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Free resources for teachers and trainers

This month's featured tools

November brings us Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. We’d like to commemorate these special days by highlighting resources and links related to veterans, including a free career transition publication for veterans transitioning into civilian life. We’re also focusing on teacher/trainer tools you’ll be thankful for, whether you’re a veteran teacher, brand new, or somewhere in between:

  • Entrance/Exit Tickets
    These Entrance tickets can be used to begin the day and assist students in setting goals for their instruction. The Exit tickets recap what students learned during the class and provide a way to clarify learning. They summarize learning and allow questioning and clarification for enhanced learning. Download Entrance/Exit Tickets

  • Creativity Rubric
    A tool to help you evaluate students' use of creativity skills, such as generating multiple ideas, building on existing ideas, and visualizing outcomes. Download Creativity Rubric

  • A - Z Review
    A-Z Review is a tool you can use in the classroom to reinforce learning. Students identify key words related to their recent learning. This can be used as an individual or group activity. Download A-Z Review

Publications from the Resource Center

App Evaluation Rubric

Added November 2018 - This rubric helps you evaluate apps for use in the classroom. Download App Evaluation Rubric

Storyboard Template

Added November 2018 - Students can use this template to create storyboards for videos and other projects. Download Storyboard Template

Added November 2018 - This handout helps job seekers maximize their career fair experience by providing guidelines for what to do before, during, and after the event. Download Maximizing Career Fairs

Added October 2018 - This supplement provides instruction and worksheets on terms and symbols; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; reducing fractions, converting fractions and decimals, using percentages, and converting English-Metric measurements. Download Basic Math Skills Supplement

Assessment and instruction go hand in hand in a classroom that focuses on the student. Teachers need to use a variety of different strategies to assess student readiness for a particular unit of study and to plan their instruction around the needs the students demonstrate. Ongoing assessment of student learning is an important part of the planning process. There are three main types of assessment: pre-assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment. This booklet focuses on strategies that teachers can use to formatively assess their students. Download 60 Formative Assessment Strategies

This unit of instruction covers researching and preparing informative and persuasive presentations. Download Creating Presentations

This unit of instruction provides guidelines for presenting speeches, tool-based presentations, and extemporaneous speaking; discusses the difference between paralanguage and body language; and gives techniques for question-and-answer sessions. Download Delivering Presentations

Examples of products to download

General guidelines for using copyrighted material in the classroom. Download Copyright and Fair Use Information for Educators

A - Z Review

A-Z Review is a tool you can use in the classroom to reinforce learning. Students identify key words related to their recent learning. This can be used as an individual or group activity. Download A-Z Review

Curriculum Review Rubric

A quick and easy visual guide to help determine if curriculum meets your needs. Download Curriculum Review Rubric

Grading Rubrics

Rubrics to grade various student projects.

Creativity Rubric

A tool to help you evaluate students' use of creativity skills, such as generating multiple ideas, building on existing ideas, and visualizing outcomes. Download Creativity Rubric

A Recipe for Achievement Using Competency Based Instruction

A handy way to assemble the ingredients of competency-based instruction to improve achievement by learners and teachers. Download A Recipe for Achievement Using Competency Based Instruction

Career Worksheet

An activity sheet to help students think about possible careers. Download Career Worksheet

50 Ways to Lead bookmark

Based on our popular poster, these printable bookmarks list fifty ways to lead through everyday actions. Four different designs, set up to print front-to-back, are available. Download Fifty Ways to Lead Bookmark

These Entrance tickets can be used to begin the day and assist students in setting goals for their instruction. The Exit tickets recap what students learned during the class and provide a way to clarify learning. They summarize learning and allow questioning and clarification for enhanced learning. Download Entrance/Exit Tickets

Deciding Between Focus Groups and In-depth Interviews

This tool helps you decide when a focus group is appropriate, and when an in-depth interview is a better choice. Download Deciding Between Focus Groups and In-depth Interviews.

Organizing and Conducting Focus Groups

Useful tools for organizing and conducting focus groups, including identifying and handling various personality types. Download Organizing and Conducting Focus Groups

Conducting Interviews

Guidelines for the eight major tasks of the person conducting an interview. Download Conducting Interviews.

Creating Effective Graphics

Guidelines and tips for creating effective graphs, charts, illustrations, and photos. Download Creating Effective Graphics

Using a Worksheet to Evaluate Skill Demonstrations After Training

This blank form (with a completed example form) helps organize the tasks and steps involved in a skill demonstration and record your evaluation of the students' performance. Download Using a Worksheet to Evaluate Skill Demonstrations After Training

Grant Decision-Making Matrix

This visual organizer helps you determine whether pursuing a specific grant is a good use of your resources. Download Grant Decision-Making Matrix.

