Education Portals

Education Portals

These sites give access to all curriculum areas. Just navigate to your own subject.

    • About.com
      Huge portal with human guides to 700 subjects. Navigate to the subject/topics you want.  Try Education > Primary/Secondary Educators for a wide range of resources, including those for Special Education.
      http://home.about.com/education/
    • Academic Info: Educational Subject Directory
      Locate the resources you need for academic purposes.
      http://www.academicinfo.net/index.html
    • Awesome Library
      15,000 reviewed education sites for K-12, including top 5%.

      http://www.awesomelibrary.org/
    • Big Chalk
      Extensive, highly regarded US site with sections for teachers, librarians, parents; primary, middle and secondary levels. Free newsletters, updated weekly, give tech tips, top 8 sites or links on a selected theme. Access to many key resources.
      http://www.proquestk12.com/
    • BizEd (University of Bristol)
      This is the UK’s top site for business education and is packed with useful information, tips and links. While there are special sections for students of accounting, economics, mangement, travel and tourism, the general sections are heloful for any student (or teacher).
      http://www.bized.co.uk
    • BlueWeb’n
      A library of Blue Ribbon web sites for education, all subjects, cross-referenced. Tutorials, activities, projects, lesson plans…Updated weekly and highly regarded. Filamentality’s home.
      http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
    • BYTEachers (Association of Teachers’ Websites)
      The ATW is an association of web sites created by the real experts — teachers. It recommends only quality sites and offers a variety of downloadable materials..
      http://www.byteachers.org.uk
    • Cikgu.Net
      Malaysian education portal supporting the e-learning environment at pre-school through university levels. Now available both in English and Malay, it aims to be a repository for teaching and learning resources including job opportunities, teaching methods and ideas and tools for developing content. There is also a Chat section. 

      http://cikgu.net
    • Discovery School
      Large education portal with quality control. Apart from Kathy Schrock’s guide (see below), try Puzzlemaker, Clip Art, Cybersafari, lesson plans…
      http://school.discovery.com/teachers/index.html
    • Education World
      ‘Where educators go to learn.’ Includes lesson plan libraries. Searchable bank of 500,000 web resources
      http://www.education-world.com/
    • EmTech
      A huge database: 15,000 + resources in 120 categories, alphabetically listed on the index page for easy access. Example: Kids’ Sites yields 300 links + 12 search engines for kids. The downside is that few items are annotated so this is a site for those willing to spend time checking out the possibilities to discover the really useful entries among the mediocre.
      http://www.emtech.net/
    • Intute (Consortium of UK Universities, formerly Research Discovery      Network)
      A free online service giving acess to subject-spcific resources selected for quality and relevance by subject specialists.  Presentations, tutorials, training materials and other resources can be downloaded for educatonal use.
      http://www.intute.ac.uk/
    • Search ERIC
      ERIC offers selected online resources for education: full-text books, reports, journal articles, newsletters… They can be downloaded for free and are . Searchable by subject or keyword.
      http://ericae.net/
    • Kathy Shrock’s Guide for Educators
      Updated daily. Subject directory to web sites, links to online guides, training slide shows. A rich and reliable source, part of Discovery.com.
      http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/
    • Roadmap to the Web for Educators
      Annotated links to sites in all curriculum subjects plus other resources for teachers. Part of T.H.E.Journal (Technological Horizons in Education) , a top educational technology publication.
      http://www.thejournal.com/highlights/roadmap/
    • Site for Teachers
      Annotated links to sites containing teacher’s resource and educational material, ranked by popularity
      http://www.sitesforteachers.com
    • Teach-nology.com
      Free access to thousands of lesson plans, printable worksheets, reviewed web sites, articles, rubrics, educational games, teaching tips, teacher downloads, web quests, and teacher tools. Free weekly newsletter. Gold and platinum memberships give increased benefit.
      http://www.teach-nology.com/
    • Udemy
      More then 30 000 high quality courses, 1500 free courses. Milions of students. Also offers Udemy coupon codes up to 100% of course price.
      http://www.udemy.com/
    • Yahooligans
      The excellent Teacher’s Guide section of ‘The Web guide for kids’. Check out the Student / Teacher Internet Literacy sections, the Analysis forms (= web evaluation), Activities for Students…
      http://www.yahooligans.com/tg/index.html.

Web Tutorials and Search Engines

Web Tutorials and Search Engines

Get better and faster at finding what you need, evaluating websites, capturing graphics or sound clips and retrieving, cutting and pasting… There are complete free courses online, many of them fun as well as instructive.

 

Besides getting to know the search engines and directories listed below, you would be well advised to invetigate the e-library facilities of your nearest British Council. For a very small outlay per year (RM50 in Malaysia) you can gain access to Internet databases and other resources worth hundreds of times the subscription fee.

  • Bare Bones
    A basic tutorial in 20 succinct lessons, covering all the essential aspects of using the Internet. The last lesson provides links to other tutorial sites. From the home page you can also access library and information guides on such topics as citing sources, evaluating web pages and dealing with plagiarism.
    http://www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/pages/bones/bones.shtml
  • Geekgirls: Plain English Computing
    An Australian site with easy-to-read tutorials and step-by-step guides to basic computing, Windows tools and technigues, word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Under Tips, References and Resources you’ll find 50 Great Help Sites, Using Search Engines and Dealing with Browser Messages (for example). In the Internet Guide Archives you’ll find Internet tips and tricks and Internet Security and Privacy..
    http://www.geekgirls.com
  • Internet Public Library (Web Searching)
    Click on Searching Tools > Web Searching for concise, sound advice on which search engines to use in which circumstances and information on how to use each one.
    http://www.ipl.org
  • Internet Tutorials (formerly State University of New York at Albany)
    An admirably clear site. Click on Using and Searching the Web and Basic Internet
    http://www.internettutorials.net/
  • Microsoft Tutorials
    Choose the Microsoft program, the subject area and/or the grade level you are interested in, then ask for a tutorial (there are lots available), how-to articles, a virtual classroom tour, lesson plans, case studies… And it’s all free!
    http://www.microsoft.com/Education/Tutorials.aspx
  • Pandia
    The free search tutorial claims to teach you what you need to know in 30 minutes. The site gives access to information and links for all the major search engines, directories and utilities.
    http://www.pandia.com/
  • TONIC: The Online Netskils Interactive Course
    Free, but you need to register. Course modules include practice and quizzes.. You might want to start with the Searching the Internet module.
    http://www.netskills.ac.uk/onlinecourses/tonic/
  • UC Berkeley Library: Internet Workshops
    This site claimes to have been the most heavily used and linked-to tutorial on web searchng worldwide. From the Table of Contents page you can choose the topics you need, and you can explore to the depth you need–from complete beginner to advanced researcher. This advice from the UCBL is backed by research: Time invested in learning to use the Web efficiently and effectively is well worth while.
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
  • Webhound
    Still one of the best tutorial sites on the Net for learning how to use it. Worksheets can be adapted for use with students. There are useful links to other sites with similar purpose.
    http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/webhound/index.html

Learn how to get the most from search engines at these sites:

    • Bright Planet: Guide to Effective Searching on the Internet
      This covers everything–under 51 topic headings, so bookmark it. Start with Executive Summary: The Two Minute Bottom Line and proceed as you need. An essential point: ‘Time is well-spent in understanding how to pose a proper query and how to take advantage of the way search services work’.’
      http://www.brightplanet.com/deepcontent/tutorials/search/index.asp#index
  • Find Websites
    This page of the University of California at Berkeley library gives quick access to the most important search engines (and directories) along with quick tips on how they work. Scroll down to the bottom for more help e.g. on search strategies
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Help/search.html
  • Search Engine Watch
    Click on Web Searching Tips à Search Engine Maths to start. Eventually you will probably also want to look at Power Searching for Anyone too.
    http://searchenginewatch.com/facts

 

Now you should be ready to take full advantage of these:

  • AlltheWeb
    Indexes billions of web pages including PDF and Word files, images audio, video, news … Provides sophisticated search features
    http://www.alltheweb.com/
  • Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves)
    Type your question in the box, in plain English, and click on Ask. This site currently gets top billing on Spider Apprentice for ‘coolest, easiest, most fun’ search engine. There junior version is now called Askfor Kids. Ask for Kids.
    http://www.ask.com/
  • Google
    This is often rated the top search engine, with good reason. It emphasises quality and relevance by using relevance ranking factors such as the number of other pages linking to it. Click on Google Search Tips to learn how to use it. It’s easy and therefore a good choice for the inexperienced (as well as the experienced).
    http://www.google.com/
  • Google Images
    Google also indexes images– 880 million of them!
    http://images.google.com
  • Kids Click!
    Web search for kids by librarians. Kids Click! teaches children how to search for information/pictures/sounds. in addition there are fifteen large sections organised by subjects.
    http://www.kidsclick.org/
  • Yahoo
    This seems to be one of the most-used search engines in Malaysia. It organises by subject category and can be useful for finding resources on a particular topic. But it is still well worth exploring the other types of search engine listed above.
    http://asia.yahoo.com/

And these directories
Directories place each website in their database in one or more predefined subject categories after a human being (not a robot) has judged it to be worthwhile. You use a directory by ‘drilling down’–that is, by clicking on a subcategory at each level untgil you read the subcategory you are interested in. Google and Yahoo both have directory features. Three other top quality directories to get acquainted with are:

  • Academic Info
    http://www.academicinfo.net/table.html
  • BUBL (Centre for Digital Library Research, Strathclyde University)
    Infomation is organised as in a library. This huge site is now much more than the Bulletin Board for Libraries from which it takes it name.
    http://bubl.ac.uk/
  • Intute
    Inture (formerly Resource Discovery Network) is a gateway to ‘best of the web’ resources in every field, including teach-yourself tutorials in course content. It is run by a network of UK universities and partners. Links have been hand-selected and evaluated by subject specialists. Though coverage includes links to thousands of resources, it is easy to find your way to what you need.
    http://www.intute.ac.uk/
  • The WWW Virtual Library
    This is the oldest catalogue on the Web, started by Tim Berner-Lee, creator of the Web itself, and now run by a confederation of volunteer experts.
    http://vlib.org/
  • The Virtual Learning Resource Centre
    This is an index of thousands of the best academic information sites, aimed at students and teachers. It was started by a former Director of Learning Resources in the USA. This, like BUBL, is organised according to the Dewey Decimal System of classification.
    http://www.virtuallrc.com/

Special Education

Special Education
Lesson and Project Design

As one of these sites advises: Don’t reinvent the wheel! The process of designing good lessons and projects which make use of the Internet has been expertly refined, and there are plenty of sites offering advice, lesson plans and ideas, resources and other kinds of teacher support. Time spent studying examples and discovering ways to produce lessons and materials of high quality is time very well spent. (As you browse you will also come upon examples of what to avoid–but not, I hope, on the sites below.)

  • Big Six
    A well-tried and recommended problem-solving approach in six steps guiding students to find and use information efficiently and effectively.
    http://www.big6.com/
  • Big6: Nuts and Bolts
    Organised links to valuable information. Sections include: In Search of Information Literacy, Resources and Activities, Problem-based learning, Investigating PBL, Using the Big6.
    http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/big6/
  • Cool Teaching Lessons and Units
    Click on Cool Teaching Lessons and Units for quality ready-made units and lessons for all subjects, or help with developing your own. Emphasizes learning models such as WebQuests, Research Models and Problem-Based Learning but includes links to much more.
    http://www.coollessons.org/
  • Designing a Lesson
    Don’t miss this site of ideas, activities and promising practices… There are sections on getting started, lesson plans and resources, ‘making it happen’ (design tips from experts) and other useful information
    http://www.rmcdenver.com/useguide/index.htm
  • Education World
    Lesson planning help for teaching about curriculum topics. You can do a search or browse by topic. Example: clicking on Technology leads to a collection on Using the Internet to Help you Teach. This site claims to provide 500,000 web resources.
    http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/
  • Edsitement
    Tips and tools for integrating the Internet as a standard resource. Other sections of this site provide lesson plans, a reference shelf, a subject catalogue…
    http://edsitement.neh.gov/reference.html
  • EdWeb
    The site offers a step-by-step guide to designing worthwhile learning tasks which make use of the Internet. The ‘Rubric for Evaluating Web Quests’ page is as useful for setting goals as for final evaluation. There is also a ‘Roadmap’ presentation in 23 slides.
    http://webquest.sdsu.edu
  • Filamentality
    An interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internt sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities in a choice of formats.
    http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/
  • Filling the Toolbox: Classroom Strategies to Engender Student Questioning
    The strategies are of general relevance but can be applied particularly effectively to lessons involving the Internet. The emphasis is on training students to think more critically and creatively. Click on Prior issues. The article is listed under Libraries of the Future.
    http://fno.org/
  • Grazing the Net: Raising a Generation of Free Range Students
    An excellent article by James McKenzie which appeared in From Now On, the educational technology journal. Its aim is to show how schools may take advantage of the Internet to raise a generation of ‘free range students’, that is ‘young people capable of navigating through a complex, often disorganized information landscape while making up their own minds about the important issues of their lives and their times’. Scroll down the home page to the article title and click.
    http://fno.org/
  • How to Make a Successful ESL/EFL Teacher’s Web Page
    An Internet TESL Journal article with samples and links to take the trauma out of this task.
    http://iteslj.org/Articles/Kelly-MakePage/
  • ICT in Education
    help in planning lessons which use computers–as well as ICT activities which do not require a computer. Terry Freedman also offers 5 minute tips and a free newsletter Computers in Classrooms–besides a book to purchase.
    http://terry-freedman.org.uk/artman/publish/index.php
  • Lesson Plans Page
    There are over 2500 lesson plans. Choose a subject (e.g. Language Arts) or a specific topic (e.g. Science Projects or Maths Worksheets) or any of the special features (e.g. Efficient Reading). The quality is mixed–but the collection can be used as a source of ideas for adapting to your own students.
    http://www.lessonplanspage.com/
  • Newspapers in Education:The Star
    News lessons, activities, contects, Internet tutorials, links to NIE sties around the world. Potential for lesson material.
    http://thestar.com.my/education/
  • Project-based Learning
    Collaborative learning with quality control via checklists. Teachers can create custom checklists to suit their own and students’ needs by choosing from options provided–then print out the lists for class use. Very useful for setting criteria and evaluating various kinds of oral and written products (oral presentations, class newspaper, reports, puppet show…)
    http://4teachers.org/projectbased/
  • Teachers’ Internet Use Guide
    Learn how to design, develop, implement, and evaluate an Internet-based lesson using a four-step instructional design process. Sample lessons illustrate this process. Free sharable online bank of teacher-created lessons.
    http://rmcdenver.com/useguide/
  • Teaching Tips
    This will give you a very great deal more than help with lesson design. There is a vast assortment of topics including: preparing a lesson plan, course design, teaching techniques, assessment technigues, using questions effectively, how people learn, core abilities, motivating students, coping with stress, difficult behaviours and even ‘the first day’.
    http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/teachtip.htm
  • ThinkQuest
    Creating, exploring, promoting learning on the Web. Students research in teams, using appropriate skills, tools and procedures and then publish the results online.
    http://www.thinkquest.org/
  • Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technololgy
    Two modules from the University of Maryland/Verizon on using the web to design and deliver online courses. Many examples of the use of technology across the curriculum for groupwork, projects, presentations and research, mostly at tertiary level.
    http://www.umuc.edu/virtualteaching/
  • Web Worksheet Wizard
    A utility allowing the teacher to create a lesson, worksheet or class page on the Web. The counterpart students-only page is Project Poster (where teachers’ work will be deleted!)
    http://wizard.hprtec.org/
  • WebQuests
    A WebQuest is ‘an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web’. The activities are carefully structured and many examples are available. This is possibly the most used model world-wide for designing web-based lessons. Full guidance is available.
    http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html
  • WWW4Teachers
    Project-based learning site which includes help in designing multimedia materials. Customisable checklists and rubrics (choose from pulldown suggestions).
    http://www.4teachers.org/


    TIP: You’ll find more help with lesson plans on other pages of this site such as TESL/TEFL and Young Learners

