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Free Resources: Generation Global's Safe Online Environment for Students to Explore Cultural Differences Through Dialogue

The non-profit program provides free educational content, curated videoconferences, and a safe online community where students can connect with peers from around the world.
Posted 20 Sep 2016

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia's ELECTION CENTRAL, an Online Destination Providing Educators With Curated Content to Teach Students About the Political Process

Election-related resources, collections and an interactive map will be available through November.
Posted 19 Sep 2016

Free Resources: Letters to the Next President 2.0 Gives Voice to Teens' Opinions in Election

The newly launched publishing site from KQED and the National Writing Project provides a platform for teens to share their insights on issues that matter to them during this year's election.
Posted 30 Aug 2016

Free Resources: Guide from Boxlight to Help Educators Select and Launch 'Best-Fit' Technology Tools

The guide, Launch Tech in Your Schools Successfully, shares best practices, insights, and resources from educators, administrators, and technology experts.
Posted 16 Jun 2016

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Discovery STEM Day Virtual Field Trip

Streamed from Discovery Communications' global headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, Discovery STEM Day will virtually introduce attendees to five different men and women whose roles utilize a variety of STEM skills each day.
Posted 03 May 2016

Free Resources: Video interviews, video sessions from Computers in Libraries 2016 and the Internet@Schools Track

Information Today, Inc. has made videos available for sessions from the recently concluded Computers in Libraries 2016 conference, as well as video interviews with a number of presenters-including Baltimore County Public Schools presenter Joquetta Johnson from the two-day Internet@Schools track.
Posted 15 Mar 2016

Free Resources: A State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Webinar–What’s New And Noteworthy

Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena, a leading video coaching platform for classroom observation, will be one of the presenters in a free, one-hour webinar focusing on examples of innovative ways to enhance K-12 learning. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Posted 05 Feb 2016

Free Resources: The Exploratorium's Bite-Sized 'Science Snacks'

Complete with videos and beautiful photography, Science Snacks use simple and inexpensive materials that bring to life the same natural phenomena and science concepts visitors discover during a trip to the museum.
Posted 08 Dec 2015

Free Resources: PBS KIDS' ScratchJr App–Helping Young Children Learn to Code and Code to Learn

Developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and Tufts University's DevTech Research Group, the new app helps kids learn coding concepts as they create their own stories and games featuring favorite PBS KIDS characters
Posted 03 Dec 2015

Free Resources: Guide from Mimio on Integrating Mobile Devices into the 21st Century Classroom

The 16-page PDF discusses the various challenges that teachers face in incorporating mobile learning in their instructional practices, illustrating four levels of sophistication in the application of mobile devices.
Posted 19 Nov 2015

Free Resources: Autodesk's Project Ignite Design Software and Tools for K-12

The Project Ignite learning platform adds to Autodesk's comprehensive free offerings in education by delivering a package of technology, learning content and services created specifically to bring the Maker Movement into the classroom.
Posted 24 Jun 2015

Free Resources: Discovery Education to Host Global Virtual Field Trip to Commemorate Magna Carta Anniversary

The sealing of Magna Carta, also known as "The Great Charter," was a revolutionary moment in world history 800 years ago. Open to classrooms worldwide, this one-of-a-kind virtual experience will focus on the importance and history of Magna Carta.
Posted 05 Jun 2015

Free Resources: NOVA's New Online Game for Exploring the History of Life on Earth

NOVA's Evolution Lab introduces teens to the mechanisms of evolution, featuring an interactive, digital tree of life made available for the first time online
Posted 19 May 2015

Free Resources: Hooda Math's Web-Based and Mobile Math Games

As the school year winds down, parents are planning their children's summers and fretting that the kids will forget what they've learned over the three-month break. Hooda Math offers a solution through its free math games
Posted 22 Apr 2015

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO Solutions Opens Digital Resource Collections In April

The developer is providing free access to all databases in celebration of School Library Month.
Posted 31 Mar 2015

Free Resources: PBS Science's NOVA Cybersecurity Lab

NOVA Cybersecurity Lab is a new online game that introduces players to cybersecurity concepts and real-world cyber threats.
Posted 09 Oct 2014

Free Resources: LOC's Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.
Posted 15 Sep 2014

Free Resources: National Gallery of Art's NGAkids Art Zone App

The NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad contains eight new interactive activities and an array of art-making tools that will inspire artists of all ages.
Posted 12 Sep 2014

Free Resources: Popular Math Game Apps from Hooda Math

Hooda Math's apps will be available for free downloads on the App Store until Sept. 1.
Posted 05 Aug 2014

Free Resources: Snapwiz's Edulastic, Formative Assessment Platform Sporting Student Mastery of Common Core Standards

Edulastic saves time and boosts classroom efficiency by enabling teachers to continuously track student mastery and provide differentiated instruction, according to the announcement.
Posted 15 Jul 2014

Free Resources: Shmoop's Smartphone-Ready Video Test Prep

Shmoop's free test prep videos are delivered to students via email, allowing them to study quickly and rigorously.
Posted 23 May 2014

Free Resources: Discovery Education's DENapalooza Tour PD Opportunities

The Discovery Educator Network's DENapalooza will visit 12 locations across the U.S. and Canada, providing attendees creative and effective ways to integrate 21st century technology into classroom instruction.
Posted 20 Mar 2014

Free Resources: Hooda Math's Free Timed Math Tests for Mobile Devices

The website recently released more than 50 free, non-Flash games that are also compatible with every device. Students and teachers can select a test with 25, 50 or 100 problems.
Posted 11 Mar 2014

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Leadership@NOW Webinar Series

The series will feature some of the most innovative leaders in education examining topics critical to teaching and learning today. It commences with a conversation on adaptive leadership featuring Ed Massey, immediate past president of the National School Boards Association.
Posted 08 Jan 2014

Free Resources: Discovery Education's No-Cost Professional Development Sessions for Educators Implementing Common Core State Standards

Designed specifically to support educators using digital media to enhance instruction and engage students, the Common Core Academies provide practical strategies and tactics that support long-term action planning as well as immediate implementation.
Posted 02 Oct 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's 'How Successful Digital Transformation Take Shape' Webinars

The free weeklong webinar series explores the roles of stakeholders in supporting digital transformations.
Posted 05 Sep 2013

Free Resources: Follett's Common Core Webinar for Educators

Follett is hosting a free webinar designed to help educators gain practical ideas for effective Common Core State Standards implementation. The webinar will be held this Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. CDT.
Posted 20 Aug 2013

Free Resources: Five ASCD PD Resources to Transform Summer Learning for Educators

