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Academic Earth Academic Earth aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to earn a world-class education by offering free online classes and online learning tools. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or take classes that interest you, Academic Earth can connect you to the world’s top universities and scholars.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media helps families (and teachers) make choices about media. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Take a peek at this list of 5 Teen Lit Books that Parents Should Read!

EdChange EdChange is a team of passionate, experienced, established, educators dedicated to equity, diversity,multiculturalism, and social justice. With this shared vision, they have joined to collaborate in order to develop resources, workshops, and projects that contribute to progressive change change in ourselves, our schools, and our society.

Education WeekEducation Week is recognized as a premier source of news and analysis on U.S. precollegiate education.

Edutopia Edutopia: What Works in Education, from the George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. Check out the Social Media Toolkit and these tips for helping all students succeed!

KhanAcademy Khan Academy is a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. Here is a 60 Minutes episode that demonstrates how this model “flips the classroom!”

Rethinking Schools Rethinking Schools began as a local effort and, while the scope and influence has changed, its basic orientation has not. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.

Teaching Tolerance Teaching Tolerance is a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools, founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

TED Ed  TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find numerous educational videos. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.

TedTED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Teaching for Change Teaching for Change operates from the belief that schools can provide students the skills, knowledge and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world — or they can fortify the status quo. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Soulpancake

Soulpancake features a series of 3-5 minute videos that provide instant writing prompts for life’s big questions, like “What do you carry with you?” or “Who is your favorite teacher?” or “What is your favorite quote?” These endearing clips of real people will make you smile.

English for WorkTeaching Technical English to prepare students for positions in the Engineering Industry? Here is an excellent resource!

Zinn The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers more than 100 free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change.


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