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Online Tools for Teachers

Compiled by Julie Coiro

Listed below are many interactive tools for teachers. Some need to be downloaded first, but many can be used right online to help with anything from creating quizzes and worksheets to designing Internet webquests or entire online courses. Please click on a category from the chart below to find corresponding links or scroll down the page to view all of the links.
Grading Programs
PuzzleMakers and Testmakers
Homepage Builders
Internet Activity Builders
Educational Applets
Interactive Teaching Tools
Tools "of the Day"
Shareware Hotlists
Graphic Converters
File Decompression Software
Sound Clips
Plug-Ins to Download

Grading Programs
1. Class Mate Grading Tools for Windows

http://hotfiles.zdnet.com/cgi-bin/texis/swlib/hotfiles/info.html?fcode=000MU8&b=

2. ClassAction Gradebook Elementary for MAC

http://www.download.com/mac/software/0,332,0-73162-s,1000.html?st.dl.subcat16.list.tdtl

3. ClassAction Gradebook Secondary for MAC

http://www.download.com/mac/software/0,332,0-73161-s,1000.html?st.dl.subcat16.list.tdtl

Puzzles and Testmakers

1. Puzzlemaker.com Create six different types of puzzles and print out. http://www.puzzlemaker.com

2. Quia.com: Easily build many types of Interactive quizzes or access the huge, ever-growing database of quizzes that other teachers have created for use in their classroom. http://www.quia.com

3. Ed Tech Tools: Another great tool for designing quizzes http://www.motted.hawaii.edu/

4. Hot Potatoes: authoring programs that enable you to make Web-based interactive teaching materials. http://194.205.1.2/creative/education/Languages/martin/hotpot/

5. FunBrain.com http://www.funbrain.com/teachers/index.html

Access thousands of quizzes designed by teachers world-wide. Create your own quizzes with Quiz Lab's easy-to-use authoring tool. Allow students to take quizzes over the Internet in the classroom, in the library, or at home. Get quiz results automatically via e-mail. Quiz Lab grades them for you
6. Crossword Construction Kit Download Page http://www.crosswordkit.com/

Downloadable Puzzle Archive http://puzzleconnection.com/cwk1998.htm

7. Mathematics Worksheet Factory http://www.worksheetfactory.com/

8. Mazes, Puzzles and Educational Freeware http://www.puz.com/sw/freeware/page3.htm

9. QuizMaker 2.0 (1 Day Demo version) http://www.mrtc.org/~twright/quizzes/quizcenter/quizmaker.html

Homepage Builders

1. ProTeacher's MyPage http://www.proteacher.com

2. Lycos Homepage Builder: http://pagebuilder.lycos.com/

3. Teachers.net Homepage Maker http://www.teachers.net/sampler/

4. Family Education Class WebCreate http://familyeducation.com/ors/

5. HighWired http://www.highwired.com (For highschool communities)

6. Big Chalk Education Network http://www.bigchalk.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WOPortal

7. Gradeworks.com Create page that give families easy access to grades, assignments, schedules and class activities in a secure environment thatís available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. http://www.gradeworks.com

8. College Club: For professors to create entire classes online http://www.collegeclub.com/clubs/classes/

9. WebCT: Create online courses with easy to use discussion forums http://www.webct.com

10. School Notes: Create Notes for homework and class information and post them on the web in seconds using this free community service. http://www.schoolnotes.com/
 

Internet Activity Builders

1. Scavenger Hunt Templates: Twenty Questions and Twenty Sites http://www.qesn.meq.gouv.qc.ca/project/inclass/scavenge.htm#tools

2. Bernie Dodge's WebQuest Templates http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/LessonTemplate.html

The WebQuest Homepage http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquest.html

3. Classroom Utilities Design integrated lesson plans http://www.integratedlessonplans.com/products.html

4. Filmentality: Design your own internet activities with this template http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/

4.Word Search Applet http://www.clearlight.com/~vivi/xw/ws2.html

5. Word Slide http://www.clearlight.com/~vivi/xw/slide6.html

6. Primary Color Palette

7. Mysterious Number Tricks http://www.sandlotscience.com/Games/Mystery_applet.htm

8. SR-TEC's (e South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium) Teacher Utility Tools: Includes an index that links to the following five tools...this index provides annotated links to examples of each tool; the list below links you directly to the tool's homepage.
http://www.4teachers.org/tools/index.shtml

QuizStar: Create a customized quiz that students can take online http://4teachers.org/tools/quizstar/

Trackstar: Create an online index of resources related to a certain topic and annotate each link with a specific set of directions for your students to complete using each resource. http://scrtec.org/track/

Project Based Learning Checklists: Use this online checklist to select the skills you want your students to be responsible for as they are completing a project based unit. Select grade level, type of project and individual skills to be covered. Encourages your students to take responsibility for their own learning through peer- and self-evaluation. http://www.4teachers.org/projectbased/

Web Worksheet Wizard: Create your own worksheet or access one already created by another teacher. http://www.scrtec.org/wizard/

Profiler: Online Collaboration Tool that assists you and your school in assessing the expertise of students and faculty and putting you in touch with people within your own school that can help you strenthen your technology skills. http://profiler.scrtec.org/

