February 25, 2017

Research spanning several cognitive science disciplines shows a strong connection between early spatial reasoning training and future academic success.

February 23, 2017

Quizizz is a tool to involve students in game-based learning in the classroom and also to provide more personalized instruction, based on the feedback you receive when students participate in a live lesson, or when you assign it as a homework practice assignment. Students can even create their own Quizizz games, which can provide more focused practice for the students because they choose the material they need to practice.

February 22, 2017

A collection of games that teachers can use in class to explore issues around immigrants and refugees.

February 21, 2017

Search, view, share and compare notes and flashcards on StudyBlue.  Create, study, and print your own notes and flashcards. Search and view every note online. Automatically generate flashcards from class notes. Just upload your notes, and StudyBlue does the rest.

February 20, 2017

A nice collection of collaborative presentations, with some ideas on creating engaging lessons for students. Includes topics on writing, science, math, art, and music, and ideas on using different web-based tools.

February 19, 2017

Kindersay is a free online video website designed to help preschool kids & English as Second Language (ESL) children learn English words. Hundreds of online activities are available in a special Word Show format.

February 18, 2017

Debategraph is a wiki debate mindmapping and visualization tool that lets you: present the strongest case on any debate that matters to you; openly engage the opposing arguments; create and reshape debates, make new points, rate and filter the arguments; monitor the evolution of debates via RSS feeds; and, share and reuse the debates on and offline.

February 17, 2017

Superpowers is an HTML5 development environment for making 2D and 3D games. It can be extended with plugins and lets you collaborate in real-time.

February 16, 2017

In this puzzle game, you need to rearrange the points on the graph so that no lines cross and no point is sitting on any of the lines.

February 15, 2017

If you're traveling somewhere, try using this handy tool to figure out what you need to pack. Packing Essentials takes into account the season, how long you're gone, what type of trip it is, and the weather when generating your packing and to-do list.

February 14, 2017

Use this handy calculator to figure out the best time to go to sleep or the best time to wake up.

February 13, 2017

Walking the Amazon is about Ed Stafford, who spent over 2 years walking the length of the Amazon river in South America from the source to the sea, from April 2008 to August 2010. Photos, videos, and a record of all his blog posts are available on the site.

February 12, 2017

Developed by a music student, this application helps users learn music theory concepts and improve their ear. It also includes a basic score editor for composition students.

February 11, 2017

Kidopo offers an innovative coloring application for coloring pages, which simulates a real coloring experience. Other sections of the site includes kids' printables, games and craft videos.

February 10, 2017

FreeSFX is a repository of free sound effects. Enter a search term or browse the categories, and preview and use the sound effects in your A/V projects. Most sound effects are available as MP3s or WAVs.

February 9, 2017

AudioTool allows you to create and mix your own music, generated from a range of tools that you select and plug in, complete with cables. Each tool looks and operates like its real life counterpart, enabling great levels of control and creativity for your students.

February 8, 2017

CAST Science Writer is a tool that supports students in writing science lab and class reports. This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students. All parts of a science or lab report are broken into small steps so the author can concentrate on one part of the report at a time.

February 7, 2017

Curriki is a free online community for educators, boasting numerous teacher-created resources that are being shared freely. Content includes tests, single lessons, units, and even full courses.

February 6, 2017

Alice is software that was created at Carnegie Mellon University, and is designed to teach junior high school and high school students computer programming in a 3d environment. Create animations, interactive games, videos, and share them.

February 5, 2017

Google Scholar provides a great way to search through the full text of peer-reviewed scholarly literature from all fields and formats. A "cited by" feature makes it easier to find related materials and gather sources.

February 4, 2017

This is Vicky Davis' excellent blog for K-12 educators, full of ideas and strategies for engaging your students.

February 3, 2017

ArtBabble was conceived, initiated, designed, built, sculpted, programmed, shot, edited, painted and launched by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). It is intended to showcase video art content in high quality format from a variety of sources and perspectives. ArtBabble was created so others will join in spreading the world of art through video. Educator resources are available as well.

