Classroom updates: A preview of the Classroom API is now available, allowing admins to provision and manage classes at scale, and developers to integrate their applications with Classroom. We also recently launched the Classroom share button.
Free training: We are proud to introduce the new Google for Education Training Center, a free, interactive, online platform that helps educators apply Google's tools in the classroom and beyond.
Computational thinking: Do your teachers want to help students with computational thinking? They can sign up for the free online course this summer.
Expeditions: Expeditions is an exciting new educational tool coming later this year. It will let teachers take their students on virtual field trips around the world, starting with just the click of an app.
June newsletter: Our June Google for Education newsletter featured numerous updates, tools and stories. If you haven't already, sign up to receive future editions and share with your colleagues.
WGBH Teacher Domain - Teachers' Domain is
free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting
and its partners. You'll find thousands of media resources,
support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized
learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.
PBS Teachers -
Launched within the last year, PBS Teachers is an awesome place for all
kinds of educational multimedia. PBS Teachers is PBS' national web
destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll
find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade
levels. They provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities,
on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These
resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and
are tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA,
Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more.
The Khan Academy -
At Khan, students and teachers are encouraged to "Watch… Practice…
Learn almost anything for free". The academy has a library of over 2,700
videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and
history and 276 practice exercises. They make it clear that they are on a
mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own
pace. So many people watch the Khan Videos but overlook their amazing Practice Sessions. If you have trouble because of school filters blocking Khan, look into My Big Campus… also in this article.
Let's not forget YouTube and its amazing searchable collection. These
videos can be used for teaching a concept, providing an entry event, or
providing the catalyst for a discussion that climbs the Bloom's Taxonomy
ladder. Having trouble with those school filters?… check out My Big Campus and You Tube Education.
This site is worth an entire write-up in itself and will provide a
wealth of activities for PBL products. You will find quick and easy
access to the highest quality teaching and learning materials. Verizon
Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created
by some amazing content partners which are the most respected
organizations in each academic subject area and literacy. The
easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with
state standards. This truly is an amazing online community where, along
with great resources, you can network with friends and other teachers,
and share ideas, plans and advice with others in the education
Take a look and you will find a vast collection of resources and Web
2.o tools that might fit into any lesson. Along with pictures and videos
that have been teacher selected, there are also some other amazing
features. You can allow your students to create their own mashup presentations using Flickr and Wikipedia. There are quizzes, interactive diagrams, and games that can provide for formative assessment and problem solving.
Watch / Know / Learn - Imagine
hundreds of thousands of great short videos and other media, explaining
every topic taught to school kids. Imagine them rated and sorted into a
giant Directory, making them simple to find. WatchKnowLearn is a
non-profit online community devoted to this goal. Presently this
community has over 30,000 videos and is growing every day through
contributions from teachers across the globe. The co-founder of
Wikipedia has launched a Web site designed to offer free access to
thousands of education-related videos for students ages 3-18. Larry
Sanger, who helped create Wikipedia states the site, "will allow
students and teachers to sort through a library of online videos by
content, and pick out what they need". Topics range from math and
science to history. The site is meant to house and organize videos that
are free and available online, yet which many educators may not have the
time to search for or may find difficult to locate.
NBC Learn -
While this is a pay service, I am providing a link to some of their
free material that might just connect to your standards. NBC Learn is
staffed by veteran NBC News producers, who have created scores of
original stories and Town Hall events around the country, in partnership
with the National Science Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and
others. The free area includes award-winning collections; Chemistry Now, Changing Planet, Science of NFL Football, Science of NHL Hockey, Science of the Winter Olympic Games, and Finishing the Dream.
Videos and archival news stories are correlated to state standards and
the Common Core.. Videos are generally short — less than six minutes in
length — enabling instructors to engage and enlighten their students
without wasting precious class time.
Discovery Education -
This outstanding pay service also has a section that is free, found via
this link. Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom
resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell. Foster
deeper engagement and provide opportunities for students to take charge
of their own learning with high quality, engaging, relevant tools
designed for today's busy teachers. Take a moment to explore
Discovery's programs and contests, interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, videos and more.
Smithsonian Channel -
From one of the greatest museums comes a network, and this website
filled with some amazing clips, games, and activities that might just
provide the right spark for some PBL.
National Geographic -
Find some amazing videos, pictures, segments, and stories that could be
used to spark interest or engage inquiry. Whether it be a discussion
starter, an informational lesson, or a question raiser, you will find
some awesome content at this site.
This is an amazing site that is sure to provide a game, video clip,
or article that will engage students. Whether it be a hook to begin a
study or some outstanding information to sustain learning, it
is definitely worth a look.
Pulse of the Planet - Each
weekday, the Pulse of the Planet radio series provides its listeners
with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms
of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with
extraordinary natural sound.
Discover the fascinating science of the world around us through over
300 video clips. Browse the categories, or enter a question or a keyword
in the search box. There are a number of videos with resource guides
Browse hundreds of webcasts, video clips, podcasts, and slideshows from
the Exploratorium's collection of original programming, from remote
scientific expeditions to fun hands-on activities.
Chemistry Video Collection -
Excellent selection of videos that relate to chemistry. Contains
experiments and many simulations that might not be able to be
demonstrated in a standard school lab.
Science Hack - Every video on this web site is screened by scientists to ensure accuracy.
MathActive lessons are Flash-animated math modules designed for grades
K-12. Each module features content that touches a geometry performance
objective from the Arizona Academic Standards for mathematics.
Sports Science - Awesome collection of short videos that will engage kids in science and math from the people at ESPN.
Science Videos - A selection of engaging videos and podcasts from the creators at the New York Times.
How Stuff Works Science - Excellent collection of videos that cover interesting and engaging topics across the science curriculum.
Ted Talk -
What an amazing place to begin some deep and meaningful conversations
and thought. In fact, there are some amazing videos if you are working
on the skill of collaboration. Or check out the hundreds of other categories.
Science For Kids - Cool place for videos and activities. But wait... while you are there check out Kids Math Games and Fun English Games. You will find a gold mine of resources that can be put into a unit to help your students master content in a project.