These offerings let educators take professional learning into their hands by selecting desired areas for growth and immersing themselves in targeted learning at their own pace. All five are available anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection.
Posted 27 Jun 2013

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia Now Offers 30,000 Digital Resources for Educators

The new resources address nationwide curriculum gaps in digital media and bolster the service's offerings in math, science, English/language arts, social studies and the arts.
Posted 23 May 2013

Free Resources: SETDA's New Report: 'Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning'

SETDA developed this report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
Posted 21 May 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's STEM Camp Curricula

Discovery Education has announced the development of Discovery Education STEM Camp, a series of standards-aligned STEM curricula available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and parents.
Posted 07 May 2013

Free Resources: The Smithsonian Quests Program

A digital badge program that fosters project-based learning, Smithsonian Quests are intended to inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration.
Posted 13 Feb 2013

Free Resources: Scholastic's 'Common Sense for the Common Core' Website

The site is intended to give teachers, school leaders and parents help in understanding and unpacking the new standards, as well as instructional and professional development programs to implement the CCSS.
Posted 16 Jan 2013

Free Resources: EBSCO Publishing's Points of View Debate Blog

Using the blog as a teaching tool at the high school, junior college and college level, instructors can encourage students to submit their own topics for discussion. EBSCO editors select a new topic monthly and publish related entries throughout the month. Every thread is monitored and moderated to insure a safe, instructive environment.
Posted 12 Dec 2012

Free Resources: Edutopia's Guide to Help Educators Bring Mobile Devices into the Classroom

The guide, "Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know," recommends taking advantage of mobile devices to engage students and help them develop digital media and technology skills, and suggests specific tools that educators can begin using today.
Posted 26 Sep 2012

Free Resources: Rand McNally's “Play the Election” Digital Learning Game and “Dear Mr. President” Essay Competition

"Play the Election" is a free collaborative, online tool that teaches students about the 2012 Presidential Election and election process through games, resources and competition. The "Dear Mr. President" essay contest is open to 7-12th grade students ages 13 to 20 years old.
Posted 28 Aug 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's Online Needs Assessment and School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and school systems around the world, and targeted to schools developing and refining strategic plans, the online tool offers educators a comprehensive needs assessment as they embark on the new school year.
Posted 16 Aug 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's 2012 Summer Boot Camp Webinar Series

Assisting educators at all levels around the globe prepare for the 2012-13 school year, ASCD's free summer boot camp comprises nine informative webinars on a variety of topics that shape classrooms worldwide.
Posted 14 Jun 2012

Free Resources: Scholastic’s ‘Teaching with Brian Selznick’ Website

Scholastic has launched a new free website for classrooms, Teaching with Brian Selznick, with a virtual field trip to the American Museum of Natural History, the setting for Selznick's newest bestselling children's book, Wonderstruck.
Posted 13 Dec 2011

Free Resources: StudyPoint’s College Admissions Webinar Series

In the free informational videos, experts share key tips and answer questions on a wide range of topics related to the admissions process, including how to parent your child through the process, ideas on what questions to ask during a college visit, what parents should and should not do while assisting students during the application process, and tips on choosing the college that will help the student reach his or her full potential.
Posted 22 Nov 2011

Free Resources: Discovery Education and Partners’ Supplemental Classroom Materials, Grants, Award Programs

Focused on providing fun and engaging tools to classrooms and homes, these joint efforts include components like supplemental family activities, K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons and more.
Posted 10 Oct 2011

Free Resources: A Discovery Education Day of Instructive Webinars on 21st Century Learning Tools

The special live student session will feature acclaimed children's author Jean Craighead George.
Posted 13 Sep 2011

Free Resources: Pearson's ‘Remembering September 11’ Online Lesson Plans and Activities

To help students understand the events surrounding 9/11 and the aftermath, Pearson is offering teachers, students and parents a free collection of online education lessons and activities.
Posted 23 Aug 2011

Free Resources: Shmoop's Mythology Learning Guides

Mythology is the 11th subject area on Shmoop, which now offers more than 750 free online Learning Guides.
Posted 12 Aug 2011

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia

In addition to a rich public media library, PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from other publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.
Posted 20 Jul 2011

ITI Cross Links: EBSO Acquires H.W. Wilson--Leaves Bronx Lighthouse Behind

We recently posted the EBSCO/H.W. Wilson merger announcement, but want to point you now to the full report on the acquisition that ONLINE Magazine's Marydee Ojala has written, over at Informatin Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.
Posted 10 Jun 2011

Free Resources:'s One-Day Summer Professional Development Teacher Camps

Teachers will learn, share and have fun in this one-day professional development day, and leave with confidence to create online lessons for the new school year.
Posted 20 May 2011

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers' Domain Environmental Public Health Collection

The Environmental Public Health (EPH) collection offers classroom-ready assets for middle and high school students that look at how researchers, communities, and policy makers are working to address health issues resulting from toxins and other factors in our environment.
Posted 03 May 2011

Free Resources: The Classroom Economist

From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy's new INFOdocket blog of fabulous information and education resources: The economic education team of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank has developed a new online resource for teachers.
Posted 26 Apr 2011

Free Resources: Six Gale Online Resources Freely Available During National Library Week

Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2011. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting starting on April 10.
Posted 06 Apr 2011

Free Resources: Online Professional Development Modules From PBS TeacherLine on Teaching About Climate Change

New on-demand, video-based modules are available that are designed to deepen teacher knowledge of global climate and earth system change, while providing a resource that can also be used with students.
Posted 24 Mar 2011

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources, Lesson Plans for LOOP SCOOPS

WGBH Teachers' Domain has created free classroom resources to support LOOP SCOOPS, a new animated broadband series for kids ages 6- 9 designed to grab their attention and get them thinking more creatively about the environment and the choices they make.
Posted 28 Feb 2011

Free Resources: THIRTEEN, WNET.ORG's Multimedia Project "Get the Math"

Get the Math combines entertaining reality-style TV and online challenges to help middle and high school students see the relevance of math in exciting careers and develop algebraic thinking skills.
Posted 16 Feb 2011

Free Resources: PBS KIDS GO!'s Cyberchase PlaySpace

The PBS KIDS GO! math series Cyberchase has re-launched PlaySpace; the interactive storytelling game now offers customizable features for the educator.
Posted 21 Jan 2011

Free Resources: Toyota and Discovery Education's "Toyota Teen Driver" Site

A comprehensive online destination, Toyota Teen Driver offers educators, students and parents a variety of powerful tools and materials designed to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel.
Posted 02 Dec 2010

