Free Educator Web Sites

Santa Clara County Office of Education Teacher Workshop
Deb Hunt, Senior Information Specialist, The Exploratorium
July 13, 2005

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Cool, free sites

Non-Exploratorium Resources Exploratorium Resources
This site boasts over 130 art lessons (and growing) that teachers and parents can use in their home or school classroom. Users can add their own lesson ideas to the site as well.
Tools for Teaching
Gateway to the Exploratorium award-winning educational tools, tips and resources.
Jacso's Polysearch Biography
Simultaneously query up to 15 biographical databases.
Exploratorium homepage
The entrance to over 15,000 webpages.
Journey North
One of the best and most successful online science learning communities for K-12 students. This site engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change.
Exploratorium Science Snacks
Just one of the many classroom and home activities for grades 6-12 students and teachers or parents to use that teach science in a fun way. All materials used are readily available and inexpensive.
Teachers Domain
A new multimedia database from PBS and NSDL. "You'll find a robust collection of classroom-ready digital resources, as well as multimedia lesson plans and professional development resources. Each resource is tailored to specific grade levels and correlated to national and state standards." Use this page for a guided tour before you register (free).
Exploratorium Iron Science Teacher
Parodying the cult Japanese TV program, Iron Chef, the Exploratorium's Iron Science Teacher competition showcases Bay Area science teachers as they devise demonstrations around a particular ingredient -- an everyday item such as a plastic bag, a milk carton, or a nail. Some of the best Iron Science Teacher competitions are archived as webcasts.
A search engine for finding sound effects and sample sounds on the Web.

Sport Science
Capture your students' interest in physics, math and science with our baseball, skateboard, surfing, hockey, and cycling sites.

"GeographyIQ is an online world atlas packed with geographic, economic, political, historical and cultural information. In addition, GeographyIQ brings together a number of other resources including maps, flags, currency conversion, and climate and time zone information."

The Accidental Scientist: Science of Cooking Discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking.

BBC News Search
A focused news database, limit by date, type of story, date.
The Accidental Scientist: Science of Music
What is music? Explore the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and, above all, listen.
The Jack London Collection
See especially the Resources for students
and Resources for Teachers
This is a virtual library which doesn't exist in print anywhere. Wonderful images of originals of his works.
The Exploratorium is currently working on a variety of Internet2 applications, including DVD-quality Webcasting, distance education, and networked exhibits.
Internet2 is a university-led effort to develop advanced network applications for research and education utilizing a high-performance computer network that provides bandwidth, responsiveness, and reliability that's far superior to the widely used commercial Internet.
Geography and Environment Timeline
Search/browse, "...significant dates and events that have shaped the geographical world, from the formation of the Earth to the present day. This section is divided into a number of key areas."
Traits of Life
What are the essential elements of life? How can you distinguish between the living and nonliving world? You can explore these questions and more at the Exploratorium's collection of Life Science exhibits.
Science Timelines
Timelines for Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Materials, and Physics. Check out the features navigation bar to the left. "Hot Topics" has everything from NASA's Deep Impact Mission to The Chemistry of Chocolate.
The Frogs exhibition ran at the Exploratorium from February 13, 1999 through February 6, 2000. Here online, you can still enjoy our frog articles, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
Scientific American Frontiers for Educators Video Archive
"Every episode of the series, from 1990 to the present, is available for online viewing."
Ten Cool Sites
Since 1995, we've picked the coolest authoritative sites, 10 every other month, on topics from the arts to the weather. Check out the latest additions or browse the subject index for past cool sites.
National Public Radio Archives
Search abstracts of most major NPR programs back to 1996. Then, listen online. No charge. A rapidly growing amount of material on the web is not text but radio and television programming.
Exploratorium Magazine Online
From 1977 until 2003, the Exploratorium published a quarterly magazine. The Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including multimedia features.
PBS TeacherSource
Materials developed by trained and practicing educators.
Life Along the Faultline
Remembering the Loma Prieta earthquake, earthquake engineering, preparing for the Big One, and more. activities and webcasts are included.
PBS NewsHour
Search the video archives using fulltext search every word spoken from major portions since 2/2000
The Memory exhibition at the Exploratorium ran from May 22, 1998 to January 10, 1999, but the online exhibition is still available with activities, webcasts and more.
Washington Week for Educators Video Archive
The lesson plans on this site were designed to help students understand issues by analyzing real-world material and sources they're likely to come across every day and to recognize the vital role the media plays in a democratic society. This archive dates back to July 21, 2000.

Journey to Mars Teachers' Guide
We've collected sets of resources grouped around three topics: the search for life on Mars, the Martian environment, and the mechanics of the Mars Exploration Rover itself. You'll find a wealth of activities to keep you or your students busy, and guidance on which education standards the materials address.

American Field Guide
Keyword search (or browse), "the sights and sounds from a wide variety of environments throughout America. Over 1400 video clips that enable you to experience America's wilderness first hand..."
Math Explorer
The Math Explorer has games for kids who like playing, crafts for kids who like making things, and science experiments for kids who like experimenting. For educators, The Math Explorer has clear, simple explanations of math that you never learned (or you've forgotten). Best of all, you don't have to be a math whiz yourself.
Nature Video Archives
Search by keyword and/or program title.

Learning Studio
The Learning Studio, the Exploratorium’s library/computer center, supports the educational and informational needs of its patrons by providing a wide variety of electronic, multimedia, and print-based learning resources.

Search engines

Google Scholar Beta
Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Do one search and get not only relevant web pages, but also suggestions for narrowing your search and links to expert and enthusiasts' collections.
Sample Search

Search Google and Yahoo simultaneously and see results side by side.

A meta engine that offers more than just results. Note the clustering and page preview feature. Some but not all of these features in place at Dogpile.

Search Engines in Languages Other than English

Foreign SEs (Search Engines)
Links to 100+ search engines in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia, useful for those seeking information in other languages and regional information.

SAPL: Websites - Enlaces en Español
Subject directory of Spanish language Internet sites

Tu Bibliotecario Electronico: Una Guía al Internet
Comprehensive guide to the Web in Spanish

Great subject directories/guides
Tap into a powerful network of 475 Guides -- smart, passionate, accomplished people who are experts in their field.
Note the Education and Homework Help links.

Blue Web'n
An online library of 1800+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools).

Internet Public Library
Guides written by IPL staff which are intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic, both online and at your local library.

"KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites."

Librarians Index to the Internet
Provides a well-organized set of reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources.

Yahoo K12 Web Directories
Don't forget good old Yahoo. Not a huge selection, but rather a choice list.

Yahooligans! The Web Guide for Kids


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