Make sure you checkout our homework help section for students..... you may find this useful for classroom use as well! We also maintain a list of links relating just to Elementary education. Check out Noel's teacher tools for a variety of online teacher resources. If you are looking for help with web pages...visit Noel's Web Resources.
Some great lists of Web 2 tools:
Go2web20 has a great list of web 2 tools: http://www.go2web20.net/
Ultimate Web 2.0 list. Large list of web 2.0 tools listed alphabetically
WebTools4School | The best web 2.0 sites and how to use them in education. http://goo.gl/G4sMM
- Wallwisher an online notice board. A new way to communicate. OR Lino it Online stickies. Similar to Wallwisher.
- Excellent site for teaching internet safety.
- Embedit.in is a great way to show documents on your website.
- Want to see what's hot in the news, Great visual to see the major headlines: newsmap.jp (Also listed in our History and Gov. links)
- Awesome web based site for multimedia editing tools. http://aviary.com/ Includes a tool similar to audacity, for editing audio files, but does it online through a web browser. Snip any song into a smaller sound clip or ring tone, using the cutmp3.net website. (It's a nice online mp3 cutter.)
- Triptico has some cool interactive tools including graphs,
- Want to make a fun video clip with your face as the star? try www.jibjab.com (Some are free and some have a cost.)
- Glogster - Educational resource for creating poster type pages
- Prezi - non-linear, zooming presentations Sample of presentation to board.
- Dabbleboard http://dabbleboard.com/ Offers a nice way to share interactive whiteboards online. (Free plans as well as pro plans available.)
- Bubbl - intuitive online mind mapping Great Web 2.0 tool.
- Wikimindmap is a great visual tool browsing wiki content.
- Timeglider - www.timeglider.com - Create interactive and visual timelines.
- Mindmeister, a great online brainstorming web site!
- Voicethread may be a great way to have students do digital story telling- http://voicethread.com
- Animoto Is a great site for creating videos from pictures! sign up for free edu account: http://animoto.com/education OR Stupeflix:http://studio.stupeflix.com/Free tool--very much like Animoto--you can pay to download high quality versions of the video.
- VidCaster - A Video Website Creator ow.ly/b0Rlb
Edublog (Great for blogging in education.)
- Skoolbo (skoolbo.com) is a wonderful free online game that focuses on literacy and math skills of kids 4-10 years old.
- Readwritethink - Make Online Timelines
- Polleverywhere.com Poll kids via cell, email, etc... and have the results show in your PowerPoint! They have some free K-12 plans
- Create free educational games. Great for use on the LCD projectors! http://classtools.net/
- Awesome site for free teacher recourses. Make sure you check this one out.
- Edmoto is Twitter on Steroids for education. Ever thought of using twitter in the classroom, this is the tool for you!
- Word Clouds
Wordle.net is a nice site for making posters from a text that pulls the main themes and concepts from that text. OR ImageChef: at this site, students and teachers can create a number if imagery examples with and without words. Awesome. (Try the Word Mosaic) OR Tagedo makes some great word clouds. ABCYA’s cloud generator can be found here.
- A few site with free e-textbooks and information: CK12.org and Flat World Knowledge, and Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg.
- cK-12 Flexbooks allow you to use, or create your own e text books. Awesome. http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/
- SlideRocket is a nice online presentation site, and can pull slides from PowerPoint or even Google Docs.
- Easily add Chat room to your teacher site: http://www.chatmaker.net/ or http://www.chatzy.com/
- A nice free screen magnifier program, and annotation tool. (Zoom It ver. 2)
- ScreenToaster is a nice website for recording your computer screen.
- http://www.bighugelabs.com/ Bighugelabs has some nice photo tools including making trading cards, printable calendars, etc...
- An awesome set of links and Resources for K-12! - http://www.softschools.com/
- The Internet 4 Classrooms site has some great links to educational resources.
- A great sign language site! It even shows you how to sign using video clips!
- Visit the website of Snaith Primary School for online lessons and activities ranging from Myths & Legends to Water to Snayfwickby Farm! Great section on Diversity!
- Pete's PowerPoint Station --One of the best for Great PowerPoints already made for you! A five star site!!!
- Great online stopwatch and timer right from your web browser. Free and easy to use! http://www.online-stopwatch.com/
- The Thinkfinity (Former MarcoPolo website) provides no-cost, standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and classroom, developed by the nation's content experts. Online resources include panel-reviewed links to top sites in many disciplines, professionally developed lesson plans, classroom activities and materials to help with daily classroom planning, and powerful search engines. Nebraska's Marcopolo web site. Check out our Thinkfinity link on the left!
