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Educational Portals and Starting Points

Where can I find the "best of the web" for educators?
What's the best place to start looking for educational websites?
Where can I find the best websites in my content area?

doorHave you ever felt like you just go from one "links site" to another and never reach any quality information? If so, you need to locate a quality education portal that will take you directly to good informational and instructional materials.

Use the following links on this page to explore educational web resources:

The star quality website indicates a great website.


 
Starting Points and Portals

The following resources are the best for educational information and resources.

A to Z Teacher Stuff
http://atozteacherstuff.com/
Resources for teachers on themes, lesson plans, printables, tips, and articles. Lots of annoying ads.

ABC Teach
http://www.abcteach.com/
Printable pages and worksheets. Lots of annoying ads.

BBC Learning quality website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning
Great subject areas resources and materials for teachers and children.

Cable in the Classrom quality website
http://www.ciconline.org/
Lots of great resources for education including articles and resources to go with cable television.

Class Brain
http://classbrain.com/
Sections for parents and teachers, kids, teen. Also games, reports and project ideas. Optional membership. Lots of annoying ads.

Discovery School from Discovery Channel quality website
http://school.discovery.com/
Lessons, teaching tools, curriculum center, and homework helpers. Lots of annoying ads.

Eduscapes quality website
http://eduscapes.com/
Lots of great resources including 42explore, Teacher Tap, Literature Ladders, Activate, and Naturescapes.

Education World quality website
http://www.educationworld.com/
Resources for different areas of education. Lots of articles and features. Areas including lesson planning, administrator's desk, technology, school Issues, and more.

E-Pals quality website
http://www.epals.com/
Resources and tools for collaboration.

Enchanted Learning quality website
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html
Resources for children on a wide variety of topics. Lots of annoying ads.

GigglePotz
http://gigglepotz.com/
Materials by grade level. Also materials for teachers and parents. Optional membership.

Global Schoolhouse quality website
http://www.gsn.org/
Links to resources and ideas for collaborative learning.

High School Hub
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/hub.cfm
Online learning center including homework help, learning activities, and resources.

Homework Spot quality website
http://www.homeworkspot.com/
Sections for elementary, middle, and high school.

Kid's Hub
http://www.kidshub.org/
Resources by subject area.

Kid's Point
http://kids.librarypoint.org/
Public library kid's section.

New York Public Library
http://nypl.org/
Resources for children and parents including On-Lion for Kids.

PBS Teacher Sources quality website
http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/
Resources for teachers including lessons and activities.

PLCMC quality website
http://www.plcmc.lib.nc.us/kids/
Links to Storyplace and many other grade resources for kids and teens.

Proteacher
http://www.proteacher.com/
Lots of resources for K-6. Lots of annoying ads.

Scholastic quality website
http://www.scholastic.com/
Student, teacher and parent sections.

SCORE CyberGuides quality website
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html
Supplementary, standards-based, and web-delivered units of instruction. Many broken links.

Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/
Resources for young children.

Teachers First
http://www.teachersfirst.com/
Classroom resources, professional resources, and other information.

Teachers.Net
http://www.teachers.net/
Teachers resources and links. Lots of annoying ads.

Teacher's Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/
Lesson plans, thematic units, and more. Lots of annoying ads.

Teacher Vision
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/
Lesson planning and activities across subject areas.

Teach-nology
http://www.teach-nology.com/
Some free, some membership.

Thinkfinity quality website
http://www.thinkfinity.org/
Be sure to check out ArtsEdge, EconEdLink, EdSiteMent, Illuminations, ReadWriteThink, Science NetLinks, Xpeditions.

Thirteen Ed Online quality website
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/
Lesson plans, educator resources, and links.

Subscription Portals - must subscribe

Higher Education Resources

Academic Info
http://www.academicinfo.net/
Links to resources.

ERIC Higher Education
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/res.cgi/Educational_Levels/Higher_Education
Resource guides, lesson plans, and question archives.

MERLOT
http://www.merlot.org/Home.po
Resources for faculty and students.

