• Links to find books for gifted readers:

    • Amby’s Puzzle Page – Amby’s site has links to printable logic puzzles and brain teasers. These activities make great sponge lessons or enrichment options.
    • ByrdSeed - This blog site by Ian Byrd, a gifted specialist in California, is loaded with lesson ideas, graphic organizers, and more that tie depth and complexity to the core curriculum.
    • Creativity Web - This site is devoted to tools and tricks to promote creative thinking.
    • Ed Gate – This page on the Ed Gate site lists specific verbs at each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
    • Eye on Education - This site includes documents on everything from assessment to differentiation to smartboards.
    • Out of the Box Games and Think Fun - These companies sell games for individuals and small groups that prompt logical and strategic thinking. They make great learning centers.
    • Pieces of Learning - In addition to the materials sold on this publisher's site, there is an area with free downloadables that make for great quick classroom activities.
    • Teach-nology Articles – The Teachnology site holds several online articles on curriculum differentiation.
    • Open Stax - This site is a source of free online college-level textbooks. Some are standard books used in universities, and others are available only to students at participating schools. Ohio State is one of those schools. This could be used to save money on textbooks for PSEO or to gain source material for credit flex proposals.
    Lesson Planning 
    • 4Teachers – This site includes everything from rubrics to classroom layout planner to persuasive writing templates and much more.
    • AP Teacher Network - This is the Ohio AP Teacher network online for sharing ideas and best practices.
    • Center for Gifted Education – This group at the College of William and Mary have a site with links to online resources in all subject areas.
    • Differentiating the Common Core - This document from the California Association for the Gifted examines each Common Core standard and gives examples of how to differentiate the standard appropriately for gifted learners.
    • Discovery School – The Discovery Channel sponsors this site with lessons, online activities, clip art, and more.
    • Eduhound.com - This is a topical search engine of education/curricular topics.
    • The Federal Resource for Educational Excellence (FREE) - This site makes it easy to track down new teaching resources on all subjects from federal agencies.
    • Free Web Tools – This site is put together by a group of Ohio educators and includes websites with free resources for classroom use. There is some overlap in the lists, as they reflect presentations at tech conferences, and some of the links do not direct to the correct website. But, the list is still very useful and comprehensive, and it is updated periodically.
    • Games for Educators - This includes tips for using games in the classroom.
    • InfOhio – This site is a wealth of tools and information. It includes IMatrix, which allows users to search for lessons and assessments by standard. It also has an online study program for ways to incorporate technology in the classroom and research building courses for students of all ages. There are links to databases of professional journals and kids’ magazines. Articles for students can be searched by topic, source, and lexile. There are also links to virtual field trips and much more.
    • Khan Academy – This site has over 3,100 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
    • Ohio Treasure Chest – This site directs users to reviewed website related to the current academic content standards in the core subjects across all grade levels. In addition to linking standards to websites, it also links content standards to related standards in other subject areas so users can look for additional related websites. Users may submit additional recommended sites.
    • MIT OpenCourseWare – Free lecture notes, exams and videos from MIT. No registration required.
    • iTunes U - Apple Computer’s iTunes U store offers coursework from K-12 institutions, public organizations, and colleges all around the world. Some courses and resources are entirely free. Other offerings are lectures, seminars, or portions of courses and include audio, video, and even some documents or assignment sheets. Use the iTunes store on your computer or the iTunes U app on your mobile device to access the content. These programs would be ideal for enriched study, independent projects, or as instructional content as part of credit flexibility proposals. For security purposes, always preview a course. Apple marks questionable content with the label “Explicit” so they can be avoided by parents and children. Still, please use discretion when downloading any content from the internet.
    • PBS Teachersource – This site has lesson plans in all subject areas for a range of grade levels and topics.
    • Rubistar – Rubistar lets teachers quickly create rubrics for projects and classwork. Rubrics can be filled with preset criteria for specific projects or can be edited and customized for specific needs. Final scales can be saved to the site or computer and printed for classroom use.
    • SchoolTube - Videos for classroom use, this is like YouTube for schools.
    • Smithsonian Education - Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, the site links to over a thousand free educational resources. There is also a feature where teachers can search by state for resources that link to state standards.
    • TEA Lighthouse - This site is an alignment of Texas standards with Advanced Placement programming.  It includes sample lessons for grades 6-12 to help prepare students to participate in AP courses in all four subject areas.
    • BlendSpace - This lets users build a lesson or series of lessons using digital media, including activities and multimedia on the web and user files. The lesson can then be assigned to students for independent work.
    • Webquest Portals – These link to directories listing many other webquests for all ages.
    • http://www.techtrekers.com/webquests/

