Useful web sites for educators


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This is a list of website I have found with information I think will be useful to educators , especially those who have projecors, whiteboards and other kinds of interactive Technologies.

Bill McIntosh
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You can find information on all of Dukane products here

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Useful web sites for educators

  1. 1. Useful websites-Updated Jan 31,2012Here is a list of web pages I have found with useful resources for teachers,especially if you have a projector, Interactive Whiteboard, Student response(Clicker) system, or wireless tablet. Of course, many of these can be usedwithout those tools.There is no shortage of tips and lists of websites out there. These are simplyones I have discovered that I thought might be of particular use for those withinteractive Technology in the Classroom.DK Books are well known for their wonderful graphics. A huge selection ofthese is available for free download from this web page. These can be usedin many ways , including as illustratitons for powerpoints UK site. The Birmingham learning grid has all kinds of activities that canbe used with a tablet l, or an Interactive Whiteboard. Because these are in GreatBritain, part of the fun for your students might be the fact that many are narratedin “British English” . just games, but activities like SAT prep words., not tips on how to be a spy. But there are accurate and up to date maps ofthe world,and every country in the world here. You would hope the CIA keeps upwith this kind of stuff..and they do.
  2. 2. This site a smorgasbord of free graphics, powerpoint images, clip art andtutorials.www.fiddlersgreen.netA site selling paper models. Mostly of airplanes but also many buildings. A Greatsource for dioramas. There are several freebies there and lots of info on eachmodel plane and house. Thoreau’s cabin and Emerson’s home are among themodels relevant to English teachers, for example. My college American litprofessor, Dr. Joel Myerson, a world’s expert on Thoreau and Emerson, sharedthis site with his students, and sent me a nice email in return. Each modelincludes a write up about the history of the house or airplane. Everything from aNorman Castle to a model of the World Trade Center can be found here.www.funbrain.comAll kinds of on line learning games and activities. K-12. Free Avalon project is a collection of primary documents found at Yale University.This is a great site for history teachers. collection of Powerpoint games, Grades 4 and 5http://www.sciencecourseware.orgOn line Science activities . High school Level helping teachers. A website with many useful resources. web site with listing of sites for virtual field trips.
  3. 3. animations of how everyday things are made site of a PBS Program, “In Search of Shakespeare” New York Times Classroom Resource Center has lots of useful info ,including quizzes that could be downloaded, printed and used with the “Fastgrade” aspect of CPS.www.Pogueman.comSpeaking of the New York Times, David Pogue and I are old friends. He wasinterviewed today ( Jan 27,2007 ) on CNN about Windows Vista. He has a newshow coming out in soon on the Discovery Channel. David is the technologycolumnist for the NY Times, and the smartest person I have ever met. You wontfind any lessons or clip art, but if you want to learn about what’s new withtechnology, 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 manualsfor 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 newseries that premiered May 18, 2007 on the Discovery Channel : “Its all Geek toMe”.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 is a site hosted by the Discovery Channel. While there are videos here onalmost any topic you can imagine, there seems to be a lot of science-related andcomputer-related videos and “how to “ articles.‘Do you have students with Ipods or MP3 players. How bout some free audio
  4. 4. 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 Ive everheard.) (iTunes) * Emma, Jane Austen (mp3 download) * Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (rss feed) o Also check out the 1938 radio broadcast that is faithful to Mary Shelleystext. (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 Chatterleys 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)
  5. 5. * Silas Marner, George Eliot (mp3 download) * Shakespeares 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 (iTunes) * 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, Stephen 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 (mp3download) * 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 Toms 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, forexample consider projecting them onto an interactive whiteboard and using thesound files to narrate for your students. You could also use a voting pad systemto ask questions about either the text or the sound files. I recently found a cablethat will allow my ipod to be plugged into the “sound in “ port on my projector.Likewise, an Ipad can be plugged directly into a projector, with the properadapter, and you could use the ipad to “bring up” these files.If you project onto a screen you can use a wireless tablet let students highlight akey 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
  6. 6. powerful.This site has grown since I first found it 10 years ago, and has many newresources including videos.www.juniorgeneral.orgA website with dozens of military history simulations. The neat thing is you canprint out , on cardboard, the boards games and the soldiers, etc for playing thesesimulation games. The simulations go all the way back to the Battle of Marathonin Ancient Greece and up to the 20th century. You can also find templates forbuilding a medieval castle . And there are lots of links from the simulations towebsites with the actual history of the battle or event. 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 CPSquestions, or with the the CPS Chalkboard, Interwrite Mobi ( or other wirelesstablet) .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