Free Resources: Thirteen and WNET.Org's Mission US Online History Games

"Mission US" is a new series of free online games designed to let middle school students learn and "live" history. The first game mission, "For Crown or Colony?," focuses on events leading up to the American Revolution.
Posted 18 Nov 2010

Free Resources: 3M and Discovery Education's Science of Everyday Life Resource Center

The Science of Everyday Life resource center provides teachers, parents, and students with a fun and interactive platform to explore the role that science plays in our daily lives.
Posted 05 Nov 2010

Free Resources: The Hub and Discovery Education's

The new teacher website offers free tools, tips and resources based on characters from Hub TV shows demonstrating the power of storytelling in school, including lesson plans to improve student writing, and "The Hub Create a Story Contest" to encourage teamwork and engage student creativity in the classroom.
Posted 15 Oct 2010

Free Resources:'s Series Books Curriculum Resource Center

The newly produced Series Books Curriculum Resource Center includes hours of original audio interviews with popular series authors and hundreds of online resources to support the enjoyment of more than 40 favorite series—including fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, and biography.
Posted 11 Oct 2010

Free Resources: The Science of NFL Football

Thanks to Gary Price's ResourceShelf for this gem found at the National Science Foundation—"an informative 10-part video series that explores the science behind America's most beloved sport…"
Posted 29 Sep 2010

WeAreTeachers, Follett Software Company Partner for New Microgrant Opportunity

Educators are asked to answer the question "What would $200 help you do with your school's library?" The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 11.
Posted 15 Sep 2010

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Fifth Annual Streamathon and Fall 2010 Virtual Conference

Focusing on how to integrate digital content and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction, these free, virtual events offer educators of all skill levels insight into best practices and new techniques that participants can immediately apply to their classroom instruction to improve student academic achievement.
Posted 26 Aug 2010

Free Resources: CSLA's Updated Suite of 2.0 Tutorials

The California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 team is has announced - just in time for lesson planning for next year - the newest update in its suite of 2.0 tutorials.
Posted 03 Aug 2010

Free Resources: Federal Trade Commission's Advertising Literacy Campaign Targeting 'Tweens'

The FTC's new advertising literacy campaign was launched to help children understand the ads they see and become smarter consumers.
Posted 04 May 2010

Free Resources: Alexander Street Press' Sneak Peek at American History in Video

Alexander Street Press is offering a "sneak peek" look at its American History in Video online collection, free through April 30.
Posted 29 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Spring Virtual Conference

The free professional development event on April 24th will focus on integrating educational technologies into classroom instruction.
Posted 22 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Net Cetera and AdMongo from the Federal Trade Commission

Net Cetera is a booklet and bookmark about social networking, cyberbullying, sexting, and more, and AdMongo is new website/game about teaching advertising literacy to kids.
Posted 15 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Teachscape’s ‘TEACHER AS HERO’ Program for Motivating Educators

To help educators rejuvenate their passion for teaching, Teachscape's higher education division is offering free face-to-face events to learn what quality traits make a teacher a hero to students.
Posted 12 Mar 2010

Free Resources: Teachscape's ‘Module of the Month Club’ Professional Development Content

Each month registered Module of the Month Club members will have unlimited access to one selected module from the Teachscape XL library.
Posted 19 Feb 2010

Free Resources: Shmoop's Learning Guides for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Shmoop, a Silicon Valley-based learning resource website, has compiled 47 free learning guides for high school students.
Posted 09 Feb 2010

Free Resources: Gale Cengage's Latest—for Black History Month

For Black History Month (February), Gale Cengage has again assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics.
Posted 25 Jan 2010

Free Resources: PBS Teachers' New Collection for Teaching Critical Economic and Financial Literacy Skills

PBS Teachers has launched its contribution to public media's Economy Collaboration project, based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts.
Posted 15 Dec 2009

Free Resources: Discovery Education SCIcon 2010 Science-Focused Professional Development Event

Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, Discovery Educator Network SCIcon 2010 is designed to help participants transform science instruction with digital media and to improve student achievement.
Posted 15 Dec 2009

Free Resources: ALSC's Exceptional Web Site for Children List

From Gary Price's ResourceShelf: An entry noting additions to the Association for Library Services to Children's list of recommended sites, Great Web Sites for Kids.
Posted 10 Dec 2009

Free Resources: Funds For Learning's Seven E-rate Tips for Surviving the Filing Window

The E-rate Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year 2010 is open for applicants across the country. It extends from Dec. 3, 2009 to Feb. 11, 2010. E-rate consulting firm Funds For Learning has put together a list of seven key tips to help applicants navigate the waters of the E-rate funding application process.
Posted 07 Dec 2009

Free Resources: PBS Teachers/Classroom 2.0 Webinar 'Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid'

The November 17, 2009 webinar focuses on resources and strategies to help students understand how germs, viruses, and vaccinations work.
Posted 29 Oct 2009

Free Resources: Discovery Education's Re-launched 'New Teacher Survival Central'

Offering tips, tools, and suggestions for easing into the teaching field, New Teacher Survival Central provides educators with essentials such as classroom management techniques, ideas for connecting classroom activities to the curriculum, lesson plans, peer-networking resources, and tools to create engaging learning centers.
Posted 14 Oct 2009

Free Resources: Turning Foundation Classroom Improvement Technology Grant

Turning Technologies’ Turning Foundation is partnering with Study Island and Performance Matters to launch its grant initiative.
Posted 07 Oct 2009

Free Resources: PBS' Digital Media Resources from Ken Burns's Documentary Series 'The National Parks'

On-demand video, lessons plans, student activities, and historical archives are now available through PBS Teachers. An Oct. 7 webinar provides ideas on infusing technology into instruction through the free online tools and 'National Parks' educational media.
Posted 06 Oct 2009

Free Resources: Library of Congress' New Multimedia Website Aimed at Readers

The site,, will include an exclusive episodic story called “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.”
Posted 24 Sep 2009

Free Resources: Two Discovery Education Virtual Professional Development Events

Focusing on how to incorporate digital content and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction, the Fourth Annual streamathon and the Fall 2009 Virtual Conference showcase best practices and highlight new techniques attendees can apply to their classroom lessons to improve student achievement.
Posted 09 Sep 2009

Free Resources: Funds For Learning's Free Trial of E-rate Manager for Applicants

The offer coincides with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) downtime as it improves its Schools and Libraries Division information technology systems, and is intended to help applicants manage the E-rate process during this downtime.
Posted 31 Aug 2009

