Internet Sites, Cool Tools, Resources & More!
 

 

Media Sharing  

Masher
Are you a little hesitant to create videos? Masher makes it’s easy. You can "mix, mash, and share" video clips, audio files, and photos into polished movies. Students own content as well as media from the BBC Motion Gallery and Rip Curl free for the mashing, and can then be shared on social media sites or via email.
http://www.masher.com/

Prezi
Getting tired of the old linear PowerPoint presentations? Then switch to Prezi and start to create fantastic, brain-friendly presentations. Use the "zebra wheel" to customize, non-linear creative presentations that can kept for online access or downloaded for personal or professional use. Include pictures, videos, and more. Free presentations for anyone and extended options for teachers and those in Education.
http://prezi.com/

Professor Garfield
Are you looking to engage kids in a safe online setting and provide 21st century learning opportunities? Professor Garfield provides an environment where children can safely create, interact, read, engage, and express themselves through a variety of innovative online tools including an e-book reader and comics lab.
http://www.professorgarfield.com/pgf_Intro.html

SchoolTube
This is the ideal place for teachers and students to share videos online. Create your own channel for your school or share videos with other students and educators. Instructions on how to load, create, and compress videos as well as how to create video contests and TV shows for your school. It's all here in SchoolTube.
http://www.schooltube.com/

WatchKnow.org
Don't let you students' videos languish on your computer's hard drive. WatchKnow is a free and easily accessible way to share educational videos with students and staff. Organized for easy searching, you can even search by age, and has the ability for you to download your own videos to share with others.
http://www.watchknow.org/

Animoto
Create a video in five minutes – no kidding! Using Animoto, educators and students can create videos that contain photos, graphics, music, text and more! It is only limited by your imagination.  Tip: A great resource for visual learners! Instead of the typical book report, challenge your students to create a dynamic Animoto to capture the essence of their favorite books.
http://animoto.com/
 
Teacher Tube
What could be better? You Tube – just for teachers and students! Teacher Tube offers videos solely for the field of education. Videos are created by teachers and students to be shared with other teachers and students.  Tip: This is a great way to have students share their work with parents and for teachers to share with other teachers, peers, and administrators, both on-campus and off.
http://www.teachertube.com/
 
Rhythm Rhyme Results
Educational songs set to rap to help students learn math, science, language arts, social studies and economics. Lyrics can be printed for classroom use.  Fun!
http://www.educationalrap.com/
 
Voice Thread
VoiceThread allows users to share images, documents, and videos with added narration by the authors and others. Tip: Bring oral history to life in the classroom, as students narrate a series of images that relate to the skills and ideas they have learned in a particular lesson.
http://voicethread.com/
 
Wordle
Do you like to play with words or create visual poems? A "Wordle" enables you to create a word "cloud," visually depicting the relationship between words based on their frequency of use. You can tweak your word "clouds" with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. Tip: Teach students to create a Wordle to express their reading interests or their favorite book.
http://www.wordle.net/
 
Tagul
Tagul is very similar to Wordle; however, it will arrange the word in a shape.  As you scroll across the words, they will enlarge and rotate. 
http://tagul.com
 
Tagxedo
Tagxedo is a word cloud took similar to Wordle and Tagul.  It arranges the words entered into amazingly cool shapes. 
http://tagxedo.com
 
 

Digital Storytelling   

International Children’s Digital Library
It is the largest digital collection of children’s books containing over 4,400 books in 54 languages representing 64 countries. They also have iPhone and iPad applications which you might share with parents for at home use.  Click on “Read Books” to access the online book collection.  Choose the language you need....which can help ESL students.  This will also be fantastic to use with a SMART board!
http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
 
Storybird
Do your students like to tell stories? Storybird will help them to create short, visual stories. You can save them, share them and (soon) print them. Use Storybird's beautiful watercolor illustrations to tell your story.
http://storybird.com/
 
PhotoStory3
PhotoStory3 is a great, easy-to-use tool which allows students create digital stories, reports, show-n-tell, and more.  Students will use digital photos, their own recorded voice, text, and music to create a product to share
with others.  PhotoStory3 is a free download at home.  Please contact the campus technology assistant to help with the software load on district computers.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

Glogster
Students and teachers can create interactive online posters to experess their creativity, knowledge, ideasa and skills in the classroom.  Mix images, text, music, video, hyperlinks, and more.  Teachers can set up class accounts for up to 50 students under one teacher account/email address.  Cool tool!
http://edu.glogster.com/


Manage and Organize

Live Binders
This fun and easy-to-use site makes it easy to organize and share sources. Teachers can use it as a presentation tool, plan an interactive lesson, or engage with students on the research process.
http://livebinders.com/
 
