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Language Arts


ePals enriches K-12 learning in the classroom and at home with innovative web-based tools and the highest standard of children’s stories, games and digital media on the Web. ePals SchoolMail365™ is a safe and protected space for student interactions. Educators can manage and monitor what students see, whom they communicate with and how they interact. ePals Technology platforms comply with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). http://www.epals.com/#!/main
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. http://www.ncte.org/
Academic vocabulary is the vocabulary critical to understanding the concepts of the content taught in schools. The workshop will begin with an exploration of the physiological intricacies involved with neurological processing. The overview of Academic Vocabulary will be based on leaders in the field, which will exemplify the most current pedagogical practices. Many of the most successful resources will be provided and current technological techniques will be featured. http://academicvocabulary.weebly.com/index.html




Mathematics


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. https://www.nctm.org/ The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The project includes dissemination and extensive internal and external evaluation. http://nlvm.usu.edu 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. https://www.khanacademy.org




Science


The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. http://www.nsta.org/ Learn Science While Building Literacy & Math Skills! http://www.science4us.com/index.php Geology/Palentology Texas Fossil Clubs Dallas Paleontology Society Paleontological Society of Austin Boneheads club of Abilene, TX Paleontology Section, Houston Gem and Mineral Society Natural History Museums in Texas Dallas Museum of Natural History Ft. Worth Museum of Natural History Houston Museum of Natural Science Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Texas Tech University Mayborn Museum Complex, Baylor University, Waco, TX Texas Memorial Museum, Univ. of Texas at Austin Web sites on Texas Paleontology & Fossils Common Fossils of the Glen Rose Formation Texas Archosaurs by Jon Baskin, Texas A & M Univ. Dinodata.net website on Texas Dinosaurs HGMS pblications on Texas paleontology Bureau of Economic Geology, Univ. of Texas at Austin University of Texas, Geology Department Dinosaur Valley State Park (Parks & Wildlife website) Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Kuban's website) Texas Geology links (Stephen F. Austin State University)




History


Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. http://www.ncss.org The National Council for History Education builds bridges between those who share a common passion for historical thinking http://www.nche.net/ Museum Stuff is dedicated to creating a web based guide to museum related information. This information includes links to museum websites and virtual exhibits, educational and entertaining games and activities, and extensive learning resources concerning topics typically promoted through art, science and history museums. http://www.museumstuff.com/




Geography


Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action. http://www.rootsandshoots.org/ The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. NCGE supports geography teaching at all levels—from Kindergarten through University. http://www.ncge.org




Economics


http://www.econedlink.org/ EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. EconEdLink is brought to you by the Council for Economic Education. CEE is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school—and we have been doing so for 65 years. http://econkids.rutgers.edu/ This website provides teachers, parents, and volunteers with ideas for using children's literature to introduce economics to children. We review new books from leading publishers and makes selections for "Book of the Month" and "Top Five". EconKids focuses on younger students in elementary school. Its user-friendly design can help to generate quick teaching ideas that are based on current research in economics and education.




Arts


Learning by Doing
Arts & English for young students. A tool for achieving knowledge and sharing experiences around Arts.
A. Pintura: Art Detective
Become a detective and identify the artist of a mystery painting. Teaches the concepts of composition, style and subject needed to solve the puzzle. Art Express
Contains a nice variety of fun and educational artistic activities for grades 1 through 5. Cartoon Critters
Offers dozens of cartoons to print and color, and coloring books with pictures that you can color online. Also includes graphic step-by-step instructions on how to draw cartoons, online games you can play, and crafts. Color Matters
Budding artists and anyone interested in color will want to see how color affects our mind and body, its use in design and art, plus lots more. Explains additive and subtractive color systems, how the eye sees colors, and how other cultures view and use colors. Drawing With Shapes
Easy-to-follow lessons teach young artists how to draw animals, cartoons, monsters and more, using circles, squares, and other simple shapes. Also included are coloring pages, an online drawing app, and games. Haring Kids
Artist Keith Haring was devoted to kids. At this site, he shares his vision of art with them and inspires them to discover their own creative side. Activities include games, puzzles, pictures to color, stories and more. Lesson plans for each section are available to teachers. Inside Art
A game which explores a painting from the inside out. You 'escape' from the painting after answering ' Who? / What? / Where? / How? ' questions. KinderArt
You'll find lots of great ideas for quality art and craft projects at KinderArt. Be sure to check out the sections for younger children, and seasonal crafts too! Kodak Tips
Kodak offers a wealth of information on ways you can improve the artistic quality of the pictures you take while helping you understand the technical issues of photography as well. Recommended for the serious beginner to intermediate photographer. Learn About Color
How many colors can you make by mixing red, yellow, and blue? Color William, the hippopotamus, to find out. Color Theory
Using color theory to enhance your room.




