OER Commons is an open educational resource (OER), which means that materials on this site can be used freely and adapted for use. The site is searchable by subject area and desired material.
In addition to OER Commons, Thinkfinity is another bank of open education resources that has lesson plans available in all subject areas. You can also search for lessons that Common Core standards -- use these directions to get started.
General Teaching Resources:
80+ Google Forms for the Classroom for classroom use provides a variety of sample Google Forms that can be borrowed and adapted for your own use with your students. Ideas for using Google Forms in the classroom include ideas for going paperless with information collection (such as getting-to-know-you forms at the beginning of the year), ways to use Google Forms to collect data and statistics in the classroom, among other ideas.
Teacher's Guide to Google Drive and Google Sites for the classroom Download Richard Byrne's free ebook Google Drive and Docs for the Classroom.
Websites for visualizing data Create your own word clouds and infographics with these free tools.
Blog post checklist for students
After you've used Google Forms for a formative assessment, create a Word Cloud to visually represent the top mentioned words or terms in student responses. Check out these Top 10 Sites for Making Word Clouds.
This Digital Portfolio site brings together a variety of tutorials and resources for creating digital portfolios with students.
Mobile Formative Assessments Various programs can be used with mobile devices to conduct formative assessments in the classroom. This blog contain links for several.
Copyright-Friendly Images (Use but give credit through attribution):
Photo Pin has a searchable database of photos that can be used for blogs, and the embed code is easy to use for showing the image and proper attribution of the photo source.
Online Course Managers:
Edu 2.0 - This is a free e-learning platform with unlimited storage for course materials.
Moodle has received very high reviews for instructors who have used it for managing online courses.
Subject Area Resources
Please see Megan Birdsong if you need help or support in using these resources or finding others to use with your classes.:
Authors read poetry aloud in the video collection of the PBS Poetry Everywhere project.
Annotated Bibliography Lesson and presentation you can adapt for Creating an Annotated Bibliography with EasyBib. This presentation assumes that students are already familiar with the basics of using EasyBib.
NCTM's Illuminations contains tools and activities for teaching and learning math.
Gallery of Herblock political cartoons from 1960-1961. Click through these political cartoons to see representations of communism and as possible resources for decade projects.
Special Education and Student Support:
Free Resources from the Net for Every Learner has some good tips for using options on computers and other devices to support student learning. He also has a great list of education blogs that he follows (on the right of the main page) and content area resources (see top menu).
World History and Literature:
The World Digital Library contains primary source materials from countries around the world, including maps, photographs, and documents.
Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship Resources:
The Library Media Teachers in Fremont Union High School District are currently examining ways to create a standard curriculum that teaches students explicitly and in a standard way about digital citizenship. The first step is to review materials created by others to examine what might work best for instructing the students in our school.
Budd:e is the Austalian government's curriculum for teaching cyber safety and digital citizenship. The program has interactive modules that can be tried with the demo; these would be useful for students working independently on the computer.
Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for Grades 9-12 has been a model curriculum for teaching students about their digital footprint and ways to navigate their online lives ethically and safely. They have also added new lessons on researching and evaluating sources.
Common Sense Media research on student involvement with media.
Digital ID: 21st Century Citizenship is a resource created by teachers that organizes instruction on digital citizenship into helpful categories. See my review ; scroll down to the second one on the page.
Facebook for Counselors While this resource is from the American School Counselors Association, the primary content of this article is about technology policies and geared toward those who create policies for the school. Of most direct interest to counselors are the discussion of ways to respond to uses of Facebook that impact the academic environment and in identifying at-risk behaviors.
Web Resources for Educators - Online Resources to Support PBL
The Web Resources for Educators website contains a list of resources to support project-based learning.
Free resources for making multimedia timelines at Free Technology for Teachers.
Create and print a graphic novel at Comic Master. The site also has teaching resources for use with the website.
Animated tutorials for science topics could be used by students individually for an introduction to a topic, as a review, or by the class.
Letterpop provides and easy way to create and share newsletters.
Create speaking avatars at Voki to represent characters, historical figures, or other points of view.
Creat narrated photo slideshows with Yodio .
ArtSkills has a free online poster maker that is integrated with major social media sites and includes capability for printing and sharing.