LessonCast is a website where experienced teachers submit—via PowerPoint, document, pictures, or web cam—a “lesson idea or management strategy in 2 minutes 30 seconds or less.” Each submission is reviewed and vetted by other accomplished teachers, and then shared online. New teachers, or those just looking for new ideas, can then search for the perfect idea for their classroom. Note: This site is still growing, so there are a few
Create Glogs: “interactive visual platform in which users create a poster or web page containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data.” Students can use these Glogs for book reports, digital posters, homework, etc.; you can use Glogs for lesson preparation, presentations, distance teaching, and more. Note: This website is still in Beta (testing stage).
You’ve heard of YouTube and TeacherTube, now check out SchoolTube, endorsed by leading education associations. It’s a safe, moderated environment where students can post self-produced videos for classroom use: from the educational (a civics presentation or algebra class) and practical (morning announcements) to the fun (last night’s girls’ soccer game). Although you might not find video content that will help you teach (because it is all very specific to classes and schools), this is a great tool for giving your students a safe platform to share their creations.
Storybirds are “short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.” Using the images provided by artists and illustrators, students can write and design their own online books working alone or collaboratively with classmates—or they can spend time enjoying the published “library” of Storybirds. The Teacher functionality allows you to create a private group, manage students’ assignments, and grade work.
Free Rice 2.0
Though you may remember the original incarnation of Free Rice—with its addicting vocabulary game that donates rice via the World Food Programme for every right answer—version 2.0 features 15 different topics for testing, including multiplication tables, Spanish language learning, and flags of the world. Registration is optional, but necessary if you want to keep track of scores. Keep in mind this site is for all ages, so there will be plenty of ads.
Teachers and students alike can create on-screen flashcards to test vocabulary, math equations, foreign languages, and more. Test your students’ knowledge in class, or encourage them to use the flashcards for homework. There are scores of flashcards in their database that are ready-to-use, but beware of user-generated content. There is an app available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.