7 Websites Every Educator Should Know About! (A Bright Idea)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Welcome to another bright idea! 

I am so excited you stopped by my little blog. I hope to share with you some cool websites you may not 
know about. I call it my 7 Essential Sites for educators!

1.   Freecycle – Freecycle lets you post for what materials you have to give away, or post for what you need for your classroom. It’s kind of like virtual dumpster diving, without the stinky dumpster part.

2.  Cookie.com- Cookie has many games and videos for your students to play learn on while using the computers at school or home.

3.  DonorsChoose- With school funding cuts and pay freezes, teachers are being asked to do more with much less. DonorsChoose understands this and has found a way to help. Need some resources? Put up a project on Donors Choose and watch how quickly it is funded. I personally got a butterfly garden, and a projector funded. One of my new teachers just got 2 ipad minis funded! 

4.  Book-It! Yes, the book-it! Program is still around. I don’t know about you, but that coupon you get for a mini pizza was the sole reason I learned to read and met my read goal every month. Food can motivate. Especially pizza. Ha! If you don’t know about it, you need to check it out!

5.  AppyMall – Want to know which apps are worth your money? Get reviews from parents and educators who have actually used the apps. Want to know which free apps are amazing and worth a download? They have lists upon lists. Want to know what the best apps are for English, math, special education, art, etc. They know it. It’s a gold mine! Or rather an App Mind!

6. Go Noodle- Need to give your students a break? Need to get them moving? Go Noodle is the place to go! Your class gets to pick a monster and the more brain breaks they take the stronger their monster grows. Brain Breaks are amazing for our kiddos. If you don’t believe me check the research here.

7.  Veggie U- With a Veggie U sign up your classroom receives a garden kit complete with seeds, soil, flats, root view boxes, grow lights, and a worm farm! The teacher gets 25 curriculum lessons written by real educators and an instructional DVD to help in your study. The materials allow students to see, hear, taste, feel, and experience planting, growing, and harvesting real food. The best of all, they get to eat the results!

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  1. I had forgotten about Book It - thanks for the reminder!!

  2. I have been a teacher for 13 years and have seriously not heard of most of those! Great job! Off to check them out!

    Jennifer from Simply Kinder


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