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PBS LearningMedia

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The PBS Digital Learning Library is a public media system-wide repository of digital media learning objects, including videos, images, interactives, audios and documents. The PBS Digital Learning Library content will be easily searchable, tagged and correlated to state education standards.
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NYT: The Learning Network - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com

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The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. Teachers can use or adapt our lessons across subject areas and levels. Students can respond to our Opinion questions, take our News Quizzes, learn the Word of the Day, try our Test Yourself questions, complete a Fill-In or read our Poetry Pairings. Join the conversation by commenting on any post.
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The Learning Network - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com

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American Memory from the Library of Congress - Browse Collections

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Browse Collections: American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
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Library of Congress: Teacher Resources

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Teaching With Documents

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From the National Archives: This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections. Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.
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TED-Ed | Introducing TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

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Teacher Resources . Lesson Plans and Curriculum . PBS KIDS ...

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Teaching kids how to read – and how to enjoy it – is a challenge for any educator, especially when there are so many other demands on your time. . .you’ll find lessons, articles, and curriculums that make it easier for any child to pick up skills.
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Documents | DocsTeach

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Choose from 2000+ primary sources for use in classroom activities. We have selected thousands of primary source documents to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives. Use the search field above to find written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in our ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history.
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National Geographic Teaching Resources

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Since its founding in 1888 "for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge," the National Geographic Society has worked to educate audiences about our planet. National Geographic Education is responsible for creating educational programs and resources for schools, out-of-school settings, and the home. National Geographic Education’s work targets two goals: Geo-Literacy: Geo-literacy is an essential skill for decision-making in 21st century personal, professional, and civic life. It is the ability to make decisions based on an understanding of how the world works and how people and places are connected. It requires an understanding of how Earth’s interconnected human and environmental systems function, how to reason geographically, and how to make systematic decisions. Educational Outreach: The National Geographic Society is home to rich and diverse resources that have enormous potential to support learning. As the educational outreach arm of National Geographic, National Geographic Education is committed to maximizing the impact of the Society’s rich media, scientific, and exploration programs on the education audience.
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Lesson Plans | EDSITEment

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Explore our library of humanities lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level. Find Art & Culture lessons on anthropology, art history, folklore, mythology, religion, and more World Language lessons on languages and the cultures of which they are a part; History & Social Studies lessons on American (including our popular AP U.S. History index) and World History, civics, government and society; and Literature & Language Arts lessons, including AP Literature offerings, on great writing and great literary works throughout the ages.
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GEM: Gateway to 21st Century Skills

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The Gateway has been serving teachers continuously since 1996 which makes it one of the oldest publically accessible U.S. repositories of education resources on the Web. The Gateway contains a variety of educational resource types from activities and lesson plans to online projects to assessment items. Since January 1, 2012 we have delivered 1,061,088 resources to educators worldwide.
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Khan Academy

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Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.
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Intel® Education

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Free tools and curricula for the K12 classroom
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Scholastic Teachers: Ideas, Teaching Resources, and Lessons for ... - Scholastic

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Grab-and-go lesson plans, discussion guides, and themes for classroom teaching
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Google: For Teachers – Google in Education

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Find useful resources for Google products and tools, professional development, and opportunities for your students.
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CommonSense Media: Media and Technology Resources for Educators

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Tools and curricula to teach your students about becoming responsible digital citizens.
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FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - U.S. Department of ...

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More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites added regularly.
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NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) - ReadWriteThink

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NCTE is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education and offers its members a wide range of professional development opportunities. More than 500,000 teachers are logging onto NCTE resources each month. If your focus is on early literacy, writing or reading instruction, assessment, or preparing your students for standardized tests without "teaching to the test," NCTE has the right tools and publications to help you-and your students.
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George Lucas Educational Foundation | Edutopia

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We know that K-12 education can be better, but many people don’t know what better looks like. We recognize that for innovations to spread, educators and parents, as well as business and community leaders, must first see and understand the changes and opportunities. We pursue our mission through two primary sets of activities: producing Edutopia.org and related social media to inspire, inform and accelerate positive change in schools and districts by shining a spotlight on evidence-based strategies and best practices that improve learning and engagement for students; collaborating with researchers, teacher leaders and curriculum experts to advance the field and increase understanding of how strategies, such as project-based learning, can improve student learning.
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NSDL: National Science Digital Library: NSDL.org

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The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines—both formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national, and international educational settings. NSDL does not hold content directly—instead, we provide structured descriptive information (metadata) about web-based educational resources held on other sites by their providers, who contribute this metadata to NSDL for organized search and open access to educational resources via NSDL.org and its services. Most resources in the library adhere to principles of Open Educational Resource (OER) access, although some resources are restricted to provider site membership, or may have a cost associated with them (indicated in the full record of the resource).
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ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network

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We’re focused on ways to support innovative teaching with the arts, and meet changing trends in education and to accommodate the ever-evolving impact of technology in our lives. Our collection of free digital resources—including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules—has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction.
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Home/IWitness:Video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses

