Resources | Websites

ASCD is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Their mission is to develop and make available programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead. The site offers current research reviews, articles, and other resources to help educators continue to develop best practices.

Edudemic

A helpful synthesis of technology and education, Edudemic houses current articles about how different classrooms across globe are using all sorts of technologies. The site also offers a variety of current articles on different subjects ranging from technology to ways teachers can be better integrated into their classrooms.

This site offers assistance to teachers as they move to implement web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Contributors inform novice and veteran teachers alike on the why, the how, and the best web 2.0 tools teachers should be using in their classrooms. As if that wasn’t enough, the site also offers practical lesson plans on how to integrate the different online tools that they have. Web 2.0 tools can be powerful in the classroom, and this is a great place to learn how!

TeachersFirst is an extensive database of lessons and unit plans, as well as web resources designed to save teachers time. The best part? These lessons and resources are ready to go and cover a wide variety of subject matter. Additionally, the site is searchable, so it’s easy to find the exact resource you’re looking for. Sign-up is free, and subscribers can receive weekly updates in email.

This is an excellent resource for teachers who want to use Google Apps but might be a bit intimidated by the process. This site gives helpful step-by-step instructions on how to utilize Google’s educational offerings, along with lesson plans, poster templates, and other helpful links. Be sure to check it often, as content is always being updated!

TeachPaperless is an excellent collaborative blog written by actual teachers who use technology in their classrooms. Posts cover a wide variety of topics but mainly focus on specific strategies for implementing technology in the classroom.

One of the first and still one of the best, Edutopia is a must-visit site for any teacher seeking to innovate in the classroom. Not only does the site offer hundreds of resources such as webinars and lesson ideas, but also opportunities for teachers to connect and network through blogs and communities.

An outstanding resource for tech-minded teachers, ISTE connects teachers with each other and offers numerous professional development opportunities in the form of conferences, webinars, and a live chat. An excellent source for support and new ideas.

Vicki Davis, a.k.a. “Cool Cat Teacher,” is a tech-minded teacher who blogs and tweets regularly about education, reform, and technology in the classroom. Her blog is packed with helpful tips, resources, and links to help other teachers effectively use technology in their own classrooms.

This is an excellent resource for teachers who want to implement social media in their classrooms but might not know where to start. Not only does the site include discussion about various applications of social media in the classroom, but also covers important issues like cyberbullying and online etiquette.

This is an awesome resource! A digital literacy teacher from Washington has compiled a series of instructional videos on a vast array of topics–everything from digital cameras to Glogster.

As implied by the name, WikiEducator is a wiki for educators. What does that mean? It’s a place for educators to connect, collaborate, and develop free content aimed at professional development, best practices, and other subjects related to education. As it is a wiki, content on the site is constantly being modified and updated. It can be overwhelming at first, but this is a great resource for teachers and anyone else interested in bettering their educational practice.

Connected Principals is a blog for administrators interested in sharing best practices and learning from each other. Authors post frequently about a wide variety of topics, often sparking meaningful conversations and exchange of ideas. This is an excellent resource for principals seeking to connect with colleagues and to gain exposure to new ideas and resources.

Looking for a Common Core-aligned lesson plan? Desperate for a video about penguins? Check out Thinkfinity! The website features a search engine which allows users to search for lesson plans by grade level and subject–it’s fast, easy, and effective. This is an excellent resource for teachers at all levels.

EDSITEment is a great website for teachers looking for humanities-realated resources and lesson plans. A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment is an archive of materials for art and culture, foreign languages, history and social sciences, and literature and language arts. Resources range from videos and charts to games and puzzles. This would be a great place to send students on a web quest, and teachers at all levels will find this site to be a virtual gold mine for humanities resources.

Kathy Schrock is an educational technology specialist who has compiled fantastic conglomeration of apps that help foster higher-order thinking skills. She’s included iPad apps, Google apps, Android apps, AND web 2.0 apps, so this site has something for everyone. Additionally, the apps are organized according to Bloom’s Taxonomy (hence the name), so teachers can select an app based on what kind of thinking they want students to be doing. This is an awesome resource for teachers at all levels and subjects!