School and College Libraries – Study Skills and Research

School and College Libraries – Study Skills and Research

Running and Promoting the School or

College Resource Centre

  • American Library Association
    Extensive selection of ideas for promoting the library and reading among teenagers, e.g. a programme whereby teenagers read to younger children.
    http://www.ala.org/teenread/
  • Association of Teacher Librarians in Canada
    Teacher librarian resources: articles, courses, lists, links. CLick on Teacher Librarians. Try the article on ‘Students’ information literacy needs in the 21st century.’
    http://k-6educatorsca.about.com/aboutcanada/canadateachers/
  • Book It!
    Reading Incentive Programme to motivate children K-6 to read. Teachers set the goals each month–which may be different for each child. Check out the Resources page for learning how to create a ‘legacy of literacy’ in children. Sponsored by Pizza Hut and available in Malaysia.
    http://www.bookitprogram.com/
  • Internet School Library Media Center
    Click on Library Media, Needle in a Cyberstack, Elem. Language Arts… for links to e.g. Motivational Ideas; Library Instruction; School Library Media Day; Storytelling, Drama, Creative Dramatics, Puppetry & Readers Theater… A highly regarded site.
    http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/
  • KQ Web
    The online companion to the journal Knowledge Quest aimed at media specialists and educators concerned with school library development and services. The editor is a co-founder of NoodleTools which supplies information and software to help students in the research process.
    http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/kqweb/kqweb.htm
  • Librarians’ Index to the Internet
    Subtitled ‘Websites you can trust’ this is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 7, 000 Internet resources. Of particular use to teachers are the Arts & Humanities, Computers, Reference, Science, Society abd Social Science sections.
    http://lii.org/
  • Librarian Links
    A large collection of links for school librarians covering a wide range of topics, e.g. books and reviews,teaching links for information literacy and the research process, library lesson plans, school libraries on the web, plagiarism…
    http://home.gwi.net/brhs/lib.html
  • Story Lady: Stories for all the ages
    Why tell stories? A section for parents and teachers and sound samples.
    http://www.thestorylady.ca/
  • Library Jokes
    Go to KidsPage for a collection of Jokes of the Month.
    http://www.multcolib.org
  • Read In! 2002
    Colourful and lively award-winning site with promotion ideas, lesson plans, activities. Online interaction between children and authors/illustrators on 16th May. Print out some Webster B Worm bookmarks or have.
    http://www.readin.org/
  • School Libraries.Net
    An excellent network of school librarianship sites, included in the School Library Journal’s list of Best Sites for Librarians. Run by a retired school librarian and sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University. Links with school libraries around the world.
    http://www.school-libraries.net/
  • School Libraries Online
    Website of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and web version of School Library Journal. News, reviews, articles, indexes to print journal, annotated links to ‘the best starting points’ for Internet exploration.
    http://www.iasl-online.org/
  • School Library Hotspots
    A Canadian site offering links to instruction, reviews, reference, literature, recommended library sites, web awareness…
    http://www.pembinatrails.ca/infozone/hotspots/
  • School Library Journal
    The world’s largest review of books, multimedia and technology for children and teens. Articles, reviews, tips, links. A must for school librarians.
    http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/
  • ThinkQuest
    Basic library skills presented very attractively by kids e.g. What is a call number?
    http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5002/Basic
  • Young Adult Librarian’s Help/Homepage
    Journals, resources, websites for teens.
    http://yahelp.suffolk.lib.ny.us/

The Internet in Teaching and Learning
including ideas for teacher-librarian collaboration

  • Big Six
    A well-tried information problem-solving approach in six steps enabling students to find and use information efficiently and effectively.
    http://www.big6.com/
  • Edsitement
    Tips and tools for integrating the Internet as a standard resource. Other sections of this site provide lesson plans, a reference shelf, a subject catalogue….
    http://edsitement.neh.gov/
  • EdWeb
    A step-by-step guide to designing worthwhile learning tasks which make use of the Internet.
    http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/roadmap/index.htm
  • Global SchoolNet (GNS)
    Home of The Global School Hose. Instructional applications of telecommunication at both primary and secondary levels: curriculum projects, tutorials, articles about using the Internet in the classroom, opportunities to communicate and collaborate with other educators…
    http://gsn.org
  • KidsClick!
    Web search for kids by librarians—all subjects. Really attractive pages e.g. on evaluating websites. Access to 5200 sites.
    http://kidsclick.com
  • Multnomah County Library KidsPage
    An action-packed, animated site. Special features include a scavenger hunt and other games, ‘good stuff to read,’ homework help
    http://www.multcolib.org/kids/
  • Newspapers in Education: Bangkok Post
    How to use newspapers in teaching/learning English
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/education/index.htm
  • The Star Online: Education
    This has been revised and expanded. Newspapers in Education is now just one of many features: News, lessons, activities, contests, Internet tutorials.
    http://thestar.com.my/education/
  • Project Based Learning
    Rationale, articles, resources and links for project based learning aimed at middle and secondary school teachers. After looking through the PBL Overview, click on Resources.
    http://www.bie.org/pbl/
  • T.H.E. Journal
    Free online journal. Accessible articles, e.g. Integrating technology into a Reading Program’. Links and ideas for collaborative projects
    http://www.thejournal.com
  • Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technology
    There are two modules: Using the Web to Design Online Courses and Delivering Online Ineractive Courses with many examples for matching learning objectives to appropriate technology. From the University of Maryland and Verizon.
    http://www.umuc.edu/virtualteaching/


  • WWW4Teachers
    Substantial section on Project Based Learning with links on Multiple Intelligences and Building Motivation. Web Worksheet Wizard for teachers, Project Poster for students.
    http://4teachers.org/projectbased/

Science and Maths (ETeMS)

Science and Maths (ETeMS)

Topics covered in this list

  • Maths
  • General Science (including Education sites with Maths/Science pages)
  • Life Sciences (including Biology, Genetics, Human Biology)
  • Paleontology(Dinosaurs)
  • Physical Sciences (including Astronomy,Chemistry, Physics)
  • Technology (including Inventions, Engineering)

 


Maths

  • APlusMath
    A site to help students improve maths skills interactively. Design and print your own flashcards. Choose worksheets formatted for printing, or use them online and get them corrected right away. Visit the Game Room, try a math word puzzle or use the Homework helper
    http://www.aplusmath.com/
  • Curious and Useful Math
    Award-winning site explaining popular maths tricks and giving shortcut rules for calculating answers to maths problems quickly. . Plus entertaining trivia, math facts and links to other maths sites.
    http://www.curiousmath.com/
  • FunBrain Kids Center: Maths Games
    Scroll down to Numbers for about 20 games which let children practice their maths skills. For example, Change Maker asks you to be a shop assistant in charge of the till. Choose your level of difficulty, select a currency–and give back the right change. Math Baseball, Power Football and Fresh Baked Fractions are three of the other games.
    http://funbrain.com/kidscenter.html
  • Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
    There is much on offer here for teachers and secondary students: clear, simple yet entertaining explanations for topics in all areas of maths plus puzzles, games and mathematical doodles. Start by clicking on Games and Puzzles
    http://www.cut-the-knot.org/index.shtml

 

  • MacTutor History of Mathematics
    The lives and work of 1550 mathematicians from all countries and periods. Check out the 100 most popular..
    http://turnbull.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/index.html
  • Math Archives
    Less easy to navigate than Math Forum but a little time spent exploring it will yield a wealth of material including links to Web resources specialising in various maths topics. Click on K12 Teaching Materials for links to lesson plans.
    http://archives.math.utk.edu

 

  • Math Around the World
    For primary school, with pages appropriate for each year. The site caters especially for students struggling with maths concepts and can help teachers trying to bring slow learners to success.
    http://library.thinkquest.org/C004770F/

 

  • Math.Com
    Reference, practice, games and homework help for all aspects of maths. The tables section, for example, provides tables and conversion guides for converting stones to kilos, miles to kilometers, litres to gallons, and for finding the 52nd prime number, calculating the volume of a cone….
    http://www.math.com

 

  • Math Forum: Arithmetic Classroom Materials
    Part of a prestigious and especially useful resource covering every maths topic and level imaginable. Despite its size it is easy to search and has an ask-an-expert service.This page is for primary and secondary teachers of maths.
    http://mathforum.org/arithmetic/arith.lessons.html

 

  • Math Goodies
    Interactive maths lessons using a problem-solving approach, for free. The site includes math chat boards, math puzzles, a math image library, educational links, homework suggestions, worksheets and forums. Over 400 pages of activities. Award-winner.
    http://www.mathgoodies.com/

 

  • Math in Daily Life
    Takes a closer look at the maths behind painting a room, cooking a meal, understanding population growth, buying a car, making decisions…
    http://www.learner.org/exhibits/dailymath/

 

  • Mathematical History Web
    A very attractive student designed site offering colourful descriptions of how mathematics has developed from ancient times to the present and stories of famous mathematicians. In addition there are interactive applets to give a visual feel for shapes, objects and mathematical concepts.
    http://library.thinkquest.org/22584

 

  • Maths Dictionary for Kids
    Colourful, animated and interative. Over 400 definitions in simple language, with examples and activities. Requires Flash.
    http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com

 

  • Maths Net
    Interactive maths in education’. A huge range of topics (with visuals), games and puzzles, learning aids, links, downloads etc for all levels
    http://www.mathsnet.net/
  • MegaMath
    Uses illustrated stories and group and individual activities to introduce big mathematical ideas and key concepts. Includes preparation, materials, vocabulary and evaluation guidelines. Sample page titles: Algorithiams and Ice Cream, Machines that Eat Your Words, Games on Graphs, Untangling the Mathematics of Knots. Many classroom and homework uses.
    http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/
  • Megapenny Project
    Huge numbers are hard to visualise. This project helps by taking the US penny and showing what multiples of them–a thousand, a cubic foot, 100 billion, a trillion…would look like, what the weight would be etc. There is also a MegaMoo section which does the same thing with cows!
    http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/
  • Mighty Math Club
    Math fun and learning activities to develop problem-solving and maths skills, organised by age groups. At each level there are activities which can be done without a computer, some which use a downloadable geoboard, and more challenging activities using a computer program.
    http://www.mathclub.com/
  • Multimedia Maths Glossary
    Click on Glossary. Choose a grade level, get a list of maths words, click on your choices and watch them come to life in colour on the screen. From Harcourt School Publishers
    http://www.harcourtschool.com/glossary/math2/index_temp.html

 

  • Odyssey of the Mind
    School program fostering creative thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of areas (verbal as well as mechanical). Aims to develop lifelong skills such as working in teams, evaluating ideas, decision-making… Annual international competition.
    http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/
  • PUMAS (Practical Uses of Math and Science)
    A collection of one page examples of how maths and science topics can be used in everyday life (including the classroom). Written by scientists and engineers, the aim is to give the flavour of interesting and practical working science.
    http://pumas.jpl.nasa.gov/
  • Rubik’s Cube
    Provides the maths involved in solving the Cube, insights into possible arrangements and rotations and strategies for solving the puzzle. Did you know there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different arrangements of the squares? Nonetheless it is possible to get all the 3 by 3 squares on each of the 6 sides showing the same colour.
    http://www.rubiks.com
  • Rubik Games
    The official site for the Rubik Cube and other Rubic games. You can solve the cube online or download demo versions of the Rubik games. The number of possible combinations of Rubik’s Cube is 43,252,003,274,489,856,000,
    http://www.rubiks.com
  • SIS Mathematics Tables and Formulas
    An alternative to Maths.Com Tables
    http://www.sosmath.com/tables/tables.html

 

  • Sprott’s Fractal Gallery
    Maths, physics and art combined. Generates a new fractal each day.
    http://sprott.physics/wisc.edu/fractals.htm
  • WebMath
    A Discovery School site offering math word problems and constructive homework help: The student clicks on a problem solver category, enters a math problem and gets an explanation of how to solve a similar problem for himself next time (plus the answer to this one). There is a reminder: ‘You won’t have Webmath when you take the test. Try the next problem on your own.’ A wide range of categories from number basics through calculus, including story and word problems for both primary and secondary levels.
    http://school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/webmath/

 

General Science
including Education sites with Maths/Science pages

  • 4kids
    ‘Your link to the latest TecKNOWLEDGEy on the Web.’ Questions and answers, challenges, kidquests Ask Amy
    http://www.4kids.org/askamy/
  • Ask Dr. Universe
    Dr. Universe and his team at Washington State University answer questions, e.g. Do frogs sleep? Why don’t spiders stick to their own webs? Can we grow more brain cells? There are links to Dr U;s own favourite sites.
    http://www.wse.edu/DrUniverse/Contents.html
  • Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) (formerly listed as Families Exploring Maths and Science) UPDATED
    Start with the Busy Teacher’s Website and the Family Learning Nook. for motivating youngsters and encouraging parental knowledge and support. Emphases are on science and maths in everyday life, motivating youngsters and encouraging parental involvementt. There are many topics, experiments and activities.
    http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/busyt/
  • Discover Magazine
    Interactive approach with animated sequences. Recent topics: taste tests, right and left hemispheres of our brains….
    http://www.discover.com
  • EduGreen
    There is much on offer at this site for schools which aims to make environmental learning fun. Topics include: Life on earth, Forestry, Energy, Water, Air pollution, Climate change, Biotechnology and Solid waste. There are activities, quizzes, stories, cartoons, puzzles, memory games, jokes, links to related sites and a chance to ‘ask an expert’.
    http://www.edugreen.teri.res.in/
  • Extreme Science
    Comprehensive, well-illusrated site which gives answers to a wide range of questions (e.g. why is the sky blue? how do lasers work? What does DNA stand for? Click on Did You Know?
    and What Happened What Yea?r for lots of other interesting facts.
    http://www.extremescience.com
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum
    Learning made fun, by the famed Philadelphia museum. Visit the online exhibits. Educational “hotlists” offer valuable homework connections. The “Kids Did This! Hotlist” features the work of children. Activities encourage integration of science, language and experience.
    http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/welcome.html
  • Global School House
    Includes clearinghouse of more than 50 online collaborative projects, organised by topic and grade level. Also: Classroom conferencing, professional development, games` resource links and articles archive (Example: ‘You’ve Got Email: Ten nifty ways your teachers can use e-mail to extend kids’ learning)
    http://www.globalschoolnet.org/GSH/index.html

 

  • How Come? Science discoveries for the whole family.
    Based on a syndiated newspaper column which answers young readers’ questions. Colourful and very informative–with a light touch. To get the flavour try Why do elephants have trunks? or Which came first–the chicken or the egg?
    http://www.word-detective.com/howcome/index.html
  • KidsClick! Science and Math
    Annotated searchable directory of sites created by librarians for kids. There are sub-menus for e.g. Animals, Endangered Animals, The Environment, Natural Disasters, Math and Space and links to various specific topics such as Science Experiments.
    http://www.kidsclick.org/

 

  • Kids’ Web Science Pages
    A digital library for K-12 students with links to sites for all science fields, selected because they are ‘understandable and interesting to schoolkids’. Easy to use.
    http://www.npac.syr.edu/textbook/kidsweb/Sciences/index.html

 