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IWitness is an online application for educators and students, giving them access to watch, search, and learn from over 1,000 video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. IWitness is unique by bringing educators and their students (ages 13-18) together at the intersection of Holocaust education and the development of critical multi-literacies for the 21st century. The 1000+ video testimonies available within the IWitness application are part of an archive of nearly 52,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses maintained by the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation, established in 1994 by Steven Spielberg.
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The Math Forum: Teachers' Place

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The Math Forum is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet. Operating under the Drexel University School of Education, our mission is to provide resources, materials, activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products and services that enrich and support teaching and learning in an increasingly technological world.
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Project Based Learning

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One stop solution for Project Based Learning! You'll find all the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students.
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Zunal WebQuest Maker

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Zunal WebQuest Maker (and archive) FREE The easiest way to create a WebQuest with more than 227.8 thousand users. It is a web-based software for creating WebQuests in a short time without writing any HTML codes.
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TeachersFirst Content Matrix - Browse Resources by Subject / Grade

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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. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our robust search tools.
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Curriki Resources & Curricula | Curriki

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All resources have been vetted and organized to better serve you and your students. These collections bring together the best: Teacher-led and student-led, inquiry-based instruction Assessment activities, projects, labs and interactive simulations Materials include lessons, units, complete eTextbooks and complete courses Supports include printable student materials, fiction and nonfiction ebooks, labs, projects, videos, interactive simulations, assessments, rubrics, and more
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Einztein - The Social Learning Network

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Einztein - The Social Learning Network For Smarter Education The Team Einztein was founded by a team of lifelong learners who believe in a world where learning is a function of desire rather than privilege. We started Einztein because we recognized the need for curators to play a central role in identifying and sorting through high quality online educational resources. The outgrowth of this part-time work was a curated search engine for the best free online courses that was immediately recognized by Fast Company for its edtech innovation.
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CK-12 Foundation | Free Online Textbooks, FlashCards, Exercises, RWA's, Simulations

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High quality, curated STEM content
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John & Hank Green's Crash Course! - YouTube

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Six awesome courses in one awesome channel: John Green teaches you US History and Hank Green teaches you Chemistry. Check out the playlists for past courses in World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology.
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OER Commons

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Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use, whether you are a teacher or a learner. This includes full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world. The creation and use of OER represents a shift in education that supports shared teacher expertise and peer-based learning. Free and open content is not only a new economic model for schools and students, but also a primary vehicle for disseminating flexible, adaptable curricula that support learner-centric approaches.
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CMU Open Learning Initiative | Open Learning Initiative

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The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.
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Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities

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a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute: authors create and collaborate instructors rapidly build and share custom collections learners find and explore content
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Free Online MIT Course Materials for High School | Highlights for High School | MIT OpenCourseWare

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Highlights for High School features MIT OpenCourseWare materials that are most useful for high school students and teachers.
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NSTA Learning Center

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NSTA Web Seminars are 90-minute, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partner organizations.
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Academic Earth: Free Online Classes | Online Learning

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Academic Earth believes everyone deserves access to a world-class education, which is why we continue to offer a comprehensive collection of free online courses from the world's top universities. And now, we take learning outside the classroom with our original series of thought-provoking videos, designed to spark your intellectual curiosity and start a conversation. Watch, learn, share, debate. After all, only through questioning the world around us, can we come to better understand it.
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Stanford History Education Group

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SHEG is a collaboration among many people: full-time staff, graduate student RAs, practicing teachers, and undergraduate volunteers and interns. SHEG sponsors an ongoing research group for students across the university interested in issues of how history is taught and learned. We also host visiting scholars whose work addresses issues of historical understanding and history education.
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NCSS: Resources | National Council for the Social Studies

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Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.
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Mathtrain.com with Mr. Marcos and his Students, screencasts, math videos, educational tutorials

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with Mr. Marcos and his Students, screencasts, math videos, educational tutorials
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Sophia Learning

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Sophia was created with a vision of transforming education through a vibrant online community of teachers and learners. Our goal is to provide self­-paced, inspirational and relevant curriculum to learners of all stages and ages. To achieve our vision, we’ve built a customizable education platform that offers more than 32,000 academic tutorials. Taught by thousands of teachers using our Many Ways model, learners can choose teaching styles that appeal to their own unique way of learning. By combining rich content with online flexibility, we give our community success skills that will last a lifetime.
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EDU - YouTube

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Get more into learning YouTube EDU brings learners and educators together in a global video classroom. On YouTube EDU, you have access to a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between. Come here for quick lessons from top teachers around the world, course lectures from top-tier universities, or inspiring videos to spark your imagination.
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Apple - iTunes U - Learn anything, anywhere, anytime.

