Teachers often ask me for good (free) sites to find everything from lesson plans to interactives, and other premade goodies. I have compiled a list of ten sites that are my “go to” sites for time savers, resources, and new materials. The following are in no particular order:
1. Thinkfinity – What I LOVE about Thinkfinity (in addition to the numerous contributors and content types available) is the SEARCH option. You can modify your search to include interactives that students can complete in a computer lab setting by simply placing a check mark next to this option.
2. Awesome Library – A great site for lesson plans and content related sites. Click on the appropriate topic and explore project ideas and multimedia resources.
3. Classtools - Classtools.net allows you to create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!
4. SAIL On – A great resource provided by 9 public school districts in the Houston area. Simply hover over your level, then click on the desired grade and content area. Provided are web sites, interactives, and lessons matching specific TEKS.
5. 4Teachers - ALTEC, the umbrella organization for the 4teacher tools, manages the Technology Rich Classroom (TRC),Title II-D initiative in Kansas. Take a look at the powerful 21st Century learning taking place in these classrooms!
6. Teacher’s Domain – I really like that the media is provided for you. Many of the video clips mentioned in the lesson are viewable from this site.
7. Teachers First – To browse, hover over “Classroom”, “Resources”, and click “By Subject/Grade”. I really like the “weekly brain twisters”.
8. Super Teacher Tools – This site contains templates for classroom review games, management tools, and tools for fun.
9. Pete’s PowerPoint Station – Do you need a PowerPoint? Look no further than Pete’s. Be sure to also check out Greta’s games for interactives.
10. ETRIP – Created by my school district, ETRIP is filled with links, lessons, and resources for using technology in your classroom.
Please share some of your “go to” sites here!