20 Great Websites for Teachers

This is a guest post by Karen Schweitzer who writes about online colleges for OnlineCollege.org.

Teachers who are interested in implementing technology in the classroom and in their own personal lives can find plenty of free resources online. Here are 20 websites worth visiting today:

  1. Shmoop – Shmoop is a great new site that is becoming very popular among teachers. The beta site dedicates itself to making reading and writing more fun for both students and teachers.
  2. ClassMarker – Teachers can create professional looking online quizzes on this website. The quizzes can be taken and graded online.
  3. LectureTools.org – This site can be used to create student-friendly slide presentations and lectures. Other interesting features include the ability to check class attendance and encourage electronic questions during a lecture.
  4. SlideShare – Many teachers use SlideShare to upload and share presentations online. SlideShare can also be used to create private webinars.
  5. Eduslide – This open source package can be used to deliver online courses in your school. Courses can be made public or kept private.
  6. Google Apps Education Edition – The Education Edition of Google Apps is a free suite of products specifically designed for schools and universities who want to improve communication and collaboration. The suite includes free email, messaging, calendars, shared documents, and more.
  7. Engrade – Engrade is a suite of web-based tools that can be used to manage your classroom online. More than 50,000 teachers use this free suite to communicate with students and parents.
  8. Remember The Milk – This free web app wasn’t specifically designed for teachers, but it is definitely one of the best ways to manage tasks online.
  9. Go2Web20.net – This site is a well-organized directory of free web apps and other web 2.0 tools.
  10. The Clever Sheep – This teacher podcast focuses on sharing web 2.0 technologies and e-learning tools. New podcasts are posted each week. Most last less than ten minutes from beginning to end.
  11. TILT – TILT (Teachers Improving Learning with Technology) is a vidcast that broadcasts technology tips for teachers from other teachers.
  12. TeacherTube – Known as YouTube for Teachers, TeacherTube is a wonderful place to share instructional videos with others educators.
  13. TeAchnology – This online teacher resource offers access to thousands of free lesson plans, printable worksheets, classroom games, downloads, and teaching tips.
  14. The Educator’s Reference Desk – An excellent reference site for teachers, The Educator’s Reference Desk offers lesson plans, links to more than 3,000 education resources, and answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions.
  15. NCATE – The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a great place for teachers to learn more about online events, teacher certification, and campus-based education programs.
  16. Edublogs – This blog host makes it easy for teachers and students to begin a blog. Edublogs come with a generous amount of free upload space and many other nifty features.
  17. Wetpaint – Nearly 2,000 educators use Wetpaint to create free educational wikis that can be used in the classroom.
  18. Teacher Lingo – Teacher Lingo is an online community for teachers who want to connect through blogs and forums. The site also offers a place to share lesson plans and thoughts on education.
  19. TeachStreet – This social networking site is designed to bring students and teachers together. Teachers can post a profile, connect with other teachers, and recruit students for classes.
  20. PBS Teachers – PBS offers a lot of useful resources for teachers. One of the best is their subject-specific activity packs, which link to helpful resources and supplemental activities.
About Karen Schweitzer 9 Articles
Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes for OnlineClasses.org, an online college class resource.

4 Comments on 20 Great Websites for Teachers

  1. These are some great websites! I discovered TeacherTube this school year and love it! Our school system has blocked so many sites, including YouTube, so I was excited to find a site that would allow me so show some great educational videos. I’ve checked out most of the sites you’ve listed and they are really interesting and seem very user friendly. I’m especially excited to use Schmoop and PBS Teacher. Thanks for sharing these great resources!

  2. Another great website you may want to check out is http://creativitygames.net/ . They post weekly creativity games, challenges and thought provoking questions to develop creative thinking. They also have a great random word generator and an online Mastermind game that is good for developing problem solving and logic.

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