- Excellent site with extensive lists of resources in a variety of subject areas. This school keeps the list updated on a regular basis.
- TechTreckers has a great list of resources for teachers. A five star site!
*View FREE classroom-ready digital resources life video segments from NOVA, ZOOM, and A Science Odyssey *Access lesson plans and incorporate digital resources into your existing plans
*Save your favorite resources in customized folders for easy reference, presentations, or assignments
*Funding for this site was provided by the National Science Foundation and produced by WGBH Boston.
- Nebraska's NET television has some nice resources available including the net digitalclassroom site. (Ask our media center specialist for a user account to get to the NET/united streaming section and the Aims digital videos.) (See the Norrisnet library site from within our network. It has the password for setting up an account.)
- Teach-nology offers a variety of resources for teachers. Watch out for pop-ups and do not install the Gator Bar by accident. This is a spyware program!
- Teachers First has some nice resources.
- Download videos from PowerMedia Plus. These videos are available to all ESU 4-5-6 schools free of charge. (Fee is paid by the ESU.) Contact your media specialist or technology coordinator to get a log-in.
- Fillamentality allows you to make a web page that is immediately available for use on the web.Fillamentality
- Project Poster allows kids to place a project or report on the web.... Used by many teachers and students.
- HPR*Tec offers a nice Web Worksheet Wizard for putting info on the web.
- EduHound Hotlist: Use this free online utility to create your own clickable list of links that students can access from any computer with an internet connection.
- Free resources from the Government (Nice site.)
- Excellent site to search for Lesson Plans and information! The Gateway to Educational Materials.
- A link to a few free items for teachers on the Web.
- Ask an expert - e-mail list of experts, sorted by subject.
- Cyberbee is an online Internet Magazine for children, parents & teachers
- Back to School is an electronic Library for librarians and media specialists.
- The Journal is nice free education magazine....check out the EduNet section for good reviews and links to education web sites and resources.
- Excellent site for education statistics and information
- Tutorial on the WorldWide Web.... find the history of the web here.
- The Discovery Channel Online and the Discovery Channel School Online sites offer a variety of educational opportunities.
- The New York Times Learning Network offers the latest news with lesson plans. They also offer a current events quiz.
- Cathy Schrock's guide for educators (Excellent!)
- The Busy Teachers web site
- ERIC (a great site for finding information for teachers and students)
- Home to School Connections provides a site to get parents involved in their students daily education
- Connected Teacher is classroom connects free site for educators
- Scholastic.com offers free access to thousands of resources from such vehicles as Instructor, Parent and Child and Scholastic New magazines.
- Teachersplanet.com An online community where educators can purchase teaching supplies and find curriculum resources.
- ProTeacher - A resource page for teachers PreK-6
- Teachers.net - Lots of different stuff for teachers.
- Education World - A teacher Database
- Scholastic has some nice educational resources
- Teachnet.com - A lot of really nice Classroom ideas for Teachers
- Education World
- Global Schoolhouse
- Site for Teachers -- a listing of educational sites
- Teachers Helping Teachers
- The Digital Education Network- Has some nice software tutorials and classes online.
- Microsoft's education site and Microsoft's Tips for Teachers Site.
- Classroom Connect has a wealth of resources
- Create a virtual classroom at blackboard.com (Costs $)
- An excellent site for student email-- www.gagle.net
- Ask ERIC (Education database)
- Fun Brain-- A great site for online quizzing!
- http://vita-school.com: Incorporating an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of health and nutrition, vita-school.com was developed for teachers of grades K-8 by a panel of teachers representing different regions of the U.S.
- Trackstar - Check this site to find "tracks" other teachers have created, which may work for your classroom, design your own "track", create a web page or design an on-line quiz for students.
- Nueva Library Help - Check this site which gives you a variety of search strategies when looking for government sites, images, quotations, fast searches, hot topics, etc.
- Tammy's Technology Tips for Teachers - Check this site for instructions on how to do classroom projects with Internet, Kid Pix, Claris Works and Hyperstudio. Tammy was at Midwest Internet Institute in Lincoln, July 31-August 1, 2000
- Govspot - A site with links to educational sites about the US government.
- National Geographic News: This site offers you a new article each day. The topics are about the same kind that are written about in the magazine (countries, nature, environment etc.)
- Epals.com - This is one of the world's largest K-12 electronic pen pal networks, connecting 1.5 million students from 115 countries.
- Highschool Hub and Kids Hub are education portals with a variety of free resources that are available to educators.