Dipity Interactive Timeline
Create an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes. Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order.
http://www.dipity.com/
Museum Box
This site allows students to place items into virtual boxes; these items can include images, video, text, and sound. MuseumBox can be used across the curriculum and can help students to describe a person, place, thing, event, idea, or issue. The site facilitates description, debate, investigation, and exploration and development of ideas and issues.
http://museumbox.e2bn.org/
 
Weblist
Weblist is a great way to gather and organize content based on a theme with the added feature of one URL. Your weblist can then be shared through social media networks or posted on a blog or Website. No time to make your own list, then search their playlist for subjects from music to science and everything in between.
http://weblist.me/
 
Delicious
Need help in organizing and bookmarking your favorite Website?  Delicious is a social bookmarking site that allows users to save their favorite websites and tag them by subject/keyword.
http://delicious.com
 
Diigo
Need help in organizing your favorite websites? Diigo is a social bookmarking site that allows users to save websites, as well as tag them, add sticky notes and annotations, and share them with other users in various groups.  Tip: Sticky notes are an effective way to start a virtual conversation among teams of students on the merits of a website.
http://www.diigo.com/

Google Reader
Overwhelmed with all the information on the Internet? Google Reader is a tool for gathering, reading, and sharing all the relevant blogs and websites you read on the web.  This easy-to-use tool constantly checks sites (blogs, news sites, and webpages) that have been selected by you, scans them for updates and new content, and then organizes them in the Reader for easy access. Reader is a great organization tool to keep current with educational trends, research and news!  Tip: This is a great organizational tool for students to keep current on their research topics.
https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=reader&passive=1209600&continue=http://www.google.com/reader&followup=http://www.google.com/reader

Bubbl.Us
This is a free brainstorming, graphic organizer, mind map, flowchart creation site.
http://bubbl.us/

Gliffy
This is a free brainstorming, graphic organizer, mind map, flowchart creation site.
http://www.gliffy.com/

RubiStar
This is a fantastic Website for creating grading and coaching rubrics.
http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
 

Networking and Communication  

Creative Commons
Teach students and colleagues to collaborate as integral partners in the digital evolution as they discover and share content to use, re-purpose and remix with Creative Commons. Here you will find all the resources needed to learn appropriate use of Creative Commons licensing for written, graphic and multimedia content.
http://creativecommons.org/
 
Learn Central
Connect with Steve Hargadon and an ever-growing number of educators on Learn Central, the social network for professional development that is ready when you are. Join free webinars and discussions in real time or participate with members asynchronously. Host a group of up to three participants for free. Develop networks with colleagues across town or around the world. Lifelong learning is just a few clicks away!
http://www.learncentral.org/
 
TED
TED is a remarkable Website sharing ideas from the world's most innovative thinkers and experts related to technology, entertainment, design, business, science, and global issues. Watch, listen to, learn, discuss and spread TED.http://www.ted.com/
 
Good Reads
A social network for book lovers! Members can keep track of the books they have read, make recommendations to others, vote on book lists that are posted, see what their friends are reading and recommending, and form book groups.  Tip: Teachers can develop a reading group for their students where discussions can develop, suggestions for new material can be found and lovers of particular genres can find each other.
http://www.goodreads.com/
 
YakToMe
This site will convert voice to text.
http://www.yakitome.com/cgi-bin/input.py 
 
Glogster
Students and teachers can create interactive online posters to experess their creativity, knowledge, ideasa and skills in the classroom.  Mix images, text, music, video, hyperlinks, and more.  Teachers can set up class accounts for up to 50 students under one teacher account/email address.  Cool tool!
http://edu.glogster.com/
 
Twitter
Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user's profile page.
http://twitter.com

Who to Follow on Twitter:  http://cybraryman.com/plnstars.html
Educational Twitter Hashtags: 
http://www.cybraryman.com/edhashtags.html

 
 

 
Content Collaboration
 
Poll Everywhere
if you want to get learners' attention, then ask a thought provoking question.  Poll Everywhere is a voting platform that can be used in classrooms and libraries to gatehr answers to a particular question.  Participants vote by sending a text message via their cell phones or by voting on the web.  Tip:  Use this survey tool to involve and connect students to complex issues.
 
Project Share
Project Share is a global online learning community where educators collaborate, share resources, and showcase accomplishments.  Project Share uses the Epsilen online system to house the communication and learning tools.  These tools include the capabilities for blogs, wikis, forums, portfolios, online courses, and more.
 
