TeachersFirst is a free website for teachers that contains reviews of external resources as well as own original resources. All the resources are reviewed by teaching professionals with relevant experience. Reviews point out any safety or policy concerns for the tool and offer links to management tips for each concern. The own units and lessons have been developed for actual classrooms, in consultation with practicing professionals or by the teachers themselves.
TeachersFirst is written and edited entirely by experienced, professional educators.
Becoming a member gives access to many additional functions.
- weekly update via email
- TeachersFirst Edge: reviews tools on the Edge, with specific ideas for using them safely and effectively in teaching and learning.
- TeachersFirst Exclusives include ready-to-go, projectable classroom activities, lesson and unit plans, special topic collections and professional pages.
- TeachersFirst’s Classroom Resources area includes over 12,000 educator-reviewed web resources ready to be used with students in the classroom.
Share My Lesson
Share My Lesson is a big web portal for high-quality teaching resources. Its database contains over 254.000 free teacher-created resources in a variety of formats (images, web pages, pdf’s, music, text files, etc.) for every level of education from kindergarten to high school and with a section for students with disabilities.
The portal provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other. The members of the community can download and share user-generated resources free of charge.
Udacity is a digital university providing free courses mainly focusing on Mathematics Phisics and Computer Sciences. The courses are divided in three difficulty levels and are “open enrollment”, meaning that users can sign up at any time and complete the course at their own pace without homework or quiz deadlines. Users can enroll in as many classes as desired.
Udacity’s "hexamesters" are 7 weeks long. After each hexamester there is a one week break before the release of the next round of courses. Each class consists of 6 week-long units. The seventh week will have some bonus material and a final exam. Each unit is composed of many videos. Most are about 2 or 3 minutes long, and they are usually followed by a quiz or programming assignment. All videos in the courses have captions and each course also has a wiki that contains the course content in written form.
Completing a class, students get a certificate signed by the instructor. These certificates are recognized by major technology companies who are actively recruiting from the Udacity student body.
In addition to providing free higher education for students around the world, Udacity is also poised to connect students with job opportunities. Udacity's Career Placement Program connects students to the partner employers directly.
Thinkfinity is a website that gathers thousands of free lesson plans, interactives, videos, learning games. A Professional Development community has developed around the activity and the material on the website as well as several blogs and a news service about education (also available in RSS feed).
Teaching and learning resources in Thinkfinity are provided by content partners (USA leading education organizations) go through an expert review to check that all the content is accurate, up-to-date, unbiased and appropriate for students.
The website provides a useful research tool to easily find specific resources sorting them by subject, type, keyword, grade level and partner.
Classroom-ready lesson plans and other online learning materials make it easy to integrate Verizon Thinkfinity into the classroom: from the primary source documents you can print for each student to the interactive games students can play in pairs or individually, the resources are rich and varied to meet any teaching style and need.
Members of the online (free) community are provided with tools to organize resources, to network with friends and other teachers and to share ideas, plans and advice with others in the education community.
The website is aimed at students, teachers, library media specialists, parents, afterschool program providers, homeschoolers and anyone interested in teaching and learning.
O2 Learn is a free, moderated video-sharing site for teachers to share their best lessons with secondary school students. The video library contains at present almost 1500 videos on various subjects (see table of content) and the number is constantly increasing as new videos are uploaded every week.
O2 Learn can give every 13-18 year old access to a huge choice of curriculum focused (UK) mini-lessons which can help them with revision or to catch up on some subjects that they can't remember or might have missed.
Students can rate the lessons: best lessons are awarded every week and every year as chosen by the student rating and an expert judging panel. To date, O2 Learn has awarded over £300,000 directly to teachers and schools in the UK. Find out more on our awards page.
In order to make the site safe and accurate, videos are moderated for appropriateness and the accuracy of the content through a network of 'learning champions'.
Teachers sharing content keep all rights in their content, can use it in any way, and can allow others to use it. By sharing the content on O2 Learn, they also give their unrestricted permission to use that content, free of charge, for the operation and promotion of the service.
The service is provided as a BETA service.
Shmoop is a free online platform containing over 1000 learning guides and test preparations written by educators and experts on a number of subjects (see table of content). It was created with the aim of improving learning tools by using an approach to education based on the keywords: relevant, real, approachable.
The learning guides are characterized by deep analysis of the topics, focusing questions, quotes and references to pop culture. Hypertext and multimedia play an important role in the guides as a way to provide students with an easier although richer learning possibility.
Shmoop holds itself to the highest academic standards and cites its sources so students borrowing ideas from it can (and indeed must) cite Shmoop in their work.
The content written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, like Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale. Most of the content is free to be read without logging in, but with a free account other tools such as Clippings and Stickies become available.
Top rated contents are available in Spanish too.
Premium service gives access to the other materials and tools provided by the platform such as the premium test prep courses for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams and the possibility to create classrooms where to invite students and monitor their progress through detailed real-time reports.
PrimaryPad is a web-based word processor that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time. It was conceived by a teacher and is specifically designed for schools.
Pads are collaborative. This means that more people can work on them at a time (indeed that’s the point of it) in order to get ideas, collaborate on a common task, share and quickly posting pieces of information when working in a group or collaborative environment.
PrimaryPad integrates other tools giving the possibility to write sticky notes, to draw, to chat with collaborators, to make templates, to upload and insert images and text from other documents, to use a time slider to go back in time in the edition of the pad to see what was there in a previous version, etc.
The free version of this tool allows to create an unlimited number of pads that last 30 days before being deleted and can be edited by up to 50 people.
The website also contains a library of ideas for teachers of any subject.
Teamie is a cloud-based social platform that makes learning collaborative & fun, enables educators to engage & teach, and drives performance & behavior.
Teamie gives the possibility to create a social network for your institute with online classrooms populated with the respective students & teachers. This will create a safe & secure platform to share, discuss, collaborate and learn.
Teachers can create lessons and quizzes easily using a simple but rich editor, or by simply uploading content (audio, video, documents). All the created content is saved as part of the Knowledge Bank and can be reused eventually, not to restart from scratch.
Teamie supports online assignments (uploaded as files, or written on the rich editor), and objective type questions which are automatically graded, while the subjective one's can be graded online, without having to download the documents.
With a variety of standard and custom reports to choose from, teachers and students can identify areas of strengths & weakness, and as the management get a dashboard view of the performance of the overall institute.
There is also a bulletin board where all important notifications are posted or any announcement from the teachers.
ABCya.com is a platform for free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding.
Widbook is a new service that is part multimedia book authoring tool and part social network. It allows to create digital books containing text, images, and videos as well as creating a virtual bookshelf. It is also possible to invite others to make contributions to one's books.
Widbook has the potential to be a good web-based platform both for students to construct multimedia research papers and for teachers to create their own multimedia textbooks to use in their classrooms.