  • Learning Science Together
    From the Science Museum, London. Click on Families to reach the page: A set of five activity sheets encouraging children (and parents) to see science as a way of explaining the world around them. Linked to the UK National Curriculum. The sheets are in PDF format for printing out and require Acrobat Reader (which is downloadable free).
    http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/education/index.asp
  • Learning Studio @ The Exploratorium
    This science museum in San Francisco mounts electronic versions of hands-on exhibits e.g. explore your brain, track severe storms, dissect a cow’s eye (or a sheep’s brain). play games with memory… An archive of the best art, science and education sites. Hosts the online Exploratorium Magazine which takes an in-depth look at a single topic each issue (e.g. paper), with plenty of activities.
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/
  • Living Library, The
    Excellent for kids of all ages with access to specialist collections and a good picture library. Material comes from educational publishers (Heinemann Educational, Oxford University Press). Unfortunately this is a subscription serive but you can try it free for a month before deciding whether to pay for more.
    http://www.livinglibrary.co.uk/
  • New Scientist
    Indispensable source for upper secondary students and teachers. News, hot topics, opinion, weblinks, articles archive.Try Last Word: questions and answers on everyday phenomenon, or the quizzes checking your impact on the environment, or the humour page (Bizarre Science).
    http://www.newscientist.com/<
  • Nobel Electronic Museum
    Nobel Prize website includes interviews with Nobel winners, practical applications of winning research, an interactive multimedia feature for secondary school students (and beyond), science games, a Nobel Internet Library of lectures, books, posters. You can check out specific subjects, e.g. click on Chemistry-1996 to find a 3d Fullerene Gallery showing how rotating fullerienes or ‘buckyballs’resemble the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller.
    http://www.nobel.se/nobel/nobelmuseum/index.html
  • Ontario Science Centre SciZone offers a full range of features, exhibits and games, experiments to try at home, commentary on science in the news, science questions and answers. An excellent site from a world leader in interactive science exhibitions.
    http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/scizone/default.html?/
  • Science Fair Central
    A comprehensive guide to creating science fair projects. Includes a Science for Fun section. Hosted by Janice VanCleeve, prolific award-winning author on science and science topics.
    http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/
  • Science Museum, London
    Activity sheets and materials for teachers, exhibitlets taken from the 300,000 objects in the collection.
    http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
  • Try Science
    A science education resource for children, parents and educators. It features information for kids on science museums, science fair project ideas, dinosaurs, and other science discoveries.
    http://www.tryscience.org
  • Women in Science
    Features 4,000 years worth of contributions by women. Includes biographies, photographs and references.
    http://www.astr.ua.edu/4000WS/
    Try this one too:Biographies of Notable Women: Science, Medicine and Maths
    http://womenshistory.about.com/od/biographies/a/women_science.htm
  • Wonder Whiz Kids
    Fundamental concepts in ‘an interactive and collaborative environment’: animations, simulations, quizzes, games and applications to the real world.
    http://www.wonderwhizkids.com/

Life Sciences
including Biology (Processes, Plants, Animals, Ecology), Genetics, Human Biology

  • Animaland
    In a recent review devoted entirely to this site, Computimes (NST Malaysia )reviewer Zoraini Wati Abas declared this her favourite children’t site–with many good reasons. There are eight sections packed with information and activities Pet Care, Stories, Games, Animal ABC’s…)
    http://www.animaland.org
  • Anatomy of the Human Body
    A science classic with 1,247 ‘vibrant engravings’ Search buttons and hyyperlinked chapter headings and sub-heads help you to zoom in on topics.
    http://www.bartleby.com/107/
  • Bagheera Endangered Species
    A site about endangered animals with profiles of animals that are vanishing or already extinct. The Spotlight section features current environmental issues such as Global Warming and there are Classroom Activities encouraging use of the imagination to solve environmental problems.
    http://www.bagheera.com
  • BBC Nature
    Among the page choices worth trying out are Blue Planet Challenge (a natural history of the oceans), WildFacts (hundreds of animals to choose from), Animals, Weird Nature,Really Wild Zone and Games and Competitions. Great photos and lots to learn and do.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/
  • Birding.com
    For birdwatchers around the world. Excellent articles on a wide variety of bird species and their habitats, fact-packed sections on bird identification, bird records, links to Top 25 Birding Websites, bird-feeding information, photos, songs and tips on binoculars and waht to look for in particular countries.
    http://www. birding.com
  • Coastal Ecosystems
    Large collection of articles on development of coastal ecosystems and resident species, plus features, a Species Fact File and interactive games. There is much more at this BBC site.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/blueplanet/edge/explore.shtml
  • DNA from the Beginning
    For upper secondary and sixth form. There are three main sections: Classical Genetics, Molecules of Generitcs and Genetic Organization and Control. In each, key concepts are explained with the aid of animation and audio and video clips. There are links to problems for testing your understanding.
    http://www.dnaftb.org/dnaftb/
  • Genetic Science Learning Centre
    Find out how genetics affects our lives and society, with the help of animated illustrations, online tutorials, and virtual lab tours. Start with A Tour of the Basics and Inside a Cell. Click on Basic –> Firefly to find out how fireflies glow–to attract mates. Build DNA or a protein. Learn about stem cells or pharming for pharmaceuticals ..Go to the Teachers’ Resource page for a range of activities for secondary level. Hours of learning.
    http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/
  • Heart, The: An Online Exploration
    Explore the heart and discover its complex development and structure. Follow the blood through the blood vessels. Wander through the weblike body systems. Learn how to have a healthy heart and how to minitor your heart’s health. Track the history of heart science. From the excellent Franklin Institute Science Museum.
    http://www.fi.edu/biosci/index.html
  • MicroAngela
    A fascinating online collection of colorised electron microscope images of cells, bugs, bacteria, mould, parasites, planktonic crustaceans, ocean creatures (e.g. corals), grains of sand, patterns and shapes, all complete with descriptions. From the University of Hawaii.
    http://www.pbrc.hawaii.edu/bemf/microangela/
  • Net Frog: Interactive Frog Dissection
    Popular online tutorials teaching how to be nifty with a knife in the biology lab through images, movies, clear text and interactive exercises. There are also follow-up and classroom activities, related links (frogs, anatomy, the environment…)
    http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/frog/
  • Snake, The
    An even-handed overview of the snake family.
    http://www.thesnake.org
  • World Wildlife Fund
    Discover Endangered Wildlife, Wild Places, Global Challenges, WWF in Action. Explore Concervation Science. Join in the Fun and Games. A very worthwhile source with ideas for helping to save the living planet.
    http://www.worldwildlife.org
    /
  • Yuckiest Site on the Internet
    This popular site is now part of Discovery School. Sections include Worm World, Roach World, Gross and Cool Human Body, Fun and Games, Ask Wendell Everything You Want to Know about Science..
    http://yucky.kids.discovery.com/

Paleontology (Dinosaurs)

Dinosaurs roamed the earth for some 150 million years; their remains have been found from Siberia and China to Mexico. There were over 1000 types.

  • Dinosauria Online
    Dictionary, guide to pronouncing dinosaur names, anatomical dictionary, maps showing how the earth looked millions of years ago, an archive of articles and a gallery with a wealth of images dhowing dinosaur drawings and photos of skeletons or digs. A good source for illustrating dinosaur projects!
    http://www.dinosauria.com
  • Dinosauria, The
    A huge resource covering everything from dinosaur diet and famous paleontologies to theories about dinosaur culture. Everything is easy on the eye, interlinked and the site is easy to navigate.Click on Help –>Timeform for an overview of the PreCambrian era and check out the Subway to Other Resources for further links.
    http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/dinosaur.html
  • Ornithopters (Flapping Wings)
    http://home.earthlink.net/~pazuzu/orn.html
  • Paleo Pages
    Huge site.
    http://www.paleopages.com
  • T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous
    More T-Rex information.
    http://www.imax.com/t-rex
  • T-Rex: The Curse of
    What insects, plants and animals were around at the same time as the dinosaurs? How do palaeontologists decide where to look for fossil dinosaurs?
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/trex
  • Walking with Dinosaurs
    Easy to navigate. Mixture of news and theories concerning dinosaurs.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dinosaurs
  • Zoom Dinosaurs
    Part of the Enchanted Learning website for younger children. Click on the Zoom Dinosaurs link which offers well-illustrated information on what a dinosaur is, types of dinosaurs, fossil formation, how dinosaurs breed, how the different species are classified and theories on why they died out. It is possible to print out pictures of dinosaurs. Animated visuals and many hypertext links
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com

Physical Sciences
including Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics

  • Astronomy 161
    Online book exploring the development of astronomy. Read, browse, look up facts, ask questions. A site to bookmark.
    http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/index.html
  • Atlas of the Universe
    Get the big picture through maps showing comprehensive images of the visible universe. For each map there are notes and further images highlighting special features. See what exists 12.5 light years from the sun. look at the neighbourhood at a distance of 15 billion light years from the sun.
    http://www.geocities.com/atlasoftheuniverse
  • Bad Astronomy
    A site created by astronomer Phil Plait to counteract the abundance of out-of-date and misleading information disseminated through films, books, the web etc.If everyone had even a basic grasp of scientific principles, this planet would be a better place’.
    http://www.badastronomy.com
  • ChemistryCoach
    A large site which provides not only a wide range of tutorials on chemistry topics but also teachers’ resources, features on the importance of English in maths and science, help with study skills and cooperative learning, extensive links and much more.
    http://www.chemistrycoach.com/index.htm#Index
  • Chemistry Guide: High School Hub
    There are tutorials, quizzes, practice exams, study cards and problem sets (Correct answers are reinforced with a brief explanation. Incorrect answers are linked to tutorials to help solve the problem.) Attractive and easy to navigate.
    http://highschoolhub.org/hub/chemistry.cfm
  • Galaxy Collection
    A collection of digital images of 113 nearby galaxies. With a detailed guide.
    http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~frei/catalog.htm
  • Gravity Story, The: From Apples to Orbits
    Type ‘gravity story’ in the search box at the bottom f the page for quick access. Explains what gravity is, what effect it has on us and on objects in space. Subjects discussed include: tidal waves, free fall,m uniform acceleration, orbits, expanding universe theories, history of various theories of gravity. Explanations of laws included in pjhysics curricula (e.g. Kepler’s Laws, Newton’s Laws….) with illustrations, graphics, simulations…
    http://www.thinkquest.org/27585
  • Hubble Space Telescope
    Sharp, detailed images of planets and galaxies millions of miles away plus news releases. The Hubble Space Telescopis a joint project of the European Space Agency and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    http://www.stsci.edu/br>
  • Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion
    Learn what happens to objects in orbit in space under the influence of gravity. Or try the lesson on Universal Gravitation
    http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/Class/circles/u614a.html
  • Nine Planets, The
    A multimedia tour of the solar system.
    http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/billa/tnp
  • Physics Central
    American Physical Society site with a mission to convey the excitement and importance of phyics. Daily updates on physics in the news, top web picks, regular features on people in physics, physics in pictures features on people and physics in action. They’ll also answer your questions on how things work.
    http://www.physicscentral.com/
  • The Physics Classroom
    The lessons use an easy-to-understand language to present basic physics concepts covered in first-year high school physics courses. The multimedia studio provides animations to illustrate and concepts, and a Physics Help section gives practice in such skills as analysing graphs. There are quizzes for each tutorial to test mastery.
    http://www.physicsclassroom.com/
  • Physics Lessons
    A search feature locates lessons on any physics topic within the site or on the Internet. There is a reference section (calculators, unit converter, glossary, equations, HTML tutorial…) and a series of forums. You can sign up for a free monthly newsletter.
    http://www.physicslessons.com/
  • Physics On-line
    Information & resources for high school physics. An excellent collection of up-to-date physics-related links`plus daily news and a humour page. A Canadian site.
    http://www.ndrs.org/physicsonline/
  • Physics Today Online
    Online version of a monthly magazine with news stories, authoritative articles, research reports,book reviews, new products. Simple, clean site, well-designed.
    http://www.physicstoday.org/
  • SafeClimate
    An effectively designed site with many features on climate-related topics including an ‘Action for Indivituals’ section offering ideas for reducing your individual climate impact.Try the ‘carbon footprint calculator to find out how you are contributing to the build-up of CO
    http://www.safeclimate.net
  • Solar System Simulator
    Look at any place in our solar system from any kind of craft or location at any time between the year 1600 and the year 2300. For example,you can find out what Venus will look like to your great-great grandchildren if they are living on Mars a hundred years from now. A fascinating site.
    http://wpace.jpl.nasa.gov

  • Yohkoh Public Outreach Project
    Two archives with latest images and film clips depicting the Sun (our nearest star) as seen by an X-ray telescope on board the Yohkoh satgellite. The Solar Tour explores questions such as Does it spin like the Earth does? What is it like inside? What colour is sunlight? The Classroom lets you investigate for yourself the rotation rate of the Sun and the planets, the relationship between the size of the sun and the shape of the Earth’s orit, how to calculate the height of the satellite above the Earth’s surface….
    http://solar.physics.montana.edu/YPOP
  • Your Weight on Other Worlds
    Find out what you would weigh on Mercury, Venus, Mars etc–and why. Discussions of the difference between mass and weight, the relationship between gravity, mass and distance…
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight

Technology, Inventions and Engineering

  • By Kids For Kids: Inventors and Innovators
    Stories of famous inventors when young, and kid inventors.
    http://www.bkfk.com/inventor/kids.asp
  • Discover Engineering
    What’s it like to be an engineer? What do engineers do? FAQs about engineers and engineering, games, puzzles and scavenger hunts, an Idea Center bursting with brainstorms, a chance to post questions and ideas. A well-engineered site.
    http://www.discoverengineering.org/home.asp
  • How Stuff Works
    Award winning repository of information, excellently organised. . Digital cameras? cellphones? Computer viruses? Light bulbs? Ice cream? Lasers? Optical fibres? Sections include Computer Stuff, Science Stuff, Health Stuff, Quick Stuff, even Money Stuff. Articles are broken down into digestible chunks and there is a printable version of each one.
    http://www.howstuffworks.com
  • How Things Work
    A large collection of answers to questions put to a professor of physics. There are also tips for teachers on designing a course, and links to other physics-related sites.
    http://howthingswork.virginia.edu/
  • The Great Idea Finder
    A constantly expanding ‘showcase’ celebrating innovation and invention: biographies, facts and myths, timeline, articles, games, special features, links to resources….Colourful illustrations.
    http://www.ideafinder.com/
  • Kids Inventors
    Over 200 young inventors pages for kids, teachers and parents within the parent site Patent Café (‘the most trusted inventor site in the world’). Sections include How to Invent, Famous Inventors and Inventions around the world, an online magazine, a large Explore Your World section with experiments, webcams and resource links…
    http://kids.patentcafe.com Not available 7 Dec.
  • M2M-Morse to Multiplexing
    This site aims to cover everything that secondary and A level/STPM students need to know about telecommunications with many helpful animations to explain how things work, plus key facts,exam tips, quizzes, glossary and links. . Especially recommended: the Virtual Tour (it requires QuickTime).
    http://www.m2m.ecs.soton.ac.uk

Young Learners

Young Learners
Topics covered in this list

  • Internet Skills and Searching with Children
  • Educational Sites: General
  • ESL/EFL Sites

 

 


