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Links for Teachers

Cool Links for teachers

General Resources


“…an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math, social studies, and science. As a Gooru member you have access to hundreds of resources according to subject areas such as social studies, chemistry, biology, ecology, algebra, calculus, and more. Within each subject area you can look for resources according to media type such as video, interactive display, slides, text, and lesson plans.”


“…all kinds of interesting and educational videos. Some of the videos are a bit too cheeky for some classrooms, but most of them are acceptable for classroom use.”

Internet Archive(formerly the “Wayback Machine”)

Functions as an online record of websites that have come and gone – or of websites which have undergone renovations and no longer look as they once did. Allows you to time travel through the internet. If you’re looking for a site you’ve used in the past that now has disappeared, check the Internet Archive for a cached version of that site.

PBSLearning Media

Rich online resource that’s free and excellent. Supported content areas include: Arts, English Language Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies.


This non-profit makes high quality, standards-aligned textbooks affordable and available. They will also send a teacher’s edition (with assessments and answers) at your request.
Free online textbooks. 
Free online SAT prep. 

Google Education

Lesson plans and activities to help students become better online searchers.


Receive reminders by email, text, or phone call! It’s FREE!

Web Video Fetcher

“…free internet videos download application which allows you to convert nearly any audio or video URL from YouTube, MySpace, Google, Facebook and 100 more sites to common formats with absolutely no waiting time […] When you enter the URL from your media page, our application will try to detect the media file. Afterwards the system grabs the media file and converts it realtime. There it will be converted to your chosen format and after finishing the conversion you are able to download the file.”
Don’t rely on the internet being up and fast when you need a video in class – convert/download it to your computer hard-drive and play it whenever you want, even if the network is down or slow!

450 Free Online Classes from Top Universities 

Compilation via Open Culture.

“Very simply a brief daily email with an excerpt or quote we view as interesting or noteworthy, offered with commentary to provide context. There is no theme, except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, primarily historical in focus, and will occasionally be controversial. Finally, we hope that the selections will resonate beyond the subject of the book from which they were excerpted.” There’s a subscribe link at the top left.

TED Ed! 

“TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform.”

Specific (hard to categorize) Topics

Relative Cost of TVAds 

Video explaining in kid-friendly terms (how many iPods would that buy?) the price of a 30 second television ad on a Wednesday night. Averages between $64,000 and $502,900, depending on the network. (11/2011)

11 sounds your students have never heard 

Includes: rotary telephone, TV station sign off, and 9 more.

Surname Map of the US 

National Geographic. Shows most common names all over the US. Legend on bottom right is useful in that it explains the colors and sizes of the surnames as shown.

Canada eliminates penny

YouTube video. Professional and fascinating.

‘Vowels’ film 

3 minutes long – watch in full screen. This short film is based on an archival sound recording taken from the 1945 Linguaphone series ‘English Pronunciation – A practical handbook for the foreign learner.’

How much data is that? 

Interactive quiz. What do all those numbers and letters attached to the size of computer files (data) MEAN?

Paying for College

Cost comparison online calculator. Enter up to three universities , and the calculator at this site sponsored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (a US Government office) will supply for each the sticker price for first year, average grants and scholarships, total borrowing, estimated debt after school, and comparative debt burden. Good one for juniors and seniors.

How & why to save Facebook data 

Video. Walks you through how and why you should save your Facebook profile, posts, photos and videos. Designed for a general audience and part of the State Library of North Carolina’s “Inform U” series.

Logical Fallacy Website 

Click on each icon to read a thorough definition of each fallacy plus an example of the fallacy.

Lessons I learnt from my iPhone mugging

Skim down to about halfway for a list of ways to rig your iPhone in order to increase your odds of getting it back.

How to Tell People They Sound Racist

Watch this video. Show it to your students. Prepare for excellent conversation!

The Case for Breaking Up with Your Parents

This is a VERY long article. The writer is a professor at Stanford.

Top Ten Highly Desired Skills You Can Teach Yourself 

From the LifeHacker blog.

7 Things Employers Want from New Grads 

Of course, this means college grads, but I think high school students will be interested in the list nonetheless.

Top Ten Hardest Jobs to Fill in the US 

In other words, what students should be pursuing as careers.


Where things come from.

Mr. Rogers Autotuned 

“In the Garden of Your Mind.”

What guide books tell tourists about America 

from theAtlantic.

Teen Driving Games Online 

Allstate Insurance sponsors these games designed to make teens safer drivers. Please let kids know!

Search Engines


“RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.”


Search engine for students.


– finds age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces
– generates quiz questions based on student’s research activity and skill level
– supports creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment

30 specialist (& super smart) search engines 
hen Google just doesn’t cut it.


Federal Reserve Education 

“…this website was created by the Federal Reserve to provide high-quality educational resources about economics, personal finance, public policy and other subjects to students and the general public.”

Physical Education (PE)

Gateway to 21st Century Skills 

All PE lesson plans, filtered for grades 9-12.

Concussion Youth Sports 

Hand-outs, printable posters, free CDC training for coaches, and so much more. Great for parents, coaches, PE teachers, etc. From the Centers of Disease Control.


Autism lesson plans, apps, and more.