PowerPoints

"Did You Know" Bell Ringer PowerPoints for FACS

What is "cheddaring?" Where does saffron come from? Who declared tomatoes a vegetable? These free PowerPoints are full of fun and interesting facts related to Family and Consumer Sciences courses. The shows are set to run automatically and loop continuously.

Download "Did You Know" for FACS, #1

Download "Did You Know" for FACS, #2


Posters

problem solving posters

All posters are 18"X24" unless otherwise indicated. To print on smaller paper, choose the "fit" option from your print menu.

Curriculum and Tutorials

Download CareerTech's FREE Moodle training packets that provide step-by-step instructions on how to design and implement your own Moodle course (updated to the current version of ctYOU.org). Lessons include Moodle Course Setup, Moodle Enrollment and Grading, Moodle Collaborative Features, Moodle Student Input Features, Moodle Content Enhancement, and H5P Content Types.

Visit Moodle and H5P Training Packets


Kitchen Orientation coverKnowing your way around a commercial kitchen is key to a successful culinary career. Learning the basics is a first step in this process. This unit of instruction covers many of those basics, with assignments to help reinforce what students have learned.

Topics include:

  • Reasons for using a standard recipe card
  • Parts of a standard recipe card
  • Steps to follow when using a standard recipe
  • Steps to follow when writing a standard recipe
  • Requisitions
  • Reasons for substitutions and tips for making substitutions
  • Measurement basics
  • Standard weights and measures
  • Equivalents of weights and measures
  • Can sizes and their equivalents
  • Standard measuring tools
  • Methods of measuring dry ingredients
  • Ensuring accurate measurement of dry ingredients
  • Measuring moist ingredients
  • Alternative measurement methods
  • Mise en place
  • Procedures for organizing work and assembling supplies
  • Guidelines for timing food preparation

Download Kitchen Orientation

Find more units of instruction on kitchens, cooking, and related tools on our Resources by Career Cluster page.


Money Matters coverMoney Matters covers the fourteen areas of instruction outlined in Oklahoma's Passport to Financial Literacy Act, including the following topics:

  • Earning and Managing an Income
  • Understanding Taxes
  • Banks and Other Financial Institutions
  • Managing Financial Accounts
  • Saving and Investing
  • Retirement
  • Borrowing Money
  • Credit Cards and Shopping Online
  • Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft
  • Acquiring a Home
  • Managing Risk
  • Gambling
  • Credit Woes
  • Giving Back

Download Money Matters (student)
Download Money Matters (teacher)

Carpentry Skills Workbook coverThis student workbook includes 60 job sheets addressing skills in residential and commercial carpentry. It is ideal as a resource for each student to supplement in-depth textbooks or as a job aid. Job sheet  categories include:

  • Residential door installation
  • Residential roof framing
  • Wall & ceiling framing
  • Stair framing
  • Cornice and gable ends
  • Exterior walls & trim
  • Cabinets, shelves, and built-ins
  • Floor finishing
  • Roof finishes
  • Column forms
  • Beam forms
  • Above-grade slab systems
  • Bridge deck forms
  • Fireproof encasement forms
  • Commercial door installation

Career Focus coverCareer Focus is a career exploration and preparation guide. This 32-page, full-color magazine combines essential guidance with web activities and “skill builder” opportunities to help prepare users for college and the workplace. Articles include:

  • Identifying Possible Careers
  • Sources for Career Information
  • Career Clusters and Pathways
  • Individual Career Plans
  • Online Tools for Career Planning and Preparation
  • 20 Personal Selling Points
  • Getting Ready for College
  • Finding Job Opportunities
  • Managing Your Digital Dirt
  • Strategies for Networking
  • Skill Builder: Build a Personal Network
  • Career Myths and Realities
  • Skill Builder: Practice Introductions and Casual Conversation
  • Acing any Interview - What You Need to Know
  • Resumés that Stand Out for the Right Reasons
  • Why Employers Might NOT Hire You
  • Getting Back to Work: Re-Entry Strategies
  • Skills Employers Want
  • Putting Together the Education Puzzle

Basic Strategies coverBasic Strategies: Meeting Everyone's Needs

"Diversity is the one true thing that we all have in common. Celebrate it every day." This anonymous quote expresses the purpose of the book Basic Strategies: Meeting Everyone's Needs - to help parents, teachers, counselors, and students meet the needs of the ever-increasing diversities they will encounter in today's world. The book includes sections dealing with diversity and disabilities. It also discusses gender equity, harassment, and bullying.

Download Basic Strategies: Meeting Everyone's Needs

Employment Skills for the 21st Century

Our Employment Skills for the 21st Century titles include assignment sheets and job sheets designed to develop and reinforce the skills that students need in the 21st century workplace. A license for unlimited on-site duplication is also included.

