Best of the Best: Top 100 Web Resources for Educators
An Internet Hotlist on Educator Websites
created by Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Outreach
Junior Library Guild
| Content Resources
| Global Education
| Time and Money Savers
| Digital Resources
| Worth the Money
Especially for teachers and librarians, award winning author, librarian, teacher and speaker, Deborah B. Ford has gathered these 100+ (mostly free) web resources to help you make the most of your time, money, while keeping your sanity.
The Internet Resources
- A+ Click - Students grades K-12 can take online math practice tests at this site.
- ALA Youth Media Awards - Want to know more about the best books of the year? Check out these annual awards given to best children's books and media.
- Annenberg Media Lerner - Videos, interactives, workshops, and distance learning are all available on this site.
- Book Adventure - Free reading motivational program for kids K-8. Over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice tests and win points.
- Children's Writing and Publishing - Professor Kay Vandergrift lists websites and descriptions of websites that allow students to post their work online.
- Curriki - Curriki's mission is to provide free, high-quality curricula and education resources to teachers, students and parents around the world.
- DeweyBrowse.org - Need some informational text and have a nonfiction book? Websites are assigned a dewey number as if they were a library material. Simply match your book to the website.
- Discovery Education - Discovery Education has so much to offer teachers: lesson plans, videos, puzzlemakers, science fair ideas, contests, grants, science help and more.
- Free Reading.net - Open source provider of many kinds of free reading resource materials for preK-Grade 6.
- Great Websites for Kids - Sponsored by ALA, this site suggests websites on authors, booklists and activities for kids and those who work with them.
- I.N. K. - Interesting Nonfiction for Kids written by the authors of great new nonfiction. Don't miss this blog!
- JLG's Pinterest Board for CCSS - Links to CCSS websites, booklists, strategies, and other programming. Updated daily by Junior Library Guild
- Library of Congress - The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
- NASA - Enhance the study of science and technology by employing the diverse resources available from NASA. These include video e-Clips, podcasts, NASA television, live space station video, and blogs.
- National Council for the Social Studies - From online resources to lesson plans, the NCSS website provides all teachers will material to support the social studies curriculum.
- National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award - NCTE annually selects and awards the best in nonfiction for children.
- National Geographic Kids' - Free informational text for emergent readers about animals kids love.
- National Science Teachers Association - From outstanding trade books to grants, NSTA provides resources to support the science curriculum.
- Newsela - Free nonfiction texts that are lexiled and can be adjusted to three levels of difficulty within the article. Anchor standards and quizzes support the piece.
- No Red Ink - A fun way to practice and master grammar and writing skills.
- On Common Core - A series of webinars on Common Core sponsored by SLJ.
- PBS Teachers - This site contains standards-based resources in the arts, health and fitness, mathematics, reading/language arts, science/technology, and social studies.
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills - 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.
- Primary Access - PrimaryAccess is a suite of free online tools that allows students and teachers to use primary source documents to complete meaningful and compelling learning activities with digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and other online tools.
- Professor Garfield - Full of games, drawing videos, creating your own comics, this site may be my new favorite.
- Read Write Think - Search for lesson ideas, web materials, student activities, and accompanying language arts standards.
- Reading Rockets - Sponsored by the PBS television show, this website offers free video of favorite children's authors, articles about reading and booklists by theme.
- Readworks.org - Lesson plans, activities sheet- everything you need to teach LA standards, including leveled passages with question sets.
- SearchLit - Free website that offers a variety of resources for reading. Extensive online database of eBooks and a large library of lesson plans.
- Smithsonian Education - The section for Educators includes a lesson plan area (searchable by CCSS, subject, keyword or grade level) and IdeaLabs, student interactive tutorials that enhance the use of the site.
- Some of the Best Books of the Year - Links to great literature sites and support sites collected by Deborah B. Ford, author and consultant of all things library and literature.
- SomeSchoolGames.com - Interactive games you can use with your IWB.
- Starfall - Starfall is a free website to motivate children to read with phonics. Perfect for young readers, special education or ELL. Practice reading stories and watch videos. Includes CCSS math and reading for first grade.
- Stone Soup Magazine - The magazine by kids for kids. Publish your student's work in this national magazine. In addition, contributors of stories, poems and book reviews are paid $40 each; illustrators are paid $25 per illustration.
- Study Zone Test Prep-Elementary - Use this site to find standards based lesson plans and practice tests to prepare your students for standardized testing.
- Sumdog - Free math games makes learning fun and easy.
- Teaching with Text Sets - Blog of co-authors Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes who share resources and have an ongoing conversation about teaching with text sets. A published book is available.
