For additional resources see also the Faculty page, the Research page, the Education discipline page, the Economics discipline page, the Geography discipline page, the Political Science discipline page, the Sociology discipline page, the Student Tools page and the Writing page.
Most of the sites below are faculty resources but I've listed some sites that are designed to help students. If you are a student, I urge you to look through the entire page for sites that might be useful to you.
The federal Department of Education has some wonderful free resources for teachers. The main site is at www.ed.gov. Lots of resources can be found by going directly to www.ed.gov/free. The resources are updated weekly.
Educators Reference Desk is a repository of askeric.orgs's 2000 lesson plans, 3000 value-added pointers to education information and organizations and 200 question archives.
Teacher Certification Requirements (includes links to all 50 states)
Forever Curious' Teacher Recruitment and Success Toolkit:
Find teacher-reviewed lesson plans and worksheets quickly and easily with Lesson Planet.
Kennedy Center Teaching Materials: Curriculum, lessons and activities
Find Libraries: Local public or state libraries, federal libraries and archives, grants for libraries or ask a librarian for help
Spark Notes: A new type of Cliff notes
Educator.com: extremely comprehensive math, science and programming video courses
Grade Saver: Students love it for homework.
The 5 Best Free Tools for Making Slick Infographics and 10 Awesome Free Tools to Make Infographics link to free software for designing infographics and include specific instructions.
The Course Workload Estimator from Rice University. Fill in some blanks on your course’s reading and writing assignments and exams, and the tool will provide an estimate of the hours you’re asking students to put in per week.
Book Lender: large selection of paperback, children's and audio books for rent
Virtual Field Trips
Education by Design: Interactive, educational activities for children from age 5 to 16
TeachNet provides more than 270 hands-on, innovative lesson plans searchable by grade level and subject area.
Small Planet teacher resources
Lesson Plans Hub: a free, Common Core-aligned lesson plan for a math, science and language arts classes
The Educators Publishing Service is offering free online teaching materials to complement their products. Download worksheets on a variety of subjects.
Teaching Heart is a teacher-created site featuring a collection of free back-to-school ideas. Lots of ideas and printable material.
The Condition of Education 2014 examines 42 indicators related to quality of education, including time spent on homework, dropout rates, international comparisons of attainment and achievement and parents’ perception of college costs.
Teachly allows professors to track and analyze students’ participation in class.
Campus Computing Project is the largest continuing study of the role of information technology in American higher education.
Literacy.org: Links to articles, publications and other resources on literacy issues.
Online Advancement of Student Information Skills (OASIS) is a set of online lessons designed to help undergraduate students improve skills at finding, using and evaluating information of all kinds.
Los Primeros Pasos a Internet: La Telarana Mundial: Classroom guide to Spanish-language Internet training
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Online publication
Collaborative Tools for Online Education: Software evaluation site
Becoming WebWise is a free, self-paced online course that includes topics such as getting connected, e-mail, searching, bookmarking, creating address books and the basics of building a Web page. Users will learn about digital TV, legal online rights, the history of the Net and other ways to access the Web.
Web sites dealing with National Community College Organizations:
Access in Distance Education is designed to help faculty develop accessible online learning materials for people with disabilities.
Institutional Policies and Practices: Results from the 1999 national study of postsecondary faculty, institution survey
The Tides in Early Texas History collaborative digital project -- found at http://tides.sfasu.edu/home.html [link down] -- creates a platform in which cultural heritage institutions and educators can work together to enrich learning experiences for students, bridge gaps between disciplines and increase access to unique cultural collections. The gathering of all forms of cultural history around a topic offers a more complete story of the past than any one piece could do alone. The result is a unique tool for educators to teach early Texas history and information literacy. The Texas Tides project addresses the needs of educators, researchers and students for readily accessible primary and secondary cultural resource materials. The Tides web site documents early Texas history (prehistory until AD 1900) with an east Texas slant. In addition, The Texas Tides project meets the needs of Texas history teachers for curriculum material that will not only meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines, but also help prepare their students for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test (TAKS).
