Deciding what to read next? Goodreads is the place to go. Tell Goodreads what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and it will give you insightful recommendations. This is a great way to discover new books, and track what you've already read.
Planning a trip? Travo checks flights, hotels, car rentals, and venues, then presents a full itinerary you can import into you calendar.
Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline -- modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
Daily diets vary considerably around the world. Select different countries or regions on the wheel to see the different consumption patterns.
This site does one thing and does it well. Enter any YouTube or Vimeo video, and watch it frame-by-frame or in slow motion.
Earth Day Network's mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world's largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
This site helps middle school-age and older students get a grip on Spanish, with simple lessons intended for an older audience.
Detour is a new kind of audio walking tour. With hands-free guidance, group audio sync, and tours guided by people at the center of a neighborhood's history, Detour is your essential companion to getting beneath the surface of new places.
This site contains some beautiful photos of night-time skies around the world. A handy New Moon tool tells you when the next new moon will be, for the best stargazing opportunities.
The Memory Palace is a storytelling podcast and public radio segment about the past. It was named a finalist for a Peabody Award in 2016.
iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them. Individuals can share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world.
When Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone in 2007, it was of course the device that gained center stage. The software that powered it (running on the same foundation as Mac OS) was only mentioned briefly. Only several years later would it occupy its rightful place as a major brand by itself.
This handy tool helps you in your persuasive essay writing. Answer a few questions, and Thesis Builder will propose a thesis statement sample, and provide a handy outline for writing the rest of the essay.
Noteflight is a great way to create, store, listen to, print, search and share notated music online. If you are a composer, you can use Noteflight to author and manage your compositions. If you are a performer, you can use Noteflight to create and share sheet music that you like to play. For all the teachers and students, you can use Noteflight to communicate and collaborate in learning music.
What's the name and the height of that mountain? Find out with PeakVisor. PeakVisor includes a high-tech 3D compass and an altimeter that accurately measures the elevation of any mountain peak that comes into view of your smartphone's camera.
How long does food really last past its expiration date? StillTasty lists some good tips for storing food to maximize its edibility.
As a teacher, use Lingt's simple drag-and-drop editor to create speaking assignments for your students to complete on their computers. Review student submissions for grading or to offer individual feedback. Include YouTube videos to make fun, culture-rich exercises. Use your own images to engage visual and contextual learning.
A visual guide to the internal workings of cars, with illustrations, diagrams, instructions, and videos.
This app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch provides a sleek and user-friendly interface for reading Wikipedia.
Check out Sky & Telescope's weekly observing update, Sky at a Glance, published every Friday. Keep up to date on the latest celestial events, and view the sky maps and observing tips.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. This site lets you search for different species of birds and learn interesting facts about them, watch cool videos, and explore everything you wanted to know.
This interactive timeline lets you browse through every president of the United States of America and learn info about them.
This alarm clock app for iOS/Android wakes you up early when the weather is bad or when traffic conditions are slowing down your commute. Even if you walk or bike to work, it will calculate the best time to compensate for your unique delays.
What do you want to be when you grow up? If you blurted out "cheese scientist!" then you would enjoy the Cheese Science Toolkit. This site is a guidebook for those curd nerds who have a special place in their heart for cheese. Many posts focus on particular cheese science topics such as how different cheeses are made, the flavors, chemical makeups, pasteurization, and cheese experiments.
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant -- the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter -- which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi's infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.
Ever want to learn the guitar? Need to improve your shred? This site has 2,617 free guitar lesson videos.
This "save for later" app allows you to file away useful articles, interesting videos and any other content that you want to hang on to for future use. When you find something you want to view later, simply put it in your Pocket, and you'll be able to access it from your phone, tablet or computer, even without Internet access.
A handy and easy-to-use screen recording tool for Windows and Mac. Save your screencasts and get a link to it.
Formative is a tool that can be used for having students complete formative assessments either live in class or as practice outside of the classroom, and a great way for teachers to get students more involved and be able to provide real-time feedback so that they can continue their learning process.
Padlet is a virtual "post-it note" wall, and can be a useful multi-purpose tool in teh classroom. Teachers and students could use it to communicate with other classrooms, have students quickly research and post pictures for a fun class activity, curate student projects for easy display in the classroom, and create a project which includes activities and multimedia links.
A video response tool used for formative assessments, student reflections and sharing student work with parents. Recap provides a way for students to connect with their teachers, to share their ideas, thoughts or reflections, in a way which promotes student voice.
Watch a complete first grade reading comprehension lesson that uses academic choice. To help develop student skills for retelling and comprehension, Ms. Porfirio gives her students an academic choice to choose how they want to learn.
Easy to use for students of all ages, Buncee allow students to immerse themselves in content, display knowledge and share their voice. Create a fun learning environment in the classroom while engaging students both at home and at school. Easily bring your critical thinking and creativity to life, and effortlessly integrate multimedia into your lessons to communicate creatively.
Research spanning several cognitive science disciplines shows a strong connection between early spatial reasoning training and future academic success.
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.
A collection of games that teachers can use in class to explore issues around immigrants and refugees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is Vicky Davis' excellent blog for K-12 educators, full of ideas and strategies for engaging your students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PDFsam is a free tool to split, merge, and extract PDF documents. The fairly straightforward interface gives you considerable flexibility over your PDFs.
Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. With curated artwork from illustrators and animators around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a dictionary for American Sign Language, and contains common words and phrases accompanied with videos demonstrating how to sign them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!*
Wufoo is a form-building tool with 300+ templates, flexible rules and input fields, dynamic visualizations of the data, and even online payment features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Create beautiful slide shows with Kizoa. Add a a variety of music, effects, and transitions to your finished product.
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.
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.
Illuminations is a math teaching resource, with numerous lessons and online activities that are suitable for any math instructor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inkscape is an open source vector graphics program. It shares many of the features of similar commercial products such as Illustrator, Freehand, etc.
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.
Purple Planet contains a collection of royalty-free music. This music is useful for movies, presentations, or podcasts, and is represented in different categories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These short videos from the History Channel contain some great information and "kids history" clips about Thanksgiving and its origins.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.