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HD_Links: Best Resources of 2011

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Yesterday, we shared the best online tools. Today’s post will provide the best resource links. Happy Hanukkah!

Brooke Higgins:

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.

Debbie Perkins:

This one is easy. One of my favorite online resources has to be EduTecherhttp://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 TVhttp://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!

Carmen Marty

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.

Amy Blades

For the classroom as a science teacher I have always used

http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/tools/science-ms.html

Jc-schools has resources for all subject areas and much more. Great tool!

I also love Lee Summit’s Technology Integration website….next to eThemes this is always my second look to for resource.

http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/

What have we missed? Where do you go for resources for your students and yourself?

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

Thinkfinity – Funny Word, Awesome Resource

If you haven’t checked out the Thinkfinity site yet, it is a must. Great resources, ideas, and more for teachers that use technology in the classroom. When I was browsing earlier last month, I stumbled across their “Back to School” ideas and they have a section called Building a Classroom Community where they share ideas on how to build your classroom community like this poetry unit with already created teacher lesson plans. Love it when I find resources that align with the eMINTS Instructional Model so well.

Being highly resourceful teachers, if you are interested in getting Thinkfinity’s newsletter with MANY more resources than above, all you have to do is sign up. You can also subscribe to their RSS feed, become a fan on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Originally posted on the Higgins’ Helpful Hints Blog.

Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center. You can visit her site here or read her blog, Higgins’ Helpful Hints.