Very Cool Teacher Resources
Here are some great resources that will help teachers do their job better! Check out more on the Teacher Resources sidebar.
Teacher Tube - This site, in partnership with Pearson Education, contains many science and demonstration videos as well as documents, lesson plans, and much more. Check it out!
Promethean Planet - Even if you don't use interactive whiteboard technology, their software coupled with a regular whiteboard and computer/projector will make your lessons sparkle. You can even produce interactive flipcharts that students can manipulate themselves on your classroom computer. Get on the Planet!
Google Sites - Want to construct your own website? Google lets you make them for free (this site was made with Google Sites). You don't even need to know how to code - just pick your template and go. You need to sign up for a free Google account to get started. If you would like to see a Google website I have set up for my classroom use, click here.
Scholastic - If you aren't comfortable being creative and designing your own site with Google, try Scholastic. Much of the site construction is point and click. This site makes it easy to share photos, activities and events with parents and students. There are also many school-related links and projects for students.
MyGradebook - From the makers of GradeMachine, this is one site that is not necessarily low-cost but well worth the money. Not only can teachers input grades, students and parents can access grade information at home, teachers can make and administer online quizzes that import straight into their grade book. Other features include links to homework help, the ability to send a mass email to parents, keeping attendance (including seating charts), and to get a discount teachers can join as a group. I highly recommend this site.
Engrade - For teachers on a cost-saving budget, Engrade is a free gradebook website that allows teachers to input grades and allow student internet access to their grades. Students can email teachers if they choose. It doesn't have as many features as MyGradebook, but is a good site for the budget-conscious teacher. It has online attendance, calendar, secure messaging and progress report features.
Quizlet - This website is absolutely AWESOME! Make your own flashcard sets and practice quizzes your classes to use as study guides.
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Science Standards and Associations
The Daily Galaxy - Science News
Einstein Quote of the Day
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Nature of Science
Having a love of science is great, but students (and teachers) need to understand the basic nature and methodoligies of science. Here are a few websites that will help you understand science better.
Understading Science: How Science Really Works
The WHY Files - Find out the science behind the news!
Discovery Channel News - Get great science news from Discovery.com
HowStuffWorks - Find out the truth behind how things really work.
MythBusters - Explore the debunking of popular myths by these Discovery Channel geniuses.
Fact or Fiction