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Here is a list of web pages I have found with useful resources for teachers,
especially if you have an Interactive Whiteboard, A CPS kit, or a CPS
Chalkboard or Mobi (wireless tablet). Or even if you don‟t!

These websites have CPS databases you can download.

Several include complete lesson plans

Has lesson for grades 2, 3, 4, and 6, 7 and 8

Sixth grade math lesson

Elementary, Middle and Secondary grade lessons

Lessons for grades K-12

Please note: some of the resources on these pages refer to the CPS 4.0

The databases, although they may have been created with an older version of
CPS, will import into the latest version.

DK Books are well known for their wonderful graphics. A huge selection of
these is available for free download from this web page. These could be
used to illustrate CPS questions, or to import into Powerpoints.

Another UK site. The Birmingham learning grid has all kinds of activities that can
be used with a tablet like the CPS Chalkboard, or an Interactive Whiteboard.
Because these are in Great Britain, part of the fun for your students might be the
fact that many are narrated in “British English” .

Not just games, but activities like SAT prep words. This could be used with CPS
in the “verbal question” mode.

For those that already have RM Easiteach, RM regularly posts free activities
here. For those that don‟t have Easiteach, you can download a free reader
version here. RM Easiteach comes with the CPS Chalkboard RF

This site in the UK has lots of sample Easiteach files. These were done by
teachers in the UK, but most, if not all are relevant to use here.

Beginning in the fall of 2008 , the Chalkboard began shipping with the Intewriite
Workspace Software. In January of 2009, eInstruction introduced a new wireless
tablet, the Mobi. The Workspace software installs “bunches” of content. However
there are also free lessons you can download for Workspace at this site:

Many of these lessons come “prealigned” to state standards. In the case of South
Carolina, there are over 1,000 standards listed, with appropriate Workspace
lessons for each one.

This site a smorgasbord of free graphics, powerpoint images, clip art and

A subscription site, but many free lesson plans available.

A site selling paper models. Mostly of airplanes but also many buildings. A Great
source for dioramas. There are several freebies there and lots of info on each
model plane and house. Thoreau‟s cabin and Emerson‟s home are among the
models relevant to English teachers, for example. My college American lit
professor, Dr. Joel Myerson, a world‟s expert on Thoreau and Emerson, shared
this site with his students, and sent me a nice email in return. Each model
includes a write up about the history of the house or airplane. Everything from a
Norman Castle to a model of the World Trade Center can be found here.

All kinds of on line learning games and activities. K-12. Free

The Avalon project is a collection of primary documents found at Yale University.
This is a great site for history teachers.

A collection of Powerpoint games, Grades 4 and 5

Free on line video tutorials on Powerpoint, Word, Excel and many other
programs. If you don‟t know how to use Powerpoint, this is an easy place to learn
without RTM( Reading the manual)

On line Science activities . High school Level

Teachers helping teachers. A website with many useful resources.

A web site with listing of sites for virtual field trips.

Great animations of how everyday things are made

The site of a PBS Program, “In Search of Shakespeare”

My buddy, Dustin Frank, in Kansas has put together a page with links to all kinds
of activities that teachers can use with the CPS Chalkboard( Yes, you can use
these with an IWB ( Interactive Whiteboard too!

Another fellow eInstruction consultant in Idaho, Amy Jones, has given me
permission to share her site with dozens of video tutorials on CPS.

The New York Times Classroom Resource Center has lots of useful info ,
including quizzes that could be downloaded, printed and used with the “Fast
grade” aspect of CPS.

Speaking of the New York Times, David Pogue and I are old friends. He was
interviewed today ( Jan 27,2007 ) on CNN about Windows Vista. He has a new
show coming out in soon on the Discovery Channel. David is the technology
columnist for the NY Times, and the smartest person I have ever met. You wont
find any lessons or clip art, but if you want to learn about what‟s new with
technology, David is “da man” He also wrote “Classical Music for Dummies” and
“Magic for Dummies”(he has a total of 8 “Dummies” books and all the manuals
for the music software , FINALE…Like I said, smart guy. You might find his
“Missing manual” books useful. ( I don‟t get a commission! ) . He has a new
series that premiered May 18, 2007 on the Discovery Channel : “Its all Geek to

He has an informative( and hilarious) set of videos on his NY times web page.

Several of David‟s “ Its all Geek to Me” videos , and videos on LOTS of topics,
Can be found at

This is a site hosted by the Discovery Channel. While there are videos here on
almost any topic you can imagine, there seems to be a lot of science-related and
computer-related videos and “how to “ articles.


Do you have students with Ipods or MP3 players. How bout some free audio
books for them to use ?

Here is a list of the books and stories to be found on this site.

