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Free Educational Resources for your Classroom

Free Educational Resources for your Classroom

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We're about 2 months into the school year, and while things are busy, now is a great time to share our best FREE educational resources for the classroom. Here are a few of mine:

PD: SimpleK12 has a free (but limited) membership option
http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/home.asp#cat0

PD & Materials: The free teacher section on the Library of Congress site has tons of great resources
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/

Please share your favorites!

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Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey
Facilitator 2014

Absolutely, positively one the very best collections on the entire web can be found at Internet4Classrooms: http://www.internet4classrooms.com/. Spend a few minutes there and you will see why. The curators are very, very good about pruning dead links and the activities they find are among the best on the web!

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey
Facilitator 2014

Of my many, many favorite websites http://thisissand.com/ stands out as one of the most creative, calming (it's true!) and artistically powerful experience young learners can have. Turn your speakers up and enjoy the sound of the sand as it falls. Press 'C' to change colors. Check out the Gallery and see the amazing creations made by people all over the world. You will LOVE ThisIsSand.com!

Don Doehla, MA, NBCT's picture
Don Doehla, MA, NBCT
Co-Director Berkeley WL Project at UC Berkeley Language Center
Facilitator 2014

My favorite free tools are...

1) Edmodo at http://edmodo.com
- to effectively teach a 21st century classroom, you have to have a class management tool. Edmodo is one, and an excellent one at that! Students immediately identify with the familiar FaceBook-like interface. I create groups in Edmodo for each of my classes. I post daily agendas, assignments, and notifications to help keep students on track with our class learning activities. In addition, I upload files, handouts, videos, games... all sorts of enrichment activities to encourage students to engage with their own learning. There is much more in Edmodo, so go check it out!

2) Diigo at http://diigo.com
- I was getting tired of saving bookmarks in my web browser, which kept multiplying, and needing to be sorted, re-sorted and edited. Then I came across Diigo! In Diigo, I can bookmark and tag anything I want to save for later. I have developed a set of tags which I try to use consistently so I can sort through my saved material when I want to use some authentic resources in by French classes. Not only can I bookmark, but I can also highlight text, post notes with prompts / annotations on a curated page, then generate a link to my edited version of the site to post on Edmodo to use with my classes. Create lists, groups, share materials with others... A great tool !

3) Evernote at http://evernote.com
My favorite app of all to, as they say, 'remember everything!' I can capture webpages, save for later reading and use, tag my notes, organize them into notebooks, save files, read PDF's like magazines, and much more. Love it!

Enjoy the freebies, y'all!
Best regards,
Don

Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

I'm going to echo Don's comments in regard to Diigo. It's a wonderful way to keep track of all of the great tools that you find online.

Some other great tools that you can use to keep track of stuff for yourself or your students include Pinterest http://pinterest.com which many teachers I know use to get great ideas, and Symbaloo http://edu.symbaloo.com which is a very nice visual bookmarking service that you can use to point students to resources. Just by searching on the Symbaloo site you can find lots of other web mixes that people have created filled with amazing resources on almost any number of topics.

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Lisa Dabbs
Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia
Blogger 2014
Facilitator 2014

Wow what a fun question!
As a mentor to new teachers the serach for good free tools that can support them is so important.
1) Storybird http://storybird.com/ is one of my faves for all the great literacy content that you can create. It's also collaborative and available as an app for different device use.
2)Livebinders http://www.livebinders.com/ would be next as a great site that basically lets you store not only on-line content in a virtual binder but upload content as well. You can also collaborate in a binder,share it and use it to present at conferences.
3) Google Sites https://sites.google.com/site/newteacherchat/home is an awesome alternative to a wiki. Teachers can create a site, to share with students or colleagues and its pretty easy to set up and navigate. Te link I shared is to the google site I set up for New Teacher Chat.

Hope everyone enjoys the info that all have shared!
-L

Mr. Shawn Storm's picture
Mr. Shawn Storm
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher from Quakertown, PA

The right tools can make the job easier - but nothing can replace passionate teaching.

Here are a few tools that have made my life as a teacher better connected and transparent:
1. Edmodo - www.edmodo.com - invaluable for connecting professionally and giving feedback to your students
2. Livebinders http://www.livebinders.com/ - great tool for curating your materials as a teacher - no need for textbooks with this!
3. Twitter - follow the right people and engage in #edchats and you will always feel connected and passionate about teaching.

4. Various tools I use - Skype, Google Hangouts, Weebly (for making websites), Padlet, Tagxedo, Poll Everywhere, and Blogger

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