Top 10 Online Educational Resources for Teachers

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Teachers need help as well! Below we take a look at the ten resources our colleagues across the nation swear by! Research them for yourself and who knows, maybe they will solve some of your problems!

1. For Literacy

If using literacy in all subjects is the goal, CommonLit is a priceless resource for teachers. Educators can access short stories, poems, excerpts, and nonfiction texts organized by grade level (5th through 12th), genre, literary device, and theme.

Each text is accompanied by vocabulary and comprehension content, teacher’s guide, and parent’s guide. The text comprehension questions are designed to appropriately challenge readers with higher-order thinking. Exercises include multiple choice and open-end questions that encourage students to use evidence from the text.

This free, high-quality content can be used in printable format or accessed online with a class database (which also happens allow Google Classrooms import).

2. For Math and Differentiation

Zearn Math has the goal of showing learners that math is fun and loveable. This classroom curriculum program can be used for instruction and for practice. The small group instruction activities involve hands-on manipulatives and encourage reasoning and discussion with peers.

Individual learning exercises allow for the use of digital manipulative, immediate feedback, and self-paced progress. This resource is not only open, accessible, and free of charge; it is also effective and backed by research! The organization conducted a case study that showed that students in the classrooms who learned with Zearn performed at higher levels than their state’s average.

3. For Open Resources Across the Board

Creative Commons provides open access to thousands of open source educational resources. Although postgrads can even find college level material through the site, school teachers will find a goldmine of lesson plans, worksheets, and activities designed for students at the kindergartner level all the way up to high school level.

This high-quality content was developed by actual educators and curriculum designers and can be aligned with Common Core standards and modified with individualized instruction options. For example, materials are available in languages other than English, at all levels of education, in all school subjects. What’s more, teachers can even find resources for their own professional development.

4. For History and Politics

There is no better way for students to understand history than through the exploration of primary sources. The American Presidency Project offers a wealth of American history information in the form of documents, media, links, and data.

Teachers can make a Civics class come alive. Not only can students read full-text documents containing written speeches, but with links to audio clips, they can also listen to the same remarks made by the past presidents.

The home page features a “This Day in History” segment where students can learn about the significant federal events on their anniversaries. Additionally, there are a number of ways to sort through the 127,666 records contained in the project’s document archive.

5. For Reading Comprehension

ReadWorks is on a mission to solve the reading comprehension crisis that is rampant among low-income elementary students. Free resources from the site include online and printable formats for articles, stories, literary texts, and more.

The site also provides audio supplements, leveled reading for differentiation, and lesson plans with question sets. Teachers can access teaching tips for features of ReadWorks like using ELL extra support, Article of the Day, and audio use. A real perk of the site is that it can make grading written responses easier.

6. For Humanities

As a product of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities, EDSITEment can offer quality enrichment to any lesson plan. On the homepage, teachers can find a plethora of web links, lesson plans, and connections to projects funded by the NEH.

Additionally, the site’s blog is a wonderful inspiration source for enhancing classroom learning. Throughout the site, resources can be found for topics in art, culture, foreign language, history, social studies, literature and language arts. A particularly useful feature is that teachers can filter and sort through many lesson plans by the number of class periods the topic should take.

7. For Diversity

Learning peace and acceptance is an ongoing battle for some students, but it can be made simpler in the classroom with Teaching Tolerance. The creators of this website provide educators and youth leaders many ideas, resources, and inspiration that work to reduce prejudice and improve relations between all groups of people.

Many diversity resources exist on the web; Teaching Tolerance stands out in its authenticity and its passion to instill in youth the values of social justice and anti-bias. Teachers can find free resources for classroom use like film kits, student tasks, and teaching strategies. The site offers webinars and other options for professional development as well.

8. For Media Literacy

Students in schools today have not known a time when they weren’t swamped with distracting and inflated headlines. In an effort to keep education grounded and focused, it is important that they learn to differentiate between fact and fake. Newseum Ed provides free access to activities, lesson plans, and artifacts that engage students in thinking critically about the sources of information.

9. For Coding

Students who learn problem-solving skills, logic and creativity are going to be successful. Develop these traits in students by introducing them to coding and the actual creation of computer programs. With no-cost courses, students of any age can learn how to participate in computer science instead of just benefit from it.

A variety of classroom resources are available that teach students to create apps, games, and web pages. Code.org sponsors “An Hour of Code” which is a project aimed to open up the world of coding to all, especially women and minorities.

10. For STEM

Teachers can stimulate curious thinking with all of the STEM resources available on NOVA Education. The site tackles Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science and Engineering with high-interest material like videos, webinars, and games.

Nova has long been recognized for its ability to compel its viewers with relevant and engaging information. Its education site provides free resources that help educators do the same.

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