150+ Resources For Teachers Online
The education world has blown up online and teachers and students are both finding an abundance of resources online. I’ve set out to find a vast number of resources for teachers and students alike to learn from and educate themselves easier in this digital age. If you’re aspiring to be a teacher you’re going to be pleased to know that you can obtain your teaching degree online. The first part of this article is dedicated to listing the best online colleges with great teaching degree programs in place. The online education arena has changed vastly, even just over the past 3 years. Most online colleges provide live, real time access to not just the teacher, but to other students who are taking the same course online.
If you’re looking to obtain your teaching degree online, it is best to do a little research on all the schools offering this course to get the best solution that matches you. The beauty of getting your degree online is that you can work around your busy schedule, and if you can dedicate 20-25 hours a week you’ll be able to graduate in a reasonable time frame. Another benefit to this is you won’t get caught up attending frat parties and spending your rent money on booze filled nights of debauchery.
Online Universities Offering Teaching Degrees:
Early Childhood Education:
One of the most important steps in a young child’s education is what it learns at an early age. You can’t dive right into Algebra with these youngsters, but instead nourish their minds with art, music and of course social growth. There are a plethora of great degree’s you can obtain online and I’m going to recommend a few of the top online schools.
Early Childhood Special Education Certificate from National University (www.na.edu) - http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfEducation/SpecialEducation.html
Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate from Penn Foster (www.pennfoster.edu) – http://www.pennfoster.edu/child-development-cert/index.html
B.S. in Child Development from Walden University (www.walden.edu) – http://www.waldenu.edu/c/Schools/Schools_13549.htm
Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Education from National University (www.nu.edu) – http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfEducation/TeacherEducation/Programs/EarlyChildhoodDevelopment.html
Early Childhood Education Specialization from Capella University (www.capella.edu) – http://www.capella.edu/schools_programs/education/masters/early-childhood-education.aspx?ct=1&
Master of Arts in Education/Early Childhood Education from Phoenix University (www.phoenix.edu) – http://education.phoenix.edu/online_and_campus_programs/degree_programs_description.aspx?progversion=16&location=-1&zipcode=
Elementary Teaching Degrees:
Some of my most exciting years were actually spent in school during elementary, and teaching to this crowd can be a rewarding and fun experience. The pay is decent and you can virtually work anywhere in the country with a degree in elementary education. You can have the option of teaching in public and private schools, and expect your pay to be anywhere from $31,000 a year to $80,000!
Associate of Arts in Elementary Education from The University of Phoenix (www.phoenix.edu) – http://education.phoenix.edu/online_and_campus_programs/degree_programs_description.aspx?progversion=1720&location=-1&zipcode=
Bachelor of Science in Education from Drexel University (www.drexel.com) - http://www.drexel.com/online-degrees/education-degrees/bs-ed/index.aspx
Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu) – http://www.wgu.edu/education/teacher_certification_elementary_bachelor_degree.asp
Master of Science (MS) in Education from Capella University (www.capella.edu) – http://www.capella.edu/schools_programs/education/masters/k-12_studies.aspx
Master of Science in Education from Walden University (www.waldenu.edu) – http://www.waldenu.edu/c/Schools/Schools_6901.htm
Secondary Teaching Degree:
Teaching high school is a very rewarding pursuit and brings forth many challenges as you learn to teach students at an interesting age. This is where student minds are developing at a rapid rate, and present a unique challenge in keeping their attention and progressing their education for the next level. Here you can specialize in the science’s, math or physical education.
Bachelor of Arts & Mathematics from Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu) – http://www.wgu.edu/education/teacher_certification_mathematics_bachelor_degree.asp
Bachelor of Arts Social Science from Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu) – http://www.wgu.edu/education/teacher_certification_social_science_bachelor_degree.asp
Master’s Degree in Secondary Education with Certification from Saint Joseph’s University (www.sju-online.com) – http://online.sju.edu/programs/secondary-education-masters.asp
Master of Science in Education and K-12 Studies in Education Specialization from Capella University (www.capella.edu) – http://www.capella.edu/schools_programs/education/masters/k-12_studies.aspx
Higher Education Degree:
If you’re looking to teach in a college or university then you’re in luck because there are many options for you to pursue. Teaching in a College or University is challenging and rewarding career path and will always keep your interest. Students are here to interact at a deeper level with their peers and teachers, so be ready to always be learned as well.