Educational Applets

Lower Grades
1. Word Search Applet http://www.clearlight.com/~vivi/xw/ws2.html

2. Word Slide http://www.clearlight.com/~vivi/xw/slide6.html

3. Primary Color Palette

4. Mysterious Number Tricks
http://www.sandlotscience.com/Games/Mystery_applet.htm

5. Interactive Poetry Tiles http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/5165/tiles.html

6. Photo Scrambler http://www.edbydesign.com/scr_kids.html

7. Regrouping with Manipulatives http://www.edbydesign.com/btcount.html

8. Kids As Authors: just type and publish http://www.edbydesign.com/kidsact.html

Upper Grades
1. Ramp and Roll Physics Demo http://www.seedofknowledge.com/educational/RollBallV/RollBallVp.html

2. Geometry: Cheng-Pleijel Point of a Quadrangle http://home.earthlink.net/~benny/ChengPleijel.html

3. NanoCad: Lets you view small molecules from different angles, spin them around, and add or delete atoms and bonds. http://world.std.com/~wware/ncad.html

4. Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion http://www.observe.ivv.nasa.gov/nasa/education/reference/orbits/orbit_sim.html

Online Interactive Teaching Tools

Art
Sanford Online Art Adventures

Includes Leonardos' Workshop, Color Theory and Portraits from the Past http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/play/play.html

Interactive Color Safe Palette http://www.ccconsulting.net/activex/safety_palette.html
 

Languages
Alta Vista Translations: Five Languages http://babelfish.altavista.com/cgi-bin/translate?

The English Zone (for students who are learning English as a Second Language, or studying English) http://members.home.net/englishzone/

LinguaWeb Online Language Activities http://www.linguaweb.ndirect.co.uk/pages/news.htm

Language & grammer tutorials and quizzes online and offline (includes Hot Potatoes) Many Languages ** Online Activities Created with Quia and Hot Potatoes
Language Arts (Reading and Writing)
Do Kids Crosswords Online: http://www.kidcrosswords.com/

Learning Resources Web-Delivered Instruction (San Francisco CNN Literacy ) http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/

Yahooligans Online Word Games http://www.yahooligans.com/ Then search for Online Word Games (within Computer, Games, and Online category)

AdLib The Online Mad Lib Creator http://www.amtexpo.com/babbooks/adlib.cgi
 

Math
AIMS Puzzle Corner http://www.aimsedu.org/Puzzle/PuzzleList.html

Math Help: Interactive Problem Sheets http://www.mathhelp.com/math2/index.asp

SpeedMath Increase basic math skills in children ages 6 and up. http://amelabs.com/speedmath/speedmath.html

Science
Chemical Elements Interactive Periodic Table http://www.chemicalelements.com/

WebElements Interactive Periodic Table (with Quicktime movies) http://www.webelements.com/

Physics and Astronomy Applets and Interactive Quizzes http://www.sweethome.de/giesen/welcomeEnglish.html

Social Studies
Scholastic News Online http://www.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/

Junior Scholastic Online http://www.scholastic.com/juniorscholastic/

ANYDAY Historic Events and Birthdays http://www.scopesys.com/anyday/

Free Board Games to Make http://kootweb.com/games.html

Integrated Curriculum
Discovery Kids Online Adventures http://www.discoverykids.com/KIDS Leads students on a self-directed tour of individualized interests and abilities

Tools "of the Day"

1. Cool Fact of the Day http://www.cool-fact.com/today/

2. Cool Word of the Day http://www.cool-word.com/

3. Today in History http://www.learningkingdom.com/history/

4. The Math Forum Problems of the Week http://forum.swarthmore.edu/pow/

5. Merriam-Webster's 2 Minute Word Game of the Day http://www.m-w.com/game/

Hotlists of Shareware for Teachers

1. Zdnet.com Teachers Shareware Library (WINDOWS) http://www.Zdnet.com/swlib/home.html

2. Softseek Teaching Software (WINDOWS) http://www.softseek.com/Education_and_Science/Teaching_Tools/

3. CNET Download.com (MAC) http://www.download.com/

3. Simply the Best Educational Shareware http://simplythebest.net/educate.html

4. Educational Shareware for the MAC http://www.macintoshos.com/shareware.library/educational/educational.shtml

5. Educational Shareware HotList http://wshs.luminet.net/Spedwebpages/shareware.html

Graphic Converters

1. Graphic Converter http://www.allmacintosh.com/adnload/dlgraphconvmac.html

Easy interface for converting one graphic type to another with the click of two menu items
 


Sound Clips to Download

1. The WavPlace.com: The coolest place for easily downloading well organized categories of great sound clips. Just play them, then copy and paste into your own documents. http://www.wavplace.com/sounds.htm

2. The Sound Vault:  A few selected sounds from instruments and special sound effects http://www.novia.net/~ejanders/sndvault.html

File Decompression Software (unzipping files)
1. EZ Guide Downloading Directions by ZDNet http://www.zdnet.com/swlib/easyguide/index.html

2. WinZip7.0 for Windows 95 and 98 http://www.winzip.com/

3. Stuffit Expander for MAC http://www.aladdinsys.com/expander/index.html

Plug-Ins

1. Shockwave http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/

2. Quicktime http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

3. RealPlayer http://www.real.com/products/player/

4. Discovery Software Tools Index: Includes links to download Shockwave, RealPlayer, Quicktime, Flash, Bubble Vision, ichat, Internet Explorer 5.0 and Netscape Navigator 4.7 all from one place.


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