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General Resources

ABC Teach
www.abcteach.com
Wonderful website of many different things that teachers use on a daily basis. The site includes lesson plans on various themes, worksheets in every subject, templates for any kind of project, and wonderful seasonal activities.

Agricultural Education
www.agriculturaleducation.org/
A good website for information on Agricultural Education.

American Rhetoric
www.americanrhetoric.com
Index and database of audio and video (streaming) of well-known political speeches, movie speeches, popular songs, ermons, debates, speeches by athlete, interviews, etc.

Annenberg/CPB
www.learner.org/
Annenberg education resources are valuable to all classroom teachers.

Art, Design, and Visual Thinking
http://char.txa.cornell.edu/
An online textbook on the language of design provides visual examples and explanations of line, form, color, texture, color psychology, balance, proportion and many more principles of design. The author discusses the value of art and considers art in various world cultures. There is also an introduction to the evolution of visual arts such as Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, and Dress.

Awesome Library
www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Technology/Technology.html
Technology support for teachers

Behind the Name
http://www.behindthename.com
The etymology and history of first names.

The Biology Project
www.biology.arizona.edu
An interactive online resource for learning biology developed at the University of Arizona, the Biology Project is fun, richly illustrated, and tested on 1000s of students. It has been designed for biology students at the college level, but is useful for high school students, medical students, physicians, science writers, and all types of interested people.

Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology
http://caret.iste.org/
Have you ever asked "Why do I bother using technology in my classroom?" This website provides research-based answers to educational technology questions.

Digital Equity Toolkit
http://www.nici-mc2.org/de_toolkit/
The toolkit points educators to free and inexpensive, high quality resources that help address the digital divide in the classroom and community.

Digital History
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu
Digital History is committed to providing high-quality historical resources for teachers and students for free and without advertising.

Dr. Saul's Biology in Motion
www.biologyinmotion.com
Original, entertaining, interactive biology learning activities.

Education World
http://www.educationworld.com
Very comprehensive, including technology, classroom management, motivation, templates, lesson plans and assessment. Especially note "A Survival Kit for New Teachers."

The Educator's Reference Desk
http://www.eduref.org/
Formerly AskEric, this site offers research, theory and classroom practice information.

Eduhound
http://www.eduhound.com/
A weekly education resource of timely topics through email.

eduPortfolio
www.eduportfolio.org
Online e-portfolio resource

Edutopia
http://www.glef.org
E-magazine resources.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education
www.enc.org
Located at Ohio State University, this site contains a wealth of information and lesson ideas.

Electronic Gradebook
www.gradebook.dankulp.com
This is an electronic gradebook that one of our teachers published online for anyone to download and use. This gradebook is extremely user friendly, and the site even has a way for you to connect to the guy who created it if you have any questions. The best part about this gradebook is that it is FREE! What teacher doesn't love that word?

EPALS Classroom Exchange
www.epals.com
A collaborative technology site filled with resources for a global technology community for both students and teachers.

Free Federal Resources for Excellence in Education
http://www.ed.gov/free
This site has added new learning resources in the arts, science, and social studies.

HPR-TEC
www.hprtec.org
Free online tools that can make a teacher's life much easier - rubrics, online calendars, checklists, online quizzes, and MUCH more.

I Love Schools
www.iloveschools.com/
Free matching service for teachers in need of supplies with potential donors.

Innovate
http://www.innovateonline.info/
This site provides a live portal for discussion groups and provides access to web casts, telecasts and archived programs that would be of interest to teachers using technology in the classroom.

International Education and Resource Network
www.iearn.org
International education resources

Internet Archive
www.archive.org
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Internet for Classrooms
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/teacher.htm
Called the "Site That Helps Classroom Teachers," this site provides links to information relating to: behavior and classroom management ideas, tutorial, and more.

InTime
www.intime.uni.edu
This is a site with rich resources for teachers related to integrating technology into teaching.

K to the 8th Power
www.kto8.com/the
Introductory video introduces the website and features the integration of technology with core academic lessons. You can browse all lessons. Annual subscription required to access the complete site.

Learning NC (North Carolina Teachers' Network)
www.learnnc.org/topics/edtech
Teaching resources

Mirriam-Webster Online Dictionary
http://www.m-w.com
Online Dictionary

NASA Connect
http://connect.larc.nasa.gov
Instructional programs and lessons designed to use in math, science, and technology classrooms. Interactive videos, clips, and movies for viewing in the classroom. Free for educators.

