Grab a cup of java, pull up a chair, and check out some of our favorite 21st century tools--the best teacher sites on the web!
_So cool! A flash-based tool that helps bring an authentic presentation to informative and expository writing at this site.
A cool new way to improve behavior and engagement in your classroom. You can give instant time feedback to your students using your iPhone--very cool! If you're creative, there are many ways to use this tool starting today!
_This is a flash-based tool for making pictures talk.
_You can create short, art-inspired stories to read, share and print with this flash-based resource.
__This site provides access to free classic books with the ability to bookmark and notate pages.
Build a free website for your classroom. This is an easy to use platform.
Create video screencasts instantly. Plays everywhere--even on i-phones!
Your students can find easy to understand information about how anything and everything works on this site.
Build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
For students that don't like to read or need something highly engaging to motivate, this site can do just that. There are several fun topics that students can read to learn about. In 20 or 30 minutes students can read 15-20 web pages packed with print and non-print text. This is a great site to use to teach reading of non-fiction text.
And have you been here yet?
Authentic History Center
Create Word Clouds
Literary and Rhetorical Devices
Meyers-Briggs Personality Trait
Multiple Intelligence Test
There are several self-publishing sites on the web, but lulu.com is my favorite. Students can self-publish their work or you can publish individual or class products. It is a great site to introduce students to publishing and our global economy.
More of a teacher tool or a resource for teachers. Have you ever needed a PowerPoint presentation quickly? You can find on on about any topic here, and most of them you can download in a snap. SlideShare is also the best way to share your presentations with the world. Let your ideas reach a broad audience. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to create a webinar for others or your class.
Gather responses using texting, the web, or even Twitter.
Create surveys and polls for your website, blog and social network profiles. Teachers across the globe use Polldaddy to engage students in their lessons. You can use when you are presenting or you can use as a stand alone lesson or response to a lesson. A great way to collect data from your students!
Create your own comic strips, publish, share & discuss...
Enjoy collaborative page highlighting with this tool. I haven't used this yet, but I love the colors!
Plan Lessons, Create Teaching Materials and Track Classes - Automatically!
Wiki spaces available for use by educators--ad free! Again, wikis are highly engaging, and once they are set up, you can use them over and over for each unit of instruction.
eSnips is a website where you can upload anything - photos, videos, links, music and documents - and share it with others. You get 5 Gb of free storage
Babbel... Like to talk? Want to learn a new language? Try Babbel where you can learn languages online. If you teach a foreign language, this could be a great resource for you!
Free math software for teaching and learning.
Tolerance.org is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. This site offers several free videos and lesson plans. The videos include lessons, and many intriguing lessons are available for your use as well.
Pageflakes is a free web-based start page tool. You can use it to aggregate all kinds of resources and tools on your web-based desktop (to create a personal learning environment). All "flakes" are editable and deletable, and there are thousands of flakes that can be added, e.g. wikipedia flake, calendar, bookmarks, and so on. You can also RSS feeds. And you can share your page with others. There is a special Pageflakes for students' version tool.
Another whiteboard application--set up nicely for collaboration...
THE ONLINE ROLE-PLAY SIMULATION PLATFORM
Create charts for your website, blog and social network profiles. ChartGizmo may be useful for those who needs to visualize financial, scientific or other type of data.
Alice was developed at Carnegie Mellon as a way to get students excited about computer science and to make learning programming fun. Over 100 universities and 100 high schools now use Alice as their introductory computer sciences class. After a few hours of using Alice or StoryTellingAlice, students have already learned looping, multi-threading, and method encapsulation, and they will think that all they are doing is creating stories. Well known for its ties to Randy Pausch...
Set up your own homepage. Free and easy to use. Your students can get class updates, news, and assignments.
Want a fun and engaging way to run a group dialogue in your classroom? Try Meebo... You can create a free chat room and embed it on your homepage or your blog... Students can access it and discuss away...
The Internet's largest global community of connected classrooms! Safely connect, collaborate and learn using leading protected email and blog solutions for schools and districts.