- iKeepBookmarks allows you to upload, and keep, your bookmarks on the web. You can access them at any time, from any computer... anywhere!Backflip.com is another option for the same type of service. Portaportal is a web based bookmarking utility that lets you store links to your favorite websites online. Now your bookmarks are no longer limited to any one mach. Or try delicious, a great social bookmarking site. And they're all still free!
- Shareaholic - Firefox web browser add-on.) Share bookmarks and e-mail web pages via your favorite Web 2.0 social networking, bookmarking, and email services .
- Internet4classrooms K-12 list is a nice list of K-12 sites for educators. This same site maintains a daily dose of the Web which has a variety of links and information changed daily.
Personal Educational Press: This web site lets you turn your computer and printer into a printing press for free educational materials such as:
- BINGO boards
- Word Scramble
- Tracing Sheets
- Also try: www.aplusmath.com some great resources for math including printing worksheets for free!
- Rubistar is a great site for educators for making rubrics. Check it out!
- The National Center for Education Statistics has a great classroom resource site.
- Microsoft's education site offers many great resources.
- Jigsaw Planet- If you have an Interactive Whiteboard, this is a great collaboration project! Put any image into a jigsaw puzzle and let students go with it!
- Interactive Whiteboard Games - Variety of ineractive games to be used with your interactive whiteboard!
- Jeopardy Labs- Simple, easy, and quick to set up a review game for your class! Much easier than the PowerPoint version!! It also keeps score for you!
- Stellarium- Open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D.
- Celestia- Free space simulation software allowing you to explore the universe in 3D.
- Webspiration- Free version of concept mapping software.
- Readability- This fantastic tool allows you to capture ONLY the text from a website, getting rid of the clutter! (Works on pages with articles, does not work well on some home pages.) Also PDFmyURL.com is a nice tool for turning a web site into a pdf file. Put both of these on your favorite bar for some great tools.
- Cue Prompter- The is a teleprompter tool, allowing students to read a scrolling script from the computer.
- http://blabberize.com/ a cool site to create your own talking picture.
- TimeMe - http://timeme.com/ (On screen timer.)
- SMART Exchange - http://exchange.smarttech.com/
- PBS Kids Interactive Whiteboard Games - http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/
- PBS Kids - http://pbskids.org
- RedKid - http://www.redkid.net/generator/sign.php (Great Sign maker!
- Printable Checklist - http://printablechecklist.org /
- World Sift: http://www.wordsift.com/ Word Sift combines creating word clouds with a visual thesaurus and image generation.
- Big Huge Labs: http://www.bighugelabs.com/ At this site students (and you too!) can create a movie poster (think about a book poster for a great book students
- Text Analyzer: http://www.usingenglish.com/resources/text-statistics.php
- UStream - stream video live or archive for watching later. Easy to use! Livecage.com is another site that comes highly recommended. Free video conferencing and streaming.
- QIK.com is a site where you can stream video live from your phone. Pretty cool!
- One True Media - Mixup, mashup short video clips, photos, and music at one site. Video creator, editor, and publishing site. Add music or sound, transitions, and titles; embed video clip in webpage or wiki
- Titan Pad - create you own chat
- Tiny Chat - create a free, secure chat room, accessible with a browser, by giving the link to those with whom you want ot chat. Participants do not need an email account. Once the chat room is closed, the chat data is gone. The chat room data can be saved as a text file.
- Dabbleboard.com is a great site for free interactive whiteboard sharing. It has a lot of features, even int he free version.
- Quizlet - contains many study aids in the form of flashcards, vocabulary, memorization, and studying games or make your own
- TimeGlider - create interactive and visual timelines
- Readability - This fantastic tool allows you to capture ONLY the text from a website, getting rid of the clutter
- JOG THE WEB is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites. Really cool! Check out the web 2 tools for kids Jog.
- SchoolTown.Net - allows teachers to create a class site to deliver any curriculum, personalize learning, unify resources, and secure Web2.0 tools for safe student collaboration
- iHigh - will let you broadcast sporting events
- Google Sketchup - 3-D modeling
- Letter Bubbles : The Typing Game! http://www.letterbubbles.com/
PodBean - easy way to start podcasting
Shown'd - online portfolio. A possible site for displaying your art, images and other projects.
Screencast-o-Matic - free way to make a video recording with audio and upload it for free hosting all from your browser
Media Converter - Convert up to five videos per day up to 100 mb each using the FREE version, this site allows you to convert online video for use in other applications. A premium version is also available.
PDFCreator - The free PDF Creator and Converter http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator
ZamZar will convert files from one format to another online and free. FIVE Stars for this site!
