Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Best of the Web: A Free Resource Featuring Websites and Activities for the Classroom

I wanted to let you know about a pretty amazing free resource from the staff of the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center (CIMC)!

This popular resource for teachers and students entitled Best of the Web is in its 7th edition and features websites and activities for using the internet in the classroom, divided by career cluster area. They distribute this resource as a free pdf and in print form for free at exhibits of their curriculum, but it can also be purchased in packages of 10 (Call Curriculum Customer Service at 800-654-4502 and ask for the Best of the Web booklet or “item TA921").

The resources are categorized into the following areas:
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
  • Business, Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales and Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Core Topics
  • Sample Activities Using the Internet
    • Try these activities!
    • Is that really true?
    • Wikis: Fact or Fiction
In case you aren't familair with CIMC, they are a division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. The CIMC has existed since 1967 to produce competency-based instructional materials for career and technical (formerly vocational) education. They are a state education agency which also produces, prints, and distributes curriculum materials across Oklahoma and throughout the United States. The CIMC is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Who uses CIMC products?
High school programs, area technology centers, junior and community colleges, proprietary schools, and government agencies are users of CIMC products. Business and industry customers are also learning of the training and cost advantages of using CIMC instructional systems. Several industry groups and trade associations have participated in the development of our products and services.
You can reach CIMC online, by phone, or by fax:
• 800.654.4502
• 405.743.5154 (fax)

The 2013 version is in the planning stages and will includes lots of apps and I'll let you know as soon as it's available!

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