The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents books from all cultures and languages. It is a digital library that allows users to search for books and even to create an account and save books to a virtual bookshelf.
The Library of Congress has created a program that would support the Library's continuing efforts to teach educators how to incorporate primary-source materials into K-12 curricula. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards, which rely heavily on original texts to help students develop skills that they will need for higher education and future employment.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Great Science for Girls has seven programs to provide informal opportunities for elementary to high school grade girls to explore science. Some of the programs focus specifically on astronomy, women scientists, engineering, and scientific inquiry. For any educator looking to encourage young women to discover STEM disciplines, this site is well worth a visit.
The staff members at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) have put together a stellar array of websites that deal with ten different areas of biology, including animals, bioethics, evolution, and stem cell research. The items here are arranged alphabetically and visitors can review the brief descriptions to learn more about the content covered within each site. There is quite a variety of useful sites, with each area consisting of about two dozen suggested resources. Additionally, the site has a place where visitors can also suggest resources for inclusion. Users can also take advantage of the NABT teaching newsletter,
Science literacy maps are a great new concept that continue to garner significant attention by teachers, students, and the general public. This specific site was created by the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and features concept maps that illustrate connections between thematic science and math concepts, including "The Living Environment" and "The Nature of Mathematics." Lesson ideas are correlated to the Common Core Standards. The Getting Started area provides a fine tutorial on how to use these materials, along with several short, helpful videos. Additionally, there is a purely text-based version for those interested in the subject matter, but a little wary of diving into the literacy maps themselves. Once brave enough to jump in, there are over 12 sections to explore. (Text from The Internet Scout Report, U. of Wisconsin)
The Annenberg Learner draws 10 million visits a month from teachers and learners around the world. There's a reason: the site is intuitive, profoundly edifying, and free to anyone. This 13-unit course, replete with videos, visuals, interactive features, and other resources, represents the cutting edge in online STEM education. The is designed primarily for high school teachers.
Learning English as a second language (ESL) is not always easy, but it should be fun. 5 Minute English has been designed to give you short and easy explanations and exercises. You can also find answers to questions that other students have had about confusing things in English. This is under the Question and Answer section. Take your time and come back to 5 Minute English often. You'll be surprised at how much English you can learn with a little dedication.
A huge number of free ESL resources for kids, including flashcards, worksheets, games and song lyrics. Primarily designed for teachers, but many of the resources can be used by students. External links to other resources are provided.
e are devoted to providing safe search resources for kids, in addition to fun and safe links including videos. The search tools on the top of each of our pages provide strict filtering using Google SafeSearch. (from the website)
Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association (NAEA) is the "leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators." Their number includes student members, teaching artists, administrators, and others involved in the full palette of the visual arts. On the site, visitors can learn about grant activities, research, and advocacy efforts. In the Learning area, visitors can peruse a number of sections, including Lesson Planning, Professional Development, and Monthly Mentor. The Lesson Planning area includes a number of free resources, such as the guide "25 Places for Kids to Learn and Experiment With Art." In the Advocacy area, visitors can read some white papers, such as "What Excelle nt Visual Arts Teaching Looks Like" and "What High-Quality Art Education Provides." Finally, the Grants & Opportunities area features information about the National Art Education Foundation.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education (contract number ED-07-CO-0088), Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. Many of the resources are primary sources
The PBS Learning Media site offers direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and can include short videos, interactives, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can also favorite and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media. Basic services are free, but require registration.
Available in English and Spanish, the NICHY provides families and schools with information and resources related to children with disabilities from diagnosis to intervention strategies to evaluation and placement issues. Resources can be searched in a number of ways, including by state. Unfortunately, the Department of Education has ceased funding of NICHCY, effective September 30, 2013, but the web site will remain live through September 2014.
a. Chicago (Murray-Green): 312-341-3639/49
b. Chicago (Performing Arts): 312-341-3651
c. Schaumburg: 847-619-7980