- The Classroom Bookshelf - Each Monday, the Classroom Bookshelf posts a new title K-8. Each entry includes a book review, teaching invitations, and other resources.
- The Uncommon Corps - Champions of nonfiction blog about how to use nonfiction in teaching the common core. Included are reviews of new nonfiction.
- Time for Kids - Get the latest online news- kids' style. Great source of informational text. Lots of photos and videos as well.
- Wonderopolis.org - Wonderopolis®, CCSS correlated lesson plans that encourage students to think and research.
- 21classes.com - Blogging site specifically designed for educators.
- AASL Lesson Plan Database - Aligned with 21st Century Learner Standards and the Common Core, these lesson plans are searchable by grade, subject, and degree of collaboration.
- ATN Reading Lists - This wiki posts lists of read alikes, lists of books by genre or subject and also character traits, among many other lists.
- BER Technology in the Library LiveBinder - Use this link to access the BER Technology in the Library LiveBinder. Remember you'll need the access code you were given at the seminar.
- Blogger.com - Free blogging site. Choose educator.
- Classroom 2.0 - Join this network of educators interested in using 2.0 technology to share ideas and learn from others.
- Collaborize Classroom.com - Easy-to-use online learning platform. Launch a free site in less than 5 minutes!
- Edublogs - Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts- all free.
- Good Reads - This social networking site allows you to keep track of what you have read, make suggestions for others and start an online book club.
- How School Library Staff Can Impact Student Achievement - Supplement to Deborah B. Ford's BER seminar of the same name. Contains links for teachers and librarians to work together to increase student achievement.
- Interactive Whiteboard 101 - Resources and activities for using your IWB for literacy instruction.
- Libraries Matter- Deborah B. Ford Blog - Personal blog of Deborah B. Ford, award-winning international speaker, librarian and author.
- Mary Lange's bookmarks on Delicious - Delicious is a site for bookmarking your favorite sites. My colleague, Mary Lange, has marked some excellent sites for you to use.
- National Archives for Educators and Students - Search for lesson plans connected to real documents in our history.
- PB Works for Classroom Teachers - Show off student work, connect with your parents, allow students to work collaboratively and allow students to build their own digital portfolios on this free wiki for teachers.
- Pinterest - Save websites and ideas all on one page or follow the pins of others- from interactive whiteboard ideas to lesson plans!
- Promethean Planet - From ready-made flipcharts to the latest in IWB teaching ideas, you'll find them here at Promethean Planet.
- SMART Exchange - Lesson plans and resources for educators with a SMART board.
- School Library Journal - The leading print magazine for school and public libraries. Support material on website includes webinars, newsletters and blogs.
- SimpleK12 - From free workbooks to online professional development, Simple K12 has hundreds of ideas for the implementation of technology in your 2.0 classroom or library.
- Teachers.net - Find out what other teachers are doing and use their free resources.
- The Whiteboard Blog - A blog for educators by a technology teacher
- Wikispaces - This easy-to-use website allows anyone to write, edit and share content, depending on the permissions granted by the wiki owner.
- WordPress.com - Even corporations use WordPress for their blogging. Some knowledge of html will be helpful.
- Edmodo - Edmodo helps globally connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential.
- Facebook - This popular social networking site can be a tool to allow you to share with colleagues. Why not start a group page?
- Field Trip Earth - Field Trip Earth is a global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.
- Florida and the Common Core - Florida's DOE site has great links for teachers, guides for parents, and best practices in other states.
- Global Education Collaboration - A 'ning' website that allows you to collaborate all over the world with other schools. Find out what projects they are doing.
- Global SchoolNet - A site that supports 21st century learning and improving academic performance through content driven collaboration.
- Google Earth - Bring the environment and global resources to life with this free software. Look at places from a bird's eye view.
- Illinois Common Core State Standards - The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted new Math and English Language Arts standards for K]12 education known as the New Illinois State Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core.
- International Society for Technology in Education - From webcasts to standards and awards to professional development, ISTE offers much to the technology driven educator.
- Kansas State Dept of Education - Extensive support material for implementation of CCSS. Lots of training material.
- Manhattan Public Library (Kansas) - Online databases free for library card holders.
- Missouri Learning Standards - Links to CCSS for Missouri and other resources on the state department of education page.
- Poll Everywhere - Poll Everywhere is a voting platform that can be used in classrooms and libraries to gather answers to a particular question.
- Skype - Skype is a basic and easy-to-use service that offers free voice, video calls, conference calls, instant messaging and group instant messaging.
- Skype an Author - Bring an author into your classroom. Find out who will come and how much he/she charges. Get tips for successful visits.
