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The following websites all contain reliable information. Please feel free to see Ms. Reinfried if you have questions about any of these resources.


Driver's Education:

These resources were reviewed in Volume 19, Issue 1 of Information Searcher.
Foreign Language:


Presentation Tools:
  • Flickr Commons - public domain images
  • Pics4Leaning - royalty free images that can be used for projects
  • Pixabay - public domain images
  • Prezi - A presentation tool that can also be used for note-taking etc...
  • Purple Planet Royalty-Free Music - Music to use with your projects (sound effects, background noises, nature noises etc...)
  • Screencast-o-matic - Use this tool to create a video file, much like a stream of screenshots & add audio.
  • Slide Rocket - a presentation tool that allows for 3D transitions, inclusion of video etc... Presentations created here can be played on your iPad using the Slide Rocket Player app (a free app)
  • ToonDoo - create online comic strips
  • Vocaroo - sound recording
  • Voicethread - create "collaborative, multimedia slideshows"
  • WeVideo - Online video-editing. Free access allows for the creation of 15 videos per month.

Research Tools:
                Digital Vaults - A little over 1,000 items. Includes activities
                World Digital Library -  a database of more than 7,000 primary source documents

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Social Studies

Teacher Tools:

  • Answer Garden - a "digital scribble space", a unique way to get group feedback
  • Blogs to check out (recommended in the NJEA Review, January 2013):
                *All Things PLC - research & information about professional learning communities
                *The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post's education blog w/ "guest voices"
                *Blogging about the Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: a "blend of technology and education"
                *Diane Ravitch's Blog - Information on education news
                *Education Week Blogs - More than 40 active blogs on a wide variety of topics
                *Edutopia - produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, includes practical strategies and tips
                *Free Technology for Teachers - Great technology tips
                *Jersey Jazzman - posts about education & the arts, doesn't shy away from controversy
                *Lily's Blackboard - issues related to the workplace, lesson plan ideas
                *NJ Spotlight - Insight & information critical to NJ (N.J. DOE, State Board of Ed)
                *Reality 101 - written for new special & gifted education teachers , maintained by the Council for Exceptional Children
                *School Finance 101 - Education data and public & private school funding
  • Common Core - information about the new Common Core. Click here for a pdf on implementing the Common Core State Standards within a whole child approach.
  • Docs Teach - Tools to create interactive learning activities on primary sources
  • Edmodo - make a classroom community
  • Edudemic - ideas for incorporating social media in the classroom
  • Edutecher - links to webtools to use in the classroom
  • Epals - learning community which allows classes around the globe to work on projects together
  • Eschoolnews - technology news for educators
  • K-12 Instructional Resource Center - projects, lesson plans & other great teacher resources
  • Presentation Tools - see the "presentation tools" section above for some great tools!
  • Lingt Language - teachers can set-up language practice (microphone & headphones are needed)
  • LiveBinders - electronic 3 ring binder, including tabs & subtabs. Keep everything organized virtually.
  • Quizbox - build quizzes for blogs or websites
  • Quiz Creators: Quizlet, Wordstash & Quizstar
  • Rubistar - rubric creator
  • SchoolTube - Videos from a variety of schools (free & secure), options for teachers and for students
  • Skype in the Classroom - Free group video calling, searchable lessons
  • Smithsonian - resources, connections to standards
  • SoftChalk Cloud - log in & create and share content with colleagues
  • TeachersFirst - project ideas & tools reviewed by teachers
  • TeacherTube - An online community for the sharing of instructional videos
  • Voki - "creative speaking avatars"
  • Wordle - create word clouds


Testing Tools:

The following websites were recommended in the November 1st, 2012 issue of the magazine Booklist.
College Board Practice Test - the current year's official SAT practice test
Study Guide Zone - study guide, flash cards, "college tips" section

Assorted Topics/General Information:
  • Awesome Library
  • BELS (our school library consortium) - there are links to a variety of fantastic resources!!
  • eHow - instructional videos
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
  • Information Please Almanac
  • LiveBinders - electronic 3 ring binder, including tabs & subtabs. Keep everything organized virtually.
  • Monkey See - Instructional videos
  • OANDA Currency Converter
  • PBS Learning Media - media from PBS stations and public media productions, free for educators
  • - "urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and mis-information", just a fun site!
  • CLASSROOM PUBLISHING: Issuu and Yudu - Free services which allow you to upload files (word documents, power points, PDFs) and create online magazines with features like page-turning effects & zoom options. Your finished products can be embedded into blogs, wikis & more. Simple Booklet allows you to combine text, images, video & audio. There is a free education version, but you have to create an account. (Information courtesy of School Library Journal, February 2012 Issue)
Browser Add-Ons (as recommended in School Library Journal, March 2012):
  • Ambiently - suggests websites related to the one you are currently browsing
  • Announcify - an application that can be used with Google Chrome to convert text to speech, use vozMe if you have Firefox or IE.

Tools for Collaborative Online Studying (as recommended in School Library Journal, April 2012):
  • Google+ - tools for group study (share your screen & documents, video chat)
  • On Think Binder - organize online study groups, share files, share notes
  • Open Study - Create online study groups, record notes online, register or use open access
  • Study Blue - create, study & share flashcards online. View up to 30 related flashcards

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