1 ) TED-Ed
- From the amazingly wonderful TED non-profit group comes TED-Ed.
Their compilation of educational videos are the perfect accompaniment
to your classroom lessons.
- Not only does this website have some great videos, but they provide us
with the resources to create a customized lesson around it!
2 ) Online British Library: Virtual Books
- This website allows users to flip through virtual copies of many great
pieces of work from Mozart's Diary and Leonardo's Sketches to
The Original Alice in Wonderland and Masterpieces of the Renaissance.
- Great for social studies projects on primary resources and English
projects on different types of literature throughout history.
- Students love the interactive feature of being able to flip through
3 ) Heroes & Villains: The National Archives
- Students seem to love heroes and villains! This website allows
students to explore the biographies of some of the world's most
loved and hated individuals.
- This website provides forms of information including text, images,
videos and primary documents.
3 ) PowerPoint Palooza
- How many times have we sat at the computer wishing that we had a
quick PowerPoint to accompany a lesson. PowerPoint Palooza is
a great collection of social studies pre-made PowerPoints covering
American History, European History, Global Studies and student
- Can be used in a pinch or modified if you are stuck for ideas, just give
credit where credit is due!
- A great example of teacher collaboration!
4 ) CIA: The World Factbook
- A great website for researching a country's history, people, geography
and much more!
- This website is extremely user-friendly and clearly laid out for student
- Takes a while to load and countries may show up as "undefined" until
proper loading time takes place.
5 ) Scholastic: Computer Lab Favourites
- Stuck for good quality educational games that you can allow during
computer class? This website is designed for students, user friendly,
engaging and educational!
- This website has several games that cover a wide range of subjects
including science, math, social studies, and more.
- Although it is American-based there are several activities that can be
used by all students, regardless of location.
- This website provides colourful and exciting templates to create
FREE awards for students.
- Topics cover everything from subject-specific accomplishments to
7 ) Newsjack
- One of my new favourite websites allows users to pick a famous news
website (CNN, Fox News or The New York Times) and FULLY customize
it to create a realistic version of their own information.
- This website would be great for teaching students about the legitimacy of
online information: can they find the incorrect or hoax information?
- With some work, you could also customize the website to include all the
information needed for a research or inquiry project. Students just need to
visit your newspaper and viola!
- Students could also use this website to create a newspaper that presents
information from a research project they completed.
- This website allows you to edit images in a variety of ways to create
magazine covers, puzzles, calendars, mosaics, etc.
- Students could use this website to meet assignment requirements, find
creative ways to present information and learn about editing tools.
9 ) Zoho Planner
- Zoho can be a great organizational tool for teachers, providing tools
to create to-do lists, provide reminders, manage emails and share
10 ) Tested (Mythbusters)
- Jamie and Adam from Discovery's Mythbusters present their website that,
in their own words, "...covers anything that's awesome. Tested is the place where
we’ll explore those topics in depth, asking the hows and the whys about the things
that excite us the most."
- A great website to assist in providing relevant material for our students!
11 ) National Geographic: Space Shuttle
- This website provides great 360 degree pictures of the space shuttle. As you zoom in
it also provides detailed information regarding the shuttle and its different components.
12 ) Life: 100 Photographs that Changed the World
- This website provides 100 images, available as thumbnails or as a slideshow, that
depict important events and people throughout history. Not only does it provide
great images, but Life has also included detailed paragraphs regarding the image
- Great for introducing any number of topics and subjects and a good inspiration
point if students are stuck on project ideas.
13 ) X Timeline
- Maybe it is just because I am specialized in social studies but I love this website! It
not only provides the option to search timelines on various subjects such as
biographies, organizations and history (plus more) but it gives users the option to
create their own timelines!
- Perfect tool for projects, introducing topics or as an assessment strategy.
14 ) Wonderville
- This website provides fun and educational opportunities for students to explore
science topics. This website includes fun games, videos, information on
different jobs in science fields and interactive experiment ideas.
- Teacher resources and parent resources are also included.
- User-friendly, engaging, education and very well done!
15 ) National Geographic Kids: Countries
- This website provides information on different countries around the world.
Students can explore information about geography, nature, history, culture
and more! It provides textual information and multiple pictures as well.
- It does not have EVERY country, but still provides valuable information.
Happy Monday everyone and good luck to all the student teachers out there whether you are finishing up your placement or just starting out!