All Subject Areas
Great site for students to create timelines, resumes (there are templates), and concept maps/flowcharts.
Student response system. Use to check for understanding. Graphs answers and is private. Also good to use to get to know students.
Site gives instructions on how to do just about anything; but for educators the best thing about this site is that it is a place for students to post
instructions they have written (think: recipes, sewing, fixing technology problems, etc.) to get feedback (writing for an audience).
Design cartoons to share—can use your own photos for backgrounds.
A personal organizational tool. Or use it for online collaboration—complete with sticky notes and photos.
Quickly convert any web page to pdf so that it’s easier to print—or so that it is accessible for students without wifi access outside of school.
Simple K12 http://www.simplek12.com/
Online professional development.
EduPlace Graphic Organizers http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/
and Holt Graphic Organizers http://my.hrw.com/nsmedia/intgos/html/igo.htm
A graphic organizer for just about every type of text and genre.
Success Certificates http://www.successcertificates.com/
For sports, activities, and academics. After selecting a broad category from the menu, search for a specific sport, subject area or activity. These
templates can be edited in Word.
and Today’s Meet https://todaysmeet.com/
Free backchannel sites. Great for entire class brainstorming and also a place for shy students to post questions during direct instruction.
Write and illustrate your own graphic novel. Could be used as an alternative to a report or as another way for students to show what they’ve
learned. Also could be an entertaining way to give step-by-step visual instructions.
High school. Similar to NewsELA in that each article has 4 different Lexile levels from which to choose. (750-1240 Lexile range)
Each article has different Lexile levels. Contains nonfiction as well as current events articles.
Videos to illustrate the definition of a word. Best to access by clicking on “Word List” in the middle of the start page. Then click on the ABC index
to find a particular word because not all words have videos.
Kids Zone Graphs http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx
Don’t let the name make you think that this graphing site is just for elementary and middle school kids. It’s great to use when the original data does
not dwell in a spreadsheet. Makes professional-looking bar, line, area, pie, and xy graphs.
A do-it-yourself Pinterest site that allows way more design freedom than your Pinterest page and allows for online collaboration.
Text to Speech http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/
Type or copy-and-paste in text and this site converts it to a downloadable mp3 file which can then be posted in Google Classroom, Schoology, or
any application that takes audio files. Good to use to help make lessons inclusive.
Library of Congress Teacher Page http://www.loc.gov/teachers/
Curriculum, collections, lessons plans! Can search by topic, CCSS, or organization.
Type in a question. Share the link to the question with your class so they can answer it. (Or have students use the QR code app located in Self
Service to scan a QR code that you create to get to the question website.)
Make online flashcards.
An alternative to editing pdf documents. Drag and drop a pdf document into the site. Then use the tools in the upper right corner to
edit/add/delete text from the pdf document. When you’re done, go to Print. But instead of printing, save the document to your computer in pdf
Another option for students to collection the web materials, audios, videos, etc., that they find as they are doing research. Also a more visual way
for teachers to share syllabi or other class materials.
You can create your own bag. Or you can search for someone else’s bag to save yourself some work. Could see this being used as a way to reflect
on reading. For example, after reading To Kill a Mockingbird, students could be asked to create a Bag of today’s news stories that would most
Poll Everywhere https://www.polleverywhere.com/
Live/real time polling. Good for whole class participation. Can be used with cell phones.
Easy drag-and-drop web page creator.
Organize all the web information that is important for your classes in one place.
About.com Geography: Line Maps http://geography.about.com/od/blankmaps/
Name of website says it all.
National Geographic Expeditions http://nationalgeographic.org/education/?xpop=1&ar_a=1
Includes printable and interactive maps and timely lesson plans.
Earth Album http://www.earthalbum.com/
Click on the map and pictures from and of that country appear. Zoom in to click on more specific locations. Pictures change about once every two
weeks. Good to help students visualize a particular geographic characteristic or to help them gain background knowledge on a particular setting.
