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Educator Megasites

Awesome Library for Teachers
Thousands of "carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education. "

Blue Web'n
"An online library of 1700+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools)."

Gateway to Educational Materials
Search or browse thousands of high quality educational materials, including lesson plans, activities and projects. A project of the U.S. Department of Education.

Education World
This site, which bills itself as "the educator's best friend" contains lesson plans, professional development, teacher tips, ideas for integrating
technology in the classroom, links to teacher tools and templates, and more.

"Extensive database of content-rich, age-appropriate resources organized around specific themes. From the eMINTS National Center.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Excellent collection of K-12 sites organized by subject area, as well as information about evaluation of sites.

TeachersFirst Content Matrix
Look for the subject you want, click on the grade level you need and get an annotated list of quality sites. (Note: Since every link opens in a frame within the TeachersFirst site, you need to check the URL at the top of the frame to see the original URL).

Teach With Movies
Teaching guides to popular films "describe the benefits of the movie, possible problems, and helpful background. Discussion questions, bridges to reading, projects and links to the Internet are also provided."

Thinkfinity (formerly MarcoPolo)
"Highest quality, standards-based Internet content and professional development" for K-12 teachers and students. Teacher resources include lesson plans, student activities, and reviewed web sites.


This site is designed to help students learn to look at artwork and understand the process of making art. Click on Reviews and Resources to access dozens of activities for students to teach, review and reinforce material presented in the three areas
: the elements of art; principles of design; and the art critiquing process. Also included are an art timeline and vocabulary section.

Classroom Exchanges

e-Pals Classroom Exchange
Look for class match based on age, geography and languages, among other criteria.

A safe way to provide students with free e-mail accounts. Allows sign-up only through teachers and schools; monitors and blocks inappropriate messages and language.

Classroom Management

The You Can Handle Them All Website - A Discipline and Behavior Resource
"A discipline model for handling over one hundred different misbehaviors at school and at home."

Education News

Education Week
Online version of Education Week, the weekly newspaper related to K-12 education. This searchable site includes full-text articles on all aspects of education including background articles on hot topics (choice, privatization, inclusion, etc) and excellent coverage of court rulings related to education. Also includes articles from its sister publication, Teacher Magazine. Great for graduate school papers and projects!


See also: English Teacher Links

Dave's ESL Cafe Idea Cookbook
Teacher resources on the best ESL/EFL site. Be sure to check out the student links, too.
This large site has free English teaching and learning materials for both students and teachers. Teacher materials include handouts, tips, lessons, and textbook suggestions.

ESL Partyland Teachers
Ideas and printable materials for ESL teachers.

ESL Resources, Handouts and Exercises for Students and Teachers
An excellent collection of resouces pages, handouts and exercises on English grammar, especially for English language learners. From the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.

Foreign Language

Portes Françaises
Excellent site "conçu pour ceux et celles qui enseignent en français dans les écoles anglaises du Québec."

Spanish Latin American Network Information Center

Welcome to FL Teaching Using the Internet
Great site containing web links to general FL resources, French, Spanish, Italian and German language resources, plus links to projects and activities for using them. Created by Mrs. C. B. Putnam, a language teacher at the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania.

Graphic Organizers

See also: Rubrics

The Graphic Organizer
Dozens of samples of graphic organizers to help students describe, compare and contrast, classify, sequence, make decisions, plus tips on how to use them in the classroom and links to more information.

Create a Graph -- NCES's Student Classroom
From the National Center for Educational Statistics comes this site that lets you make a bar, pie, area, or line graph that you can print out or download to your computer.


Great Performance: Educational Resources (PBS)
Lesson plans in the arts and culture based on musical theater, opera, classical music and more, using resources of Great Performance TV programs.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum : Programs for Teachers
An incredible resource of lesson plans incorporating music into history and English teaching.

New York State & City Education Departments

New York City Department of Education

Official portal to NYC's Department of Education (formerly "The Board of Ed").

New York State Education Department
Check requirements for teacher and professional licensing, state curriculum and standards, information on high school graduation requirements.

Physical Education & Health

P.E. Central : The Web Site for Health and Physical Education Teachers

Provides the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth". Includes lesson plans, ideas on assessment, instructional resources, a "best practices" showcase of physical education programs, links to websites relevant to P.E. teachers.


ClassWeb Tools : Rubric Builder
Create your own rubric and save/share it on the web, or search for other teacher-created rubrics on a variety of topics. From the Landmark Project.

"A free tool to make quality rubrics."

Rubrics from the Staff Room for Ontario Teachers
Hundreds of rubrics for all subject areas.

Rubrics, Rubrics Teacher Rubric Makers
Generate your own personalized rubrics from this site. In addition to subject-specific rubrics, includes rubrics for behavior, listening, and homework.


Special Education

Family Village
"Information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support."

SERI - Special Education Resources on the Internet
Extensive collection of information Internet resources relevant to special education.

Technology Integration

See also: WebQuests, Web Design

Free online tools and resources designed to help teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics, classroom calendars and more.

Blue Web'n
Check out the internet activities and projects at this site.

Exworthy Educational Resources
Links to resources on planning and implementing staff development, technology planning, media literacy , and resources for tech coordinators.

A great site that walks you through creating many types of web-based learning activities.


Excellent evaluated list of WebQuests for a variety of grades and content areas. Developed and maintained by Tom March, one of creators of the WebQuest.

The WebQuest Page
A resource for those who wish to use or create webquests for their students. Includes an overview of webquests, and examples of webquests for all levels and curricular areas, and resources to teach others how to evaluate and design webquests.

WebQuests for High School Students
(Nellie's English Projects)
Links to hundreds of great webquests in all curricular areas for high school students. Note:
The webquests are listed in no particular order, so you have to work a little harder, but the sites are worth the effort. The scrollbar to move up and down the page is curiously on the left of the screen.

WebQuest Design Patterns
Examine different types of webquests, and find templates to design a webquest matched to your instructional purposes

Last updated September 6, 2008
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