Website/Application Resources for Every Classroom Teacher
According to Common Sense Media, 95% of teachers agree that using technology increases student engagement and 92% of teachers want to add more technology to their classroom.
We’ve provided you with a list of several useful tools and educational resources for both you and your students and the reasons they are worth taking the time to explore. These are the tools that can help you transform your classroom this school year. Please note: Apps that can be downloaded to your devices will be in green.
- NOVELNY – New York Online Electronic Library. NOVELNY is a shortcut to valuable sources of information for all you need to take your students to the next level.
- Code Studio — Computer Science for Elementary Schools. Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing.
- Scratch Ed — Creating Computing is creativity, empowerment and computing for students.
- Teaching Kids Programming — Provides middle school teachers the tools to build the next generation of creators using TKPJava courseware.
- Project Lead the Way — Introduce young minds to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
NEW YORK STATE TESTING RESOURCES GRADES 4, 6 & 8:
- EngageNY: Test Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics – (Downloadable Resources)
COMMON CORE :
- Achieve The Core
Practical tools designed to help teachers understand and implement the Common Core Standards – includes sample lessons, assessments, PD opportunities.
The New York State Education Department’s site for standards, sample lessons and PD. Games and Apps that Build Math and ELA Skills.
- OPEN ED Teachers can develop plans using available resources and assessments.
- NYLearns is a Curriculum Management and Standards Based System. It provides teachers templates and model unit plans with CTN Resources.
TESTING PREPARATION/ STUDY SKILLS:
Teachers can create custom true-false or multiple-choice tests that students can complete online. The software grades each test automatically and sends the results to the teacher. Students see right away which questions they missed.
Diigo is cloud based, personal management system. The classic yellow highlighter goes digital with this program allowing users to highlight online text, bookmark passages and even add electronic sticky notes to Web pages. It’s perfect for classroom presentations.
Kubbu is an e-learning tool designed to facilitate teachers’ work and enhance the learning process. Teachers can create games, quizzes or crosswords; make them available online for students; and then view and analyze the results.
LiveSlide allows teachers to create or download presentations and share with the entire class, via ANY device, be it desktop, laptop, tablet…even a smartphone. LiveSlide also records it all so students can review the lesson any time and has a notes feature built right in, so that students can keep all their learning in one place.
- Quizlet is a simple tool that teachers/students can use to create study guides.
- EDMENTUM has created printable worksheets for Test Preparation.
CLASSROOM TOOLS, ORGANIZATION & LESSON PLANNING:
This Web-based organizational tool is designed specifically for teachers and includes 500 megabytes of storage. Users can easily upload and streamline lessons, plan class activities and even track student progress in Common Core State Standards subjects.
- Share My Lesson
Teachers can share lesson plans, test-preparation materials and resources aligned to Common Core State Standards in this free Web-based community page. Chat forums also allow educators to share professional development tips.
This cool administrative program lets teachers share student assessments with colleagues and track State and Common Core Standards. Teachers also can streamline their grading processes with the program’s built-in classroom grading tools.
Freeology is a fantastic resource for teachers to download pre-made or create a plethora of free graphic organizers, forms, calendars, certificates, worksheets and more!
- PDF to Word
PDF to Word is a fantastically simple site that allows you to do just what the url suggests: convert PDF documents to fully editable Word documents. You simply go to the site, upload your pdf, select either .doc or .rtf, enter your email and click convert.
- High Five History High Five History is a blog aimed at teachers looking for new tools and suggested ways to make the most of them in your classroom. This blog is called “Setting up Google Folders”.
- Ask3 Based on the popular “ask three before me” concept, this app allows teachers and students to quickly ask and answer each other’s questions with text and their own videos. This free app turns each iPad into a whiteboard for instant classroom sharing.
- Graphite Graphite is a platform created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom. Teachers can search for digital tools by grade, subject, platform, standards, price and other variables.
WeVideo is a robust video editing tool that works on any browser and allows for collaboration. One of the coolest features, is that it allows teachers to create video templates and share them with their class of students. Imagine assigning a video template instead of a worksheet to check for student understanding! WeVideo for Education allows educators to set up class video projects, making the relevant media available to each class. The educator can also group students, view and comment their work, and monitor the progress of each video project.
- ReadWriteThink Printing Press
Students can create a booklet, flyer, brochure or newspaper fairly easily. There is a nice guide that walks you through the process, and the focus is on writing.
- The Guide to Pinterest for Educators/USC Rossier Online from Catlin Tucker’s Tweet — Download the Twitter app.
INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD TOOLS:
- Scoot and Doodle
With Scoot and Doodle you can now draw, create, decorate, annotate, illustrate, plan and problem-solve together on one shared canvas! Up to 10 students can work simultaneously and teachers can upload templates with their own educational content, such as math, science or storytelling.
CoSketch is a collaborative drawing site perfect for elementary classes. It’s a no frills tool, so there are not a lot of extras, but for simple drawing and text, it works great. Users just go to the site, click on create a sketch, and begin drawing. Finished drawings can be embedded into blogs or websites.
- Interactive Simulations
From the University of Colorado at Boulder come some fantastic Java-based interactive simulations. From glaciers to natural selection to circuit construction, these simulations really show students how things work.
READING & ELA:
This is a completely safe site for kids, allowing them to maintain their own “shelves” and search for books inside the site, with lexile reading levels, reading resources and great book lists included. Parents and teachers can set reading challenges for the students who will then be able log their reading minutes and earn digital “rewards.” This seems like the perfect place to encourage and develop independent readers!
- Magic Tree House
If your students like The Magic Tree House series, they’ll love The Magic Tree House website. This site includes great puzzles, fun games and quizzes on any of the 45+ MTH books.
- ReadWriteThink Printing Press
Students can easily create a booklets, flyers, brochures or newspapers. There is a nice guide that walks you through the process, and the focus is on writing. There is a place within each publication for a picture.
- Story Jumper
Story Jumper is a wonderful site that allows children to create their very own books. You can create cover pages, add text, upload drawings or photos to illustrate your story, and you can use the Story Jumper clipart gallery, too. One of the best things about Story Jumper is that it is easy for teachers to create and assign student accounts.
- StoryKit Create an electronic storybook. The app lets students stitch together text, photos, drawings,sounds, and more, and constantly saves work via the cloud.
- Books Should be Free
Books Should be Free makes the world’s public domain audio books available for browsing in a visual and easily searchable way. You can search for a specific title, or use the genre list to visually scan through hundreds of titles. Books may be previewed directly on the site, or you may download them directly into iTunes, or as zipped mp3 files. The downloads are broken into chapters, which is useful for teachers using this as a listening station.
Kerpoof is an online story and comic-creator which allows students to create comic scenes and stories, as well as animated movies, cards, drawings, doodles and pictures. Educators are able to sign up for a class account, which allows an entire class to login simultaneously using the assigned nickname and password created by the teacher. There are no ads or inappropriate content, and the artwork is fun and lively. Finished products may be saved, printed, or emailed. Great site for story creating!
- The Online Books Page
From classic literature to reference and science, this University of Pennsylvania site boasts links to more than a million digitized books that can be downloaded free from a variety of online sources. Formats for most popular tablet readers including iPad, Kindle and Nook are supported.
- Spell With Flickr
Spell With Flickr is a simple site that allows you to enter any word, and will then create a photo representation of that word using pictures from Flickr.
Rhymes.net is a simple search site that returns rhyming words to whatever you enter in the search field. The rhyming words are divided into syllables for ease of use, and there is a list of photos of whichever word you search for.
ABCya! is a fun site for lots of great games and activities. There is a nice word cloud generator very similar to Wordle that creates nice-looking word clouds. The one-up ABCya! has over Wordle is that you may directly save your word cloud as a .jpg without any registration.
- Merriam-Webster Word Games & Quizzes
Merriam-Webster Word Games is a nice collection of games that gets students thinking and improving their vocabulary. There are crosswords, cryptograms, word searches, jumbles and a plethora of other brainy games.
- Vocab Ahead
Vocab Ahead is a collection of short videos that give definitions, usage and pictures associated with interesting vocabulary words. You can subscribe to receive a vocab video of the day, and there is also a section of videos by students that are fantastic.
- Number Gossip
Number Gossip is a simple search box where you enter any number and receive back “everything you wanted to know about the number but were afraid to ask.”
- Illuminations: Dynamic Paper
You can create many geometrical shapes and more with the Dynamic Paper tool. Place the images you want, then export it as a PDF activity sheet for your students or as a jpeg image for use in other applications or on the web.
A fun site for practicing basic math facts, Mathrun is a simple! Mathrun rates your brain speed and keeps a running total of how many problems you solved correctly. This is a great site to use for independent practice.
Math TV is an amazing collection of how-to videos in a variety of math subjects. This site is free, but it does require you to register to be able to view the videos.
- Learn Your Tables
Learn Your Tables is a nice interactive site that allows students to practice their multiplication times tables. Learn Your Tables is ideal for introducing topics on an interactive and for extension material on individual computers or in a lab.
