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Education

General Resources for Educators

  • Certification Requirements
    (http://www.uky.edu/Education/TEP/usacert.html)
    From the University of Kentucky College of Education, links to
    certification requirements for all 50 states and the District of
    Columbia.
  • Connecticut Education Association
    (http://www.cea.org/)
    The organization representing Connecticut’s teachers. Find events,
    current openings, information about the National Education
    Association, an interactive forum, and an index of educational
    resources in ten categories.
  • Connecticut School Profiles
    (http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/der/ssp/index.htm)
    Statistics on all schools in the state of Connecticut.
  • Discovery Channel School
    (http://school.discovery.com/)
    On this site, you’ll learn how to access the high-quality educational
    video programs offered by the Discovery Channel and The Learning
    Channel specifically for classroom use.
  • Ed.gov: U.S. Department of Education
    (http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml)
    This rich site contains information for teachers, students, and all
    those interested in government-related programs and initiatives. An
    internal search engine and fact sheets about the Department are
    especially helpful to visitors.
  • Education America
    (http://www.educationamerica.net/)
    An educational e-cruitment website that lets you look for jobs in the
    field of education, mostly K-12, across the United States.
  • Educator’s Reference Desk
    (http://www.eduref.org/)
    From the Information Institute of Syracuse, resources include lesson
    plans, links to online education information, and question archive
    responses.
  • ERIC Database
    (http://www.eric.ed.gov/)
    Centralized Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) website for
    searching the bibliographic database of more than one million
    citations going back to 1996. More than 107,000 full-text documents
    are now available for free.
  • Survival Guide for New Teachers
    (http://www.ed.gov/teachers/become/about/survivalguide/index.html)
    A guide from the U.S. Department of Education aimed at new teachers,
    “with a particular emphasis on the relationships they form with their
    colleagues, university professors, and their students’ parents.”
  • Teachers Network.org
    (http://teachnet.org/)
    A major initiative by IMPACT II – The Teachers’ Network, this site
    provides online teacher-designed activities and projects, interactive
    curriculum projects (called “Daily Classroom Specials”), and other
    resources such as grants for teachers, discussion forums, and
    materials on using technology in the classroom.
  • Thinkfinity
    (http://www.thinkfinity.org)
    Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by content partners – the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards.
  • Wright’s Law
    (http://wrightslaw.com/)
    This site, by a special education attorney, provides parents,
    educators, and attorneys with advocacy information and special
    education law for children with disabilities.

