Administrator Contributed Sites
THE Journal: A description on key tech skills for administrators International Society for Technology in Education
FreeRice: Vocabulary activity for students
Graphic Organizers: A lot of customizable graphic organizers
Reference Desk: The internet fact checker. Word of the day, quote of the day, dictionary, encyclopedia and more.
Math Movies: Clips from movies that have a math theme or topic.
Algebra Help: Step by step explanations/practice problems
Math Terms Glossary: Knteractive glossary for K-6
Free Educational Materials: Free materials for teachers from the US Department of Education
Snopes: Find out if that email is an urban legend or a vital warning
National Geographic: Lots of great resources for teachers and students.
Maps 102: Lots of maps!
Education Wonk: This is an awesome site that is the bleeding edge of education policy making.
This Week in Education: This site is a good starting place to see what’s up in the world of education. It used to be connected to EdWeek until Russo (the Host) ruffled a few too many feathers.
Ed Week Blog: This blog distills current school law cases and summarizes the shifts in applications of case law.
Solar System: Compare the size of planets.
National Debt Clock: Beyond the debt clock, this site has numerous links and information about our country’s financial situation.
Teacher Web: A very useful site when looking at incorporating the internet into the classroom. I find the link “Webquests” useful and interesting, not only school subjects but topics such as harassment and bullying. However, be selective, much of the material is targeted toward Elementary.
BrainPop: Most of our tech-grant teachers are using this site. There is a site fee, but some of the games and videos are free. Those in the tech grant get the fee paid for them.
Donors Choose: Schools & teachers can register a project that they need supplies/funds for and community members can donate the funds. This site was started by a teacher in the Bronx.
Instructables: This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) site with many many fun projects you can safely do at home or school, and many that you cannot (do safely, that is). As an example that could be fun for a middle school science project, how about making a speaker for your iPod from a styrofoam plate, cardboard, glue, tape, a magnet, and some wire:
Learning Forward: Learning Forward shows you how to plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so you and your team can achieve success with your system, your school, and your students.
GeoSense: A fun geography game – for adults and kids alike!
TinyURL: By entering in a URL in the text field they will create a tiny URL that will not break in email postings and never expires.
Zoomit: ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. You need to click on Download Zoomit, and follow the directions from there.
ClassTools: Classtools.net allows you to create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Select the desired template and have fun. I use the Random Name Picker in my class and the kids love it. Type in student’s names or questions about a topic and click either Fruit Machine or Typewriter. I’ve found that the typewriter is more effective with names rather than questions.
Wordle: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. Great to use (PBS).
Ad Council: The ad council is the leading producer of public service announcements in the USA. They address critical social issues that our students face everyday. Just go to the Campaigns tab and choose the campaign that fits with your topic. We have watched many of these videos during homeroom and had discussions on them afterward.
Bibme: BibMe is a free automatic bibliography generator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting.
General Interest Sites
From Now On
National Assoc Elementary Principals
National Assoc. Secondary Principals
National Middle School Association
Northwest Regional Lab Equity Center
US Department of Education
American Assoc. of School Administrators
Assoc. for Supervision and Curric Develop
Confederation of Oregon School Admins
Education Week – Best of the Web
Technology Information Center for Admin.