Bay Path College: Higher Education Administration Certificate from Bay Path College (www.baypath.edu) – http://www.baypath.edu/GraduateProgram/BayPathOnline/OnlinePrograms/HigherEducationAdministration.aspx
Bay Path College: MS Higher Education Administration from Bay Path College (www.baypath.edu) – http://www.baypath.edu/GraduateProgram/BayPathOnline/OnlinePrograms/MSHigherEducationAdministration.aspx
Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University (www.kaplanuniversity.edu) – http://online.kaplanuniversity.edu/education/Pages/Higher_Education_MS.aspx
These are just a small handful of the colleges and universities offering degree’s online, so like I said before, make sure you research everything so you can make the best decision for your future. For a full and complete list of online colleges and universities in North American you can check out Teaching Degree dot org.
Finding Teaching Jobs Online:
The web is providing a whole host of job markets for people to seek employment within the education field. With the growing demand of teachers you should have too much of a problem finding jobs to apply to. If you’re able to move to a new location for a job then the world is at your fingertips! I’ve compiled a good suite of online websites dedicated to just education jobs.
Education Jobs in Canada – http://www.educationcanada.com/
Academic360 – http://www.academic360.com/
Inside Highered – http://www.insidehighered.com/career/seekers
Highered Jobs – http://www.higheredjobs.com/
Higher Education Jobs – http://www.tedjob.com/
eTeach – http://www.eteach.com/
Teacher Jobs – http://www.teacherjobs.com/
Jobs In Education – http://www.jobsineducation.com/
Scour all of Craigslist for teacher jobs – http://www.craigshelper.com/
Lectures & Online Education Videos:
Youtube and the vast array of other social video platforms on the web have allowed for schools all over the world to put out endless amounts of free content. You can now watch lectures, tutorials and science experiments from some of the world’s greatest teachers. I’m going to list some of the best places to find video lectures online that both you and your students can enjoy, as well as learn from. There is also a good chance that if you visit any college or university website and you’ll find that they have lectures online.
University of California Berkeley Youtube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/ucberkeley
University of Southern California’s Youtube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/usc
National Programme On Technology Enhanced Learnings Youtube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/nptelhrd
MIT’s Youtube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/mit
European Graduate School Youtube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/egsvideo
Vanderbilt University Youtube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/vanderbilt
Duke University Youtube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DukeUniversityNews
Purdue University Youtube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/purdue
Princeton University Lecture Archive – http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/lectures/
Berkeley Video Web Courses – http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php
Podcasting has become a integral part of education online and provides teachers, students and industry to educate and inform the masses. There are a handful of excellent podcasts already deep into their episodes, and they’re all run by teachers for teachers. If you have yet to dive into the world of podcasting and are wondering how you can get into subscribing, downloading and listening to podcasts then you’re in luck. Chances are you already have iTunes, Windows Media Player, Banshee or one of the other popular media players. They all have the ability to subscribe to the podcast feed where you can download to your computer or portable device, and listen on the go or at home.
Podcast For Teachers: This is one of the better known podcast’s out there that has been going strong for a long time. The two hosts, Dr. Kathy King and Mark Gura has been going strong since summer of 2005 have just released episode 102! Although this podcast focuses mainly on education in American, it includes great advice and dozens of must listen interviews.
Teachers Connecting Podcast: Only a few episodes make up the Teachers Connecting Podcast but each episode is packed with great information. Teacher’s can learn how to keep up with the evolving web and make use of free web tools to advance your teaching skills.
Education Podcast Network: The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century. Here you can find hundreds of educational podcasts broken down by subject so you’ll never run out of quality information.
Teacher 2.0 Podcast: A sort but sweet podcast for teachers that is already 179 episodes in. In this podcast you’ll find tips and advice on teaching in this day and age. A lot of the podcast’s focus is on emerging 2.0 technologies and how they can help teachers in the classroom.
Teachers have taken over the Blogosphere and you can find hundreds of teachers blogging about everything under the educational sun. This is a great way to get some insight into the minds of teachers across the country, and the world! These blogs are also a great way to connect and network within the industry. I’ve listed a handful of the top teacher blogs as well other places to find an unlimited amount of blogs for teachers, by teachers.
