Free Online Resources for Educators and Students
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Instructional videos, lesson plans, assessments
Practical Ed Tech Tips Video Library
Over 60 videos with practical, hands-on, just in time, technology skills help for teachers from Free Tech 4 Teachers.
PBS Crash Courses
These videos are designed to give anyone, teacher or student, a quick education on a variety of topics from animal cells to world wars.
Free online courses on just about anything. All are free but for a small fee many courses offer certificates and certificate programs (multiple courses). There are over 79 courses for teacher professional development.
From free to $500, udemy offers a broad range of online courses including teacher professional development. Sign up for their mailing list - they frequently offer codes to take courses for $10 each (including those $500 ones).
Assign video lessons to your students and measure their progress and viewing habits. Over 16,000 lessons covering topics in secondary math and sciences.
Link to download the iTunes U app for iPhones or iPads. Offers free college classes, teacher resources, instructional videos and more.
Contains a long list of short instructional videos, worksheets and quizzes free for teachers and students. Videos are each about 10 minutes long. Worksheets are easily customized to meet your exact needs. Covers math grade 1 through college.
The Harnessed Atom
Free teacher's kit, teacher edition, and student edition for a new middle school STEM curriculum extension which focuses on nuclear science an energy. Teacher's kit includes lesson plans, experiments, and interactive games.
Analyze My Writing
Copy and paste a writing assignment into this online tool and have a computerized analysis including punctuation, common words, sentence length, etc.
Website Evaluation Rubric
Learn how to evaluate the source validity for online resources.
Google World Wonders
Google’s Cultural Institute is a partnership be-tween Google and hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to create virtual field trips to the world’s cultural treasures. Each site includes informational videos and photographs.
District Subscription Resources
Infinite Learning Lab
Sponsored by the VA DOE, contains a library of math, English, science and life skills videos lessons. Teachers can create student assignments and track progress. Each video lesson is accompanied by quizzes and a teacher's guide with correlation to common core and state standards.
Instructional videos, writing prompts, DE Boards, lesson plans, assessments and more. Teachers can set up classes, create assignments, and grade work online.
Similar to Discovery but tied directly to VA SOLs. Instructional videos, activities, and lesson plans. Free for all VA schools.
Diagnostic tests and targeted instruction for math and reading grades K-7.
PowerSchool Assessment ( formerly Interactive Achievement)
Benchmark, SOL practice, and unit tests and quizzes tied directly to VA SOLs. Use the included LDS to track student achievement over time and organize remediation programs.
Online textbooks, videos and lessons for K-5 math.
Online textbooks and instructional resources for K-5 reading and 5-7 science.
Online textbooks and instructional resources for earth science, physical science, and chemistry.
Writing with Power
Online textbooks and instructional resources for English 6-11.
Free Collaboration and Creation Tools for Educators and Students
A great tool for both instruction and student creation. Use Padlet to create digital, multi-media, interactive posters on any topic. Students can make padlets private or share with the world. Collaboration is easy inside and outside the classroom. One of the best features is that no personal identifying information is required making this perfect for the under 13 crowd.
If you aren't using Prezi yet for your own presentations, or having students create them to demonstrate content knowledge, you are missing out on an incredible free resource. For some examples of what can be done, check out Save the Ocean.
This site is a must for teachers and students who are interested in using graphic organizers. It has an amazing collection of both traditional and unusual organizers.
Pixton (X-treme) Comics Labs
More advanced comic book and graphic novel creating and a great way to create engaging content or have students develop writing skills or demonstrate content knowledge.
Professor Garfield Comics Lab
A fun way to develop writing skills or create engaging content.
Free Educational Games and Activities
General Education and Multiple Subjects
Arcademics Educational Games
Math, science, English and history games for elementary and middle school students. Students can play alone or with their friends.
Math, English, problem solving and more games featuring familiar characters such as Clifford, The Big Red Dog, Elmo, Curious George,Arthur, and the Cat in the Hat.
Educational games and activities for math, English, geography, problem solving and more for PK-5.
Mr. Nussbaum's Educational Games
Math, English, science, and history games for elementary and middle school students. Most can be played on the computer or iPad.
Professor Garfield Knowledge Box
Math, science, social sciences, and language arts activities for elementary and middle school students.
Henry Anker's Quizzes
Math and language arts quizzes for elementary and middle school. Many of these use a technology enhanced format similar to that found on the VA SOL tests.
Teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Features short, relevant activities that teach digital citizenship and critical thinking about media consumption and creation.
Described as the world’s most engaging math game, this free online math game for grades 1-5 adapts to student skill level, reviews and teaches prerequisite content, and aligns with common core standards
Virtual world for preteens and teens where they can create virtual businesses and learn about finance and economics.
Math Playground - Thinking Blocks
Model and solve math word problems grade 1 math through Geometry.
Max’s Math Adventures
This online site filled with math adventures is produced by Scholastic. The topic for each activity, as well as the difficulty level, are clearly listed. A teacher’s guide is available to assist teachers in incorporating the activities into class-room instruction—these are whole group and center style activities. Click the link for Interactive Whiteboard Ready to find more activities on a variety of subjects, not just math.
Fun and entertaining math games cover everything from basic math skills to Pre-calculus. Some games are more educational than others - check before using with students.
Geared toward the PK-2 grade or special needs emerging reader, this site focuses on learning to read with phonics.
An online storybook creator perfect for younger students. Students write their own stories, insert illustrations or draw their own, publish their sto-ries in the gallery.
This interactive site helps student authors devel-op their stories with a focus on character devel-opment and plot. Students play games and an-swer questions which help them develop their storyline. Suitable for students in grades 3-4 and up.
Big History Project
You just have to explore this yourself to understand the breadth of what this free resources offers both teachers and students - the history of the universe from start to present day told through videos, images, text, and more.
Jamestown Online Adventure
You are the leader of the new colony at Jamestown. The decisions you make will determine whether the colony survives or fails - and your future.
Your Life on Earth
From the BBC, type in your date of birth and learn how the world has changed since the day you were born.
NASA Kids’ Club
Designed for students in grades 1-5, this site provides both online activities and downloadable ones. Activities are for both teachers and students. DIY Podcasts helps teachers and students create podcasts and videos using free NASA video and audio clips. NASA eClips are educational videos which can be used to “inspire and engage students.”