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Now it’s easier than ever to unleash the full potential of iPad in your classroom by creating your own courses for iPad. You get to share your ideas in a powerful new way, and your students get a rich, immersive learning experience using the iTunes U app for iPad. iTunes U is available no matter where you teach — at any college, university, or K-12 school.
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UdemyOnline Courses - Anytime, Anywhere

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Start Learning from the World's Top Instructors
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edX

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EdX is a non-profit created by founding partners Harvard and MIT. We're bringing the best of higher education to students around the world. EdX offers MOOCs and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence (AI).
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160 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection | Open Culture

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Solve for X

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Solve For X is a place to hear about and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help millions or billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audacity of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon indicating that these ideas could really be brought to life. This combination of things - a Huge Problem to solve, a Radical Solution for solving it, and Breakthrough Technology to make it happen - is the essence of a technology moonshot. Solve For X is intended to be a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. The forum began in 2012 with a small face-to-face event co-created and co-hosted by Astro Teller, Megan Smith, and Eric Schmidt. Watch videos of talks from that event here.
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SMART Exchange: Lesson plans and resources for your SMART Board - SMART Exchange

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SMART Exchange is a one-stop destination designed to provide teachers with access to all of SMART's learning resources and the opportunity to connect with colleagues in a professional community. Custom-designed searches save time by delivering relevant results and a full visual preview of all SMART Notebook files, so teachers can easily evaluate a lesson before downloading it.
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Thinkfinity

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Thinkfinity is the Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community, providing access to over 60,000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for K-12 — aligned to state standards and the common core. Here, educators connect and collaborate through themed groups, blogs and discussions, sharing resources and best practices that support 21st century teaching and learning.
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bozemanscience

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Bozemanscience is maintained by Paul Andersen, a science teacher in Bozeman, MT. He has created hundreds of science videos that have been viewed millions of times by students and teachers around the world. All of these videos are accessible from this website. Click any of the links below to view videos within specific content areas.
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NOVA Education | PBS

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The NOVA Education site is a collection of NOVA resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to life in educational settings. This free digital library is tied to teaching standards and includes video, audio segments, interactives, and much more.
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ShareMyLesson Teaching Resources

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Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other. Share My Lesson has a significant resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards. Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world.
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19Pencils - A Service To Help Teachers Discover, Manage and Share The Web

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The web is a vast place full of content; some suitable for education and some not so much. We want to make it easy for teachers to find the good content and easily share it with their students as well as colleagues. It's that simple.
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iCivics | Free Lesson Plans and Games for Learning Civics

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iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials. In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, she realized, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. Today iCivics comprises not just our board and staff, but also a national leadership team of state supreme court justices, secretaries of state, and educational leaders and a network of committed volunteers. Together, we are committed to passing along our legacy of democracy to the next generation. In four years, iCivics has produced 18 educational video games as well as vibrant teaching materials that have been used in classrooms in all 50 states. Today we offer the nation’s most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web.
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Learning Materials - Merlot

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RedHoop: Online Course Providers

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Search across online learning platforms. Our vision is to help fellow self-learners succeed intellectually and professionally. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Learn as if you were to live forever.” That’s what we believe in, yet we find it not easy to start learning something new on our own. That’s why we have started RedHoop, building tools and developing a community for fellow self-learners.
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Lesson plans - Learn NC

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Coursera.org

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Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Our technology enables our partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.
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Boundless - Textbooks

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Boundless is making the world's open educational content more useful for students by connecting them with the wealth of high quality, openly licensed, and free educational content that has been created by leading educators and institutions over the last 20 years. We work directly with pillars of the Open Educational Resources (OER) community and have an esteemed set of advisors and investors with substantial experience in education, publishing, and OER. Boundless curates the best open content to create a free learning platform that saves students money and helps them learn more efficiently.
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Udacity: Advance Your Education With Free College Courses Online

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Our mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers.
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WatchKnowLearn - Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students

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Free educational videos. Organized.
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TeacherTube - Teach the World

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SchoolTube

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AASL Learning4Life Lesson Plan Database | An initiative of the American Association of School Librarians

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Welcome to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database, a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Users can search the database for lesson plans by learning standards and indicators, content topic, grade-level, resources used, type of lesson or schedule, keyword and much more. In addition, registered users can bookmark lesson plans in a portfolio for future use, rate and comment on lesson plans in the community, print to PDF and socially share lesson plans on the web, and create and publish their own lesson plans in the database.
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Club Academia | Home

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Club Academia strives to organize existing knowledge in ways that make learning easily accessible while simultaneously inspiring people to discover and innovate. Check out this physics video on position for a taste of what Club Academia has to offer!
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Ri Channel

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The Ri Channel is an online project by the Royal Institution of Great Britain showcasing the very best science videos from the Ri and around the web. Alongside highlights from recent Ri events, the Channel features re-digitised footage from the Ri archive and a range of high-quality videos from filmmakers and scientific institutions across the UK and beyond. The project continues the Royal Institution's charitable mission to "connect people to the world of science".
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National Digital Learning Resources Network home page

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National Digital Learning Resources Network (NDLRN)is a technical infrastructure that connects Australian schools to enable the distribution and sharing of digital resources through education portals. The Network is the outcome of initiatives of the Australian Government and the state and territory governments.
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Google Custom Search

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Search across the portals
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HipHughesHistory - YouTube

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HipHughes History is a series of upbeat, personable and educational lectures designed for students and lifelong learners. Videos primarily focus on US History and Politics but span across World History and general interest. So sit back and enjoy the antics of HipHughes as he melds multimodality into a learning experience.
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LearnZillion

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Offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language resources for grades 2-12 that have been developed by expert teachers directly from the Common Core State Standards.
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