Teacher Lingo: is a social network for blogging teachers that gives you a whole host of tools to get blogging and get noticed all for free. This site is great if you’re looking for a place to get a blog for free, and a community that can bring in the traffic to your articles. The front page is like any other social news site except it only promotes content that was written on the site.
Classroom Blogging: A great blog that is run by Lorna Costantini who is an Educator, School Board Trustee and Parent Advocate. She writes heavily on interesting topics to teach on, how to use emerging technology within the educational field and a lot of general entertainment you’ll find very enjoyable.
Teacher Vision: This is an all in one social site with dozens of professional teachers blogging about education and the industry. Teacher Vision also has what seems like endless amounts of free teaching materials such as lesson plans, tests and practice tests, grading help and so much more.
Kim Caise: Kim has been blogging for years now and is an educator and technology specialist for the past 20 years. Her blog is great if you’re teaching to a younger crowd because it covers a lot of educational technology for that age group. I highly recommend Kim’s blog because it covers a lot of the latest social media and applications you’d easily miss.
Math Teacher Mambo: This is a great read to get your mind off the marking and onto the politics and humor within the teaching world. This blog is written by a math teacher named Ms. Cookie who resides in Texas. Her posts are always a good read and full of funny stories from within her classroom.
Math Notes: This is a blog run by a High School math teacher and is usually more on the entertainment side than the learning. I’ve been recommending a few blogs by teachers like this because it’s great to unwind and read stories from other people’s classrooms.
Cool Cat Teacher: An amazing blog written by the well known Vicki Davis who is a teacher, edublogger and conference speaker. If you’ve been following teacher blogs before then chances are you’re well aware of The Cool Cat Teacher. This blog is worth the RSS add and is full of great content on teaching, life and video.
Computer Science Teacher: Alfred Thompson’s blog about teaching computer science at the K-12 level. Alfred was a high school computer science teacher for 8 years. He has also taught grades K-8 as a computer specialist. He has written several textbooks and project books for teaching Visual Basic in high school and middle school. Alfred is the K-12 Computer Science Academic Relations Manager for Microsoft and is trying to be the Microsoft Education Blogger.
A History Teacher and More: Finally a little history right? Follow the blog ramblings of a history teacher as he discusses the classroom, technology and education, and a little bit of humor is dashed in there. A great read for teachers and even students!
Teaching in NYC: This is one of my favorite teacher blogs out there because of the brilliant writing about the every day life as a teacher in NYC. There are a lot of great stories about how the students reacted and responded to certain scenarious, and could be a big help in your teaching career.
This Teacher’s Life: A blog by Stephen who is a science teacher from North Ireland and brings a unique feel to his blog. I really like to read outside of North America to see how other parts of the world are learning, and this blog fills that gap.
Best Of The Web Teacher Blog List: Best of The Web is a well know web directory that has been around since 1994. They have added a blog directory which has an amazing list of teacher’s blog’s from all over the globe. The list there should be enough reading material to keep you busy all year long!
Social Networks For Teachers:
Classroom 2.0: This is perhaps the largest social network for teachers on the web. With thousands of members you’ll be able to interact with teachers from all over the world on a daily basis, and start your own blog rich with media. Since this site uses the Ning platform you’ll be able to do it all, blog, upload photo’s and video’s, and create your own profile. I also like their free online workshops and live shows which include talks from teachers on all sorts of educational topics.
Teach Ade: The first social networking website designed specifically for educators. Because of the ability to harness the online community, Teach Ade has become one of the most helpful teacher sites on the Internet. You’ll find all the goods here including blogs, workshops, group chat and forums.
Next Gen Teachers: A social network of a few hundred teachers that are all focused on the latest in technology and how it can be applied in the classroom. There is a lot of activity here and you’ll find a bunch of friendly people ready to answer your questions. This site is also based on the Ning platform so you’ll be able to blog, share media and get access to all the private features.
Teachers on Diigo: For some reason teachers have flocked to the Diigo social bookmarking website and there are a plethora of links for you to poke your head around. You’ll find a lot of links to other teacher blogs and a lot of lectures, apps and media.
Teachers Recess: Here’s a relatively newish social network for teachers that has been gaining some ground over the past year. The site has a brilliant design and layout which makes it easy to traverse. Sign up is free and you can create a media rich profile which is great if you’re networking or promoting your own teacher website.
