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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton L. Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is an instructor with UoPeople, is a blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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20 Useful Websites and Tools for Elementary School Teachers

Engaging students in an elementary classroom can be difficult. But there are a lot of sites online that can help. Here are 20 useful sites that offer lesson plans, web apps, and other aids for elementary school teachers:

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Scholastic - Scholastic provides many different lesson plans, strategies, and tools for teachers. Lesson plans are available for all ages and subjects.

TeAchnology - With over 30,000 lesson plans, TeAchnology is an excellent source of lesson plans on a wide range of subjects. The site also provides over 7,500 printable worksheets.

Discovery Education - Discovery Education provides hundreds of lesson plans and other tools. The site's original lesson plans were designed by teachers for teachers.

Smithsonian Education - Smithsonian Education provides teachers with lesson plans on an array of subjects--from art and design to language arts.

LessonPlanz - LessonPlanz is a search engine for lesson plans. The site also links to books, activities, and other teaching aids.

Web Apps

Chalksite - Chalksite is a free online suite of tools for teachers who want to connect with parents and students through the web. Teachers can use it to post grades, assignments, discussions, and messages.

Education World - This site provides teachers with customizable templates and tools. A few of the templates teachers can find include starting blocks for assessments, calendars, awards, bulletin boards, and organizers.

ClassMarker - ClassMarker is an online testing tool that can be used to create quizzes and tests online. The tool also grades tests so you don't have to.

SlideShare - This creative web app makes it easy to upload PowerPoint presentations and share them online. SlideShare works especially well for assignments, webinars, and parent-teacher conferences.

Evernote - Evernote is a bookmarking and note taking web app that can be synced with mobile devices--perfect for teachers who want to be able to create, manage, and share notes from anywhere.

Teaching Tools

FlashcardExchange - The FlashcardExchange provides teachers with tools to create flashcards. Once created, the cards can be printed or shared with students online. - This resourceful website provides teachers with several different tools to use in the classroom, including a Note Star, Think Tank, and Web Poster Wizard.

PBS Teachers - PBS Teachers offers interactive studies, activity packs, development classes, and other useful resources for elementary school teachers.

Tools for Educators - This site offers free worksheets, worksheet creators, and a table wizard. Teachers can also use the site to create word searches, board games, and more.

TeacherTube - Teachers can find instructional videos from other teachers on TeacherTube. The site can also be used to post instructional videos for students.


Elementary Education - The Guide to Elementary Education provides a huge collection of resources for elementary educators. Resources include tips, lesson plans, forums, and an educational blog.

RefDesk - The RefDesk is an online tool that can be used to find facts, news, and reference materials. Other site features include a calendar, currency converter, and calculator.

The Clever Sheep - This site provides podcasts to assist teachers in integrating technology into the classroom through e-learning, websites, and web apps. Each episode lasts seven to ten minutes. New episodes are published weekly.

Time for Kids - The Time for Kids Teachers' Edition provides current news appropriate for K-6 students. This is a great site for elementary teachers who want to keep children up-to-date on current events around the world.

Awesome Stories - Awesome Stories provides information about films, trials, natural disasters, history, and biographies in addition to stories from historical sources.

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  1. Marten said...

    If you are looking for a tool for online teaching, I recommend you to check, a free online collaboration tool that allows instant co-browsing on any document.

    It makes eTeaching easy, is free and requires no installation.


  2. Anthony Showalter said...

    Hi Milton,

    Saw your post and twitter and followed the link. Thanks for putting together this awesome list. I wanted to point out two more free web apps that are great for the classroom:

    1) is our learning management system designed for ease-of-use. We'd love to hear what you think about it.

    2) is less of an online classroom and more of a mini social network for students. It's pretty cool too.

    Thanks again for the other great tips!


  3. Cybrary Man said...

    Thanks! Very useful links for teachers. I added a link to this site on the Education page on my website.

  4. Alex Francisco said...

    Great list Mr. Ramirez. Thank you for putting it together. If I may I'd like to share with you another one that has been helpful to me: "Ten tips for differentiation" - -

  5. Milton L Ramirez said...

    @Anthony: Thanks for completing the list.

    @Cybrary Man: We would love to hear from you again. Where did you add it?

    @Alex: I will be checking when to insert a link to your post. Thank you!

  6. Cybrary Man said...

    I added a link to 20 Useful Websites and Tools for Elementary School Teachers on the Education page on my website in the Educators portal (Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites)

  7. John McLear said...

    Great post, a few more sites are: which is a database of great sites and games for kids which is the largest educational gaming directory in the world.

    and which is a web2 site allowing teachers to share resources and lesson plans.

  8. jorech said...

    Bless you for NOT including Animoto.

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