Classroom and Technology Resources
  • American School Board Journal - The National School Boards Association publishes this monthly magazine geared toward school boards and administrators. Education news, book reviews, school law updates, and research findings focus on leadership and policy making in American schools.
  • Connecticut Digital Library - iCONN is part of the Connecticut Education Network. It will provide all students, faculty and residents with online access to essential library and information resources. It is administered by the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with the Department of Higher Education.
  • Curriculum Center - Offers a large database of helpful articles, categorized by subject area, on various aspects of effective teaching and curriculum development.
  • Education News - Education World scans the world's newspapers and links to the week's top education stories.
  • Educational Statistics - The K-12 Practitioners' Circle packages and disseminates statistical information on education specifically for local education practitioners, including K-12 teachers and support staff, administrators, policymakers, librarians, community members and parents.
  • Education Week - Education Week is filled with news briefs and feature articles on technology, law and politics, standards, employment, and other school-related news.
  • Journal - This magazine reports on worldwide school technology solutions, reviews software and online courses, and recounts the latest news in educational technology.
  • Lesson Plans - Hundreds of teacher-submitted lesson plans. Choose from 10 school subjects, including math, science, social studies, language arts, art, music, P.E., and technology, and then select a grade level.
  • Microsoft Office Lesson Plans - Search a database of lesson plans using Microsoft Office. Sorted by grade level, subject and keyword. Download complete unit of study including rubric, planning sheet and examples of finished products.
  • MiddleWeb - Middle schools - searches the Internet for articles, news stories, and Web sites that focus on all aspects of middle school education, from curriculum to parents to professional development.
      • New York Times Learning Network - New lesson plans each day focus on daily news stories and are categorized by academic subject. Visit the lesson plan archive, pose questions to other users, and read weekly education columns.
      • PBS TeacherSource - Some of television's finest programs are on PBS. Now the network brings teachers searchable, standards-based lesson plans, tips for teaching with technology, book and Web site recommendations, and a programming schedule categorized by academic subject.
      • Rubistar - RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch. SEE HOW EDUCATORS USE RUBISTAR Would you like to put a new spin on an old subject? Visit RubiStar's new inspiration page to find some innovative ways to get your class excited about learning.
        • Teachers Network - Encourages the use of technology in the classroom. Publish articles, and lesson plans submitted by member teachers.
        • Technology in the Classroom - Articles about incorporating technology into your classroom. Discover some great ways to use computers with your students.
        • TechConnect - Teachers and students share their success stories about technology-based lesson planning. Recommended sites for online workshops and lesson plans.
        • School News - School News tracks breaking tech news in the K-12 arena, showcases a Web site of the day, and gathers other key information for wired educators. Research special reports, funding opportunities, upcoming conferences, job openings, or search the news archive.
        • Xpeditions - Social studies will become your students' favorite subject with National Geographic Xpeditions, standards-based online activities that kids can enjoy in class or at home. There's also a discussion forum, link recommendations, and over 1,800 printable maps.
        • Quizzes - The Internet #1 site for K-8 teachers & kids. Access thousands o assessment quizzes written by teacher like you.
        • Puzzlemaker - This is a great site for teachers who want to make their own word and math puzzles. Enter numbers or vocabulary lists into a variety of puzzle styles to instantly create and print crosswords, word searches, mazes, and cryptograms.
        • Math - Mathematical word problems for first through eighth graders. Browse the thousands of available worksheets by grade and level of difficulty, and then send in your favorite word problems for addition to the database.
        • Learning - Geared toward preschoolers to second graders, many of these worksheets are grouped into themes, such as dinosaurs and zoo animals. You can also search their larger categories of math, language, and science.
        Grants and Professional Development Resources
        • Annenberg/CPB Channel Interactive Workshops - Register to participate in a variety of online educator and administrator workshops developed by the Annenberg/CPB Channel, a satellite channel of free educational programming. Most workshops address K-12 math and science, but some reach out to all grades.
        • Bell South Professional Development - Here are some recommended professional development sources aimed at instructing teachers how to use technology in their classrooms. A variety of online courses, tutorials, success stories, and discussion groups are suggested.
            • Education World's Grants Center - Education World created this site to help educators locate grants of all varieties. Learn how to prepare a grant proposal and find other resources for making your application a winner.
              • National Board Certification - The Connecticut State Department of Education, through a grant from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), is offering stipends of $1,150 toward the $2,300 certification fee. This prestigious voluntary certification is considered the most rigorous professional development standard in education.
              • Professional Development - The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development created several online professional development courses. Each one lasts one semester and provides interactive lessons and discussion groups to correspond with other course participants.
              • School Grants - Applying for a K-12 educational grant, including lists of available individual and district-wide grants, tips for writing grant proposals, and a monthly newsletter to you keep on top of the latest offerings.
              • Teachers' Lab - The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project has created online learning labs for teachers seeking innovative ways to present math and science concepts to their students. The labs, updated three times per year, include activities, worksheets, and related links.
              Online Projects
              • A City in Space - Encourage your class to climb aboard the International Space Station. They'll have to undergo training and complete activities to earn their stay so they'd better study hard for the astronaut training! This Webquest is suitable for high school students.
              • Web Quest - WebQuests are cross-curricular activities that require students to answer questions using information they find online. The WebQuest site links to over 200 WebQuests designed by educators who are incorporating computer technology into their classrooms.
              Special Education and Gifted Resources
              • Disabilities and Gifted Education - An extensive database of journal articles, conference papers, research reports, teaching guides, and lesson plans, all focused on the topic of special education. Includes access to the popular ERIC Digests relative to gifted students and disabilities of all sorts.
                • Exceptional Children (CEC) - Strives to improve education for gifted and special needs students. They provide professional development and offer education standards, legislation updates, discussion forums, and training programs for teaching students with exceptionalities.
                  • Learning Disables Online - Organize your classroom and plan your curriculum for learning disabled students. Experts describe the basics about learning disabilities and bring articles, events, personal essays, chat groups, and online newsletters to interested teachers and parents.
                    • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) - If you teach a gifted and talented class or have students in such a program, you'll find the NAGC's resources helpful. Locate your state's organization for gifted education, attend the latest national conference, and stay on top of legislation for gifted programs.
                      • Special Education - Part of the Teachers Helping Teachers lesson plan database, this site provides curriculum and classroom management ideas for teachers working with students with behavior problems, learning disabilities, and physical challenges.
                      • Special Education Center - Whether you need help handling a misbehaving student or you teach a class of disabled children, you'll find some of the Web's best resources here. Then meet with other teachers and parents on the Special Education discussion board.
                      • You Can Handle Them All - This site offers online tips for identifying and handling over 117 different types of misbehavior. Check out the Behavior of the Day, or participate in an online discussion with other teachers and parents.