Thursday, November 10, 2011

Amazing online resources for teachers!

Here is an amazing list from the iNACOL conference for teachers of free resources that can make their classrooms more exciting and engaging.  Very comprehensive and amazingly cool list! ENJOY!!

Content Resources
High School and College level
Juried, open source content resources, geared to university level courses. Could easily be used by higher level HS courses.
http://merlot.org

Open Courseware Consortium. Another open source course resource. Again geared to College/upper high school.
http://www.ocwconsortium.org/en/courses/search

Open source college text books.
http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/opentextbookcontent/open-textbooks-by-subject.html

MIT Open Courseware for High School
http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school

P2PU College level course content
http://p2pu.org

Open High School of Utah: Complete online, open source courses for 9th and 10th grade subjects.
http://www.ocw.openhighschool.org

Connexions open source content chunks for hs and college courses.
http://cnx.org/content

Middle /High School
Khan Academy a VAST collection of video lessons, practice sessions, and review activities covering math from basic addition to advanced calculus. Also includes some additional subjects.
http://khanacademy.org

Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System Portal: Karpele’s documents with e-reader, lessons, PhET simulations, and much more!
http://pdesas.org

Discovery Streaming : Discovery Channel content available online.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com//teachers

Debategraph: visual maps on nearly any debate topic. Public, constantly growing perspectives on hundreds of topics.
http://debategraph.org

Elementary Level
Teacher LED Whiteboard/ipad resources for elementary and middle school. Mostly math. Some primary letter/number material.
http://teacherled.com

ABCYa.com Educational Computer Games for kids. Amazing volume of resources for each grade level, in multiple subjects. Don’t miss the animation program!
http://abcya.com

Kinetic City from the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides games, activities, challenges geared to elementary students.
http://www.kineticcity.com

Audio and video story books, activities, karaoke, and much, much more for elementary students.
http://speakaboos.com

Demonstration Resources for all subjects and levels

SimpleBooklet a brand new, simple and quick way to create mashups of audio, video, images, text, and embedded code.
http://simplebooklet.com

Museum Box: create a multi level/multi compartment museum box containing cubes. Each cube has multiple faces, and each face contains resources…text, documents, images, audio or video files. Customizable for number of levels and boxes.
http://museumbox.e2bn.org

Glogster for education: create posters and have students collaborate creating unique resources.
http://edu.glogster.com

Voki: create speaking, custom avatars
http://www.voki.com

Blabberize: change any image into a talking video.
http://blabberize.com

Animoto: create slideshows to music, including text.
http://animoto.com

Creation

Floorplanner allows anyone to create detailed floor plans. Great when a project requires this type of demonstration.
http://floorplanner.com

Go!Animate allows quick, computer generated voices to be added to a series of characters, creating simple animations with your content.
http://goanimate.com

Domo Go Animate allows the creator to move cartoon figures, add detailed movements, expressions, and interactions in a series of scenes.
http://domogoanimate.com

Xtranormal now has an EDU site. There are significant fees involved.
http://xtranormal.com/edu

Stick figure animation
http://stykz.net

Create online games, from pixilated basics to third person adventure games. Create tours and walk-throughs.
http://www.adventuremaker.com

Jumpcraft: Another online game creator.
http://jumpcraft.com

Collaboration

Connect with another webcam user, record video and audio on a shared screen, and share that video with the world.
http://wetoku.com

WallWisher: share a single website with your group, and everyone can add brief sticky notes to your wall.
http://wallisher.com

Math
Digital Photography Resource
http://course.wilkes.edu/digitalphotography/

SketchUp
http://sketchup.google.com/

Construction of a Golden Rectangle using SketchUp
http://static4.mathcs.wilkes.edu/Gems/digitalphotography/Construct.swf

GeoGebra
http://www.geogebra.org/cms/

GeoGebra: Is your face symmetrical? Using GeoGebra
http://web.wilkes.edu/barbara.moran/Paul-Geogebra.swf

The flash videos in this presentation were created with Jing:
http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

Other Math sites
Algebrahelp.com is a collection of lessons, calculators, and worksheets created to assist students and teachers of algebra.
http://algebrahelp.com

The Federal Government produces an immeasurable amount of data each day. DataMasher helps citizens have a little fun with those data by creating mashups to visualize them in different ways and see how states compare on important issues.
http://www.datamasher.org

BrainNook is a new online game that helps kids develop Math and English skills while exploring the Earth and playing safely with others.
http://www.brainnook.com

Math games, lessons, practice, puzzles, books (Geometry, algebra, pre-calculus)
http://www.coolmath.com

Graphing Calculator
https://www.desmos.com/calculator

Illuminations is designed to provide standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics
http://illuminations.nctm.org

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project with web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).
http://nlvm.usu.edu