Today, using the electron microscope and astronomical telescope, we can see the objects which we have not been aware of its existence before. Are you able to fathom, or even roughly grasp, these sizes? See the Universcale and experience the sizes of various objects.
Online collaboration tool for teachers and students. Engage active learning through comic strips in a private, virtual classroom. All levels: K-12, ESL, post-secondary.
All about bugs!
_A private online discussion and activity environment. Teachers involve students in online discussions, check for understanding of content, elicit feedback on assignments and support project-based learning.
Your students can have their own blogs in a public or private online classroom community. Teacherblogit is the easiest student-friendly blogging platform on the web! I love having this for my students to collaborate, write, and publish to a blog--highly engaging and its free! Students can access their blog from their mobile phone, too, and even receive email notification if someone comments on their blog. Awesome! Check out a teacher blog it blog here to see a recent example of teacher and student blogs! (comments aren't visible unless you are logged in).
Fresh slide shows to go!
QR codes are becoming more commonly used to engage learners. Get your your own personalized QR code.
Highlight webpages and then get the link to the page!
How fast can you read?
Stop animation for education.
Work on one document simultaneously!
This site has amazing PowerPoint presentations and handouts that go alongside. AMAZING stuff if you teach English.
Mind mapping and brainstorming tool.
Have you checked out Edmodo?
A great resource for book lovers anywhere!
Pinterest is an online pinboard. Organize and share the things you love!
Time it on your overhead projector!
_Class tools brings you Fakebook... Teachers and students can create imaginary fakebook pages--very cool!
Create an animated lesson for your class!
Treasure Hunt Generator
__This is a flash-based QR treasure hunt generator.
Students can publish to wiffiti screens from cell phones or the web.
Gotta have this tool! As an educator, you can sign up for free access and get a code so your students can produce their own professional looking presentations. Yours and their videos/presentations will look so cool! Animoto is a web application that automatically generates professional-looking videos using patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer. (THEY ARE SIMPLY PUT--Amazing)
A safe way for teachers to text students and stay in touch with parents!
__This site features a flash-based tool for creating games in the Jeopardy format.
Collection of old military records.
Need to predict AP scores on the annual AP exam. Check it out!
dabbleBoard-- is a really cool whiteboard program. It's highly intuitive, easy to use, with some cool features!
Have your students play this vocabulary game, and they’ll learn while donating food to people in need.
Take a look here, too...
This is one of those sites that I go to frequently to enhance my existing curriculum. This site has it all: text, video, and audio. It engages students while they learn about rhetoric and American History. You can find 100s of speeches including Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream..." as well as more obscure speeches from our history.
"At an experimental Web site, Many Eyes, (www.many-eyes.com), users can upload the data they want to visualize, then try sophisticated tools to generate interactive displays.
Create your own social community!
Tikatok™ is where kids channel their imagination into stories and publish those stories into books to share with friends and family.
Okay, if you want to have a little fun, set up your own Voki. You design your own avatar and then get him or her speaking. You can even choose an English accent. So very cool--students can have a lot of fun with this--and you can get embed them in most websites and blogs. Get a voki for your blog or website here...
Free mind mapping tool...
This project has more than 25,000 free books, and over 100,000 titles in its network.
Loads of videos and video clips--great for building background or enhancing lesson plans...
Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash!
Create a class start page full of useful resources with Netvibes.
Riveting talks on about everything.
This site is a resource for what it means to be a school of the 21st century, and why it is so important that teachers make the shift...
Create 3D virtual page turning flash brochures and catalogs instantly, online - FREE! Very cool to use in presentations with other teachers--and would be cool to use when reading aloud to students.
Self-proclaimed Web 2.0 Guru has designed this wiki-web site to assist teachers and other professionals with the tools and strategies to effectively and meaningfully implement these tools into their current practices.
Maps for all your needs...
Share and store your class notes with this online note taking application.
