Teacher Productivity

Sites on the WEB for Teachers
Carol LaRow


School Notes is a site that allows teachers to post assignments, notices, and due dates for students and parents online. The site provides a simple-to-use tool with a format that is easy to understand, even for beginning Internet users. No need to worry about HTML language or WEB page know-how. This is a free service that increases opportunities to be more involved in their children’s learning while promoting home/school communication. And, parents can sign up to be notified by email each time you add information to your postings.


This site allows busy teachers to create quality rubrics from scratch. The site walks you through the necessary steps, provides you with templates to use, gives you sample rubrics based on themes you choose, and allows you to edit and change them. You can choose from the pre-made rubrics stored on the site or change categories, insert headings, and alter the content.You can save your rubric for later reference or print it out directly from the site. And, you can access and use rubrics created by other educators.

Make Your Own Worksheets!

This site allows educators to make worksheets by filling out simple forms online. The forms are very easy to use, and the materials are generated instantly and can be printed directly from your computer. Your creations are exclusive to you. Some of the worksheets you can create are: crossword puzzles, webquests, word scrambles, science labs, word searches, “Today in History,” an organizer for weekly assignments, and more. Try this site for easy-to-do worksheets you can print out and use!

Web Quest Generator
WebQuest Generator-

WebQuest Generator is an application intended to enable all educators, including those who lack the time or inclination to use HTML editing software, to generate WebQuests online. Teachers can easily include targeted skills and proficiencies in their WebQuests and preview results using a graphical interface. Teachers fill out “user friendly” forms, and the site generates the webquest automatically, which can be saved in HTML format to post on the WEB or to save to computer hard drives for student use. Once posted on servers, the quests can easily be shared among teachers and students. The generated page can also be printed directly to printers for use in the classroom.

This site allows teachers to create calendars for their students. The calendar is an on-line-teacher-managed calendar, which allows teachers to communicate assignment dates and requirements to students and parents. Teachers create a calendar for each of their classes and add assignments for the students to view. Students view their teachers’ calendars online to see assignments for classes they might have missed, or to get an overview of the class. Calendars can also be printed and used as photocopy masters.

The Gateway to Educational Materials-

The Gateway project is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to the substantial, but uncatalogued, collections of educational materials found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. GEM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The Gateway is a free service, available to anyone with Internet access. The Gateway provides links to free Internet materials, partially free materials, and to resources that require a fee or registration to be used.

Discovery Channel School-

A lesson plan library for teachers. Find hundreds of original lesson plans, all written by teachers for teachers. Use the pull-down menus to browse by subject, grade, or both. There are “featured lessons” on the homepage. All lessons include: Objectives | Materials | Procedures | Evaluation | Extensions | Vocabulary | Academic Standards | Credit 
WEB Worksheet Wizard-

This web-based utility will allow you to create a lesson, worksheet or class page on the World Wide Web. All you need to use this utility is your browser and some time. Web Worksheet Wizard is for teachers only. You can do the following on this site:

* Create a unique web document
* Personalize article / page content
* Include an image
* Add hyperlinks to other sites on the web
* Include an e-mail link to allow others to contact you

There is also a “Project Poster” page for students to create quick and easy web pages.

Project Poster-

This site allows students to publish school projects on the web. What a great way to get them to write and edit for authentic audiences. The page accepts the following:

* Page title
* Report title
* Text
* An image
* Links to other sites on the Web
Timeline Generator-

Create simple timelines quickly for any lesson. The site allows for "six event" timelines. Once the timeline is generated, it can be printed out, right from the browser, which allows for creating lessons more quickly. This is an easy-to-use timeline creator, and students can use it also.

This site allows you to generate tests, without the need to spend a lot of time formatting. You can mix different types of questions too - multiple choice, short answer, true/false, matching, and fill-in-the-blank, all on the same test! You can even use bold and italics. And, the generator allows you to create different versions of the "same test" automatically by clicking on the "generate alternate versions." You can also print the test and answer key. Students may not take the tests online, but you can print the tests right from the browser.

Regents Exam Prep Center-

The goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. This project is supported by a federally-funded Title III Technology Literacy Challenge Grant. The site is well designed and includes outlines of important information, practice tests, old Regents Exams, teacher resources, interactive games, study strategies, exam overviews, practice essays, study cards, and much more.
Math A & Math B Old Regents Exams and More
Regents Review-

This site is an archive of Regents Exams online. Tests and answer keys are available for different years, which can be printed out for classroom and student use. Students may access the tests directly online or print out pdf files for practice. Teachers may print out sample tests for classroom use.
New York State Assessment - Regents Exams Guidance and Information

This site has tests and general information for elementary, intermediate, and high school. The site includes test samplers, Regents Exams, component retests, Standards, requirements, exam schedules, and other publications.
Math A and Math B, Old Regents Exams and More-

This site has old Math A and Math B, Course1, Course2, and Course 3 exams. It includes NYS Learning Standards, core curriculum, scoring guides, instructional guidelines, math news updates, Math AB listserv, and Math A & B specifications. It also includes a link to, “Key Idea  Tasks to Enhance Success” (KITES). New York State teachers have created a series of activities (available in .pdf format) centered around a unifying theme to demonstrate how each of the seven key ideas evolves from pre-kindergarten to the commencement level.   These activities can be incorporated into a lesson plan, modified to enhance an existing lesson, or act as a springboard for other activities.
Filamentality -

Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank online tool that guides users through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into learning activities. It combines the "filament" of the Web with a learner's "mentality." Support is built-in through tips that guide users along the way. The output is a Web-based activity teachers can create for their students, even if they don’t know anything about the WEB or using HTML.
FunBrain.com for K-8 Students

This site offers online resources for teachers of students grades K-8. The site is easy to use and is loaded with motivating activities for students. It also includes activities based on Standards, flash cards, curriculum guides, games to use an enrichment activities, gradebooks online, activities for parents to do with their children, and more.

