Resources for Teachers

Teaching Students with Disabilities 

The state has developed an independent study module, Teaching Students with Disabilities to help Florida educators meet the new SB1108 requirement regarding instruction for students with disabilities.

Directions for registration are:

  • Go to www.fl-pda.org
  • Scroll down to Independent Study Modules.
  • Click Sign In.
  • Click New User, Register here!
  • Select the module Teaching Students with Disabilities.

Once you enter the module, you have 12 weeks to complete it. This is a 20 point course. Quarterly reports of completers are sent to districts. See the Florida DOE Q&A for more information.

Effective Teaching Practices for SWD

Developed by the Florida Department of Education as an online experience, this independent study module is designed to provide a professional development opportunity for educators who want to enhance their skills in working with students with disabilities. This component is intended to be completed in its entirety.

Directions for registration are:

  • Go to www.fl-pda.org.
  • Scroll down to Independent Study Modules.
  • Click Sign In.
  • Click New User, Register here!
  • Select the module Effective Teaching Practices.

Once you enter the module, you have 12 weeks to complete it. This is a 20 point course.

Online Content Area Coursework from Top U.S. Universities

The Open Education Consortium
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Open Courseware
UMass Boston Open CourseWare
Utah State OpenCourseWare
Stanford Online Self-Paced and Self-Study
Harvard Open Courses

Vocabulary Skill-Building Activities

Word Generation

Activities are for content area teachers, primarily middle school but may also be used at other grade levels (4-5 and 9-10).

Free News Sites for K-12 Teachers and Students

TeenTribune and TweenTribune

TeenTribune and TweenTribune is a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. TTribune also includes lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities for the registered users to communicate with other participants. TTribune is a moderated comment sharing community where registered Teachers can assign educational content (like news stories) to students and the students using a screen name have the ability to create comments which, if approved by their Teacher, are then published either to the other students within the Teacher’s TTribune classroom page, or publicly on TTribune.

Free Online Typing Instruction

Typing.com

Learn and teach typing through engaging exercies, interactive typing games and positive reinforcement. For all age ranges and skill levels.