Curriculum-Related Internet Resources

  • Blue Web’n
    (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/)
    Designed for educators interested in finding curriculum resources on
    the Internet, Blue Web’n provides categorized lists of curricula,
    projects, online resources and tools, and classroom activities.
  • Tired Teachers’ WebSite K-12
    (http://www.teachercertification.org/teach/tired-teacher-website-k12/)
    A multitude of links to Internet sites on topics such as Archeology, Ecology/Environment, Library Reference, Art, Elementary School, Literature, Astronomy, Technology, and more.
  • edhelper.com
    (http://www.edhelper.com)
    Over 1,200 webquests and 11,400 lesson plans including those in the
    areas of science, social studies, mathematics, and many more
    resources. Access to some materials requires a subscription
    ($19.99/year).
  • Education World
    (http://www.educationworld.com/index.html)
    A search engine and subject-browsable catalog of over 110,000 web
    sites related to education.
  • EDSITEment
    (http://edsitement.neh.gov/)
    This cooperative program from the National Endowment for the
    Humanities, the National Trust for the Humanities and the Marco Polo
    Education Foundation, this site offers teachers of humanities lesson
    plans and recommended sites for integrating the vast wealth of
    information on the Internet into their classrooms.
  • Elementary Teacher’s Web Conference
    (http://www.conferencecallsunlimited.com/web-conference.php)
    This website provides links to resources for lesson plans, activities and web exercises for elementary teachers.
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
    (http://www.free.ed.gov/)
    FREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government.More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.
  • The Gateway to 21st Century Skills
    Provided by the US Department of Education, this one-stop educational
    resource that lists relevant sites providing information, lesson
    plans, and activities pertaining to all K-12 subjects. Users can
    browse sites by subject or keyword, or they can search by subject,
    keyword, title, or full-text of the site description.
  • History Matters
    (http://historymatters.gmu.edu/)
    This site features historical resources in textual, graphic, and audio
    formats and interactive instructional modules that emphasize student
    analysis and interpretation of primary historical documents.
    [RealPlayer required for some activities.]
  • LETSNet:The Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students
    (http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/letsnet/)
    A project of the Michigan State University College of Education and
    Ameritech, this site is “a dynamic on-line environment” where teachers
    can develop their understandings of the Web and find ways to
    effectively use – or make sense of – the Internet in their
    classrooms.
  • Library of Congress -Teachers
    (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/)
    Presents lesson plans and other resources for teachers that incorporate the Library of Congress’s extensive American Memory collection. Search lesson plans by theme, topic, discipline, or era.
  • NASA Quest
    (http://quest.nasa.gov/)
    This site provides a unique expanding menu interface for exploring a
    wide variety of education resources, including a comprehensive list of
    NASA’s educational Internet offerings, lists of educational networking
    resources and organizations, higher education resources, museums,
    libraries, datasets, Internet search engines, and Internet learning
    information.
  • The New York Times Learning Network
    (http://www.nytimes.com/learning/)
    The Learning Network connects teachers of grades 3-12, their students
    and parents to a comprehensive news and education resource. Building
    upon news and archives from The New York Times, the Learning Network
    includes daily lesson plans, interactive news quizzes, and
    opportunities to talk with reporters from The Times.
  • PBS Teachers
    (http://www.pbs.org/teachers/)
    PBS Teachers is PBS’ national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you’ll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels.
  • Science Education Gateway
    (http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SEGway/)
    For access to lesson plans and resources from some of the best science
    museums in the U.S., teachers can enter the Science Education Gateway.
    Topics covered include Space Science, Light, Auroras, Eclipses, Sun
    & Earth, and Solar System. Each section contains briefly annotated
    lesson plan links (including suggested grade levels and source), a
    “grab bag” of related resources, and lesson plan templates.
  • Virtual Field Trips
    (http://www.field-trips.org/vft/index.htm)
    Take a field trip without ever leaving the classroom. Each one covers
    a single topic including deserts, fierce creatures, hurricanes,
    natural wonders of the world, oceans, salt marshes, sharks, tornadoes,
    volcanoes, and many others.

Education News

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    (http://chronicle.com/)
    The Chronicle is the primary news source for college and
    university faculty members and administrators. Read articles from the
    print edition, find further information about current issues, and
    search job listings online. Access to much of the site is restricted
    to registered Chronicle subscribers.
  • EducationNews.org
    (http://www.ednews.org/)
    The mission of EducationNews.org is to become the most frequently used tool on the Internet for disseminating education news.” A great, up-to-date resource for current issues regarding education.
  • edweek.org
    (http://www.edweek.org)
    The goal of this publication is “nothing short of being
    the place on the World Wide Web for people interested
    in education reform, schools, and the policies that guide them.” There
    are four related, but distinct, sites: Education Week, Teacher
    Magazine, Research Center and Agent K-12 (for job seekers). Archives
    date back 25 years. Full access requires free registration.

Home Schooling

  • Home Education Magazine
    (http://www.homeedmag.com/)
    Home Education Magazine presents free online newsletters, discussion
    boards, a networking list, and selections from the magazine, including
    articles, interviews, columnists, resources, reviews and more.
  • Home Schooling @ About.com
    (http://homeschooling.about.com/)
    Links to online resources, original articles and lesson plans, an
    online forum and more.
  • Home School World
    (http://www.home-school.com/)
    The official site of Practical Homeschooling magazine and
    The Big Book of Home Learning. Commercial but
    interesting.
  • Jon’s Homeschool Resource Page
    (http://www.midnightbeach.com/hs/)
    One of the oldest, largest, and most popular homeschooling sites on
    the Web.
  • Open Directory: Home Schooling
    (http://dmoz.org/Reference/Education/K_through_12/Home_Schooling/)
    Large directory of quality resources.

