Technology in the Classroom for the Busy Instructor
Several resources are listed below that may help you to search for the perfect "already-made" online lessons and ideas for technology and learning.
The sites below can save countless hours of project preparation, while using classroom technology.
TEACHER RESOURCES (lesson plans, curriculum, and general information)
Curriki - http://www.curriki.org/
Free learning resources for the world. Curriki is an open community of educators, parents, and students who share curriculum.
Learning on the Edge - http://njmander.squarespace.com/
Lesson Plans (Over 2000+Free Lesson Plans for PreK-12 - Making Teaching Easier!) - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/
Discovery Channel School - http://discoveryschool.com/ This site provides video and online activities. Assignment Discovery is commercial-free, and it has a liberal copyright policy. Various theme weeks are broadcast each semester. In addition, each theme has a subject area mentor who can guide teachers who have questions or want to share ideas about projects. Discovery also includes a listserv to which teachers can subscribe and share various teaching questions and ideas.
Global Schoolhouse - http://www.gsh.org The Global Schoolhouse encourages the use of classroom technology and provides many resources, including mailing lists, project links, and products available at special prices.
Well Connected Educator and Technology and Learning - http://www.techlearning.com/ This site provides teachers and education professionals with a forum to share their ideas and projects. It also provides several contests that award teachers for developing projects and investigating technology concepts and then sharing them with others.
Kids Domain Brain Builders - http://funschool.kaboose.com/
Use the News - http://www.usethenews.comThis is a popular program bringing local newspapers to the classroom. Teachers will find guides for using newspapers to enhance current events curriculum, and tools for evaluation news articles.
New York Times Learning Center - http://www.nytimes.com/learning/This is a daily newspaper geared toward 6th-12th grade. It includes a daily lesson plan guide for teachers, links for students and parents, and news related activities.
I Love That Teaching Idea - http://ilovethatteachingidea.com/ - we inspire teachers with practical, teacher created ideas and resources that you can use in your classroom immediately.
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet/index.htmlhttp://techlearning.com/Hot Pick Kids Click! -- This site will get you to information and activities for any subject. It also guides you by reading level: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick! ProTeacher—Offers lesson plans by subject in an easy to use format: http://www.proteacher.com Funbrain—grammar games, spelling games, math baseball, making change, reading maps and more (1-5): http://www.funbrain.com Houghton Mifflin—classroom activities, lesson plans: http://www.eduplace.com/search/activity.html Worksheets: www.freeworksheets.com and www.worksheetfactory.com Atlas: www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.htmlHomework Helper: www.bjpinchbeck.comCollaborative Curriculum Archive: http://www.buildingrainbows.com/CA/resources.html Education for Kids - http://www.edu4kids.com Scholastic—Timely classroom activities, reproducibles, tips and strategies; also, companion activities for Scholastic books: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/home.jsp NEA page—teacher tips: http://www.nea.org/helpfrom/growing/works4me/library.htmlLos Angeles Public Library (books can be put on hold using this site): http://www.lapl.org/index.html Fact Monster – www.factmonster.comBrain Pop – www.brainpop.com MythWeb – www.mythweb.comKids Planet - http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.htmlStarfall - http://www.starfall.com/National Geographic – Geography Expeditions - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/PBS Teachers - http://www.pbs.org/teachers/ PBS Kids - http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/parentsteachers/index.htmlAmerican Library Association - http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/informationliteracycompetency.cfmInformation & Library Services - http://www.umuc.edu/library/copy.shtmlAwesome Library - K-12 Education Directory Awesome Library Ratings ENC Online: The best selection of K-12 mathematics and science...Explorer: Math & Science
Research Resources For Kids & TeachersYahooligans—Kids’ version of Yahoo!; a research tool, search by topic: http://www.yahooligans.com Kids’ almanac, encyclopedia, and dictionary: http://kids.infoplease.com Ask Jeeves for Kids! -- type in a question, it gives you the source(s) for the answer: www.askjeeves.comwww.Dictionary.com Perdue Grammar & Language - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ Google Scholar - http://scholar.google.com/ Berkley Guide for MLA Citations - http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html Citation Machine - http://citationmachine.net/ Columbia Style Guide - http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos2006/basic.html Easy Bibliography Site - http://www.easybib.com/ Plagiarism - http://www.plagiarism.com/
Math ResourcesAlgebra Buster - http://www.algebra-online.com/Algebra Help - http://www.algebrahelp.com/ Free Math Help - http://www.freemathhelp.com/geometry.html Mega Mathematics (Los Alamos National Laboratory) - http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/index.htmlUS Treasury - http://www.ustreas.gov/
