Free Tech Tools for Teachers
The sites recognized as Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
Edmodo is regarded as a social networking site for teachers and students. It provides a free and secure social learning space for a class to connect and collaborate. Teachers and students can post messages, discuss topics, assign and grade class work, and share digital content such as links, pictures, videos, documents and presentations. for educators to use with their students. It is easy to create an account and easy for students to join.
Richard Bryne’s blog contains a plethora of great ideas for ways you can use technology with your classes. On the lower right side of each page are links to archived pages.
Check out Richard Byrne’s other blog, iPad Apps 4 School too.
Internet Resources for Teachers
A collection of the best e-books from ASCD’s professional collection for educators provided through OCM BOCES Instructional Support Services.Password: ocmboces
Media and technology resources for educators, including a digital literacy and citizenship curriculum with lesson plans that is currently in use in the Catholic Schools of the Syracuse Diocese.
The Library of Congress Digital Collection contains a vast number of resources for educators, including primary source documents that support Common Core.
National Jukebox makes historical recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. This is a great resource for history and music teachers and for all of us who love music! Listen to National Jukebox playlists or create your own playlist.
Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.
A huge collection of digital images with background information. The images can be viewed, tagged, and downloaded for projects and reports. This site was developed in consultation with the National Archives in order to provide you with information and services that relate to the National Archives mission. The National Archives monitors the site’s content to ensure its accuracy and legality.
“Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.” Project Look Sharp lesson plans utilize Library of Congress (LOC) digitalized primary source documents. See the LOC Teacher Resources page.
A project of Syracuse University School of Information Studies, contains free standards based lesson plans with supporting resources and web based modules searchable by keyword and grade level. This project is dedicated to the teaching of information literacy and research skills through engaging multimedia lessons and lesson plans contributed by and shared among classroom teachers and library media specialists throughout the world.