The purpose of this page is to provde an extensive list of websites that are considered high quality, reliable, and valuable. This list is a little too extensive, meaning that it's quite long and fairly overwhelming. It took around 5 years to collect these resources and new ones are found every day. All of these websites have been linked by other teachers and educational organzations and categorized as "cool sites". Eventually, this list should have annotations next to each title that tells a little about the site and why it is so valuable. In the meantime, the list is at least categorized. In addition, there is another list that is sorted by curriculum content area can be found under "Web Resources by Subject" on the navigation bar on the left side of this page.

Sites Created by Educators

These teachers are consultants and technology educators. The are experts in the area of technology integration and can provide a vast amount of guidance in terms of best practices.
Eduscapes website - "A site for lifelong learners" authored by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson. This site is broken down into several parts, each of which has a specific purpose. Annette Lamb is an expert on inquiry based learning and has put together a group websites the cover a variety of different
Adrian Bruce's Teaching Resources - from "down under"
CurriculumWiki

Lesson Plans and Unit Ideas

[[http://www.thinkfinity.org/home.aspx|Thinkfinity]] - formerly MarcoPolo Education - Start here when looking for lesson plans, activities, and learning resources
[[http://www.pbs.org/teachers/|PBS Teachers]] - classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels and thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations
[[http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/|Apple Learning Interchange]] - excellent place to find lesson plans and examples of student work, particularly when you are looking for uses of Apple applications, although even if you don't have Macs, this is valuable because the content is created by educators
[[http://www.buddyproject.org/lessons/default.asp|Buddy Project]] - Lesson plans submitted by teachers from several schools from Indiana. The project promotes the use of best practices. Not a great deal of depth in the lesson plans but there are some really good resources here.
[[http://coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/index.htm|Core Knowledge Lesson Plans]] - Lesson plans submitted by teachers who promote the use of best practices. The site is organized by grade level and then by subject matter. Also promotes best practices in teaching strategies.
[[http://thegateway.org/|Gateway to 21st Century Schools]] - sponsored by NEA, gateway to high quality lesson plans and resources for all areas of teaching and learning
[[http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/archive.html|New York Times Learning Network]] - free lesson plans, strong in Social Studies and Writing content
[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/|BBC Schools ]]- includes online activities
[[http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/index.html|Thirteen Ed Online
]][[http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm|Merlot]] - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (upper grades)
[[http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/|PBS Teacher Source]] - Learning resources including interactive activities, multi-media, and lessons
[[http://teacher.scholastic.com/|Scholastic Teacher Site]] - One of the most comprehensive sites on the Internet. Find lesson plans, tools for teachers, printables, teaching ideas, and access to many high quality activities for students
[[http://nsdl.org/index.php|National Science Digital Library]] - "access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education"
[[http://www.edutopia.org/index.php|Edutopia]] – George Lucas Foundation teacher resources for best practices in educational technology, online publication that provides high quality information about technology integration
[[http://www.thegateway.org/|The Gateway to 21st Century Learning]]
[[http://www.internet4classrooms.com/|Internet for Classrooms]] – Helping teachers use the Internet effectively
[[http://amser.org/|Applied Math and Science Repository]]
[[http://www.tech4learning.com/recipes/|Recipes4Success]] - online software training and technology integration [[http://teams.lacoe.edu/welcome.html|TEAMS Educational Resources]][[http://www.pacificresources.info/Search/advance.asp|PREL Education Links]][[http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/index.html|Smithsonian Educator Resources]] - Look up by state standards for recommendations
[[http://www.exploratorium.edu/|The Exploratorium]] – the museum of science, art, and human perception [[http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/online.html|Online Activities]]
[[http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/exhibits.html|Online Exhibitions]]
[[http://www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm|Internet for Classrooms]] – skill builders by grade, subject, and standard
[[http://www.eduplace.com/index.html|Houghton Mifflin's Site]] - K-8 resources for teachers, students, and parents. Includes Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Intervention, Professional Development, activities, games, and textbook support.
[[http://www.eduref.org/|Educator's Reference Desk]] – for resources and high quality lesson plans
[[http://www.teachers.net/|Teachers.net]] - This is the site where you'll find Harry Wong

Interactive Web Activities

The Exploratorium – the museum of science, art, and human perception
Online Activities
Online Exhibitions
Internet for Classrooms – skill builders by grade, subject, and standard
Houghton Mifflin's Site - K-8 resources for teachers, students, and parents. Includes Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Intervention, Professional Development, activities, games, and textbook support.
Educator's Reference Desk – for resources and high quality lesson plans
EdHelper - requires a paid subscription to access some of what the site has to offer. Much of what is available is free.
Teachers.net - This is the site where you'll fiind Harry Wong

Directories

Awesome Library organizes the Web with 22,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.
The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.

Tools

4teachers.org - Calendar maker, rubrics, web pages, and many other tools can be created here.
Personal Educational Press – Create worksheets, flashcards and study guides with various word lists – great for Special Ed.
ESL Teacher Resources - also will help with differentiated instruction
TestDesigner - Quickly create multiple-choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions, and professional looking math equations
Readability Test - Test the readability of a website before you make it available to students for research

Create Web Activities

Filamentality
Trackstar
Webquest Page - Join Quest Garden!
Pre-writing tools when writing webquests
Wequest Rubric
Instant Webquests from InstantProjects.org

Communication with Other Teachers

Tappedin - online portal for discussion, collaboration, and support
Education Bridges - Collaborate with other teachers
Education World - articles, tips and resources
Teacher Leader Network - resources for, among other things, collaborative learning environments
Global Schoolhouse - Find a collaborative project