125 Exceptional Twitter Accounts Covering Special Needs - Anyone in the special needs community, from special education to coaches, therapists, and even parents of children with special needs, will find valuable information and someone to connect with on Twitter. The accounts in this collection cover many of the most common special needs.
A-to-Z Teacher Stuff - A teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials and eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.
Academic Employment Network - Search for teaching jobs in schools and universities, school administrator jobs and higher education teaching and academic jobs.
actDEN Digital Education Network - Offers seven software tutorials, produced in conjunction with Microsoft K-12 Education, and seven DEN courses. Each tutorial and online course offers up-to-date information and interactive features that encourage students to learn, think, and participate in the online community.
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) - Provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more.
American Memory - American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
Ancient History Encyclopedia - Ancient history information. An open education resource listed in the OER Commons and we also share our data through the academic Pelagios network, side by side with institutions such as The British Museum and King's College.
Apple Teacher - A free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning.
Biology Corner - Shannan Muskopf, who teaches biology, anatomy and physics, has compiled several lesson plans and worksheets for units covered in most basic biology classes. You are free to use these for your own classes. The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers and students. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics for all levels, including introductory life science and advanced placement biology.
Brookings: Brown Center on Education Policy - Examines the problems of the American education system and to help delineate practical solutions. The Brown Center has undertaken studies of the impact of curriculums, academic standards and accountability, testing procedures, school and class size, pedagogical technology, parental choice and vouchers, school system governance, the role of teachers' unions, educational finance issues, achievement gaps among racial and ethnic groups, the enhancement of opportunities for gifted students, the challenges facing non-English speaking youngsters and students with special needs, and other distinctive problems of urban school districts.
Cash for Your Classroom - Over the past decade US schools have faced drastic budget cuts, which has lead to less per-pupil funding at the K-12 and also college levels. As a result, more and more teachers and schools have turned to their own fundraising activities and events to ensure that students have what they need in order to be successful both in and outside the classroom. This guide is designed to help parents, teachers, and others create and run school fundraisers that are both fun and effective.
Center for History and New Media (CHNM) - CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Provides free access to primary sources, building high-quality online teaching modules, and offering instruction on critical thinking skills. See Teaching + Learning.
ChronoZoom - An interactive timeline for all of history. Studies all 13.7 billion years from the Big Bang to the present. ChronoZoom is a step toward enabling users to browse knowledge, rather than searching, by linking relevant online resources to fixed time scales in an organized and logical manner. ChronoZoom is a tool for instructors, students and the general public to discover new knowledge through information organization. Click or scroll to navigate through events and timelines.
Community Learning Network - A website offering a collection of learning resource links organized by subject area, theme or area of interest. This site was designed for teachers to integrate online resources into their classroom but is also valuable for any one who embraces learning.
Dad's Worksheets - This site has math fact worksheets, place value problems, addition without carrying, subtraction without borrowing, suites of multiplication tests using various methodologies, fractions and more. Thousands of printable math worksheets for all grade levels, including an amazing array of alternative math fact practice and timed tests. These math tools are very useful for in-class or homeschooling use. They are also great for students and parents practicing at home. Also see the Online Calculators.
Earlychildhood - Online resource for teachers and parents of young children, infants to age 8. Find articles about developmentally appropriate practice, child health, safety and behavior as well as links to teacher resources and networking opportunities.
Educating - Education search engine for homeschooling, K-12, distance learning education degree, college scholarship assistance, continuing education.
Education.com - Resources to promote learning at home, at school, and in their communities, including worksheets, workbooks, activities, lesson plans, science projects and more.
Education Encyclopedia - A resource for professional educators as well as students in an education program. The encyclopedia features hundreds of carefully-researched articles about educational methods, best practices, and controversial issues in higher education.
Education Index - Share reviews and ratings for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across America. Find official contact details and create you own school wiki.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) - ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually, including the TOEFL and TOEIC tests, the GRE General and Subject Tests and The Praxis Series assessments, in more than 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations worldwide. In addition to assessments, it conducts educational research, analysis and policy studies and develop a variety of customized services and products for teacher certification, English language learning and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education. View all Tests and Products.
Educator Labs - Comprised of school librarians and media/market research specialists who work as curators and conservators of the scholastic web. Its main project for everyone is the Resource Bank: a growing archive of reference points for educators and students. Also see Lesson Plans.
