Best of the Web for Education

Best of the Web for Education

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Technology Trends in the Social Studies:  Californa Council for the Social Studies Conference 2019 presentation.

Find a Gold Mine of Free Internet Based Education Resources:  CTA Good Teaching Conference 2018, Caliornia Council for the Social Studies Conference 2018

Create Your Own Teacher YouTube Channel:  CTA Good Teaching Conference Presentation 2017

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Links from Social Studies Review issue "Technology Trends in the Social Studies" 2018

Discovery VR:  


Flat Stanley:

Google Tour Builder:

Google Expeditions:






Stanford History Education Group, Civic Online Reasoning Assessments

Storyboard That: 




Common Sense Media:





Google Cardboard:

Google Maps:

Google My Map:

Immigration Nation game: 

Civics Action Project:

Podbean Free Podcast Hosting:


Monticello Digital Classroom: Slavery: 

Peer Grade:


Technology Integration Matrix:









4-Free Classroom Polling:

Digicom Learning:


Makeuseof Fact Checking:

Other New Links

Crash Course:  Great Short Video Lessons.

Historyteachers:  Learn history via music videos.

Mr. Nicky: Learn history from catchy songs.

Hip Hughs:  Clever video history lessons

Puppet Pals:  Create cartoon animation.

Great Writing Tools for all types of writing.

Access the EEI Curriculum: 85 California Education and Environment Initiative units.  

Cool  Providing resources to all Californians so they can take action, reduce their environmental impact, and be part of the climate change solution.

Free Online Academic Courses at Major Universitites: Find hundreds of free online courses from universities like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, Princeton...all at  This is for real!

Best 3D Design and Animation Software (Open Source/Free:  Watch the reviews on Youtube and download the program of your choice.

Duckduckgo:  Seach without being tracked.  Growing fast since the NSA scandal. 

Free or low cost iPhone apps:  Teachwithmyipad  Freeclubweb--social studies  Find more by Googlling "Free Social Studies Apps, Free Science Apps, etc.

Free App Builder:  Watch a twelve year old girl build an app (using} in three easy steps.  Video.  It is free to make and use (of course, they get to place ads on the free app) 24 minute tutorial

QR Code Generator:   Make a QR Code for Free. 

Google Docs QR Code Generater:  Google Drive template makes a QR in moments.

Google URL Shortener:  Make your long URL short and easy to use 

NaturalReader is a text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy-to-use software can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, ad E-mails.

Social Studies and History Apps--for your from iTunes. 

 Visit for an ongoing series on implementing the CCSS in the Social Studies classroom.

Here's some links I picked up from teachers in my 2013 workshops. 

Gilder Lehrman Institute:   A great resource for teaching American History.  Primary sources, history by era, programs and exhibitions, seminars, fellowships...

InformED:   is a great learning and ideas hub. Info on teaching students with disabilities to handling bullying.

Powwownow:  free conference calls. 

Citelighter:  store, organize, and share your education and research for free.

Yola:  Create a free professional website in minutes.  Recommended by teachers. 

Educatorpages:  A free website builder for teachers recommended by teacher users.

Weebly:  Another website builder teachers tell me they are using and recommend. 

iCivics:   Standards based curriculum materials including 16 video games.

Edmondo: provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, access homework, grades, school notices.  Find links to resources to support the subject you are teaching.

Teamview:  Remote control any computer on the internet--remote access--free for personal use. 

Wonderopolis:  currently offers 900 "wonder" prompts.  The prompts cover topics in science, social studies, mathematics and language arts.  Each of the prompts includes a short article, a video, or image or two, and links to additional readings.    

Pinterest: is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to creat and manage theme based image collections such as events, interests, and hoppies.  Used by teachers and students.

Biocube Creator: a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.  

Gilder Lehrman Institute:   A great resource for teaching American History.  Primary sources, history by era, programs and exhibitions, seminars, fellowships... 

End of 2013 workshop teacher recommendations.

Education Apps from Google Chrome:  Great free apps for students, teachers and parents.  These function with Google Chrome.  

Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory:  In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory.  This is must see!  Amazing!

Social Studies in the World of Web 2.0:  My blog on the World of Web 2.0. Notes from my 2012 Best of the Web workshop notes by Linda Kapala are on this blog.

