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Top 25 Educational Websites

From A-Z, here are 25 terrific educational websites!

Annenberg Learner for “teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum.”

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is a great place to continue your professional development in areas concerning curriculum, instruction and assessment.

BetterLesson houses a collection of lesson ideas, including contributions from master teachers.

CK-12 vows to make great educational materials available for free to everyone.  Includes teacher and student specific resources.

CNN Student News keeps your students apprised of news headlines. Designed specifically for the middle and high school level student.

Common Sense Media is designed to “rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools.” See this site to find appropriate movies, apps, books, movies and even games.

Curriki would like to “eliminate the education divide” by providing excellent learning materials free to everyone.  They see to provide OER (Open Educational Resources) globally.

EdSurge for EdTech news, events, podcasts, and product reviews.

Education Week should be on your radar for current news about the profession of education, changes in law, and trends to know about.

Edutopia by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Showcasing what works in education, especially innovations which lead to improved outcomes and continuous learning.

Internet4Classrooms is a classic site that should not be overlooked.  It contains a vast amount of resources as well as links to standards-aligned lessons.

Kansas State Department of Education hosts a collection of flip books that are helpful for the alignment of classroom math instruction to new standards.

Khan Academy is a nonprofit established by now-famous Sal Khan when his education videos produced for his cousin went viral.  Large database of educational videos, as well as other new features, such as complete courses and assessments.

National Council for the Social Studies includes an online teachers’ library and a performance-based assessment clearinghouse, among many other resources for the teaching of social studies.

OpenED is “the leading standards alignedK-12 open educational resource library.”

PBS Learning Media contains online resources to enhance classroom learning. Free registration.

Planet Nutshell, a graphic design company, includes a Teacher Library page on their site with short informational videos to share with students.

ReadWorks is a nonprofit committed to reading comprehension through teacher support, providing free lessons and research-based instructional practices.

Read, Write, Think is produced by the National Council of Teachers of English.  Includes classroom resources and professional development.  Now producing educational mobile apps.

Rethinking Schools is a publishing company that aims to “strengthen public education through social justice teaching and education activism.” Questions about diversity and equality? This may be your starting reference.

Teach Thought is a mecca for critical thinking related instruction and ideas. Check out their podcast too!

Technology Student is another classic site that houses a large amount of technology instructional resources, that happen to be enhanced with fun and educational animated GIFs.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading  Need inspiration? This is the place to reignite your own learning drive. You can also share many of these videos with your own students.  Here is their playlist of TED talks to watch with kids.

Vocational Information Center hosts an extensive list of “career activities and vocational lesson plans.”

Zspace for Education hosts “real world virtual reality created for education.” STEM emphasis. Their activities list is host to a number of interesting science related videos.