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Online Databases of Interest to Teachers 
  This collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports is a great resource for any educator -- from the school teacher and administrator to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level.

Copyright & Plagiarism Information
Penn State University
 
 


  Lesson Plan Ideas
Click here for Interactive WhiteBoard Tool Page!
Thinkfinity
Thousands of lesson plans and free resources from Thinkfinity and their partner sites.

http://www.free.ed.gov/index.cfm
Find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.  

http://www.kids.gov/internal/site_map.shtml
Scroll down to the grade 6-8 section - many of these link to educational games, activities and such that you can use to enhance a lesson. Scroll further down for an educators section.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
Awesome tools for students - download sound clips to create authentic podcasts, eClips,
World Book articles and more!
Lessonopoly
A free tool that lets you manage your classroom, find and share lesson plans, and connect with other teachers.
Copyright in the Classroom
Copyright in the classroom - teacher and student resources
 http://www.pbs.org/teachers/learning.now/
Andy Carvin's learning.now blog
http://quizlet.com/
Great study tools!
Primary Access
Website includes information regarding use of primary source documents in the classroom.

Web 2.0 Tools  
Online Teacher Tools
This site has been created by a tech integrator in the Ipswich Public School system.  Contains links to a myriad of web 2.0 sites all categorized by function.
usi
Click this link to view a pyramid chart of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
cooltoolsforschools
This wiki contains the largest number of web 2.0 sites I have ever seen in one place.
bighugelabs
This site has some really cool tools like Pop Art Poster Creators, magazine cover
fodey
Create your own newspaper headlines
myavatareditor
See yourself as a Mii!
Voki
Create 60 second speaking avatars!
Game Templates
Powerpoint templates that are designed to replicate game shows in the classroom. Download a template and modify it to your subject matter!
Communication Tools
 http://todaysmeet.com/
Back channel used to gain student response via the Internet.
Webquests
Webquest.org
An awesome resource with links to existing webquests and information on creating a webquest from scratch.
Math Resources
FindTheData:
An objective, reference-based comparison engine that allows you to find and sort through a growing number of databases that are fully sortable, filterable and comparable. FindTheData presents its data in side-by-side comparison databases—allowing for the apples-to-apples comparison of listings free of any hidden advertising.
Science Resources
Nova Education
Many awesome resources at this site!  Interactive activities, video clips and more!


Nasa Space Place
Many interactives regarding solar system, etc.
ELA Resources
http://www.spellingcity.com/
This site has vocabulary & spelling activities.
http://storybird.com/
Students can create their own online books.
http://www.tweentribune.com/
News articles of interest to teens.

http://www.flocabulary.com/teacher_free_songs_videos.html
Certain topics and books put to a rap beat to help students remember concepts. 
 Social Studies Resources 
The week in rap
Weekly news reports in rap format.
The Opper Project
Political Cartoons

Video Clip Sites
University of Kentucky Earth Science Simulations
Biography Videos
How Stuff Works videos
WatchKnow - videos on a variety of topics
Teachers' Domain    
Thinkfinity in the Classroom
National Geographic Video
YouTube - Education Site
YouTube - Crash Course BBC Learning Zone