Schools In Middle East: Here’s one of the few resources for teachers in the Middle East and provides access to a ton of teachers. Unlike some of the other teacher social networks, this one features not just teachers but students and parents as well.
The Learning Landscape For Schools: LL4Schools is a safe social network designed for schools using the award winning Elgg platform. It includes a range of Web2.0 tools such as blogs, forums, wikis, file storage, RSS, social bookmarks, and more. You also have the ability to create communities of users and, of course, have friends.
Apprendre 2.0: This is a social network for French speaking students and teachers, and there are more than 700 members! This site is also based on the Ning platform which allows everyone to blog, comment, share media and create your own user profile.
College 2.0: Yet another Ning based social network for teachers and students within the College and University realm. With around 500 members you’ll be able to interact and keep up to date with what’s going on in the post secondary education industry. You’ll find a lot of great blog posts from members talking about the latest uses in educational technology and how to apply it in the classroom.
For a complete and *very* large list of all the teacher and education social networks on the web you can check out this list – http://socialnetworksined.wikispaces.com/
Math Contest’s & Leagues:
The Math League: The Math League is dedicated to bringing challenging mathematics materials to students. League specialties include math contests, books, and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school.
Columbus State University Math Contest: Columbus State University’s College of Education is now the home of the Problem of the Week math contest, which was started in 1996 by David Rock and Doug Brumbaugh. The math educators also supply problems and answers that are part of the current White House Math Challenge, a presidential effort to boost interest in math and foster problem-solving skills.
Mathematical Association of America: If you’re into Math and want to compete yourself, or help a student take part of the MAA then this is the site for you. This is almost like the Math Olympics and each season there is a handful of Math events to take on.
Homeschoolers Math Contest’s: If you are looking for a way to get your homeschooled children loving math, contests may be the way to go. Math contests make math fun, like a game.A contest not only motivates a person,but also helps him learn. Competitions offer review, new approaches, and speed improvement, not to mention increased standardized test scores.
Spelling B Rules: Here are a set of rules you can assume or go by if you’re setting up your own Spelling B. I’d have no idea where to start and I found this website extremely helpful.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program: The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
United Negro College Fund: UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they want and deserve. To close the educational attainment gap between African Americans and the majority population, UNCF helps promising students attend college and graduate!
International Education Financial Aid: IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
American Indian College Fund: The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships and other support for the American Indian students. Tribal colleges, the vast majority of which are located on or near reservations, provide opportunity and access to post-secondary education where once there was none. The Fund disburses approximately 5,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. As part of its support of the tribal colleges, the Fund also provides support for other needs at the schools ranging from in capital support to cultural preservation activities.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: The Foundation does not receive any government funds, but rather relies on its volunteers to raise funds primarily with a series of special events across the country. One-year scholarships ranging from $1,000 -$12,500, are awarded annually and are limited to undergraduate studies at accredited educational or technical institutions.
Questia: If you’re wanting to do research for yourself, or for your students then you should definitely check out Questia. This online library is your go to source for research because there are over 70,000 full text books and over 2 million newspaper, magazine and journal articles.
Online Books Page: This is a free project hosted and started by the University of Pennsylvania which is home to over 35,000 free books for your reading pleasure. This resource is updated heavily and it is worth checking back every week or so for tons of new updates. This is a great resource for students and teachers because it is 100% FREE!
Literature.org: Get access to 10,000 books or so online of classic literature at no cost whatsoever. Since most of these books are in the public domain they are old….and I mean old. Most of these books are 90 years and older which is neat! There are a handful of newer books as well, as long as they are in the public domain it’s all good.
Internet Public Library: The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning and teaching environment founded at the University of Michigan School of Information and hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology.
The Free Library: This is my favorite site for free reading material online. Thanks to the power of technology you can access over 5 million books, magazine, news and journal articles. If you’re wanting to submit your articles, papers or scientific research then they allow you to submit your content for inclusion.
Places To Buy Text Books:
Big Words: This is a one stop shop site for comparing textbook prices from all the major online resources. This can save you a lot of time and money which is great if your school is on a budget, or a student needs a cheap replacement. The platform is easy to use and you’ll be buying your textbook within minutes thanks to this simple search application.
