Links for Staff

  • Animation Buddy - We have thousands of cool free MySpace animations for use in your myspace profile, blog comments, emails and everywhere else! Over 380 categories of animations from Animals to People and everything in between.

    Animoto - Allows you to create a 30 second video without a subscription.  The good news is that they now have a special offer for teachers.  You can register your classes for the site for 6 months and everyone in your classes will have unlimited use!  You can renew after the 6 months as often as you wish.  Your email must be checked out and then you will receive an email telling you how to register your classes.

    Apps for Special Needs - general apps for special needs students

    BBC Future - BBC Future focuses on...yes, the future. It's similar to a blog/news section of a website. They have all sorts of topics they cover (you can look under the "sections" tab for this). They have videos, pictures, information and articles on science, tech and health. It would seem to lend itself more to math/science classes but you can really take some of the more in depth topics under each sectionto any area.They might be good for projects, current events, perspective pieces students might write, cause/effect or problem/solution research for real world application, etc.

    Blooms Taxonomy - a visual of Blooms

    Bloom's Taxonomy Digital -

    Blooms -'s+Taxonomy.pdf - This site provides links to Web 2.0 tools as well as software-based applications.  It's a wiki but all the information looks accurate and there are rubrics teachers can use.

    Bloom's - - This site from Kathy Schrock categorizes Web 2.0 tools and apps as they fit in Bloom's.

    Brain Pop - wide variety of video clips you can use enhance your classrooms.  The clips are short cartoons ranging from 3-5 minutes long. They deal with topics of every subject level, math, communication skills, science, social studies, art, even technology and media.  There are lesson plans, activities, and quizzes (graded and review) which you could take as a group or print for individual use that can be incorporated along with the videos.  See Kelly Gallagher for User Name and Password. -

    Bullying Awareness Week -

    Character Counts - - A framework centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

    Chess in the Schools -Through our mission, Chess-in-the-Schools develops critical thinking skills, builds self-esteem, teaches discipline, fosters positive social skills, motivates academic achievement, and empowers children to succeed.

    Classscape - - assessment tool

    Class Tools site has some neat templates that you can use without subscribing. 

    Comic Life - lets you create astounding comics, beautiful picture albums, how-tos... and more!

    Corkboard Me - - a virtual messageboard

    Creative Commons - Students can find images (or you for your Moodle pages and instruction) without infringing on copyright. This goes out to Google, Flickr and other sites where creators have given rights.

    Curriki - The non-profit empowering educators to deliver and share curricula

    The Classroom - A one stop education reference site to enhance your skills !

    Delicious - Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious, the world's leading social bookmarking service.

    Diigo - - Create a group and share links/ bookmarks socially.

    Discovery Education - Kathy Schrock - Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth.

    Dream Box - brings lessons to life with virtual manipulatives

    DropBox - online storage

    Duke Voice Care Center - Information for teachers and others who use their voice vocationally.

    E-Backpack - online storage

    Ed Heads - Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards.

    Edmodo - a secure, social learning network

    EdSurge - - There are 2 newsletters you could subscribe to that are sent each week with new info on up and coming technologies, things people are trying in classrooms, and even ways you could test them out for companies. There are also interesting sites they provide, ideas for the classroom, conferences, etc.

    Education World - - a resource that includes: original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; Web site reviews; special features and columns; and employment listings.

    Ed Helper

    Evernote - Capture anything. Access anywhere. Find things fast.

    Fifty Resources for iPad Use in the Classroom

    Flipped Classroom examples - EduVisionTV

    Free Credit Reports - FTC

    Freeology - Directory of Free School Stuff

    Free Stock Music -

    Free Tech 4 Teachers - Great video site for teachers; alternative to You Tube

    Games for the Brain - Site full of games that make you think

    Garrison Sites - Sites that innovate, rethink, inform, and amuse

    Global WebFriends (through WorldView)

    Glogster - Simply put, Glog is a kind of poster - fully designed by yourself! Glog is a fancy creation from text, images, music and video offers character education resources, lessons, character building experiences, and more.

    Google's The World Is Full of Interesting Things -

    This is a link to a very cool slideshow Google has put together with interesting videos, apps, photos, and other really neat things that are on the web. It truly showcases what's happening in our world as technology moves along, the cool things people are able to do with different programs and innovative ideas that are out there. There are lots of photos, links and videos in there to show these different things.

    Google Alerts - email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

    Go Paperless". This link has a ton of ideas, files and links to help you continue to "go paperless" and get things done more efficiently.

