How to help teachers find online resources for lessons
High-school English teacher and technology-integration specialist Nicholas Provenzano offers four suggestions for educators who need online resources to support their lessons. He suggests asking questions that help narrow down the search, sharing the results of a Google search on a particular lesson topic, using social-bookmarking tools to develop collections of resources and consulting other professionals using Twitter. Edutopia.org/Nicholas Provenzano's blog (12/20)
HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.
Khan Academy - Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.
Thinkfinity - Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards.
ThinkQuest - Connect to the award-winning ThinkQuest Library, a rich repository of 8,000+ educational websites.
ReadWriteThink - Here at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
Government of Canada Educational Websites - Sometimes, scientists just want to have some fun. The same creative energies they use in their research is sometimes turned towards some fun and games. In this section, you will find a series of interesting, educational and fun websites. Who said learning about science and technology had to be dull!
Worldviews in Education: Fostering Philosophical Mindedness - This podcast is as an ongoing reflection by educators in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick about the relationship of worldviews to teaching and learning.
The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER) is a collaborative network across the diverse fields of history, history education and school history teaching in Canada.
Humanities Computing and Media Centre - The mandate of the HCMC is to further research, teaching and learning in the faculty of Humanities, in particular the fields of Humanities Computing and Language Learning, and those aspects of other fields involving audio, video or computing technology. Mark’s Note: This site is a great support for teaching Languages
ProjectExplorer is a nonprofit organization that produces FREE online global travel series. Designed for family and classroom use, ProjectExplorer.org provides students with access to peoples and places they may never have seen or knew existed. Project Explorer's online film series, photos, travel blogs, encyclopedia-style research, and lesson plans are provided free-of-charge. ProjectExplorer’s programs cover multiple subject areas that foster cross-cultural understanding.
Model Science Software develops simulation software for use in science education. Including our virtual chemistry lab simulation: "Model ChemLab" for Windows and the Mac OS. Free evaluation versions of ChemLab are available from the Model Science web site.
The Gateway expands educators' capability to access Internet-based lesson plans, instructional units and other educational materials in all forms and formats. The Gateway's goal is to improve the organization and accessibility of the substantial collections of materials that are already available on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.
Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century learning and improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. We engage educators and students in meaningful e-learning projects worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.
The Works of the Bard - Serving pages since 1993--the web's oldest Shakespeare site!
Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher Inc, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
MapMaker Interactive - Explore your world with map themes, data, and tools for customizing your map
The Historical Text Archive - The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects. It was founded in 1990 in Mississippi and is one of the oldest history sites on the Internet. This site is dynamic with regular additions to its contents and its link collection.
MathWorldTM is the web's most extensive mathematical resource, provided as a free service to the world's mathematics and internet communities as part of a commitment to education and educational outreach by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The project includes dissemination and extensive internal and external evaluation.
TeAch-nology - The Art and Science of Teaching with Technology® - represents a vision of teaching in a world driven by technology. Our mission to provide services designed to support educators' in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning. Our goal is two-fold: to provide a reservoir of online resources for educators to access at any time and to provide effective tools for designing instruction that are time and energy saving.
Best WebQuests - Typically, students learn a terrific amount as background information or in the roles of experts, but then this knowledge isn't used to create new meaning or construct knowledge, isn't transformed or applied to a new situation. And this is the heart of a true WebQuest.
Welcome to ClassNotesOnline.com, a resource for teachers to communicate with students and parents. This FREE service allows teachers to keep students up to date and parents informed on the daily work, assignments, homework, and grades in all of their classes.
Education World - In 1996, the founders of EducationWorld recognized the need to create a home for educators on the Internet, a place where teachers could gather and share ideas. They wanted to create a complete online resource that educators could visit each day to find high-quality lesson plans and research materials.
Educational Freeware - We find and review high-quality free educational software and websites - mostly for kids, but also for grown-ups.
KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians - with kid-friendly results!
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.
Cable in the Classroom (CIC) is the national education foundation of the U.S. cable industry. Working in partnership with, and on behalf of, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and our cable industry partners, CIC advocates digital citizenship and the visionary, sensible and effective use of media in homes, schools, and communities.
iTunes U — a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours — is an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources.
Martindale’s The Reference Desk – Note: Watch Out …. So much information here you may never return …
Do2Learn - The mission of Do2learn is to use technology and the web to provide special learning resources for individuals with disabilities and the professionals and caregivers who serve them. Mark’s Note: Don’t let the name fool you. The Graphic Organizer page is why I am sending you here. The tools here are awesome!
The Cornell Note-taking System is a .pdf that describes a note taking system that I encourage teachers to use with students.
Madeline Hunter’s ITIP - about the way we deliver instruction to students.
Have you ever gone to a website only to find out that the information contained there has been changed? Use this tool! Wayback Machine. It allows you to look at cached pages from websites as they historically were.
Michigan Online Resources for Educators (MORE) http://more.mel.org
Michigan eLibrary (MeL) http://mel.org
Timeline Generators: http://www.timetoast.com , http://timeglider.com , http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelArticles/create-a-timeline.html (timeline in Excel)
Media Converters: http://www.zamzar.com/ , http://keepvid.com/ , http://media-convert.com/
Online Photo Editor: http://www.picnik.com/
Online Video Editor: http://jaycut.com/
Create Screencasts: http://screenr.com/ , http://www.screentoaster.com/
Wikis: http://www.wikispaces.com/ , http://pbworks.com/
Blogs: http://www.blogger.com , http://wordpress.org/ , http://posterous.com
Podcasting: http://www.podomatic.com/featured , http://ipadio.com/ , http://www.voisse.com/ , http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Social Bookmarking: http://www.delicious.com/ , http://www.diigo.com/ , http://www.icyte.com/
Digital Storytelling: http://voicethread.com/ , http://www.yodio.com/ , http://animoto.com/
Google: http://www.google.com/ , http://www.google.com/maps , http://www.google.com/reader , http://www.google.com/gmail
RSS Reader: http://www.google.com/reader , http://www.newsonfeeds.com/faq/aggregators (list of aggregators)
Mobile Learning Tools: http://www.polleverywhere.com/ , http://www.chacha.com/ , http://drop.io/ , http://www.evernote.com/ , http://www.youtube.com/
Mind Mapping: http://bubbl.us/ , http://www.mindomo.com/
Web Scrapbook: http://www.scrapblog.com/
Poster yourself: http://www.glogster.com/
Bibliography composer: http://www.easybib.com/
Create comic strips: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/index.html
Online collaborative spaces: http://www.skrbl.com/ , http://www.scriblink.com/
Surveys: http://polldaddy.com/ , http://freeonlinesurveys.com/
Newspaper clipping generator: http://www.fodey.com
Virtual tours: http://www.mapwing.com/
Animates pictures: http://blabberize.com/