 Apps for the iPhone:  Free Education apps.  

Social Studies Teachers on Google Docs:   Here is a growing list of the best resources for Social Studies Teachers on Google Docs

ABCya Kids Educational Games:  Free games by grade level..

TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime. Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments ..

MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.  Free!

Classtools:  Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source.

SUMO Paint - Sumo Paint is a full featured photo editing / painting application, which works right in your favorite web browser.  For kids to professionals.  It is similar to Photoshop.  Easy to use.  Nothing to download.  There are many tutorials on YouTube.  My grandkids love it!

Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail as easy as email, free US long distance, low rates on international calls, and many calling features.  Voice messages are translated to text and are sent to your gmail account!  You can respond with a text message.  A great private, free number for teachers--students can text or call for help.

Jing's attractive screen capture application takes a sound, simple approach to capturing; begin by dragging the crosshairs to define your capture field and then take a still or start a recording. When you're done, save it to your computer or upload it to (operated by Jing's publisher), an FTP site, Flickr, or YouTube (for a premium).

Screencast:  Free online storage and sharing with 2 GB of storage and 2 GB of bandwidth per month for free.  Works with Jing, Camtasia and more.
 Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers—
not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.  It is an "answer engine."

FunSchool:  Games and craft activities for elementary kids.  This is used in my grand-daughter's class.

Ap for Google Translate for iPhone

 Ap for Google Translate for Droid

Ap for Google Translate for Droid

PowerPoint Palooza:  Lots of PowerPoints for US and World History 

Global Incident Map:  Find out where earthquakes, forest fires, gang activity, Amber alerts, etc.

Salman Khan on TED:  Reinventing education with video!

Khan Academy Video Lessons:  Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Finance...

Music Tech Teacher:  links, quizzes, resources and information to all music teachers interested in using technology to enhance music instruction.

Music Theory:  Lessons, Exercises and Tools by Ricci Adams 

Jamendo:  40,000 free common albums for multimedia projects.

Dropbox:  Put a file in one computer, it syncs to your other computers!

Flixtime:  Animated Slideshows (similar to Animoto) up to 1 miniute. presentation

Doodle:  Online polling and scheduling.

Wordle and Tagxedo:  Word Cloud generators.

Benderconverter:  Convert and download YouTube

XVideoservicethief:  get full size video download!

 Evernote:  Remembers everything.  Works cross media.

Screenr:  Takes movies of what is on the screen...up to 5 minutes.

Picasa:  Enhanced photo editing and organizing.

Archive:  The Wayback Machine...history of all websites can be retrieved.

MailChimp:  Send group mailings for free. 

Where's George?:  Trace the path of a dollar bill across America.

Renaissance: Wholesale Costumes and Web Resources

Santa on NORAD:  Follow Santa using Google Earth.  Nice video features.

Hans-Roslings 200 Countries in 4 Minutes:  See how the world's wealth distribuition changed in the last 200 years with a dynamic presentation.
Best History Sites:  Ancient and Modern World/American history sites.
Mr. Diaz Social Studies Sites:  Titles listed in both English and Spanish.  Lots of in pages with lists of movies, books, etc.
SchoolTube:  Teachers and students can create their own "channels".Cloud Computing:  Exciting New Possibilities-- Video -- Steve Ballmer of Microsoft on video at the University of Washington
PDF to Word Converter:  This is slick and free.  Upload file to site and it emails you the conversion.
PDF to Excel Converter:  Free converter.   Upload file to site and it emails you the conversion.

On March 5, 2010 one of the few remaining original broadside copies of the Declaration of Independence authorized by the Continental Congress in 1776 was on display for just one day at the California Council for the Social Studies Conference in Pasadena, California. The event was made possible by a grant from the Pearson Foundation. Learn about the Declaration of Independence by visiting the new Declaration of Independence site I just created to offer you videos and websites about this priceless document.  Go to for conference information.

Oliver Woodman Project                  NEW! Snap his picture all over the world!