INTERNET SKILLS AND SEARCHING WITH CHILDREN

Also check the related guides: Web Tutorials and Search Engines Web evaluation

  • Ask for Kids! (formerly Ask Jeeves for Kids)
    Just type in a question and click Ask! Considered the fastest and easiest place for kids to find answers online.
    http://www.askforkids.com/
  • Fact Monster
    A version of Information Please. On-line dictionary, encyclopedia, a homework center, “today in history,” a word of the day, news and links to pages devoted to maths, science games, sports…
    http://www.factmonster.com/
  • Google
    One of the fastest and more successful search engines–yet easy enough to teach children to use. Click on Google Search Tips to learn how it works.
    http://www.google.com
  • KidsClick!
    Web search for kids by librarians. 15 categories, 600 subjects, search lessons for information/pictures/sounds
    http://kidsclick.com
  • Kids Internet
    Despite the name, this is really aimed at parents. Take the Internet Safety tutorial. Then click on First Time Here? to find out what this Family Internet site has to offer.
    http://kidsinternet.about.com/
  • Kids’ Web
    Comprehensive digital learning resource library and information portal updated weekly…for K-12 students, teachers, parents. Homework help. Links.
    http://www.npac.syr.edu/textbook/kidsweb/
  • Net Mom
    Guide to safe surfing by an ex-librarian whose seal of approval is sought by other sites for children. Try 100 Hot Sites for Families.
    http://www.netmom.com/
  • Quick: the Quality Information Checklist
    8 ways of checking information on the web with Teachers’ Guide. Illustrated main page is worth downloading for poster or class distribution. Clicking on any of the 8 ways leads to information and activities. Simple but clever animated graphics. Use it!
    http://www.quick.org.uk/
  • Yahooligans! Teachers’ Guide
    Check out the Internet Literacy section for teaching search skills, source citation, site evaluation Subject guides and useful links.
    http:/?.yahooligans.yahoo.com/tg/
    EDUCATIONAL SITES:GENERAL
  • American Library Association
    The largest juried collection of children’s sites (700+) in cyberspace, this site includes links to online resources for fun and learning reviewed and organized by children’s librarians. Compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA.
    http://www.ala.org/parentspage/
  • Animaland
    In a recent review devoted entirely to this site, Computimes reviewer Zoraini Wati Abas declared this her favourite children’t site–with many good reasons. There are eight sections packed with information and activities Pet Care, Stories, Games, Animal ABC’s…)
    http://www.animaland.org
  • Awesome Library
    Leading site, with sections for kids, teachers, parents. 16,000 reviewed resources including top 5% in education
    http://www.awesomelibrary.org/
  • BBC Schools Online
    Fun learning activities and resources for school and home. Organised by age groups
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/schools/
  • Berit’s Best Sites for Children
    A guide to the best 1000 sites for younger children with guidance in where and how to find the information you/the children need. Constantly updated. Try Homework Helpers, Serious Stuff, Safe Surfing
    http://www.beritsbest.com/
  • Blue Web’n Learning Sites Library
    A library of Blue Ribbon learning sites. Browse the contents, or search by subject and grade level. There are web-based tutorials, activities and projects; unit and lesson plans, hotlists, reference links and tools.
    http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
  • Big 6Skills
    Well-tested and much-used information problem-solving approach which can be taught to all upper primary school children in any subject. Plenty of examples Start with Overview, then check out the Lessons and Links.
    http://www.big6.com/
  • B J Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper
    ‘BJ (his friends call him Beege) started this site when he was 14 and it has become very professional in both content and design. (He is now 17) There are over 700 links to sites covering all subject areas that will help with homework
    http://school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper
  • BlueWeb’n
    A library of Blue Ribbon web sites for education, all subjects, cross-referenced. Tutorials, activities, projects, lesson plans…
    http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
  • Brain Teasers
    Three questions per week for each of three age/grade levels (primary through lower secondary); answers are given the following week and there is an archives of past questions and answers. Kids’ Place has games and activities for math, reading, language arts, social studies, and science. Education Place is the teachers’ resource page.
    http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/
  • Cool Planet for Kids
    ‘Active 8’ features children around the world, a picture gallery and activities. ‘What on Eatrh is Oxfam?’ presents Oxfam’s aims and projects and facts and a section on Understanding Aid. Check the online resources in the Teachers section, organised by age group. There is a Curriculum for Global Citizenship and the Oxfam and Education page has links to other development education sites.
    http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/index.htm
  • Discovery Kids
    Mostly TV programmes on a wide range of sci-tech topics from prehistoric creatures to junkyard science. Interactive games, links to kids’ favourites and a chance to explore by subject.
    http://kids.discovery.com/
  • Discovery School
    The students’ section of a large education portal with quality control offering homework help, brain boosters, clip art gallery, cybersafari, science fair, dictionary plus, World Book encyclopedia. The teachers’ section includes Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators (see below) and lesson plans for teachers. There is also a parents’ section
    http://school.discovery.com/students/
  • Education Index
    Annotated guide to the best education-related sites. Study skills and homework help, art, games, activities…One of the best starting places
    http://www.educationindex.com/
  • Education World
    ‘Where educators go to learn.’ Includes lesson plan libraries. Searchable bank of 500,000 web resources including Online Tools, New Teachers, Student Teachers, Teaching Methods & Strategies.
    http://www.education-world.com

  • Elementary Educators
    American guide to all aspects of primary school teaching, curriculum and professional development. Articles, lesson plans, how to organise pen pal programmes, alternatives to worksheets, help for new teacher…. Check out ‘ A New Way to Teach Reading Comprehension’ and its links
    http://k6educators.about.com
  • EmTech: Kids’ Sites
    This is one of about 120 topic lists on the EmTech site; it has links, listed in alphabetical order, to some 300 sites, but there are few annotations. Useful if you know what you are looking for or are willing to spend time clicking and checking to discover the really worthwhile sites among them.
    http://www.emtech.net/kidsites.htm
  • Enchanted Learning
    Caters mainly for younger children (pre-school through lower primary). Sample ‘zoom’ sections: dinosaurs, crafts, science, inventors and inventions, rainforests, whales. Note the ‘Easy web tips to teach children’ page. Like many sites on this list, it comes from the USA but there is an abundance of useful material even if one ignores the more culture-bound elements. Rising costs mean this may have to become a members only site–unless enough users make voluntary donations.
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

  • Encarta Schoolhouse
    Encarta is probably the best online encyclopedia. If offers thousands of articles, multimedia clips, a talking dictionary, a world atlas, and Schoolhouse (a teachers’ resource), plus quizzes and lists. There are hundreds of lesson plans in the Encyclopedia Lesson Collection. Starter suggestions: Language Arts, Process Skills (under Information Technology) and Drama/Dramatics (under Arts). Unfortunately the ful Encarta Reference Library is available only by subscription; you might want to try a free trial.
    http://www.microsoft.com/education/lessonplans.aspx
  • Enchanted Learning
    A large attractive portal to educational sites ‘designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning and enjoyment’. Easy navigation
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html
  • Fact Monster
    News, science,math, sports, games and quizzes, wordplay, a homework center (which helps with skills as well as information), daily features, links to reference sources (e.g. a database of 30,000 biographies) and a search engine.
    http://www.factmonster.com
  • First School New
    Extensive selection of preschool activities and resources with many links to related sites.
    http://www.first-school.ws/sitemap.htm
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum
    Learning made fun, by the famed Philadelphia museum. Visit the online exhibits. Educational “hotlists” offer valuable homework connections. The “Kids Did This! Hotlist” features the work of children in such areas as art, science, and social studies.
    http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/welcome.html
  • How Come? Science discoveries for the whole family.
    Based on a syndiated newspaper column which answers young readers’ questions. Colourful and very informative–with a light touch. To get the flavour try Why do elephants have trunks? or Which came first–the chicken or the egg?
    http://www.word-detective.com/howcome/index.html
  • Kathy Shrock’s Guide for Educators
    Part of the teachers’ section of Discovery Channel, this offers 2000 categorised links for teachers, updated daily. A rich and reliable source.
    http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/
  • Kids’ Castle
    The Smithsonian Institution’s interactive site for kids. It’s bright, colorful and fun. Arts, sciences, sports, worldwide….
    http://www.kidscastle.si.edu/
  • KidsClick!
    Web search for kids by librarians—covering over 500 subjects and giving access to 5200 sites. Really attractive pages, e.g. on evaluating websites..
    http://kidsclick.com
  • Kid Space (of kids, by kids, for kids)
    A charming site for younger children. Try Folktales or Global Story Train, an illustrated collaborative project or Kits’ Gallery. Emphasis is on children’s participation.
    http://www.kids-space.org/
  • Learning Studio @ The Exploratorium
    This science museum in San Francisco mounts electronic versions of hands-on exhibits e.g. explore your brain, track severe storms, dissect a cow’s eye (or a sheep’s brain). play games with memory… An archive of the best art, science and education sites. Hosts the online Exploratorium Magazine which takes an in-depth look at a single topic each issue (e.g. paper), with plenty of activities.
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/
  • Mikids
    The aim is to encourage primary children’s interest in maths, science, world studies and language through games, puzzles, pictures and activities. There is also a teachers’ resource page.
    http://www.mikids.com/
  • Multnomah County Library Kids Page
    An action-packed, animated site from Portland, Oregon. Special features include a scavenger hunt and other games, “good stuff to read,” homework help and a family guide to the web.
    http://www.multcolib.org/kids/
  • National Geographic for Kids
    Quality site. Pages include: Amazing Facts, Creature Feature, Fun and Games, Try This! Archive of past features/articles
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/index.html>
  • Neuroscience for Kids
    Similarities and differences between the brain and a computer are presented in colourful table format. Move on to the Metaphors for the Brain page.
    http://staff.washington.edu/chudler/bvc.html
  • Scholastic
    All kinds of resources. The Teachers section offers lower and upper primary sections, toolkit, lesson plans and reproducibles, online activities…
    http://www.scholastic.com/kids/index.htm
  • Skewlsites
    Excellent categorised lists of educational sites–in this case Language Arts: Writing; –and a means of getting to sites such as the Phonics Room which otherwise now require you to join AOL in order to gain access. Curriculum support, teachers’ rsources, fun and games and web-based projects.
    http://www.skewlsites.com/write.htm
  • Superkids
    A selection of free and easy-to-use educational resources: maths worksheets, vocabulary builders, logic and reasoning problems, a famous quote-of-the-day and other ‘brain food’
    http://superkids.com/aweb/tools/
  • Surfing the Net with Kids
    This is the free semi-weekly email edition of a syndicated newspaper column which ferrets out the best of online resources for kids, parents and teachers. Considered ‘one of the best on the Internet when reviewed for quality, accuracy of content, presentation and usability.’ (
    Britannica Internet Guide)
    http://www.surfnetkids.com/emailedition.htm
  • Why Files, The
    Real life approach to science, health, environment and technology news and issues. Current, accurate, attractive.
    http://whyfiles.org/
  • Yahooligans
    ‘The Web guide for kids’ with excellent guides for teachers and parents. Organised in categories e.g. School Bell, Science and Nature, Sports and Recreation, Around the World… Check out the Student / Teacher Internet Literacy sections, the Analysis forms (= web evaluation), Activities for Students….
    http://www.yahooligans.com

ESL/EFL SITES

  • 100 Best Books for Children:Teachers’ List
    100 Best Books for Children: Kids’ List
    The American National Education Association asked teachers to pick a list of 100 books they felt represented the best books for children and young people. (The ELTC resource centre has a good percentage of them.) Compare the teachers’ list with the kids’ version for some interesting similarit1es and differences.
    http://www.nea.org/readacross/resources/catalist.html
    http://www.nea.org/readacross/resources/catalist.html
  • 100 Best Books for Children: by age group and with links
    Besides organizing this particular list by level and adding book and author links to resources and lesson ideas, this site offers a large Suggested Reading section with hundreds of other titles grouped by theme and grade level.
    http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.htm
  • ABC Teach
    A leading site with lots of ideas and activities for kids, student teachers and teachers: basics, theme units, games/puzzles, report helpers, portfolios…Printable resources. Start with the site map.
    http://abcteach.com
  • About.com
    This is a large established portal site. Click on Kids>Young Learners for fingerplays and songs to use in teaching ESL.
    http://home.about.com/
  • BBC Schools
    Listening material, lesson plans, worksheets and other resources for all subject areas. The Primary section covers ages 4-11.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/


  • Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site >
    The main purpose is to recommend good children’s books but there are also features on e.g. using picture books in class, children as readers….
    http://www.carolhurst.com/index.html
  • Child’s Play
    Part of Taiwan Teacher. EFL/ESL games and activities for the ESL/EFL classroom. Other sections include Grammatics and EFL Ideas.
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/1979/games.html
  • Children’s Literature Web Guide
    Quality site which gathers together Internet resources related to books for children and young adults, e.g. book awards, storytelling, readers’ theatre, information about authors, reviews…
    http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown
  • Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom
    A project of the Internet TESL Journal. There are now nearly 30 categories. For primary classes, look at Animals, Family, Food and Eating, School, Sports, Technology, What If?…
    http://iteslj.org/questions/


  • Drama in the Primary School
    Scroll down to Arts on the Move, then click on Drama in Education, then on Drama in the Primary School. Follow links to Developing a Primary Drama Syllabus, Lesson Planning, Basic Drama Methods, Drama Games, Resources… A very attractive helpful site (once you get there). http://www.q-ten.co.uk/”
  • Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)
    Rationale and brief clear tips for this excellent programme. Aimed at creating independent readers, it works! This is part of the ESL4 site (below) but important enough to list on its own. The idea is promoted, with good reason, by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education.
    http://members.tripod.com/~ES>L4Kids/tips/read.html>
  • EFL Playhouse
    Chants, fingerplays. games, crafts, phonemic awareness, songs, recipes for art supplies and links for teachers of young learners. The DEAR programme (above) is found under Teaching Tips.
    http://members.tripod.com/~ESL4Kids/
  • ESL Café
    Meeting place for ESL/EFL students/teachers worldwide. Click on Web Guides, then a topic e.g. grammar, listening, reading, music, tongue twisters, lesson plans. With about 3500 sites in 75 categories there is plenty on offer but quality varies considerably and you will need to do your own sifting.
    http://www.eslcafe.com
  • ESL for Young Learners
    The selections of About.com’s human guide for K-12 ESL learning and teaching resources. Links to games, lesson plans, songs, fun activities and teaching techniques, as well as other sites of interest to K-12 ESL educators.
    http://esl.about.com/cs/childrensesl/
  • ESL Partyland
    A well-organised site. Click on Teachers and then your choice of Teaching Grammar/ Conversation/ Reading, Writing and Vocabulary/Integrated Skills, Teaching with the Internet/Teaching Music…. There is a large section for students too. The lists of questions under Teaching Conversation are popular with teachers.
    http://www.eslpartyland.com/teachers/Tinitial.htm
  • ETNI’s Music
    Provides the lyrics to popular children’s songs which can be used for ESL/EFL. You need to know the tunes (or find them elsewhere). Organised by topic, e.g. animal songs, parts of the body
    http://www.etni.org.il/music/songsbysubject.htm
  • Grandpa Tucker’s Rhymes and Tales
    Deservedly popular site (over a million visitors so far) for primary level with the purpose of making language play fun: poems, stories, songs, poems contributed by kids, music, art gallery. Well-illustrated.
    http://www.grandpatucker.com/

  • Infant Explorer
    Click on Children’s Pages, then Infant Explorer which aims to help young primary children become ‘confident and competent’ users of the Internet. There are literacy and cross-curricular activities, interactive books, an emphasis on the natural environment (Sebastian and Sarah Swan are key characters) and help for teachers. Children are encouraged to contribute letters and pictures for others to read. Linked to UK Key Stage 1. There are other pages to explore, e.g. Exploring Through Art.
    http://www.naturegrid.org.uk
  • Kididdles
    Try the Musical Mouseum for dozens of songs organised by subject and type. Then try Trunk o’ Tales for stories which children can add to. Also: art, jokes…
    http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/subject.html
  • KidzPage
    Poetry and verse for children of all ages. Recommended: Have a bash with Ogden Nash, For Better or Verse, Verse or Worse, all delightfully illustrated. Two pages for younger children are KidzSing Garden of Song (nursery rhymes) and Critter ABC’s. There is is a huge collection of poetry by children all over the world, some of it quite good. Click on More KidzLinks for more kids’ sites.
    http://www.veeceet.com/index.html
  • KinderArt Drama
    Drama lessons for K-12. Exercises (e.g. for voice projection), theatre basics, pantomime, tips, theatre workshops and access to plays for schools.
    http://kinderart.com/drama/
  • Lingolex
    An example of good online material for a lesson on reading for specific information—interesting text on Ants with a corresponding page for teachers with instructions and activities. Other free materials available here.
    http://www.lingolex.com/ants.htm
  • Musical Activities for Young Learners of EFL
    An ITESL-J article by A Cakir giving the why and how of using musical activities in teaching English to young children. Includes sample lyrics with activities, teaching tips, recommended books and tapes, and suggestions for older children too.
    http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Cakir-MusicalActivities.html
  • Star Online, The
    This site has been revised and expanded. It includes news, lessons, activities, contests, Internet tutorials and the Newspaper in Education.
    http://thestar.com.my/education/
  • PETA (Primary English Teachers’ Association, Australia)
    This excellent organisation and its website promote children’s language literacy learning in all areas of the school curriculum. Click on Projects > Literature Circles for an example of a useful article. Click on Resources for Internet Links and lists of books and journals.
    http://peta.edu.au/
  • Phonics Room Website
    Poems, songs, literature, and activities for every letter of the alphabet plus links to other teachers and classrooms.
    http://members.aol.com/phonicsrm/
  • Pizzaz
    Simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with copyable handouts. Great source of enjoyable poetry-based lessons.
    http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/pizzaz.html
  • Poetry Pals
    Resources, activities, lessons, projects, links to child-appropriate sites, how to integrate technology and poetry… This site has won a number of awards.
    http://www.geocities.com/cponykid/pages/lessonplans.html
  • Planning a Drama Lesson
    Simple clear guide to five stages: aim, objectives, conditions, preparation, outcome, each with example questions to trigger teachers’ thought processes for their own classes and circumstances.
    http://www.q-ten.co.uk/artsotm/education/primary/lessonplanning.html
  • Primary Poetry
    There is plenty here. The first link alone (PoemHunter) contains 106,831 poems from 11,602 poets.. 39,210 Songs, 1,323 Artists, 64,870 Quotations… Also try: Poetry Links for Teachers or Poetry Soup for classroom ideas.
    http://www.colegiobolivar.edu.co/library/primary_poetry.htm
  • Primary Resources: English
    A much visited, frequently updated UK site covering all primary subjects. with lesson plans, activities and resources. Click on Word and Sentence level for grammar work. Click on Text level for reading, writing, instructions, newspaper work…. There are several sections on literacy, reading and enjoying books as well as cartoon and homework resources. . Check the ICT section too.
    http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/english.htm
  • Read Aloud and Spot the Differences
    A pair work activity from the Internet TESL Journal
    http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Goodmacher-ReadAloud.html
  • Reading Skills: Web English Teacher
    This link takes you to the Reading Skills and emediation page in the Children’s Literature section. There are links to a variety of resources including free stories, activities, worksheets and lesson plans. You will want to explore the rest of the site too.
    http://www.webenglishteacher.com/readingmain.html
  • Scholastic’s Poetry Writing with Jack Perlutsky (and others)
    Fun with poetry for primary school children who can listen, read and follow tips and techniques to producing their own poems. They can even publish them on the web.
    http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/index.htm
  • Songs for Children Theme Page
    Links to Internet sources of song lyrics popular with children. Some sites provide downloadable sound files as well and a few also provide musical scores.
    http://www.cln.org/themes/songs.html
  • To Learn English
    Free materials to learn/teach/play with English. Games, interactive stories, word puzzles and crosswords.
    http://www.tolearnenglish.com/
  • Teach a Child to Read
    A wide range of helpful pages, e.g. Auditory Skills, Teaching Alphabet Sounds, Improving Short Term Memory, Reading Selections, Alphabet Chart, Literacy Websites for Parents and Teachers…
    http://www.succeedtoread.com/resources.html
  • Tongue Twister Database
    A huge collection, in no particular order, from which to select for your class. One way to make vocabulary, pronunciation and oral work fun.
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8136/tonguetwisters.html