Teachers can set up classes and assign the lessons (included in the site) or assign the games. Or, the games can be played with whole class
participation. (I got hooked on the “Win the Presidency” game.)
Reading like a Historian http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh
American history. Integrates primary source documents whenever possible.
World History Matters http://worldhistorymatters.org/
Searchable world history portal. 2009 Merlot winner for Exemplary Online Teaching Resource.
Life Magazine Photos http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Avalon Project http://avalon.law.yale.edu/
Valley of the Shadow (Civil War) http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/VoS/lettersp1.html
Waves: An Interactive Tutorial http://pages.iu.edu/~kforinas/WJS/SineJS.html
Complete with simulations.
Understanding Evolution http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/home.php
Includes current evolution science news.
PhET Simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new
Science and math. Most are downloadable.
Earth Explorations Toolbox http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/chapters.html
Each chapter provides teachers and/or students with direct practice for using scientific tools to analyze Earth science data. Students should begin
on the Case Study page.
Periodic Table of Elements http://www.periodicvideos.com/
A short video that explains each of the elements plus current events that involve the elements.
Big History Project https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
Complete world history education site—plans, activities, curriculum—from the big bang to the future. Requires registration.
Cells Alive! http://www.cellsalive.com/
Cells, microbes, and the immune system.
Jefferson Lab http://education.jlab.org/index.html
Education site from the Department of Energy; atoms
Brady Haran loves math and numbers! He produces these videos to help viewers better visualize math concepts and numbers.
Understanding Science http://undsci.berkeley.edu/
Created by UC Berkeley, the content on the site is also available for download through iTunes.
NCTM Illuminations http://illuminations.nctm.org/Search.aspx?view=search&type=ls&gr=9-12
At the top, run cursor over “Lessons” to select grade level.
Math Planet http://www.mathplanet.com/
Explanations, sample problems, and videos for all high school math subjects. Includes sample SAT and ACT problems.
Math Playground http://www.mathplayground.com/
Games to reinforce basic skills. Good for students who are performing below 9th grade level. Common Core aligned.
Pictures as writing prompts for poetry, long/short form pieces. Then the picture is used in the piece. Story or poem can then be digitally
published. Would be good for free writing or just for students who love to write but don’t have artistic talent.
Key in a word and Lexipedia will produce all the word’s parts of speech and a diagram showing relationships between the word and the parts of
Finds rhymes, near rhymes, lyrics and poems, homophones and more for words and phrases that you key into the search field.
The Web English Teacher http://www.varsitytutors.com/englishteacher/index.html
Tons of resources for writing, reading, and literature.
Adobe Spark https://spark.adobe.com/
Web-based graphics and video creator
Screen recordings that are saved in the cloud; accessible via a website.
How to use EdPuzzle on youtube http://joyslibrarylandadventures.blogspot.com/2016/10/no-fear-tech-tools.html?m=1
Just in case that perfect video you found is way too long!
Both sites contain documentaries. JohnLocker is arranged by subject. Some are very short and some are feature length. SnagFilms also contains
Make your own instructional video. Or have students make one instead of a poster, for example, for a class project. Records audio as well as
visual. Use the writing tool to draw as you record. Or import an image and draw on it while you explain. As a teacher, you can also set up classes.
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/
THE instructional/educational video site. If you want to learn something, chances are that there’s a video here that can teach you.
Great source for professional development and just plain inspiration!
Great site to teach students the basics about video production including scripting, knowing how to all the settings on a camera, how to get a great
shot/sequence, camera moves, lighting, audio, and editing.
Get rid of the ads on youtube and vimeo videos. (Use the URL in the browser in youtube, NOT the share URL.)
Background video downloads to be used in video production (particularly using green screens)
An alternative to Google Images. This site also gives some explanation of the photos. Site also includes curriculum materials.
Free Clipart http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/
University of Victoria (Canada) Teaching Clipart http://hcmc.uvic.ca/clipart/
Free images that can be used by anyone but are aimed at those teaching foreign languages.