Music


http://www.mtna.org/ MTNA offers this overview of selected websites that teachers might find helpful for augmenting lesson materials-particularly to enhance those six practice days between lessons! While the myriad links and searches produce hundreds and hundreds of results, the following sites represent a researched sampling of the musical, youth-oriented websites on the Internet today. Many sites offer areas for teachers and parents. In addition, we have listed some good search sites. We encourage all teachers to search and seek out websites. Please share your results with us so we may continue to update this list. Performer-Based Websites http://www.dariamusic.com/
World Music With DARIA is a website from this multiple award-winning educator and musician. The website was given a 2009 Parent's Choice Award for its family-friendly introduction of world music to young people and it's resources for teachers, parents and special education professionals. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, pow-wow drums and guiros along with cultural background information. http://www.fromthetop.org/
The From The Top website is designed for young classical musicians. This clever website has: The Green Room blog, information on both the radio and television program. Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people, reaching more than one million people each year. http://www.jazzkids.com/
JazzKids was created for children of all ages. The website offers teachers, parents and even the youngest students the opportunity to be introduced to jazz. The interactive audio, video and curriculum are not intended to replace a teacher! Symphony-Based Websites http://www.sfskids.org/
The new SFSKids presents an updated online experience entirely different from the original SFSKids. Some of brand-new features and content throughout SFSKids include: a fun and playful series of educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; the ability to explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; the use of some game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more. http://www.nyphilkids.org/
Great graphics and fun games-like the clarinet scavenger hunt-make this New York Philharmonic website great, especially for instrumental students. Music Game/Theory/History/Listening Websites www.musiclearningcommunity.com
This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment. http://pianoeducation.org/pnokids.html
This site is just for kids—to talk to other kids about piano, listen to the Taz-man, jump to other cool places, time travel to meet a famous composer or pianist, get a great tip to help withlessons, get help with writing piano or music reports or even ask aquestion! http://www.funbrain.com/
Funbrain offers games on composers, instruments, reading and vocabulary. www.datadragon.com
Learning about and listening to different instruments, reading music, musical genres and links to additional sites are the features of this site. http://www.teoria.com/
This is a great site for music theory. http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/
"Name That Tune," a link to the American Symphony Orchestra League, Instruments, lesson plans and games all can be found on this website. www.boowakwala.com
This site offers ninety-nine additional sites for music and learning. www.homeworkspot.com/theme/classicalmusic.htm
This site offers many links to quality classical music sites. http://www.tritonemusic.com/
Features online, interactive piano lessons that can be used in conjunction with traditional piano lessons. http://www.musictheory.net/
Includes quality theory tutorials, and interactive identification and ear training drills in note reading, key signatures, intervals and triads. www.quia.com/web
Students can test their music knowledge with quizzes, matches, concentration card games and other activities. www.creatingmusic.com
Elementary-age students can enjoy exploring, creating and manipulating music. www.anvilstudio.com
Enable students to compose from a MIDI keyboard and add voice-overs or other audio recorded through a microphone. http://www.smartmusic.com/
Access online accompaniments that function as virtual accompanists. http://www.easymusictheory.com/
This site is devoted to ear training and theory skills. http://www.good-ear.com/
This site offers ear training and theory skills. http://www.MakingMusicFun.net
This site contains lots of free music resources for elementary music classroom teachers, private music instructors and homeschool parents, for the purpose of building kids up in positive ways and enriching their lives with an appreciation for music and learning. http://www.happynote.com/en/music-notes.html
Happy Note! music games (shareware and freeware) are both amusing and educational. They offer a way to learn to read music notes in treble clef and bass clef the fun way. www.foriero.com
A music educational portal designed especially for kids and music beginners. Primarily focusing on the piano basics, they produce games to learn music easily with fun.