  • Tongue Twisters for Kids
    A long list for use with all primary grades. Liven up work on pronunciation, listening and speaking, vocabulary, reading….
    http://www.indianchild.com/tongue_twisters.htm

  • Word Central
    Lively, award winning site for upper primary and secondary levels. Winner 2000 Webby award for best educational website.
    http://www.wordcentral.com

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TESL/ TEFL

TESL/ TEFL

Topics covered in this list

    • Computers and the Internet in TESL/TEFL
    • Resources and Links (General)
    • Publishers’ Sites
    • Journals
    • Listening and Speaking
    • Focus on Reading, Thinking and Writing

Grammar

  • Vocabulary (including pronunciation and dictionaries)
  • Poetry
  • Songs
  • Drama
  • Other Literature

 

 


Computers and the Internet in TESL/TEFL

  • Cutting Edge
    Demonstrations of how various new interactive technologies (e.g. video, Shockwave, Real Player) can enhance computer-assisted language learning.
    http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/chorus/call/cuttingedge.html
  • EFL/ESL Lessons Using Web Sites
    Examples of lessons requiring students to use the Internet. There are separate lists for low-intermediate, intermediate, high-intermediate and advanced students, whether individuals or class members, and there is homework! Another list from the Internet TESL Japan site.
    http://iteslj.org/t/ws/
  • ESL NetWorld.com
    Free courses for teachers and students around the world who want to use Internet resources ‘as a way of improving language skills and developing a greater awareness of cultures around the world’. The course builds skills in using search engines effectively, using email, evaluating sites, creating basic home pages and participating in discussion groups.
    http://www.eslnetworld.com/
  • From Now On
    Online Educational Technology Journal. Recent articles deal with how teachers learn technology best, information literacy, Internet use policies, staff development, email and the Internet as curriculum. Look for the article ‘Filling the Tool Box: classroom strategies to engender student questioning’ as one example.
    http://www.fno.org/indexhtml
  • Guidelines for Designing a Good Web Site for ESL Students
    Sensible advice for teachers preparing online TESL/TEFL materials: an article from The Internet TESL Journal , Vol. VI, No. 3, March 2000.
    http://iteslj.org/Articles/Kelly-Guidelines.html
  • Internet Basics for ESL Students
    A 14 lesson introduction to using computers and the Internet for ESL students.
    http://iteslj.org/s/ib/
  • Technology in EL Learning (Dave Eastment)
    For EFL/ESL teachers using computers in education, this site with its articles and links is still of use though it has not been updated recently.
    http://www.eastment.com/
  • Virtual Call Library
    Gives access to downloadable software for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Just click on the name of the program you want. From the Universiy of Sussex .
    http://www.sussex.ac.uk/languages/1-6-6.html
  • Web as a Tool for Language Learning , The
    Though undated, this is a quite useful summary of the uses that an English teacher can make of the Web .
    http://www.kyoto-su.ac.jp/~trobb/lla.html

Resources and Links (General)

  • Aardvark English Forum
    Resources for K-12 teaching and learning: interactive vocabulary and grammar exercises, dictionaries and reference resources, a web directory with links to subject-categories, an online ELT book catalogue….
    http://www.englishforum.com/00/
  • Andrew Moore’s Teaching Resource Site
    A superior site packed with well-organised resources for all aspects of teaching English language and literature at secondary and 6th form levels. The author is a founder member of BYTEachers , the Association of Teachers’ Websites which recommends only quality sites.
    http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/
  • Anglik
    A one-stop resource for English on the Internet from Cambridge University . The many pages include access to online dictionaries, classroom activities, pronunciation, top English words, word games, all kinds of useful links .. Teachers attending ELTC workshops on Using the Internet in TESL have rated this site highly.
    http://www.anglik.net/
  • BBC World Service: Learning English
    Programme information and many features, e.g. Words in the News, English by Radio, Grammar and Vocabulary, Quizzes. Adult learners can try the Virtual English Masterclass choices, e.g. Learning Tips, Business Communication, Grammar Surgery with its interactive quizzes and live chat with transcripts.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml
  • Breaking News English
    Over 800 Free English language lessons based on current downloadable world news stories. Several new lessons each week at two levels. with reproducible classroom handouts which can be adapted for your class.
    http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/
  • Cambridge ELT
    An attractive new website offering a wide range of information and resources for ELT professionals, teachers and students, e.g. teaching young learners, support for many of the excellent Cambridge coursebooks , study tips, Cambridge dictionaries on line…. There are new features each month and, of course, information on Cambridge books and multimedia.
    http://uk.cambridge.org/elt/
  • CILT (Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research)
    CILT Infos and OnLine Infos are ueful information sheets on such topics as. Primary Education, Methodology and Materials, Teacher Training… each with lists of books and resources and quick reference items. There are several ways into different parts of this site. Cut back to http://www.cilt.org.uk/ for example and explore.

    http://www.cilt.org.uk/infos/index.htm

     

  • Dave Sperling’s ESL Café
    One of the most popular ESL portals with lots of links. Navigate to the Idea Cookbook page for practical classroom ideas (there are now 24 themed collections of ideas), or click on Links for Teachers. Dave has also published The Internet Activity Workbook
    http://www.eslcafe.com/
  • Designing a Lesson (RMC Research )
    How to design,develop , implement and evaluate lessons. Scroll down to the Teachers’ Internet Use Guide, Click on Site Map so you can see what is available. Be sure to look at the Designing A Lesson page .. There is an archive of sample lesson plan
    s
    http://www.rmcdenver.com/useguide/lessons/design.htm
  • English as a Second Language
    This is part of the About.Education site. It offers articles, advice, lesson plans, exercises etc. on the usual ELS topics with some interesting extras such as Music in the Classroom and Sentence Auctions, Check out the Most Popular Articles and Latest Articles sections.
    http://esl.about.com
  • English Job Maze
    A new TESL/TEFL job search and info site for teachers around the world. Help with CVs, a country-specific guide to popular destinations, a page offering really useful ideas for supplementing your regular income, a guide to living as a teacher in any one of 50 countries…
    http://www.englishjobmaze.com
  • English Teaching in the United Kingdom
    An Oxford teacher maintains this reliable site, a content provider for the UK ‘s National Grid for Learning. There are over 75 different language and literature topics to choose from and some excellent links. The site is searchable.
    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Harry_Dodds/
  • English-to-Go: Instant Lessons
    Photocopiaable lessons written by an international team based on Reuters’ articles. There is one free lesson per week per level and a ‘weekly warmer’. Membership is required for access to the lesson archives and multiple lessons per week (US$7.50 per month).
    http://www.english-to-go.com/
  • ERIC/CLL Resource Guides Online
    The portal to a vast collection of Internet resources for teachers of English as a second language: ERIC digests, online journals and magazines, listservs and websites plus a sample search of the ERIC Database.
    http://www.cal.org/ericcll/
  • ERIC/IT Preview
    ERIC is the world’s largest educational database. This page identifies and links to each part of the ERIC network: Database, Digests, Educational Technology, Links and Ask Eric.
    http://ericir.syr.edu/ithome/EXPL2.html
  • ESL Center, The
    Exercises, lessons and well- organised links for all the language areas and topics English teachers look for. Kept up-to-date.
    http://members.aol.com/eslkathy/esl.htm
  • ESLflow
    Lessons, activities and resources for Elementary, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels. Try the Intermediate section on Multiple Intelligences or the Pre-Intermediate page on Childhood. Attractive design and a high standard.
    http://www.eslflow.com/
  • Free-ENGLISH.com
    The free page of ESL Pro, offering ESL and English games to develop vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening skills. You must sign up but membership is free. Also offers free educational software packages and other services such as TOEFL practice for a fee.
    http://www.free-english.com/english/Home.aspx
  • FRET (Free Resources for English Teaching)
    Language and literature at secondary level. There are now over 1000 pages of lesson ideas, schemes of work, PDF files and other resources. Click on LearningLearning for a collection of wel -tried language learning activities contributed by an experienced trainer, seminar leader and author.
    http://www.english-teaching.co.uk/
  • Global Learning On-line
    Ready-made web searches, classroom ideas and printer-friendly materials to raise awareness of world issues such as world debt globalisation , media influence, human rights, the environment, child labour –all with teachers’ notes. Access to up-to-the minute news from ‘Southern’ countries.
    http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/rmext05/glo/
  • Interlink Language Centers
    Links to resources for ESL practice, reading / writing, games, reference, free lesson. Designed for students at Interlink Language Centers but available to anyone wishing to practice using English. Regularly updated.
    http://www.eslus.com/eslcenter.htm
  • Internet TESL Journal, The
    One of the best on the Web for TESL. It is a monthly web journal offering articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and one of the most comprehensive and reliable links lists available. You can search the site by using the links search box at the bottom of this page.
    http://iteslj.org/
  • Learn English Central (British Council)
    From the English Home Page, click on Learn English for lessons and activities at three levels (Kids, Teenagers, Adults). Tune in (or record) twice a week for practice materials. . The FAQs have some interesting information on the use of English worldwide
    http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/
  • LessonPro.Net
    A free programme allowing teachers to create online lessons by using a template. Pays US$50.00 for good lesson plans; a format is provided.
    http://lessonpro.net/
  • Lingua Center
    Grammar Safari activities (e.g. hunting for grammatical structures on the Web) and other ideas for using corpus collected from the Net. Other parts of the site include Teachers’ Resources and ESL on the Web.

    http://www.iei.uiuc.edu/student_grammarsafari.html

     

  • Linguistic Funland TESL
    Now in its 7th year. Links to resources for the teaching of English, exercises and activities for students of English, online journals and linguistic databases and corpora as well as for linguistic study, computer-mediated communication and the study of other languages.
    http://www.linguistic-funland.com/
  • Mark’s ELS Links Directory
    Claims to be the largest ESL links site on the Internet.
    There are currently 1540 sites, in alphabetical order.
    http://marksesl.com/Links/links.htm
  • Neteach-L
    A list for international teachers of English as a second or foreign language to discuss Internet-assisted teaching and learning. A good starting plade for learning how to use the Internet in your teaching. The ‘Cool Sites’ database provideslinks to over 550 TEFL/TESL resources in 56 categories; the list is updated daily.
    http://www.tesol.net/neteach.html
  • One Stop English Magazine
    Monthly online magazine sponsored by MacMillan (Publishers) offering professional support, free resources, lesson sharing and more. Current features include listening skills (and assessment), drama activities, using songs with young learners, webquests, business and ESP, exams and assessment. Be sure to check out the large methodology archive which has much useful how-to material.
    http://www.onestopenglish.com/
  • Plagiarism and the Web
    Identifies the problems–and provides a dozen practical ways to combat the dishonest use of other people’s work .
    http://www.wiu.edu/users/mfbhl/wiu/plagiarism.htm
  • Teacher’s Pet
    ‘A free text tool for creative language teachers’ using Microsoft Word with macros. In includes a word/sentence randomizer and gap fill generator so you can turn text into stimulating classroom exercises: jumbled words/sentences/paragraphs for students to order, punctuation practice…
    http://www.teachers-pet.org/
  • Teaching English as Another Language
    A Norwegian site, regularly updated, with several worthwhile sections, e.g. Grammar and Poetry, Links and Activities. Literature (including a Reading Books with Partner Classes project).
    http://home.online.no/~anlun/index.htm

  • Teachit
    Hundreds of pages of top quality resources for secondary/6th form school teachers: professionally produced lesson plans, schemes of work, classroom resources, links, organised by topic and age level, available in PDF format for photocopying. Some of the site is no longer free, but plenty is. Membership is $85 a year. An incentive to practise your skills of persuasion on your HM or PTA?
    http://www.teachit.co.uk/
  • TEFL.NET
    Classroom activities, lesson plans and webguide to other ESL/EFL links. Click on Improvisations (under Lesson Plans) for both pair and group ideas. Offers a monthly electronic magazine with online teaching help
    http://www.tefl.net/
  • Virtual English Centre, Hong Kong
    Recommended as a self-access centre for yourself or as a source of teaching ideas. There are sections on grammar, reading, vocabulary; interactive games; regular features (e.g. Common Errors, English Concversation ), worthwhile links plus direct access to a net dictionary and concordance. The Teachers’ Toolbox can help in creating teaching materials.
    http://vic.polyu.edu.hk
  • Volterre
    Links to resources for learning and teaching English (and using the Internet) and to free clip art. Use Search Volterre ; type in ” Searchtips ” for links to sites teaching how to surf effectively. Also try the Learners and Teachers of English section.
    http://www.wfi.fr/volterre/
  • Web English Teacher
    This site has a wide variety of pages to explore. Try Mythology, Folkore and the Hero; Speech; Writing; Grammar, Mechanics and Usage. Just for Fun and the poetry pages (see below). Aims to be a library and workroom for teachers around the world
    http://www.webenglishteacher.com/

Publishers’ Sites

Some of the most useful sites for teachers of English are provided by major international publishers of ELT materials. There are teachers’ resources, lesson plans, activities for learners, worksheets in PDF format, compantion websites to support textbooks and links to other sites–usually including an annotated catalogues.