- State Library of Kansas - Databases and other resources for residents of Kansas state.
- Teacher TV - Through engaging videos, practical resources and an active online community, Teachers TV supports the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field.
Time and Money Savers
- AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning - The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
- Common Sense Media- Best Websites for Kids - Organized by category, you'll find many links to websites for kids and their families.
- Dillon School District Search Tools - Dillon School District has a compiled a list of search engines for kids, sites for teachers and a great list of fake websites to use with your students.
- Discovery Education for Teachers - Lesson plans, worksheets and other ready to use material for teachers K-12.
- DonorsChoose.org - Fill in the online grant form. Someone grants your wish. You take pictures and write thank you notes. What could be easier?
- Dropbox - Store your pictures and files here. Work on the same documents from anywhere!
- Education World - Lesson plans and templates among other things save teachers time and money.
- Filamentality - Create your own hotlist, webquest or treasure hunt in minutes on this free site.
- First Book! - Title I Schools with at least 80% low income families can register for free books. Qualified schools receive award winning books from this grant program.
- Google - Google has endless resources for staying organized, finding information and teaching tools.
- Google for Educators - Create your own free website so that you can communicate with your parents is just one of the free tools at this site.
- Graphic Organizers - Created by Houghton Mifflin, these graphic organizers are ready to use.
- Harry Wong, Classroom Management - Every month Harry and Rosemary Wong publish new strategies for classroom management. Even veteran teachers can benefit from their strategies.
- International Children's Digital Library - The largest digital collections of childrens book, ICDL contains over 4,400 books in 54 languages representing 64 countries with applications for the iPhone and the new larger screen, iPad.
- JLG's Booktalks to Go LiveBinder - Booktalks, links to author websites, book trailers, and lesson plans- all in one place!
- Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Kathy Schrock's home base for all things technology. Not to be missed.
- LEGO Children's Fund - Provides grants to organizations for collaborative programs involving early childhood education and development.
- LiveBinders - A free service to keep all your files organized online. More space available with an upgraded subscription.
- Microsoft Office Timer - Need a PowerPoint template for staying on track during a lesson or presentation? Download free timer/clock templates.
- Mr. Holtmeyer's Class Blog - Great example of a class blog. Check out his 2.0 version of Flat Stanley- Bill D. Bear. Brilliant!
- Mr. Mosler's 4th Grade - Set up your own free classroom website on Google. See Mr. Mosler's page as an example.
- Muzak Heart and Soul Grants - Offers grants to K-12 nonprofit schools with existing Title I school music programs, with a minimum of 70% low-income students.
- PermaBound - PermaBound sells prebound library books, but their website has additional features to help teachers and librarians. Their new program, Book Boosters, is a great way to raise funding for library books.
- Ready Made Rubrics - Here are links to the cream of the crop for ready-made rubrics. Why invent the wheel?
- Scholastic.com - From lesson plans to games, this publisher has it all!
- Some of the Best Books, K-12 - Author, librarian and public speaker, Deborah B. Ford, provides links to the best books of the year, along with sites that support the curriculum and strategies to use them.
- Symbaloo - Access your favorite sites from one place- no matter which device you use.
- Target Grants - Target provides grants to K-12 schools.
- The Idea Box - Especially for early elementary, this site has games, crafts and lessons for using with our youngest students.
- TinyURL.com - Is your URL long and complicated? Shorten it simply by pasting the URL at this site. A new, shorter URL will be created.
- Toshiba American Foundation - Toshiba American Foundation offers grants for improving elementary math and science instruction. Apply online and create a wish list of up to $1000 for your classroom.
- Yahoo - Yahoo as a free mail provider, has a calendar, space for documents and pictures to keep you organized.
- 20Q.net - Looking for a fun way to test your students' knowledge? Play 20Q- an online version of Twenty Questions. You can even play it in many languages.
- Animation Video Sites - Want to make an animated video? Here are five sites for creating one.
- Animoto - Create free 30 second videos using your photos with this online software.
- Audacity Download - Free, easy to use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows.
- Bitly.com - Use bitly to customize your urls, get a QR code, and track your hits.
- Book Trailers - Dr. Mark Geary's students have made excellent examples of book trailers using Photo Story for Windows.
- Book Trailers for Readers - Great site with CCSS correlations and student made trailers
- Comic Life - This online software allows students to create their own comic.
- Common Core Digital Tools - An exhaustive list of 2.0 digital resources to support the teaching of common core curriculum standards.
- Cool Tools for Schools - One of the best sites I've found for capturing links to great 2.0 tools- from audio to voting. Now includes best educational apps for mobile devices.
- Educational Technology and Learning - Canadian technology teacher who founded this site.