  * A Christmas Tale, Charles Dickens (iTunes)
  * A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (iTunes)
  * Aesop‟s Fables, Aesop (mp3 download)
  * Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (mp3 download)
  * Andersen‟s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen (mp3 download)
  * Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche (mp3 download)'
  * Beyond Lies the Wub, Philip K. Dick (iTunes)
  * Call of the Wild, Jack London (mp3 download)
  * Candide, Voltaire (mp3 download)
  * Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer (mp3 download)
  * Chamber Music, James Joyce (mp3 download)
  * Collected Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson (iTunes)
  * Common Sense, Thomas Paine (mp3 download)
  * Discourse on Method, Rene Descartes (mp3 download)
  * Dracula, Bram Stoker (Just an fyi, this is not the best reading I've ever
heard.) (iTunes)
  * Emma, Jane Austen (mp3 download)
  * Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (rss feed)
        o Also check out the 1938 radio broadcast that is faithful to Mary Shelley's
text. (iTunes)
   * Free Culture, Lawrence Lessig
   * Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln (mp3 download)
   * Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, Patrick Henry (mp3 download)
   * Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (mp3 download)
   * Kubla Khan & The Pains of Sleep (mp3 download)
   * Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence (mp3 download)
   * Lancelot, or The Knight of the Cart, Chretien DeTroyes (rss feed)
   * Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman (mp3 download)
   * Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving (iTunes)
   * Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens (mp3 download)
   * Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (mp3 download)
   * Poetics, Aristotle (mp3 download)
   * Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (mp3 download)
   * Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (iTunes)
   * Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (mp3 download)
   * Silas Marner, George Eliot (mp3 download)
   * Shakespeare's Sonnets, William Shakespeare (mp3 download)
   * The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (mp3 download)
   * The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle (rss feed)
   * The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (mp3 download)
   * The Art of War, Sun-tzu (mp3 download)
   * The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe (i Tunes)
   * The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calveras County, Mark Twain (rss feed)
   * The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri (mp3 download)
   * The Dungeon, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (mp3 download)
   * The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides (mp3 download)
   * The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving (mp3 download)
   * The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde (mp3 download)
   * The Invisible Man, HG Wells (iTunes)
   * The Lees of Happiness, F. Scott Fitzgerald (rss feed)
   * The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka (mp3 download)
   * The New Accelerator, HG Wells (rss feed)
   * The New Testament (iTunes)
   * The Prince, Machiavelli (mp3 download)
   * The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe (mp3 download)
   * The Red Badge of Courage, Stephe n Crane (mp3 download)
   * The Republic, Plato (iTunes)
   * The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (mp3 download)
   * The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (mp3
   * The Tell Tale Heart, Edgar Allen Poe (feed)
   * The Turn of the Screw, Henry James (mp3 download)
   * The Warden, Anthony Trollope (mp3 download)
   * Time Machine, HG Wells (iTunes)
  * Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson (mp3 download)
  * Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe (mp3 download)
  * Walden, Henry David Thoreau (mp3 download)
  * War of the Worlds, HG Wells (iTunes)

There are also text files accompany most of these audio versions. You might, for
example consider projecting them onto an interactive whiteboard and using the
sound files to narrate for your students. You could also use CPS to ask
questions about either the text or the sound files. I recently found a cable that will
allow my ipod to be plugged into the “sound in “ port on my projector.

If you project onto a screen you can use a wireless tablet( like the new Mobi with
Workspace software) and let students highlight a key passage, or ask students to
underline parts of speech( Circle verbs, underline nouns). Being able to hear and
see a passage of text could be very powerful.

A website with dozens of military history simulations. The neat thing is you can
print out , on cardboard, the boards games and the soldiers, etc for playing these
simulation games. The simulations go all the way back to the Battle of Marathon
in Ancient Greece and up to the 20 th century. You can also find templates for
building a medieval castle . And there are lots of links from the simulations to
websites with the actual history of the battle or event.

This site has links to thousands of public domain clip art and other images.
These can be used with an IWB(Interactive Whiteboard) to import into CPS
questions, or with the the CPS Chalkboard, Interwrite Mobi ( or other wireless
tablet) .

Here is a table of contents of the images to be found on this site:

* 1 History
       o 1.1 Historical images
       o 1.2 Specific periods
       o 1.3 People
   * 2 Art
       o 2.1 Visual arts
       o 2.2 Music
   * 3 Logos and flags
   * 4 Postage stamps
  *5   General collections
  *6   Computer-generated public domain images
  *7   Public domain image meta-resources
  *8   Uncategorized links
       o 8.1 U.S. Government sites

This website in the UK has over 100 lessons for RM Easiteach( which now
comes with the CPS Chalkboard). If you don‟t have a chalkboard( or a copy of
Easiteach) a free READER version of Easiteach can be downloaded at

There are more free lessons at, the UK
homesite of Easiteach. A copy of Easiteach comes free with each CPS

This site has Examview test banks , posted by teachers who created them. If
you are not already using Examview, you can request a trial version of Examview
6.0 at

These question banks can be imported directly into the Examview “folder” of the
CPS software and used for assessments with the Classroom Performance

An interactive math dictionary. No “math” is not mis-spelled. This site is in
Australia, and people who speak British English called it “maths” .

