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10 of the Best Free Online Teacher Resources for the Classroom

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 30, 2017 9:47:05 AM

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The world of online educational resources is ever-changing and sites that were popular a few years earlier have disappeared. Some of the sites that have made this list are familiar to many, notably Khan Academy and Google Earth, but are there because of the breadth and depth of their content. Others like Share My Lesson and Diigo may be new to you but well worth a look and their modern interfaces are easy to navigate and search for the right topics. Enjoy and share.

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  1. TED-Ed: Engaging and inspirational resources for education

TED-Ed is the youth initiative started by TED, a non-profit organization short for the advancement of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED-Ed is a website filled with insanely interesting videos, discussing everything from skin color to gravitational waves. TED-Ed creates thought-provoking content that’s always entertaining. For an example of this, check out their comprehensive and interactive periodic table that features videos for each element.

  1. SciShow: Short and simple science videos

SciShow and SciShow Kids are two YouTube video channels that produce educational content. SciShow Kids is geared towards younger students. Most videos are well under five minutes in length and prove great conversation starters before launching into a lesson. 

  1. Share My Lesson: Swap teaching resources with other educators

Share My Lesson gives educators access to other lesson plans and classroom activities. This supportive site was formed by the American Federation of Teachers as a comprehensive resource for all. It spans all grade levels, from toddler to 12th Grade. Lesson plans are well organized by subject and grade level. Users are encouraged to rate lesson plans, which make it easier to find the best resources.

  1. Teachers Pay Teachers: Online marketplace for educational resources

Teachers Pay Teachers is a popular site that allows teachers to purchase educational resources from other teachers. However, Teachers Pay Teachers is also a library of 100 percent teacher’s helps also. In fact, every seller must include at least one free resource.

  1. Kahoot!: Game-based learning platform

Kahoot! helps you “make learning awesome” by giving you the superpower to design your own learning games. Turn your lesson plans into cool challenges that your students will most definitely respond to. It’s taking your pop quiz and turning it up a notch– or ten! Students can play on multiple devices, including smartphones, tablets, and desktops. 

  1. Khan Academy: A learning resource for every age

Khan Academy is an educational resource that works almost like an online tutor. The stripped down lessons in Khan Academy often feature a voiceover and a drawing program where the teacher explains concepts in a patient and supportive manner. It’s a great resource for helping students who may need extra support.

  1. Code.org: Computer science for early education

Code.org reminds us that coding is the face of the future. If you’re interested in a fun, easy, and interactive way to teach your students how to code, look no further than Code.org. Kids get to code with famous characters that they already know and love, such as Angry Birds, Minecraft, and Frozen. Although it’s geared towards elementary school-aged students, anyone will enjoy creating code on this site and, just as importantly, they’ll understand the logic behind it. 

  1. Google Earth: Virtual mapping program

Google Earth is a great interactive tool that makes it fun to explore the earth’s geography. Use the Street View feature to travel to different parts of the globe without stepping foot outside your classroom. Google Earth also offers a diverse amount of information, ranging from the Lewis and Clark trail map in 1814 to an interactive tour of the planet Mars. 

  1. Teachinghistory.org: Learning resources for U.S. history

Teachinghistory.org provides resources for teaching U.S. history to every grade level. Teachers have access to lesson plan rubrics along with other resources, including the informative “Ask a Historian” feature.

  1. Diigo: Social bookmarking and sharing tool

Diigo helps you collect, annotate, and organize the information you find on the web. Then, you can share it with others. It helps you research more quickly and efficiently, enabling you to bookmark as you go and call up those bookmarks when you most need them.

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