Book Byte: Another great textbook resource that allows students and teachers to find cheap used textbooks, or sell yours online once you’re done. This site is run by a family of educators that started things of in 1999 and has grown this resource into what it is today.
eCampus: This is another popular website for buying and selling textbooks both new and used. There are a lot of students on here for other products as well which makes it full of active users and I’ve had a lot of luck selling my stuff on here.
Alibris: I like this site because they allow you to search for multiple ISBN numbers at the same time. This can save you a lot of time and you can also compare new and used prices on the textbooks which makes like a whole lot easier. The selection on this site is huge and there are over 8,000 textbooks online covering all the major courses and subjects.
Valore Books: Last but not least is the well know(in North America anyway)Valore Books which is one of the busiest hubs for buying and selling textbooks online. You may have seen them on your campus because they’re usually spreading the world virally and mouth to mouth. Their marketplace is humongous and contains pretty much every mainstream textbook and every subject you could think of.
If you’re looking to get your students involved with some really cool contests from around the world then there are a few good options you can take a look at. You can usually find a contest for most of the main subjects, but a large portion of these contests are geared towards the younger crowds. If you don’t find one that matches your class then think about starting your own within your school, province or state. Classroom contests are a great way to get your students involved which helps them educate themselves, learn to compete and provides a healthy after class distraction.
2009 Classroom Reading Contest: This contest is open to all Washoe County School District elementary students, so sadly it isn’t open to the entire country. The contest is in its fifth year running and an average of 116 classrooms have participated and read nearly a million minutes in one week!
My Stories And Poems Contest: Poetry is often overlooked in the classroom, or gone over way too briefly. If you have an interested class in writing and poetry then this contest would be great to get your students writing. These contests are run by MyStoriesandPoems.com and do have a small entry fee, but it is a cheap way to do it because everything is handled online.
Teaching With Contests: This is the go to site for finding contests that your classroom or students can participate in. Again, this site has a lot of contests for the younger crowd so you’ll mostly find elementary level contests. If you are wanting to start your own this is also a great place to help get the word out to other schools from across the world. Now in its 17th year, ExploraVision encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. That’s what ExploraVision is all about.
Now in its 17th year, ExploraVision encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. That’s what ExploraVision is all about. Exploravision Contest:
Now in its 17th year, ExploraVision encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. This is a great contest because it is open for K-12 levels of education and is a fun and educational learning experience for everyone involved, even the teachers and parents.
Siemens Foundation Competition: The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.
Practice Test Websites:
Practice tests are a great way for your students to study and practice before the real deal, and it also gives you insight on how you can structure your testing for future students. Some of these sites are completely free and others can cost a fee, especially in the college/university levels of education. There are hundreds of practice test sites covering a plethora of topics including science, SATs, MCSE, CISSP, GED, LSAT, math and more. Giving these resources to your students will help them get a better grip on what to expect, and lets them practice at home or after class weeks before their test.
Test Prep Review: This site should be in every students bookmarks because they are one of the largest providers of free test preparations and exams. To top it all off, they also offer a giant selection of free flashcards and study guides that will make you as prepared as one can be.
That Quiz: If you need help with math then That Quiz is a great free resource that is comprised of a multitude of visual math problems for a varying type of equations. The tests are fun and provide statistics and solutions to the problems if you get them wrong. A lot of the tests are for K-8 math students and That Quiz also offers this service free in German, Spanish and French.
ACT Test Prep: The ACT test homepage provides the only test preparation program designed exclusively by ACT test development professionals. Although these tests are not free, you can gain access to them for a yearly price of only $19.99 USD which isn’t too bad. They do offer a few freebies such as their prep guide, practice questions and test tips.
4Tests: Another huge player in the free test arena which offers hundreds of free practice tests, students notes, elearning center and a very active forum. The forum is great because you can interact with other students who are taking the same tests, and if you have any questions you’ll usually receive an answer within 24 or so. There are also a few dozen learning games that will help you prepare your mind for the tests.
Exam English: If you’re a student of language and are learning English this site will help you learn along the way. It isn’t easy learning another language and most of us here in North America never even bother to learn another language. These visual and audio practice tests and study notes will help make the job easier.
GEDPractice.com: This is a free GED practice test graciously put together by Stech-Vaugn and covers most of the test topics. The test itself is not bad but the overall feeling of the site is to push the user to the paid GED practice products. I know students and teachers budgets are not the biggest so cover all the free tests before thinking about paying for more.r
SAT Preparation Center: Every college and university teacher should be aware of CollegeBoard.com because of its value to the education world. They have a whole bunch of SAT preparation products both free and paid. The general information within the SAT Preparation Center should get your students in the mindset as well as know what to expect from the test.
