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Teacher.Net (The Ultimate Teacher’s Resource)
This site provides dozens of individual lesson plans specified by a general grade/age
level. It also has sources for supplies, a job center, Web tools, and a chat room, among its
National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)
A project of the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF),
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a national resource that links
information and people on early childhood issues.
Teacher Created Resources
A leading publisher of supplemental educational resource materials, specializing in
technology integration and staff development.
Technology and Young Children
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This Web site is presented by the NAEYC Technology Caucus. It is dedicated to
providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, research, and links on the
use of computers and young children.
Kidlink—The Internet Working for Young Children
This site provides opportunities for children to engage in a global dialog. Kidlink is a
nonprofit, grassroots organization working to help children through secondary school
level be involved in a global dialog. Since the start on May 25, 1990, over 175,000 kids
from 139 countries on all continents have participated. Kidlink has activities in English
and 19 other languages.
Creative Teaching Press
This site is an excellent resource for K–8 teachers, parents, and children. It includes
activities as well as a forum for teachers and parents.
This site presents a collection of over 3,500 free lesson plans for teachers to use in their
classrooms. The site is easy to use with lessons categorized by subject and grade level.
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This Web site presents a wide variety of activities, as well as a curriculum section, arts
and crafts, and an “Ask the Experts” chat room. Activities are divided by age group.
One of the Web’s best homework and teacher/parent reference resources. It has indexes
(sections) for students, young children, children, and parents. It has a separate Lesson
Plan section, as well as tutorials.
TeachersFirst Instructional Units
Over the years, TeachersFirst has created a number of lessons and instructional units that
have proven popular with teachers. These are listed in this site along with a brief
description of each unit. This is just one part of the amazing resources provided by
TeachersFirst, a site dedicated to K–12 teachers.
Internet 4 Classrooms Projects
This is an outstanding resource for project-based learning that covers all content areas
with projects categorized by grade level. Click on “Teacher’s Guide to International
Collaboration on the Internet” to access an excellent tutorial guide for K–12 project-
based learning. The link to “Tutorials and Guides” in the menu offers a multitude of
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excellent web resources for curriculum projects. “Starting a New Project” is a practical
guide for the classroom teacher with reviewed resources to provide additional help. “Tips
for Online Cooperation” posts a Top Ten list for project collaboration. You’ll also find
links to project examples for all the content areas. Don’t miss this excellent resource for
online global communication.
This site offers a great collection of tips, ideas, and strategies for using technology
effectively in your teaching. Some of these are great for “newbies,” and others are strictly
Video Placement Worldwide
VPW classroom Information Network offers an ever-growing list of high quality
educational videos and teaching materials free to educators and youth leaders. Their list is
kept up-to-date and changes as new programs are added or existing are discontinued.
Available only to teachers of 25 or more (no preschools). Videos are shipped to an
official school address. Videos are categorized by grade levels and subject areas with a
complete description of each program.
Understanding No Child Left Behind Act
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This article provides an overview of the act and its requirements. There is also a
questions and answer section, which covers most commonly asked questions on the act.
The Resources Section provides links to more information related to the act.
The INTASC Standards
On this site you will find a listing of the standards including a brief overview for each
standard. Included in the overview are the key indicators for each candidate, stating what
the candidate must demonstrate to meet the specific standard.
Research in Preschool Special Education
This site has listings for articles relating to many disabilities, such as attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, epilepsy, impaired speech
and hearing, visual impairments, and Williams Syndrome. Literature resources are also
included. There is also a section for activities to do with children with specific
disabilities. This is an excellent source for simple, direct information on disabilities.
E-Ready—TeachersFirst’s Resources for Gifted and Special Education
This site contains information on adapting instruction for working with special education
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For New Teachers
This site has first-time teaching tips for new full-time teachers and also for those who are
This is a wonderful resource for critical thinking. Detailed list of verbs for Bloom’s
taxonomy and an extensive annotated list of Web resources for critical and creative
thinking. There are even ideas for integrating technology.
Online Disability Simulations Web Sites
Misunderstood Minds (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/). This site offers
simulations addressing learning differences and disabilities related to attention, reading,
writing, and mathematics difficulties.
Pediatric Neurology.Com (http://www.pediatricneurology.com/). This site offers
simulations that address attention disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome.
National Coalition of Auditory Processing Disorders (http://www.ncapd.org). This site
offers simulations addressing auditory processing difficulties.
American Toy Institute
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This Web site is presented by the Toy Manufacturers of America, Inc., which is dedicated
to providing educational and safe products to all ages in a free manner, and in so doing,
supports the positive development of children.
Early Childhood Development
This site is a knowledge source designed to assist practitioners and administrators in their
efforts to promote the healthy growth and integral development of young children.
ECRP: Early Childhood Research & Practice
This is an Internet journal on the development, care, and education of young children.
Lillian Katz is editor with Dianne Rothenberg as Associate Editor.
This is a Web site produced by the Learning Network. It has pages for parents, K–12
teachers, and students. It presents articles on issues such as the importance of play for
young children and many other educational issues. Other sections included are family
education, idea exchange, lifelong learning, professional development, and references.
International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI)
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This Web site is produced and sponsored by the ICTI, which was formed in 1974 as an
association of toy trade associations from around the world. It is a non-profit corporation
dedicated to promoting toy safety standards, among its many other goals.
This Web site is a source for in-depth and timely education and health care information
that will make a difference in the lives of parents and their children. It has a link to the
familyeducation.com Web site, which has a search by age/grade level engine for the top
five things children should know at each age/grade level.
National Parent Information Network (NPIN)
The NPIN is a project of the ERIC System, which is administered by the National Library
of Education (a link is provided on this Web site) in the U.S. Department of Education (a
link is provided). NPIN is designed and maintained by two ERIC Clearinghouses: The
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University,
New York and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This site has a virtual library, a question-
answering service, and an electronic discussion section.
Public Broadcasting System
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This is the Web site for the PBS. It is a good source of programs, as well as information
on many child development and early childhood education issues.
This Web site addresses issues from preschool through grade 12. It has links to other
Web sites with information on daily news, education week, special report, hot topics, and
The Future of Children
This is an online journal published twice annually by the David & Lucile Package
Foundation, Los Altos, CA. The primary purpose of the Future of Children is to
disseminate timely information on major issues related to children’s well-being.
Young Children is the journal of the NAEYC, the nation’s largest and most influential
organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality
of programs for children from birth through grade 3. This site contains tables of contents
and a searchable index of articles from past issues. The searchable index provides a brief
synopsis of each article.
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