    Gooru - - an educational search engine. You can search on here for a wide variety of teaching resources like videos, handouts, presentations, pictures, exams, websites, textbooks, lesson plans, interactive activities, etc. Under "Collections" it will come up with specific materials/resources related to a more specific issue, topic or unit.

    High Tech High - - a project-based learning library - offers several different ways to look up project ideas for different subject areas. This would be a great place to find supplemental material, things you may want to add on to projects you already have or new ideas.

    Hoot Of Loot - Classified ads for teachers and schools wanting to buy and sell used classroom supplies

    Hot Potatoes -The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source.

    HTML Dog - the web designer's resource for everything HTML and CSS, the most common technologies used in making web pages.

    Hour of Code This is a chance to let students learn more about technology, computers, coding and types of jobs and things that can be done with that knowledge.  There is a lot of information, posters as well links, sites and activities on the above site.  They have tons of resources and it could be something done in many subject areas (particularly science, math or PACE classes) during one block during the week of the 8th.

    Identity Theft - FTC

    Information is Beautiful - This website provides visuals for all sorts of information, data, etc.  The site has a list of issues/topics listed along the left side that you can click on to find visuals/infographics.  These could be used in a variety of subjects depending on the topic being covered. 

    Integrating Technology -

    Interactive Activities - All subjects, All grade levels

    Interactive Whiteboard and Smartboard Activities - This site covers everything about the Smart Board, from taking care of it to using it with interactive websites. It is a very comprehensive site!

    Interactive Whiteboard Links - Here are some links that can be powerful whole-group instructional tools when used on an interactive whiteboard.  These are grouped by subject area and subdivided by grade band. - Academic and behavioral intervention strategies, download publications on effective teaching practices, and use tools that streamline classroom assessment and intervention.

    ISmartboard - This site was created for K-12 educators who utilize a SMART Board interactive whiteboard in their classroom. It is a great resource for activities and games in the following areas: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Health, Physical Education P.E., Library, Music and Foreign Language.

    Kahoot! This is a very cool website. It lets you do some of the things that you can with Smart Response for polling/quizzes/testing but can also just be for fun too.  You can create a free teacher account and it will let you create questions, quizzes, etc. and give you a "game pin number" to share with students.  They would then go to and type that in.  From there they type in their name (not actually creating an account) so you can see everyone that is logged on and then go through the questions together (one by one, no skipping ahead).  There are 4 choices they'll have by shape and after everyone finishes it will tell you who has the top score so far (kids will love the competition side of it).  Good for some trivia questions, warm ups, setting up an idea, event or concept, etc.

    Khan Academy - Learn almost anything. Wonderful, FREE resource! You have to check it out.

    Upgrade Your KWL Chart for the 21st Century - KWHLAQ  We're all pretty familiar with the KWL chart (know, want to know, learned).  This post turns it on it's head and adds to it for the 21st century and global skills we want our students to have.  It's student directed and student focused while asking them to use critical thinking skills.

    Know More In 60 Seconds together by Griffith University, these are quick 60 second videos asking interesting questions that cover a variety of subjects.  They have short explanations to spark discussion, share a chunk of knowledge/information and could be a great starting point on a particular topic or issue.  There is a filter to help you find videos for a specific topic (tech, sport, health, creativity, government, design, culture, science, etc.). 

    Landmarks for Schools - Here you will find information and tools designed to help us redefine literacy for the 21st Century.

    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day: The Best of

    Learn Central ( ) -

    Learning Styles Inventory - This site is dedicated to helping you better understand learning styles, as well as providing an easy way to discover your own styles.

    Learning Styles Questionnaire

    Learn NC - gives you what you need for K–12 teaching and learning, when and where you need it — lesson plans and teaching strategies, classroom text & multimedia, and online courses for teachers and students.

    Learnist -

    Think of Learnist as an educator's version of Pinterest. As far as I can tell right now, it is very similar - a pin board for websites, articles, etc. I'd call it a treasure trove of info and ideas for the classroom! You can request an invite similar to Pinterest and as of right now I can pull it up on the school's system.

    Library of Congress Common Core Resource Center

    Live Binders - a way to present and organize your resources quickly and simply

    Live Wire Media offers a selection of K-12 classroom videos (DVDs) and other materials for character education, guidance, and lifeskills.

    Kathy Schrock - Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

    Masyu Puzzles - for all ages - The only site educators, parents and students will want to use. Quality, free curriculum and professional resources for the entire curriculum available.