Free Resources: NASA K-12 Teaching Materials

From NASA's site for educators comes this "finder" tool for NASA K-12 Teaching Materials.
Posted 17 Aug 2009

Free Resources: PBS Teachers Fall/Winter Webinars

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 host a series of free webinars for educators on digital media and technology in education. The new fall line up of PBS Teachers LIVE! webinars includes topics on science, digital storytelling, geography, social studies, education in the digital age, and online professional development and teaching resources.
Posted 13 Aug 2009

Free Resources: Lesson Plans--Human Population

A recent post on Gary Price's Resource Shelf tipped us off to this website and collection of Human Population lesson plans from the Washington, DC-based Population Reference Bureau.
Posted 30 Jul 2009

Free Resources: TeachersFirst’s List of 'Summer Sparklers'—Fun Websites for Summer Learning

The list of educational websites can help kids avoid the "Summer Slide."
Posted 28 May 2009

Free Resources: TeachersFirst's 10,000 Online Learning Resources for K-12 Teachers

The resources—websites offering a wide variety of content for all subjects in grades K-12—are presented by the nonprofit organization as it celebrates its eleventh anniversary.
Posted 01 May 2009

Free Resources: Making Civics Real—A Workshop for Teachers

From a recent Scout Report: "Civics can be a dreaded word for some students, but things just got a bit more interesting with this rather thoughtful and interesting video workshop created by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education."
Posted 24 Apr 2009

Free Resources:'s iPhone and iPod App (and Cool Video)

"The free app delivers world-class reference content from and including more than 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms." And students may even think it's cool after they view the very clever promotional video about it! Check it out.
Posted 13 Apr 2009

Free Resources: Thinkfinity Literacy Network

From the University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Sciences Internet Scout Project's April 10, 2009 Scout Report comes a tip about this great resource for language arts and literacy educators.
Posted 10 Apr 2009

Free Resources: A NOAA Online Game that Encourages Students to Learn About Estuaries

Developed through a partnership with Montgomery (Md.) College's Computer Gaming and Simulation program and designed in cooperation with NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System for students at the fourth through seventh grade level, "WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea" provides science instruction through a series of challenges and animations.
Posted 19 Mar 2009

Free Resources: Women’s History Month—March 2009

There are some great facts, links, and other resources available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Facts for Features: Women’s History Month—March 2009” web page that you can point teacher colleagues to.
Posted 09 Mar 2009

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers’ Domain’s Adolescent Literacy Collection Targeting Struggling Readers

“Inspiring Middle School Literacy: Reading and Writing in Science and History” is the first collection on Teachers’ Domain that focuses exclusively on building literacy skills across content areas. It is comprised of interactive activities that middle school teachers can use to supplement their science, social studies, or language arts curriculum.
Posted 06 Mar 2009

Free Resources: NOAA Online Media Library of Ocean-Related Photos and Videos

The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is a comprehensive database containing a collection of high-quality still images and video footage featuring all 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
Posted 20 Feb 2009

Inspiration Software’s Free Webcasts

Inspiration Software offers a free Webcast on Jan. 29 titled “Using Visual Learning Techniques to Improve Academic Performance with Inspiration.”
Posted 19 Jan 2009

Free Resources: PBS KIDS Island at PBS KIDS Raising Readers Website

PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting have announced the launch of PBS KIDS Island, the centerpiece of the new PBS KIDS Raising Readers website, which provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers, and teachers.
Posted 17 Oct 2008

Free Resources: Discovery Ed’s New Teacher Survival Central

Discovery Education recently launched New Teacher Survival Central, a new Web site and partnership with Walden University, mimio, Adobe Systems, Inc., Elmer’s Products, Inc., and CDW-G.
Posted 13 Oct 2008

Free Resources: Collaboration Tools

The company’s service is intended to make it easy for students to work in groups.
Posted 03 Oct 2008

Free Resources: Worldscapes Global Issues Resources

Educational publisher ETA/Cuisenaire is honoring International Literacy Day (Sept. 8) with month-long access to free resources from its new WorldScapes Global Issues book series.
Posted 15 Sep 2008

Free Resources: InspireData Webcast Examines Teaching about Close Elections

Inspiration Software offers a free Web cast on Oct. 16 at noon Pacific time (3 p.m. Eastern time) titled “Analyzing Close Presidential Races with InspireData: How Might a Different Winner Have Changed History?”
Posted 11 Sep 2008

Free Resources: More WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources

Teachers' Domain is a digital library of free media online resources for teachers, and online professional development courses created by public television station WGBH.
Posted 05 Sep 2008

Free Resources: Discovery Education’s Third Annual Online Professional Development Event

Discovery’s 12-hour “streamathon” on September 23 offers sessions on integrating digital media into classroom instruction.
Posted 04 Sep 2008

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's Online Presidential Election Classroom Resources

ABC-CLIO offers a new free online History & the Headlines resource, “Presidential Elections: In History & Today.”
Posted 29 Aug 2008

Free Resources: Global Kids' Online Community and Game, “Hurricane Katrina: Tempest in Crescent City”

To mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, youth leaders for Global Kids, Inc. have created an online community and game in conjunction with Game Pill, Inc., AMD, and Microsoft Corp.’s Partners in Learning where young people can engage in and experience the ongoing relief efforts in New Orleans.
Posted 27 Aug 2008

Free Resources: CoSN IT Disaster Recovery Checklist

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) provides a free online “Disaster Recovery Checklist.”
Posted 17 Aug 2008

Free Resources: Fall 2008 “History and the Headlines” Collections From ABC-CLIO

ABC-CLIO’s collections of free online resources feature the Arab-Israeli conflict, the upcoming Spike Lee World War II film, and controversy in the Oval Office.
Posted 13 Aug 2008

Free Resources: AASL Offers More than $45,000 in 2009 Awards Program

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2009 awards program includes more than $45,000 in funding for awards to AASL members.
Posted 11 Aug 2008

Free Resources: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) K-12 Content Available Through iTunes U

Arizona, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah, along with school districts, museums, and other educational institutions are now sharing resources not only for K-12 educators in their own states, but for teachers around the world.
Posted 28 Jul 2008

Free Resources: Don Johnston and's Text Reader Software for Print-Disabled Students and Don Johnston, Inc. are participating in a partnership to provide qualified print disabled students with a free text reader to access electronic books from the library, beginning in September 2008.
Posted 13 Mar 2008

Free Resouces: ABC-CLIO’s History and the Headlines: Spring Edition

Three new topics will be added this spring to ABC-CLIO’s History and the Headlines collection of free online resources.
Posted 26 Feb 2008

