For a professional development day next month in our school district, our curriculum director is organizing an “Internet Cafe” activity. We’re using a collaborative Google Spreadsheet to brainstorm outstanding resource websites which directly address different content areas. Here are a few of the sites I added to the spreadsheet today.

Math

http://mathtrain.tv
Elementary school video channel (from Santa Monica, CA) featuring student-created math screencasts about concepts and skills

http://www.khanacademy.org
Khan Academy includes thousands of math screencast videos, and also a ‘coaching’ feature so teachers, parents or other coaches can monitor student progress

http://www.youtube.com/mbrandl11
Incredible YouTube channel of Minnesota high school math teacher Marty Brandl. He’s had over 1 million video views to date. Really interesting perspective on the value of publicly sharing screencasts not only for his own students, but for others too. Notes from a session I attended by Marty in March 2012 are available.

Social Studies

http://www.ck12.org/browse/history/
Free/open US History textbook from CK12

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2011/12/07/the-best-social-studies-sites-of-2011/
Larry Ferlazzo’s best Social Studies sites from 2011

Science

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/05/31/the-best-sources-of-ideas-for-simple-classroom-science-experiments
The Best Sources Of Ideas For Simple Classroom Science Experiments by Larry Ferlazzo

ELA

http://digitalis.nwp.org
The NWP Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world. Read, discuss, and share ideas about teaching writing today.

http://youthvoices.net
Youth Voices: a great network of student writers and teachers, connected to the National Writing Project

Art / Music

http://www.essdackartsnacks.org
Art Snacks is a supportive, teacher-moderated community for artists of all ages to share their work, inspirations, ideas and sketches. Started by Kevin Honeycutt

http://singingfingers.com
Fingerpaint with your Voice – Singing Fingers is a free app for iOS.

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