Learner.org
http://www.learner.org/index.html
PBS Teachers
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/about/
Web 2.0
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listweb20s.html

















Becky's Annotated Hotlist
Name
URL
Description
Graphics/Tech


Scratch
http://scratch.mit.edu/
Created by MIT, Scratch is a very accessible programming software for kids to create their own interactive stories, animations and presentations. Kids can share and tag their projects and comment on other projects that have been shared.
Alice
http://www.alice.org/
Developed by Carnegie Mellon University, Alice is another user-friendly intro to programming. Users can create 3D environments suited to storytelling and game creation. Meant to be used as a teaching tool for students and teachers.
Pixton
http://pixton.com/
Create interactive web comics for free or educational accounts can be purchased. Storytelling, instructions or creative expression are possible.
Blabberize
http://blabberize.com/
This site allows you to upload a picture, add a mouth and sound and make a video of the talking picture. Students can "blabberize" themselves or other objects. Really fun.
Animoto
http://animoto.com/
Students can make their own videos using voice, music and text.
ToonDoo
http://www.toondoo.com/Home.on
Create your own comic strips.
Science


EdHeads
http://www.edheads.org/
Way cool site with sections on virtual surgeries (deep brain stimulation, knee surgery), design a cell phone, weather and simple machines. Some sections may be too intense for younger grades, but older students will enjoy the simulations.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
http://www.nyelabs.com/
Famous Bill Nye shows you fun facts and experiments relating to planetary, physical and life sciences. This wacky character makes science way fun! Videos from his previous science TV shows are available for purchase (or from your local library).
Exploratorium
http://www.exploratorium.edu/
This site is incredible! Lots of information about many aspects of science, such as ancient observations, digital library, sport science and eclipses.
NASA for Students
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/index.html
Great interactive site full of information. Games, simulations, homework help and a picture dictionary.
Stars and Constellations
http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/
Great information with photos, sky charts, interactive charts, and much more.
Language Arts/Writing


Rhyme Zone
http://www.rhymezone.com/
Type in a word to find it's rhyme, synonym, definition or more. You can also look up quotes from Shakespeare, famous documents, and quotations. Also has quizzes, puzzles, and reverse dictionary.
Graphic Organizers
http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/
Free print and copy source to find lots of resources for the classroom, such as venn diagrams, story maps, word webs, time lines, tree charts and much more.
Writing with Writers
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/
Create and print your own poems with the poetry idea engine, listen to Jack Prelutsky read poems and talk about his writing process; Karla Kuskin demonstrates how to use descriptive words; and Jean Marzollo talks about her poetry writing tips.
Writing Fix
http://writingfix.com/
Great resource for teachers and students with help on writing prompts, genres, persuasive writing, poetry and much, much more.
Music


NIEHS Kid's Pages
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/music.htm
Sing-along songs midis and lyrics. Guess that tune games, copyright information, and topical search. Check out the bird songs!
Creating Music
http://www.creatingmusic.com/
Children's online creative music environment allows kids to compose music through finger painting on musical sketchpads, play with performance, music games and puzzles.
Flash Music Games
http://www.flashmusicgames.com/
Many different games and online lessons for guitar, drums, piano. Includes music theory and ear training.
Pandora
http://www.pandora.com/
Create your own radio stations by selecting artists you like. They select other artists that sound similiar and add them to your station. Great.
Multi-Cultural/History


Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/index.html
Fascinating site packed with all kinds of information for kids, teachers, families, librarians, publishers and visitors. It's a terrific resource for research and for teacher lesson plans.
National Geographic Kids
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
This well-designed site in the companion to the magazine and tv channel. Content includes games, videos, activities and a Geography Bee challenge. Has depth and breadth and will hold a child's attention in a safe and entertaining environment.
United Nations Cyber School Bus
http://www.un.org/pubs/cyberschoolbus/
The UN's multi-language global teaching and learning project. The site integrates a variety of information-sharing technologies such as podcasts, live and on-demand webcasts, live video chats and a model UN simulation.
Teacher Resources


BrainPop for Educators
http://www.brainpop.com/educators/blog/
This great website has an educator section that is full of lesson plans, video tutorials, classroom tools, and much more!
Edutopia
http://www.edutopia.org/
Extensive interactive resource for educators with artcles, blogs, videos and research on best practices in education.
Donors Choose
http://donorschoose.org/
An online charity for public school teachers who have a project but needs funds to make it happen. You post a request
The Teacher's Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/interactivesites.html
Wide range of educational sites ranging from papermaking to cells, to cartoons.
Flying Turtle Exploring
http://www.ftexploring.com/
A jam-packed teacher site that aims to "make science fun." Includes lesson plans and links to other science, math and tech resources. Numerous awards for excellence.
Digital Citizenship
http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Home_Page.html
A site that provides tools for teachers and students to better understand appropriate technology use.
Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher
http://www.kn.pacebell.com/wired/fil/pages/listweb20s.html
Amazing list of Web 2.0 resources for teachers with many links.
Morgue File
http://www.morguefile.com/archive/
A free photo reference archive with high quality photos.
Art


Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://www.metmuseum.org/home.asp
Wonderful resource to learn about art, the museum and more. The Explore and Learn section has interactive games such as "The Dancers and Degas."
Smart Museum
http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/home.html
Interactive site from the Smart Museum where kids can play art detective, meet an artist, play games, learn concepts and more. Teacher's area also.
Tux Paint
http://www.tuxpaint.org/
Free computer art software for kids with easy-to-use interface and fun sound effects.
Many Topics


BrainPop
http://www.brainpop.com/
Great site with extensive depth and into a huge variety of topics such as science, language arts, language, music, and much more. Subscription.
Smithsonian
http://www.si.edu/
A wonderful website packed with interactive links to topics such as art and design, history and culture, science and technology. You can learn about the history of the electric guitar and famous musicians go on a virtual expedition to the Galapagos, or play games in the Everything Art section. Hours of fun and education.
Kids Know It
http://www.kidsknowit.com/index.php
A learning network with activites in many areas, including human body, dinosaurs, geography, spelling, math and history. Kids can click on certain topics and explore them in more detail.
WhattaBlast
http://www.whattablast.com/funstuff/funstufftv.cfm
A resource for kids to find links to a variety of homework tools, games, music, news, animation, and podcasts. Also includes tons of teacher resources as well.
Great Web Sites for Kids
http://www.ala.org/greatsites
American Library Assoc. (ALA) & Assoc. for Library Service for Children (ALSC) created this site as a reference for kids to sites that have been screened for content and age-appropriateness. Many topics.
Common Craft
http://www.commoncraft.com/
Three minute videos that explain complex topics in simple terms. Great for use as starting points to introduce complicated subject matter.
Brain Bashers
http://www.brainbashers.com/
Fun site for kids with brain teasers, sudoku, games, puzzles and more.
Rebus Puzzles
http://www.fun-with-words.com/rebus_puzzles.html
Word puzzles with hidden meaning to test your brain.