    Middle Web - MiddleWeb provides a wealth of resources for schools, districts, educators, parents, and public school advocates working to raise achievement for all students in the middle grades. In addition to MiddleWeb's large collection of reform-oriented materials, this site includes hundreds of articles and links about curriculum, teaching strategies, teacher professional development, parent involvement, classroom assessment, and much more.

    MindShift - - This is a blog from NPR (National Public Radio) on technology and education.  I've really enjoyed reading through it.  It brings up new websites and technologies available to teachers and students but also shows the potential application and implication of it's use.  Different technology trends are shared and the impact on learning and how we teach.  The posts are very well written with ideas, links, information and some of the posts I've really enjoyed most talk about what one student, teacher or school is doing and it inspires you to look for what's next. 

    Mr. Nussbaum - Fun, educational sites

    My Career Zone - explore careers related to your strengths, skills, and talents

    NBC Learn - - free resources

    NC Department of Public Instruction

    NCDPI Instructional Support Tools - North Carolina's Standard Course of Study has been completely overhauled and new standards are to be implemented in classrooms beginning in 2012-13. This Instructional Toolkit is designed to help teachers pattern their instruction and classroom student assessments to the state's newly adopted curriculum. Please use this toolkit in conjunction with state- and district-level professional development to help you make the transition to the new standards in your classroom.

    NCDPI Publications - NCDPI Publication Sales sells books, CDs, DVDs, bookmarks, brochures, posters and more to schools, universities, parents and education associations every year. We carry only resources that are developed by NCDPI staff from areas such as curriculum, school business and healthy schools.

    Netsquirrel - random tech stuff from Patrick Crispen

    New York Times - -

    Note Taking Skills in the 21st Century  Some of them we are very familiar with like Cornell notes but I LOVED the visual note taking ideas.  There are several videos that point out the power of attaching a hand-drawn visual with notes.   That video in particular talks about how to highlight important things as you take visual notes so the big things are obvious and details are supporting.   Great warm up ideas and tips/steps for using in class.

    NuSkool This site has materials, lessons and ideas that incorporate pop culture (sports, music, film, tv, video games, etc.) into lessons with video, music, and other such things.  It's really cool and there are some REALLY interesting ideas, projects and questions in the lessons they have.  These could EASILY be adapted if you want to take bits and pieces for lessons you have.  You can search by grade, subject or pop culture genre (sports, music, tv, etc.)

    OnGuard Online - Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

    Online Stop Watch - large, can be used on Smart Board

    PBS for Teachers - PBS Teachers is the national Web destination for preK- 12 educators to access PBS' educational services and a searchable database of more than 9,000 free local and national standards- based teaching activities, lesson plans, on- demand video assets, interactive games, and simulations. Many of the resources feature PBS' award- winning programming and content, including on- demand streaming video from select PBS programs. PBS Teachers hosts an online learning community for educators to share ideas, collaborate, and discuss technology and digital media integration in the classroom. Within the community, educators can search for instructional resources that fit their needs; then easily bookmark, annotate, share, and manage their tagged content. New digital media resources are regularly added to the PBS Teachers site and designed for use in school and home-based learning environments.

    Pete's PowerPoint Station - a collection of free and interactive powerpoints

    Photo Bucket - The place to store, create, and share your photos and videos for life

    Pinterest - It's essentially a place where you can search for ideas, projects and information of any sort - recipes, teaching ideas, decorating, photos, anything.  Lots of teachers use pinterest to find information and ideas for the classroom. 

    Plagarism - Our mission is to help people all over the world prevent plagiarism and restore integrity to written work.

    Preventing Plagiarism -

    Poll Everywhere - - Poll Everywhere is free for audiences of 40 people or less and we offer paid plans for larger audiences. K-12 and Higher Educationsemester-long plans are also available.

    Portent's Content Idea Generator This site is so fun.  If you've got a topic you're covering and looking for an interesting way to present it or want to come up with some interesting project ideas for students, send them (or yourself) to this link.  You type in a topic/concept/issue/idea and it'll come up with a title that you could potentially use for a project (or a few if you want to give student choice to show mastery), or a way of framing your content.

    Poster My Wall - Posters can be created and downloaded as a jpg without an account.

    Prezis - web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are placed on the infinite canvas and grouped together in frames. The canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. A path through different objects and frames can be defined, representing the order of the information to be presented. The presentation can be developed in a browser window, then downloaded so that an Internet connection is not needed when showing the presentation! - Wikipedia

    Problem Site - educational games, problems, and puzzles; great for Smartboards

    Puzzle Maker - Generate your own educational crossword puzzles, math squares, word searches, and more. Our ready-made word lists will help.

