Curricular Websites

  • Animoto:  Create presentations (especially book trailers) using text, music, and pictures.  This link is for the free Animoto Pro account available to educators.  Instructions on how to utilize Creative Commons images can be found here.
  • Blabberize: make a picture "talk".  Can be embedded into a website or presentation or emailed.  Would require a microphone to record sound.
  • Capzles: Free online "timeline" creator.  You don't have to use it for a timeline, but it would be easy to make one.  Add pictures, videos, etc. and add explanations or other links to them.  It kind of looks like a slideshow.  There is an app too:)
  • Comic Creator: Lesson plans and resources that will make creating a comic strip possible and useful in your classroom.
  • Emaze: Create presentations with attention grabbing transitions.  Teachers, if you create an account, use your school email.  If you email and explain you work in education, you can get a free educator account. If you have your microphone on, you can even move to the next slide with your voice.  Play around with it.
  • GoAnimate4Schools: educational ("clean") version.  It costs money now though....:(
  • Piktochart: Make infographics!  If you are under 13, get your parents' permission.
  • Prezi: I call this a PowerPoint on steroids.  Interactive, organizes items visually, and just plain nifty to watch.  This link will take you the the free education version.  This may be hard for the kiddos since you have to verify emails to be awarded a free account; their Conroe ISD email blocks outside emails.  You can offer this as an option to kids, but I wouldn't make a Prezi be a requirement.
  • Profile Publisher: Make a mock Facebook profile.  Brought to us by the fantastic people of ReadWriteThink.
  • Scratch: "Create and share your own interactive stories, games, music, and art."  Be aware that this does require a download to function.  Go to ScratchEd to see how other teachers are using the site.
  • Strip Generator: Make comic strips.  No login required:)
  • Thinglink: This is a link to the educator version.  It's free:)  You can take a picture and add links, pictures, or other information to it by tagging areas of the picture.  If you liked Glogster, I think you'll like this as well.
  • Voki: Create a free account to make your own avatar and and record your voice to make them talk.  It's like putting a person into your presentations.  The site notes that children under the age of 13 should not provide any personal information to the site and parents should supervise their children.

  • TypeIt: Are your students creating a project on the computer but can't find all the fancy letters with accents, tildes, etc.?  Use this site!  It's great for avoiding complete chaos when you can't type the word "año" correctly.  It does not translate.  Many languages are supported.

  • Books Should Be Free: Free audiobooks, mostly the classics.
  • Book-Bot: Free eBooks, mostly the classics.  Read online, not so much for an eReader
  • Tumble Books: Not free...but free to us when we go through the Montgomery County Library website.  The link is in the chart on this page  Library card is required.  There are fiction as well as nonfiction titles.  Flip the pages of the picture book and the story will be read to you.  Some stories are animated too:)  Check out the other resources the Montgomery County Library provides while you are there.
  • Follett Brytewave K-12 Edition: Download the app onto your device and follow the directions here.  Now you can check out all the eBooks and Audiobooks we have in the York Library!

  • ProProfs: More traditional games like quizzes and crossword puzzles
  • Sploder: Completely free game creator.  Check out the Parents & Teachers link to see their mission statement.  

  • 100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner:  I haven't tried all of these, but there are some I know pretty well.  Look around.  If you see something that interests you, we can figure it out together:)
  • 50 Ways: gives examples of Web 2.0 tools that can help you tell a story.  Comics, collages, and so much more!
  • American Rhetoric: ("Online Speech Bank") videos, sound files, and text of various speeches
  • Anchor Activity list: compilation of ideas for anchor activities in your classroom.  Some are online.  Some are in paper format.
  • TheDaringLibrarian: Website of Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones.  I was lucky enough to work with her in my previous district.  She has TONS of information on incorporating technology into the classroom and, as a bonus, she's hilarious:)
  •   Online tool to make flow charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, etc.  As a bonus, you can easily save your work to Google Drive.
  • Education World: plethora of resources for educators.  My favorite information is under Technology.
  • Flocabulary: Educational rap songs.  Some are free.  Some cost money.  All are awesome.  Every once in a while, Flocabulary will have a free trail code that lasts several months.  When we receive this information, we will send out an email; keep an eye out for it:)
  • Google Apps Resources:  All of us (and the students) have access to Google Apps.  (username: your regular FirstClass login, password: emp + last 5 of your social...emp12345).  Here are some lesson plans you can use that utilize some of the functionality of Google Apps.  I use Google Apps all the time, so if you need help figuring out how to use this in your classroom, let me know!
  • Google Cultural Institute: Fantastic site with lots of primary source examples!
  • Khan Academy:  Awesome site with tutorials for various subjects  
  • CoolToolsForSchools:  A wiki with lots of links to nifty Web 2.0 tools.  If you aren't sure how to use some of these and you would like to use them in your classroom, let us know!  We aren't experts on any of them but we love figuring them out.  You can always arrange a time to meet with one of us and if you would like us to help in the classroom, you can schedule us for that as well.
  •  A free dictionary website that is the closest thing to a Spanish-English picture dictionary that I could find.  It has various types of dictionaries with various languages.  Look could have just what you need.
  • The Learning Network:  "Teaching & Learning With The New York Times" - I read about how it can be used for lessons on 9/11, but it can be used for many many things.  Premade lesson plans are available on the website.
  • ReadWriteThink: Plenty of lesson plans and interactives at your disposal.  You can sort by grade, learning objective, etc.

  • K12 Reader: List of resources where you can get premade worksheets that cover a variety of skills.

  • WolframAlpha: "computational knowledge engine"  My favorite part of this site is that if you put in a math problem, it will give you the answer PLUS show work.  Like the force, it should be used for good...not evil...

  • Education World: list of websites where you can find these types of pictures
  • Flickr - Creative Commons: Super easy to search for appropriate pictures and explains some of the different types of Creative Commons licensing
  • Google Images - Advanced Search: When searching scroll down to the bottom where it says "usage rights" choose what is appropriate and search away.

  • Create graphic organizers with a free account.  You can add contacts and sort them in groups so that you can collaboratively brainstorm.  Might be awesome to do on your projector.  Graphic organizers can be easily or exported (as a .jpg or .png) so you can put them in worksheets, presentations, webpages, etc.  There is even an app for iPhones and iPads!
  • Diigo:  Have a list of online anchor activities you want your students to go to?  Have a list of websites you want your students to use?  Create a Diigo account for educators and share with your students:)  They don't like our work email format so let Ms. Goddard know if you need help.
  • Google Fusion Tables: take data and visually display in in maps, charts, graphs...whatever you like.  Tutorials are available on the website.  
  • Quizlet: make online notecards.  If the set you make is public, you can use one of the mobile apps to review on your phone:)  You can see how teachers can use Quizlet here.
  • StudyBlue: another online notecard site.  Teachers can create notecards and put a link on their website.  There are paid options but I could create and share for free when I was playing around.  They also have mobile apps so you can review on your phone.  If you or a student signs up, check through the options to make sure you have your preferred notifications selected.  Students do not need to log in to see notecards you have created and linked to a webpage.

  • Earth Science Models: California Geological Survey has compiled a list of models and toys that can be printed, cut out, and glued together by the students
  • Solar System Scope: They have many online models of our solar system.  Want to see the textures of the different planets?  They have that too!  You can embed what you like onto your own webpage if you choose or even download the app.


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