David B. Glick & Associates (Educational Consulting) has a wonderfully extensive list of classroom resources categorized by subject area and grade level. For example, the page on Internet Safety has links to sites for kids – including a broken one for QUICK (Quality Information Checklist). Via Google, I found an alternate location for QUICK (and another). (For adults, the page Internet Safety has an overview and links to more info.)
T4 – Jordan School District (Utah) / Transforming Teaching Through Technology has links to lots of technology resources. Don’t miss the “Just for Fun!” link – which doesn’t include Websites as Graphs (explanation).
Ivy’s Search Engine Resources contains a cornucopia of kid-friendly sites to use when looking for information. Includes links to other similar collections of sites, including Ivy’s Dictionaries for Kids page.
Educational Technology Clearinghouse has links to a wide variety of research, resources, and subject-targeted information.
Stretch Your Digital Dollar is the name of a site created by teacher Katy Scott. Its blog portion has long posts about a variety of topics related to technology integration. The site has sections on Lesson Ideas (organized by grade level and subject area), Professional Development (starter guides, prezis and more), Resources and Archives (which lists the titles of past posts – the easiest way of checking all the topics about which she has written). The explanations that go with links are well done; the resources look quite useful.
“Cybrary Man” Jerry Blumengarten has huge numbers of links to Educational Web Sites organized by grade level, subject area, and teacher tools. The extensive content makes up for the overly busy layout.
Warren McCullough’s wazmacdotcom site has “resources and ideas for innovative schools.” It includes extensive links to software and a wide range of education and IT related resources. Some portions show the Australian home of the site.
- Free Resources for Learning to Use Google Apps in Digital Classrooms
- Rethining Schools as Life is an Open-book Test
- Teacher as Curator – Making the Internet Educationally Relevant for Students
- Using Technologies to Improve Personalized Learning
The US Dept. of Education has an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP); their “Ideas that Work” page has three sub-topics. I found this link from the Resources page of a site titled Response To Intervention & Universal Design For Learning Central
- Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities
- Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities – Parent Materials
- Tool Kit on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – which includes instructional practices resources
The New York Times published an article titled Finding Good Apps for Children With Autism. It has pointers to multiple sites that categorize and describe apps. References include a post titled iPad Apps for Autism, a site named Special Needs Apps for Kids, a site named Apps for Children with Special Needs, and a site named iAutism (iPad, iPhone, Android … and Autism).
Shelly Wier, Arkansas State Consultant for School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Services, has lots of links to information relevant to special education. See her favorite websites, relevant reading, and the site archives.
I ran across a posting from Leonardo Ornellas Pena, a professor in Brazil on the LinkedIn group Technology Integration in Education. He is interested in teaching English and using Web 2.0 tools to that end. His post pointed to a sub-set of the information on his Google-based English 2.0 site (“… a collection of free, innovative multimedia and Web-based resources that can be used for practicing, learning, and teaching English Language.”), which includes links to English language resources, web 2.0 tools, and a blog. The subpages of the just-listed pages include links to categories of suggestions (for English: Dictionaries, Learning, Listening, News, Phonetics, Teaching and Writing; for Web 2.0: Bookmarking, MindMaps, Picture Search, Podcasts, Presentation, Publication and Word Clouds). The blog page is at this point a few more links, including to his Blogger page for English learning links, which is well worth a look. It contains links to some fascinating sites. One that really struck me was a Phonetics site that shows someone making the basic sounds of English, along with diagrams that show what happens in the mouth and throat to produce the sound.
One of the pages on a site for a full day workshop titled Web 2.0 tools for Professional Teaching Associations is Toolkit A-Z for Education is a long list organized alphabetically of sites of use to educators. Contains many link I’ve not seen elsewhere. Alphabetic organization makes it difficult to find sites for a particular purpose. While you’re there, check the other pages on the site, including Find free images online! (which has dozens of links to pages for finding free images) and Student Tools (under More!).
Modeling Instruction is a teaching strategy covered in the pages linked from Success Stories about Modeling Instruction.