Novlet is a web application designed to support collaborative writing of non-linear stories in any language. With Novlet you will be able to read stories written by other users, create your own ones, and choose the plot you like most from several alternatives.
Find the place on this map...
Take field trips online with this site.
Launch your own live 24/7 television station...
The AcroFlip control panel allows you to upload PDF or JPEG files and create online flipping brochures easily and quickly with no further work. Signing up gives you access to this process.
If you haven't seen this short video, it is a must see. Robert Thompson shot and produced "4 Generations" in 2007 while living in China. It is a story documenting a journey in southwestern China (near Tibet) to first find, then deliver a water buffalo to a poor family. The water buffalo led him to a family with an phenomenal story.There are many ways you can use this video in the classroom-- Watch this one with tissue in hand--Inspiring!
Present and share PowerPoint presentations...
Mathway is an application that solves math equations with step-by-step explanations. Mathaway is for students, parents, and teachers--covering many of math's basic operations. I'm not a math teacher, but I think this could be a cool classroom tool!
_This site analyzes the readability of books, articles and other materials.
More sites by Category
Social Networking, RSS, Collaboration...
TeacherBlogIt: Students blog to collaborate. Private communities protecting student bloggers.
Thinkature: Thinkature offers real-time collaboration online for students, teachers, and more.
Flickr: Share and store classroom images with this incredibly popular online photo storage service.
Diigo: Diigo is a great tool for highlighting and sharing the web with your students.
PBwiki: Create an easy-to-update web space and resource for your class using PBwiki.
del.icio.us: Save your favorite sites and share them with your class using del.icio.us.
Clipmarks: Create Clipmarks to clip out little pieces of the web to share with your classroom.
Wizlite: Enjoy collaborative page highlighting with this tool.
Netvibes: Create a class start page full of useful resources with Netvibes.
Gliffy: Create and share flow charts, diagrams, and more with Gliffy.
Notecentric: Share and store your class notes with this online note taking application.
Search Engines & Directories
Clusty: With this clustering search engine, you’ll be able to search on Wikipedia, blogs, and more at one time.
BUBL: Find selected Internet resources in specific academic subject areas through BUBL.
Turbo10: This search engine looks on more than 800 deep web search engines at once, so you’ll be able to save time and find great information you can’t find anywhere else.
Complete Planet: On Complete Planet, you can find more than 70,000 searchable databases and specialty search engines.
Ask for Kids: This search engine was created with kids in mind, offering tutoring and reference help as well as search.
Librarians’ Internet Index: Find websites you and your students can trust in this directory compiled by librarians.
CyberSleuth Kids: Get searches, homework help, and more from this website.
Geniusfind: Geniusfind offers a directory to some of the best resources you can find on the web.
Internet Archive: Check out the Internet Archive to get access to websites and pages that have fallen off the web.
KidsClick!: Visit this website for a kid-friendly search engine.
Digital Librarian: This site offers a librarian’s guidance for the best resources online.
Infomine: Infomine is full of scholarly Internet resource collections that you and your students can use.
ProTeacher Directory: ProTeacher has teaching ideas, resources, blogs, and more for elementary school teachers.
Google Custom Search Engine: Create your own custom search engine and tell Google which sites you want it to index, and you’ll be able to offer your students the best of the web.
Google Docs: Google Docs offers teachers and students a web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that can be used securely and collaboratively from any computer.
Google Book Search: Search the full text of books ranging from popular best sellers to out-of-print books on Google’s Book Search.
Google Groups: Set up a discussion group for your classroom on Google Groups.
Google News: Google News is a wonderful place to look for news in newspapers and magazines around the world.
Google Maps: Your class can use Google Maps to build maps of your community, learn about cities, and more.
Google Page Creator: This Google tool allows teachers and students to create useful web pages without having to use complicated code.
Google classroom posters: Help your students search the web better with these posters that contain tips for using Google Search and other Google products.
iGoogle: iGoogle allows you to create a custom page for your classroom that includes components like a school calendar, bookmarks, news, and more.