Academic Content

Language Arts


ePals enriches K-12 learning in the classroom and at home with innovative web-based tools and the highest standard of children’s stories, games and digital media on the Web. ePals SchoolMail365™ is a safe and protected space for student interactions. Educators can manage and monitor what students see, whom they communicate with and how they interact. ePals Technology platforms comply with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). http://www.epals.com/#!/main
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. http://www.ncte.org/
Academic vocabulary is the vocabulary critical to understanding the concepts of the content taught in schools. The workshop will begin with an exploration of the physiological intricacies involved with neurological processing. The overview of Academic Vocabulary will be based on leaders in the field, which will exemplify the most current pedagogical practices. Many of the most successful resources will be provided and current technological techniques will be featured. http://academicvocabulary.weebly.com/index.html




Mathematics


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. https://www.nctm.org/ The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The project includes dissemination and extensive internal and external evaluation. http://nlvm.usu.edu 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. https://www.khanacademy.org




Science


The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. http://www.nsta.org/ Learn Science While Building Literacy & Math Skills! http://www.science4us.com/index.php Geology/Palentology Texas Fossil Clubs Dallas Paleontology Society Paleontological Society of Austin Boneheads club of Abilene, TX Paleontology Section, Houston Gem and Mineral Society Natural History Museums in Texas Dallas Museum of Natural History Ft. Worth Museum of Natural History Houston Museum of Natural Science Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Texas Tech University Mayborn Museum Complex, Baylor University, Waco, TX Texas Memorial Museum, Univ. of Texas at Austin Web sites on Texas Paleontology & Fossils Common Fossils of the Glen Rose Formation Texas Archosaurs by Jon Baskin, Texas A & M Univ. Dinodata.net website on Texas Dinosaurs HGMS pblications on Texas paleontology Bureau of Economic Geology, Univ. of Texas at Austin University of Texas, Geology Department Dinosaur Valley State Park (Parks & Wildlife website) Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Kuban's website) Texas Geology links (Stephen F. Austin State University)




History


Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. http://www.ncss.org The National Council for History Education builds bridges between those who share a common passion for historical thinking http://www.nche.net/ Museum Stuff is dedicated to creating a web based guide to museum related information. This information includes links to museum websites and virtual exhibits, educational and entertaining games and activities, and extensive learning resources concerning topics typically promoted through art, science and history museums. http://www.museumstuff.com/




Geography


Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action. http://www.rootsandshoots.org/ The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. NCGE supports geography teaching at all levels—from Kindergarten through University. http://www.ncge.org




Economics


http://www.econedlink.org/ EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. EconEdLink is brought to you by the Council for Economic Education. CEE is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school—and we have been doing so for 65 years. http://econkids.rutgers.edu/ This website provides teachers, parents, and volunteers with ideas for using children's literature to introduce economics to children. We review new books from leading publishers and makes selections for "Book of the Month" and "Top Five". EconKids focuses on younger students in elementary school. Its user-friendly design can help to generate quick teaching ideas that are based on current research in economics and education.




Arts


Learning by Doing
Arts & English for young students. A tool for achieving knowledge and sharing experiences around Arts.
A. Pintura: Art Detective
Become a detective and identify the artist of a mystery painting. Teaches the concepts of composition, style and subject needed to solve the puzzle. Art Express
Contains a nice variety of fun and educational artistic activities for grades 1 through 5. Cartoon Critters
Offers dozens of cartoons to print and color, and coloring books with pictures that you can color online. Also includes graphic step-by-step instructions on how to draw cartoons, online games you can play, and crafts. Color Matters
Budding artists and anyone interested in color will want to see how color affects our mind and body, its use in design and art, plus lots more. Explains additive and subtractive color systems, how the eye sees colors, and how other cultures view and use colors. Drawing With Shapes
Easy-to-follow lessons teach young artists how to draw animals, cartoons, monsters and more, using circles, squares, and other simple shapes. Also included are coloring pages, an online drawing app, and games. Haring Kids
Artist Keith Haring was devoted to kids. At this site, he shares his vision of art with them and inspires them to discover their own creative side. Activities include games, puzzles, pictures to color, stories and more. Lesson plans for each section are available to teachers. Inside Art
A game which explores a painting from the inside out. You 'escape' from the painting after answering ' Who? / What? / Where? / How? ' questions. KinderArt
You'll find lots of great ideas for quality art and craft projects at KinderArt. Be sure to check out the sections for younger children, and seasonal crafts too! Kodak Tips
Kodak offers a wealth of information on ways you can improve the artistic quality of the pictures you take while helping you understand the technical issues of photography as well. Recommended for the serious beginner to intermediate photographer. Learn About Color
How many colors can you make by mixing red, yellow, and blue? Color William, the hippopotamus, to find out. Color Theory
Using color theory to enhance your room.




