• www.ixl.comwww.ixl.comAlthough it may not seem like an idealeducational site due to there being acost for membership on the site, Ibelieve that if the funds were availablethey would be well spent. It is a usefuland effective tool for teaching math tostudents from kindergarten all the wayup to algebra. It uses different forms ofexamples, practice and evaluation.With its support of a number ofdifferent skills and topics, it is a toolthat will be helpful and work forstudents and teachers alike.
• www.mathcats.comwww.mathcats.comThis is a fun and playful website withinteractive games, crafts and an artgallery as well. This could help toengage even the most hesitant youngmath student and it is free to use. Thissite provides practice in a variety ofmath skills. It is recommended forstudent use by Sylvan Learning Center.(www.tutoring.sylvanlearning.com)
• www.aaamath.comwww.aaamath.comThis site also offers many tools for useby students of various ages inpracticing their math skills. With funand challenging games, the wholefamily or the whole class couldparticipate in the mastery of mathskills. The site is easy to navigate as itis step by step. It take you to the skillset that you wish to work on and thentakes you to the specific type ofproblem that you wish to be given anexample of and then practice. It is afree site and also recommended bySylvan Learning Center for the practiceof math in and outside of theclassroom on the web.(www.tutoring.sylvanlearning.com)
• www.aaaspell.comwww.aaaspell.comThis website is an extension ofaaamath.com and as that is a usefultool for math, this website is a usefultool for learning both spelling andvocabulary. Membership is free andeven allows users to upload their ownspelling and vocabulary lists in order touse within the activities on the site.Also, for the younger learners there isthe option to practice the alphabet sothat they may grasp that which is anessential element of spelling,vocabulary, speech, reading, writingand learning in general.
• www.spellingcity.comwww.spellingcity.comThis site allows students to uploadtheir spelling lists and save them inorder to do activities pertaining totheir spelling lists in order to practiceand learn them. They can play a game,use virtual flash cards, have a lessontaught to them over the spelling, takea spelling test or even take avocabulary test. These are the freeservices on the site which are afantastic resource for students withspelling words to master. For a fee,there are further services offered but Ibelieve the free services to be enoughof a useful tool for utilizing.
• www.bookadventure.comwww.bookadventure.comOn this site, students are quizzed intrivia form over stories and books thatthey have read. They receive points fortheir good work and learning and canwork toward prizes. Prizes whileimproving their readingcomprehension! Parents and teacherscan easily remain involved in thestudents’ progress with this site aswell. Students and teachers can evengo a step further and create their ownreading challenge for their class oreven their school with this site’s help.This is a wonderful tool for sparking aninterest in reading and furtheringreading comprehension.
• www.pbskids.orgwww.pbskids.orgThis website is great for the younglearner. It allows them to play variousreading games and other games aswell as presenting characters that theyknow and love from PBS, such asCurious George and Clifford the BigRed Dog. There are also links forparents and teachers. This allowsparents and teachers to track theprogress of the children using theactivities on the site. It goes in levelsand due to that and the use of thecharacters, it even caught theattention of my toddler so this is a sitethat could captivate a young audience.The colors and sounds only add to itsappeal. And with the ease of use,utilization and interaction for students,parents and teachers alike it is a greattool.
• http://funschool.kaboose.comhttp://funschool.kaboose.comThis site is a great tool that is moregeared toward younger students. Itwould be very useful in a scienceclassroom and it is so fun that youngerstudents are sure to be interested.There are interactive games along withvideos showing neat crafts beingworked on. Also, there is an option forteacher and parents to go into a linkfor ways that they can enhancelearning. There is also a search tool tohelp find further projects.
• www.kidsites.comwww.kidsites.comThis website is great because it is adoor to other websites on topics thatwill interest a variety of students indifferent areas of study. I looked intowhere it takes you pertaining toscientific study. One of the sites that itleads to has physics information andhow it relates to the construction ofamusement parks. There are also linksto sites dealing with basic scientificproperties as well as anatomy andpopular science. It is a way to lead allstudents to information that can teachthem in ways that touch on theirinterests and lives. This is fun and canbe used in various classes andactivities as it is so versatile. Also,there are parent and teacher links forfurther use and versatility.
