Before becoming an gardener, start as a consumer. Enjoy the products and projects that others have produced.

Although you can start with the search engines, a more efficient way to find useful educational materials is through identifying good starting points.

Search Engines
Sometimes the search engines are a good use of time. Some search engines have a particular focus that might be useful in your explorations. For example, they might help you find resources for a particular topic, grade level, or format. However, for fast access to quality sites for students and teachers, web directories are probably the best bet.
Search Engines: Videos, Audios, Graphics, and Animations
Hotbot to search for videos, audios, graphics, and animations
Yahooligans Downloader for videos, audios, and images
Web Directories: Student-Oriented
Yahooligans for K-12 students dealing with traditional classroom projects
Edview for elementary, middle, or secondary materials by level and topic
Dogpile for older students seeking a few ideas from many search tools
DIG for younger students and EBlast for older students
Study Web and for subject area exploration
Homework Helper or Research Paper through Elibrary for term papers
Index to Children's Books for author information
Research It for simple reference questions
Web Directories: Teacher-Oriented
Kathy Schrock's Guide for great starting points
Blue Web 'N for teaching and learning resources
Education Index for subject area resources
Education World for all levels and areas of education
Busy Teacher for subject area starting points
Mining Company for general information resources
Use museum sites such as Franklin's site for hotlists.
Use regional labs such as NWREL for subject area resources
Mailing Lists
Join the Scout Report for weekly general information sites.
Join KIDS for weekly kids sites.
Join Blue Web 'N for weekly instructional sites.

Explore the search tools and web directories. Compare and contrast the different options.

  • Select three starting points for yourself.
  • Select three starting points for your students.
  • Join a mailing list.

Developed by Annette Lamb, 4/99.