Math, Geography, and English Worksheets
http://www.worksheetworks.com


Language Arts

VoiceThread
http://voicethread.com/

VoiceThread Example:
http://voicethread.com/#q+english.b153041.i816684

Storybird
http://storybird.com/
Storybird Example:
http://storybird.com/books/the-power-of-friendship-6/


Other Language Arts sites

Books Should Be Free makes the world's public domain audio books available for browsing in a visual and entertaining way.
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com

The lessons are free. There is a new lesson every three days. All lessons are based on stories currently in the news - as the world's news breaks, teach it.
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com

Dictionary, word of the day, etc.
http://www.merriam-webster.com

Create tag clouds
http://tagul.com

Writing Workshop on Persuasive Writing
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/writing/minilessons.asp?topic=Persuasive

Multilanguage dictionary
http://elovivo.com

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/


Social Studies

Google Sites
http://sites.google.com/

Google Sites
https://docs.google.com/View?id=ddv49vkt_53c9nj85gr&pli=1

Google Historical Voyages and Events
http://homepage.mac.com/larow2/Voyages/historical.html

Google Historical Voyages and Events Example - Walking Tour Of The "Make It Right" Neighborhood
http://homepage.mac.com/larow2/Voyages/Harris/katrina.html


Other Social Studies sites

Provides webcam content, technology and services
http://www.earthcam.com

Games, videos, animals & pets, photos, countries
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids

Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
http://www.atlapedia.com

Ancient Egypt reference from The British Museum
http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/

AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.
http://awesomestories.com

The Library of Congress American Memory
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/

PBS Teachers
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/

Ken Burns (PBS)
http://www.pbs.org/kenburns

The National Archives – Docs Teach
http://docsteach.org/

The Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/


Science

Digital Age Approach to MS Science
http://web.wilkes.edu/barbara.moran/iste/ISTE_2011.html

Blog with Egg Drop Experiment Video
http://www.teachertube.com/members/viewVideo.php?video_id=208130&title=Egg_Drop_Experiment2
http://rcrcscience.blogspot.com/

iMovie
http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/

Movie Maker
http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker

Diigo
http://www.diigo.com/

Egg Drop experiment
http://www.diigo.com/list/bmoran13/laws-of-motion

The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

An online, interactive Periodic Table of Elements
http://www.chemicalelements.com/

ClassroomEarth is an online resource designed to help high school teachers include environmental content in their daily lesson plans.
http://www.classroomearth.org/

Computer animations of physical processes
http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/index.htm

EarthSky has science interviews and other audio and video content available via both broadcast and Internet outlets.
http://earthsky.org/

Edufy provides a free platform to find, share, and edit high quality learning activities shared by other teachers with a focus on STEM education.
http://www.edufy.org/

Knotebooks provides users with the tools to create, collaborate on and share customized, self-guided physics lessons.
http://knotebooks.com/

NASA Kid’s Club
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html

Another Periodic Table
http://ptable.com/

The CyberSurgeons simulation provides an authentic way for high school and college students to apply science knowledge and skills.
http://cybersurgeons.net/


Music

http://creatingmusic.com/
http://www.musictechteacher.com/musicquizzes.htm


Art

http://artpad.art.com/artpad/painter/
http://www.gimp.org/


All Areas

ICT Magic – Great resource to find web tools for video editing, photos, science, music, etc.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite
http://www.blender.org
Flubaroo - Grade online assignments in a single step, free!http://www.flubaroo.com
eduTeacher is a way to keep track of the growing number of web tools that can be used in the classroom settinghttp://www.edutecher.net/
Mini-Geek Fest Resourceshttp://livebinders.com/play/play/51493
Curriculumbits.com offer free online access to a growing range of interactive multimedia e-learning resources. The online Resource library contains games, quizzes, animations and videos in a variety of subjects.http://www.curriculumbits.com
Cybrarian – provides help for kids in grades 3-8 with homework assignments, current events, research papers, science fair projectshttp://www.cybrary.org
EduHound – educational topics, templates, technology tutorials and practical tipshttp://eduhound.com
Gapminder - statistical time series, which converts boring numbers into animated and interactive graphics displaying the trends in some cases back to the year 1800http://www.gapminder.org
Google for Educatorshttp://www.google.com/educators/
Smithsonian Education – resources for art & design, science a& technology, history & culture and language arts aligned with state standardshttp://smithsonianeducation.org/educators
Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by our content partners – the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy.http://www.thinkfinity.org/
SLR Camera Simulatorhttp://camerasim.com/camera-simulator.html
Best Practices for Fair Use for 21st Century Educators
http://www.slideshare.net/reneehobbs/ml-copyright-and-fair-use

Media Education Lab Free Resources
http://mediaeducationlab.com/curriculum/materials