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Giant Collection of Book Lists for Kids

Great books for kids
Erica writes about the joys and tribulations of being a stay-at-home mom. She also has put together some great lists of suggested readings for a range of ages.

"I love to help my fellow moms and dads find great books for kids and every Monday I share a list of our favorite reads.  If you are looking for picture books to read aloud, chapter books to enjoy together or books for your emerging reader, I have a book list that will help you."


The Teacher's Cheat Sheet For Edmodo

A secure social network just for your classroom

Jeff Dunn posted recently on Edudemic about Edmodo:

"There is a social network designed just for your classroom and it's called Edmodo. You may have heard of it during a conference or perhaps in the hallways. However, like any new technology it can be challenging to find the time to explore and adequately integrate it into your classroom."

His post features a one page "cheat sheet" for getting started on Edmodo.


GrammarSongs by Melissa Corbett

Lessons set to music

Sometimes a song can make an idea stick!

"Corbett, a Grade 5 teacher uses songs to help her students learn and retain complicated grammar rules with ease. To date, she has written about 50 songs designed to help children remember everything from nouns to idioms to subordinating conjunctions. Corbett and her husband launched a website and a YouTube channel to share the lessons with others."


Academy of Achievement

Interviews with people of influence
One-on-one video interviews of more than 200 individuals are featured on the website alongside multi-media curriculum modules. The site also hosts a collection of biographies and historic photographs. (In 2011, the Academy of Achievement published a library of more than 500 exclusive audio and video symposium presentations from their annual Summits -- spanning 30 years from 1981 to 2011 -- on iTunes U. The collection is available to the public free of charge, under the Creative Commons License.)


Make Magazine

Join the "maker" movement
"Make is a magazine for those who love to make things - technological and otherwise. While the site doesn't replace the magazine, there are lots of great ideas to explore online and interesting projects to share with students. Browse their extensive collection of how-to and project videos.


Gooru | A Free Search Engine for Learning

Quickly find topic-relevant resources
"Gooru is an attempt to bring education content, experts and community together to provide personalized learning experiences for students. This free "search engine for learning" aims to help teachers find topic-relevant, standards-aligned resources and organizes them into teachable and sharable "collections" — all in one place.


Bugscope: use an electron microscope over the web

Explore the microscopic world of insects
"The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports K-16 classrooms worldwide.

"Bugscope allows teachers everywhere to provide students with the opportunity to become microscopists themselves—the kids propose experiments, explore insect specimens at high-magnification, and discuss what they see with our scientists—all from a regular web browser over a standard broadband internet connection.

Previous sessions are archived so visitors to the site can search the archives for images and chat records matching their interests.


THE INSTRUMENTALS - video clips about intruments

Collective Cadenza's intrument series
A video series that tells stories about instruments, featuring virtuoso soloists.
The guitar, the drums, the accordion and the bass.