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Subject Directories and Thematic Starters for Educators

The following links are great for subject area exploration.

General Guides

42explore quality website
http://42explore.com
Resources for nearly 300 topics

ALA's Great Web Sites for Kids quality website
http://www.ala.org/greatsites
Starting points for kids.

Awesome Library
http://www.awesomelibrary.org/
A K-12 resource with over 24,000 reviewed resources.

A to Z Themes and Thematic Units
http://atozteacherstuff.com/themes/

Blue Web 'N
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
An online library of 1800+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, r, the resources are no longer being updated.

Community Learning Network
http://www.cln.org
Access nearly 6000 annotated links to educational sites. However some resources are not being updated.

Discovery Education Homework Helper
http://school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/index.html
Great homework help and links to for kids.

Educational Hotlists from Franklin Institute
http://www.fi.edu/tfi/hotlists/index.html

Education Index
http://www.educationindex.com/
Annotated websites for education.

Emints quality website
http://www.emints.org/
Hundreds of standards-based thematic lists

The Gateway quality website
http://www.thegateway.org/
Search engine for lesson plans and educational resources.

Homework Center from Multnomah County Library quality website
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/index.html
Many pathfinders (Internet resources only)

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators from Discovery School quality website
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/
Resources by subject area as well as related topics for educators.

KidsKonnect
http://www.kidskonnect.com/
Themes in alphabetical order

Kids.Gov quality website
http://www.kids.gov/
Government resources for youth organized by grade level.

Teachers from Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/index.html
Thematic materials by events, people, places, time, and topics for digital library collection

Library Link from Eduplace
http://www.eduplace.com/linklibrary/index.html
Search for topics by key words.

Library Portals for Children and Young Adults
http://www.eduscapes.com/earth/informational/libportal1.html
Links to libraries with good links.

Library Spot
http://www.libraryspot.com/
Links to all kinds of resources.

Surfing the Net with Kids
http://www.surfnetkids.com/
Great links for kids. Lots of annoying ads.

Thematic Units from North Attleborough
http://www.naschools.net/teachers/
Organized by grade level, K-5, 6-8, and 9-12

Focus on Children

Education Place from Houghton Mifflin
http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/itl/index.html
Materials for grades K-6

Elementary Weblists
http://www.nynetresources.org/Future%20Grant%20Projects/elhotlists.htm
Lots of K-5 topics

Grades 3-5 Themes
http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/3-5.htm
Resources on many themes (updated recently)

Grades 3-5 Thematic Units
http://www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/technology/training/tools/elem/3-5.htm
Many resources on themes

K-3 Themes from Enchanted Learning
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/themes/
Lots of primary grade themes

Monthly Units
http://www.kinderkorner.com/themes.html
Designed for K-1

Perpetual Preschool Themes
http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/
Popular preschool themes

Focus on Young Adults

Middle School Pathfinders from Centennial
http://www.isd12.org/cms/media/pathfindersMS/index.html
Web links for many subject areas.

Pathfinders from Cary Academy Library
http://web1.caryacademy.org/library/pathfinders/default.htm
Explore social studies topic web pathfinders

Pathfinders from Tolland High School
http://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/ths/library/Class%20Links/classlinks.htm
Web subject guides

Web Sites from Lawrence High School Library
http://library.lhs.usd497.org/web.htm
Many great starting points for lots of topics.

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Subject Specific Resources

ENC Online
http://www.goENC.com/
A k12 math and science teacher center. Subscription service.

Eserver
http://eserver.org/
Writing resources.

From Lang to Lang
http://www.langtolang.com/
Resources for language.

Journalism Resources
http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/
Journalism links

Literary Resources on the Net
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/%7Ejlynch/Lit/
Links to literary resources.

Science Spot
http://sciencespot.net/
Science resources.

Web English Teacher quality website
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/
Great starting points for English and Language Arts

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Choose a Portal

You'll find that many of the education portals provide contain similar links. Rather than keeping all these links, consider those specific pages that might be useful.


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