Blogger: Start a class blog with Blogger, and you can share work, pictures, and more, all while staying connected with your classroom community.
Google Notebook: Use Google Notebook as an easy to use notepad for the web.
Google Calendar: With Google Calendar, you can easily communicate school schedule information with your classroom community.
Google classroom activities: Here, Google offers a few activity ideas for elementary school children.
Templates & Lesson Plans
Student information roster: Download this PDF to have student information easily at hand.
Lesson Plans Library: Discovery Education offers a wide variety of lesson plans, from Ancient History to Economics.
Record-Keeping Template: This chart is useful for a wide variety of applications, including permission slip checkoffs, parent communication, and more.
Research & Reference
Infoplease: Infoplease combines an encyclopedia, almanac, atlas, dictionary, and a lot more, all in one place.
HowStuffWorks: Your students can find easy to understand information about how anything and everything works on this site.
MetaGlossaryMetaGlossary defines more than 2 million terms, phrases, and acronyms.
Repositories of Primary Sources: This index is a wonderful place to find strong sources for manuscripts, archives, historical photographs, and more.
Refdesk: Find kid-friendly research resources through Refdesk.
eHow: eHow explains in simple language how you can do just about anything.
FreeRice: Have your students play this vocabulary game, and they’ll learn while donating food to people in need.
Brain Boosters: Discovery Education’s Brain Boosters are challenging mental games.
Learning Adventures: This collection offers multimedia education on sharks, slavery, and more.
Reading & Writing
The Online Books Page: This website is home to more than 30,000 free books that you can read online.
Bartleby: Bartleby offers lots of different texts online, from novels to reference.
Audio Books for Kids: Allow your kids to listen to audio books for free with this site.
RhymeZone: In the RhymeZone, you can type in a word to find its rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more.
Children’s Storybooks Online: This site offers illustrated children’s stories for free.
Word Search Generator: Create a customized printable word find worksheet with this tool.
Free Classic Audiobooks: On this site, you’ll find classics like Huckleberry Finn on audiobooks for free.
Poetry Idea Engine: The Poetry Idea Engine is a great tool for writing haikus, limericks, and more.
Orangoo: Use this quick online spell check to make sure your text is perfect.
Bibliomania: Bibliomania offers more than 2,000 classic texts, along with notes, author biographies, and study guides.
Writing Prompts/Journal Topics: Check out these topics to assign to your students.
Handwriting Worksheets: Use these worksheets to help your students practice their handwriting.
Project Gutenberg: This project has more than 25,000 free books, and over 100,000 titles in its network.
Math & Science
SuperKids Math Worksheet Calculator: Create math drill worksheets using this tool.
Calcoolate: Give your classroom an awesome calculator with this "cool" tool.
Produce Oasis: Visit the Produce Oasis to learn about nutrition and food.
eNature Zip Guides: Find wildlife that lives in your local area with this online nature tool.
The Abacus: Check out The Abacus to find an abacus tutorial, calculations, and more.
Visible Body: Use Visible Body to give your class a 3D look at human anatomy.
Universal Currency Converter: Teach your class about money around the world with this currency converting calculator.
whonamedit: Find out about the name behind medical conditions with this online tool.
Ask Dr. Math: Dr. Math has formulas, instructional resources, and more.
TryScience: TryScience has great ideas for experiments, field trips, and science adventures.
Create A Graph: With this web tool, you’ll be able to quickly and easily generate graphs.
Climate Zone: Teach your students about the climates of the world with Climate Zone.
Math Playground: On the Math Playgound, you’ll find worksheets, logic puzzles, and more.
Roman Numeral Converter: Use this converter to easily switch back and forth between roman numerals and regular numbers.
Amusement Park Physics
Ask Dr. Universe
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Color Matters Cool Science for Curious Kids
Dr. Bob's Interesting Science Stuff
Extreme Science FT Exploring
Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
How Stuff Works
Human Anatomy Online
The Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia The Science Explorer
Time for Kids Science Made Simple
The Science of Hockey
ScienceMonster.com Sea and Sky
Skateboard Science Strange Science
Triumph of the Nerds
Volcanoes Volcano World
Your Weight On Other Worlds
A+ Math AAA Math
Ask Dr. Math
Brain Teasers CoolMath.com
Education 4 Kids Figure This!