    Quiz Star - Use QuizStar to create online quizzes for your students, disseminate quizzes to students, automatically grade quizzes and view the quiz results online

    Quizzity is a quick game similar to  Rather than using Google Earth technology and students guess on a map where a location is, this game gives them a city and country and they click on the map where they believe that country/city are located.  It will tell them in return how close they are in miles/kilometers and gives out points. 

    Recite This
    This is a fun website if you want to create posters with quotes, ideas and questions for your classroom.  It comes with some fun and interesting layouts you can use for whatever you would like to add.  Very easy to use and create.

    Red Kid - dedicated to providing a free, entertaining, educational, and safe website for internet users of all ages.

    Rubric Maker - a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics.

    Ruby Payne - Resources, training and support for all who deal with the effects of economic class on students, familes, businesses, and communities.

    Screencast-o-matic - This is a great resource if you are wanting students to do independent work and a follow-up activity on Moodle or in class, work in small groups, review a concept or if you are ever out and have a sub in. Screencast allows you to record your computer desktop (whether it's a smartboard chart, powerpoint, website, etc.) and also record your voice if you need to explain a concept, presentation, etc. It is free and very easy to use. You can download the screencast, upload it to Moodle or just save it in your screencast account. If you are ever out, you can direct your sub to find your Moodle page and they can bring the video up of you explaining a concept for the day, an activity, etc.

    Education Planner: Self-Assessments for Students and much more This is rather brilliant - particularly for us in middle school as the kids notice EVERYTHING in the sidebars and elsewhere when you try showing YouTube videos in class.   You can take the URL for a YouTube video you want to show, copy it and paste it into a box on the site.  It will then generate a "safe link" that will block out all of the other "stuff" on the YouTube site so that all you see is the video you want to show.

    SchoolTube - - best videos from schools everywhere

    Scoop It - - an alternative to Pinterest - Share ideas on beautiful topic pages - With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

    Six Billion Others -

    Slide Share - Upload and share your PowerPoint & Keynote presentations, Word & PDF documents on SlideShare. Add audio to make a webinar. Capture leads with your presentations.

    Socratic Smackdown - If you do a lot of discussions on books or issues/ideas/topics this would be a great thing to look at.  This takes "fishbowl" to another level adding points for different discussion strategies, making student groups teams, feedback and reflection.  There's a video of it in the link below and the attachment has all the info for directions you'd need, examples, copies of sheets students would need for scoring, reflection, etc. Directions.

    Need a timer for an activity in class?  Go a little global with it.  This site is technically to help you know how long to steep different types of tea but you've got a range from 30 seconds to 10 minutes to choose from depending on the tea.  Once you click on the type of tea it will start a countdown on the site.  As time goes by, the page starts changing color and when time is up - the tea is steeped the color it should be on the page.  Great visual timer for students who need that more than the numbers.

    Stop Bullying provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

    Stossel in the Classroom - Free DVDs 

    Sweet Search  Sweet Search is a website students can use to do research.  Rather than having them just "Google it" and potentially come up with irrelevant, useless or incorrect information, Sweet Search keeps information on topic and gleans information from reputable websites.  This could be useful for when students are doing projects or need information related to an event, person, concept, etc. in your subject area.

    Symbaloo - personalize your internet desktop

    Tag Galaxy - - This is a really neat picture website. You seach for a topic and it will gather pictures from all over into one place in the shape of a globe. You can then search within that topic and it will have other "tags" you can use that relate to what you are looking up. You could use this to find pictures for a presentation, have students use it for the same, use the pictures and topics you look up to create posters or a collage. It's very interesting to look through and there are usually little write ups about each picture to tell about them and where they are from.

    TagsMaker -

    Tammy's Technology Tips for Teachers - full of fantastic ideas for technology integration

    Tagxedo -  Most of you are familiar with Wordle already- a visual word cloud. Tagxedo is very similar but I'd say almost 10x more awesome. You can type in words related to a topic, from an article, discussion, etc. and arrange them into a particular shape. It's pretty neat. Do a foot shape with health/PE related vocab, an umbrella or rain cloud in LA if you ask students to come up with a poem or descriptive words related to weather... There are so many possibilities and you can print these out in color and if you wanted to, even use the poster maker to create larger ones. I know

    TeachEm - Em allows you to set up "schools" for your classes (around the class in general or specific topics). You can take any youtube videos, select clips and create flashcards within the clips you select for students to watch and review on their own.

