakeholders can discover professional learning practices in their state and across states. This dashboard was developed as a resource for state, district, and school leaders and is not meant to be all-inclusive.

Exploratorium
By creating inquiry-based experiences and tools that spark wonder; offer hands-on experiences; and encourage questions, explorations, and individual discovery, we’re transforming the way people learn. Access a variety of resources—videos, classroom activities, tools, and workshops—that support better teaching and better learning.

Skype in the Classroom
Skype in the Classroom is a free online community that connects classrooms and experts around the world for live virtual learning experiences that take place over video calls. These live learning experiences make learning relevant, engaging, and fun. They also help build empathy and compassion for each other and our planet as students see and hear about people and places, they would otherwise be unable to visit.

Internet Archive
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

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