Note that some people are concerned about "org" versus "com" sources of materials. The argument is that non-profit organizations are not necessarily trying to push or sell certain materials, while commercial (for-profit) organizations have a profit motive. This issue is not clear cut. Many non-profit organizations publish and sell materials. Many for-profit organizations provide high quality, free materials in addition to selling materials.
Rather than "org" versus "com," it is more relevant to analyze the Websites and their materials from a point of view of what they contribute to students obtaining a high quality education. Thus, for example, one might evaluate a site on the basis of its contribution to students gaining higher-order knowledge and skills that transfer among different disciplines and endure over time. Such materials are in sharp contrast with materials that emphasize lower-order knowledge and skills, and that might well be designed along the lines of "drill and kill."
abcteach [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://www.abcteach.com/. Quoting from the Website:
abcteach started on March 2000.
AskERIC Lesson Plans [Online]. Accessed 9/15/02: http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Lessons/. Quoting from the Website:
This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans which have been written and submitted to AskERIC by teachers from all over the United States and the world. Contributions from individuals are essential to the collection; it is how it grows! If you have a great lesson plan you would like to share with other educators, please send it to us
CNNfyi.com [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://fyi.cnn.com/fyi/
News for students and resources for teachers, from CNN. Includes lessons ties to current events.
Columbia Education Center Portland, Oregon: Resources for Schools & Teachers [Online]. Accessed 1/21/03 http://www.col-ed.org/ .Quoting from the Website:
Here we offer links to [over 600] lesson plans created and contributed by teachers who've used them successfully in their classrooms, web-based teaching resources created as part of the ECHO trips abroad, funding resources, math, science, equity and assessment information, and many links to great sites for educators.
The archive [from the NY Times] contains hundreds of free lesson plans for grades 6-12. You may perform a keyword search to retrieve a lesson, browse the archive by subject, or scroll down the page to view the most recently published lessons.
DiscoverySchool.com [Online[. Accessed 12/12/03: http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/.
Hundreds of lesson plans on a wide range of subject areas, provided by the Discovery (TV) Channel
edHelper.com [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://www.edhelper.com/. Quoting from the Website:
Thank you for your interest in edHelper.com. edHelper.com is dedicated to providing teachers a single shop for educational resources.
Education World [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://www.education-world.com/. Quoting from the Website:
In the spring of 1996, the founders of Education World recognized the need for a Web site that would make the Internet easier for educators to use. They wanted to create a home for educators on the Internet, a place where teachers could gather and share ideas. They wanted to create a complete online resource where educators could start each day to find the lesson plans and research materials they were looking for.
Educator's Reference Desk. Accessed 1/5/04: http://eduref.org/. This is a replacement for part of the ERIC system, effective 19 December 1993. Quoting from the Website:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) [Online]. Accessed 11/28/01: http://www.ed.gov/free/.
Hundreds of education resources supported by agencies across the U.S. Federal government. This large resource continues to grow as a wide variety of federal agencies add new materials.
Gateway to Educational Materials [Online]. Accessed 11/26/02: http://thegateway.org/ Quoting from the Website:
Welcome to The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)!
History/Social Studies for K-12 Teachers [Online]. Accessed 11/27/01: http://www.execpc.com/~dboals/boals.html. Quoting from the Website:
The major purpose of this home page is to encourage the use of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning and teaching and to provide some help for K-12 classroom teachers in locating and using the resources of the Internet in the classroom.
Intel: Innovating in Education [Online]. Accessed 11/27/01: http://www.intel.com/education/index.htm.
Intel Corporation provides a broad range of materials design to help engineering, math, science, and technology education.
Lane County Educational Service District(ESD) [Online]. Accessed 2/9/02: http://www.lane.k12.or.us/insttech/.
A number of the ESDs in Oregon are playing leadership roles in Information Technology. This Website contains links to a number of valuable resources for teachers. It also contains a Virtual Training Center that contains training materials on hardware, software, and Internet resources used by Lane County Teachers!
Learningpage.com [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://www.learningpage.com/free_pages/home.html. Quoting from the Website:
Learning Page is a huge collection of professionally produced instructional material for you to download and print. Lesson plans, books, worksheets and much more can be found on the site.
Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers [Online]. Accessed 11/27/01: http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/index.html. Quoting from the Website:
Dr. Marty Levine, Professor Emeritus of Secondary Education, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), has gathered lesson plans and resources from the Internet which social studies teachers will find useful.
LessonPlanz.com [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://LessonPlanz.com/. Quoting from the Website:
LessonPlanz.com is searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects. Launched on May 1, 1999, LessonPlanz.com was designed to provide an easier way for teachers to find online lessons and teaching resources! By eliminating search results that aren't relevant to teachers, you also save time.
Lesson Plans Page.com (Over 1,500 lesson plans) [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/. Quoting from the Website:
Congratulations! You've just found one of the best PreK-12 teacher resources on the Internet, and it's completely free! Welcome to LessonPlansPage.com! To find lesson plans that match your criteria, simply begin by selecting a subject below, or search for specific topics. Be sure to visit our sponsors before you leave. Their support helps to make this site possible!
