HD_Links: What’s your favorite resource of 2011?

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Yesterday, as you might recall, we asked for your favorite online tools. Today, we’re wondering which resources are the most useful to you and your teaching.

What was your favorite online resource of 2011?

A great online resource is many things. Great resources are easy to navigate. In fact, some provide navigation that is downright inspired, making us think meta-cognitively about organization or our own thought processes. Some resources provide useful search options or pleasing design. Other resources might just be so flashy that they inspire us to take a subject even further. Of course, the best resources have the most interesting and useful content.

Feel free to identify your favorite resources in the comments. Resources can be a general place where one can find information on any topic or a site that gives very specific information about one topic. Whatever you consider a great resource, share in the comments.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center.

3 thoughts on “HD_Links: What’s your favorite resource of 2011?

  1. The Future’s Channel (http://www.thefutureschannel.com/) and Thinkfinity (http://www.thinkfinity.org/) are tow of my favorite resources to share with teachers. Both sites offer email newsletters to keep up on what they are offering at different times.

    The Future’s Channel has free, short, authentic videos that focus on science, math, technology, and innovation all centered around specific jobs people have in our world today. They have accompanying lesson plans that, with a bit of tweaking, could become engaging IBL lessons. Videos can also be purchased for instant access.

    Thinkfinity, which is sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, has thousands of free lesson plans, student interactives, games, classroom resources, games and tools to support all subject areas to be used in the classroom. They also offer some professional development resources and also parent resources.

  2. This one is easy. One of my favorite online resources has to be EduTecher http://edutecher.net/. That’s because I’m always on the lookout for new ed tech web tools, and that’s exactly what EduTecher provides. You can search site links by subject and/or grade level. When you find a web tool you like on EduTecher, add your own notes or comments for future reference, or just bookmark it right on the EduTecher site. For a brief history of technology in education or a tutorial on how to use Qwiki (http://www.qwiki.com/), go to EduTecher TV http://www.edutecher.net/tv.php. Oh! And if you want to connect with other EduTechers, share links, or form a PLN, you can do that on EduTecher too! Of course this site also meets my first favorite resource requirement: EduTecher is completely free to all teachers, educators, and parents. By the way, I first discovered EduTecher by downloading their app on my iPhone. It’s a must have!

  3. One of my favorite online resources is Diigo Educator’s Group (http://groups.diigo.com/group/diigoineducation) You can browse the links from the site or join the group and each day a list of educational links will show up in your inbox. I love the variety of articles and topics posted to this group. I find many interactive websites along with great blog posts and new tech tools. I spend the first 15 minutes of each day learning through the links on the list. After I have looked through the ideas, bookmarked the things I want to save for later, I delete the email and move on with my day. As a life long learner, I value this group as part of my PLN.