Free websites that could help boost teacher productivity and student achievement


Wouldn’t you like for schools to have access to every educational resource? Yes, I know you would but this little thing called a budget will not permit our dream to come true! Although we are faced in a budget crunch, we can still take advantage of social media and other free websites to assist with teacher productvity and student achievement.
Here are a few websites below:
http://www.readworks.org
This site supplies educators with information about teaching reading comprehension to students of all ages. It includes details on Lexile scores, teaching strategies, etc.

http://quizlet.com
This website offers more than 10 million free sets of flash cards on a range of topics. Users can find flash cards or can create and share their own original flash cards. Click to see more after the announcement .

www.mybigcampus.com
This website assists students and teachers by serving a central location for various educational websites and resources.
http://www.hippocampus.org
This site offers multimedia study materials and educational information to high school and college students, all for free. Subjects include algebra, statistics, calculus, biology, physics, chemistry, Earth science, economics, history and government, psychology, and religion. Users can “mix” their own multimedia playlists, find existing playlists, and share their playlists with peers. Teachers can create playlists for easy student access.

http://www.lessonindex.com
Though not as aesthetically pleasing as some other sites, teachers can search through 2,800 teaching units and lesson plans, from other teachers, focuses on plays and novels. The site currently offers only literature lesson plans, but will expand its offerings into other subject areas in the near future. Lesson plans are alphabetized, printable, and full of information.

http://WatchKnowLearn.org
Teachers and students can search through and download thousands of free videos, arranged by subject. Videos include user ratings and appropriate age ranges. The site offers more than 33,000 educational videos, which have been placed into a directory of more than 3,000 categories. Videos are available without registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home.

http://m86vusafe.com
Teachers can set up a library of educational videos they want their students to view and can group videos together in an online content library that students can access at any time. The site removes outside content that exists on other video sites such as YouTube.

http://www.schoolcircuit.com
This website is a free online grade book and also gives educators a way to create a personalized learning system. Teachers can organize lessons for student access, and teachers are able to make assessments, and distribute them for students to take, based on their lesson plans.

http://www.planbookedu.com
Through this free site, teachers can create lesson plans, share those lesson plans with anyone they please, and can access their lesson plans from any internet-accessible place or device. Users can attach files to lesson plans, link plans to the Common Core standards, export to Word or PDF, and print.

http://www.innovativeclassroom.com/
Elementary school teachers can take advantage of this site’s free teaching ideas, including Bell Work ideas and sponge activities. The site features lesson plans and thematic units, teaching tips and interactive bulletin boards, and downloadables and reproducibles.

http://SlideShare.net
This site lets anyone share a presentation, document, webinar, PDF, or video. Teachers can share class presentations or multimedia, which students can access at home or in a library for reference. Homebound students or students who are out sick for a day can use the site to brush up on the lessons they missed. Educators might also turn to the site for a “flipped classroom” experience, in which students watch presentations outside of school hours and come to class prepared to discuss what they viewed.

http://www.fieldtripapps.com
This site, which Holden helped to develop, takes the typical field trip “packet” and transforms it into an app for students’ personal devices or for a classroom set of mobile devices. Students scroll through the app and answer questions during the field trip, and are able to send their completed “virtual packet” to the teacher. Washington, D.C. and London are currently offered, and a New York City app is coming soon.

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