Educator's Guide to Building and Construction - Whether you're teaching elementary school children about shapes and counting or teens about chemical properties, there is a hands-on, building-related lesson that can help you keep your students engaged and excited about learning. A collection of lessons, activities, projects, videos, and more, broken down by grade level, are presented here to assist educators in teaching young people core areas of study by introducing them to the world of building and construction.
Educause - A nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.
Educator Labs - Comprised of school librarians and media specialists who volunteer as curators and conservators of the scholastic web whose mission is to assist educators, for whom time is a precious commodity, in discovering valuable resources of substance for classroom use. Make good use of the Request a Resource page.
Education World - A place where teachers can gather and share ideas. Original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; wesite reviews; special features and columns; employment listings.
Educator's Guide to Building and Construction - A collection of lessons, activities, projects, videos, and more, broken down by grade level, are presented here to assist educators in teaching young people core areas of study by introducing them to the world of building and construction.
Electronic Emissary K-12 Telementoring - A Web-based telementoring service and resource center that helps kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and students with Internet access locate mentors who are experts in various disciplines, for purposes of setting up curriculum-based electronic exchanges among the teachers, their students, and the mentors. In this way, the interaction that occurs among teachers and students face-to-face in the classroom is supplemented and extended by electronic mail, Web forum, chat, and teleconferencing exchanges that occur among teachers, students, and volunteer mentors. These project-based online conversations typically range in length from 6 weeks to a full academic year, as students' needs and interests dictate.
English Worksheets Land -1000s of kindergarten-5th grade printable worksheets directly aligned to the English language arts Common Core standards.
Experiland - Science projects and science experiments for kid's grades 1 to 8 that is safe and fun to do. Various e-books range containing full step by step instructions.
Exploratorium - A museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. The Exploratorium creates tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a website with over 50,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults-plus much more. It also creates professional development programs for educators. Its exhibits and expertise are shared with museums worldwide.
Franklin Institute - Provides internationally recognized exhibitions and programs, lectures and discussions themed to illuminate issues in contemporary science, community outreach initiatives targeted to girls and to urban youth, and innovative partnerships in public education.
FunBrain - Online educational games for kids of all ages: math, grammar, science, spelling, history.
Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid - A comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. This guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
Funmaths - Provides resources for high school teachers - worksheets, lesson plans, ideas, games and puzzles covering advanced topics like algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, geometry and more.
Gateway to 21st Century Skills - Providing educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit and commercial Internet site.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States. An extensive resource for educators, students, and scholars, the Collection ranges from 1493 through the twentieth century and is widely considered one of the nation's great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods.
Global SchoolNet - Supports learning and improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. Engagea educators and students in e-learning projects worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.
Gooru - A search engine for learning. Discover and teach with these free K-12 learning resources.
Great Courses, The - Founded as The Teaching Company in 1990 by Thomas M. Rollins, former Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. The Great Courses brings engaging professors into your home or car through courses on DVD, audio CD, and other formats. Since 1990, great teachers from the Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, and other leading colleges and universities have crafted over 350 courses for lifelong learners.
Great Websites for Kids - A compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Home-School World - Homeschooling news, articles, organizations, events, forum, curriculum.
Humane Society Lesson Plans - The lesson plans here, listed in order by grade level, are designed to teach age-appropriate, standards-based academic skills and major character concepts-kindness, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and integrity-while reinforcing those ideas as they apply to the treatment of animals.
Information for Teachers of Teens - Northern Illinois University students created these pages based on the research they did about issues and problems that teachers of teens might encounter. Each student who worked on this website is preparing to work professionally with adolescents.
Kaplan - Offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests for college and graduate school admissions and English-language proficiency, as well as academic tutoring and pre-college test prep for students in their K through 12 years.
Literature for Children - A collection of the treasures of children's literature published largely in the United States and Great Britain from before 1850 to beyond 1950. At the core of this collection are books from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, housed in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies at the University of Florida.
Lore - Social network for education. Simple, elegant course management meets social networking. All for free.
Math, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) - A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign program promoting collaboration between widely dispersed academic researchers, K-12 school teachers, administrators and students at all levels, as well as supportive interactions with a board of experienced advisors.
MicroWorlds - Exploring the structure of materials. Science education for grades 9-12 from Berkeley Lab.
Mind/Shift - KQED's blog exploring the future of learning, covering cultural and technology trends, innovations in education, groundbreaking research, education policy, and more.
MIT OpenCourseWare - Provides free, searchable, coherent access to MIT's course materials for educators in the non-profit sector, students, and individual learners around the world.
Moodle - A learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments.
Montessori Foundation - Montessori education, characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society, is practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old. See Wikipedia article.