MathStories—Thousands of math story problems organized by grade level and topic. Worksheets can be printed and used free of charge (1-5): http://www.mathstories.com
Hot Pick Weekly Brain Teaser—Each Wednesday evening this site provides you with one new Brain Teaser at three grade ranges (3-4,5-6, 7+). Solutions are posted the following Wednesday: http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain
Math Forum—math resources by subject: http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math—get math questions answered: http://mathforum.org/dr.math A+ Math—exercises, puzzles, games (1-5): http://www.aplusmath.com Math Baseball (1-5): http://www.funbrain.com/math Houghton Mifflin Math page: http://www.eduplace.com/math/index.html Everyday Mathematics Center: http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/students/index.shtmlIlluminations (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics): http://illuminations.nctm.org/
Science ResourcesThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute - http://www.hhmi.org/coolscienceU.S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Hazards Program - http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/Franklin Institute Science Museum - http://sln.fi.edu/I Can Do That! - http://www.eurekascience.com/ICanDoThat/index.htmKinetic City - http://www.kineticcity.com/PBS Kids - http://www.pbs.org/krattsMadSci Network - http://www.madsci.org/University of California Museum of Paleontology - http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/San Diego Zoo - http://www.sandiegozoo.org/ ARS' Sci4Kids - http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kidsUniversity Corporation for Atmospheric Research - http://www.ucar.edu/ Web Elements Periodic Table - http://www.webelements.com/Rader's Biology 4 Kids - http://www.biology4kids.com/ The Nine Planets Solar System - http://www.seds.org/billa/tnpVirtual Frog Dissection - http://www-itg.lbl.gov/ITG.hm.pg.docs/dissect/info.htmlButterfly Collection at the Field Museum - http://www.fmnh.org/butterfly/default.htmIlluminations - http://illuminations.nctm.org/ Deep Space 2 - Mars Microprobe (3-5): http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds2
NASA Homepage—Information and pictures on Mars Global Surveyor, Earth Observatory, Space Flight, Women & NASA, and more. Also click on “NASA for Kids” to find information on Airplanes, Earth, Planets, Space Travel, Stars & Galaxies, and more (2-5): http://www.nasa.gov
San Francisco Exploratorium—Rotating exhibits and activities such as photos from Solar Eclipse, Sheep Brain Dissection, Science of Sports. You may want to check this site periodically since exhibits change (2-5): http://www.exploratorium.edu
Bill Nye the Science Guy - http://www.billnye.com/for-kids-teachers/
Language Arts ResourcesThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare - http://shakespeare.mit.edu/ Palomar Shakespeare Site - http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/ Shakespeare Online - http://www.shakespeare-online.com/ Kids Pub - http://www.kidpub.org/kidpubDreamhouse: Nursery Rhymes for all ages - http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/dreamhouse/nursery/rhymes.htmlVocabulary University - http://www.vocabulary.com/Grammar Now - http://www.grammarnow.com/Poetry for the Elementary Classroom - http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1991/4/91.04.06.x.htmlThe Young Writers Club - http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/~david/derya/ywc.html Biographical Dictionary - http://www.s9.com/biography/Biography.com - http://www.biography.com/Harlem Renaissance - http://www.levity.com/corduroy/harlem.htm The Academy of American Poetry - http://www.poets.org/index.php Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color - http://voices.cla.umn.edu/newsite/index.htm
Hot Pick Children’s Literature Web Guide—Spend time browsing through this site! Check out “More Links” as “Authors on the Web”, where you can contact authors, get information on how they work, see pictures of them, and more. Among the authors included are Eric Carle, Tomie DePaola, Crockett Johnson, Ezra Jack Keats, Dr. Seuss, Chris Van Allsburg, Audrey Wood, Jan Brett, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Betsy Byars, Jean George, and Katherine Paterson: http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown
The Author’s Page—Link to specific authors’ web sites, email addresses: http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/askauthor/ More Author information - http://www.datehookup.com/content-poetry-reference.htm Grammar Gorillas—games identifying parts of speech (1-5): http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/index.html Spellaroo—spelling games (1-5): http://www.funbrain.com/spellroo/index.html Reading Rainbow site—web site for PBS educational series designed to encourage and motivate young children to read good books and visit their local libraries (K-2): http://pbskids.org/readingrainbow/ Reading games from White House literacy program (could be sent home to parents) (K,1): http://www.ed.gov/Family/RWN/Activ97/begin.html White House Literacy Program—reading homework activities (3-6): http://www.ed.gov/Family/RWN/Activ97/young.html
CAL online (hero's journey summary) - http://www.cusd.com/calonline/americanlit/module02/02lessons/0202a1herojourneysteps.htmIntro to the Hero's Journey - http://www.loyno.edu/~MidAges/sdemers.htmlThe Hero's Journey - http://www.yourheroicjourney.com/Journey.shtml
Recommended Reading Lists:
California's List of Recommended Reading - http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/ll/DSUSD Advanced Placement Reading List - http://www.dsusd.k12.ca.us/ds1/edservices/publish/page4.htmlDSUSD Recommended Reading - http://www.dsusd.k12.ca.us/ds1/edservices/publish/page5.html
Fallacies - http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/index.html#indexThe Persuasive Appeals - http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Persuasive%20Appeals/Logos.htm
Essay Contests for Students & Teachers:
Ayn Rand Essay Contests - http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_contests_indexKenyon Review - http://www.kenyonreview.org/programs/ywpp.phpPoetic Power - http://www.poeticpower.com/
History / Social Science ResourcesArchNet Home Page (Virtual Library of Archeology)- http://www.lib.uconn.edu/ArchNetCIA Kids - https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/index.html How Far Is It? - http://www.indo.com/distanceThe Creative Connections Project - http://www.ccph.com/Library of Congress - Thomas - http://thomas.loc.gov/United Nations Cyber School Bus - http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/ The White House Kids Page - http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/ Empires Past - http://library.advanced.org/16325/indexie.shtmlThe Greatest Places - http://www.greatestplaces.org/ CNN Online - http://www.cnn.com/The New York Times Learning Network - http://www.nytimes.com/learningTime Magazine for Kids & Teachers - http://www.pathfinder.com/TFKTimes Online Global - http://www.the-times.co.uk/Chicago Tribune - http://www.chicagotribune.com/MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.com/History Course Models - http://www.history.ctaponline.org/CIA Web Site - Fact book shows maps and gives information by country on population, military, economy, transnational issues (1-5): http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook Global SchoolNet Foundation - Online game in which students use maps & clues to determine hidden location (3-5): http://gsn.org/project/gg SCORE: History/Social Science - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/
Arts & Music ResourcesArt Museum - http://www.artmuseum.net/Kennedy Center Artsedge - http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/Minneapolis Institute of Arts - http://www.artsmia.org/Mr. Holland's Opus Forum - http://www.mhopus.org/Music Education Online - http://www.geocities.com/Athens/2405/index.htmlMusic Studio Direct - http://www.mtlc.net/National Museum of African Art - http://www.si.edu/nmafa/exhibits/currexhb.htmVirtual Library Museums Page - http://www.icom.org/vlmpAmericans for the Arts - http://www.artsusa.org/ Art Talk - http://www.arttalk.comJacobs School of Music - http://www.music.indiana.eduStrings in the Mountains (Mozart) - http://www.stringsinthemountains.org/m2m/1once.htm Web Museum, Paris - Hot Pick List of artists, biographies, sample works [including Mondrian, Monet, Van Gogh, Cassatt, Klee, Matisse, Michelangelo]: http://metalab.unc.edu/louvre/paint/auth Joan Miro: http://www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Miro.html Claude Monet: http://giverny.org/monet/welcome.htm Georgia O’Keeffe: http://sunsite.auc.dk/cgfa/okeeffe Paul Klee: http://www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Klee.html Henri Matisse: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/matisse_henri.html Pablo Picasso: http://www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Pablo.html Diego Rivera: http://www.diegorivera.com Andy Warhol: http://www.artchive.com/artchive/ftptoc/warhol_ext.html Getty Museum—lesson plans broken down by grade: http://www.getty.edu/education/search/Sousa: http://www.dws.org/sousa Scott Joplin - Biography and other links: http://www.incwell.com/Biographies/Joplin.html Bach: http://www.jsbach.org George Gershwin, biography, musical selections: http://www.gershwinfan.com Brahms: http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/brahms.html Art Adventures—Go “into” a painting to learn color theory, glossary of art terms, artist biographies, teachers’ resources, hands-on activities: http://www.sanford-artedventures.com A mystery-solving activity that teaches about artists and contrasting painting styles (2-5): http://www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html Los Angeles County Art Museum: http://www.lacma.org/ Classical MIDI Archives - Extensive selection of composers and their compositions; you can hear musical selections [including Mozart, Sousa, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Scott Joplin, Handel, Bach, Brahms]: http://www.prs.net/midi.html
Physical EducationElementary Physical Education—Description of various elementary level P.E. games & principles: http://www.ops.org/pe/elem.html
Special NeedsAttention Deficit Disorder Association - http://www.add.org/Sighted Electronics - http://www.sighted.com/Web Accessibility Initiative - http://www.w3.org/WAIAccess-Ability Mobility Aid (UK) - http://www.access-ability.co.uk/A Basic Guide to ASL - http://www.masterstech-home.com/ASLDict.html Wall Street Journal Article - http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/1999JulSep/0031.html National Federation of the Blind - http://www.nfb.org/Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - http://www.ed.gov/pubs/TeachersGuide/osers.html LD Online - http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/teaching_techniques/teaching-1.htmlAccess to Disability Data - http://www.infouse.com/disabilitydata/guidelines98.html