Benjamin Franklin: A Documentary History (63 minutes, Real Player)
For history lessons that will intrigue students and generate classroom discussion, visit the Newseum's interactive online news museum. The site features numerous interactive exhibits that combine video, images and voice to analyze the news media's coverage of history's most significant events.
Center for History and New Media History: Resources from George Mason University
History News Service: Articles and resources on topics in global history from professional historians
Teaching American History Resource Center: Provides links to and information about publications, resources, and activities for teachers of history.
Abolitionism in America: A well-organized, content-rich site with a wide range of authoritative information. Includes profiles of prominent abolitionists, slave narratives, background on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, critical resources on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and much more. From Cornell University, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Telling Their Stories: Oral History of the Holocaust: High school students from the Urban School of San Francisco have conducted interviews with six Holocaust survivors, transcribed the interviews and created audio and video files for this Web site. The subjects include camp survivors, a woman who was rescued as a child and a German refugee who returned to fight the Nazis as an American soldier. Includes links to related sites.
HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things is a virtual tour of selected objects from the collections of the National Museum of American History.
Mostly Medieval: Here you will find information on heraldry, myths and legends, religion, medicine and other aspects of life in Britain during the Middle Ages. The site includes a calendar of holy days and festivals, ballads with synopses and clip art. The majority of the information is the result of research undertaken prior to and continued during the writing of a novel set in 13th century Scotland.
The National Archives Learning Curve is an online historical teaching resource from Great Britain's Public Record Office. It includes historical documents, photographs, film and sound recordings on Victorian Britain, WWI and WWII, the Cold War and 20th Century heroes and villains.
The Bill of Rights Institute is a site designed to teach high school students about the Bill of Rights. It includes lesson plans and programs.
Money Smart curriculum: The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI): This website presents the computer-based Money Smart curriculum -- a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help individuals outside the financial mainstream develop financial skills and positive banking relationships. The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum
H.I.P. Pocket Change (HPC): This site is a fun, educational tool that generates interest in coins, the Mint and US history. (H.I.P. stands for "History In Your Pocket.") Find games, cartoons and other activities for students. The teachers section provides ideas, projects and lesson plans for using coins in social studies, math, language arts and science classes. Includes a special set of lesson plans for use with the 50 State Quarters Program. From the United States Mint.
Economics Boot Camp
Economic Lowdown Podcast Series
Population Index on the Web: Population Index is the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presents an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers and other materials on population topics. Provides a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in Population Index in the period 1986-2000. Includes a user's guide and list of sources. From the Office of Population Research, Princeton University.
A+ Country Reports is a visually appealing trove of information for students, teachers and tourists on the countries of the world. It includes information on population, geography, the economy, history and politics.
Atlas of Cyberspaces: Local and international maps and graphical representations of the geographies of the internet, cable and satellite networks, wireless systems, Internet traffic flows and other emerging cyberspaces.
Digital South Asia Library and Southeast Asia Digital Library are catalogs of web sites pertaining to Asia including business, economics, education, sociology, environment, gender, health, politics and international relations.
Russian News Resources Collection: Resources on Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States
History in the News: Middle East History, Society and Culture Resources: From the Department of History, State University of New York at Albany.
If you're interested in sustainability-based education programs try any of the following sites.
Philosophy Bites podcasts of top philosophers
The Ethics Connection offers articles, cases, briefings and dialogue in applied ethics.
Art Site allows teachers and students to publish their art portfolios on the Internet or on their school's intranet.
1/2/3/4 for the Show: Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays by Lewis W. Heniford (vol 1 – 1995, vol 2 – 1999): This excellent resource is no longer available online. You might be able to find a hard copy.
Theatrical Genres (PPT)
Winged Sandals, designed for children age 6 to 12, provides animated stories and games about the characters of classical [Greek] mythology [who] occupy three realms: the gods live on Olympus, the mortals (and monsters) occupy the Earthly Realm and the dead live in the Underworld. Also includes craft instructions, searchable and browsable information about characters in the myths, brief essays on ancient Greece and an interactive Delphic Oracle feature.