NASA Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics - At this Web site you can study aerodynamics at your own pace and to your own level of interest. Some of the topics included are: Newton's basic equations of motion; the motion of a free falling object, that neglects the effects of aerodynamics; the terminal velocity of a falling object subject to both weight and air resistance; the three forces (lift, drag, and weight) that act on a glider; and finally, the four forces that act on a powered airplane.
NASA for Educators - Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword. These lesson plans and teaching materials support your STEM curriculum.
NASA Quest Challenges - Free web-based, interactive explorations designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes. The solutions relate to issues encountered daily by NASA personnel.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - The largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.
New Deal Network (NDN) - An educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The New Deal Network is sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College/Columbia University. NDN is funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
New Teacher Center (NTC) - A national non-profit dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. NTC works with schools districts, state policymakers, and educators across the country to develop and implement induction programs aligned with district learning goals.
NOVA: Education - Resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to life in educational settings. This free digital library is tied to teaching standards and includes video, audio segments, interactives, and more.
Number2 - Online test preparation: SAT, ACT, GRE, Vocabulary Builder.
PBS LearningMedia Center - Learn how you can access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities. PBS LearningMedia offers both free and paid custom solutions for classrooms.
PhysicsLAB Online - Includes over 1000 lessons along with interactive labs and worksheets.
Plagiarism - Online resource for people concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism.
Plagiarism on Campus - Resources to help detect, prevent and avoid classroom plagiarism for teachers and students.
Praxis Series, The - The Praxis Series are tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.
prepme Personalized online ACT, PSAT, and SAT preparation.
San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR) - Recruits and prepares teachers who are able to improve equity and achievement for historically underserved students in San Francisco's highest-needs schools in the subject areas of math, science and bilingual Spanish.
Scholastic - Internet portal and book club for the world's largest publisher & distributor of children's books. Offers content and products for children ages 0-13 and the educators & family members who support their development.
School Mental Health - Resources to assist in mental health promotion, prevention, treatment, and referral.
SchoolMatch - A research and database service company that collects, audits, integrates, processes and manages information about public and private elementary and secondary schools.
Schoolphysics - For students and teachers of physics whether studied as a single subject or as part of a combined science course. The site is particularly useful for those in the UK studying GCSE Physics and A level Physics.
SchooX - An "Academy for Self-Learners" where members can teach, learn and certify their knowledge online. Users can create private or public online courses by using files or web resources.
TeachEngineering - A collaborative project between faculty, students and teachers associated with five founding partner universities, with National Science Foundation funding. The collection continues to grow and evolve with new additions submitted from more than 50 additional contributor organizations, a cadre of volunteer teacher and engineer reviewers, and feedback from teachers who use the curricula in their classrooms. For example, see Lesson: Archimedes' Principle, Pascal's Law and Bernoulli's Principle.
Teaching for Change - Provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world. Encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.
TeachHUB - K-12 news, lessons and shared resources by and for teachers.
Teachnet - Connecting teachers. Classroom and learning resources. Lesson plans.
TEAMS Distance Learning - Provides live, direct student instruction and ongoing professional development for teachers via satellite broadcasts throughout the United States. In addition to its original satellite delivery, TEAMS programs are telecast on a number of Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) around the country.
TES Connect: Teaching Resources - Where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. Whether you are looking for SEN teaching strategies and approaches, VCOP activities, or secondary classroom activities, you can choose from 1000s of teacher resources, download them for free and adapt them to suit your classroom activities.
U.S. History Scene - Founded in 2011 by historians trained at Harvard University, U.S. History Scene is a multimedia education website composed of historians and educators at over fifty universities dedicated to providing students and teachers with easy access to premier digital resources, live digital curriculum, and cutting-edge history scholarship.
Ultimate Guide to Satellites for Educators: 35 Lesson Plans and Activities for K-12 - A comprehensive collection of satellite resources for educators, including lesson plans, classroom activities, and other resources on the history of satellites, how satellites work, and the importance of satellites in communications, both today and throughout history, encompassing resources for students in grades K-4, 5-8, all the way through 9-12.
Wonder Workshop - Building robots and software that enables children at all ages to play with and code. Supports teachers, summer camps, and after school programs with a getting started guide, education bundles, and suggested activities.
zeroBio - This is a website for high school science students. You'll find a variety of interactive quizzes, games and puzzles to practice what you're learning in Grade 9 Science, Grade 10 Science, Grade 11 Biology and Grade 12 Biology. There are also some specific student resources, such as worksheets and slideshows, for each course.
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