Teachers may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the multitude of resources available online. In fact, it can take a tremendous amount of time to sift through and locate required materials to use in your teaching, a taxing task for the already overburdened teacher.
To this end, and to help teachers make better use of their time and resources I curated for you this collection of educational resources where you can access educational content to use in your own instruction.
From ready-made lesson plans and study guides to practice exercises and EdTech tools, the websites below provide you with the resources you need to enhance your teaching/learning and grow professionally.
1- Khan Academy
Khan Academy provides free educational content in the form of instructional videos and practice exercises covering different subjects including math, chemistry, physics, science, arts, humanities and many more.
2- Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is a platform where you can access teacher-created reviews of educational tools and mobile apps, read-made lesson plans, webinars, videos and many other resources.
CK-12 provides teacher-curated STEM content that include lessons, activities, study guides, and practice exercises.
4- Smithsonian Learning Lab
Smithsonian Learning Lab empowers learners with materials and tools to help them personalize their learning, create new ideas, find resources and access collections of educational content and build meaningful educational networks.
5- OER Commons
QER Commons is a public digital library where you can access tons of open educational resources searchable by subject, education level, and standard.QER Commons also offers Open Author (lets you build and publish open educational resources) and Groups (organize, create, share and discuss resources with others). QER Commons library include collections curated by digital librarians, Common Core resources, STEM literacy, and more.
6- Discovery Education
Discovery Education provides tons of standards-aligned resources, tools to enhance students thinking skills, and opportunities for collaborative learning experiences to help teachers grow their professional practice.
7- TED Ed
TED Ed is an education initiative from TED to help teachers, educators, and students access and create interactive video lessons. It is also a tool similar to Edpuzzle and PlayPosit to use to add questions and interactive features to videos.
8- Symbaloo EDU
‘SymbalooEDU is the visual resource management tool that helps educators and students organize and share the best of the web. Users save their resources in the cloud and access them from anywhere with any device’.
There are several MOOC (massive open online courses)platforms where you can access a wide range of courses covering different topics across different platforms. You can actually learn anything you want and right from the comfort of your own couch. Some of the best MOOC platforms include: Coursera, Class Central, Udacity, EdX, and Udemy.
ThougCo is a reference site that offers access to a huge library of education content covering topics in humanities, science, technology, math, languages, and more. ThoughtCo’s articles are profound, intellectually engaging and well researched. You can use them to spark discussion in class and to supplement your teaching materials.
11- Library sites
some of the best library sites where teachers can access a wide variety of reading materials include:
Project Gutenberg: Offers free epub and Kindle eBooks to download or read online.LibriVox: Offers public domain audiobooks that you can listen to anywhere and on any deviceOpen Library: Access and read millions of free books including textbooks, works of literature, classics, and more. The site also includes a k-12 student library hosting student friendly materials.
12- Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture gathers human knowledge from over 2000 cultural institutions around the world into a single easily navigable platform that anyone can access and explore for free. Take students on virtual field trips to museums from all around the globe, visit art exhibits, explore art masterpieces, explore iconic historical sites, draw on the power of AR to uncover hidden gems, explore pocket galleries, and many more. Google Arts & Culture now features a collection of interesting games to teach students cultural literacy. These games include: visual crosswords, puzzle party, what came first, and more.