Digital Dropbox -
As teachers (and students) we often need to carry an array of files with us from home to work. Ten years ago, we may have used floppy disks. Today, many of us e-mail our files back and forth or carry flash drives. Wouldn't it be nice if we were able to access our files from any computer that can connect to the Internet and not worry about losing those little flash drives? With dropbox.com, you can! Dropbox is a free service that allows any user to store and access up to 2gb of online storage space. Click here to watch a video about using dropbox. Visit dropbox.com to watch their video introduction and to get started today!
Popular Teacher Resources
Curricuplan.com -Curricuplan is a powerful web based curriculum mapping and instructional content management solution that provides secure, online access for educators to participate in an online community focused on the development of high quality instruction with the common goal of increasing student achievement.
TeachIndy.com – provides a number of teacher resources, including tutorials on various technologies, standards-based productions, video simulations, etc. (free)
Timetoast.com - Allows users (both teachers and students) to create timelines electronically, linking to pictures, sharing via the Internet, etc. (free)
Bubbl.US – A simple, free web 2.0 tool perfect for concept maps, brainstorming and drawing (literally) connections. So easy to use and implement during daily instruction.
Prezi.com – help get beyond Powerpoint in terms of student and teacher presentations. Provides easy, hands on tutorials to get you started. Perfect for concept maps, and presentations of all types! (free for most basic package)
Thinkfinity.org is the cornerstone of Verizon Foundation's literacy, education and technology initiatives. Our goal is to improve student achievement in traditional classroom settings and beyond by providing high-quality content and extensive professional development training. This free, comprehensive digital learning platform is built upon the merger of two acclaimed programs Verizon MarcoPolo and the Thinkfinity Literacy Network.
K-12 Brain Pop
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement. Our proven and award-winning educational resources, uniquely suited for 21st century learning, include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, and BrainPOP Español. All are supported by BrainPOP Educators, a rapidly growing community of teachers, featuring free lesson plans, professional development tools, and best practices. Aligned to state standards and easy to use, BrainPOP sites host more than 5 million visits each month. Brain Pop is subscription-based, running from $115 to 195 annually.
K-12 Schrock Guide Award Winners
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
K-12 Discovery Education
Created from the Discovery Channel and an almost identical layout to Kathy Schrock’s web page also supported by the Discovery Channel.
K-12 Education World
Online lessons and interactives for students-availability to search for something specific or use featured link that are calendar/theme related. There are opportunities for professional development on this site.
There are many already created Jeopardy games on this site. They were created by Hardin County Teachers for use in their classrooms. Each will reflect the curriculum area that the game addresses.
K-12 Reading and Writing Strategies
This site contains lessons, interactives, calendar activities, and more, right at your fingertips. There are also opportunities for professional development to energize and inform your teaching with publications, training, and networking.
K-5 Reading Lady.com
Laura Cump created Readinglady.com to provide support to teachers throughout the country. Teachers come to her site to network and share ideas. There are many free resources housed here, along with discussion groups.
K-12 ABC Teach
There are several free resources here and you can pay a subscription fee to receive more. Most activities are for grades K-5, but there are some middle and high school downloads.
K-6 Zwolle Elem School
This school in Louisiana has amazing writing and reading resources-many writing resources are focused around 6 Traits…also check out the resource page for themed links to TONS of sites (not all links are active but many still are)
K-1 Mrs. McDowell’s Classroom
Great resource…very descriptive-lots of ideas shared on this site. Great links to purchase professional resources and TONS of pictures!
PreK-1 Making Learning Fun
This site is organized by theme and activity this site contains TONS of downloads…great graphics fun games to create, math ideas, literacy ideas, group time and so much more!
2-5 Beth Newingham’s Site
This site is a MUST visit for 2 and 3rd grade teachers! Lots of downloads, pictures and great ideas… reading genre posters, books with a common theme, library labels and so much more-where does she find the time to maintain this site?
