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P-12 Education

  • American Association of Physics Teachers – Teaching resources for physics, astronomy, and physical science teachers.
  • Annenberg Learner – Lesson plans and media resources for K-12 teachers.
  • Discovery Education – Free teacher resources for the core subject areas in K-12.
  • Edutopia– Provides information on K-12 learning strategies, lessons, and videos.
  • Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Free resources, web tools, technology teaching tips, and integrative techniques.
  • Flinn Scientific – Free laboratory safety training, resource videos, laboratory activities, and more tailored for new science teachers.
  • Piktochart – Design useful charts, posters, and handouts for the classroom and beyond.
  • Promethean Planet – Interactive whiteboard community for teachers.
  • Puzzlemaker –A free resource to make customizable games, word searches, mazes, and other fun puzzles to meet the needs of your lesson
  • PBS LearnMedia – Free media resources for K-12 teachers.
  • National Geographic– Videos, lesson plans, and activities for K-12 science teachers.
  • Scholastic – Lesson plans, discussion guides, and other helpful teaching information.
  • Share My Lesson – Free K-12 learning materials, including activities, worksheets, and lesson plans.
  • Shmoop – Teaching resources for all content areas, including teacher and student test prep and Common Core State Standards resources.
  • TeachersFirst – Free resources created by teachers for all subject areas.
  • Teacher Created Resources – Free teacher resources across the content areas.
  • Teacher Tube – Similar to YouTube, this website provides videos for K-12 education created by teachers and students.
  • Teaching Channel – Video resources for effective teaching strategies and classroom management.
  • Teaching Resources – Teacher-created blog with loads of free resources such as lessons, presentations, and worksheets.
  • Teacher Direct– A network of communication and idea sharing with classroom teachers and Virginia Department of Education staff.
  • The Mixxer – A free educational website for language exchanges via Skype.
  • The Teachers Corner – Classroom management strategies.
  • WeAreTeachers – Lesson Planning, Teacher Grants, and Teaching Resources.

Higher Education

Linguistics

  • Interactive IPA Chart– A good site to jog your memory for the sounds of IPA and for pronunciation practice for students.
  • CHILDES Database– This is a child language data exchange system where researchers upload transcripts of their research for others to explore.
  • IRIS – A repository of data collection instruments for research into second language learning and teaching.
  • Syntactic Tree Generator – Create syntactic trees using bracket notation.
  • Praat – Free acoustic speech analysis software.
  • Speech Animator
  • Voice and Speech Source – Interactive IPA chart.
  • Doulos IPA Font – IPA font to download to your PC.

Language Teaching

  • Busy Teacher– As the name implies, this is a useful, generic site for resources including lessons, activities, etc.
  • Dave’s ESL Café – Many resources including lessons, activities, and suggestions for teaching techniques.
  • The English Club – Lesson plans, activities, forums, and resources
  • English Grammar – A site dedicated to assisting the grammar teacher.
  • ESL Kids – A site with children’s activities including flash cards, song lyrics, games, etc.
  • ESL Mania – A highly usable source for obtaining realistic examples, exercises, and tips for teaching.
  • ESL Party Land – A useful site with film, video, internet, and music materials for use in the classroom.
  • The Internet TESOL Journal – Discussion questions designed to get your students talking and interacting with each other.
  • Learning Page – Free teacher resources provided monthly.
  • The Mixxer – A free educational website for language exchanges via Skype.
  • One Stop English – A site offered by Macmillan publishers with resources for K-12. Updated frequently!
  • Piktochart – Design useful charts, posters, and handouts for the classroom and beyond.
  • Puzzlemaker–A free resource to make customizable games, word searches, mazes, and other fun puzzles to meet the needs of your lesson [link: puzzlemaker.com]
  • Rachel’s English– A useful resource providing authentic examples and instructional videos on pronunciation by an American English Speaker.
  • Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab– Listening exercises and quizzes for students and for use in class.
  • Scholastic – Lesson plans, discussion guides, and other helpful teaching information.
  • Story Arts – A site focusing on storytelling in the classroom including lesson plans, activities, etc.
  • Teaching Channel – Video resources for effective teaching strategies and classroom management.
  • Teaching Resources – Teacher-created blog with loads of free resources such as lessons, presentations, and worksheets.
  • The Voice of America – A site providing newscasts on real time events; useful for all levels, as you can specify the level of your students to provide level-appropriate material.

Research

  • R – Free statistical analysis and data visualization tool.
  • Zotero – A reference management tool to keep track of your references.