February 2, 2017

A simple yet effective plagiarism checker. Simply copy/paste your text, or upload a Word document, and The Plagiarism Checker will scan the document and report on possible plagiarism. Click the links to see the infringed document.

February 1, 2017

This math site contains great information on basic math skills. Interactive quiz-based activities are included to help students test their knowledge of the concepts.

January 31, 2017

360 Cities contains a large collection of panoramas and photospheres from all over the world. Select your city, and view all the possible explorable panoramas on the map. 360 videos are included as well.

January 30, 2017

Dig.ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. This is great material for podcasting. If you're into sampling, remixing and mash-ups grab the sample packs and a cappellas for download and you can upload your version back into ccMixter, for others to enjoy and re-sample.

January 29, 2017

PDFsam is a free tool to split, merge, and extract PDF documents. The fairly straightforward interface gives you considerable flexibility over your PDFs.

January 28, 2017
Ask a question or search a topic in iSEEK's database of "trusted resources" from universities, government, and established non-commercial providers. Use "targets" to refine your search of editor-reviewed content.
January 27, 2017

Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. With curated artwork from illustrators and animators around the world.

January 26, 2017

Are you not sure what kind of career you should pursue? Sokanu is a free career test that takes about 30 minutes to complete, and helps identify job fields you might be interested in.

January 25, 2017

Pearltrees is a web tool, iOS/Android app, and browser extension to categorize, curate and visualize bookmarks. The bookmarks turn up as thumbnails on a board. Teachers and students can move them around and name their boards of thumbnails.

January 24, 2017
HistoryView VR is an educational platform for teachers and students to access VR field trips. Use your browser or VR goggles to navigate through this growing library of educational tours.
January 23, 2017
Storify is a web tool and browser extension to annotate and bookmark resources into an online gallery or magazine interface.
January 22, 2017
Cube for Teachers is a tool that allows teachers to share resources with other teachers. Search, save and share links to your favorite curriculum resources, teaching strategies, digital tools and more.
January 21, 2017
The instructional strategies featured in this infographic are time tested and guaranteed to get students engaged and excited about learning. Included are some resource links to help you motivate and engage your students with the suggestions.
January 20, 2017

On Canada's immigration and citizenship page, students can learn about the processes and policies involved in foreign travel. Although this particular country is just used as an example, this is an educational resource for helping students understand how to apply for passports, plan trips abroad, conduct business in a new country, as well as some things to consider before taking on a new adventure.

January 19, 2017

The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work -- researching, writing, and publishing -- of a historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or "episodes" that paints a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history.

January 18, 2017
Shape Type is a fun, browser-based game where you correct the errors in type characters by moving the points into the correct positions.
January 17, 2017

Infogram is a data visualization tool that lets you create eye-catching infographics and charts.

January 16, 2017
This web site is the home of the historic site of Martin Luther King, Jr. It contains resources and information about Dr. King, as well as some lesson materials for teachers.
January 15, 2017
Magic Keys is a site with a good collection of talking picture books for children. Use it to find storybooks, then share them with your students.
January 14, 2017

Professor Word is a service that can help students learn new SAT and ACT vocabulary words. Professor Word operates as a browser bookmarklet in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. When you're reading a web page, click on the Professor Word bookmarklet to quickly identify SAT and ACT vocabulary words on that page. You can also use Professor Word to get definitions for any unfamiliar word on a webpage. To get a definition just highlight the word a small dialogue box containing the definition will appear.

January 13, 2017

Knoword is a fun and challenging game that tests your ability to match definitions to words. You're presented with the first letter of a word, its part of speech, and the definition. You then have to fill in the correct spelling of the word. If you enter the correct word, you earn points. If you don't get it right, you lose points. Signing up lets you track your points and earn badges based on your performance.

January 12, 2017

This is a dictionary for American Sign Language, and contains common words and phrases accompanied with videos demonstrating how to sign them.

January 11, 2017

This web site is designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic with a list of the most common logical fallacies. From red herrings to strawmen, this is a useful site to improve one's debate skills.