This site is for the more advanced user. It assists instructors as they create webpages for their own schools and classrooms. Teachers can create links to sites on the WEB for students to use for research and learning. You can also access other educators’ tracks by using keywords and subject categories.
Note Star

This website allows teachers to facilitate project based learning research on the Internet. It allows teachers to assign projects and follow student progress as they do research on the web. With it, students can easily use a "digital notecard" format and take notes from the web, track information regarding their sources, and organize their notes and sources to create printable notes and bibliographies. This site is for more advanced users.
Discovery School's Worksheet Generator

This site allows for creating customized vocabulary or math worksheets. Templates are provided. There are eight vocabulary and four math templates; more are being added. You can also choose from among 300 ready made, teacher created worksheets. If you register for "Custom Classroom," you can store worksheets on the site and retreive them.
This site offers a simple and easy-to-use rubric template, which does not allow for customization. However, you can enter up to ten skills. Boxes are provided for entering the project name, student name, and the skills you wish to assess. Drop down menus allow for scores ranging from 1 - 5. A scoring key is provided, and there is a place for teacher comments

Teacher WebQuest

This site allows you to create webquests. It provides an easy-to-follow template for each category such as introduction, task, process, links, evaluation, conclusions, listing Standards, etc. Each category has its own picture label, which allows students to navigate easily. Once you create a webquest, you can go back and update information. This site is very user friendly - a great site for beginners as well as more experienced users.
Math Fact Cafe

You can build your own math drill exercises for students, or choose from among the many pre-made ones. Many math topics are covered including fractions, decimals, money, and more. The site also offers flash cards and worksheets on telling time. It has a good help area to assist you. You can choose to print in different size font, from small to jumbo. Answer sheets can be created. You can print math sheets (grades 1-4) and flash cards (grades 1-3) at this site.
Teachers Net -

This site features lesson plans listed online for teacher use. Browse by category, search the “lesson bank,” or add your own lessons. There’s even an online chatroom, for collaborating with colleagues.
Casa Notes-

Casa Notes is a site that provides templates for teachers to quickly make, and customize, typical notes that are sent home to parents or given to the students. This is done by using templates and allowing the teachers to customize some of the content, choose color schemes, and add graphics. The notes can be printed on black-and-white or color printers. There are approximately 12 tremplates which include: progress and good work, Reminders, field trip permission slips, homework, and medication.
Connected Learning-

Search for lessons by curriculum area, grade level, New York State Standards, or search using keywords.
  3,300 videos
23,000 video clips
25,000 photographs, illustrations, and clip art
  5,000 print resources
  6,000 audio files

You can download parts of movies. You don't have to show or download entire movie!
Power Media Plus - (Schools Must Subscribe to this Service)

This site offers thousdands of videos, video clips, audio files, audio books, music, photos, clip art images, print resources, podcasts, children's literature titles, and a collection of art. It houses 15,000 quiz questions and 1,000 premade quizzes for educators to use. It also offers a curriculum oriented audio library and media integration tools. It has thousands of streaming videos not found anywhere else.


New York NET Resources For Teachers-

Technology resources for teachers, students, and parents. The site contains the following:

Curriculum Projects: Internet Activities, PowerPoint Activities, Curriculum Weblists
Contact Information: LEA Administrators, NYNET Resources Team, Collaborating Districts
Training Opportunities: Workshops, Registration, Directions
Resources: Tools for Schools Videos, NYS Learning Standards
NYS Virtual Learning Space
NYS Regents Exams for Review

This site offers a list of math and science exams for practice. Each exam consists of Part I of the original exam, which generally is an overview of the course students have taken. All the exams are meant to be answered on line so that students will be able to get the correct answers and check their mistakes.
Project Based Learning

This site allows for exploring project based learning, definitions of project based learning, student checklists, and more. Projects include an interdisciplinary array of skills: math, language arts, fine arts, geography, science, and technology.
Hyper History Online: HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps. It contains over 2,000 files covering 3,000 years of history. This is a nice resource for student projects and history research.
WEB Gallery of Art: This site is a virtual museum with a searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods. There are over 13,500 reproductions. Commentaries about the art, biographies of artists, guided tours, free postcard, and other services are available.

Note: There is an excellent navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, allowing for searches by text, artist index, author, time frame, and form.
Study Zone: This is a site for preparing for the New York State Assessment Test. The site was put together by teaching professionals to help students and teachers gain more information and preparation for the New York State tests. Each testing area provides lessons, practice activities, teacher resources, and some literature tie-in's. It is organized by Regents, interemediate, and elementary. For example, in the Intermediate Section, it has ELA 8, social studies 8, math 8, and science 8.
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