Teacher Tools

Links are listed alphabetically

4toExplore  This web project provides "four to eXplore" for each topic. On each page you'll find definitions, activities, the 4 good starting points, and many more links and resources for the thematic topic.

BetterWorld is a website that sells books for very low cost. If you have them delivered to a location in Mishawaka, you pay NO shipping. (thanks to Tracy Greulich)

BusyTeacher Sometimes even the best teachers have moments when they need a quick warmer or a nice fun activity to match the lesson plan. We have all been in such situations. BusyTeacher.org helps you find something for your lesson quickly and easily. It is a place where teachers share their printable worksheets with colleagues for free - just to make the world a better place!
Find teacher worksheets on almost anything: from Present Simple to Modern Technologies, from Role-Plays to Classroom Management.

Busy Teacher's Cafe Every month BTC offers a resource page to help you find information and tools for seasonal or monthly ideas.(thanks to Dawn Miller)

Certificates Print out certificates (pre-made or design your own) for any occasion. Many have incentive charts to go along with them. 

DaFont This website has tons of fonts for both Windows and Mac that can be downloaded for free. Check out the educational fonts-handwriting and dashed lines. Click on School under the Script heading.

DeskPDF PDF Writer  Users can quickly create PDF documents from over 300 Microsoft Windows applications. In one step, users can create secure, text-searchable PDF documents fully compatible with Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and Microsoft's new Vista and Office 2007. 

EdHelper costs only $20.00/year, and has unlimited resources. Search by grade level, subject and skill area. All resources are printable, and can be customized for your own vocabulary. Worksheets print with an answer key.

Fob This little timer runs on your computer, and can sit in your dock. it will  beep or flash when the time is up, and you can set the sound through your system preferences. Very simple reminder tool.

Indana State Standards

Indiana's Academic Standards and Resources Organized by content area and grade level, this Web site allows Indiana's Academic Standards, and their accompanying resources, to be viewed, printed, or downloaded. These resources are the online tools for teachers to use in aligning classroom instruction and assessment to Indiana's Academic Standards.

Kathy Shrock's Website  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

Mind Mapping Sites

Bubbl.us  Kind of like Inspiration (but online, and FREE!) Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. You can:
  • Create colorful mind maps online
  • Share and work with friends
  • Embed your mind map in your blog or website
  • Email and print your mind map
  • Save your mind map as an image
Gliffy Diagram Software for the rest of us! With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.
Thinkature Get a free account, and give your students more ways to participate in assignments, organize their thoughts and color code their ideas. Or, use as a classroom brainstorming tool. Users can collaborate on projects, too.

X Mind (Free download onto your computer) With XMind, you can just double-click to create and edit topics anywhere on the map. Drag-and-drop for reorganizing topics, moving markers, taking a mapshot, and adding attachments. You can even search on topic with Google and drag images into your map without leaving the working window.

Moodle Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts)

OCSD Interactive Games lets you create your own online games for your students using vocabulary from a current unit, or whatever skills you need to drill. You can make six different kinds of activities, and you will generate a unique URL when you are done, so you can link to it for your students.

OatSoft OATSoft makes the best Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS) easy to find.

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Prezi VERY cool online presentation software. Create your own, free account.

Read the Words This is one of the coolest websites ever! Totally free, but you need to sign up for an account. You copy and paste whatever text you want into the website, and it reads your text into an audio file. Try it--I just made one of this entry! It will even save files for you, so you can go back and re-use the same recordings. Too cool!

SEN Teacher

SEN Teacher provides cost-free teaching & learning resources for students with special needs and learning disabilities.

All the resources available or listed here are free for use in schools, colleges and at home.

  • The Printables Page has a selection of printable worksheets, handouts and teaching aids most of which can be customised to suit a range of learners.
  • The Links Page lists websites which have been carefully selected for the quality of their information or because they provide further excellent sources of cost-free learning resources and software.
  • The Files Page lists free educational software from many sources which has proved useful to teachers and parents of special needs students.
  • Search Tools are custom Google search engines which make it easier to locate free resources and information from several different SEN related areas.

Sharpshooter 0.4.1 Sharpshooter is a smalll applicationwhich aids the management of screenshots. When you take a screenshot on Mac OS X with Command-Shift-3 (or with another variation) Sharpshooter will present a window where you can review the picture and choose what to do with it. You can either rename it from its default name to something more descriptive, move the screenshot to the Trash, or cancel the operation keeping the screenshot as it is.

Rubistar Free tool (registration is required) to help you create rubrics for your students. You can access them from school or home, as can your students. There are lots of tools to help you get started, and you can even make them interactive.

Teacher's Pet Free resources to download. Lots of printables.

Thinkfinity is a great aggregator-in other words, it collects good websites and helps you find what you need. You can put in the standard you want to teach, and it will help you find resources to teach it. In their words: "
Quick and easy access to the highest-quality teaching and learning materials.   Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by our content partners – the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards"

Tools for Educators  FREE worksheets, worksheet creators, printables wizard and on-line teaching materials makers with images from Tools for Educators.com. Use these printout generators, game makers, and programs for teachers to make and print teaching resources with pictures or text.  They are simple, but beautiful, versatile and powerful.

Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however yo

u like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
  • Here's another word cloud application, with some new, fun features: Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

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