January 10, 2017

Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution is a scientifically-accurate natural-selection video game. It allows you to experience evolution first-hand, simulated from the principles of evolutionary science: variation, mutation, and natural selection. The game is still in development, but an alpha download is available for free.

January 9, 2017

This site shows the world population through generational history and displays information about specific locations. Overlays help illustrate different aspects of the changing dynamics of the earth's population over time.

January 8, 2017

If you're interested in how songs are arranged, this tool helps visualize the chord progressions in different songs, and lists some popular progressions. This is useful for music students and just general songwriting hobbyists.

January 7, 2017

Wordle is a toy for generating word clouds from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

January 6, 2017
Spell Up is a voice-powered game for Google Chrome that can help improve your spoken English skills. Using a combination of different web technologies, Chrome will understand what you say and use it to control the game action. Just speak to play!
January 5, 2017

Thinking about careers and wondering if your job, or the job you want is at risk of being automated? Based on research, this tool from NPR outlines the most common careers and the risk of them being taken over by machines at some point in the future. How far in the future this may happen is open to debate. But it looks like at least teachers are safe from the robots for now! *BEEP!* *BOOP!*

January 4, 2017

Wufoo is a form-building tool with 300+ templates, flexible rules and input fields, dynamic visualizations of the data, and even online payment features.

January 3, 2017

Have you heard an abbreviation but have no idea what it means? With more than 900,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.

December 21, 2016

Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills for elementary students. These educational games provide fun and focused repetition practice that enables automaticity and fluency to be achieved quickly. iOS and Android apps are available.

December 20, 2016

An extensive glossary of mathematical terms, with visual examples provided.

December 19, 2016

NASA's Eyes is a way for you to learn about your home planet, our solar system, the universe beyond and the spacecraft exploring them. With applications for Mac and PC as well as apps for mobile devices there are many ways for you to follow along with NASA's scientists and engineers.

December 18, 2016

Musopen is a collection of public domain music, primarily classical, in both MP3 and sheet music format. Music sheets range from simple instrumental pieces to symphonic arrangements.

December 17, 2016

Twisty Noodle has thousands of free coloring pages and handwriting practice worksheets that you can customize and print. They work with top illustrators, artists, and licensed image libraries to offer the most unique selection of coloring pages and handwriting practice worksheets on the internet.

December 16, 2016

This article from MindShift outlines some tips and techniques for implementing project-based learning in a way that engages students in deep learning and critical inquiry.

December 15, 2016

Create beautiful slide shows with Kizoa. Add a a variety of music, effects, and transitions to your finished product.

December 14, 2016

Inklewriter is a creative writing tool where you structure stories with your own interactive plot. Give readers different paths they can choose from, in a choose-your-own adventure style. Write your story on the scraps of paper in the middle of the Inklewriter workbench. When you want to add choices, just click the "Add Option" button, and type in the name of the choice. Each choice has an arrow you can click to follow that path.

December 13, 2016

Read Twitter, Facebook, and other social media feeds as a daily newspaper. Paper.li organizes content into an easy-to-read newspaper-style format. Newspapers can be created for different users, groups, lists, or tags. This can be a great way to aggregate updates from people in your general interest or professional learning network, or share your own educational updates with others in a convenient news format.

December 12, 2016

Illuminations is a math teaching resource, with numerous lessons and online activities that are suitable for any math instructor.

December 11, 2016

Citation Machine helps students and professional researchers properly credit the information they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources.

December 10, 2016

Onestopenglish is a community set up for EFL/ESL teachers to share methodologies, resources, lesson plans, and information about teaching conditions in different countries and regions around the world.

December 9, 2016

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida) Launch Complex 14, he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn's "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. His flight on Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, showed the world that America was a serious contender in the space race with the Soviet Union. It also made Glenn an instant hero.

This site hosted by NASA contains biographical information, photos, and videos about astronaut, former Marine, and former Senator John Glenn, who passed away December 8, 2016.

December 8, 2016

Clover is an extension of the Windows Explorer to add multi-tab functionality, similar to Google Chrome browser. After installing Clover, you will be able to open multiple folders within the same window, and you can also add folder bookmarks. Note that the installer is in Chinese, but just click the big button to install and you'll be good to go.