This site has connections to more things that an average teacher could use than
any other site I have found. It is worth checking out for the Clip Art and
Powerpoints alone.

This site contains a list of Hundreds of sites. Most have free content, while ot her
are ads for “for sale” products. In checking few of the hundreds of free sites, I
found many free and useful resources

This website has all kinds of games that can be used with either a CPS
Chalkboard, or an IWB( interactive whiteboard or “smart board” I mentioned
Sheppard software above. These are social studies activities.

This site also has a lot of info about creating whiteboard movies with Camtasia
Studio, as well as much useful info on Examview -

Hundreds of topic-organized Powerpoints, all created and share b y teacher can
be found at:

Here is another website I just got from my friend and mentor, Dr. Kemble Oliver

These are animated maps from world history. These are not “tactical maps”, but
rather some very good animated and narrated maps that show the flow and
scope of history. Conflict is a key aspect of human history and this site would be
ideal to use with a wireless table,IWB, or without.

This website, created by a teachers lists what he thinks are the top 101 websites
with useful information for teachers. They are broken down by category

A school district website right here in South Carolina that has a lot of really good

A Georgia site with templates for LOTS of educational Powerpoint games and
other great resources

This NASA website has all kinds of materials on science education that are free
to download, along with links to many good science education web sites.

Speaking of NASA, this site is an amazing animation of the International Space

Another site with dozens, if not hundreds of Powerpoints. This site is well
organized . There are also Lesson plans to go with many of these Powerpoints!

If you would like to take a “virtual tour” of an authentic antebellum plantation, then
check out this page at the Boone Hall website. I have been friends with the
McRae family that owns Boone Hall for many years, and “rode out” Hurricane
Hugo there in 1989. I have quite a few pictures of Boone Hall in my personal
collection I would be glad to share.

This is an amazing photo of President Obama giving his inaugural address. This
site posts photos that allow you to “zoom” right in and see very small details. For
example, you can zoom in this photos and see all the dignitaries on the platform.
There are more photos on this site as well.

This website contains info on a very good historical simulation, the Calm and the
Storm, about the events leading up to World War II. You can download the demo
version for free. The full working version is reasonably priced. Also, many users
have written “Mods” ( Modifications) that can be downloaded. Several of these
Mods deal with Alternative History: What if Hitler had won? What if there was a
nuclear war?
Great stuff and this program lends itself to use with an Interactive whiteboard or
wireless tablet

This program would work especially well with the Mobi, since you can have more
than one Mobi( up to 9) inputting on the same computer at the same time. So you
could have each “team” or Country with their own Mobi.

This site is the brainchild of my friend, Guy Kawasaki. Guy was part of the
original Macintosh evangelist team. He has gone on to write “amazingly great”
books about a variety of topics. The idea of this website is simple but brilliant:

Alltop is an “online magazine rack” of popular topics. We update the stories
every hour. Pick a topic by searching, news category, or name, and we‟ll deliver
it to you 24 x 7. All the topics, all the time

So if you have a special interest like sports or education, you can find a collecti on
of the latest files here.

This is a site where members( it is free to join) can post and share Powerpoints.
It is searchable, so you can find useful Powerpoints there. I have already posted
a couple about CPS.

This website allows teachers to post files they have created and either give them
away ( there are 14 Examview test banks , and a few ARE free) or sell them. A
membership is free. There are 2,446 free downloads, including many
Powerpoints on page.

Free maps, ideal for use with a interactive whiteboard or wireless tablet.

This is an animated map that shows the growth of the United States over time.
This map is free for anyone to use. It is a “teaser” for the other products that this
company sells.
This site has free “quick reference guides for Windows, Microsoft Office
Programs, and Adobe Programs. These are free , handy “cheat sheets” for the
software most people have on their computer.

Finally, this video is the best short intro to what “CPS is” that I have seen. If you
are demonstrating CPS, and want to give folks an overview, this works well

If you have a site you want to share, let me know and I will add to the list.

I have posted this file to where it can be downloaded freely. is free to join and allows users to post any file they want.

It is also searchable and you can find files and even books on almost any

To find my files, search :WKMcIntosh , my user name on this site or keyword

I am also using . I am posting the same info to both sites.

And I also use This site organizes the files I post into either
presentations or documents, which makes them easy to find :

By the way, there are materials of all kinds , on any topic you can name, from
cookbooks to computer books and lots of education related materials on these
sites. You may find information other than that related to eInstruction products.
These sites are basically on-line libraries, where anyone can post a document to


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