    Teachers' Domain -  a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.

    Teachers First -  a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use and safe classroom use of Web 2.0. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our subject/grade level search, keyword search, or extensive menus.

    Teachers Helping Teachers

    Teachers Net Lessons

    Teacher Training Videos - Videos on many technology topics

    Teacher Tube  - Videos to use in your classroom; many are made by students for students

    Teacher Vision - TeacherVision® is dedicated to helping teachers save time. Find 20,000 pages of classroom-ready lesson plans, printables, and resources

    Teaching Methods -

    Teaching Tolerance - - offers free and easy to use resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, rubrics, and more, for teachers.

    Techtorials from Education World - This site has tech tutorials for almost any application with easy to understand directions! offers a simple guide to Bloom's taxonomy.

    TED-Ed   TED stands for "Technology, Entertainment and Design".  They have innovative and creative entertainers, thinkers, entrepreneurs, educators and others do short 10 minute or less talks on all sorts of topics - medicine, technology, education, creativity, art, music, etc.  Anything you can think of.  They are powerful and can really push students to think outside the box.

    "Test Prep Doesn't Have to Be Overwhelming"

    Text 2 Mind Map - a web application that creates a mind map out of a list of words.

    Think Before You Link - 

    Top 100 Educator Sites - all subject areas

    Trello  It is a web-based task manager that is amazingly helpful.  It keeps you organized and you can customize it. You can set up "boards" for different class projects.  On the boards you can put down the different tasks on "cards" and then add student names on various cards.  As they work through a project and you check in with them or meet one on one with them, You can move their names along in the process.  It's SO helpful as students work through projects - keeps you on track and helps them see where they are.

    Turn It In Write Cycle - A site for teachers to check student work for plagiarism. UCPS has a subscription. See Lana for password.

    Twitter - a unique approach to communication and networking based on the simple concept of status. What are you doing? What are your friends doing—right now? With Twitter, you may answer this question over SMS or the Web and the responses are shared between contacts.

    Two Simple Questions That Can Change Your Life:

    212 Degress Presentation -

    UCPS AIG Resources

    UCPS Central Video Collection

    Vista Print - Design FREE bumper stickers, logos, business cards, web sites, etc.

    Vitamin String Quartet YouTube Channel  It is a music group that takes popular songs (past and present) and adds a string quartet flair to them.  Some of you may use iTunes or cds for background music while students work and this is just another option.  

    Vodcasting - social network for flipped classrooms

    Voice Thread -With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

    Voki -Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.

    WatchKnowLearn - - millions of great short videos, and other watchable media, explaining every topic taught in schools, in every major language on Earth

    How to create a wiki: Video, Slide Show

    Wonderopolis This is a fun site that has a "wonder of the day", "wonders" you can explore, etc.  You can choose the grade level and subject as well and it will give you pieces that are related.  There is a part of the site specifically for teachers also.  There are some pretty interesting and out there questions on there:  What are shin splints?  How do you become a referee?  What is sibling rivalry?  Why do sidewalks have lines?  Why are they called apartments?  Why do monkeys love bananas?  Each "wonder" has a short video that explains the answer in about 5 minutes or less.

    WordWordle - a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

    This website is INTENSE.  Real-time statistics about anything you could possibly imagine.  If you click info below the statistic it will tell you a little more info and where they get the info from (World Health Organization, Worldwatch Institute, etc.).

    World of Teaching - Ready-made powerpoints to reinforce or review

    You Tube Alternatives - is a web-based software for creating WebQuests in a short time. When you use, you will not need to write HTML code or use web editor software. creates all the necessary files and puts them on the server automatically. Hosting is FREE!

    Online Survey Tools

    • Survey Monkey - We are the perfect tool for educators, speakers and trainers. We make it easy to conduct quizzes, tests and course evaluations online. You can even perform training compliance self-checks.
    • Profiler PRO - allows for the evaluation of knowledge, attitude, and skill based on simple surveys implemented via the World Wide Web. Group members can share knowledge and promote collaboration based on responses to skills-based survey items. Use ProfilerPRO to strengthen your school's, district's, or other educational group's ability to share expertise and grow as an organization.
    • Zoomerang - Quickly and easily create online surveys to get the insights you need. With Zoomerang's online survey software, you can build a survey in minutes with free access to over 100 professionally-designed online survey templates. Then, analyze and share your results by creating customized chartsposting them to your blog or website or just exporting your data to Excel, PowerPoint or a PDF.