Discovery Education (created by the Discovery Channel) has extensive resources for administrators, teachers (organized by grade range and subject), parents and students. The latter two pages have links to homework help and WebMath (helps solve a wide range of math problems).
iste (International Society for Technology in Education) has a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Innovative Learning Technolgy (sigilt). This group has a wiki site with a page of its members’ favorite web 2.0 tools.
ICTmagic (ICT: Information & Communications Technology) is a way too busy home page to a site with huge numbers of commented links to web-based information. In addition to math resources (also linked elsewhere on this site) many other topics are covered (see list in the left-hand column). I’ve been exploring some of the Web 2.0 Tools. The section Computer Game Builders & Programming has a broken link to Kodu (more here and here, download here), a free game-building app from Microsoft. The author’s blog has an interesting post on Using Creativity to Raise Achievement.
Chittenden East Supervisory Union has a Great Sites for Kids page with links by subject area.
Ms. Nwafor has a list of links to a variety of resources that seem to be targeted at (roughly) grades 5-8.
The American Association of School Librarians page points to a page with “Essential Links” for School Library Media Program Development. The site also has a page of the “Best Web Sites for Teaching and Learning” – which has links to “Standards for the 21st Century Learner” (PDF, 2 versions) and “Landmark Web Sites” (authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance).
Free photos can be found at Pics4Learning.
You might want to explore 5 TED Talks on Science That Will Blow Your Mind or 100 Incredible Lectures from the World’s Top Scientists. Science Made Simple has “Winning Science Fair Projects.” Also see 50 Awesome Ivy League Lectures All About the Future.
Upside Learning seems to have lots of links, including Top 100 Learning Game Resources and Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs. In a similar vein, Learn Me Good includes 25 Edu Blogs Worth Reading. More learning games at 26 Learning Games to Change the World (also see “Related Posts” near bottom of page for more).
Touchboards.com sent an email titled Interactive Whiteboards 101 that had its “Top Ten Educational Resources.”
- www.cirriki.org/ : K-12 Open Curricula Community
- www.pbs.org/teachers : PBS teachers
- www.teachersdomain.org : A free digital media service from public broadcasting
- www.khanacademy.org : A library of over 2,400 educational videos
- www.teacherlink.org/content/math : Interactive Mathematics Projects using Flash
- academicearth.org/ : Online courses from the world’s top scholars
- www.sesamestreet.org/ : Sesame street games and activities
- www.teach-nology.com/ : Free and easy to use resources
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ : All subjects for ages 4-11 years
- www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm : Resources and activites for use with whiteboards
- 100 Awesome, Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers
- 100+ Ways to Score Freebies For Your Classroom
- 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom
- Puzzle Your Way to Intelligence
- 60+ Open Courseware Collections to Help You Be a Better Teacher
- The Ultimate Guide to the SAT: 100 Helpful Sites and Resources
Useful Web Tools for Trainers is a Google spreadshet that lists lots of web tools grouped in categories, with columns for “General/Secular Education Applications” and “Sample Jewish Education Applications.” At the end of the spreadsheet are additional links, mostly to web pages with their own lists of web tools.
The site assessmentfocus.com has short descriptions and links to “500+ educational assessment instruments and test development tools.” It groups them by area and topic – K-12 (Early childhood, Collaborative skills, History, …), Higher ed, Professional, Test preparation, and Test development (Offline, Online, Rubrics, …).
Using Flip Cam Video: Will Hatch (ANWSU) recently asked on a list I monitor, “Has anyone had luck putting flip cam video into powerpoint slides?” He got two responses. David Mitchell (Hazen Union School) replied, “My students drop their Flip videos into MovieMaker, cook them down to .wmv files and they import into PowerPoint without a hitch…”. Jon Morris (St. J Elementary School) replied, “Convert the AVI to a WMV file, then it works. Also, I inserted into smart notebook software pretty easy as well (Free Download if you have at least one smartboard at school). Here is the article about why it won’t work the way you want it to. ” The article recommends free software, Prism Video Converter, for making .wmv files.