Music


http://www.mtna.org/ MTNA offers this overview of selected websites that teachers might find helpful for augmenting lesson materials-particularly to enhance those six practice days between lessons! While the myriad links and searches produce hundreds and hundreds of results, the following sites represent a researched sampling of the musical, youth-oriented websites on the Internet today. Many sites offer areas for teachers and parents. In addition, we have listed some good search sites. We encourage all teachers to search and seek out websites. Please share your results with us so we may continue to update this list. Performer-Based Websites http://www.dariamusic.com/
World Music With DARIA is a website from this multiple award-winning educator and musician. The website was given a 2009 Parent's Choice Award for its family-friendly introduction of world music to young people and it's resources for teachers, parents and special education professionals. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, pow-wow drums and guiros along with cultural background information. http://www.fromthetop.org/
The From The Top website is designed for young classical musicians. This clever website has: The Green Room blog, information on both the radio and television program. Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people, reaching more than one million people each year. http://www.jazzkids.com/
JazzKids was created for children of all ages. The website offers teachers, parents and even the youngest students the opportunity to be introduced to jazz. The interactive audio, video and curriculum are not intended to replace a teacher! Symphony-Based Websites http://www.sfskids.org/
The new SFSKids presents an updated online experience entirely different from the original SFSKids. Some of brand-new features and content throughout SFSKids include: a fun and playful series of educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; the ability to explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; the use of some game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more. http://www.nyphilkids.org/
Great graphics and fun games-like the clarinet scavenger hunt-make this New York Philharmonic website great, especially for instrumental students. Music Game/Theory/History/Listening Websites www.musiclearningcommunity.com
This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment. http://pianoeducation.org/pnokids.html
This site is just for kids—to talk to other kids about piano, listen to the Taz-man, jump to other cool places, time travel to meet a famous composer or pianist, get a great tip to help withlessons, get help with writing piano or music reports or even ask aquestion! http://www.funbrain.com/
Funbrain offers games on composers, instruments, reading and vocabulary. www.datadragon.com
Learning about and listening to different instruments, reading music, musical genres and links to additional sites are the features of this site. http://www.teoria.com/
This is a great site for music theory. http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/
"Name That Tune," a link to the American Symphony Orchestra League, Instruments, lesson plans and games all can be found on this website. www.boowakwala.com
This site offers ninety-nine additional sites for music and learning. www.homeworkspot.com/theme/classicalmusic.htm
This site offers many links to quality classical music sites. http://www.tritonemusic.com/
Features online, interactive piano lessons that can be used in conjunction with traditional piano lessons. http://www.musictheory.net/
Includes quality theory tutorials, and interactive identification and ear training drills in note reading, key signatures, intervals and triads. www.quia.com/web
Students can test their music knowledge with quizzes, matches, concentration card games and other activities. www.creatingmusic.com
Elementary-age students can enjoy exploring, creating and manipulating music. www.anvilstudio.com
Enable students to compose from a MIDI keyboard and add voice-overs or other audio recorded through a microphone. http://www.smartmusic.com/
Access online accompaniments that function as virtual accompanists. http://www.easymusictheory.com/
This site is devoted to ear training and theory skills. http://www.good-ear.com/
This site offers ear training and theory skills. http://www.MakingMusicFun.net
This site contains lots of free music resources for elementary music classroom teachers, private music instructors and homeschool parents, for the purpose of building kids up in positive ways and enriching their lives with an appreciation for music and learning. http://www.happynote.com/en/music-notes.html
Happy Note! music games (shareware and freeware) are both amusing and educational. They offer a way to learn to read music notes in treble clef and bass clef the fun way. www.foriero.com
A music educational portal designed especially for kids and music beginners. Primarily focusing on the piano basics, they produce games to learn music easily with fun.





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