  • Cambridge ELT
    An attractive new website offering a wide range of information and resources for ELT professionals, teachers and students, e.g. teaching young learners, support for many of the excellent Cambridge coursebooks, study tips, Cambridge dictionaries online, data for language reseachers, online activities… There are new features each month.
    http://uk.cambridge.org/eft/
  • Heinemann (Harcourt Education)
    You probably already know Heinemann as a publisher for pre-school through college, and for teachers. Go to the main site for links to special Heinemann sites–for English teachers and drama teachers, for example–or for professional development ideas. Another good place to start would be the new Firsthand series, a response to teachers’ demand for practical help in the classroom. Experienced author-teachers provide classroom-ready materials in template form giving you guided help in creating original lessons of quality. Try the writing material. There are also sample chapters from books, including textbooks, on useful topics.
    http://www.heinemann.com/
  • MacMillan One Stop English Magazine
    One of the best of publishers; sites, this monthly online magazine offers hundreds of free resources: professional support, lesson plans, lesson sharing at all levels plus a new Forum section. Recent and current features include practical teaching ideas on grammar and speaking, teaching with minimal materials (e.g. using timetables, role play), drama activities, using songs with young learners, reading lessons on topics of global interest, webquests, business and ESP, exams and assessment plus a warmers and icebreakers section and links to other ELT sites. Be sure to check out the large methodology archive which has much useful how-to material.
    http://www.onestopenglish.com/
  • Oxford University Press (with Penerbit Fajar Bakti)
    This is the Oxford site tailor-made for Malaysian teachers, dedicated to providing information, resources, support materials, and ideas for teachers and students. There are sections for Young Learners, Teenage Learners and Adult Learners, each with activities and exercises for practising English plus a free online Teachers Club with tips, articles, Ask the Expert forums, downloadable teaching materials and links. The large dictionaries section provides an excellent on-line guide to dictionaries for learners of English.
    http://www.oup.com/elt/my
  • Pearson Education
    Pearson Malaysia includes under its umbrella several key publishers of books for children, teenagers and teachers: Longman, Penguin/Puffin, Dorling Kindersley and Prentice Hall for example. The Longman website has a wide choice of excellent dictionaries with downloadable worksheets. There are also sections for specific age groups and interests, e.g. Young Learners, Teens, Adults, Business and Exams, each with a variety of activities, resources, quizzes, reading ideas and teaching tips. There are companion websites (meaning sites to support coursebooks) and an ELT Forum for professional development online hosted by Jeremy Harmer. Current features are papers from the Young Minds Forum 2003 for teachers of young learners and a teaching pack on testing. There is a searchable archives of past articles.
    http://www.longman.co.uk
  • Scholastic
    There’s lots of useful information here! The range is primary to lower secondary and the main message is that access to a wide range of high-quality books in the classroom plays a big role in children’s reading success. There are ideas on motivating readers, free resources for the classroom, lesson plans and teaching strategies, tips from librarians for parents and teachers, online activities, up-to-date research and best practices, literature connections, printable newsletters and archived articles.
    http://www.scholastic.com
  • Taylor and Francis Asia Pacific
    RoutledgeFalmer is the major Taylor and Francis publisher of materials for TESL. Although the site is primarily concerned with information on its publications–books, E-books, journals and authors, it does offer downloadable resources on its companion websites which can be used independently of the particular text. For an example, click on Teachers Resource>A4 Photocopieable Resources>Supporting Literacy and retrieve the photocopieable sheets for anyone concerned with children’s learning in primary schools.
    http://www.routledgefalmer.com/

Journals and Magazines Online

  • A4ESL (Activities for English as a Second Language)
    A collection of over 1000 quizzes, exercises and puzzles for language learners. This site is a project of the Internet TESL Journal (below).
    http://a4esl.org/
  • Anglik
    Participants on ELTC’s Materials Evaluation courses have particularly liked the look of this site. There are all kinds of useful links to teaching resources and language learning activities plus a search facility. E-Pals? Tongue twisters? Word games? Top 250 English words? On-line dictionaries? Song lyrics? Language doctor? These and much more are here.
    http://www.anglik.net/
  • Asian EFL Journal
    ‘The ELT Professional’s Written Forum’ A free refereed and indexed journal of research and practical articles, dissertations, reviews and forums with special relevance to Asia. Volumes 2002-2006 are available in full.
    http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/
  • Bangkok Post: How to read any newspaper in English
    A very large site teaching much more than how to read newspapers. There is plenty of help with reading in general and with building vocabulary. Start with Tips for Students and note the Word of the Day feature.
    http://www.bangkokpost.net/education/site02.htm
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe
    This immensely popular site for ESL teachers and learners gets a million hits a month. Click on About Dave’s ELS Cafe for a very interesting (if old) article about Dave and his site. The most useful sections are probably Ideas Cookbook and Webguide Links. The qualify of the links varies so you’ll get to hone your evaluation skills.
    http://www.eslcafe.com/
  • Essential Teacher
    The URL takes you to the home page of the global education association TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) for an overview of the organisation which caters for language teachers and administrators in varied ESL and EFL workplaces at all levels from pre-school to higher learning and adult education. Scroll to the bottom of the page to click on Essential Teacher, the quarterly publication which comes with membership. Its online complement is Compleat Links, some of this available free, along with ELT news and other resources.
    http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/
  • Humanising Language Teaching.
    A free e-zine edited by Mario Rinvolcri of Pilgrims and a sister to the Teacher Trainer. There are articles, course and lesson outlines, and inks to sources of other free materials. You can download every issue (or the parts you want) from 1999 to the present.
    http://www.hltmag.co.uk
  • IATEFL SIGS
    Members of IATEFL, whether individuals or institutions, )may also subscribe to any number of the 14 Special Interest Groups (SIGS) which provide both print and online newsletters. The range of SIGS includesYoung Learners, ELT Management, Teacher Development, Pronunciation, ESOL. This is a ‘must’ membership for institutions involved in TESL, with many benefits such as multiple copies of publications.
    http://www.iatefl.org


  • Internet TESL Journal
    A leading free monthly web journal offering articles, research findings, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and many instant links. The archives goes back to 1995. You can ask to be e-mailed whenever a new issue goes online.
    http://iteslj.org/

  • JALTJournal
    JALT Journal (JJ) is the research journal for the Japan Association for Language Teachhing. It is published twice yearly; in the spring and in the fall.
    http://jalt-publications.org/jj/
  • Language Teacher, The
    Monthly publication of the Japan Aasociation for Language Teaching (JALT), It carries a diverse range of material related to language teaching and learning, particularly in an Asian context.
    http://jalt-publications.org/tlt/
  • OnestopEnglish
    Most major publishers have a website offering support for their courses and materials. This one, from MacMillan,, is one of the best. There are methodology articles, all kinds of lesson plans, help with vocabulary and grammar teaching, links to other resources, competitions…
    http://www.onestopenglish.com
  • Reading Online
    Published by the International Reading Association (to which we belong), with thousands of visitors each month. Features practice and research related to both primary and secondary teaching. Besides peer-reviewed and printer-ready articles there are sections on the Electronic Classroom, New Literacies . International Perspectives, Book Reviews and Online Communities.
    http://www.readingonline.org/
  • Reading in a Foreign Language
    This is the international refereed journal formerly produced at Marjons (College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth), now at the University of Hawaii. We have all the print back issues in our ELTC Resource Centre. Sample article in the October 2003 issue: Promoting English language development and the reading habit among students in rural schools through the Guided Extensive Reading program by Ratnawati Mohd Asraf and Ismail Sheikh Ahmad, International Islamic University.
    http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/about.html
  • The Teacher Trainer
    You’ll probably want to subscribe to the print version, but you can access the best (‘Golden Oldies’) of past issues from 1986(!) for free on the site; many articles are by names you know. The library of past articles also includes a Basic Bibliography for Language Teacher Educators. Edited by Tessa Woodward.
    http://www.tttjournal.co.uk  
  • World English
    Calling itself ‘the one-stop resource for the English language and more’, the World-English monthly newsletter is aimed at learners of English at intermediate level and above; there are apparently 10,000 such readers who log on for the numerous activities and links to other English language sites.
    http://www.world-english.org

Lesson Plans and Materials for the Classroom
Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Thinking

Most of the sites in the previous section include links and resources for teaching language, thinking and information skills. These next sites place special emphasis on lesson plans and materials for classroom use, sometimes in a particular language area. Where particular examples within the pages are suggested, these are intended as starting points from which you can explore other parts of the site.

Focus on Listening and Speaking

  • Art of Successful Presentations, The
    This is one item from the Teachit package for teaching NonFiction with the Web. It is a brief, clear outline of points to consider as to Presentation Content and How to do a Good Presentation. It could be used in conjunction with the checklists mentioned above and below. Take the URL back to http://www.teachit.co.uk/ and explore more of the site.
    http://www.teachit.co.uk/attachments/1235.pdf
  • ESL Partyland
    Lively site. Lesson plans and ideas, reproducible materials, interactive quizzes, lots of links. Three recommendations: the collection of Conversation Questions, presented as card sets for about 20 topics ( e.g.technology , the environment and you, learning languages); Ideas for Previewing Vocabulary and the Peer Evaluation Checklist for oral presentations.
    http://www.eslpartyland.com/
  • ESLflow
    Icebreakers, pronunciation, role plays, debates, ESL audio… and other aspects of communication skills. Site also includes lesson planning and classroom management. Good looking site.
    http://www.eslflow.com/
  • Internet TESL Journal: Conversation Questions
    With 30 to 60 questions per topic to choose from, there is no excuse for not getting students talking! Top choices of MPIK teachers/trainees is the ‘What if…?’ page. Other popular choices: Gettting to Know Each Other, Environment and Pollution, Favorites, Food and Eating. There is a search box for iteslj at the bottom of this page.
    http://iteslj.org/questions/
  • Listen and Write (BBC)
    Audio resources for ages 9-11: a variety of writing genres, writing tips from well-known authors, and a range of activities to explore the recorded material.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/english/listenandwrite.shtml
  • Minimal Pairs, Listening Lists, and more
    This is probably the most comprehensive and useful of the minimal pair lists available on the Net. About.com and Interlink both have listening and pronunciation practice exercises. Use your search skills to find these and others.
    http://members.tripod.com/Caroline_Bowen/wordlists.htm l
  • Oral Presentation Checklists (Project Based Learning)
    After reading what Project Based Learning is all about, click on Project Based Checklists and then on Oral Presentations 9-12 to create your own checklist for oral presentations. Better yet, involve your students in creating it. You can create customised checklists for many other formats from puppet shows to written reports and multimedia projects. As useful in the early stages of planning and preparing work as for evaluation.
    http://www.4teachers.org/projectbased/
  • Questioning
    ‘Filling the Tool Box: classroom strategies to engender student questioning.’ An Educational Technology Journal article by Jamie McKenzie and H. B Davis. Includes practical classroom activities.
    http://www.fno.org/toolbox.html

    Focus on Reading, Thinking , Writing
    See also the web guide for School and College Libraries
  • A+ Research and Writing for High School and College Students
    A large Internet Public Library site with step-by-step guidance in finding information in cyberspace, using it and writing a research paper. Material can be downloaded free.
    http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/
  • Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)
    Dear time is time regularly set aside in the classroom for both students and teachers to drop everything and read. This article sets out how to use it to turn students ‘on’ to independent reading. It works!
    http://members.tripod.com/~ESL4Kids/tips/read.html
  • Extensive Reading Pages
    Articles and advice on starting an extensive reading programme, model programmes, materials, reviews, presentation handouts, discussion group …
    http://www.extensivereading.net/index.html
  • Information Skills Rating Scale
    Developed for a group of schools in Washington state to assess how well students were performing on the tasks involved in finding and using information.
    http://www.fno.org/libskill.html
  • Interesting Facts about Ants: A Reading for Specific Information Activity
    An example of the free materials available on the Internet (if they can be found!). John and Sarah’s TEFL Pitstop provide materials designed to be printed out. There is a text for students and Instructions for Teachers with suggested procedures and questions.
    http://lingolex.com/ants.htm
  • Language Learning Benefits of Extensive Reading
    An article by Paul Nation of Victoria University of Wellington documenting the long term benefits of a well-run extensive reading programme . Also in this issue of The Language Teacher Online are articles on ‘ Setting up an Extensive Reading Programme : Practical Tips’ (David Hill) and ‘What One Extensive Reading Program Looks Like’ (Mark Helgesen ).
    http://www.jalt-publications.org/tlt/files/97/may/benefits.html
  • Newspapers in Education: Bangkok Post
    Professionally presented material for reading, vocabulary development and making students think .. Study the models and apply to your own lessons and self-access materials. Good notes for teachers on using newspapers in the classroom
    http://www.bangkokpost.net/education/
  • Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
    OWL stands for Online Writing Lab. This URL takes you to ESL Resources for Teachers which gives access to a number of useful pages: handouts on grammar points, online journals, help with research and documentation, writing across the curriculum and links to ESL resources. Also check out the Internet Resources section.
    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslteacher.html
  • The Read In!
    ‘Connecting over 1.5 million students and teachers with authors worldwide since 1992.’ Whart educators need to know, support materials for the classroom, lesson plans, activities, mobiles and bookmarks featuring Webster B. Worm and more.
    http://www.readin.org/
  • Reading Styles
    Awareness-raising lessons for second language studenst : different kinds of reading call for different reading skills and strategies–and students can learn to identify which skills are required in a particular case. From here you can go to other useful ESL pages on About.com
    http://esl.about.com/library/lessons/blreadtypes.htm
  • Setting Up an Extensive Reading Programme
    Detailed advice stemming from experience in Japan . on planning and managing a reading programme , what to do for the first and subsequent classes, how to balance intensive and extensive reading activities, and more.
    http://www1.harenet.ne.jp/~waring/er/ersetup.html
  • Star Online: Education ( Malaysia )
    This site has been revised and expanded to include more than just the Newspaper in Education. It also includes nws, lessons, activities, contests and help for Internet novices. plus nformation on workshops for Malaysian teachers.

    http://thestar.com.my/education
  • TeenINK
    A well organised site where teenagers can post their writing, artwork and opinions free of charge. There are some 12,000 works already there. Encourages reading, writing and critical thinking.
    http://teenink.com
  • Writing Den
    This takes you to the Teacher’s Guide to using WritingDen in the classroom. The aim is to improve students’ writing, communication, thinking and research skills. The classroom ideas involve role playing, interviewing, integrating text and graphics, a technique for overcoming writers’ block…
    http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/t-guide.htm

Grammar

Don’t forget to check the sites listed under Lessons, Links and Resources. Many of them have a section specifically on grammar.

