ALA 2010 BEST WEBSITES FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

Every year the American Library Association picks the 25 best FREE websites for Teaching and Learning. These are excellent resources not only for teacher to use with students but they are also great websites for students to use.
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Description from the website "Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright."
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Description from the website "Simply put, Glog is a kind of poster - fully designed by yourself! Glog is a fancy creation from text, images, music and video. No matter if it is colorful, sexy or emo. Your Glog will stand out. It gives you a perfect tool to express yourself."
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Description from the website "Debategraph helps groups collaborate in thinking through complex issues by building and sharing interactive maps of domains of knowledge from multiple perspectives."
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Description from the website "EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities.
The EDSITEment experience includes:
  • a user-friendly website with links to over 200 of the top humanities sites
  • online lesson plans which integrate EDSITEment resources to promote active learning.
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Description from the website " Use Evernote to save you ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer, phone or device you use. For free.
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Description from the website "Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too."
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Description from the website "The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children."
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Description from the website " The JASON Project connects students with great explorers and great events to inspire and motivate them to learn science. Our award winning curricula: * Embed cutting-edge research from NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Geographic Society and other leading organizations.
  • Allow leading scientists to work side by side with JASON students.
  • Challenge students to apply their knowledge to the real-world scenarios scientists face every day."
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Description from the website " Snap a picture of the your screen, record video of onscreen action,Share instantly over IM, Web, or email."
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Description from the website " JOG THE WEB is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web site.
Its step by step approach of taking viewers through web sites allowing the author to annotate and ask guiding questions for each page is unique."
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Learncentral is an online learning community for the education community that offers web conferencing and online events and all of them are free. It is a way for educators to connect, share and inspire.
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Description from the website

"LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the Web

  • Collect your resources
  • Organize them neatly and easily
  • Present them with pride"
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Description from the website "Masher lets you easily create a video by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos all for FREE!"
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Description from the website "This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others."
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Description from the website "Welcome to the Digital Classroom, the National Archives' gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students."
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Description from the website " NSDL is the Nation's online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics."
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Description from the website " Pageflakes, the social personalized homepage, is revolutionizing how we how we start with and use the Internet. At www.Pageflakes.com, you can easily customize the Internet and make it yours using ‘”Flakes” – small, movable versions of all of your web favorites that you can arrange on your personal homepage."
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Prezi is a way of making presentations that allows you to zoom, manipulate items and do tons of other fun stuff. You need to see it to get a great understanding of what a Prezi is and how to use it.
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Description from the website "The Professor Garfield Foundation learning portal is a fun interactive online environment where children can safely explore, learn and creatively express themselves. The Foundation (PGF) was formed in 2003 as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization to provide children, parents, and teachers an opportunity to enhance and support classroom learning in new and innovative ways."
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Description from the website " The place for Students and Teachers to share videos online"
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Description from the website "Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively."
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Description from the website " Storybirds are short, visual stories that you make with family and friends to share"
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Description from the website "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world"
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Description from the website " Videos for students to learn from. Organized". Great educational videos that are all in one place and easy to find.
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Description from the website " Weblist is a new way to gather and organize content on the web. Create your lists of URLs centered on a specific theme and we will combine it to one easy to navigate URL. Once you have created your lists you can save it as a smart bookmark or as a customizable home page, share it with friends via email or through the top social media networks, and post it on your blog."