List of Resources

This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources, but is intended as a catalogue of the resources I have personally enjoyed using or have used extensively in the classroom. Each entry has a brief description detailing their pros and cons. The websites and tools have been categorized — resources that have significant paid options are marked with an asterik (*). NOTE: this list includes web-based license applications only. I do not discuss software options such as iWork and Microsoft Office Suite — I try here to offer resources that are not based on traditional software licenses.

Social networking tools:

  • Ask.fm (for asking and answering questions — great for student/teacher online Q&As)
  • Dropbox* (a repository site — great for filesharing, but limited social media options)
  • Facebook (has a number of classroom applications, but is often blocked, especially at international schools)
  • If This Then That (organizer for social media commands. Great for scheduling tweets, creating action strings between applications)
  • PollEverywhere.com (where you can create polls for your students on many kinds of questions. Somewhat limited for anything than simple choice questions)
  • TodaysMeet (a backchanneling site with enrollment options, but does not record IP addresses and allows anonymous logins — can be difficult to manage)
  • Twitter hashtags: #edchat, #edtech (similar constraints to Facebook, though some groups are very useful to teachers)
  • Wallwisher (a site for meetings that allows backchanneling and saving conversations, but its format can be a bit difficult for larger discussions or long-term collaboration)
  • Wikispaces (a website for collaboration-based information management. Limited in data-driven processes and other important classroom tools)
  • WhatsApp (a multiplatform networking tool, primarily used on mobile phones. There are some security concerns with WhatsApp, but it’s also extremely popular with students.
  • Yorufukorou (a Twitter client for numerous platforms that is very organized.)
  • YouTube (the biggest user-generated video site on the ‘Net — its uses and limitations are obvious)

Web-based creation tools:

  • Animoto* (a video and photo animation site. Quick and easy to use, with free access for educators! Not as many options as a software-based tool.)
  • ArtSteps* (a virtual gallery tool that allows you to create a customized, online art exhibition.)
  • Audacity (a sound editor great for podcasting and mixing music. It takes a little time to learn to use it, especially if you are not familiar with sound editing. The help files are extensive though.)
  • Clker.com (the largest royalty-free clip art site. What you see is what you get, but you get a lot!)
  • Ease.ly* (an infographics creator that is free to use, but has limited images you can use. You can upload images, however, which is a big bonus)
  • Flocabulary* (hip-hop, history, and other educational materials! Limited in resources but building.)
  • Google Apps (numerous cloud-based office tools that are excellent for collaboration, but in most instances have limited formatting and editing options)
  • Incredibox (a music mixing tool that is visually stunning and just plain fun!)
  • InstaGrok (a site that is a “visual thesaurus” for Web 2.0, but can be overwhelming to use without context or direction)
  • MakeyMakey (a physical kit for inventing new gadgets with recycled objects. Look at this one!)
  • Minecraft (a video game with enormous education potential. The link to Minecraft.edu is offered here.)
  • Photopeach (a photo display site that makes great movies. Has some limits, but not many!)
  • Pixlr (a free online image editor, similar to Photoshop, but with limited options)
  • Pixton* (a comic generator that can be used for a number of academic applications. Free version is very limited)
  • Popplet (a bubble-based application that is great for connecting thoughts and conversations. Somewhat cumbersome to manipulate, especially if it connects many ideas)
  • Scratch (a program that teaches simple logic-based scripting, a precursor to programming.)
  • StarLogo (a more advanced MIT project that promotes computer programming and computational thinking through game design. Hard for Mac users because it is Java-dependent.)
  • VoiceThread* (integrates voice, text, and images as a presentation. Somewhat restrictive format, but great for storytelling in particular)

Blog and website generators (check with your school which ones they allow for classroom use — blogging sites are often blocked):

  • Blogger (connected to Google Suite)
  • Glogster (a multimedia blog tool that has many education options. Can be hard to use with slow internet connections.)
  • Livejournal* (suggested for advanced users, lots of ads for free users)
  • Tumblr (better for multimedia, sometimes blocked by schools)
  • Weebly* (very simple to use, but limited options for non-paying users. Special educator site)
  • WordPress* (suggested for advanced users, limited free options)

Learning management systems (LMS):

  • Edmodo (a “Facebook for students” — still building as a LMS)
  • Haiku* (has Google Apps integration, but less assessment format options)
  • Moodle (easy file upload, many assessment options, but must be hosted on a server)
  • Schoology(one of the best management systems for quizzing, but limited in other areas)

General resources for teachers:

  • CBT Cafe (computer-based training with great tutorials for learning Flash, Dreamweaver, JavaScript and simple programming)
  • Creative Commons (a site dedicated to make copyright rules based on collaboration and sharing)
  • Diigo (a sharing application that creates personalized/group lists of resources. Not a replacement for a library search system — more for collaboration and file sharing)
  • Gapminder (Hans Rosling’s website filled with statistics and exciting graph options for students.)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE, probably the most comprehensive site on education technology standards available. Most schools use the standards created here.)
  • The Internet Archive (a website where teachers can get information on just about everything, but you have to sift through everything to find it. For teachers who like to create multimedia, you can also store it here free of charge.)
  • ICoachIT (a Wiki site for tech integration specialists, built by IT’s. Not a site for casual tech users, but invaluable for information on tech integration strategies (TPACK, Killian, etc.)
  • International Baccalaureate Program* (outlines the IB Program, but has links to many teacher-generated resources as well as IB standards and guides, especially for IB-approved teachers. Very limited for non-members, standards may be too restrictive to use as a guide)
  • National Center on Universal Design and Learning (another huge resource site specifically generated for teachers implementing universal design concepts in the classroom. Follows UDL standards, limiting some kinds of resources, and is somewhat hard to navigate as it is done by UDL category)
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills (a site outlining a framework for the “21st century classroom. Standards are admirable, but could run counter of other educational frameworks depending on your teaching venue.)
  • Project Implicit (Harvard University’s enormous database of studies of prejudice and intolerance. Try some of the experiments yourself.)
  • RadioLab (a huge website of podcasts and informative shows)
  • ReadWriteThink (a huge website of teacher resources and articles, but a little hard to navigate)
  • Web Gallery of Art (a huge database of Western art images, searchable under a number of criteria, but takes some background knowledge of art to use the advanced search options)
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2 responses to “List of Resources

  1. You are an inspiration! I am a 36 yr old AA, mother, grad student and special education teacher from Harlem, NYC, currently living near INDY. Thank you for the resources. I am going to take my time and peruse them. Also, I am interested in your experiences abroad. I completed a study abroad teaching experience in Guangzhou, China last year and am passionate about social justice and world travel.

    • Thank you for your kind words! I just get around and try to do good, and I hope I get more opportunities to do so. By all means keep in touch and if we can help each other, we should.

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