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Family & Consumer Sciences

Helpful Links Table of Contents (Link Categories)

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>Child Development

>Clothing and Textiles

>Common Core Standards


>Family Resource Management and Planning


>FCS Assessment

>Federal Agencies


>Interior Design


>iPad Apps

>Links That Complement Specific Lessons

>Other State’s Resources

>Professional and Student Organizations


>State of Illinois


>Teacher Resources


>Test Preparation

>Universities That Offer Teacher Education

>White Boards



Career Cruising

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

Careers in Culinary Arts

Suggested careers in the area of Culinary Arts.

Careers in FCS

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

Child Care Careers

Information on Child Care Careers.

ECE Teacher

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

FCS Careers

The AAFCS website provides a comphrehensive list of FCS careers.

FCS Careers

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

Illinois Work Net

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

Nanny as a career

Information on what being a nanny entails.

Teach for America

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

Child Development


Baby Center

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

Bento Box Lunch Lesson Plan

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

Child Care Credentials

Credentials needed for people working in Child Care.

Community Child Care Connection

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)

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

This site has multiple sites that offer free teacher resources.

Early Childhood Teacher

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

Free Pre-K Lesson Plans/ Child Care

Free Pre-K Lesson Plans/ Child Care

Games and crafts for children

How Much Does it Really Cost to Have a Baby?

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


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

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

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.


Information of Early Childhood Education.


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

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

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

Storyline Online

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

A great lesson on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Clothing and Textiles


2014-2015 Fashion Trends and Prints

This Pinterest Board shows 2014-2015 Fashion trends.

4 Smart Textiles You have Yet to See

See the textiles of the future.

Free patterns, sewing instructions, lessons, and definitions

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

Clothing and Textiles Information

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

Computers with Smart Fabric

A good blog on the use of Smart Fabric.

Cornell Costume Collection

Wonderful historical 19 and 20th century costume collection

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

Custom Apparel Pattern Drafting Software

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

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


This website has a great section on eco textiles.

Embroidery Machine Website

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

A wealth of information about fibers.

Free newsletters

Free online newsletters for sewing related projects.


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

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

Information on Smart Textiles. Free newsletter

Moda Bake Shop

Lots of free quilt patterns.

Quilting Assistant

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

Recent trends in textile wet processing

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

Recycling Fabrics

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

Free embroidery design.

Sew Electric

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

Sewing Freebies

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

Sewing Projects for Charity

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

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.

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.

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

This blog has pictures and descriptions of Smart Textiles.

Threading a sewing machine lesson

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

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


Lots of FREE patterns and recipes.

Common Core Standards


FCS Common Core Grid

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



Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

Get tips for planning an entrepreneurship education curriculum, tap into resources, and find out about special events.

Generation E Institute

This website offers training resources for educators interested in developing entrepreneurship programs.

Marketplace for Kids

Learn more about the Marketplace program, and download learning guides and resources on a variety of topics including advertising, designing a web page, career exploration, and innovative thinking.

National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education

This resource is designed to provide educators with information about standards for developing curricula for entrepreneurship programs.

Family Resource Management and Planning


Consumer Jungle

Lessons and PowerPoints tied to the FCS National Standards on credit, buying cars, scams, wireless phones, buying computers, and independent living.

Credit Card Information and lessons

This website tells how credit cards and credit scores work and contains lesson plans.

Dave Ramsey

Lots of free materials for teaching budgeting, investing, etc.


This is a very valuable website if you teach Resource Management.Some topics covered are: Savings and Investments - Mortgages - Overdraft - Payment Types and Credit Cards - Credit Scores and Reports - Insurance and Taxes - Financing Higher Education - Identity Protection

Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE)

This website provides FREE lessons, budget simulations and course outlines. There is also a section that contains 35 Active Learning Tools such as Bingo, The Game of Life, Personality Quadrant, and Financial Facts Feud. If you are teaching Consumer Economics, this website is a must.

FDA Free Resources

The site has free resources for teaching about food, drugs, etc.


Lessons on credit, economics, and personal finance.

Financial Planning Resources

Free lesson plans and Power Points designed to teach the concepts of: Introductory Financial Planning and Management; Wants/Need and SMART Goal Setting; Short, Intermediate and Long-Term Goals; Budgeting and Cash Flow; Pay Yourself First; Credit History Ratings; Loans and Interest; Credit Cards; Investment Basics; Taxes;and Insurance


Great interactive features on topics such as teen finances, ad decoders, cell phone plans, identity theft, etc. You Are Here is a “virtual mall' where you can play games, design ads, chat with customers and store owners, and more. You'll learn about advertising & marketing techniques; business competition; protecting your privacy & identity; bogus modeling offers, 'free' vacations, 'miracle' products & other rip-offs; and more. This site would be good for junior high or special needs students.