Family Tree Online--Free                                 The whole family can wiki input at

Facing the Future                                           Resources to address global issuesHistory

Resources                            Ancient, European, African, Asian, US Histoy

Wikipedia for Schools:  SOS Children's Charity and English Wikipedia volunteers have created this Wikipedia site in which articles have been scanned for accuracy and appropriateness. Verified facts, information, and biographies from trusted sources; encyclopedias, dictionaries, related newspaper, and magazine articles.
Countries of the World:  Animaniacs sing the countries of the world!  States and Capitols too! sung by Wacko.
Music Waiting for an Answer:  Here's a set of game show sound tracks in wav. format to play after you ask your students a question.
Songs for the Classroom:  Here's some songs you can download for class activities and classroom management.
Free Stuff for Teachers:  Internet Magic!  Links to free resources for teachers.
CST Review:  Review and Practice tests for California History Test provided by Mr. Kash.
Web 2.0 Directory:  Directory to all Web 2.0 sites.
Meet Kids From Around The World Nextvista  has videos of children from all over the world sharing “their world” to the world by online video.
ClashWish.orgPost a class wish list on the non-profit site which matches schools and donors.
Survey Monkey:  Get all the tools you need to create your own surveys.
Virtual Field Trips:  MiddleSchool. net presents a great collection of virtual field trips for history, science,...
CRF Research Site:  Constitutional Rights Foundation site was named the #1 site for student research by the Los Angeles Times.  Great links for all topics. .
Put PowerPoints Online with  Post your PowerPoints online.  Free. Access PowerPoints of others on topics of interest.
Top Education Tools with Links: PowerPoint on the top 100 learning tools for education in 2008.  Blogs, wikis, open source programs....
Create A Blog Using  Create your own blog.  Free  You need a Google account.  See my blog as an example.
Sea Monkey Browser/Composer: A webbrowser and composer and more.  Free

Quizlet :  Flash card and quiz community.  Make your own.  Use others sets.
World Challenge: Test your knowledge of geography facts on a world map.  This is very challenging and addictive.
Google Free 411: This is cool and free--411--no more paying for information.
TED Ideas Worth Spreading:  Inspired talks (with video) by the world's greatest thinkers and doers.
Ancient and Modern Israel  Links and lesson plans.  Free registration.
Web Posting of Class Notes:  Easily post class assignments and information at  Free.  Fast.
ISBN to Bibliography:  Input the ISBN number and get a perfect bibliography citation.
Easy Bibliography:  Make a MS Word ready MLA style bibliography citation with
Origami --  Learn how to do origami with animated instructions at origami-club.
TeacherTube:  Teacher and students video supporting education.
Education World:  Support for teachers & administrators.  Lesson Plans/Technology/Professional Development.
Post Student Art:  At you can have students post their work at this site.  Free.  Requires parent permission.
Learn English With Pictures:  Free, online, resource to learn English words in a fun way.
Photo Story 3 for Windows:  Create slide shows from your digital photos with background music.
West Africa Student Wiki Web Page:  Impressive use of wiki technology on this student built web page.  Note the teacher comments showing the progress the student made in creating this page!
Teacher History Blog:  Here's an example of a teacher blog at blogspot .com.
Wiki Collaboration:  Create an editible web site in 30 seconds using pbwiki.
Editable Student Web Pages:  Teachers and students build their own webpages to share learning experiences.
Sundiata and Africa Links:  Links to support the study of Sundiata and Africa.
Vocabulary Learning Fun:  Great for language learners/ESL.  The flash site incorporates 219 topics, along with over 10,000 English words and phrases.
Medieval History of Islam:  Here's the history of Islam with interactive links from
Islamic History:  Get the facts from the Internet Islamic History Sourcebook.
Ask Dr. Dig:  Get interesting factoids on ancient Greece and Romoe...and more.
Flash Card Maker:   This makes flash cards to use on the computer or print out.
Kidipedia:  Here's "History for Kids" indexed by topic or key words.  Text has interactive links.
Highland Park Library History:  This site has a nice collection of links.  One nice set is "Food in History".  This site has great links for both World and American history.
Not On The Test--Song:  Hear Tom Chapin's song "Not On The Test" and print the lyrics.
Button Generator:  I made the "What's New" button with this free button site.
Free Shows and Movies:  Watch your favorite TV shows, classic movies, and even HD movies!  Free
Shows, Movies and Music:  Wstch shows, movies and music videos.  Free!
Web 2.0 & Smart Board Support:  This link takes you to the Teacher Support Section to find this new set of links.

 George and Kathie's Art Home Page:  View the art of my wife, Kathie, and I.