MCSE Practice Tests: More and more Computer Science and Information Technology classes include a MCSE and luckily there are an abundance of free practice tests online. This website has a giant list of all the different websites that offer free practice tests and study guides.
Almost every industry will have a conference once or twice a year and the education industry is no different. These conferences are a great way to meet other teachers and take in speeches that help you learn more. I always find that conferences also keep you motivated and focused, and leave you empowered to go back into the classroom and teach my little heart out.
Staff Development for Educators: This website is in my (humble) opinion the best out there in regards to teacher conferences and workshops within the USA and Canada. You’ll be able to find monthly events within your state or province that will offer a unique learning experience, and if you’re a principal you attend free! I’d also like to add that they’ve recently included online training programs in case you can’t travel.
Computer Using Educators: Computer-Using Educators, Inc. is a nonprofit California corporation founded in 1978. CUE’s goal is to advance student achievement through technology in all disciplines from preschool through college. With an active current membership of thousands of educational professionals, CUE supports many regional affiliates and Special Interest Groups. CUE Conferences are California’s premier educational technology events. CUE is the largest organization of its type in the west and one of the largest in the United States.
Educators Technology Conference: If you’re in the four state area of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas then you can attend this great conference….even out of staters fly into this one. This conference is will explain how to integrate different technologies across the curriculum while being exposed to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies on student technology use.
If you’re in need of access to fellow teachers from across the world then you might want to take a look at one of these excellent teacher forums and bulletin boards. These forums are a great place to interact, ask questions or just goof off after a long day in class. You’ll be pleased to know that a lot of these forums have well over 20,000 members are you’ll be able to find a good conversation at anytime of the day or night.
A To Z Teacher Forums: A great forum hosted on one of the web’s most popular websites for teachers which is active on a daily basis. With 25,000 members, you can chat with other teacher’s with all education levels and even some curious students.
Teacher’s Corner Forums: The Teacher’s Corner has been a useful resource to the online teacher community and their 10,000 member strong forum is active daily. The board has a larger focus on the younger student ages but that shouldn’t discourage you from discovering the rest of this place.
Teacher’s Talk UK: If you’re in the UK and looking to connect with other local teacher’s then this is the forum for you. Although there are less than 1500 members, it is a relatively new forum that could use more dedicated users. Even though there are not that many users, it is still decently active and has a lot of good chatter going on from day to day.
Teach-Nology Forums: Here is a forum that takes the emerging technology inside the classroom and faces it head on. If you’re incorporating a lot of new technology into your classroom this is a great place to chat with like minded teacher’s and pick up a few new tips. This forum is pretty active and it has nearly reached the 10 thousand member mark!
Teacher Focus Forum: Another fairly popular teacher forum with over 6000 members strong and a very active group I might add. This forum has all the usual topics covered and you’ll find teachers ranging from K-12 and beyond so join up and get chatting!
Websites For Teachers:
I know I’m covering a lot of topics in this article but I wanted to get in a good list of general teacher websites that are either educational or fun. If you have a really good site worth recommending feel free to drop a note in the comments and I’ll make sure I add it to the list.
Teacher Help: If you’re a Christian teacher working in a Christian school then you know more than most that there are a few differences. This site has a huge database of free and low cost in class activities that provide a valuable learning experience.
Teacher’s Corner: I’ve already mentioned their forums so I wanted to make sure you folks check out the rest of this great online resource. There are always prize give-aways going on and there are weekly activities you can bring back to the classroom. To top it all off there are a few hundred printable worksheets you can pick through and have your students try out.
Teachers.net: This is perhaps one of the largest resource sites for teacher’s on the web and features just about everything you’d want to see in a site like this. There is a chatboard which is almost more like a guestbook than a forum, but it has a lot of teacher’s taking part. You’ll be able to find all sorts of free resources such as printable worksheets, tests and advice.
EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) Teaching Center: With all the focus lately on the environment it’s good to see the EPA offering a whole host of resources for teacher’s to take advantage of. They offer lesson plans and activities from EPA and many other sources which are grouped by topic. You can also order free materials that you can use in your classroom to learn more about environmental care.