    Art, Music, and PE
    • Arts Connected – This features specific lessons on different elements of art. It includes activities where students can apply the art element and create original digital art.
    • Toondoo – Students can create their own create comic strips to retell stories.

    Language Arts 

    • William and Mary Teaching Models – This page has downloadable forms for analyzing vocabulary and literature, for conducting research, and for persuasive writing.
    • Novel Navigators – This page has order forms for materials from the College of William and Mary, but this link will take you directly to the free Novel Navigator units for all grade levels.
    • Literature Guides – Nancy Polette has brief guides for differentiated literature lessons available for downloading.
    • CK-12 - This is a series of self-paced math and science lessons tied to the Common Core for all grade levels.
    • Land of Math – The site is organized by math strand and then further broken down into topics within each strand. It includes instructional worksheets, assessments, lesson plans, and links to related web sites and videos. Users can also link to math education standards and organizations. This site is still under construction but already has a lot of content available.
    • Math Moves U – This site gives examples of how math is used by sports figures.
    • Primary Resources – This site from the UK has Loop card games tied to math skills at all levels. These are ready-made cooperative learning activities.
    • Virtual Manipulatives - This site includes electronic versions of common classroom manipulatives that students can use to solve computer-generated math problems.
    • Wolfram Mathworld - A major reference with definitions, examples, etc.
    • CK-12 - This is a series of self-paced math and science lessons tied to the Common Core for all grade levels.
    • EdHeads – This site sponsored by COSI includes virtual science experiments in a range of topics, including engineering, surgery, and machines.
    • Jefferson Lab – Jefferson Lab’s site has teacher lessons, hands-on activities, and class games.
    • Try Science – The Try Science site has teacher lessons, home activities, and online experiments for a variety of science disciplines and ages
    • WISEUC Berkley put together this web-based science inquiry program. Teachers can register their class and track student work on the site.
    Social Studies 
    • Eyewitness History – This site includes personal narratives and primary sources recounting a wide range of historical events around the globe.
    • National Archives I – This is one of three sites from the National archives that includes primary source documents, photos, videos, virtual tours, and lesson plans.
    • National Archives II – This is one of three sites from the National archives that includes primary source documents, photos, videos, virtual tours, and lesson plans.
    • National Archives III – This is one of three sites from the National archives that includes primary source documents, photos, videos, virtual tours, and lesson plans.
    • Newseum - The "today’s front pages" feature shows the covers of more than 500 papers in more than 40 countries.
    • Ohio Memory - This is an online scrapbook of Ohio history and includes primary sources from across the state.
    • Diigo - This tool allows users to store text clips, websites, videos, and images. Users can set up accounts to access the information from iPads phone apps, and the website. IT can be a useful tool for storing content for research projects
    • Docuticker - A daily update of new reports from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks, and other groups . . . compiled by librarians.
    • Glogster - An online tool for creating interactive posters. This can be used to create visuals for your students or for students to create interactive posters to share their research.
    • InfOhio – This site links to databases of professional journals and kids’ magazines. Articles for students can be searched by topic, source, and lexile. There are also links to virtual field trips and much more.
    • Internet Public Library – This virtual library lets students find information or even check out virtual reading materials. There are also thematic book lists for perusal.
    • LucidChart for Education - This is a digital flow chart, venn diagram, and mind mapping site that allows users to create these documents and manipulate them online.
    • Piktochart - Users can create infographics to share a condensed version of their research.
    • Powtoon - Create animated presentations to present research and share with others.
    • Prezi - This is a spin on presentation slides that works in a mind-mapping format.
    • Reference Desk - A collection of free reference sources, from dictionaries to encyclopedias to news stories.
Last Modified on February 5, 2019