Romantic Circles is dedicated to the humanities, particularly the study of 19th century British Literature and culture
Wright American Fiction (1851-1875): A collection of 1,752 online texts by 845 authors
A new service at www.SchoolBookings.com provides educators with a free database of authors eager to do book signings and presentations. The site includes a database of authors and illustrators, as well as tips on setting up events.
15 Words You Never Knew Came from Literature: Awesome visual on the origins of 15 commonly used words
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: Written by an English professor with more than thirty years of teaching experience, this award-winning site is an interactive, menu-driven, online writer's guide and handbook designed to be useful for all writers, from inexperienced to advanced. The site focuses on essay writing topics such as choosing a subject, organizing, revising, editing (including basic grammar and punctuation) and documenting sources. Includes a discussion forum, recommended books and a section on writing poetry. Searchable.
Discover US Government Information: click HELP at the top and then use the links on the left - Finding Information, What's Available, Tutorials and Handouts, Other Resources
Perrla: Citation formatting software
Read, Write, Think: Lessons, standards and resources for reading and language arts instruction
Reading A-Z: A Complete Online Reading Program includes more than 100 online guided reading books, lesson plans, worksheets and flashcards to help teach alphabetic principles, phonemic awareness and sound/symbol relationships.
If you work with non-English speaking students, try the following sites.
Travlang's Translating Dictionaries: dozens to choose from
Foreign Language Dictionaries: the Internet Dictionary Project
Foreign Word.com: dictionaries and translation tools
Educating Children with Autism: Early diagnosis is important because prompt educational intervention is the key to greater progress in children’s mastery of fundamental communication, social, and cognitive skills.
My Tiny Garden: a photographic tribute to the snails, honeybees, wasps, butterflies and other bugs that fly, walk or crawl in gardens
BioSciEdNet Digital Library: for teaching and learning in the biological sciences
DNA Structure: An Interactive Animated Nonlinear Tutorial: for high school and undergraduate students
As humans change natural environments, frogs around the world are disappearing. This American Museum of Natural History site provides information on frog life cycles and reproduction, environmental concerns, details on various species (including poisonous ones), photographs and audio files of individual species and of a frog chorus.
Open Heart -- found at www.cosi.org/onlineExhibits/openHeart/ [link down] -- Through hands-on activities, you'll learn how the heart works, how the heart gets into trouble, what can be done to rescue it and what you can do to keep your heart healthy. Topics covered include anatomy, diseases and diagnostic tools, hospital procedures and careers, and disease prevention. Activities let you assemble the heart, do mock diagnosis and treatment, or observe a virtual surgery. Includes a glossary. From the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.
A list of freely available Online Biology Lab Resources, including microscopy, genetics and life science
Anatomy Labs: includes physiology and dissection
Bugscope provides a resource to classrooms that enables students to remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to image “bugs” at high magnification.
Access Excellence: learner resources for health and bioscience teachers
Understanding Evolution is designed for teachers of evolutionary theory. It includes illustrated essays on the nature of science, basics of the theory, evidence, relevance, misconceptions and the history of evolutionary thought. Also includes links to teaching resources and a glossary. Searchable. From the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.
Counterbalance Interactive Library: a non-profit educational organization working to promote the public understanding of science, and how the sciences relate to the wider society
Geology Labs: includes geosciences and earth science
NASA Earth Observatory focuses on climate and environmental change.
Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system.
Astronomy Labs: includes space science
NASA Quest is NASA's educational site, which incorporates activities of K-12 students and resources for teachers. Spanish Language NASA Sites is NASA's online Spanish-language resource for students in K-5. NASA's Kids Science News Network is also available.
NASA Wavelength: formerly the Space Science Education Resource Directory
Virtual Chemistry Labs
a list of freely available Online Chemistry Lab Resources, including general chemistry and organic chemistry simulations
The Physics Classroom is a collection of online tutorials, concept builders, and interactive lessons for students.
A list of freely available Online Physics Lab Resources: including condensed matter, atomic/molecular and particle physics
NEWTON Teachers helps teachers develop exciting science curricula. Includes videos, projects, field trips, games, lesson plans and much more.