The Fruit Game
Math in Daily Life MathStories.com
Rick's Math Web
Teach R Kids Math
The @rt Room
A. Pintura: Art Detective
The Age of Enlightenment The Animation Learner's Site
Awesome Clipart for Kids
Create A Creature Exposure - A Beginners Guide to Photography
Kodak: Taking Great Pictures
Krannert Art Museum
Learn How to Draw with Gary Harbo
Lite-Brite Making Oatmeal Box Pinhole Cameras
Mark Kistler's Imagination Station
Metropolitan Museum of Art - Explore & Learn The Pinhole Gallery
The Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia
The Guggenheim Museum: Share the Guggenheim’s online collection with your students.
Louvre Museum: Find some of the Louvre’s collection available online here.
Catalog of American Portraits: You can find more than 80,000 portraits in this portrait search.
Classical Music Archives Listen to the works of the great composers on this website.
National Gallery of Art: Find galleries of photographs, sculpture, and more in the National Gallery of Art.
History & Social Studies
1492: An Ongoing Voyage
The 1900 House
America's Story At Home in the Heartland
Collapse - Why do Civilizations Fall? Color Me Egypt
Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations
The Firehouse Museum
The First Thanksgiving
Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
The History of Labor Day
The History of Thanksgiving
The Library of Congress
Mark Millmore's Ancient Egypt Maya Adventure
National Women's History Project Odyssey Online
Pyramids - The Inside Story
The Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games
Selected Civil War Photographs
The Seven Wonders of the World
Triumph of the Nerds
50 States: This website offers a wealth of information about each of the 50 states in the US.
Geodata.gov: Find useful state, local, and federal geographic data on this website.
Maps.com: This online map store has lots of wonderful games, including a US Capitals map game and a geographic continent map game.
The Biography Maker: Use this tool to turn a biography into a wonderful story about a person’s life.
Visible Earth: Show your class unique perspectives of the earth with satellite images from Visible Earth.
Clickable Mummy: Explore the different parts of the mummy and learn about the mummification process with this online tool.
Countries of the World: Find country studies from the Library of Congress and other authoritative sources through this site.
EyeWitness to History: Get a look at the ancient world through World War II through photos, voices, and other media on this history site.
CIA World Factbook: The CIA World Factbook has useful information about the countries of the world, including maps and flags.
The History Beat: This site offers loads of history timelines on the web.
ANYDAY Today-in-History: Learn what happened on any day in history with this online tool.
dMarie: dMarie’s time capsules offer a way to look at data for dates from 1800 to 2002.
Best of History Web Sites
Historical Photographs Online
How Everyday Things Are Made
Internet Archive: Moving Images Archive
Moving Image Archive
The History Channel
The History Place -- Great Speeches
Virtual Learning Resources Center
Voices from the Dust Bowl
Voices of the Civil Rights Era
Smithsonian’s Galaxy of Knowledge: The Smithsonian has a digital library, arts, science, lectures, and more.
Exploratorium Digital Library: Exploratorium offers a variety of collections in gigital media and digitized museum materials for elementary school students and beyond.
SONIC: The Library of Congress’ Sound Online Inventory and Catalog houses about 2.5 million audio recordings, including unpublished recordings.
The Internet Public Library: Founded by a class of students at the University of Michigan, the Internet Public Library is a full-service library online.
Stately Knowledge: This kid section of the Internet Public Library offers basic facts about the United States, the world, health, music, and much more.
Electronic Fieldtrips: Take field trips online with this site.
Exploratorium Hands-on Activities: Here you’ll find activities including sport science, a journey to Mars, and cow’s eye dissection.
GPS Activities & Lesson Plans: This resource will show you how to make GPS and geocaching an important part of your curriculum.