• www.kidsites.com(continued)www.kidsites.com(cont)As I mentioned before, this is a greatsource for many subjects though Ibegan focusing on science. It is also ofgreat use for the history teacher. Itlinks you to information on variousperiods and subjects. The subjects thatyou can research here range fromcolonization to Egypt and even downon the line of history to theUnderground Railroad. It is easy tonavigate and gives a clear descriptionof what each link has to offer.
• http://undsci.berkeley.eduhttp://undsci.berkeley.eduThis is a great educational websitedeveloped by educators at Berkeleywhich I believe to be a reliable source.This not only explains the basics ofunderstanding science and scientificthought but it also offers a resourcelibrary chalk full of information andactivities for teachers to use withstudents and that students can alsouse on their own. There are alsointeractive videos of scientificprocesses and good, clear and conciseexplanations here. There are even casestudies of scientific experiments thatscientists have actually done. So manybasic scientific foundations and moreall at your fingertips…for free.
• http://phet.colorado.eduhttp://phet.colorado.eduThis site has a lot of useful interactivescience simulations that are researchbased. They revolve around thesubjects of physics, chemistry, earthscience and general science. The siteeven includes teacher’s projects andinput for use in the classroom. And it isa site that was developed by theUniversity of Colorado at Boulder andthey received an award for the site in2011. Great tool to intertwine in yourscience lessons.
• www.discovery.kids.comwww.discovery.kids.comThis site is geared toward the younger,curious minds of children who want toknow about their world. It answerssome fun questions in the CuriosityCorner…such as “Do we really needtrees?” Once the link is clicked on itgoes to a page with credibleinformation that children canunderstand as to why we do needtrees. There are also games andquizzes as well as puzzles. There arealso ideas for activities. SO this wouldbe an interactive playground forchildren to learn about science in butalso a great resource for teachers forthe formulation of ideas and projects. Ibelieve this to be a sight that couldinstill a love for learning and caring forour world as children discover moreabout it.
• www.smithsonianeducation.orgwww.smithsonianeducation.orgThis site offers chances to interactivelybe involved in activities such as onlineconferences with the Smithsonian,right from the computer. It is a veryrich resource as it has so much more.As educators, we should also let ourstudents know that science can havereal world applications for a career.This site not only gives teachers ideasfor lesson plans and offers games butalso allows students to watch videoson what the scientists at theSmithsonian are doing in their variousfields. This gives a face to the lessonwhile teaching various fields and skillsets that require the application ofscientific knowledge which goes handin hand with the practical applicationson the site. And there are games andlesson plans for many subjects. Plus,who knows…it may even give somestudents something to aspire to intheir own future…
• www.history.comwww.history.comThe History Channel is, of course, atelevision station so some content maynot be relevant but a good deal of it is.How fun to learn about THIS DAY INHISTORY, as well as interactive gameand plenty of videos dealing in allthings history. It is also something thatmany students will recognize and canpossibly feel comfortable with becausethey are familiar with it. And eventhough it deals with history, it is acurrent channel so the website doesreceive updates daily and newresources are added for use at times. Itis also a good source of informationand learning that many students maybe able to access outside of school andhelp to inspire a love of learning abouthistory.
• www.historymatters.gmu.eduwww.historymatters.gmu.eduThis site links you to various sitesdealing with various periods of history.The index is listed by topic and timeperiod for easy navigation or if youscroll down a bit further then you willfind a listing that explains further indepth what each link has to offer.There are also resources for teacherson teaching history and they way thathistorians study history. It is a fantasticresource for all and would be great foruse on projects as well as various unitsof study. The ease of use makes it evenmore appealing for all.