PreK-K Hubbard’s Cupboard
There are some great ideas for preschool and kindergarten classrooms on this site…awesome recipes for easy to make edibles with young children-photos of activities and really great links to other sites for more ideas.
K-3 Carl’s Corner
This website has been created to provide resources and materials for classroom teachers, reading and resource specialists, speech therapists, parents and students in the area of language arts. Please feel free to download and print anything that catches your eye, but please make sure to leave my name (Cheryl Carl) on the poetry and worksheets!
K-12 Jim Wright’s Reading Interventions that Work
The great majority of the interventions described in this manual were selected because they had been cited as effective in the recent National Reading Panel (2000) report, a comprehensive meta-analysis of successful reading strategies. All interventions presented here are research-based. In most cases, Jim attempted to reconstruct the reading strategy from the cited research articles with few if any changes.
K-2 Mathwire: Math Interventions
This site provides a great explanation of areas of math where young students may struggle. Photos of real students completing intervention activities
6-8 Intervention Central
The Math Worksheet Generator is an on-line application that allows you to create an endless series of Curriculum-Based Measurement math computation worksheets for the basic math operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
6-8 Math Interventions
The interventions listed below only represent a small number that can be used individually, in small groups or class wide.
University of Maryland (Reading CBM)
(Materials for CBM Passage Reading Fluency tests and CBM Letter Sound Fluency tests were developed and researched using standard CBM procedures. The CBM measures are free to download and use. The CBM measures, teacher scoring sheets, administration instructions, and scoring instructions are on the Internet.
The National Center on Response to Intervention defines progress monitoring as repeated measurement of academic performance to inform instruction of individual students in general and special education in grades K-8. It is conducted at least monthly to (a) estimate rates of improvement, (b) identify students who are not demonstrating adequate progress and/or (c) compare the efficacy of different forms of instruction to design more effective, individualized instruction.
The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is the core Internet resource with anything having to do with UDL. Not only does the site offer basic information as it relates to UDL, but it includes research-based leadership resources to aid administrators with professional development materials. Additionally, the website contains a number of “learning tools” intended to help teachers, parents, and students better understand UDL and its implications.
Family Center on Technology and Disability Website
Similar to the CAST website, the Family Center on Technology and Disability offers an Internet-based site that, according to the website, “provides a wide range of resources on assistive and instructional technologies, from introductory fact sheets through CEU's for practitioners and educators”
Specifically, for administrators, the site provides a number of resources, including: Powerpoints explaining assistive technology in the classrooms, in law, and for families; facts sheets summarizing, from a number of perspectives, the implications of assistive technology in the classroom; family information guides for principals to share; and, a glossary of assistive technology terms and definitions.
LD Online, self-proclaimed as the “world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD”, offers a number of electronic resources geared to help: educators identify instructional strategies; parents with better understanding IDEA and other legal implications; and students find ways to integrate with peers of similar circumstance.
A superb site for all constituents involved in the education of students with disabilities, but for school administrators, the resource is best utilized as a digital clearinghouse to which to steer stakeholders versus being employed directly as a first-hand resource.
Technology and Media (TAM) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
According to its website, TAM is “the official membership division of the Council for Exceptional Children that works to promote the availability and effective use of technology and media for individuals with exceptional learning needs. TAM member benefits include a subscription to the Journal of Special Education Technology (JSET) and the TAM Connector newsletter. Technology in Action issues are periodically posted on the TAM website.” (p. 1)
OSEP Ideas That Work Website
According to its website, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), a division of the United States Department of Education, “is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. Specifically, the site offer three distinct downloadable toolkits – one on teaching and assessing students with disabilities, a similar one specific to parents, another on UDL. All three are available for dissemination and are extremely detailed in their scope.
Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code
Coding isn't just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it's for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just "read" new technologies -- but also create them.(Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Girls Who Code
Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship led by the industry's top female developers and entrepreneurs.