Language Arts (LA)

Gateway to 21st Century Skills 

Short animated videos of 10 of Shakespeare’s plays – including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth.

Literature Map 

Enter the name of an author (any author – Shakespeare to Suzanne Collins (of Hunger Games fame), and view a map of names of writers you might also like.

Grammar Girl’s Top Five Tips

Presented as 4-6 minute podcasts and as essays. You could, say, play the podcast in class while displaying the text on your projection screen.

  1. Affect vs. Effect 
  2. Who vs. Whom 
  3. Lay vs. Lie 
  4. I.e. vs. E.g. 
  5. “Further” vs. “Farther” 

Road to Grammar

Games, quizzes and downloads designed for English language learners. But really, aren’t all of us English language learners?


Hip Hughes History

“a series of short, upbeat lectures on topics in US History and World History”

Dan Izzo 

“On this channel you will find a lot of short (2-5 minute) US History and World History videos. Most of the history videos on this channel are overviews of eras or major topics in history. The channel does not have much organization and videos on topics outside of history are mixed-in so you will have to use the search function to find gems that you can use.”


Crash Course 
“…excellent videos on U.S. History and World History. The videos are fast-paced ten to twelve minute overviews of major concepts and themes. One of World History videos that I’ve featured before is The Dark Ages… How Dark Were They, Really? 

“…six timelines of important eras in U.S. and European history. Each timeline includes short (3-10 minute) videos about people and events in the era. The timelines also include pictures and short text descriptions. The six timelines currently available are A History of Britain, The American West, Medicine Through Time, American Voices, The Edwardians, and Nazi Germany. More timelines appear to planned for publication in the future.”

USNational Archives videos
“A mixed bag of videos that include everything from old propaganda films to lectures from historians to short lessons about items in the National Archives.”

WWIIin Photos: A 20-Part Retrospective 

Awesome. From The Atlantic.

Find Old Newspapers Online 

Useful for student projects plus your own teaching presentations.

The Big Map Blog

Thousands of (digitized) historical maps.

Online US Citizenship Test

From the Christian Science Monitor.

What did people do in a medieval city? 

Civil War Archive

US Government site. Photographs, personnel records, and more

Food Timeline 

Food history timeline. Extensive links.

Europeana 1914-18

This project from Oxford University invites people (from all over Europe) with personal or family stories or artifacts from World War I to contribute them to this vast memory bank.

Radio Time Machine 

Slide the red ball along the timeline, hear a song. 1940-present. History teachers: get sounds from the eras you’re teaching!

YouTube Time Machine 

Pick a year, watch a video. 1860 (audio of the first sound ever recorded) thru present.

Origins of WWII 
(YouTube Channel)

23 videos, all fairly short and useful for classroom enrichment.


Free online graphing calculator

Allows you to sign in, save work, and share with friends. Pretty awesome technology, and all for free.

PBS Math Games

Good for math review at any age!

Get the Math 

About algebra in the real world. See how professionals use math in music, fashion, videogames, restaurants, basketball, and special effects. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers


This non-profit makes high quality, standards-aligned textbooks affordable and available. They will also send a teacher’s edition (with assessments and answers) at your request.
Free online textbooks. 
Free online SAT prep. 


Food Timeline 

Food history timeline. Extensive links.

How Long Is a Piece of String? 

BBC film, 58 min long, available online in its entirety. The link takes you to the online video which is accompanied by an article that tells all about it.

Royal Society Picture Library 

Created to inspire the exploration of science through its visual history.

Sumanas Science Animations

Lots and lots of free online animations for biology, chemistry, and more!

Interactive Physics Simulations 

U. Colorado Boulder.

12 Science Apps for the iPod Touch

The Chief Sealth Library owns 17 iPod Touches that teachers may sign out and use with their classes!

Interactive Tour of the Cell 

The National Science Foundation brings this to you. Clickable and in motion.

Interactive Science Games 

Proteins, genetics, cells and more each get their own game. Good for review?

USGS Water Science for Schools 

Contains this cool water image, plus “We offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.”


This non-profit makes high quality, standards-aligned textbooks affordable and available. They will also send a teacher’s edition (with assessments and answers) at your request.
Free online textbooks. 

Good Chemistry

“Song, vocal and film by [16-year-old] Eli Cirino. This is a video project assigned to Eli by his 10th grade chemistry teacher. “Good Chemistry” explains a basic knowledge of chemical bonds through a love story of a boy and girl. He used construction paper to create the animation scenes.”

NASA time lapse video of
Venus Transit

Nice that those of us who live beneath clouds are able to in this way experience the event. Listen with sound on.
38-second version 
3-minute version 

Symphony of Science 

“The Symphony of Science is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. The project owes its existence in large measure to the classic PBS Series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steve Soter, as well as all the other featured figures and visuals.”


Royal Society Picture Library 

Created to inspire the exploration of science through its visual history.

Visual History of the Key 

Slide show – click through to view all the images.

Home Economics/Cooking

Food Timeline 

Food history timeline. Extensive links.

Food by Country

Recipes sorted by country.

English Language Arts

Road to Grammar

Games, quizzes and downloads designed for English language learners. But really, aren’t all of us English language learners?