 

Curriculum Sharing 

The Jason Project
Are you looking for a way to connect your students with great explorers and great events in Science? You do not have to look any further than The Jason Project! Their free online curriculum is designed primarily for the middle grades but can be adapted to fit any grade level.
http://www.jason.org/public/whatis/start.aspx
 
National Science Digital Library
The National Science Digital Library includes a variety of educational resources to further STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Browse the science literacy maps, short science refreshers, free multimedia downloads, or subject area collections to find just what you need to enhance student learning!
http://nsdl.org/
 
Curriki
If you’ve got an old lesson that you want to breathe new life into, Curriki can help. It is a free member website where educators share ideas and hear from others in the profession.  Tip: If you have a lesson that you love to teach with your students, share it with others. Everyone can be successful if we all help each other to be better teachers.
http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome
 
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
What skills will our students need to be successful in the 21st century? Partnership for the 21st Century offers educators information, resources, and tools to understand, identify and integrate the 21st century skills of creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving skills and communication and collaboration skills.  Tip: Here’s a great resource to help educators learn how to integrate 21st Century Skills into the curriculum.
http://www.p21.org/index.php
 
Primary Access
Capture your students' imagination with movie narratives based on primary sources. Primary Access is an online tool that allows students and teachers to combine text, visual, and sound elements, which are then combined to convey information about their chosen historical event or time frame. A library of Primary Access movies is available through a catalog by historical time period.  Tip: Encourage active learning: have students choose a historical event or time frame to research and synthesize their information through a Primary Access movie.
http://www.primaryaccess.org/
 
SOS for Information Literacy
Learn how to effectively incorporate information literacy into your lesson plans. S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic, collaborative web-based multimedia resource for educators, K to 16. This site links lesson plans and teaching ideas for information literacy through a comprehensive quality control system to ensure that lessons are high caliber.  Tip: Create an account and build your own lessons or activities. 
http://informationliteracy.org/
 


Content Resources: Lesson Activities and More    

Edsitement
Check out this site for great educational material -suggested Websites and lesson plans - in literature/language arts, art/culture, social studies/history and foreign language.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/
 
The National Archives’ Digital Classroom
The National Archives’ Digital Classroom offers a multitude of resources for the use of primary sources in the classroom. With access to copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teachers can develop their own activities and lesson plans that make historical periods come alive for their students or choose from dozens of resources that have already been developed and are featured here.
http://www.archives.gov/education/
 
 

Online Course Content, Videos, Lectures, Tutorials and More

These online courseware sites contain a rich mix of curriculum content and online lectures available for students and educators.

Kahn Academy
2000+ tutorials and videos for a variety of skills and concepts. 

http://www.khanacademy.org/

 

MIT's Open Courseware
MIT posts over 1,900 courses available for students and educators to access.

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm 

 

The Annenberg Foundation's Learning Math Series
http://www.learner.org/resources/browse.html?discipline=5

 

Monterey Institute's Repository of Online Courses
http://www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc

 

Hackettstown (NJ) Teacher Chris Halloran's AP Biology and Computer Science Site
http://www.users.nac.net/challoran/

 

Keith Hughes's U.S. History and AP Government Lectures
From Buffalo, NY

http://www.buffaloschools.org/webpages/khughes/index.cfm

 

Oregon Virtual School District

 
iTunes U
Download iTunes to access a variety of iTunes U university and K-12 lectures, materials, images, videos, multimedia, and resources.

 

Cool Tools

Glogster
Students and teachers can create interactive online posters to experess their creativity, knowledge, ideasa and skills in the classroom.  Mix images, text, music, video, hyperlinks, and more.  Teachers can set up class accounts for up to 50 students under one teacher account/email address.  Cool tool!
http://edu.glogster.com/
 
Google Earth

Google Earth is a free download program that lets students fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, outer space, canyons in the ocean and more.  It is a free download for home computers.  Please contact the campus technology assistant to load Google Earth on district computers.  Once it is loaded, there is no need to access the following Website since the program will be accessed from the PC or desktop.

 
Poll Everywhere
if you want to get learners' attention, then ask a thought provoking question.  Poll Everywhere is a voting platform that can be used in classrooms and libraries to gatehr answers to a particular question.  Participants vote by sending a text message via their cell phones or by voting on the web.  Tip:  Use this survey tool to involve and connect students to complex issues.
 

 
SMART Board Sites

 

Please visit the Canyon ISD SMART Interactive Board site for a great list of SMART board resources, activities, and SMART Notebook files.
 

 


 

Search Engines and Research Tools

Wolfram Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine
Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine.  The random search icon will show you a variety of sample problems.
http://www.wolframalpha.com/
 
WayBackMachine
Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. It will take you "way back."

http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

 

Root Zone

This site will breakdown a Web address to show the country where the Website originates.  It shows the country codes of a Web address.

http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db/

 

Search Engines and Resources

This is a huge selection of search engines.