Download Employment Skills for the 21st Century (volume 1)
Download Employment Skills for the 21st Century (volume 2)

Safety on the Job

Safety on the Job coverSafety on the Job reflects the continuing focus on employee safety in the workplace. Each section in this guide addresses a top cause of injury or illness on the job by describing hazards and presenting ways to work safely. Perfect as a supplement to basic OSHA training and as a safety handbook for all employees.

Units include:

  • Recognizing the Need for Safety On the Job
  • Lifting and Moving Materials
  • Using Tools and Ladders
  • Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Working with Machines
  • Working with Hazardous Substances
  • Working around Electricity
  • Working in Heat and Cold
  • Coping with Shiftwork
  • Responding to Injury or Illness
  • Preventing Transportation Incidents
  • Managing Anger and Preventing Violence
  • Preventing Accidents and Injuries at Work

Download Safety on the Job, student edition
Download Powerpoint presentations (ZIP file)

Heavy Equipment Operator: Earth Moving, Ditching, and Loading Skills

This 72-page color student workbook (job sheets only) covers fundamental skills in using a backhoe, bulldozer, front-end loader, and grader.

Download Heavy Equipment Operator: Earth Moving, Ditching, and Loading Skills

Links to Other Resources

The positions or viewpoints in the resources collected here reflect their authors and source organizations. They do not represent the Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or any employee of the state agency. No endorsement of organizations or viewpoints is implied by inclusion in this collection or on this web page.

Resources in many topics are also available on our Resource Profiles page.


The ADHD Guide to Mobile Apps and Digital Tools

Added November 2018 - 100+ recommended tools to improve productivity, organization, memory, sleep, creativity, and school skills.

Wabisabi Resources and Guides

Added November 2018 - Free and premium guides, infographics, posters, and more for making learning magic in your classroom.

Creating Effective Multiple-Choice Exams

Added November 2018 - Guidance from San Francisco State University’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. The purpose of this module is to raise instructors' awareness of the strengths and limitations of multiple choice exams, help instructors distinguish between high and low quality multiple tests, and to improve the way instructors assess student learning.

Added November 2018 -  This tutorial provides helpful and problematic characteristics of PowerPoint slides, suggestions for building PowerPoint presentations, slide samples and decisions regarding content and style, self-guided critique of sample PowerPoint presentation, and a link to Academic Technology's "Strategies and Best Practices." From San Francisco State University’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.

How to Stop Saying “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know”

Added November 2018 - How to eliminate crutch words. August 2018 presentation guidance from Harvard Business Review.

Tips & Tricks to Ace Powerpoint

Added October 2018 - This handy infographic provides best practices for PowerPoint slides and data visualizations, as well as handy shortcuts, resources, and design inspiration. October 2015.

Added October 2018 - Traditional PowerPoint® in the classroom resembles static electronic overheads that tend to decrease learning and retention of the content presented. This article by Ronald A. Berk, PhD, professor emeritus of The Johns Hopkins University, synthesizes the PowerPoint® literature and translates the research findings into a state-of-the-art, concise top-10 list of evidence-based, best practices in design, engagement, and multimedia. Other articles are also available on the author's website. April 2012.

Added October 2018 - Resources from the University of Michigan, including preparing to teach, teaching with technology, diversity and inclusion, testing and grading, and other topics.

Added October 2018 - Work-based learning (WBL) is a set of instructional strategies that engage employers and schools in providing learning experiences for students. WBL activities are structured opportunities for students to interact with employers or community partners either at school, a worksite or virtually, using technology to link students and employers in different locations. The FHI 360 Work-Based Learning Manual is a how-to guide with suggestions and tools for planning and conducting specific activities. December 2017.

Added October 2018 - Free tools, regularly updated, from innovative schools, districts and states around the country.

Added October 2018 - Resources to help educators in creating accessible learning environments, including considerations in course planning and teaching tips.

Across the United States, a growing number of states and school districts are looking to open educational resources (OER) to improve student learning. These resources will allow educators to start their own OER search and discovery.

The Toolbox’s free tools are regularly updated from innovative schools, districts and states around the country. With nearly 450 resources from more than 50 great schools and districts, it’s the ultimate toolbox for improving your school’s instructional culture.

Digital Prairie

An electronic library for the people of Oklahoma, providing access to research and discovery resources and state digital collections.

Buck Institute for Education Project Design Rubric

The Project Design Rubric uses the Essential Project Design Elements as criteria to evaluate projects. The rubric aligns with BIE's Gold Standard Project Based Learning model. Definitions and practical examples are used to clarify the meaning of each dimension. The rubric helps educators understand the difference between a simple "project" and rigorous Gold Standard PBL. Teachers who are new to PBL can see how to move from beginner to expert.

hundrED innovations toolkits

100 inspiring innovations that are changing the face of K-12 education today.