National Middle School Association
www.nmsa.org
Offers professional development online, video training, online shopping for professional development materials.

National Rural Education Resources
http://www.nwrel.org/ruraled/nat_resources.html
These links are identified and maintained by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

New Teachers Center San Jose, CA
www.newteachercenter.org
The first of its kind, the New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national resource dedicated to teacher development and the support of programs and practices that promote excellence in America's schools. Recent research and conventional wisdom indicate that the quality of the classroom teacher is the single most important ingredient for student learning.

On-Line Internet Lessons
http://www.imaginarylandscape.com/helpweb/welcome.html

Open School BC
http://www.cln..org/index.html
A wealth of technology resources arranged by subject area and theme pages. The Learning Lab link from this site provides modules for self-assessment, learning objectives and standards.

PBS Teacher Source
www.pbs.org/teachersource/
A very good source for information about public television resources for teachers.

PE Central
http://www.pecentral.org
The premier web site for health and physical educators. Lesson ideas, "store," assessment ideas, research, preschool physical education, top web sites, etc. Many resources for Adapted Physical Education for students with special needs.

Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
E-texts

ProTeacher
http://www.proteacher.com/
Lots of resources with a special section for disabilities.

Rubistar
www.rubistar.4teachers.org
This is another FREE site that allows you to create an account and make your own rubrics. It has templates and already made ones, whatever you fell more comfortable using. This is great now because assessment is moving into a much more authentic form than what it has been in the past.

Shakespeare's Globe
www.shakespeares-globe.org
Shakespeare and the Globe Theater

TCRecord
http://www.tcrecord.org
TCRecord.org is a website with links to many articles and books pertaining to teaching and learning. Registration is free and you can click on any topic. Technology listings include: effective teaching with technology in the content areas, assessment, using technology in a one computer classroom, increasing student learning through the use of technology projects, etc. This is a rich website.

Teacher's Net
http://www.teachers.net/
This site has a lot of advertising, but it also has a lot of very useful information for new teachers.

Teachers Network
http://teachersnetwork.org
Web mentors are veteran teachers who guide and inform discussion. New Teachers: Get answers to their most pressing questions! Ten experienced classroom teachers are web mentors and share invaluable experience with the new teachers.

Teaching With Technology - Directory of Online Resources
http://www.academicinfo.net/edtech.html
Provides links to sites including online publications, discussion lists, PT3 sites and instructional resources.

TeAch-nology
http://teach-nology.com/
About: TeAch-nology.com offers teachers free access to 19,000 lesson plans, 5,600 printable worksheets, over 200,000 reviewed web sites, rubrics, educational games, teaching tips, advice from expert teachers, current education news, teacher downloads, web quests, and teacher tools for creating exciting classroom instruction.

UliveandLearn
http://www.uliveandlearn.com
This site provides online courses, seminars, lessons and web casts that would be helpful to teachers interested in using technology in the classroom.

Voice of the Shuttle
http://vos.ucsb.edu
Humanities resources.

Websites compiled by Sue LeBeau: Just for School Leaders and Administrators
http://www.suelebeau.com/administrators.htm
The site gives links to NCLB, guiding technology and professional organization links.

Welcome to AOL@School
www.aolatschool.com
Provides K-12 student resources as well as resources for educators and administrators. A variety of topics from lesson plans, classroom tools and textbook ideas are included.

Windows to the Universe (University of Michigan)
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/
Site has lots of interactive science activities. Spanish/English.

You Can Handle Them All (The Master Teacher on Discipline)
www.disciplinehelp.com
Description: A reference for handling over 117 misbehaviors at school and home.

Disabilities/Special Needs/Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology: Tool, Tips, Tricks
http://www.nsnet.org/atc/tools/contents.html
The site provides definitions, different technology tools available, strategies for effective implementation, and more.

Audio Enhancement
http://www.audioenhancement.com/ae/SiteDefault.aspx
Information about an audio enhancement system to assist students with hearing disabilities.

CHADD: Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
http://chadd.org/
This is a good starting point for getting information about a disorder that affects many students and adults.

