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eLearning Resources

Learning for Families & Adults

Edutopia is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world's best universities. Most are free. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just4Kids
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the national sponsor of Just for the Kids (JFTK), which provides school, district, and other education leaders with essential system performance and best practice information they need to make sound decisions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lexicon of Educator Terms
This is a wonderful site that explains educator terms. You can find definitions from ability grouping and achievement gaps to zero-tolerance. A great help to any educator! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rethinking Schools Online
Rethinking Schools is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students. Yet it also addresses key policy issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work. The publication emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Society for Neuroscience is committed to advancing the understanding of the brain and nervous system by creating venues where great science gets shared, providing professional development for neuroscience professionals, promoting public education and general education in neuroscience research, and informing legislators and other policymakers about new developments ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. The Alliance focuses on America 's six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Self-directed learning-This site supports teaching self-directed learning (SDL) and becoming a self-directed person. It supports home-schooling, experiential education, open schooling and life-long learning. Keeping a journal, setting goals, planning and taking action are key tools. Self-improvement, personal development and the development of character are central themes of SDL. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NCFL is always working to strengthen and broaden our approaches to family literacy, building on advancements in education and technology as well as the changing needs of families. Our dedication to working with community partners is at the heart of NCFL's mission. We have developed model programs and innovative laboratories that have become recognized as leaders in advancing family literacy.

Learning Games, Activities & Apps

All Contents Educational App Store (EAS)- With an ever increasing demand by learners, parents and teachers for educational apps and the growth in Android, Windows and iOS devices, the team at the Educational App Store (EAS) have created a marketplace to bridge the gap between Education and Application Publishers. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Literacy is a leading vocabulary website worldwide with the best flash online word games. The vocabulary games include an online word search, an online crossword puzzle, and hangman online (our version is called HangMouse). Users choose the vocabulary list that the online word game will use in the word game. The vocabulary games are popular for use on smart boards for word games to build vocabulary skills in classrooms ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Content Literacy Funbrain-- Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid , Amelia Writes Again , and Brewster Rocket . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mathematics Figure This! - Helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges


Partners in Language Development SIL International is a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide as they build capacity for sustainable language development. SIL does this primarily through research, translation, training and materials development. SIL works alongside ethnolinguistic communities and their partners as they discover how language development addresses the challenging areas of their daily lives—social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wiktionary is an online dictionary that uses simpler words so it is easier to understand. We have 22,401 entries. Vimeo is video + you. We put your videos first and give you the best ways to share, discover, and be inspired. Video on Academic Vocabulary ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Reading Reading Rockets -We bring the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. Our goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present "what works" in a way that parents and educators can understand ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Welcome to the Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF) . We are dedicated to assisting educational programs by providing inexpensive children's books. LEF has several programs available to teachers, non-profit groups and reading programs. LEF has already distributed books to over 40,000 schools nationwide. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The International Reading Association is dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. Our members include classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, and parents. With members and affiliates in 99 countries, our network extends to more than 350,000 people worldwide. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Writing The OWL at Purdue ESL Instructors and Students
Materials on writing for ESL teachers and students The OWL at Purdue ESL Resources for Teachers
This website includes links to organizations and journals for language teachers and language policy developers, as well as to online teaching and reference materials. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Achieve3000
What It Is: A comprehensive suite of digital solutions that significantly accelerate literacy and deepen learning across the content areas. What They’re Offering: Achieve3000 Literacy at Home Digital provides access to engaging non-fiction articles at 3 reading levels. Sign up for a free account here. Additionally, they are offering Literacy Printable Packets for students who do not have internet access at home.

Bilingual Education & ESL

Center for Applied Linguistics ( CAL )
Information on research, resources and other services offered by CAL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ESL Lesson Plans and Resources
Marty Levine, Professor Emeritus from California State University – Northridge provides resources and lessons for bilingual educators contributed by teachers from around the world. Career opportunities for bilingual educators are listed as well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
The professional organization dedicated to advocacy for English language learners in the U.S. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
An organization that is working to advance professionals that teach English to ELLs TESOL: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ U. S. Department of Education-Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
This website provides information for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. There is also a link to information in Spanish.


National and International Dyslexia Resources: From: The Schenck School -
Build a solid educational foundation for students with dyslexia
and develop their rich potential. - Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. ADD-itude - a huge site with a great reference section, just search ‘dyslexia' on that page – International Dyslexia Association - an international organization that supports education and research on behalf of people who learn differently Dyslexia Advantage - The mission of Dyslexic Advantage is to promote the positive identity, community, and achievement of dyslexic people by focusing on their strengths. Eye to Eye National - focus is on the strengthening of essential social-emotional skills, including self-esteem, self-advocacy, and community building Dyslexia Empowerment Plan - launched by the book of the same name Learning Ally - a nonprofit providing dyslexia support through audiobooks & parent support services. Learn how we help parents, students & adults dealing with dyslexia. The National Center on Improving Literacy - a partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education

National Center for Learning Disabilities - The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. National Resource on ADHD (CHADD) - a program of CHADD, established to be the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD Help - a trusted guide to mental & emotional health Dyslexia Reading Well - a virtual well of dyslexia resources Dyslexia Training Institute LD Online - a comprehensive website for parents and educators, out of PBS station WETA-TV in Washington, DC Dyslexia Headlines - provides links to current articles related to dyslexia Video compendium - from Decoding Dyslexia, Ohio For reading/reading instruction Reading Rockets - a national service of PBS station WETA in Washington, DC Get Ready to Read - an initiative from the National Center for Learning Disabilities Reading Between the Lions - based on the popular PBS television show Storyline Online - an engaging children's site with activities and stories read aloud by actors Professor Garfield - another engaging site for young readers Dyslexia Resources in Georgia and Metro Atlanta Georgia Department of Education Decoding Dyslexia of Georgia CHOA's Dyslexia page E-learning for Books about Dyslexia to consult*: Creative Learners by Selma Ridgway (COMING SOON!) Think Differently by David Flink Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats Straight Talk about Reading by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats Understanding Learning Disabilities by Mary Louise Trusdell and I.W. Horowitz The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock & Fernette Eide The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf * PLEASE NOTE: If while learning about your child's reading difficulty, you begin to suspect that you may be dyslexic yourself and find reading to be a chore, many of these titles and others are available as audio books.

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).!/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.
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.


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. 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. 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.


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. Learn Science While Building Literacy & Math Skills! 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. 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)


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. The National Council for History Education builds bridges between those who share a common passion for historical thinking 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.


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. 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.

Economics 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. 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.


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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
Funbrain offers games on composers, instruments, reading and vocabulary.
Learning about and listening to different instruments, reading music, musical genres and links to additional sites are the features of this site.
This is a great site for music theory.
"Name That Tune," a link to the American Symphony Orchestra League, Instruments, lesson plans and games all can be found on this website.
This site offers ninety-nine additional sites for music and learning.
This site offers many links to quality classical music sites.
Features online, interactive piano lessons that can be used in conjunction with traditional piano lessons.
Includes quality theory tutorials, and interactive identification and ear training drills in note reading, key signatures, intervals and triads.
Students can test their music knowledge with quizzes, matches, concentration card games and other activities.
Elementary-age students can enjoy exploring, creating and manipulating music.
Enable students to compose from a MIDI keyboard and add voice-overs or other audio recorded through a microphone.
Access online accompaniments that function as virtual accompanists.
This site is devoted to ear training and theory skills.
This site offers ear training and theory skills.
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.
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.
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.