  • About.com Grammar Reference
    Check on grammar points (e.g. relative clauses, irregular verbs) or explore topics (e.g. Saying No nicely, Making suggestions, Stress and Intonation) There are useful charts, quizzes and other resources too. For vocabulary, try the Vocabulary Charts lesson.
    http://esl.about.com/blgrammar.htm
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe Idea Cookbook: Grammar
    From the Table of Contents for the Idea Cookbook, click on Grammar for contributions from classroom teachers from around the world. The quality is variable; perhaps an idea might inspire you to improve on it.
    http://eslcafe.com/ideas/
  • English as Another Language
    An attractive site from Norway with many resources. Try Grammar and Poetry which teaches how to write a 5 line poem ‘in the constructivist manner’ and publishes many of the results contributed by students. There is a good Links and Activites page, and much more.
    http://home.online.no/~anlun/index.htm
  • Grammar Safari
    Activities for ‘hunting’ and ‘collecting’ examples of words as they are used on the Web–‘a vast, ever- growing, always up-to-date corpus’ of language. There are also suggestions for what to do with the words so acquired, using a Grammar Journal.
    http://www.iei.uiuc.edu/student_grammarsafari.html
  • Online English Grammar
    Complete, searchable guide to English grammar, grammar clinic and test centre by an internationally recognised expert in using the Internet in education/TESL. Users of this section of the award-winning Digital Education Network (DEN) currently number more than 200,000 per month.
    http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/index.cfm
  • Teaching Grammar
    This is part of Karin’s ESL Partyland . It offers lessons, games and activities for teaching and reviewing grammar points
    http://www.eslpartyland.com/teachers/nov/grammar.htm

Vocabulary, Collocations and Pronunciation

Related Guide: Reference
Don’t forget to check out the online support for your own dictionary. Just key its name into the Google search box to find it. If you haven’t one, these are recommended: Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (2nd ed. 2005), Collins English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (5th ed. 2006), Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English with CDROM (4 th ed. 2005), MacMillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (UK ed. 2002; new ed. 2007), Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of Current English (7 th ed. 2005)

 

  • About com: Pronunciation
    Information and resources covering both British and American English pronunciation, as well as use of the International Phonetic Alphabet to help with pronunciation. Charts and listening files.
    http://esl.about.com/cs/pronunciation/
  • About.com: Vocabulary
    About a dozen lessons covering a wide range of skills and topics: dictionary survey, stereotypes, character cescription , vocabulary charts and tables.
    http://esl.about.com/library/lessons/blvocabularyplans.htm
  • Advanced Dictionary Skills Program
    The University of Hong Kong guides you to iinformation on how to use dictionaries faster, the advanced featues of modern dictionaries (including Internet dictionaries and CD Rom directories). as well as ways to improve vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and writing.
    http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/advdicts/default.htm
  • Acronym Finder, The
    The Web’s largest searchable database, containing about 155,000 acronyms, abbreviations and definitions.
    http://www.acronymfinder.com
  • Better English: Collocations
    A series of exercises headed Business Collocations which both teach and test common groups of words which go together. See the entry under Oxford below.
    http://www.better-english.com/strongcoll.htm
  • Metaphors for the Brain (Neuroscience fr Kids)
    Begin with the colourful table showing the similarities and differences between the brain and a computer. Move on to Metaphors for the Brain; the metaphors are related to Mind maps too.
    http://staff.washington.edu/chudler/bvc.html


  • Cliché Finder
    Intriguing definitions of a cliché and a collection of over 3000 indexed. Access to other cliché and word-related pages
    http://www.westegg.com/cliche/
  • Collocations for ESL Teachers
    The lexical approach to language teaching pays attention to chunks of language in use (collocations) rather than individual words and developing ‘vocabulary’ is increasingly replaced by the term ‘expanding the mental lexicon. The site is both a guide to teaching lexically and a source of exercises.
    http://www.eslflow.com/collocationsandphrasalvebs.html
  • Common Prefixes, Suffixes and Root Words
    A knowledge of common roots and affixes can unlock the meaning of thousands of words. http://www.msu.edu/~defores1/gre/roots/gre_rts_afx1.htm
  • Crazy English
    There is a well-known poem which begins: ‘I take it you already know/Of tough and bough and cough and dough….’ Read that aloud to students and they will get the point. The poem goes on to many more examples of inconsistency in spelling and pronunciation in English. Typing the first words into a Google box will yield various versions, but to hear the whole poem being read (in Canadian English) while following the words on screen, this is the site. You will need to scroll down to the very bottom of the screen for the link.
    http://international.ouc.bc.ca/pronunciation
  • Crossword Puzzles
    All kinds of crosswords, the full range of difficulty. Puzzle generation tool for teachers
    http://www.yourdictionary.com/crossword/index.html
  • Dictionary.com
    Click on the feature article Learning New Words for hints on increasing your vocabulary. At the same address you can also access Thesaurus.com, Reference.com (e.g.encyclopedia and web search), Word of the Day and Language Resources (E.g. grammar and style guides).
    http://dictionary.reference.com
  • ESL Pronunciation
    Listening practice, dictation, minimal pairs, conversations, tongue twisters…
    http://international.ouc.bc.ca/pronunciation/
  • Fonetics
    Online language lab with pronunciation guides and sound files illustrating native speaker accents from English-speaking countries ( UK , US, Australia , Canada , New Zealand …). Help for speakers of specific first languages including Bahasa Indonesia) Click on a flag for a dictionary. Links for teachers and learners.
    http://www.fonetiks.org/
  • Free Online Dictionary
    Actually there are several dictionaires and encyclopedias here, plus a word, a quotation and an article of the day, words in the news, this day in history…. The main source for the Dictionary/Thesaurus is the American Heritage Dictionary. The Idioms dictionary source is the International Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Also available: Acronyms, Columbia Encyclopedia and the ultra popular Wikipedia Encyclopedia which includes traditional topics as well as almanac, gazeteer and current events topics—written collaboratively by volunteers (meaning: Use with web evaluation skills in gear.)
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com
  • Idiom Connection, The
    Huge indexed collection, accessible by topic (e.g. colour , body, food) or alphabetically. There is also a quiz section
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/6720/
  • Longman Dictionaries Website
    Besides a wide range of dictionaries there are teachers’ resources, students’ resources, online activities and more. A good way to begin is to click on the Longman Web Dictionary which is free online.
    http://www.longman.com/dictionaries/
  • Merriam-Webster
    This publisher has several pages for teachers and learners: Word of the Day, Word Puzzles, Cool New Stuff, Words from the Lighter Side, Learner Info Zone, There is a useful page explaining how the pronunciation key works.
    http://www.m-w.com
  • OneLook
    This is a search engine for words and phrases which indexes nearly 1000 online dictionaries. First click on About for a summary of wht OneLook is and does. Though the main use is probablly to look up a specific word quicily there are various othr helpful features.
    http://www.onelook.com
  • Oxford Collocations Online
    Scroll down to Dictionaries, then look for Collocations Dictionary and click.The print Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Advanced Learners is one of the best investments teachers and secondary students could make, because the most useful way to develop ones’ mental lexicon’ is to learn readymade units of language. This site provides sample pages which introduce the idea and gve practice in finding and using collocations.
    http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/general/dictionaries/
  • PhraseFinder
    This is an online phrase thesaurus and collocations dictionary. Full access to its 12,000 phrases requires a subscription but the Sample Searches feature is instructive in its own right.
    http://www.phrasefinder.co.uk


  • Tongue Twisters for the EFL Classroom
    A huge collection from which to select for your own class. Part of ESL4Kids. One way to make vocabulary, pronunciation and oral work fun. There is another good Tongue Twisters site on the Webguide to Young Learners .
    http://members.tripod.com/~ESL4Kids/tongue.html
  • Visual Thesaurus
    This site offers an unusual dynamic experience combining language and aesthetic–in effect an animated mind map. Put a word in the centre and related words float around it; capture one…and so on. Part of speech, complexity and other variables can be controlled. Fascinating [Note: Alas, the access to the full site now requires a subscription. Check it out anyway; you may be able to persuade your institution to subscriber.]
    http://www.visualthesaurus.com
  • Vocabula Review
    A highly regarded monthly ezine of about 35 pages about the state of the English language. An annual fee of $5.95 gives full access to the many useful features and articles, many by well-known writers. Selected parts of the site are free. A useful resource for teachers.
    http://www.vocabula.com/VRabout.asp
  • Vocabulary University
    This address takes you to the site map which gives you access to pages of lesson plans, puzzles, games and intended to make learning fun and prepare for various (American) examinations. Despite the name there is plenty for secondary level. You might try WordCity , a ‘dynamic, graphical approach to learning vocabulary’ which includes learning about roots, cells, stems, prefixes and suffixes …
    http://vocabulary.com/VUsitemap.html
  • Word Central
    Lively, award winning site for upper primary and secondary levels. Winner 2000 Webby award for best educational website
    http://www.wordcentral.com/
  • Word Detective
    The online version of an internationally syndicated newspaper column answering readers’ questions about words and language—often in a humorous vein. Includes a ‘favourite word’ section and a well-organised archive of hundreds of words and phrases.
    http://www.word-detective.com
  • Wordsmyth
    This ia an integrated dictionary and thesaurus. It requires registration but no payment. Besides simple definitions you can ask for examples which include your word. Other features include a glossary maker and links to other sites for English language learners.
    http://www.wordsmyth.net
  • World Wide Words
    A site devoted to words and their origins , with a worldwide following. Topical words, turns of phrase, usage notes, weird words, the story of English, pronunciation help (British), question and answer section, searches, and a free newsletter if you wish. For a sample article, try ‘ Guttta Percha , Ketchup, Sago : Words from Malay’.
    http://www.worldwidewords.org/genindex.htm
  • YourDictionary
    A web of online dictionaries is part of the site .. Some other sections: Fun and Games (including ‘the richest assortment of crossword puzzles on the planet’, ‘ Nyms and More, Grammars–and you can receive a Word of the Day by email everyday.
    http://yourdictionary.com/

Poetry

  • Can You Haiku?
    Lesson plans, activities, resource links covering reading haiku, rules of haiku, haiku warm ups and writing haiku. Useful for both primary and secondary classes. Useful Asian links. Edsitement is a highly regarded gateway to quality humanities sites.
    http://edsitement.neh.gov/lessonplans/can_you_haiku.html
  • Combining Grammar and Poetry
    Part of the extensive site English as Another Language maintained by Norwegian Angus Lund . This page offers a technique to get everyone to produce 5 line poems. Good efforts around the world are published on the site. Students could decide which the good ones are-and why Other sections cover grammar, projects, links, research.
    http://home.online.no/~anlun/gram-po.htm
  • Contemporary Poetry
    Start here for access to about 30 About.com poetry lists covering types (e.g. haiku, sonnets), periods (20th century, contemporary), references, audio and video, anthologies, pantoums , nursery rhymes ….
    http://poetry.about.com/
  • Grandpa Tucker’s Poetry
    Deservedly popular site (with well over 2 million visitors so far) for primary level with the purpose of making language play fun: rhymes and tales, poems, stories, songs, poems contributed by kids, music, art gallery…. Well-illustrated .
    http://www.grandpatucker.com/
  • Grammar and Poetry
    Part of Andreas Lund’s English as Another Language page. Well-designed. Instructions, models, examples and contributions from around the world.
    http://home.online.no/~anlun/gram-po.htm
  • Haiku Salon
    Complete guide to appreciating, writing and teaching haiku e.g. why it is popular in ELT, examples…
    http://www.cc.matsuyama-u.ac.jp/~shiki/English-Haiku.html
  • KidzPage
    Poetry and verse for children of all ages. Recommended: Have a bash with Ogden Nash, For Better or Verse, Verse or Worse, all delightfully illustrated. There is a huge collection of poetry by children all over the world, some of it quite good. Click on More KidzLinks for more sources of poems and stories plus support for all school subjects, and ‘ jsut fun’.
    http://www.veeceet.com/kids/better.html
  • Listen and Write
    BBC site with writing activities and audio poems aimed at 9-11 year olds plus a gallery of children’s work. Try Wonderwords (lively, descriptive, unusual words which ‘make pictures leap into the reader’s mind’, or Simile Satellie . Download Real Player to hear actors read the poems. From here you can also go to Education, Kids and Teens pages
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/listenandwrite/
  • PipTalk (Passions in Poetry)
    Poetry forums, poems culled from the press, poems to send as cards and an archives
    http://piptalk.com/
  • Poem Finder on the Web
    ‘ The largest, most comprehensive and most current poetry database available’ it indexes 800,000 poems and has the full text of 85,000. You can use it as extensively asyou like during a two week free trial period. International in scope,
    http://www.poemfinder.com
  • Poetry.com
    Sponsored by the International Library of Poetry, this claims to be the largest poetry site on the Internet–probably because of the thousands of submissions by would-be poets. Useful sections include help with techniques and rhyming (also synonyms, definitions, homophones etc) and the 100 greatest poems ever written. To use the huge links section (to poem, poets and other rpoetry pages) requires time and all your evaluation skills.
    http://www.poetry.com/
  • Poetry4Kids
    A particularly useful list of resources: links to popular children’s poets, a collection of funny poems and help in writing them, children’s poetry on the web, collection of classic anthologies, writing resources and useful software.
    http://www.poetry4kids.com/
  • Poetry Pals: Lessons and Activities
    Students from around the world develop literacy, technology and communication skills for reading, creating, publishing and original poetry on the Internet. Numerous teaching ideas, plus examples, links Caters for K-12. Click on Poetry Forms, Themes and Examples which shoes how to create poetry in various forms, e.g. haiku, diamante, cinquaine , limericks, autobiographical…
    http://www.geocities.com/cponykid/pages/lessons2.html
  • Poetry Project
    This is found under Key Stage 3 on the FRET site. It is a step=by-step introduction to writing poetry–examples followed by ‘over to you’, at the end of which the student has written ‘four super poems’ .. You will need to register in order to access the PDF file but it’s free! While you are on the site, look at some of the other lessons and materials too,
    http://www.english-teaching.co.uk/
  • Scholastic’s Poetry Pages
    Includes the popular Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky (and others). Poetry and step-by-step workshops plus Teacher’s Guide. Intended for primary level but useful also at lower secondary.
    http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/index.htm
  • Writing Poetry: A Beginner’s Guide
    Despite the subtitle this is best suited to upper secondary or 6th form students who are serious about wanting to write poetry. It covers all aspects, with plenty of examples and practical exercises.
    http://teenwriting.about.com/cs/writingpoetry/

Songs

  • Dave’s ESL Cafe Ideas Cookbook
    Click on Music for a page of links to teachers’ ideas for using songs to teach Englliksh . Most consist of a paragraph or two of description. Quality varies considerably, but try Take the song and run !, Music and Rhyme, “Perfect Modals” Salad or Drawing to Music. At the least these may trigger some ideas of your own.
    http://eslcafe.com/ideas/
  • E. L. Easton – English – Music and Lyrics
    An extensive collection of links to pages with ESL-through-music lessons and teaching ideas, plus audio and vocals (American pronunciation), song collections, national anthems plus a multilingual songbook section where you can compare the lyrics to popular songs in a variety of languages. There is a great deal on offer at this site.
    http://eleaston.com/music.html
  • English Through Music
    A lesson ‘swap meet’ where teachers share lesson plan ideas for learning English through music and can find articles and supporting materials Nicely presented and organised according to language focus and level, with an attempt at quality control.
    http://www.geocities.com/ESLmusic/
  • Ernie’s ESL Songs Page
    How to use music and songs in the ESL classroom plus songs and activities at 5 different. levels
    http://www.lingolex.com/userpages/music.html
  • ETNI’s Music
    Includes ideas, projects, materials and links for teaching English language and literature through song. Also provides technical information on how to download and manage audio planers and files. This is part of a larger EFL site; go to the Teachers’ section for links to lesson plans, classroom activities, projects and other EFL resources.
    http://www.etni.org.il/music/
  • ESL through Music
    ‘For educators who are interested in promoting the acquisition of English through music.’ Includes articles, teacher-made and tested lessons plus information on books, videos, tapes and CDs useful for ESL purposes. purchase ).
    http://www.geocities.com/ESLmusic/
  • Finding Song Lyrics Online Learning and Technology (Vol. 5, No. 3, September 2001,) with advice and links.
    http://llt.msu.edu/vol5num3/onthenet
  • Folksongs
    Thousands of folksongs from around the world, arranged alphabetically by title. Lyrics are nicely presented in a form suitable for printing out. The melody for many is also available. A goldmine!
    http://www.ingeb.org/folksong.html
  • Song Dictation
    A concise ITESL-J article by Brian Cullen giving the why and how of using song dictation in the ESL classroom. Search the ITESL-J index for other articles, e.g. ‘Songs, Verse and Games for Teaching Grammar’ and
    http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Cullen-SongDictation.html