Free Resources: “The Festival of Authors” in Teen Second Life

The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC),, and Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services are producing and hosting “A Festival of Authors,” a virtual literary celebration that will take place Saturday, February 2, from 10 am to 2 pm PST (1 pm – 5 pm EST), in Teen Second Life.
Posted 28 Jan 2008

Free Resources: Vernier Spring LabQuest Workshops

Vernier Software & Technology offers free hands-on workshops designed to help educators learn ways to integrate computer and handheld data collection technology into any science or math curriculum.
Posted 23 Jan 2008

Free Princeton Review Test Prep in Second Life

The Princeton Review holds free SAT Strategy Session events in the virtual world of Second Life on Jan. 19 and Jan. 31.
Posted 18 Jan 2008

Free Resources: Links to Online Resources About 2008 ALA Award Winners from

To help celebrate the recently announced ALA Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and others), has announced it is offering free access to a great batch of original short movies and readings by the award winners.
Posted 17 Jan 2008

Free Resources: NOAA /NOS Discovery Kits

Discovery Kits describe the basic scientific principles underlying the applied science and activities of NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS).
Posted 17 Jan 2008

Free Resources: H.W. Wilson Foundation's Scholarship Grants Program

The H.W. Wilson Foundation announced the continuation of its support of education in library and information science with a new round of scholarship grants.
Posted 10 Dec 2007

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's “Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur”

ABC-CLIO expands its free online resources with “History and Headlines: Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur.”
Posted 04 Dec 2007

Free Resources: Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary Online

"Thousands of stunning images enhanced by clear and precise definitions from the visionaries at Merriam-Webster." Take a look!
Posted 26 Nov 2007

Free Resources: CoSN's Small District Tech Leader Wiki

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a free Small School District Technology Leadership wiki created with support from the U.S. Department of Education.
Posted 21 Nov 2007

Free Resources: Tool Factory Podcasting Grant Deadline Approaching

Tool Factory will choose four winners for the Tool Factory Podcasting Grants program on December 30, 2007. Each will receive a free site license to Tool Factory Podcasting and all of the digital media accessories needed to start a school podcasting program.
Posted 06 Nov 2007

Free Resources: 7 Things You Should Know About …

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About… series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices.
Posted 22 Oct 2007

Free Resources: Updated Online EdTech Grant Funding Directory

The updated edition of EdTech Online offers the latest information on federal grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education that support educational technology.
Posted 18 Oct 2007

Free Resources: Media Education Kit Published by UNESCO

Some of the questions addressed by the kit are as follows: What should Media education be like? Who should provide it? How should it be included in a curriculum? Beyond schools, do families have a say in the matter?
Posted 10 Oct 2007

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's "History and the Headlines—Sputnik Escalates the Cold War"

The third in ABC-CLIO's Fall 2007 lineup of free online reference and activity collection is now available.
Posted 03 Oct 2007

Free Resources: Classroom Resources from ABC-CLIO Support “The War” on PBS

ABC-CLIO expands its free “History and the Headlines” online resources with “Double Victory—Minorities and Women During World War II,” material designed to support the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS/WETA documentary, “The War.”
Posted 22 Sep 2007

Free Resources: FileMaker Teacher Materials

FileMaker Pro Basics provides a comprehensive downloadable set of free training materials designed to help K-12 educators learn the essentials of creating FileMaker Pro databases.
Posted 21 Sep 2007

Free Resources: USGS Learning Web—Geologic Age

Once again, a tip on great free learning resources has come to us by way of the Scout Report. The September 14, 2007 report includes a pointer to USGS Learning Web: Geologic Age.
Posted 17 Sep 2007

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's “History and the Headlines--Constitution Day”

ABC-CLIO launches the first in its Fall 2007 lineup of free online reference and activity collections in a nod to Constitution Day (Monday, September 17).
Posted 12 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Sally Ride Science Blog

The Sally Ride Science blog features a series of science-themed entries designed to help elementary and middle school teachers illustrate real-world applications of science concepts and spark classroom discussions.
Posted 08 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Exploratorium's Iron Science Teacher

From the August 17 Scout Report from the University of Wisconsin Computer Science Department and University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, we heard about The Exploratorium's Iron Science Teacher and just had to pass on the word.
Posted 17 Aug 2007

Free Resources: Moving Forward with Technology Webinar Series

Don Johnston, Inc. and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) are co-sponsors of the “Moving Forward with Technology” free Webinar series covering a variety of technology-related topics.
Posted 06 Aug 2007

Free Resources: “ISTE Island” in Second Life

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) now offers a center for networking and collaboration on its own virtual “island” in the Second Life multi-user virtual environment (MUVE).
Posted 22 Jul 2007

Free Resources: Olympus/Tool Factory Digital Wish Grant Program

Teachers register once; all original lesson plans are eligible to win any grant opportunity. Three Mobile Digital Camera Labs worth $3,500 will be awarded annually. Every month, Olympus and Tool Factory will award digital cameras, podcasting software, and more.
Posted 12 Jul 2007

Free Resources: Teaching Tools from the National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum offers a variety of classroom resources, including online activities and teaching materials, designed for use in learning across the curriculum.
Posted 08 Jul 2007

Free Resources: The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Online History Resources

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers a free online slide show titled “Wilberforce, Lincoln, and the Abolition of Slavery” and other online resources for teachers and students.
Posted 07 Jul 2007

Free Resources: The Franklin Institute Examines the Science of Ancient Egypt for K-12

The Franklin Institute Science Museum presents online materials designed to extend the experience of the museum’s King Tut exhibit with activities geared to the K-12 science curriculum.
Posted 22 Jun 2007

Free Resources: ISTE Releases Digital Equity Report

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released an examination of issues related to digital equity in education including equal access to technology, resources and services.
Posted 20 Jun 2007

Free Resources: CSLA’s School Library Learning 2.0 Online Tutorial

The California School Library Association’s online tutorial guides you through the ‘tools of the trade’ that your students use every day: blogs, photos and images, RSS and newsfeeds, tagging and technorati, wikis, online applications, podcasting and downloadable audio, and much more.
Posted 10 May 2007

Free Resources: FREE Directory of Educational Web Sites and Tools

Gary Price’s ResourceShelf recently offered this description and pointer to the U.S. DOE’s Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) directory.
Posted 26 Apr 2007

Free Resources: Spike Lee HBO Hurricane Katrina Documentary and Curriculum

A grant from the Rockefeller Foundation will make Spike Lee’s HBO Hurricane Katrina documentary and a companion curriculum available at no cost for use by high school, college and community educators.
Posted 14 Apr 2007