December 7, 2016

Google's Santa Tracker has daily activities leading up to Christmas, both educational and entertaining. Dance with the elves, learn other languages, practice your problem-solving skills, and a lot more.

December 6, 2016

Krita is a professional free and open source painting program. Krita is used by comic book artists, illustrators, concept artists, matte and texture painters and in the digital VFX industry. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

December 5, 2016

LeoCAD is computer-aided design software for creating virtual LEGO models. This program has building blocks that allow students to create a virtual model. It's designed to allow new users to start creating new models without having to spend too much time learning the application. At the same time it has a rich feature set, enabling experienced users to build models using more advanced techniques.A bit tricky to start with, but worth the effort. Currently, about 10,000 different parts are available.

December 4, 2016

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics program. It shares many of the features of similar commercial products such as Illustrator, Freehand, etc.

December 3, 2016

The Ultimate Research Assistant is a combination search engine and summarization tool for writers, students, educators, and researchers. It uses a combination of traditional search engine technology and text mining techniques to facilitate online research of complex topics. Think of the Ultimate Research Assistant as "Google meets Wikipedia" -- you type in your search query and get back a dynamically-generated Wikipedia-style article for your search results rather than the typical list of document links.

December 2, 2016

Purple Planet contains a collection of royalty-free music. This music is useful for movies, presentations, or podcasts, and is represented in different categories.

December 1, 2016
This post from Common Sense Media has some helpful tips for teaching kids to understand and recognize clickbait, opinionized, and outright false news on the web. Help students think critically about the news articles they digest and learn to analyze them for misinformation.
November 30, 2016

With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. PhotoPeach also supports background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further. Educator accounts are also available.

November 29, 2016

Just another day? ... NEVER! With the Today in History app, every day is historic and epic! Today in History is a great way to get key facts about iconic global events and fun facts from across the centuries, delivered right to your mobile device. Created for history, trivia, and knowledge lovers. Get all the important events of the day or narrow your selection down to a specific category: Events, Births, Deaths, Holidays, and more.

November 28, 2016

Diigo takes social bookmarking to a whole new level. Highlight specific content on web pages, write notes, create groups to combine bookmarks with others, and access your bookmarks from mobile devices. Diigo accounts for Educators are also available.

November 27, 2016

This page at Maps.com, an online map store, has great geography games, including a U.S. Capitols map game, a geographic continent map game, various "Find It" games, jigsaws and crosswords, and many more.

November 26, 2016

Organize your information and never forget a task again. Use folders, subtasks, due-dates, priorities, tags, contexts, goals, notes, time estimates and other information to create a single place where all your to-dos are permanently stored and easily accessible. Toodledo's hotlist, email and SMS reminders, and sortable online to-do list will help you remember to complete tasks on-time.

November 25, 2016

How well do you really grasp the sizes of some objects? Universcale is an interactive animation which presents objects on a scale, from galaxies to subatomic particles.

November 24, 2016

These short videos from the History Channel contain some great information and "kids history" clips about Thanksgiving and its origins.

November 23, 2016

Choose a style of chart or graph, enter your data, and ChartGizmo creates a colorful chart or graph! Embed this on your blog or web site to help your readers visualize your data.

November 22, 2016

Habitica helps you improve your day-to-day habits by gamifying your life and turning all your tasks (habits, dailies, and to-dos) into little monsters you have to conquer. The better you are at this, the more you progress in the game. If you slip up, your character starts backsliding in the game. Create a custom avatar, and input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and quests. Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom awards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show. Habitica makes it simple to have fun while accomplishing goals.

November 21, 2016

"Every Frame a Painting" is a YouTube channel dedicated to the analysis of film form. The series analyzes the best in cinema in order to illustrate masterful techniques like the magic of visual comedy, composing movement, musical scores, or the power of editing.

November 20, 2016

The Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. Enter your text, and Hemingway App will tell you which sentences are hard to read, suggests better words and phrases in place of others, and makes general recommendations on how to improve your narrative.