HR Block Budget Challenge

HR Block provides a budget simulation that pits classrooms against each other. There are over 3 million dollars in grants and student scholarships available.

ICBA Financial Literacy Resources

Free resources for Financial Literacy.

Illinois Personal Finance Tools and Resources

Personal Finance tools and resources.

It All Adds Up

This site was developed for youth by the National Council on Economic Education. The site includes online games and simulations in all areas of financial management and also includes a Teachers Guide with lesson modules.

Lessons in Time Management

Lessons and resources for Time Management.

This free website brings all your financial accounts together online or on your mobile device, automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you set budgets and helps you achieve your savings goals.

Money Instructor

This website will greatly enhance your Resource Management resources. There are lessons on earning and spending, business math, insurance, career planning, time management, etc.

Money Think

This site offers curriculum for Entrepreneurship and Financial Life Skills.


Lots of hints on writing resumes, interviewing, etc.

Practical Money Skills

Free 9-12 Financial Literacy curriculum.


Great free resources on how to manage credit. Especially good for college students to manage student loans and additional debt.



FCCLA Lesson Plans

FCCLA has numerous lesson plans involving FCCLA projects.

FCS Assessment


Career Development Assessments

Federal Agencies


USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

Great self guided programs showing information on labels.



100 Days of Real Food

This site provides meal plans and recipes with "real food".

Betty Crocker

This website offers numerous short cooking “How to” videos along with recipes. You will also find quick dinner recipes, cooking basics, microwave “rescues”, party themes and recipes, and lots more.

Careers in Culinary Arts

This website gives valuable information on careers in Culinary Arts including salary ranges.

Cheese Resources

Great resources on teaching about cheese.


Free videos on knife skills, mise en place, managing a kitchen, and tasting and understanding flavors.

Culinary School Information

This site gives information on the most popular Culinary Arts schools in the United States and Europe.

Drive Thru Nutrition

Students use online resources and a spreadsheet program to compare the fat and calorie content of various food items at 12 popular fast-food restaurants. Then, they create a day’s worth of healthful menus using food from those restaurants.

Fast Food Nutrition provides nutrition facts for the most popular fast food restaurants in the United States.

FDA Resources

Lots of free resources for middle and high school teachers.

Food and Culture

Excellent resources including information on what "kosher" means.

Food videos

Excellent short videos on basic food cookery.

Gluten Free Lesson Plan

This site provides a very comprehensive lesson on the term gluten free.

Gluten Free Resources

Lots of gluten free resources.

Healthy Living for Kids

The National Restaurant Association has added this site to promote healthy eating for kids who eat in restaurants.

Institute of Food Technologists

The education section contains food science music videos and power points as well as lessons and experiments. Click on “education, general education, video and media resources and food safety music site.

Interactive Playground

Resources from the USDA on teaching nutrition. Lots of interactive games.

International Foods Curriculum

Complete curriculum for international foods.

Lesson Plan for the Movie Food, Inc

Excellent materials, including lesson plans that accompany the movie, Food, Inc.

Lesson Plans on Whole Grains

This site contains 5 lessons plans on whole grains.

My Recipes

This website has recipes from all of your favorite magazines.

Nutrition Education

Lesson plans and power points on nutrition education.

Portion Distortion Powerpoint

This website has a very informative powerpoint on Portion Distortion.

Powerpoint on Salary Calories

An excellent powerpoint on what 100 calories looks like.


This website will save all of your favorite recipes and will make a shopping list for you.

Rhodes Bread

You will find recipes using frozen bread dough. If you click on recipes and then on sculpture, you will find great ideas on how to incorporate bread dough into interesting sculptures. Tommy the Turtle is a fun way to serve a veggie dip. This is also a good idea for extra credit for the student who enjoys “hands on” experiences.

Still Tasty - Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide

Are eggs still safe after the expiration date? Can you safely drink milk after the sell-by-date? Should you store bread on the counter or in the fridge? This site answers many of the questions you may have about whether to save or pitch.