Science Friday Kids' Connection provides teaching materials to accompany the National Public Radio (NPR) show Science Friday. It includes program summaries and audio, classroom activities, discussion items, academic content standards and related resources. Covers topics from all fields of science. Browsable and searchable.
PhET Simulations support math and science learning.
California Science Teachers Association Resources is a collection of resources for educators curated by CSTA.
NASA Education Resources (searchable by topic) provides informative educational materials that engage student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Edutopia: Ten Websites for Science Teachers offers summaries and links to ten websites covering topics such as the process of science, field research journals, evolution, PhET simulations, Earth exploration, EdHead interactives, plants, chemistry, scientists, and more.
California Academy of Sciences Educator Resources provides lesson plans, science videos, and distance learning programs.
Bill Nye The Science Guy offers a collection of episode guides and videos as well as directions for home demos that can be found under the “Learn” section and cover topics such as life science, physical science, and planetary science.
Carolina Biological science resources
Case Studies in Science: designed for undergraduates
Visit The Smithsonian Institution site. Maybe you’ll discover the dawn of the aerial age at the National Air and Space Museum, or explore how transportation has changed America at the National Museum of American History. Wherever you click, you’ll find countless opportunities to learn with links to 16 core museums, special exhibitions and the National Zoo. Try also the Smithsonian Institution Collections Portal: Search over 6.4 million database records with 536,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives and libraries.
On the Move: This site from The Smithsonian Institution uses three interconnected routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes, culture and communities. Features an illustrated and annotated timeline, an online transportation collection [that] includes more than a thousand artifacts and photographs (browsable by categories, eras and regions), and a thematic tour of the collection. Also includes games and materials for classroom use.
Design Labs: includes 3D modeling and 2D graphics
Howtoons are one-page cartoons showing 5-to-15 year-old kids "How To" build things. Choose the comic of choice to find a graphical way to build such things as a marshmallow shooter, an ice board and a duct tape body double. The site creators (MIT graduates) hope that these "Tools of Mass Construction" promote a brighter more creative future for children. Also includes videos and science project links. Searchable.
STEM resources for grades K-12, including a specific list of references for girls interested in the STEM fields
Math Forum Student Center: for students from elementary to graduate level
https://www.mathschase.com/: a very simple game but kids will find it a really fun way to learn their times tables
Math in Daily Life: how numbers affect everyday decisions
Pigly: a free (and ad free) guide which helps teach kids about math and finance
Math Labs: includes data analysis and graphing
Math Help: Provides information about basic math, algebra, study skills, math anxiety and learning styles. Specifically addresses the needs of the community college adult learner.
ENC provides resources and support for math and science educators.
AOL@SCHOOL has added to its free online learning service, incorporating special content from Discovery School and Virtual Job Shadow. Users have access to more than 500 puzzles and worksheets in the areas of math, science and language arts, in addition to hundreds of other resources.
The Smithsonian Education Portal has content from 16 Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo and the Smithsonian's research centers.
MIT OpenCourseWare features educational materials for 500 courses in 33 academic disciplines (FREE!).
The Wise Guide: The Library of Congress introduces the many fascinating, educational and useful resources available from the nation's library and one of the most popular Web sites of the federal government. The Wise Guide will be refreshed monthly, much like a magazine, offering links to the best of the Library's online materials. Each of these articles is based on items contained in a collection, database, reading room or other area of the site. Includes an archive. Access to LOC's Archived Collections
Study Stack: This site was designed to help people memorize information about various subjects by displaying a stack of virtual cards which contain information about a certain subject. Just like flashcards, you can review the information at your own pace discarding the cards you've learned and keeping the ones you still need to review. Searchable or browsable by subject (such as geography or history). Users may also create their own card stacks (free registration required).
Call to Action: Reconnecting College Sports and Higher Education (Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics)
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Preventions is designed to help college and community leaders develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and drugs and interpersonal violence.
NASPA Knowledge Community (on alcohol and other drugs)
Community Resource Scholarship Guide: breaks down the best scholarship platforms and instructs users on how to use them effectively to find as many opportunities as possible
LINCS is the literacy community’s gateway to the world of adult education and literacy resources on the Internet.