Photoshop.com - online photo storage, including editing tools
1001 Free Fonts - downloadable fonts
SchoolTube - sites to upload and share video
- ipadio is an easy podcasting website. All you need is your phone!
- http://tinychat.com Easy site to setup video chat and whiteboards.
- PrimaryPad is an online collaborative word processor, whiteboard and chat tool.
- http://www.fotobabble.com make talking photos. Kids like using pics as a promt to tell a story.
- http://www.evernote.com comes recommended by many as a great tool for computers and phones.
ClassJump - provides teachers web sites free of charge, where multiple classes can be managed and updated using an easy to understand interface.
Voki - Create your personal avatar to give directions or have your students create them to explain procedures, partake in interviews, and be creative! E-mail registration necessary.
Wikispaces offers it's Plus Wiki Features free to educators.
Our ESU 6 TIG (Technology Integration Group) has a nice Wiki site. (Done in Wikispaces)
A nice article on Augmented Reality, and check out GE's Augmented Reality Demo or How Topps will add 3-D effects to the classic 2-D baseball card. One of my favorites; Living Sasquatch- Check it out, and with your web cam and mic make a movie! (The Sasquatch site was created by these guys. Check out their site.)
Ted.com has some awesome videos on current and future technologies, science, entertainment, design, and more.
Fences is a really cool software (free) to assist you with desktop management and clutter. combine this with Slider Dock for windows (Including Windows 7) and you have some awesome additions to Windows.
http://teachers.net/ is a nice site with a variety of tools. Includes professional articles as well as classroom tolls and lesson plans.
A great lesson on the Dreamweaver program.
Make some great games for your website: Teacher Invaders, Fling the Teacher, etc http://www.contentgenerator.net/invaders/default.shtml
nourishinteractive.com is a nice site on nutrition.
Learn how to use Adobe products on Adobe TV
Vocabulary Games: http://www.vocabulary.co.il/ Vocabulary games has four levels: primary, intermediate,
middle school and high school (located at the top of the site). There are simple drill and practice games at each level that include work with analogies, antonyms, homophones, idioms, synonyms, etc.
TodaysMeet http://www.todaysmeet.com/ Create a meeting room that will delete after a selected amount of time. Great for meetings, conferences and more!
Pixton Cartoon Creator http://www.pixton.com/ Description: Pixton is a FREE cartoon creator that can be used in the classroom. There are others such as Bit Strips, Comiqs, etc. Pixton seems to appeal to the middle school and high school set and Bit Strips & Comiqs seems to appeal to the younger set. Take your pick on this fun and engaging tools. Here is a comic book example for Science: http://www.pixton.com/schools/gallery/n3bxfa4u
- Free Accounting & Bookkeeping Tutorial Site Good accounting tutorials and games
A few Misc educational topics and links:
Lightspan Partnership Inc. for Lightspan.com www.lightspan.com
Lightspan offers outstanding resources for students, teachers and parents, and has made strong partnerships to strengthen and expand its offerings. It now includes the superior project-centered multimedia education resources of the Global Schoolhouse—one of last year’s Platinum Award winners—that has probably done more to “link kids, teachers and parents around the world” through the Internet, than has any other organization. Lightspan also provides links to curriculum materials in every K-12 content area that can be searched by keywords and grade level. “Lightspan PageOne” allows teachers to create their own free Web resource pages and the comprehensive StudyWeb is a learning portal for students.
National Geographic Society for National Geographic.com www.nationalgeographic.com
This site is packed with quality content, and is an education supersite with printable maps, searchable lesson plans, online adventures, a teachers’ forum for exchanging ideas, and outstanding resources to support its television programs and magazines. Similarly, its special section for students offers geography challenges, learning activities, online family expeditions and a pen-pal network. The entire site is educationally valuable and it offers some of the best interactive multimedia experiences, live events and exhibits on the Web. One example is the amazing Virtual Solar System, where visitors can take a spectacular 3D fly-by close-up tour of the sun and planets in their orbits, and observe extraterrestrial weather patterns.
ThinkQuest Inc. for ThinkQuest Internet Challenge and “ThinkQuest Junior” www.thinkquest.org
The annual ThinkQuest awards programs—for students aged 12-19 and students in Grades 4 to 6 respectively—has made unparalleled contributions to advancing the quality of online education by providing opportunities for teams of students and coaches to compete in developing Web-based educational projects. Curriculum areas include arts & literature, science & mathematics, social sciences and sports & health. The teams pay no entry fee, but winners receive generous cash awards and the programs have challenged students throughout the world. The site also offers project-development materials including tutorials on technical and design issues, a library of projects from previous years, and teacher resources. Examples of entries include: Electricity Online; War & Conflict: Past, Present, Future; and Learning About Leonardo.
