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Get the Picture? Website Offers Them for Free

Everybody loves a great photo—and good images, like the ones below, can really make a lesson stick with today’s visual learners. Pics4Learning is an online library for educators and their students where photos can be freely downloaded and used—there are no copyright issues.

The collection consists of thousands of pictures taken and donated by students, teachers and amateur photographers, and they can be browsed by topic. There is also a way for you to contribute photos of your own.

You can check it out at


Put It On Your Calendar

Ramadan begins in September, followed by the birthday of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu in October. Wilbur and Orville Wright took to the air in North Carolina’s Outer Banks on December 17, three months before the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano each year. The life-changing Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision was handed down in May.
All these events, and about 200 more, are part of the multicultural calendar created by the VEA’s Fitz Turner Commission. The calendar, housed on the VEA website, can be a springboard to teachable moments all year long.
To check it out, visit


Our Oceans: More Than
Surf, Sand and Sharks

The staff at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University Medical School wants your students to understand that all life on our planet depends, in one way or another, on our oceans. So the Center has created “Once Upon a Tide,” a 10-minute DVD, available at no cost, to underscore the importance of conserving our marine resources.

The film is a fictional narrative, presented with elements of a fairy tale, and can be accompanied by lesson plans and activities. To learn more, go to



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