10 Great Educational Websites for Teachers

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Teachers may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the multitude of resources available online. It might take one a tremendous amount of time to sift through and locate required materials to use in class, which is a taxing task for the already overburdened teacher.  Sometimes technology becomes an end in and of itself which is a trap some teachers fall into. Unless technology adds tangible value to the teaching/learning process then there is no point of using it. Hence the importance of the SAMR model, a framework that helps teacher gauge their technology practices and provides them with the theoretical support necessary to make the best of technology in their teaching.

10 Great Educational Websites for Teachers


An important step towards making informed decisions regarding technology integration in education is curation. Teachers, as I have repeatedly argued, need to be effective curators of digital content. By effective curation, I mean the ability to search for, locate, and assess digital resources that can potentially add value to your teaching; in other words, resources that can preferably be used at the transformative level of the SAMR model. There are several web curation tools you can use in this regard.

Besides curating your own resources, curated EdTech collections such as the one below are also great places where you can access quality resources to use in your teaching. In the list below I featured what I believe are some of the best  free websites that provide  treasure trove of educational content most of which is created and shared by fellow teachers and educators. 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 transform your teaching/learning and grow professionally. 

This post was last updated on December 2021. I delete some of the tools that were featured in the initial list published three years ago and replaced them with trending EdTech tools. 

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-ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink offers a wide variety of classroom and professional development resources. These include student interactives, lesson plans, printouts, mobile apps, strategy guides,etc.

3- 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.

4- Game-based formative assessment tools

These are tools that enable you to create game-based activities to boost students learning and collect key feedback about students performance. Tools such as Quizlet, Kahoot, Blooket, and Quizalize are ideal for designing such activities. The way they work is pretty much the same: You log in to your teacher account, create a class, invite students, start creating game-based activities, share with students. You can either allow students to play live in class or you can share them as homework assignments. As students play the games, you get access to detailed stats about their performance. You can use these insights to address individual learning problems and to plan remedial work. 

5- Smithsonian Learning Lab

Smithsonian Learning Lab empowers learners with materials and tools to hep them personalize their learning, create new ideas, find resources and access collections of educational content and build meaningful educational networks.

6- OER Commons

OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational content that allows you to ‘explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the word to improve curriculum’.

7- 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.

8- TED Ed

TED Ed is an education initiative from TED to help teachers, educators, and students to access and create interactive video lessons.

9- Wakelet

Wakelet has recently emerged as one of the best tools for curating web content.  Using Wakelet you will be able to save web content, organizate it into collections and spaces, add your own images and comments and share it with others. Explore the Wakelet page of this blog to learn more about how Wakelet works. 

10- Symbaloo EDU

Symbaloo EDU '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’


Sources:

1- https://www.simplek12.com/ipads-mobile-learning/50-free-tech-tools-for-your-classroom/
2- https://www.refseek.com/directory/teacher_resources.html
3- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-steinberg/education-tools_b_2567342.html
4- http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/websites/2015