Binney & Smith for Crayola Art Education education.crayola.com
Crayola offers a searchable directory of lesson plans to give students experience with the role of art in every content area, at levels from pre-K through high school, and using whatever types of art materials that are specified. The site also offers instruction on art techniques using a variety of media, examples of completed projects at various grade levels, classroom teaching tips, links to related art sites, and forums for exchanging ideas on topics including class activities, technology and art education, and art advocacy. Crayola showcases selected student art portfolios and offers a free art education e-mail list.
Harcourt School Publishers for The Learning Site http://www.harcourtschool.com/index.html
This is an outstanding example of a company site that offers online materials and activities to support its curriculum products in every content area. Most are appropriate for any elementary school. The resources are organized by grade level and can be searched by keywords and content areas. Many of the activities make excellent use of interactive online multimedia technologies and the site also offers links to the Smithsonian Institution for content in science and social studies.
Houghton Mifflin for Education Place www.eduplace.com
Education Place is a well-designed K-8 curriculum site with extensive collections of valuable resources for students, teachers and parents. These include separate reading, math, science and social studies centers, an activity database that can be searched by content area and grade level, a directory of collaborative projects, recommended Web “field trips,” educational games and challenges and online discussion groups for teachers and students. A strong focus of Education Place is providing activities to support and extend company products, but all site materials are usable by any elementary school students and teachers.
PBS for PBS TeacherSource www.pbs.org/teachersource
TeacherSource offers daily updates to educational programming features on PBS, television listings grouped by subject, and links to local station Web sites that are accessed by entering zip codes. The site also offers tips on teaching with technology and television, a teacher programming preview newsletter and links to related PBS sites for adults and children. The site offers more than 1,300 standards-matched lesson plans and activities in every content area that can be searched by age levels ranging from preschool through high school. The PBS video database is also a nice resource.
Scholastic Inc. for Scholastic.com www.scholastic.com
This comprehensive and well-organized site offers an outstanding selection of content targeted for students, teachers and parents. For example, the children’s section offers interactive activities, reading circles, discussion guides and author profiles for Scholastic books. Similarly, the teacher section includes lesson plans, research tools, online activities by grade level and professional resources, while the parent section includes tips and advice on raising children and selecting appropriate books and other products. The Web pages are packed with information, and a site map makes it easy to find specific resources.
The site also includes information about home-to-school connections.
Disney Educational Productions for Edu-Station Disney.go.com/educational
Edu-Station offers a variety of multimedia education features, including CyberLesson Plans on themes such as Native American story telling, stargazing, and food traditions; teacher-tested sites and ideas in various content areas; a book nook; and an educator events calendar. The site also links to a great number of related activity sites such as games, fun for families and stories, as well as education resources including Homework Helper and Computer Corner.
Education World for Education World www.education-world.com
Education World is an excellent guide to educational resources on the Web, and offers search word access to a database of more than 120,000 sites that can also be browsed by content area. In addition, the site delivers weekly feature articles with related links in various sections that highlight lesson planning, curriculum, site reviews, school news, professional books and a section for school administrators.
Knowledge Adventure, Inc. for Educast www.educast.com
Educast is a free education-oriented screen-saver that displays curriculum and professional information that can be updated daily. The new Educast 3.0 can also be operated as a standalone product, and it offers separate content channels including news, lesson plans, current events, interest groups, science and mathematics galleries, and access to USA Today. It is easy to move within any given channel to read specific reports and articles in depth—either online or offline—and also link to related Web sites for additional information.
If your students ask you about how certain devices work, the following sites will probably help you. It's also just fun to read through them.
How stuff works - This site has answers to the more general questions like "How does a CD-Player work?" It also has quite a few pictures.
How things work - This site, Hosted by the University of Virginia, this page answers lots of specific questions about all kinds of devices in an easy understandable way.
BrainPop-- Has small flash-like movies explaining many topics. (Great for Younger kids.) (Small fee to see all movies....but some free ones are still available.)
Sprocketworks has a variety of nice visual movies pictures and information in a flash-like movie environment.
Tech Topics.... What causes Earthquakes? Why does my heart beat? What is an electron? Ever wonder about this stuff? Well, TechTopics is here is bring it all together for you. We started with a bunch of cool exhibits from TheTech, found links to other places, and created activities and projects to help explain things. Now you can explore science right at your desk!