- Edudemic - The goal of Edudemic is to connect teachers, administrators, students, and just about everyone else with the best technology on the planet.
- Jing - Take a picture of a video you are watching online or snapshots of what you see on the screen to create new presentations or even Tweet what you see.
- Ken Richardson's Chemistry Podcasts - Now an important component of Ken Richardson's classroom, podcasts deliver his lessons.
- Making the Best Use of Technology in Your School Library. - Supplement to Deborah B. Ford's BER seminar of the same name. Contains links for teachers and librarians on all sorts of technology- from websites to apps.
- Our Story - Create your story! Our Story permits users to develop and save collaborative timelines that can be personalized with annotations, photos, and videos.
- Photo Story - Turn your digital photos to videos with royalty free music with this free download from Microsoft.
- Podbean - Free and easy site for posting podcasts.
- Podomatic - Upload podcasts and embed them into any webpage.
- Power Point Games for Teachers - Looking for game templates for livening up your lessons? Here you can find Smarter than a Fifth grader and other popular games- all free.
- PowerPoint Games - Use templates of Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Hollywood Squares to prepare your students for testing or to test their knowledge.
- School Tube - A free site where students and teachers can post videos.
- Screencastomatic - One click screencasting software for free. Record up to 15 minutes and upload to You Tube. Internet-based.
- Screenr - Create screencasts with this free web-based site.
- SimplyBox - Simply Box is a tool that allows users to capture, share, and organize anything found on the web into an unlimited number of 'boxes' and then share with friends, groups, students, or the world. However, rather than saving lists of bookmarks, it allows users to capture just a part of a webpage, whether its a headline, a paragraph, a photo, or a video. Items can be saved and organized.
- SmartBoard Games @ Some School Games.com - An ever-growing collection of online games for kids to play on an IWB.
- Smilebox - Create slideshows, invitations and more with your own photos.
- Storybird - Students can create short stories to share with family or friends.
- Teach Hub,com - 65 free interactive whiteboard sites: sites for you and your students
- Teacher Tube - You Tube for teachers. Post and use your videos at school.
- Tech & Learning Online - Ideas and tools for ed tech teachers
- The Rover App - Need to see a site on your iPad that requires Flash? View it from the Rover app and it works!
- Tony Vincents' Podcasting - Though this field changes continually, there are some good tips and how to's on Tony's site, including a downloadable handbook.
- Using Tecnnology to Impact Student Achievement - With the power of the internet, educators can find free or inexpensive resources for making the best use of technology to impact student achievement. Compiled by Deborah B. Ford for BER.org seminar.
- Voice Thread - VoiceThread allows users to share images, documents, and videos with added narration by the authors and others.
- Voki - Use this free site to create a talking avatar. Add it to your classroom website or leave a talking message for your class when you have a substitute.
Worth the Money
- ABDO Digital Resources - From e-books to interactive databases, ABDO even has lengthy lesson plans for their books.
- Brain Hive - eBooks on demand for K-12 libraries. You pay only for what is checked out @ $1 per book.
- Capstone Digital - Subscription digital products include PebbleGo, MyOn Reader and Capstone Interactive Library.
- Destiny @ SDUSD - Teachers, parents and students can search the library's online catalog for library materials, websites and database resources- all in One Search!
- Discovery Streaming - Formerly known as United Streaming, this paid subscription offers video in small parts that can be downloaded and shown whenever you need them.
- Flash Slideshow Maker - Though you can upgrade to a subscription service, look for the free download of this slide show maker to make slick presentations of your photos.
- Grolier Online - Now owned by Scholastic, Grolier Online Encyclopedia is another paid subscription site that provides up to date information about many topics.
- Junior Library Guild - The collection development and book review service relied upon by thousands of schools and public libraries. Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Services, now offers free professional development workshops for school and public library systems.
- Pebble Go - A subscription database for emergent readers with narrated, leveled text.
- Photo Bucket - Upload, share and manage your photos on this free site. You can also search through their files to find photos and videos that work for you.
- SAFARI Montage - Similar to Discovery Streaming, this online subscription service offers digital resources, as well as a multimedia platform to present and organize them.
- Teacher Web - For less than $40 a year, teachers can create their own websites with lots of links to separate pages, eliminating lengthy scrolling.
- TeachingBooks.net - A digital portal to thousands of multimedia resources that can enhance and enliven the reading experiences. A subscription service, some parts, like author pronunciation, are free.
- World Book Online - From WB Kids to WB Discover, this daily maintained paid subscription site provides up to date information about a wealth of topics.
Content by Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Outreach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last revised Mon Jul 14 10:47:46 US/Pacific 2014