Free Resources: PBS Teachers—Math

The Internet Scout Project’s Scout Report describes and points to this excellent PBS resource for educators.
Posted 13 Apr 2007

Free Resources: Library of Congress/National Endowment for the Humanities' “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers”

“Chronicling America” is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress created to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic pages as well as information about newspapers from 1690 to the present.
Posted 13 Apr 2007

Free Resources: World Book Spotlight on “Earth: The Living Planet”

World Book’s free, interactive content spotlight site, keyed to Earth Day 2007, offers students an understanding of the world in which they live—how it has changed, is changing, and how they are affecting its future.
Posted 04 Apr 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Global Fishing Crisis

This month, examines the global fishing crisis from a number of perspectives.
Posted 01 Apr 2007

Free Resources: Free Practice Tests For Exit Exams and Other High-Stakes Math Tests

The practice tests for state-specific exit exams will duplicate the lengths of the actual exams so that students can become familiar with the full rigor of the actual tests.
Posted 22 Mar 2007

Free Resources: The Library of Congress’ Women’s History Month Site

The Library of Congress has gathered a dynamite collection of multimedia resources online for use by educators in teaching during Women’s History Month.
Posted 05 Mar 2007

Free Resources: New Library of Congress Online Collection--Oral Histories of U.S. Diplomats

The LOC’s “Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training” collection captures the post-World War II period in vivid terms and intimate detail, documenting the way U.S. diplomacy defended the U.S. and its interests in a challenging world.
Posted 22 Feb 2007

Free Resources: AASL School Librarian's Scholarship Deadline Nears

Applications will be accepted until March 1 for the AASL School Librarian's Workshop Scholarship.
Posted 20 Feb 2007

Free Resources: World Book Spotlight On Black History Showcases Struggles and Contributions of African Americans

Students have the opportunity to explore and learn about the African American experience through World Book's free, interactive Black History site.
Posted 19 Feb 2007

Free Resources: HP, Scholastic Offer Environmental Responsibility Curriculum

HP and Scholastic offer a new curriculum titled “Get in the Technology Loop,” designed to teach students in grades 4-6 about environmental responsibility.
Posted 27 Jan 2007

Free Resources: ISTE's Online EdTech Career Center

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) now offers an online career center focused on educational technology positions.
Posted 14 Jan 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Features the Amazon, the Arctic, and More in January

The National Geographic Web site,, explores a variety of subjects--and many corners of the world--in the month of January.
Posted 05 Jan 2007

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Celebrates Poetry Month with Free Web Site

Thomson Gale is supporting National Poetry Month (April) with Poet’s Corner, a free Web site.
Posted 30 Dec 2006

Free Resources: HP Offers K-12 Technology Grant Initiative

A new HP initiative will award grants totaling $3.9 million in cash and HP equipment to K-12 public schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Posted 28 Dec 2006

Free Resources: The Weather Channel Offers Web-Based Resource on Global Warming

The interactive resource, created to support the Weather Channel’s show “The Climate Code,” brings global warming issues into the classroom.
Posted 07 Dec 2006

Free Resources: For Human Rights Day, December 10

The United Nations organization has put together a Web site of resources and links that you'll find useful if you want to teach to the subject of human rights and poverty on the advent of Human Rights Day this December 10.
Posted 04 Dec 2006

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO Schools “Inquiry in History” Professional Development Series

ABC-Clio’s new program is designed to demonstrate how librarians and social studies departments can partner to develop students’ information literacy and inquiry skills.
Posted 20 Nov 2006

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Free Professional Development Podcasts

Curriculum Associates now offers free podcasts that cover current trends and happenings in education, as well as ways to incorporate Curriculum Associates’ products with current events training.
Posted 15 Nov 2006

Free Resources: Activities for National American Indian Heritage Month

The folks at the ReadWriteThink Web site—a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation—have an excellent collection of resources of their own making, plus links to many more, to use during National American Indian Heritage Month.
Posted 06 Nov 2006

Free Resources: Online Archaeology Resources for K-12

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) offers a variety of free online resources for K-12 educators and students, including curriculum information, lesson plans, bibliographies, and teacher workshops.
Posted 26 Oct 2006

Free Resources: Field Trip Earth

Field Trip Earth, a project of the North Carolina Zoological Park, is a great place for a “wild” experience, billing itself as “the global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.” Through the site, you and your students can get involved in field-based wildlife conservation projects ongoing around the world.
Posted 17 Oct 2006

Free Resources: NationMaster

Nope, not a massively multiplayer online war simulation game nor a superhero character. NationMaster is “a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. … a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.”
Posted 09 Oct 2006

Free Resources: World Book’s ‘Causes and Effects of Global Warming’

The new feature in World Book’s Online Reference Center is intended to help students and their parents better understand the issues around global warming, from the science to the politics.
Posted 04 Oct 2006

Free Resources: National Science Foundation Online Lessons and Web Resources

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers an online collection of lessons and Web resources, most of which come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
Posted 29 Sep 2006

Free Resources: AASL Awards Applications Now Available

A total of more than $50,000 is offered through the 13 awards, grants, and scholarships that make up the awards program of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
Posted 24 Sep 2006

Free Resources: TRAILS—Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

TRAILS (Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is a federally funded project to create a tool for library media specialists and teachers to assess the information literacy skills of their high school students.
Posted 22 Sep 2006

Free Resources:’s ‘Building Internet Skills for Kids’ Program for Elementary, Middle School Educators

The free classroom program allows teachers, kids, and parents to explore blogging, messaging, and private social networking while having fun and connecting safely online, according to the announcement.
Posted 19 Sep 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Materials to Celebrate, Educate During Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, 2006, Thomson Gale will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by offering free or trial access to a wealth of resources, educational activities, and authoritative information about the history, influence, and achievements of the Hispanic culture.
Posted 14 Sep 2006

Free Resources: NASA Space Place Podcasts

No time to think about the wonders of the universe, much less how to explain them in a simple way to your students? Sign up for the new Space Place Podcast.
Posted 07 Sep 2006

Free Resources: Instructional Classification Toolkit for School Library Media Specialists

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, published a set of new advocacy tools developed to address the issue of the categorization of school library media specialists as “non-instructional.”
Posted 27 Aug 2006

Free Resources: AASL Announces New Reading Grant

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, has launched the AASL Innovative Reading Grant.
Posted 26 Aug 2006

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at Lions, Caves, and Shoes

Travel from Botswana to New Guinea to China to the bottom of your closet on in September.
Posted 25 Aug 2006