• www.teacher.scholastic.comwww.teacher.scholastic.comThis is a great source for music teacheras they look at the history of musicwith their students. It is a great sourcefor being able to reach acrossdisciplines and incorporate music withhistory and other classes dealing withthe Civil War. It gives anoverview/timeline of the history ofjazz, which is closely intertwined withhistory.
• www.ipl.org/div/mushistwww.ipl.org/div/mushistThis website gives a chronologichistory of music through the ages. Itspans from the Middle Ages to thetwentieth century and has moreinformation in links about each eraand various musicians. This is a richresource for a music teacher toeducate her students on the history ofmusic. It is good to see that all musicwas once new music and its effect onthe music of today.
• www.pecentral.orgwww.pecentral.orgThis is a site that is a wonderfulresource for health and physicaleducation teachers. It is up to date andgive access to lesson plans and ideasfor maintaining an environment that isboth physically and mentally healthyfor students. There are up to date linksfor other resources as well as a spotfor students to give some feedback. Italso even gives opportunity forparticipation in challenges for studentsand teachers all around. I think that itis a great tool that health and PEteachers could utilize in order tofurther inspiration for studentparticipation in their class which isactually vital.
• www.nickjr.com/kidswww.nickjr.com/kidsThis site is great for the youngestlearners, who are the viewers ofchannels like Nick Jr. They can playgames and watch videos of shows aswell as projects. The games, videosand projects all include a lessonand/or are about learning aboutvarious things. The characters tell youwhat to do when you first enter thesite so that the child will know what todo and the navigation of the site iseasy from there. They pick one of theirfavorite Nick Jr characters and go fromthere and learn and enjoy themselvesas well. This is a great site to suggestto parents of young children as well asthere are many suggestions for familyactivities and a link for parents too.Using this site can help young learnersin mastering the use of technologyavailable to them for learning.
• www.nga.gov/educationwww.nga.gov/educationThis is the site for the National Galleryof Art in Washington D.C. It has linkswithin the site dealing with varioustopics on the subject of art and evenart history as well as working in art.This is a great resource with a palpableplace that has experts in the field aswell as great works of art within thewalls of the actual art gallery. This is agreat resource for teachers to showtheir students artwork as they arelearning about art, since a field trip tothe actual gallery may not be possible.And it is better than textbooks orslides as it is more interactive and aplace they can aspire to someday visit.
• www.louvre.frwww.louvre.frThis is the website for the famousLouvre museum in Paris, France. Theyhouse a vast and coveted collection ofart. With that come knowledge and alook at both art and history and havingpersonally been there I can tell youthat the place is awe inspiring, even inpictures. The site gives you the optionof English so that the students canread it even if they are not bilingual.This gives a worldly perspective to artand I believe would capture theinterest of many students interested inart, even if they are not aspiringartists.
• www.gamequarium.comwww.gamequarium.comThis is a site with games to helpstudents in the mastery of the Spanishlanguage. A Spanish teacher could usethis to engage reluctant studentstaking the course as a requirement forgraduation. The games are gearedtoward vocabulary and punctuationplus more. The lessons in the games goin levels for more effective mastery.
• www.nationalgeographic.comwww.nationalgeographic.comThis site offers information on manydifferent topics in science, theenvironment and even technology.There are videos and articles and it isupdated daily with a photo of the dayand more. This is also a channel ontelevision so it may be something thatstudents recognize and can utilize inmore than one way outside of school.This gives real world application andup to date information in aninteractive format.
• www.pinterest.comwww.pinterest.comThis is a great interactive site thatcould be used for family and consumerscience classes. There are recipesgalore as well as ideas for makingjewelry and other crafts to wear onyour person or for use around thehouse. Once an account is created, youlook things up and repin them onvirtual boards that you name andmanage. A teacher could do this withher classes in order to keep theminvolved in their learning as well asbeing able to access creative and fun,fresh ideas for use in the class. I am amember and it is such a great tool forme just as a mom and a person, itwould be stupendous for use in aclassroom. There are up to date itemsand the teacher could have access tothe links through the pins. And I knowa lot of people who have joined sosome students may even be familiarwith this site.