Rubrics from the New Tech Network:

Career Ready Practice Assessments

Career Ready skills, or “soft skills,” are important to assess. These rubrics were developed to help teachers/mentors/business partners assess the student/worker in those skills and provide everyone with common terminology and a common definition of what is meant by Career Readiness.

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.”

Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This guide from the Virginia Department of Education “is designed to guide all schools’ practices for educating students with ASD and to promote consistency of programming across educational environments.”

Accessibility Resources

Information, instruction, and resources on creating accessible course content, from George Mason University.

Contextualized Math for the Energy Industry

From the Center for Energy Workforce Development, this resource covers topics on pre-employment tests in the energy industry. The modules include word problems that use math concepts. All of the questions in the modules reflect the context of specific occupations.

Getting it Right: Reference Guide for Registering Students with Non-English Names

Getting a student’s name right is the first step in welcoming him or her to school. Staff members who work with student-level data also know the importance of accurately and consistently recording a student’s name in order to track student data over time. This set of naming conventions reference guides can help you accurately enter names for students with home languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It also helps school staff address and greet parents and other family members in a culturally responsive and respectful fashion.

How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal

A May 2017 resource from the Congressional Research Service.

Periodic Table of STEM Occupations in Oklahoma

A handy graphic from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Oklahoma Licensed and Certified Occupations

A periodic document of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

2017 Education Research Highlights

Overviews of studies that educators should know about, from Edutopia.

What researchers mean by…

Easy-to-understand definitions of common research terms in the health and social sciences.

Compendium of Knowledge Solutions

This compendium from the Asian Development Bank profiles dozens of tools to build competencies in strategy development, management techniques, collaboration, knowledge sharing and learning, and knowledge capture and storage.

Fair Use Resources

A variety of resources about fair use and fair dealing, both of which are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright that allow the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances.

Microsoft Education Lesson Plans

Lesson plans that educators have created, free to download or view, on topics including STEM, business and entrepreneurship, digital literacy, and other topics.

Better Feedback for Better Teaching: A Practical Guide to Improving Classroom Observations

A free guide to improving classroom observations, provided by the Gates Foundation.

Guide to Data Visualization: A Resource for Education Agencies

The purpose of this 2016 publication is to recommend data visualization practices that will help education agencies communicate data meaning in visual formats that are accessible, accurate, and actionable for a wide range of education stakeholders.

An educator’s guide to questionnaire development

This guide, developed by REL Central, provides educators with a process for developing questionnaires. Principals, superintendents, state-level personnel, or other school or district personnel can use this guide when they need to make a decision about an education policy or practice but (1) lack the information needed to make that decision and (2) lack a preexisting questionnaire that can be used to gather the information. This guide can help these educators collect information about attitudes, perceptions, or factual information to inform their decisions.

Guide to Taking Action with Education Data

The Guide provides stakeholders with practical information about the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to more effectively access, interpret, and use education data to inform action. The document includes an overview of the evolving nature of data use, basic data use concepts, and a list of skills necessary for effectively using data.

Preparing a Career-Ready Student

This infographic identifies ten evidence-based practices for career counseling.

State Jobs Picture

A map from the Economic Policy Institute that shows the current unemployment rate in each state, and the percent change in the number of jobs in each state over the preceding 12 months. Clicking on a state will also show the change in that state’s unemployment rate or change in the number of jobs over the last 3 months, 12 months, and since December 2007—the peak of the previous business cycle.

Simply Measured Resources

Free guides from Simply Measured, Inc., on topics such as Twitter marketing, Facebook marketing, and other social media topics, plus related templates and checklists.

Tips for Funding Technology

Ten tips to help you find the funds you need to implement and sustain your critical technology strategy, from TechSoup.org.

Higher Education Best Practices - Teaching and Learning

The National Education Association's Thriving in Academe guides include guides to using social media in the classroom, how to command the attention of students, how to "flip" your classroom, how to teach for "deep learning," and more.

Behavioral Insights Toolkit

Behavioral Insights leverages work from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics in considering what influences how people think and behave. By blending insights from seemingly disparate fields, Behavioral Insights has created a new perspective – evolving from the traditional “rational actor” model that portrays decision-making from simply a cost-benefit perspective. Instead, Behavioral Insights understands that while some decisions are made rationally, people sometimes make decisions that are not in their best interests, due to factors such as expediency, peer pressure, marketing, and the power of habit, to name only a few. Behavioral Insights is the study of why we act as we do.

Work-Based Learning Framework

Work-based learning supports a continuum of lifelong learning and skill development for a range of workers and learners—K-12 students, young adults, college students, adult jobseekers, and incumbent workers.

Innovation 101

Innovation 101 is designed to be an introductory module that can be used by schoolteachers, youth service providers, instructors in colleges and universities as well as trainers in a corporate setting. It details basic tenets of innovation and invites participants to explore the various traits and processes used by innovators, past and present.

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