- Cool Math
Cool Math is designed for the pure enjoyment of mathematics. This interactive site features a plethora of fun games, puzzles, calculators and lesson plans.
- Math Live
Math Live, a fantastic site for upper elementary students, is full of cartoon math tutorials on subjects like fractions, multiplication, area and perimeter, tessellations, probability, and a variety of other topics. The glossary section is an amazing collection of math concepts animated for more solid understanding.
- Active Science Modules — Active Science has 15 different scientific modules, each with interactive games and activities.
- Science Bob
Science Bob is a fun, interactive site that has several different areas for kids to choose from. There are videos, experiments, science fair ideas and a research help link with many fantastic links to other sites.
- Animal Diversity Web
From the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, the Animal Diversity Web is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification and conservation biology. Students can browse the information on individual creatures from the Kingdom Animalia and find thousands of pictures on specific animals. What’s great about the Animal Diversity Web is that students can sign up to become contributors to the website. To do this, teachers must submit a request form.
- CELLS Alive!
CELLS Alive! represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.
- Catch the Science Bug
The educational goals of Catch the Science Bug are to increase science literacy and raise environmental consciousness by adhering to national standards and guidelines for content, to use different teaching methods for engaging all types of Science learners, and to encourage life-long learning by featuring scientists.
- Invention at Play
Invention at Play is a fantastic interactive website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Invention Playhouse offers up great activities to increase problem solving ability, visual thinking, collaboration and exploration.
- Arts Alive — Arts Alive is a performing arts educational website developed by the National Arts Centre of Canada. There are sections for students, teachers and parents to learn more about the performing arts and ways to discover a greater appreciation of music, theater and dance.
- Classic Cat
In an era of limited funding for school music programs, Classic Cat is a good resource for teachers. It offers an online directory of 6,000 classical music performances that can be downloaded royalty-free. The site is fully searchable by composer, composition and even by types of musical instruments.
- Virtual Piano
Virtual Piano is a beautifully sounding piano that you play by typing on your keyboard.
- Toporopa — Train your brain with geography! Pull up Toporopa on your nearest browser and learn all about the geographical, political, historical and economical aspects of this wonderful continent.
- Stock Market Game— students learn about the stock market and build their financial literacy.
- Sadlier Religion Blogs – “We Believe Blog”
- Virtual Sistine Chapel — Virtual Sistine Chapel is an amazing 360-degree interactive view of the Sistine Chapel brought to you by your friends at the Vatican. You can fly around the astounding artwork and zoom into the frescoes at a pretty decent level.
SweetSearch is a safe searching site for students. Most search engines search billions of websites and return tens of millions of results; some are from reliable Web sites, some are not. SweetSearch searches only 35,000 websites that have been evaluated and approved by librarian and teacher consultants.
- Google Classroom Lessons and Resources l
The Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers to help you teach students research skills. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline, so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides to help you guide your in-class discussions.
- Ribbon Hero
Ribbon Hero is an add-on for Microsoft Office that allows you to play a game within the Office application (e.g., Word), teaching some of the unique features of the program. Users playing Ribbon Hero earn points for doing different tasks within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
- Common Sense Education – In general, a great resource for using Technology in the classroom. This link offers teachers reviews of apps.
- Academic Skill Builders
Academic Skill Builders is a research-based and standards-aligned free website featuring educational math and language arts games that will engage, motivate and help students improve their academic skills. There are many interactive games to choose from and they’re all pretty fun, have decent graphics/sound effects, and offer great practice to specific skills.
Questionaut is a Math, English and Science game from the BBC. The premise of the game is your standard question/answer delivery, but what I really like about this game is twofold. One, the artwork, created by Amanita Design, is amazing. You could get lost in just looking at all the beautiful details. The second thing that really brings this educational game to a higher level, in my book, is that students will have to work and explore to be given the questions. Within each level, the player will need to complete a series of clicks to release the questions, adding a very subtle think-out-of-the-box element to the game.
- E-Learning For Kids
E-Learning For Kids is a great site with some wonderful interactive learning games that are engaging and fun. Students click on their grade and can then choose from a list of games divided into subjects.
NeoK12 is a fantastic collection of videos, arranged by subject, that have been individually reviewed by K-12 teachers. The videos are all (at least the ones I’ve seen) via YouTube, all the ads have been stripped, and all related videos removed which, for an educator, is a great thing! There are also quizzes, games and puzzles as well as a cool presentation creator that helps teachers or students create presentations within the site. Also cool is the How it Works section.