By Teachers, For Teachers
Teachers who are interested in finding a few new resources for the upcoming school year can find almost everything they need online. There are sites for lesson plans, networking, communication, professional development, blogging, online course management, and much more.
Here are 20 free Internet resources for you should take advantage of this school year:
Thinkfinity - Thinkfinity is one of the best resources on the web for K-12 teachers. The site hosts interactive games, classroom activities, and a search engine that can be used to find high quality lesson plans around the web.
EDSITEment - EDSITEment collects the best humanities sites, resources, and lesson plans from around the web and puts them in one place. Teachers can find resources for many different subjects, including art and culture, literature, language arts, foreign languages, history, and social studies.
Education World - This comprehensive education resource provides help with lesson planning, technology integration, professional development, and common school issues.
PBS Teachers - PBS Teachers provides thousands of free resources for teaching and learning. Resources can be found for every grade level and subject.
FREE - This government website offers teaching and learning resources from several different federal agencies. Teachers can use the site to find lesson plans, classroom activities, and curriculum ideas.
We the Teachers - We the Teachers is a social network for teachers who want to share and find lesson plans, teaching ideas, classroom games, and activities.
TeachAde - TeachAde is a popular online community for classroom teachers. It can be used to connect, share, and chat with other teachers around the world.
Applebatch - This secure K-12 teacher community is a good place to find jobs, resources, and other teachers.
TeachStrong.org - Created for educators who are interested in implementing technology in the K-12 classroom, this online learning community provides a forum for teachers to meet and discuss new ideas.
TeachersCount - This nonprofit organization provides a wide range of resources for the education community. Specific resources include professional development advice, lesson plans, education grants, teaching aids, and classroom supplies.
Edutagger - Edutagger is a new K-12 social bookmarking service. It can be used to store and share web pages.
ePals - More than 11 million teachers and students in more than 100 countries use ePals to connect, send messages, and collaborate in a safe environment.
ClassScene - This site offers a safe and secure place for schools to post photos and other items they want to share with the school community. ClassScene can also be used to generate revenue for groups, classrooms, and school systems.
ClassChatter - ClassChatter offers free blogging tools for teachers. Tools are FERPA compliant and provide a private web environment for students.
21Classes - This free web-based service can be used to create a blog or online portal for classrooms. Groups can include an unlimited number of members and are easy to manage with this fully customizable platform.
Eduslide - Eduslide is a great site for teachers who want to create and deliver their own web-based lesson or courses. The site is also a good place to find previously-created lessons.
iTunes U - iTunes U is an ambitious Apple project that creates mobile learning opportunities for students and self learners. Teachers can use iTunes U to create and publish lectures, lessons, and other educational materials.
Moodle - Moodle is an open source course management system for educators. It can be used to create free online lessons, courses, and learning sites.
Engrade - This online classroom management system can be used to post assignments, grades, attendance books, class calendars and events, instant progress reports, and much more.
Sites for Teachers - This online directory lists thousands of websites for teachers that have been ranked according to popularity.
What free websites for teachers do you LOVE? Share in the comments section!
Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the writer of the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about college courses online for OnlineCourses.org.