The Food Time Line

A must website if you are looking for the history of food, food advertising lesson plans, menus, manners, food styling, etc. To access an interactive quiz on Portion Control, scroll down to Food Psychology and Consumer Satisfaction . Click on Portion Distortion. This website has a wide variety of lesson plans.

UEN Foods and Nutrition resources

This site is the Utah Education Network Foods and Nutrition resources. Lots of good information.

University of Nebraska Free Resources

Lots of Foods Related Foods Resources.

Interior Design


Better Homes and Gardens

Arrange a room and color your room are two free components of this website.

Chip It

An online color tool that instantly gives you up to 10 Sherwin-Williams paint colors that coordinate with any picture on the web.

Free online blueprints

Design your house plan blueprints online with smallblueprinter, then take a 3D walk through your design, check out an isometric view and print out your plan. Its free and easy to use.

Home Styler

Create floor plans and decorate your new home.


This site contains over 150,000 photos of different housing features such as staircases, bathroom fixtures, etc.

ICOVIA Space Planner

Pick the size of the room and add furniture, doors, and windows. Students must sign in.


Olioboard is an easy and intuitive application for creating digital mood boards. It is also a community of interior designers and creative thinkers coming together to share inspiration and offer feedback. Tailor-made with interior designers in mind, Olioboard integrates a huge library of interior design related images. Olioboard’s drag and drop interface makes creating a new board quick and easy, and its browser based editor requires no software download. Simply create an account and you’re ready to dive right in.

See My Design

Use this site to design a room and select paint and furnishings.

See My Design

A very comphrehensive website covering all areas of interior design.

Sherman Williams

Go to tools. Upload a picture of the room that you want to paint. Choose from 1500 paint colors to virtually paint your room and trim.



148 Apps

Find information on price drops, new apps, and reviews of existing apps.

2013 information on using iPads in the Classroom

Current information on using iPads in the classroom.

Apple in Education

Information on using the iPad in the classroom as well as information on volume purchases.

Best of iPad Apps website

Has researched iPad apps for education

FCS iPad Apps

Numerous apps for the FCS classroom.

FCS Resources on Pinterest

Pinterest has a board with lots of FCS Resources.

Interaction Education

Ideas to use ipads in education

Live Binders

An electronic binder full of iPad information and recommendations for usage in schools.

Only 1 iPad in the Classroom

A discussion on how to use the iPad in the classroom if you only have one.

Ultimate Guide to Using iPads in the Classroom

Lots of information on how to incorporate the iPad into the classroom.

Using the iPad wiki

Join this wiki to see reviews of apps and how to use them in the classroom.

iPad Apps



This free app is filled with thousands of member-tested recipes.

Book Creator

Ideal for childrens' picture books, photo books, cook books, etc.

Career Test

CAREER TEST helps students, recent graduates, job-seekers and working professionals to better define their career path and find the job that suits their interests.

Checking 101

Basic information about checking accounts.

Color Smart by BEHR

An easy and convenient way to find, coordinate or preview a BEHR paint color for all of your paint projects.

Common Core Standards

This app lists all of the Common Core Standards according to grade level.

Compare It

Help your students compare the real cost of groceries by using this comparison App. “Compare It" is a comparison calculator to compare pretty much anything with a price and a quantity, but is most useful while doing your shopping and looking for the best deal.”

Daily Shopper

The Daily Shopper brings the best internet deals together in one place with a unique design to allow you to quickly browse through deals that interest you.


A photo gallery that allows you to visually search and discover ideas to inspire your living or work space.


Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable smart board.


Recipes and shopping list.

FCS iPad Apps

Family and Consumer iPad apps.

Financial Football

The NFL and Visa have teamed up to create this engaging, interactive game, designed to improve financial literacy. With Financial Football, you can test your money management skills by answering financial questions.

Food Additivies

• We’ve all wondered what does the long word in the ingredient list mean? Check it out with this food additive App that tells you more about the unidentifiable ingredients found on your packaging.

Food Safety Exam Prep

This app serves as a review for the Food Service Sanitation Certificate exam.


Lose weight, track your progress, and eat REAL food. The ONLY APP that looks beyond the calorie and helps you eat healthy and tasty. Scan a product barcode to see what’s really in your food. Fooducate will also show you healthier alternatives!

Hello Baby!-baby/id585502633?mt=8

Excellent pictures of prenatal development.

HGTV Color Guide

Learn pro decorating tips and browse over 150 colorful photos, including rooms from some of your favorite HGTV stars, like David Bromstad, Candice Olsen and Vern Yip

Home Design 3D Free version

Shows the capabilities of the paid version. Beware that projects cannot be saved in this version.