Free Resources: NOAA’s Marine Science Web Portal offers live video and special content to educate people of all ages about the ocean, including national marine sanctuaries.
Posted 14 Aug 2006

Free Resources: Toolkit from ETS and SETDA to Help Educators Leverage Data

“Using Data for School Reform” is one component of SETDA’s 2006 Leadership Summit Toolkit.
Posted 04 Aug 2006

Free Resources: Scholastic News Online's Desktop News

The new service is a user-friendly interactive application that downloads news directly onto any computer, helping students stay connected to the news of the day.
Posted 14 Jul 2006

Free Resources: Promethean Launches Collaborative Web Portal ‘Promethean Planet’

Designed to be a comprehensive online source for educators, Promethean Planet provides searchable information to help educators maximize the use of interactive technology in the classroom.
Posted 05 Jul 2006

Free Resources: ‘Internet Detective’ Tutorial for Critical Thinking in Research

Created through a partnership between two universities in the U.K., the tutorial offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of Web sites and highlights the need for care when selecting online information sources to inform academic work.
Posted 21 Jun 2006

Free Resources: Access NewspaperARCHIVE, from

Access NewspaperARCHIVE makes millions of searchable newspaper pages available at no cost to schools and libraries.
Posted 16 Jun 2006

Free Resources: NOAA Ocean Explorer

The Ocean Explorer, which we heard about through The Scout Report, has ongoing explorations you/your students can join; a gallery of maps plus photos, audio clips, and writings gathered under headings such as Explorers, Technology, History, Cultural Heritage; and loads more, including a For Fun section.
Posted 16 Jun 2006

Free Resources: World Book’s “Hurricanes!” Feature

World Book’s hurricane feature offers a comprehensive overview of hurricanes, including how they originate and travel as well as their impact on both the coastal and marine ecosystems.
Posted 05 Jun 2006

Free Resources: The Miller Center Presidential Speech Collection

These audio files are wonderful multimedia educational “artifacts.” Here’s some information, straight from the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs Web site.
Posted 26 May 2006

Free Resources: Access 330,000 E-books at The World eBook Fair

Combined efforts of The World eBook Library consortia and Project Gutenberg make it all possible in July.
Posted 22 May 2006

Free Resources: @rt Room

Maybe you saw our pointer to Artopia a few weeks back. Now here’s another art activities resource, @rt Room, which is more exclusively focused on visual media.
Posted 30 Mar 2006

Free Resources: EBSCO’s History and Reading Web-based Resources

EBSCO Publishing launched two free Web-based resources for school libraries: History-It’s Happening! and It’s a Reading Rave!
Posted 24 Mar 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Offers Earth Day Materials

Thomson Gale provides free online access to a variety of Earth Day-related materials, including experiments, information on the environment, related Web links, tools for teachers and parents, and environment-focused Thomson Gale titles.
Posted 12 Mar 2006

Free Resources: BrainPOP's Earth Day Videos

BrainPOP offers free online movies on topics related to Earth Day throughout the month of April.
Posted 10 Mar 2006

Free Resources: National Archives, Google Project to Digitize and Offer Historic Films Online

The pilot project will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries, and other films from the National Archives via Google Video as well as the National Archives Web site.
Posted 06 Mar 2006

Free Resources: CNN Student News Women's History Month Classroom Resources

CNN Student News celebrates Women’s History Month throughout the month of March by offering both on-air and online profiles of historical and modern women. Educators will also have access to additional learning activities as well as a backgrounder on the origins of Women’s History Month.
Posted 03 Mar 2006

Free Resources: Free State-Specific Web Seminars on Standards-Aligned Assessment from ETS

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is hosting free Web seminars that examine using standards-aligned assessment to drive instruction and improve student achievement.
Posted 24 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Helps Teachers Find Funds provides educators with free access to up-to-date announcements of corporate, foundation, state and federal education funding opportunities.
Posted 23 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Brainy Kids

Brainy Kids, from the Dana Foundation, is a comprehensive Web site offering children, parents, and teachers selected science-related links to games, labs, science fair ideas, educational resources, and lesson plans.
Posted 17 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Content for Women’s History Month

Thomson Gale has announced the launch of a Web site of biographies, quizzes, activities, timelines, and more to complement classroom topics.
Posted 13 Feb 2006

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Winter Olympics

This month, the National Geographic Web site examines the Winter Olympics in a variety of online feature articles.
Posted 12 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Artopia

“Artopia is a comprehensive Web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts.” (from the Artopia Web site) And … it’s really fun!! (from MMISXtra)
Posted 06 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Martin Luther King Jr. Newspaper Archive

Thanks again to Gary Price’s ResourceShelf for a valuable pointer, this time to the Martin Luther King Jr. Newspaper Archive from
Posted 16 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates Offers Online Training in Curriculum Integration

Teachers receive research-based information on principles and strategies as part of Curriculum Associates’ Topics in Education Web site.
Posted 06 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Launches Web Site to Celebrate Black History Month

The site is designed to help students, teachers, and families celebrate the month.
Posted 05 Jan 2006

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Focuses on Iraq

In January, the online edition of National Geographic presents writer Frank Viviano’s examination of the conflict in Iraq. Viviano’s article focuses on the Kurds, possibly the only group powerful enough to keep Iraq from tearing itself apart.
Posted 03 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Online Television Journalism Curriculum for High Schools

The National Television Academy, the organization behind the Emmy Awards, is offering free online curriculum materials designed to educate high school students about best practices in journalism.
Posted 19 Dec 2005

Free Resources: Dickens' A Christmas Carol in askSam Searchable E-Book format

askSam Systems keeps on adding to its free, searchable collection of literature works online.
Posted 16 Dec 2005

Free Resources: The Baldwin Online Children's Literature project

Last week's Internet Scout Project Scout Report gives you the basics on this interesting, charming, and ultimately useful project and literature resource. See what new perspectives it might bring to your students' reading or literature study.
Posted 05 Dec 2005

Free Resources: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in askSam Searchable E-Book

askSam continues to expand its free, searchable collection of important works online.
Posted 21 Nov 2005

Free Resources: iEARN-USA’s Teachers’ Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet, Direct from the DOE

The new Teachers’ Guide provides tutorials, tips, online and print resources, and specific curriculum-based projects in which U.S. teachers can participate to establish school-to-school global interaction on the Internet.
Posted 15 Nov 2005

Free Resources: Discovery Education, The Faith & Politics Institute, and Freddie Mac Bring Civil Rights Curriculum to Schools

Multimedia curriculum kits are being provided free to all 15,000 U.S. middle schools.
Posted 09 Nov 2005