November 19, 2016

It's never too early to start looking at colleges, applying for scholarships, and so on. If you're planning on going to college, this site lets you search by major, price, location, etc. Can't narrow it down? Compare multiple colleges at once. Have a particular college in mind? Look at its enrollment data, graduation rates, retention rates, how many students get a four-year degree in four years or less, and more.

November 18, 2016

Draw a terrible doodle and let Google's AI try to guess what it is. This Pictionary-like game is built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. The more you play with it, the more it will learn. This is an example of how you can use machine learning in fun ways.

November 17, 2016

TimeRime lets you search, compare and make free timelines. The timelines can be filled with audio and video fragments, and shared with others. This is a useful history-teaching and project tool.

November 16, 2016

Mango is an online foreign language learning web site. Learn different languages at your own pace through simple tutorials on the web browser, or download MP3 tutorials and listen to them offline.

November 15, 2016

Storyline is a collection of digital chldren's books, presented as videos and read by Screen Actors Guild members. Activities and lesson materials for the books are included.

November 14, 2016

JamStudio is an online music creator. Specify your instruments, chords, and how you want them mixed, and JamStudio will create a catchy, simple tune for you. Use this as a music theory tool, as simplistic accompaniment for music practice or songwriting, or for a quick musical podcast intro.

November 13, 2016

Toy Theater is a collection of early learning activities to be used as another tool in the teachers toolbox. The site is aimed at both preschool and primary school age children but is open to people of all ages. These are great activities for an interactive whiteboard.

November 12, 2016

This interactive site from NASA introduces the properties of black holes. You can travel to and into a black hole and see what happens to certain objects when they cross the event horizon. Many exercises to help illustrate the text are provided.

November 11, 2016

This teacher resource guide from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee is packed with information and classroom ideas for Veterans Day, as well as some worksheets and other printables for students.

November 10, 2016

Protagonize is a story and writing collaboration site. Users come up their own stories, or contribute to others, adding parts as the story progresses. Use Protagonize as a fun group project in a creative writing class.

November 9, 2016

iRadeo is a free online radio streaming service. Just create a station, upload your audio files, add the embed code to your site, and iRadeo will stream your tracks. Set up a schedule in advance, or let users skip through songs. This could be used for classroom podcasting, or sharing students' oral projects.

November 8, 2016

Scholastic's interactive site supports the robust election coverage that's delivered in the Scholastic News magazines, as well as the activities in the Election Skills workbooks. Students visiting this site will learn about the election process, get up-to-date news, see the latest results on interactive maps, vote in polls, and read news from the campaign trail from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

November 7, 2016

Code Studio is a site for teaching programming fundamentals using an engaging and hands-on Scratch-based interface. Students progress through the lessons and apply prior knowledge to new coding problems. Different types of lessons are available for all ages of students 4 and up.

November 6, 2016

This site from the U.S. Government contains great information on topics for elementary students about how our government is organized, how bills are passed, and how elections work.

November 5, 2016

Space Engine is a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies. Areas of the known universe are represented using actual astronomical data, while regions uncharted by astronomy are generated procedurally. Millions of galaxies, trillions of stars, countless planets -- all available for exploration. You can land any planet, moon or asteroid and watch alien landscapes and celestial phenomena. You can even pilot starships and atmospheric shuttles.

November 4, 2016

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath with this interactive site from the BBC.

November 3, 2016

A real-time 3d diagram of all the stuff in space around our planet. Click different objects to see the current positions of satellites, debris, etc., which shuttle launch they came from, their orbital velocities, and other interesting facts.

November 2, 2016

A YouTube channel dedicated to week-by-week video narrations of World War I. Learn about World War I history through these informative sessions hosted by Indiana Neidell.

November 1, 2016

The Voices of American Presidents have been captured by audio pioneers since the early days of sound recording. The invention of Edison's phonograph ushered in a new era of "recorded" history, beginning with President Benjamin Harrison in the late nineteenth century to the present day administration. The MSU Vincent Voice Library is working to preserve over 100 years of historical spoken word recordings like those of the U.S. Presidents, and is pleased to share these sound samples from its collection.