Roxio Photoshow http://www.photoshow.com/home/start
Upload photos and the sites create a video for you that can be shared. Could be used by students to show what they learned.
Searches for images that are free to use, modify, or both.
Uses flickr to look for Creative Commons images.
Online photo editing tool.
Big Huge Lab http://bighugelabs.com/
All sorts of things that you can do with photos! Some of these require payment. And you do have to create an account even if a particular type of
creation is free.
Activities for ESL http://a4esl.org/
Practice activities for all age and ability levels.
Talk English http://www.talkenglish.com/
Audio of common American English phrases and idioms.
Digital Dialects http://digitaldialects.com/
Interactive games for language learners.
The Web English Teacher http://www.varsitytutors.com/englishteacher/esl
Many, many resources and links to even more.
Engineering Go For It http://www.egfi-k12.org/
From the American Society for Engineering Education. Lesson plans and activities.
Discover Engineering http://www.discovere.org/
Career information and activities.
Career Cornerstone Center http://www.careercornerstone.org/
Information on STEM careers. Has sections for students, teachers, and counselors.
Ricci Adams’ Music Theory http://www.musictheory.net/
Lessons arranged by topic. Special section of Exercises and also special music tools such as a matrix, Calculator and staff paper generator.
Online drawing. Very simple—don’t need to create an account to use it.
Goodbye-Art Academy http://gbaacademy.com/classes
Drawing lessons, art history, artist biographies, videos of artists creating their works.
Another online drawing site. No account necessary. Incorporates fonts.
Google Arts and Culture https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/
Daily arts news. Or search a topic.
Family and Consumer Science Resources http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1197402#anchor
Every conceivable FACS class has resources listed here.
Fool Proof: Financial Literacy http://www.foolproofteacher.com/
Highly reviewed personal finance site.
Awesome Library http://www.awesomelibrary.org/
Catalogs 37,000 of the very best websites on the Internet. Has been on the web for a LONG time. Great resource that is organized by subject or you
Search a topic. A concept map appears along with an explanation of the sites found with links to that information. Although this could be used for
Internet research instead of Google, Instagrok would also be a good place for students to develop an outline or to develop a list of subtopics. Could
be a good tool to help students narrow a topic as well.
An online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciation, etymology, and links to LOTS of sources of the definition of the word.
British Library http://www.bl.uk/
Hundreds of thousands digitized documents, manuscripts, sounds, pictures. Go to Collections menu and then select from the Digitized Collection.
Go Ask Alice http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/
Students can ask or find the answers for any question that might have about health.
Science of Sport http://www.exploratorium.edu/sports/
The physiology and physics of a variety of sports.
PE Central http://www.pecentral.org/
Lesson plans which include plans for adaptive PE.
BAM: Body and Mind http://www.cdc.gov/bam/
From the Centers for Disease Control.
Health Hut: How Healthy is Your City? http://onlinemha.com/2010/how-healthy-is-your-city-state-or-country-40-web-apps-infographics-to-find-out/
Human Body Facts http://www.human-body-facts.com/
Also includes downloadable pictures.
Teachnology Health Education http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/health/912/
Classroom + Doctopus + Goobric https://youtu.be/ttRU64ore8g
If you are a Google Classroom user, you’ll need to watch this how-to video that will make document organization so much easier! (The video is only
If you use Google Classroom or Sheets, I hope you’ve discovered Flubaroo which allows you to quickly grade assignments, send results to students,
and analyze student performance. (Can be activated from Add-ons menu in Sheets)
Geogebra Graphing Calculator https://www.geogebra.org/
Graphs functions, algebra, calc, stats, and 3D math.
Give students voice feedback on their Google documents.
Select and Speak—Text to Speech (Available in Chrome Web Store)
Select the text, paste, and the text will be spoken.
Photos Share Avatar Creator http://photos-share.com/
Make your own mini-me!
Cartoon Yourself (Available in Chrome Web Store)
Turn a photo of yourself into a cartoon.