Free Resources: ScienCentral, Inc. Video Stories

ScienCentral is currently providing their video stories free to educators who wish to use them as teaching tools or in presentations. A sampling from today’s home page: Remote Control Flies, Defeating Dyslexia, Spider Silk Strength, Alzheimer’s Eye Test, and Living to 100.
Posted 04 Nov 2005

Free Resources: The Redesigned International Children's Digital Library Web Site

The Web site for the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), a project of the University of Maryland funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, has undergone a total redesign and is now sporting a fresh, new look.
Posted 28 Oct 2005

Free Resources: BrainPOP Offers Avian Flu Movie

BrainPOP has launched a free online movie addressing the concerns surrounding avian flu.
Posted 24 Oct 2005

Free Resources: School Libraries Work!, Updated 2006

From Scholastic, freely downloadable, comes this update of the uplifting and substantive report “School Libraries Work!”
Posted 24 Oct 2005

Free Resources: S.O.S. for Information Literacy Launched at AASL

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic, multimedia, Web-based, and freely accessible resource for K-8 library media specialists and classroom teachers that promises to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills worldwide, according to the project organizers.
Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: iEARN Offers CD-ROM on Global Online Collaboration

iEARN-USA is offering its Multimedia Guide to Global Online Collaboration in CD-ROM format at no cost, while supplies last.
Posted 07 Oct 2005

Free Resources: The Alliance Library System and TumbleBooks Launch Animated Online Book—“Why Libraries Matter: A Story Long Overdue”

The e-book book—latest in a series of initiatives in the Libraries Matter campaign—is available free to all public libraries and elementary schools in North America for use on their Web sites.
Posted 06 Oct 2005

Free Resources: Shakespeare’s Macbeth in askSam Searchable Database

The individual scenes are divided into separate documents in the database, allowing users to easily search and locate scenes pertaining to specific topics, according to askSam Systems.
Posted 21 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Teacher’s Domain, Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development

From Boston-based PBS station WGBH, “Teachers' Domain is a multimedia digital library for the classroom that provides learning experiences in ways no textbook can.”
Posted 16 Sep 2005

Free Resources: CNN Student News Special Constitution Report

On September 16, CNN Student News will offer a special report that highlights how the Constitution is living and breathing through recent events in the nation’s capital, a learning activity and a news quiz for educators who plan to teach the Constitution.
Posted 14 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Bringing Hurricane Katrina Into the Classroom, from the Alliance for a Media Literate America

The AMLA’s Web site offers “a basic set of media literacy activities and suggestions … for educators who want to help students analyze, understand, and cope with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.”
Posted 07 Sep 2005

Free Resources: CNN Student News Resources On Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath

CNN Student News has many educational resources available to assist educators teach the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Check out these links.
Posted 07 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Hurricane Video from BrainPOP

BrainPOP's hurricane video and accompanying quiz questions are meant to help students understand the science behind the havoc wrought by Katrina.
Posted 06 Sep 2005

Free Resources: The New York Times Learning Network Constitution Day Web Pages

For Constitution Day in mid-September, there are lesson plans, crosswords, Q&A opportunities with Times reporters …. Good stuff!
Posted 06 Sep 2005

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Focuses on Africa

The National Geographic Web site takes a long look at Africa, in partnership with the magazine's Africa-themed September issue.
Posted 26 Aug 2005

Free Resources: In the First Person, from Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press’ new database is “an index to letters, diaries, oral histories, and other personal narratives.”
Posted 19 Aug 2005

Free Resources: Constitution Day Lesson Plan

CQ Press is offering a free 19-page lesson plan titled “The First Amendment and Protection of Students’ Rights” in honor of National Constitution Day, September 17.
Posted 19 Aug 2005

Free Resources: ProQuest Free Online Training

Here’s an idea for some no-cost online professional development, in one-hour bites, for those of you whose schools/libraries subscribe to ProQuest products and services.
Posted 28 Jul 2005

Free Resources: National Geographic News

Being from the National Geographic Society, this news site is wide ranging, and both educator and student friendly.
Posted 15 Jul 2005

Free Resources: The Newberry Library’s Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

Librarian Marylaine Block’s Neat New Stuff I Found This Week was our tip-off to this quality teacher resource of historical maps and excellent accompanying lesson plans.
Posted 08 Jun 2005

Free Resources: Project SMARTArt, a Program for Integrating Media Literacy and the Arts Into K-5 Teaching

Project SMARTArt was created to integrate two principal tenets of media literacy – critical analysis and self-expression – into traditional curricula, according to Tessa Jolls, president of the Center for Media Literacy.
Posted 03 Jun 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Professional Development Course on Test Preparation Strategies

Entitled “Test Preparation Strategies,” the three-lesson course discloses findings on factors that affect test performance and shows teachers ways to create a positive, anxiety-free attitude toward test taking, according to the announcement.
Posted 31 May 2005

Free Resources: Scholastic Launches ‘Write It’ Interactive Site for Students and Teachers

The new online writing destination helps students find their voice, develop their craft, and publish their work, according to Scholastic’s announcement.
Posted 20 May 2005

Free Resources: National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth Web Site

National Geographic and PBS have created a series of four television documentaries and a complementary Web site, all under the moniker Strange Days on Planet Earth, that make for a riveting 21st-century media approach to studying environmental issues.
Posted 18 May 2005

Free Resources: EASE History, a U.S. History Project from Michigan State

EASE History’s creators describe their Website as “a rich learning environment that supports the learning of U.S. history … by connecting historical events, campaign ads, and core democratic values.” With its more than 600 videos and photographs from 1900 to the present and an interesting interface to explore them, it is indeed all that.
Posted 06 May 2005

Free Resources: Teaching Poetry and the Story of Emmett Till, from and Houghton Mifflin

August 2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Emmett Till's murder., in collaboration with Houghton Mifflin Company, has created an online resource that stimulates discussion about this landmark event in America's civil rights history, an Authors Up-Close program featuring award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson.
Posted 19 Apr 2005

Free Resources: Poet's Corner from Thomson Gale

Did you know it was National Poetry Month? Well, it is, and new in Thomson Gale's Free Resources space is its Poet's Corner.
Posted 15 Apr 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Database Promotion for National Library Week

Posted 18 Mar 2005

Free Resources: New York Public Library Introduces Online Archive of 275,000 Images

Posted 15 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Online Training in Differentiated Instruction

Posted 11 Mar 2005

Free Resources: For Women's History Month

Posted 08 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Video Library

Posted 24 Feb 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale's Latest--for Black History Month

Posted 03 Feb 2005
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