Free Web Sites for the Teacher
www.weblist.me is a tool that aggregates different resources under one URL. Users can collect
websites, images, documents, and videos in an editable list. Each resource gets its own URL, but users
can send the main URL to colleagues and share all the resources in one place.
Http://typewith.me lets users collaborate in real time in a chat-like format. One user creates a
document and sends the URL to others, and each user types in a different color. Users can import and
export text files, websites, and documents for collaborative learning, brainstorming, and editing.
Students can collaborate with one another on projects or group study sessions, and revisions are saved.
A time slider function lets users and teachers view the chat progression.
www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker from the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh, lets students
create their own stories that are archived for 30 days. Once created, a story is saved as a PDF and can
be exported to a computer for permanent access. Students can play with characters, shapes, colors,
movement, and sentences. Because users can’t edit a story after it is created, it is recommended that
students map out their stories before creating them online. It’s particularly popular with first and
second grade students.
http://edu.glogster.com lets educators and students create online multimedia posters with text,
photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments, and more. Once projects are complete, a
teacher can share students’ work in a variety of educational settings. Glogs can be embedded in a blog,
wiki, or website, or shared with others using Glogster EDU’s presentation capabilities.
www.tagxedo.com turns words, including speeches, news articles, and student research papers, into a
tag cloud. Students and teachers can choose the shape of their tag cloud, and they can import a picture
if desired. The most frequently used words appear the largest in the cloud. The site also features a list
of 101 ways to use the resource.
http://viewpure.com gives educators the ability to show students YouTube videos without advertising,
links to suggested videos that might be inappropriate, or user comments. Users can copy the video’s
“pure” URL for future reference. In addition, teachers can opt to install a “Purity” button on their
browser’s toolbar. Instead of pasting a YouTube video’s URL into the ViewPure URL field, a user can
simply click on the “Purify” button while viewing the YouTube video to instantly clear it of questionable
http://academicearth.org offers video lectures from elite universities, and it allows viewers to grade the
professors. Academic Earth also offers a “Playlists” feature based around themes such as “Laws of
Nature”, “Wars Throughout History,” or “You Are What You Eat.”
http://free.ed.gov which stands for Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, is a U.S. Department
of Education website that compiles free teacher resources available from dozens of federal agencies.
Educators can sign up for the FREE RSS feed, which notifies users when new resources are added.
Otherwise, they can browse by topic, from music history to life sciences.
http://www.loc.gov/teachers The Library of Congress “For Teachers” page highlights ready-to-use
classroom materials that are aligned with state standards and take advantage of the Library’s primary
sources. It includes access to primary source sets around topics such as U.S. presidents; short facts or
activities for class starters, such as “Today in History” and everyday science mysteries; themed lesson
plans for dozens of topics; and even professional development curriculum.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html The NASA for Educators page includes
information about NASA’s various missions, as well as NASA careers, internships, and scholarships;
images galleries and multimedia materials; and more. An Education Materials Finder will help teachers
locate NASA resources that can be used in the classroom; users can search by keyword, grade level, and
http://www.nsdl.org The National Science Digital library is the nation’s online library for education and
research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It provides free math lessons and
activities aligned with the Math Common Core Standards, as well as STEM-related blogs and other free
teacher resources and lesson plan ideas. Targeted for K-12 teachers, higher-education professionals,
and librarians, NSDL also provides science literary maps and iTunes multimedia files.
http://www.pbs.org/teachers Online professional development, TV programming and multimedia web
content, lesson plan ideas, and ways to connect with other educators are all things featured on the PBS
Teachers page. The website also features news and webinars for teachers to view.
http://www.teachersdomain.org Teachers’ Domain offers free digital media from public TV
broadcasters for educational use. Users can search for materials via individual state standards, Common
Core State Standards, or national standards from different organizations. Website users can create
online profiles in order to share resources they have learned for a particular lesson with others.
http://www.thinkfinity.org Thinkfinity is a free digital learning platform from the Verizon Foundation
that offers resources created by content partners such the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
national Council of Teachers of Mathematics, International Reading Association, National Museum of
American History, national Geographic Society, and more. Its content includes interactive student
games, lesson plans focused on various themes, education blogs, online discussions, and more.
http://www.watchknow.org WatchKnow, created by Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger, gathers and
organizes educational videos for students ages 3 to 18. The site features more than 20,000 videos
across 3,000 categories, and it uses software that allows wiki-style collaboration among users. “Think of
it as YouTube meets Wikipedia, filtering out everything but quality educational videos,” Sanger said.
http://www.icivics.org Free computer games that put a fun spin on learning about government. The
online role-playing games on iCivics are free, teacher-friendly, and effective-and kids like them.
*****APTPlus and Learn360 are both invaluable resources sponsored Alabama Public Television*******
REMEMBER!! Before using any website with your class, test it yourself and be sure you are prepared to
present the content to your class.
I hope these will help you in your classroom.