Children with Disabilities Education Board
http://www.cesa7.k12.wi.us/sped/
Wonderful site for resources connected to work with students who have disabilities

Instructional Technology Council
http://www.itcnetwork.org
Because grants are sometimes available to help children with disabilities, you can check with someone at this web site to inquire about current opportunities

The Iris Center
http://iris.Peabody.Vanderbilt.edu
Faculty enhancement center for pre-service preparation programs to ensure gen. ed. personnel are prepared to work with students who have disabilities.

Misunderstood Minds
www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/
Good simulation activities to feel what it's like to have a reading disability.Good strategies to teach skills.

PE Central
http://www.pecentral.org
The premier web site for health and physical educators. Lesson ideas, "store," assessment ideas, research, preschool physical education, top web sites, etc. Many resources for Adapted Physical Education for students with special needs.

ProTeacher
http://www.proteacher.com/
Lots of resources with a special section for disabilities.

Telex
http://www.telex.com/education/Web.nsf/HPL/2002Education
Information about products for students with hearing disabilities

Web AIM - Web Accessibility in Mind
http://www.webaim.org/
Expanding the web's potential for people with disabilities.

You Can Handle Them All (The Master Teacher on Discipline)
www.disciplinehelp.com
A reference for handling over 117 misbehaviors at school and home.

Early Childhood & Elementary

ABC Teach
http://www.abcteach.com/
Resources for teachers of Pre-K through 6th grade.

A to Z Teacher Stuff
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/
Materials for all grades, but primarily elementary.

Christoper Elementary Web Page
http://www.cpher.frnkln.k12.il.us/education/components/links/links.php?sectiondetailid=1028
Example of an elementary class home page with resources.

dltk-teach.com
http://www.dltk-teach.com/
Educational activities for early childhood.

Idea Box
http://www.theideabox.com/
Early Childhood education and activity resources.

KinderStart
http://www.kinderstart.com/
"KinderStart is the largest (and most popular) indexed directory and search engine focused on children zero to seven on the 'net"

Lesson Plans Page. com
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/
Free lesson plans for Pre-K through 12.

Lessonplanz.com
http://lessonplanz.com/
Searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects.

Little Clickers
www.littleclickers.com
Safe, fun Internet explorations for children in grades 3-8.

Perpetual Preschool
http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/
Free Year 'Round Themes, Tips, Resources and Learning Center Ideas For Parents and Educators of Young Children

PreschoolEducation.com
http://www.preschooleducation.com/
Early childhood resources.

Printable Books
http://www.clickinks.com/Printable-Books-for-Kids.htm
A Printable Book is a unique tool for teaching an elementary school child many of the lessons that will help him or her in the future.

Teachersview
http://www.teachersview.com/
General resources for early childhood teachers.

University of Illinois - Schools Online
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/schoolsonline/19.html
site provided by the University of Illinois Extension.

ESL

Babel Fish Translation
http://babelfish.altavista.com
Description: ESL translation site

ESL Cafe
www.eslcafe.com
The Internet's meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world.

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities from Thomson Gale
http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/index.htm
Features biographies of significant present-day and historical Hispanic individuals, Hispanics in the arts, articles about Latinos and the 2004 election, etc.

Hispanic Heritage Month @ infoplease
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/hhm1.html
This resource includes lots of features, fun stuff, population statistics, and economic statistics relating to Hispanic heritage.

Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/resource_library/hispanic_resources.html
The resources have been selected for their relevance to classroom curriculum and national education standards.

Martin Levine's Bilingual and ESL Resources
http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/eslindex.html
Martin Levine, Professor of Secondary Education at Cal State Northridge, has assembled a web site for teachers of bilingual and ESL classes.

Migrant Education Home Page
http://www.escort.org
The goal of the Division of Migrant Education is to provide leadership to the field regarding programs and services that promote academic excellence and equity for migrant students.

National Association for Bilingual Education
http://www.nabe.org
Includes information about the organization and its activities.

National Register of Historic Places
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/hispanic/
As part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this site highlights various publications, properties listed in the National Register, and National Parks that deal directly with the ingenuity, creativity, cultural and political experiences of Hispanic Americans.

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org
A free, open-content encyclopedia in many languages

Windows to the Universe
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/
Interactive site has lots of activities. Spanish/English

Grants & Funding

Cook County Suburban Regional Office of Education: Grants
http://www.cook.k12.il.us/Grants.htm
The site provides starting points for learning about available grant monies.

Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) - Scholarships / Grants
http://iceberg.org/scholarship_04/scholarship.htm
This educational organization provides resources for raising funds.

Illinois State Board of Education - Grants & Education
http://www.isbe.net/grants/default.htm
Use the resources provided by the Illinois State Board of Education to learn about grant writing, available grants, and find out about funding and disbursement.

ISTE Resources: Funding Resources
http://www.iste.org/
The links from the International Society for Technology in Education can help educators raise money for their schools. Included are grant writing tips.

The NEA Foundation for Improvement in Education: Grants & Programs
http://www.nfie.org/grants.htm
The NEA Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools, colleges, and universities.

Mentoring

Questia - Online Library
www.questia.com/popularSearches/mentoring_teachers.jsp
Links for books and articles on mentoring teachers.

Teachers Network
http://teachersnetwork.org
Web mentors are veteran teachers who guide and inform discussion. New Teachers: Get answers to their most pressing questions! Ten experienced classroom teachers are web mentors and share invaluable experience with the new teachers.

YeartoSuccess.com
http://www.yeartosuccess.com/google.cgi?searchengine+form2+Be%20a%20Mentor.html
This site is a short article listing some skills required to be a good mentor.

Plagiarism, Citation, & Researching

American University Library - Citation Style Guide
http://www.library.american.edu/e_ref/citation.html
A collection of links to citation formats for general, legal, and medical use.

Center for Media Literacy
www.medialit.org
Excellent site for all content areas, focused on developing critical media literacy in students.

Cybersleuth-Kids
http://www.cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/Education/index1.htm
Internet search guide for K - 12 science, math, art, geography and history.

Internet for Classrooms - Helping Teachers Use the Internet Effectively
www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line.htm
Technology tutorials

Knowledge Network - Blue Web'n
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/about.html
Knowledge Network Explorer by SBC. Blue Web'n is an online library of 1800+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hot lists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). Blue Web'n does not attempt to catalog all educational sites. Sites are hand-picked and are, in our opinion, among the most useful.

Landmark's Citation Machine
http://www.landmark-project.com/citation_machine/
An interactive web tool designed to assist teachers and students in producing reference citations for crediting information from other people.

My Web Librarian
http://www.myweblibrarian.com/
A live, online help service offered by Illinois libraries.

Surf Net Kids
http://www.surfnetkids.com/emailedition.htm
Barbara J. Feldman's website and free weekly newsletter for teachers and parents, "Surfing the Net with Kids."

The Plagiarism Resource Site
www.plagiarism.phys.virginia.edu
The goal of this web site is to help reduce the impact of plagiarism on education and educational institutions. At present, it distributes free software to detect plagiarism and provides links to other resource.

Turn It In
www.turnitin.com
Description of a product that specializes in online plagiarism prevention. Promotes originality in student work, improves student writing and research skills, encourages collaborative learning, and saves valuable instructor time.

UC Berkeley Library Tutorials
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Strategies.html
A tutorial to help students conduct more effective web searches.

Yahooligans Teacher's Guide
http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/tg/
Learn what Internet Literacy is, why it is important, and how to teach it to your students. Teaching Internet Literacy; Acceptable Use Policies; Citing Sources; and Evaluating Web Sites

Tutorials

Internet for Classrooms
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line2.htm
Tutorials for applications most frequently used in the classroom

Knowledge Network - Blue Web'n
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/about.html
Knowledge Network Explorer by SBC. Blue Web'n is an online library of 1800+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hot lists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). Blue Web'n does not attempt to catalog all educational sites. Sites are hand-picked and are, in our opinion, among the most useful.

Learning the internet for beginners
http://www.internet101.org/internet101.html
One of the best sites for beginners new to the Internet

UC Berkeley Library Tutorials
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Strategies.html
A tutorial to help students conduct more effective web searches.

Web Admin's Guide to Site Search Tools
http://www.searchtools.com/guide/index.html
Brief description: Guide to finding and using search tools.

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© The Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and Illinois State Board of Education, in conjunction with a Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers To Use Technology (PT3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, funded this project to infuse technology into the core curriculum at Illinois Community Colleges and Universities.