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. To this end, and to help teachers make better use of their time and resources we have curated for you some of the best free websites that provide a 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 enhance your teaching/learning and grow professionally. This work is also available for free download in PDF format.
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-ReadWriteThinkReadWriteThink 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 MediaThis 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- CK-12CK-12 provides teacher-curated STEM content that include lessons, activities, study guides, and practice exercises.
5- Smithsonian Learning LabSmithsonian 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 CommonsOpen Educational Resources 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 EducationDiscovery 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 EdTED Ed is an education initiative from TED to help teachers, educators, and students to access and create interactive video lessons.9- EdshelfThis is a ‘socially-curated discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning’10- 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’Sources:1- https://www.simplek12.com/ipads-mobile-learning/50-free-tech-tools-for-your-classroom/2- https://www.refseek.com/directory/teacher_resources.html3- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-steinberg/education-tools_b_2567342.html4- http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/websites/2015