Teacher Resources

PaySchoolsTM is an online payment processing system that provides schools with an easy and efficient method to collect fees and receive electronic payments for school lunches, field trips, registration, prom tickets, T-shirts and any other school-related fees. PaySchools makes it possible for all schools to offer parents the convenience of online purchasing without incurring large administration or setup costs. Alcona FFA in Michigan is using it as a place for individuals to donate money to FFA and for the Chapter Maple Syrup Sale. Go to: http://www.payschools.com/categories.asp?id=5413302A54DB4DD5BBD54D3AAB5F71E4 to see how the chapter has it set up. This could be a great tool for your fundraiser sales, collecting dues and fees and more. Students DO NOT handle the cash.

Ag issues topic regarding “Pink Slime”
Check out resources for classroom use and training an ag issues team regarding the current topic of “pink slime.”

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
Learn about local and regional food systems; read case studies, watch videos and see pictures from the field; discover how the U.S. Department of Agriculture is supporting this growing market segment in the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass.

Learn what you want, teach what you love. MentorMob is the crowd-sourced show-and-tell site that combines sources such as YouTube, news articles and Google Docs to create lesson plans (the site calls them “playlists”) on, well, anything and everything. Playlists are tagged and divided into categories so browsing for inspiration or new information is simple. You can create your own playlists for the classroom, training career development event teams, and just about anything else you can think of.

The DWN Backyard Orchard Culture Guide
This culture guide site is a cool place to look at the seasonal hot products in horticulture. Students can learn how to properly install fruit trees and read articles from Garden Compass Magazine. It has a culture guide for horticulture and food plants, as well.

My Garden Insider
Plant professionals share all they know to help you grow. My Garden Insider includes titles such as Digging Deeper, Growing Greener, Into the Kitchen, Show Me How, the Gardner’s Library, and the Garden’s Edge. All are great resources for instruction.

Career one-stop videos
Find an assortment of career videos for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource professionals, including Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Animal Breeders, Conservation Officer/Fish and Game Wardens, Fish Hatchery Managers, Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, and more.