Teacher’s First: TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. They offer professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use.
Sites For Teachers: You better get out a cup of coffee for this site because it is the master resource list with over 600 sites listed. Each site is a unique and different resource made for teachers which includes lesson plans, practice tests. math contests and so much more. If you have your own teacher site I highly recommend adding it to this very popular directory.
Substitute Teacher Resources:
Being a substitute teacher is no easy job but can be very rewarding as long as you can keep the class under control. I’m sure all of you can remember when a sub would come into class and it had you thinking, “this is going to be an easy day”. Well if you gain control of that class within the first 10 minutes you’re going to walk away a winner and those kids will welcome you back the next time. I’ve compiled a list of a few great resources that will help you have fun and make those students learn something during your short stay.
Teacher Vision Substitute Resources: The massive teacher resource website Teacher Vision has this really informative section for substitute teachers. You can find a whole whack of lesson plans, survival plans and feedback from other substitute teachers that have been in the industry for many years.
Substitute Teacher Survival Site: This is a quick and dirty list of resources to substitute teacher links and resources such as lessons and fun stuff. This site is worth the bookmark and although it has been around a long time, most of the links are still working fine.
Teacher World Resources: I thought I would include this link because it is a great start for anyone looking to get their substitute career moving. You’ll find a wealth of information here on what degree’s you’ll need and what to expect on your path to the classroom. As well, you can find links to each state’s certification program if you’re planning on teaching in a certain state.
I could have possibly covered this topic under social media and social networks but I found a few solid resources for teacher’s video. There are a lot of active teacher’s on Youtube and other social video websites and these links should get you started.
Teachers.tv: Teachers TV is a free-to-air channel available on digital satellite and digital cable television 24 hours a day, seven days a week and on Freeview from 4-6pm daily. You can access their archives and watch hundreds of hours of free quality programming. You can browse by subject and a variation of other filters to get content related to your subject.
100 Best Youtube Videos For Teachers: I stumbled across this great post from SmartTeaching.org which is a fantastic blog by the way. There’s a lot of content to sift through here so be prepared to spend some time going through it all.
TeacherTube.com: I almost didn’t even have to hit up Google to know know that TeacherTube would be an active site already. The site sounds just like it is and contains thousands of teacher related videos for you to enjoy. You can also participate and start your own channel either by yourself or get your class involved.
Teaching Books Worth Reading:
There are a handful of great books on the market that are worth reading despite the vast amounts of free information available freely on the web. This site takes no profit from recommending these books and I picked them based on reputation and their social rating from sites like Amazon.
Becoming A Teacher: Current and comprehensive, Becoming a Teacher, Eighth Edition, takes a straightforward look at what it means to be a professional teacher in today’s climate of accountability, high-stakes testing, and new government legislation by covering key issues in a personal, interactive, and no-nonsense style. Building upon a strong mentoring message that has long been the tradition of Becoming a Teacher.
Road to Teaching: A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching, and Finding a Job: Maximize your teacher training, excel at student teaching, and find your ideal teaching job. This book addresses these unique stages of becoming an educator by providing 50 valuable strategies and insightful advice, allowing for a smooth transition from student teacher to exemplary teacher. Learn how to differentiate yourself through your coursework, create a positive relationship with your cooperating (master) teacher, establish effective classroom management, perform well in your interview, and much more.
The Essential Career Guide to Becoming a Middle and High School Teacher: This guide brings together essential information, state-by-state resources, and thought-provoking discussions about the field of secondary teaching in one volume. In clear, practical terms, it offers a step-by-step guide to preparation, certification, and employment as a teacher in the United States. It addresses specific issues; choosing a college and university program or going through an alternative route to certification; understanding teacher tests, succeeding as a student teacher; and developing the resume, portfolio, and interview skills needed to get a first job in the field.
How To Become A Teacher – A Complete Guide: This second edition of RNT’s award-winning handbook, used by more than 300,000 people nationwide, has the most up-to-date information for people who want to launch a career in teaching. This comprehensive, up-to-date guide provides a wealth of useful resources-financial aid listings, online job banks, profiles of teachers, inforamtion about teacher preparation programs, licensure, and more.
Thanks for checking out this massive resource and like I said a few times in the article, you can submit resources in the comments or via email. I will add new resources over time and if anyone also has a category I missed please let me know by the same contact means.