Library of Congress: Especially for Teachers [Online]. Accessed 9/15/02: http://memory.loc.gov/learn/.
Contains lesson plans, millions of original documents, and other resources for teachers.
MarcoPolo [Online]. Accessed 2/5/02: http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/. Quoting from the Website:
The MarcoPolo program provides no-cost, standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and classroom, developed by the nation's content experts. Online resources include panel-reviewed links to top sites in many disciplines, professionally developed lesson plans, classroom activities, materials to help with daily classroom planning, and powerful search engines.
Media Mastery Series [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://teachworld.com/tw_pages/media_mastery.html.
Contains five lessons in each of two areas. Quoting from the Website:MEDIA MASTERY is a set of curriculum materials that provides teachers with the opportunity to strengthen students' critical thinking and communication skills while introducing them to media literacy. The curriculum consists of two major components.
Michigan Teachers Network (MTN) [Online]. Accessed 11/28/01: http://mtn.merit.edu/about/index.html. Quoting from this extensive Website:
Michigan Teacher Network provides easy access to K-12 education related Web resources that have been carefully evaluated for quality, relevance, and effectiveness. MTN describes thousands of high quality resources that can be effectively used with students in the classroom, for professional development, or for educational planning and problem solving.
Middle & Secondary Educational Resources [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://otn.uoregon.edu/class/secondary/.
This is a collection of resources identified by students in a doctoral seminar at the University of Oregon, with links updated in November 2001.
National Archives and Records Administration: The Digital Classroom [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://www.nara.gov/education/classrm.html. Quoting from the Website:
Welcome to the Digital Classroom! To encourage teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents in the classroom, the Digital Classroom provides materials from the National Archives and methods for teaching with primary sources. Visit our page regularly as we expand our offerings.
National Center for Educational Statistics: Student's Classroom [Online]. Accessed 3/8/02: http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/index.html. Quoting from the Website:
Education information and activities for students everywhere!
National Geographic [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/.
Lesson plans and other materials for teachers. Materials for students and for parents.
New York Times--See: Daily Lesson Plan.
PBS TeacherSource [Online]. Accessed 11/2/05: http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/.
Over 3,000 lesson plans and activities. Links to relevant educational research.
Puzzlemaker [Online]. Accessed 3/8/02: http://www.puzzlemaker.com/. Quoting from the Website:
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists. Build your own maze or print our specialty hand-drawn mazes created around holidays and classroom topics.
Quia Web [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://www.quia.com/web/. Quoting from the Website:
Wlcome to Quia, the leader in online education. Quia helps teachers teach better by giving them the tools to create, customize, and share learning activities. Quia helps students learn more by bringing the resources of hundreds of thousands of educators together in one place.
Scholastic: Lesson Plans and Reproducibles [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/. Quoting from the Website:
Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing and media company's corporate mission, which is supported through all of its divisions, is to instill the love of reading and learning for lifelong pleasure in all children. Recognizing that literacy is the cornerstone of a child's intellectual, personal and cultural growth, Scholastic, for more than 80 years, has created quality products and services that educate, entertain and motivate children and are designed to help enlarge their understanding of the world around them.
Schoolhouse [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://encarta.msn.com/schoolhouse/. Quoting from the Website:
Welcome to Schoolhouse, home of the Encarta Lesson Collection and other educational resources. Use the left panel to find lessons by subject, grade level, or keyword.
Sites for Teachers [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://www.sitesforteachers.com/index.html.
Several hundred Websites that are designed for teachers are automatically rank ordered on the basis of current (the past hour) level of use.
TeAch-nology [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://www.teach-nology.com/. Quoting from the Website:
TeAch-nology.com offers teachers FREE access to lesson plans, printable worksheets, over 150,000 reviewed web sites, rubrics, educational games, teaching / technology tips, advice from expert teachers, current education news, teacher downloads, teacher finance help, web quests, and teacher resources for creating just about anything a teacher could need.
Teachers.net [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://teachers.net/lessons/. Quoting from the Website:
The Teachers.Net Lesson Bank [from Indiana Wesleyan University] is your opportunity to share your most precious asset - your teaching ideas and lesson plans! Now your genius and creativity can be used to touch lives around the world, and to help teachers reach students in ways they had never imagined before!
Technology Education Lab. Accessed 12/12/03: www.techedlab.com.
TERC [Online]. Accessed 11/21/01: http://www.terc.edu/. Quoting from the Website:
Founded in 1965, TERC is a not-for-profit education research and development organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
ThinkQuest [Online]. Accessed 11/20/01: http://www.thinkquest.org/. Quoting from the Website:
ThinkQuest is a global network of students, teachers, parents and technologists dedicated to exploring youth-centered learning on the Net.
Lesson plans developed since the latter part of 1999, tied in with information from US News and World Report.
WebQuest [Online]. Accessed 1/12/032: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/ http://webquest.sdsu.edu/ Quoting from the Website:
This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web. By pointing to excellent examples and collecting materials developed to communicate the idea, all of us experimenting with WebQuests will be able to learn from each other.