Over 300, 000 photos of interiors and homes.

Judith Baker Montano’s Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Guide — Free Version

This App is great for those who want to learn embroidery. It shows you how to do different stitches and even has all the directions for left handed folk. Great tool for teaching students.

Martha's Cookies

• This is a beautiful cookie app from Martha Stewart. Get inspired by some of the best pictures and cookie recipes around.

Math Terms

MathTerms is an illustrated glossary of mathematics terms in English and Spanish. The app includes almost 1,000 entries for middle- and high-school mathematical concepts.

Monster Interview

This step-by-step guide provides advice and coaching through every stage of a job interview.

MyFood Nutrition Facts

MyFood provides complete nutrition data for hundreds of foods and also includes common serving sizes for each food.

Pregnancy Reference Calculator

This Wolfram Alpha app has a due date calculator, pregnancy milestones, information on mother's health and nutrition, and much more.

Qrafter-QR Reader and Generator

It's main purpose is to scan and parse the contents of QR Codes. It can also generate QR Codes when you purchase the "Pro Pack".

Ratio App

This app contains 32 Critical Ratios with the instructions such as doughs(pasta and pizza dough), batters, meat preparations, custards, sauces,sponge cake and pancakes, fritters and crepes, stocks and sauces, crème caramel and chocolate sauce. The Ratio App also can calculate how much of each ingredient you need, as well as convert ounces to grams.

Real Care Baby Guide

The RealCare Baby Guide app is designed to be used as a tool to help participants going through a RealCare Baby simulation experience from Realityworks.


QR and bar code scanner.

Shop Shop

A shopping list. Simple. Easy. Free.

ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard.

Snack Planet

Snack Planet is a game developed to promote the benefits of healthy snacking and exercise. Help Optimis the robot move quickly thorough a maze, grab healthy foods and reach the exit before the time runs out. Beware of the unhealthy snacks — they reduce both time and score. The game can be played individually or two can play at once on the same iPad.

Stats of the Union

Explore the nation's stats from life expectancy to diseases, etc.

Teacher Cast

This site offers app reviews, educational resources,blogs, live binders, etc.

Total Recall- Mind Map

Graphic organizer tool. Finished product can be saved to Camera roll or emailed as a PDF.

Using iPads in the Classroom- Kathy Schrock

Tips, tricks, and resources for teaching and learning with the iPad.

Wolfram Alfa Culinary App

This app provides ways to solve Culinary math problems such as increasing or decreasing recipes and figuring yield.

Wolfram Alpha Culinary Arts Math

This app will make conversions as easy as a click of the mouse.

Links That Complement Specific Lessons


Don't Gross Out the World

Great interactive quiz to use with Lesson FCS G6-3 Demonstrate Etiquette Skills

FCS A4-2 Practicing Personal Hygiene in Food Processing

You may remember this story about the woman who was told that she had a brain tumor, only to find out that there was a worm in her brain. The worm was the result of improper hand washing.

HGD H4-2 (Review Current Research in Brain Development)

This interactive site enables students to probe parts of the brain and shows how the body reacts when probed.

HGD H4-2 (Review Current Research in Brain Development)

This short video is a musical way of remembering the parts of the brain.

Other State’s Resources


Ohio State Extension

Contains many publications that can downloaded.

Utah Education Network

Very comprehensive site. Includes lessons, and powerpoints.

Professional and Student Organizations


FCCLA Family Community and Career Leaders of America

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.

IACTE Illinois Career and Technical Education

IACTE provides resources and services tailored to those who develop, deliver, and administer career and technical education. It is the professional organization for all career and technical educators in Illinois. A state wide conference is held every year.

IFACSTA Illinois Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association

The mission of IFACSTA is to promote family and consumer sciences through education.

Illinois FCCLA Family Community and Career Leaders of America

This comprehensive website will provide information on affiliation and membership, meetings and conferences, programs and projects, and much more.

Illinois School Counselor Association

This is the main school counselors association in Illinois. Great resources!



Sewing With Nancy

This website offers 78 archived videos of Sewing With Nancy sessions that have been shown on Public Television.

Sewing with Nancy

You will find a variety of sewing projects by going to this website and scrolling to the tan colored band at the bottom of the page. Click on Creative Kindness. Scroll to the column titled, Additional Project Ideas. Pillows for Precious Hearts was submitted by Torri Meyer, an FCCLA member from Liberty, Illinois.