  7. 7. interactive math dictionary. No “math” is not mis-spelled. This site is inAustralia, and people who speak British English called it “maths” . site has connections to more things that an average teacher could use thanany other site I have found. It is worth checking out for the Clip Art andPowerpoints alone. site contains a list of Hundreds of sites. Most have free content, while otherare ads for “for sale” products. In checking few of the hundreds of free sites, Ifound many free and useful resourcesThis website has all kinds of games that can be used with either a CPSChalkboard, or an IWB( interactive whiteboard or “smart board” I mentionedSheppard software above. These are social studies activities.This site also has a lot of info about creating whiteboard movies with CamtasiaStudio, as well as much useful info on Examview of topic-organized Powerpoints, all created and share b y teacher canbe found at: is another website I just got from my friend and mentor, Dr. Kemble Oliver are animated maps from world history. These are not “tactical maps”, butrather some very good animated and narrated maps that show the flow and
  8. 8. scope of history. Conflict is a key aspect of human history and this site would beideal to use with a wireless table,IWB, or without. website, created by a teachers lists what he thinks are the top 101 websiteswith useful information for teachers. They are broken down by category school district website right here in South Carolina that has a lot of really goodpowerpoints. Georgia site with templates for LOTS of educational Powerpoint games andother great resources NASA website has all kinds of materials on science education that are freeto download, along with links to many good science education web sites. of NASA, this site is an amazing animation of the International Spacestation. site with dozens, if not hundreds of Powerpoints. This site is wellorganized . There are also Lesson plans to go with many of these Powerpoints! you would like to take a “virtual tour” of an authentic antebellum plantation, thencheck out this page at the Boone Hall website. I have been friends with theMcRae family that owns Boone Hall for many years, and “rode out” HurricaneHugo there in 1989. I have quite a few pictures of Boone Hall in my personalcollection I would be glad to share.
  9. 9. This is an amazing photo of President Obama giving his inaugural address. Thissite posts photos that allow you to “zoom” right in and see very small details. Forexample, you can zoom in this photos and see all the dignitaries on the platform.There are more photos on this site as website contains info on a very good historical simulation, the Calm and theStorm, about the events leading up to World War II. You can download the demoversion for free. The full working version is reasonably priced. Also, many usershave written “Mods” ( Modifications) that can be downloaded. Several of theseMods deal with Alternative History: What if Hitler had won? What if there was anuclear war?Great stuff and this program lends itself to use with an Interactive whiteboard orwireless tabletThis program would work especially well with the Mobi, since you can have morethan one Mobi( up to 9) inputting on the same computer at the same time. So youcould have each “team” or Country with their own Mobi. site is the brainchild of my friend, Guy Kawasaki. Guy was part of theoriginal 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 storiesevery hour. Pick a topic by searching, news category, or name, and we’ll deliverit to you 24 x 7. All the topics, all the timeSo if you have a special interest like sports or education, you can find a collectionof the latest files here.www.slideshare.netThis 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 posteda couple about CPS.www.teacherspayteachers.comThis website allows teachers to post files they have created and either give themaway or sell them. A membership is free. There are several thousand FREEdownloads , including many powerpoint files.
  10. 10. maps, ideal for use with a interactive whiteboard or wireless tablet. Sims : site has free “quick reference guides for Windows, Microsoft OfficePrograms, and Adobe Programs. These are free , handy “cheat sheets” for thesoftware most people have on their computer. Natonal Library of Virtual Manipulatives has animated graphics GREAT forteaching math. 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 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 anysubject.To find my files, search :WKMcIntosh , my user name on this site.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
  11. 11. presentations or documents, which makes them easy to find : the way, there are materials of all kinds , on any topic you can name, fromcookbooks to computer books and lots of education related materials on thesesites. You may find information other than that related to eInstruction products.These sites are basically on-line libraries, where anyone can post a document toshare.ThanksThe sites I have posted here can be used with any projector/whiteboard/studentreponse system.I AM a consultant for Dukane, and they offer products in all of these categories.Dukane offers an industry leading FIVE year warranty on most of their products.Please let me know if you would like additional information.Bill McIntoshAuthorized Dukane ConsultantPhone :843-442-8888Email :WKMcIntosh@Comcast.netYou can find information on all of Dukane products here
  12. 12. As well as on the main Dukane