Drama

  • Arts on the Move
    Scroll down to Arts on the Move then click on Drama in Education and follow links (e.g. Drama in the Primary School, Secondary Education, Resources) to arrive at useful pages such as Planning a Drama Lesson, Games and Methods, Creating Characters… A very attractive helpful site
    http://www.q-ten.co.uk
  • Creative Drama and Theatre Education Resource Site
    Go to Classroom Ideas, Creative Drama (e.g. prop bag), Theatre Games, Plays for Performance. By a teacher who has been involved in theatre all her life.
    http://www.creativedrama.com/
  • Drama Library
    Click on Resource Libraries, then Drama Library Teachit.com, then click on Drama Library. There are photocopiable materials and good links. Start with the 6 pages of Warm Up and Cool Down games. Or, if you are a budding director, try the Backstage page for useful tips.
    http://www.teachit.co.uk/
  • Dramatic Interpretation of Monologue Poems
    Click on Curricular Resources > Index > D (for Drama), then scroll down topics of interest e.g. Improvisation, Monologues, Teaching of (Drama), where items are identified only by date. Click on a recent date–and hope to find a curriculum unit, lesson plans etc. (Whew!)
    http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/
  • Learn Improv
    Explores the various kinds of structures such as warm-ups, exercises to build skills, stories, interactions and ‘handles’ (games requiring audience participation, with built-in comedy).
    http://www.learnimprov.com/
  • Improvisations
    The objective is total spontaneity and teachers are advised to put aside their fears that students will not be able to cope; it is surprising how imaginative they can be. About a dozen ideas each are given for pair and group improvisation. Try some of the other activities available.
    http://www.tefl.net/esl-lesson-plans/esl-activity-improvisation.htm
  • Puppetry Home Page,The
    Pages include Using Puppetry, Puppetry Traditions Around the World, Puppet Building, links to other sites Describes itself as ‘ free resource for the puppetry community ‘.
    http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/
  • Reader’s Theatre
    Here is a chance to learn how to sign in to an online journal for temporary free use. Click on the Access Form and fill in your particulars. You will immediately be sent a username and password to use for one month while you try out past and present publications of The Language Teacher and other publications of the Japan TESOL organisation. Browse past issues or type in the topic you are looking for, in this case ‘Reader’s Theatre’–and you’ve got what may be a useful article. This one provides an activity for literature classes or extensive reading groups. Students create and perform short kits based on student-selected texts–from a graded reader , short story, novel, literature text… The emphasis is on interpretation . Intermediate to advanced
    http://www.jalt-publications.org/
  • School Show Page
    A UK resource for school and youth theatre. From this Resources page you can go to articles, plays, an improvisation page, a primary page, technical and production help, free downloads and more
    http://www.schoolshows.demon.co.uk/resources.htm Not available 19 June 2007
  • Teachit’s Drama Teaching Resources
    Click on Resource Libraries, then Drama Librar and scroll down to ‘drama essentials’ to access nearly 20 sets of materials which you can download, print and photocopy (or just read on screen). This is part of a large and prestigious UK site for English teachers. There are also hotlinks to other drama resources.
    http://www.teachit.co.uk/
    . There are smaterials and good links.
  • Virtual Drama Studio
    A set of resources for teachers of English and Drama for 11-18 year olds, suitable both for new and experienced teachers Emphasis is on quality and usefulness of content.
    http://www.thevirtualdramastudio.co.uk

Other Literature

  • 100 Best Books for Children:Teachers’ List
  • 100 Best Books for Children: Kids’ List
    The American National Education Association asked teachers to pick a list of 100 books they felt represented the best books for children and young people. (The ELTC resource centre has a good percentage of them.) Compare the teachers’ list with the kids’ version for some interesting similarit1es and differences.
    http://www.nea.org/readacross/resources/catalist.html
    http://www.nea.org/readacross/resources/kidsbooks.html
  • 100 Best Books for Children: by age group and with links
    Besides organizing this particular list by level and adding book and author links to resources and lesson ideas, this site offers a large Suggested Reading section with hundreds of other titles grouped by theme and grade level.
    http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.htm
  • Bibliomania
    Free literature on line: over 2000 classic texts, plus study guides, summaries, author biographies and reference help
    http://www.bibliomania.com/
  • Carol Hurst’s Literature Site
    Everything to do with using children’s literature in the (primary/lower secondary) classroom, whether for English or other subjects, including reviews, classroom activities and ways of using the Internet. Links to resources. Free newsletter
    http://www.carolhurst.com/
  • Children’s Literature and Language Arts Resources
    This page of the Internet School Library Media Center focuses on children’s literature in education and associated language skills. There is information on book awards, authors and illustrators, bibliotherapy plus literary enrichment activities and well-chosen links.
    http://falcon.jmu.edu/%7Eramseyil/childlit.htm#J
  • Cool Reads
    Books for 10-15 years olds–reviewed by 10-15 year olds. Sophisticated site run by teenagers.
    http://www.cool-reads.co.uk/
  • EnglishBiz
    A Level English and English Literature site. Check out the Cool Reads pdf file for some good reading suggestions for teens.
    http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/
  • Literature Log Response Starters
    This has moved to Mrs P’s Kids’ Page which looks worth further explanation. On the Index Page, scroll down to L and click on Literature Log. The starters are usable ./ adaptable for any level.
    http://www.geocities.com/janp_us/sitemap.html
  • Non-Fiction Texts: Teachit
    Scroll down to Non-fiction text types and click. The first place winner in the Literacy Strategy Competition. A complete package for using the web to teach ways of working with nonfiction. scheme of work, framework objectives, teachers’ note and starters, lesson plans and teaching materials, list of websites…A good model to study for anyone designing teaching materials for English. Take time to explore some of the other teaching materials and aids this site offers too.
    http://www.teachit.co.uk
  • Project Gutenberg
    Downloadable texts which are now out of copyright.. A great way to access a prescribed text when no copy is available. You can search, or get a complete list of authors or titles. There are now 20,000 titles available.
    http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • Teenspace: Internet Public Library
    An extensive list of sites which offer suggestions and guidance on what to read in all genres. Some publish book reviews, poetry and short stories by teenagers. From the University of Michigan
    http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/
  • Voice of the Shuttle
    A huge database for literature and the humanities, recently reorganised . On the home page, navigate to Literature (in English) or to Teaching Resources. The Guide to VOS section will help you find your way around.
    http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp
  • Write a Book Review…
    Some of the writing tips offered on the site run by author Rodman Philbrick could apply equally to an evaluation of non-fiction works. There is a model book review of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
    http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/bookrev/index.htm

 

Reference

Reference
Reference:
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Databases, Research Help

This basic list will serve your general reference needs. Some of the sites lead to many more specialised ones.

  • Acronym Finder, The
    ‘The Web’s largest searchable database’. Contains about 155,000 acronyms, abbreviations and definitions.
    http://www.acronymfinder.com
  • Ask Asia
    A K-12 resource of the Asia Society: latest news, profiles, reference, Asia experts’ database, links. Teachers’ section features rich collection of classroom resources and teaching aids; professional development articles and a resource centre locator.>
    http://www.askasia.org/
  • Ask ERIC
    An electronic question answering service for teachers on the Internet, drawing on the world’s largest education database. Access to links organisations, lesson plans…
    http://ericir.syr.edu/
  • Atlapedia Online
    Contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world and resources for teachers and students. Considered the top atlas website.
    http://www.atlapedia.com/
  • Dictionary.com
    This also gives access to Thesaurus.com, Reference.com, Word-of-the-day, Fun and games, articles and other language resources.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/
  • Encarta Encyclopedia
    Superb multimedia encyclopedia; CD ownership gives entitlement to full online use but much is available without the CD. Click on Schoolhouse, home of the Encarta Lesson Collection and other educational resources.
    Run a search on ‘Asia’ or ‘Islam’ to see the range of resources available via both Encarta and MSN.
    http://encarta.msn.com/
  • Encyclopedia Britannica On-line
    Huge knowledge database. Access is by subscription (USD5 per month) but you can register for a free 14 day period.
    http://www.eb.com/
  • ERIC Clearinghouses
    The ERIC information network acquires, catalogs, summarizes, and provides access to education information from all sources on key educational issues, e.g. Disabilities/ Gifted Education; Early Childhood Education; Languages and Linguistics; Reading, English, and Communication; Teaching and Teacher Education… . Extensive user assistance includes AsERIC (above).
    http://www.eric.ed.gov/
  • The Free Dictionary (also known as Wordsmyth)
    This is an integrated dictionary and thesaurus (based on the American Heritage dictionary) with access to specialised dictionaries (Idioms, based on the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms) and Columbia and Wikipedia encyclopedias. There are other useful features, e.g. word lists on a topic of the day, a glossary maker and links to other sites for English language learners.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dictionary.htm
  • How Stuff Works
    Clear explanations, photos, drawings, animations etc. for thousands of topics. New questions, books, articles, links, gadgets etc daily.
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/
  • Merriam Webster
    ‘The most up-to-date dictionary on the web’. Dictionary, word of the day, access to thesauri, word games…
    http://www.m-w.com/
  • OneLook.com
    Access to virtually every dictionary, general or specialised you could wish to use–757 have been indexed!.
    http://www.onelook.com/
  • Virtual Reference
    Over 2,500 reference locations and tools including dictionaries andlanguage, maps. Also try Virtual Tours, Virtual Search Sites, the How To sites or Useful Tools sections. There are 500 pages altogether offering 10,000 sites
    http://www.virtualfreesites.com/reference.html
  • Visual Thesaurus
    On this site you and your students can follow threads of meaning and sense relationships via an animated display rather like a shifting mind map. It’s fun and instructive. Unfortunately, it now requires a subscription. This page tellls you about the benefits and uses of the site; you may well decide it’s worth it for your school or college.
    http://www.visualthesaurus.com/educators/
  • Webopedia
    ‘The only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology.’ Provides links to pages related to each item.
    http://www.webopedia.com/
  • WordCentral
    2000 Webby award for best educational web site. Daily buzzword, dictionary, verse composer. Good graphics. Merriam-Webster
    http://www.wordcentral.com/

Lesson Design

Lesson Design

As one of these sites advises: Don’t reinvent the wheel! The process of designing good lessons and projects which make use of the Internet has been expertly refined, and there are plenty of sites offering advice, lesson plans and ideas, resources and other kinds of teacher support. Time spent studying examples and discovering ways to produce lessons and materials of high quality is time very well spent. (As you browse you will also come upon examples of what to avoid–but not, I hope, on the sites below.)

  • Big Six
    A well-tried and recommended problem-solving approach in six steps guiding students to find and use information efficiently and effectively.
    http://www.big6.com/
  • Big6: Nuts and Bolts
    Organised links to valuable information. Sections include: In Search of Information Literacy, Resources and Activities, Problem-based learning, Investigating PBL, Using the Big6.
    http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/big6/
  • Cool Teaching Lessons and Units
    Click on Cool Teaching Lessons and Units for quality ready-made units and lessons for all subjects, or help with developing your own. Emphasizes learning models such as WebQuests, Research Models and Problem-Based Learning but includes links to much more.
    http://www.coollessons.org/
  • Designing a Lesson
    Don’t miss this site of ideas, activities and promising practices… There are sections on getting started, lesson plans and resources, ‘making it happen’ (design tips from experts) and other useful information
    http://www.rmcdenver.com/useguide/index.htm
  • Education World
    Lesson planning help for teaching about curriculum topics. You can do a search or browse by topic. Example: clicking on Technology leads to a collection on Using the Internet to Help you Teach. This site claims to provide 500,000 web resources.
    http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/
  • Edsitement
    Tips and tools for integrating the Internet as a standard resource. Other sections of this site provide lesson plans, a reference shelf, a subject catalogue…
    http://edsitement.neh.gov/reference.html
  • EdWeb
    The site offers a step-by-step guide to designing worthwhile learning tasks which make use of the Internet. The ‘Rubric for Evaluating Web Quests’ page is as useful for setting goals as for final evaluation. There is also a ‘Roadmap’ presentation in 23 slides.
    http://webquest.sdsu.edu
  • Filamentality
    An interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internt sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities in a choice of formats.
    http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/
  • Filling the Toolbox: Classroom Strategies to Engender Student Questioning
    The strategies are of general relevance but can be applied particularly effectively to lessons involving the Internet. The emphasis is on training students to think more critically and creatively. Click on Prior issues. The article is listed under Libraries of the Future.
    http://fno.org/
  • Grazing the Net: Raising a Generation of Free Range Students
    An excellent article by James McKenzie which appeared in From Now On, the educational technology journal. Its aim is to show how schools may take advantage of the Internet to raise a generation of ‘free range students’, that is ‘young people capable of navigating through a complex, often disorganized information landscape while making up their own minds about the important issues of their lives and their times’. Scroll down the home page to the article title and click.
    http://fno.org/
  • How to Make a Successful ESL/EFL Teacher’s Web Page
    An Internet TESL Journal article with samples and links to take the trauma out of this task.
    http://iteslj.org/Articles/Kelly-MakePage/
  • ICT in Education
    help in planning lessons which use computers–as well as ICT activities which do not require a computer. Terry Freedman also offers 5 minute tips and a free newsletter Computers in Classrooms–besides a book to purchase.
    http://terry-freedman.org.uk/artman/publish/index.php
  • Lesson Plans Page
    There are over 2500 lesson plans. Choose a subject (e.g. Language Arts) or a specific topic (e.g. Science Projects or Maths Worksheets) or any of the special features (e.g. Efficient Reading). The quality is mixed–but the collection can be used as a source of ideas for adapting to your own students.
    http://www.lessonplanspage.com/
  • Newspapers in Education:The Star
    News lessons, activities, contects, Internet tutorials, links to NIE sties around the world. Potential for lesson material.
    http://thestar.com.my/education/
  • Project-based Learning
    Collaborative learning with quality control via checklists. Teachers can create custom checklists to suit their own and students’ needs by choosing from options provided–then print out the lists for class use. Very useful for setting criteria and evaluating various kinds of oral and written products (oral presentations, class newspaper, reports, puppet show…)
    http://4teachers.org/projectbased/
  • Teachers’ Internet Use Guide
    Learn how to design, develop, implement, and evaluate an Internet-based lesson using a four-step instructional design process. Sample lessons illustrate this process. Free sharable online bank of teacher-created lessons.
    http://rmcdenver.com/useguide/
  • Teaching Tips
    This will give you a very great deal more than help with lesson design. There is a vast assortment of topics including: preparing a lesson plan, course design, teaching techniques, assessment technigues, using questions effectively, how people learn, core abilities, motivating students, coping with stress, difficult behaviours and even ‘the first day’.
    http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/teachtip.htm
  • ThinkQuest
    Creating, exploring, promoting learning on the Web. Students research in teams, using appropriate skills, tools and procedures and then publish the results online.
    http://www.thinkquest.org/
  • Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technololgy
    Two modules from the University of Maryland/Verizon on using the web to design and deliver online courses. Many examples of the use of technology across the curriculum for groupwork, projects, presentations and research, mostly at tertiary level.
    http://www.umuc.edu/virtualteaching/
  • Web Worksheet Wizard
    A utility allowing the teacher to create a lesson, worksheet or class page on the Web. The counterpart students-only page is Project Poster (where teachers’ work will be deleted!)
    http://wizard.hprtec.org/
  • WebQuests
    A WebQuest is ‘an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web’. The activities are carefully structured and many examples are available. This is possibly the most used model world-wide for designing web-based lessons. Full guidance is available.
    http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html
  • WWW4Teachers
    Project-based learning site which includes help in designing multimedia materials. Customisable checklists and rubrics (choose from pulldown suggestions).
    http://www.4teachers.org/


    TIP: You’ll find more help with lesson plans on other pages of this site such as TESL/TEFL and Young Learners

Subjects: Introduction

Subjects: Introduction

NEWS

Besides our original sections aimed to help teachers at primary and secondary levels we haverecently added a page called Study Skills and Research presenting ‘best of the web’ sites in these areas for a range of people: undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, teachers, trainers and trainees.

Quick Facts

Origins
This site originated in 1998 in printed website lists prepared for Malaysian teachers and teacher-trainers on courses at the Specialist Teaching Training College Malaysia, one of 27 training colleges in the country
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What is ELTC?
Soon we took the lists online and in 2003 Webguides came under the auspices of Malaysia’s new English Language Teaching Centre, set up to lead English language teacher training nationwide–and to become an international centre of excellence in the field of English language teaching.

ETeMS
In particular, ELTC is to facilitate the training of teachers in nearly 10,000 schools to teach Science and Maths in English instead of Bahasa Malaysia: the ETeMS project. A tall order! And that’s just one of our responsibilities.

The Subject Guides
Our web pages of annotated links reflect ELTC’s major concerns but because we draw on sources worldwide, they are equally applicable to teachers, trainers, students and librarians in any country.

Just Click
The pages in the Internet section of this site should help you to exploit the Subjects pages to the full. The links to the left (or below) will take you where you want to go.

  • TESL / TEFL
    This huge guide with its many subtopics is also the most popular. It covers the field in general, and English for middle and secondary schools in particular.
  • Young Learners
    ELTC places great emphasis on early literacy programmes. Here is a webguide especially for teachers at primary level.
  • Science and Maths
    Language and subject learning can go hand in hand. And there are sites to excite anyone about becoming a scientist or inventor.
  • Special Education
    All students are special–but some more special than others. Every teacher needs to know something about this field.
  • School and College Libraries and Resource Centres
    Learning how to learn and how to access, evaluate and use information are the underpinning of ‘education’. What help is there for overworked librarians and teachers in providing quality materials and maximum accessibility?

and now:

  • Study Skills and Research Try it! There is also a book related to the site: Study Skills for Higher Education. Click here for a description and online order form.