State of Illinois


University of Illinois Extension

Comprehensive site on programs offered by U of I Extension



STEM power point

Power point on FCS and STEM

Teacher Resources


2000 Tech websites

Directory of Learning & Performance Tools Over 2,000 tools for learning and working in education and the workplace

21st Century Skills

A huge website that includes many sites on curriculum, lesson planning etc.

Adobe Technology

Adobe has programs to convert files to PDF, create web pages, mix audio and video, etc. Many programs are free to preview.

Air Server

Beam your I-Pad Display to others or Mirror Other Displays

Augmented Reality

Download a FREE 19 page instruction booklet on how to use Augmented Reality in the classroom.

Augmented Reality

Lots of information on using Augmented Reality in the Classroom.

Augmented Reality Pinterest Board

Over 60 sites on using Augmented Reality in the Classroom.


A good website for LCD projectors Click on hardware and then to projectors. Have it sort them by price.

Council for Professional Recognition (CDA Certification)

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.

Creative Lesson Ideas

This website provides lessons on The Fast Food Baby, Analysis of the Cost of Diapers, and Using Animoto to learn about food borne illnesses. Lots current interesting lesson topics.

Dabbleboard (An easy writing tool)

Dabbleboard is easy and fun to use. Unlike other whiteboard applications, Dabbleboard feels as natural to use as a marker on a whiteboard, or a pencil on a sheet of paper. Just draw strokes and Dabbleboard will detect most common shapes. Click anywhere and start typing to enter text. If you need to modify anything you've already drawn, all the tools are there right next to the selected objects. No more visiting the toolbar a hundred times just to make a quick diagram!

Digital Wish

This website shows how teachers can receive free technology for their classrooms. There is also an opportunity to apply for 50 technology grants.

Discounts for Teachers

This site lists 90 stores that give teacher discounts.

Donors Choose

This website provides teachers with supplies for their classrooms. You will be asked to develop a project and justify your request. View the many projects that have been developed and funded. You will be surprised when you find out who is willing to fund your project.


This website lets you sign up for a new free resource: the PDF Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media. In this PDF, you will find videos, special reports, blogs, and much more. A great way to stay current in the rapidly changing field of technology.

Family Consumer

This web site offers lesson plans for most areas of Family and Consumer Sciences. Go to the site and click on your subject area at the top of the page.

FCS board on Pintrest

An entire board devoted to Family and Consumer Sciences. Be sure to pin it.

iPads in the Classroom--Kathy Schrock

This website replaces the old Kathy Schrock site. The new website has information on iPads, QR codes,and a wealth of information on using technology in the classroom.

The Kahoot! pedagogy creates a cycle which encourages both independent or collaborative research and creation, whilst also empowering learners to present and share their new-found knowledge to their peers, in a playful and social manner. Students love it.


A great site for educational games which you can devise for your students.


National Career Readiness Certificate - ACT


This website can be very useful in your FCS classes as you and your students have the ability to save interior design ideas, interesting recipes, etc.

Power to Learn

Cablevision's resources including lesson plans, articles, etc.

QR Codes

Use this free website to create QR codes for the FCS classroom.

QR Treasure Hunt Generator

Use this site to create QR codes that are used in a classroom treasure hunt.

Review of AR apps

A good review of the best AR apps.

Ruler game

This website is an interactive game for reading the ruler. It can be timed, but does not have to be. The game is broken down into parts of the ruler: whole, half, quarters, eighths or sixteenths.

Smart Ideas (Concept mapping software)

SMART Ideas™ concept-mapping software brings the power of visual learning to your classroom. It helps students visualize and analyze complex ideas by building multilevel interactive maps. This fun, colorful software enables students to conceptualize information more quickly.

State Wide Instructional Resources Development Center

This site has a wealth of information including lesson plans.

Statewide Instructional Resources Development Center

This site has many free teacher resources.

Teacher Resources

This website has a section on using QR codes in the classroom as well as sections on using Edmodo, Web 2.0, and useful apps.

Texas A&M Extension Resources

This site provides many free courses in the areas of food and nutrition, child care, and housing and environment. Worth your time to preview.


Thinkfinity has over 4500 lesson plans and 55,000 free resources.

Time Toast

Use this website to make time lines such as fetal development, etc.

Using AR in Family and Consumer Science

10 ways that AR is being used in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Using Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Using QR Codes in the Classroom

This is a very comprehensive site on using QR codes in the classroom.