 
 

 

Copyright Free Photos, Music and More

 
 

FreeFoto
http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp

 

Free Stock Pictures Photos

http://www.photos8.com/

 

Royalty Free Music

http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/free-music-resources.html

 

Incompetetech.com

 

 


Science Sites


Periodic Table Video Explanations
From the University of Nottingham
http://www.periodicvideos.com/

 

The Encyclopedia of Life
http://www.eol.org/

 

Albert Eistein Archives
http://www.alberteinstein.info/

 

PhET Interactive Simulations

The University of Colorado has created interactive simulations for physics, biology, chemistry, and life science.  This is a great site!

http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new

 

How Stuff Works

http://www.howstuffworks.com/

 

How the Body Works

http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=29673&ps=110

 

A Jane Goodall Portal

http://www.janegoodall.org

 

Science NetLinks
Science interactive activities and resources are found on this great site.

 

 


English Language Arts Sites

 

Comic Master
Comic Master allows teachers and students to create their own graphic novel.

http://www.comicmaster.org.uk/

 

Kidsmomo

Kidsmomo believes a bookshelf should only be bare when someone's reading what was on it, so they are all about introducing kids to books and series they'll love!

http://www.kidsmomo.com

Storybird
This site is a collaborative storytelling site which allows students to share, read, design, and print their own stories.

http://storybird.com/

 

Snappy Words
Free online visual dictionary.

http://www.snappywords.com/

 

Greece Central School District

This site has a wealth of ELAR resources.

http://web001.greece.k12.ny.us/academics.cfm?subpage=311

 

Edgar Allen Poe
http://www.eapoe.org

 

William Shakespeare Complete Works

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/

 

Jane Austen

http://janeausten.org

 

BibMe

This is a bibliography maker for MLA, APA, and more.

http://www.bibme.org/

 

Plagium
Free site to help check for plagiarizing.

 
Leveled Books Database:
Beaverton School District developed a database to support searching for books by Guided Reading levels, DRA levels, and Lexile levels.  It will also allow searches by writing traits including ideas, sentence fluency, organization, voice, word choice, and conventions.  Title, author, fiction, nonfiction, English or Spanish are also searchable fields.
https://leveledbooks.beaverton.k12.or.us/search.php
 

 

 


 

 
Math Sites


Wolfram Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine
Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine.  The random search icon will show you a variety of sample problems.
http://www.wolframalpha.com/

 

Illuminations: Resources for Teaching Math

This site provides a wide variety of exemplary math tools for all age groups.  Seriously…if you haven’t explored this site, take a few minutes to discover its rich tools.

http://illuminations.nctm.org/

 

National Library of Math Manipulatives

This is an excellent site with online math manipulatives.

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

 

Interactivate

Interactive math activities, manipulatives, and examples are located at this fabulous site.

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/

 

IXL Math
IXL's math skills are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Texas Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines, providing comprehensive preparation for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for Pre-K-8th grades.
http://www.ixl.com/math/standards/texas

 

PhET Interactive Simulations

The University of Colorado has created interactive simulations for math.  This is a great site.

http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new

 

Algebasics

Algebra tutorial videos are available at this site.

http://www.algebasics.com/


AAA Math
Customized by grade level and topic, AAA Math features explanations of various mathematical topics, practice problems and fun, challenging games.
http://www.AAAmath.com

Cool Math
Visit this fully interactive site which allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play games and explore new math concepts.
http://www.AAAmath.com

Figure This
Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site helps families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging challenges.
http://figurethis.org

Fuel the Brain
The site currently focuses on kindergarten-third grade objectives for math.  Science and social studies will be added soon.
http://www.fuelthebrain.com/index.php

 

Social Studies Sites

 

Virtual Field Trips and Tours

Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. It will take you "way back."
http://www.theteachersguide.com/virtualtours.html#General

 

Museum Stuff

Visit museums online all over the world.

http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

 

101 Great Sites for Social Studies

http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/education/2010/march/101-Great-Sites-for-Social-Studies.html

 

TeAchnology

This site contains social studies sites and resources which are collected and suggested by social studies teachers.

http://www.teach-nology.com/subjects/social/teachers/

 

American Memory Collection
Historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video files.

http://www.loc.gov/index.html

 

 



 

Many of these sites and descriptions are taken from the American Association of Libraries site.
http://www.ala.org/

 

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/AASL_Learning_Standards_2007.pdf

 

Last Modified on September 24, 2013