Using QR Codes in the classroom

5 suggestions on how to use the QR code in your classroom

Wise Geek

This website answers short questions about a wide variety of topics. Find out how much you and your students DO or DON’T know about a topic.

Wolfram Alfa

This site will solve any math problem. You may want to use it when you are aligning your lessons to the Math Common Core Standards.

This site is a vocational information center. Find an abundance of information about careers.




Budget friendly way to project the iPad.

Animoto-Video Slide Maker with Video

Animoto turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes. Fast, free and shockingly simple.


Upload a photo and add a mouth so it can talk to an audience.


Create a "triv" (trivia game) where questions are embedded within a YouTube video.

Box of Tricks

A comprehensive list of free internet resources to jazz up your presentations. is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. Using you can: •Create colorful mind maps online •Share and work with friends •Embed your mind map in your blog or website •Email and print your mind map •Save your mind map as an image:


Behavior chart; online or app based; data is saved and can be emailed daily, weekly,or yearly.

Cool Tools for Schools

This is the most comprehensive site for Web 2.0 Tools that I have found. It catagorizes Web 2.0 Tools into groups such as Presentation Tools,Collaborative Tools, Research Tools,Video Tools, etc. There is also a section on teacher resources.


Timeline generator

Drop Box

Cloud storage for files. File and folder sharing.


Create lesson videos and post online. Students can view for review, absences, etc. Students scan also post videos. Perfect for flipping the classroom.


A great way to keep notes where they are always accessible. Use for school or for play.

Free Technology For Teachers

This website offers free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology. Download a free 33 page guide on how to use Google books, Google Docs, forms and spread sheets, Google maps, and more. Check out the 77 Technology Resources for Teachers to Explore.


Free website for students to make virtual posters with interactive elements (videos, pictures, animation, etc.

Google docs

Simultaneously share a group of docs with your friends, coworkers, or family, by sharing an entire folder with them.

Grock it

Attach questions at specific points in a YouTube video and allow viewers to post answers.

Log Me In

Allows remote access to another computer from a mobile device or a PC.


This site will show you how to make a 5 frame comic strip which can be added to a presentation.

Mentor Mob

Browse and create your own play lists.


Ways to improve your power point presentations.


Interactive bulletin board.


This a site that will allow you to share your bookmarks as well as access other people's bookmarks.


Question and answer forum.

Poll Everywhere

It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, etc. Use mobile phones to answer questions.


Free website for adding interest to your presentations.

QR Stuff

Make your own QR codes to put on bumper stickers, hats, etc.


Flash cards. Study the quizzes already online or create your own.


Record lessons for students to introduce or reinforce lessons. Perfect for flipping your classroom.

Slide Share

Free slide shows and presentations in a variety of areas. Click on the education tab.


Student response system using students' mobile devices or PC's.

Study Stack

Flash cards. Study the stacks already online or create your own.


Very similar to Wordle. Let's you make beautiful tag clouds.


This site turns words into a word cloud.

Tales of Things

This app will allow your students to do collaborative story telling.

Teacher Cast

This website is a place where teachers share with other teachers. You will find app reviews, teacher tools such as podcasts and screen casts, and many valuable Live Binders.

Teacher Tube provides an online community for sharing instructional teacher videos. Upload your lesson plan videos or watch student videos. Teacher Tube's site has an array of videos to educate teachers and students on an assortment of concepts.

Thing Link

Add annotations (other images, YouTube videos, websites, text) to a picture to demonstrate/elaborate.


TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.


Record your voice and email or embed in a web page. Great way to communicate with your students when you are not in the classroom.


Create an avatar for yourself and insert on your website to give announcements.


Wallwisher is a free Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.


Free drop and drag website builder. Use to make private websites for your classes.

Wordle--Beautiful Word Clouds

A tool for generating "word clouds". Makes your presentations more interesting.


Create a book about anything. Create speech bubbles and write a story. Add your own pictures or use the ones provided. Might be good to use in a nursery school setting.

Test Preparation


March 2 Success

This website is free and offers an online opportunity for students to try testing with interactive corrective answers. Teachers can logon as “teacher” and record their students’ progress. Sections on English, Math, and Science are included.

Universities That Offer Teacher Education


Bradley University

Chicago State University

Eastern Illinois University

Illinois State University

Northern Illinois University

Olivet Nazarene University

Southern Illinois University

White Boards



Ways to use the White board in the classroom.


A-Z Guide for using the white board in the classroom.

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