College, University, and Career Information for Students

  • America’s Best Colleges & Graduate Schools
    (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/rankindex_brief.php)
    Current rankings from U.S. News and World Report.
  • American Association of Community Colleges
    (http://www.aacc.nche.edu/)
    Access the addresses, phone numbers and Web sites of some 1,100
    community colleges in the United States.
  • Back to College: Resources for Re-Entry Students
    (http://www.back2college.com/)
    Admissions, scholarships, college profiles, counseling, distance
    education, and a great deal more.
  • BrokeScholar
    (http://scholarships.brokescholar.com/)
    A free online scholarship search engine. Register and complete a
    survey, then be matched with scholarships that fit. You can also
    automatically generate application letters and create an online
    application deadline calendar.
  • Careers & Colleges Guidance Center
    (http://www.careersandcolleges.com/index.do)
    A quarterly publication that tries to help college graduates and
    students by offering real, useful information on the choices and
    opportunities they have.
  • College and University Rankings
    (http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankings.htm)
    Annotated guide to online college ranking services, a short list of
    print ranking services, a longer bibliography of articles concerning
    the utility of college rankings, and links to a few sites regarding
    recent controversy over rankings.
  • College Board Online
    (http://www.collegeboard.com/splash)
    From the people who administer the SAT and Advanced Placement
    examinations, find schedules, register for exams, get tips on applying
    for financial aid, look up high school and college codes, take sample
    SAT and PSAT exams to identify your weak spots and get pointers to
    help you improve, and even search for college and scholarship
    information.
  • College Opportunities On-Line (COOL)
    (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool/)
    From the National Center for Education Statistics, this site allows
    you to search a database of nearly 7,000 trade schools, colleges, and
    universities by geographic region, city, type of school, instructional
    program, or school name.
  • CollegeNET
    (http://www.collegenet.com/about/index_html)
    CollegeNET is a well-designed and rated source of information about
    colleges, scholarships, and financial aid.
  • FAFSA On The Web
    (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)
    Use this online form to apply for federal student aid.
  • FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
    (http://www.finaid.org/)
    This page provides a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective
    guide to student financial aid. It is maintained by Mark Kantrowitz,
    author of The Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships
    for Math and Science Students
    , and is sponsored by the National
    Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
  • Gradschools.com
    (http://www.gradschools.com/)
    Over 58,000 listings of graduate school programs. You can browse
    through the subject directory or do a by-school href=”http://www.gradschools.com/listings/menus/institutions_menu.html”>search.
  • IIE Passport
    (http://www.iiepassport.org/)
    Created and maintained by the Institute of International Eduation, the
    largest educational and cultural exchange organization in the U.S.,
    this site allows users to conduct quick and sophisticated searches for
    study abroad opportunities, using up to 34 different criteria to
    search over 5,000 program listings.
  • Mapping Your Future
    (http://mappingyourfuture.org)
    At this site, you will find information to help you plan your career,
    select a school, and pay for your education. It is sponsored by a
    group of guaranty agencies who participate in the Federal Family
    Education Loan Program (FFELP) and are committed to providing
    information about higher education and career opportunities.
  • MatchCollege
    (http://www.matchcollege.com/)
    Matchcollege.com is a free college search and information site, providing information on admissions, financial aid, tuition and more on over 6,000 colleges and universities nation-wide.
  • Number2.com
    (http://www.number2.com/)
    Free SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation tips, Vocab Builder, sample
    test questions, and feedback.
  • Peterson’s
    (http://www.petersons.com/)
    Here are online, searchable versions of the popular Peterson’s
    educational guides including private college-preparatory schools,
    undergraduate colleges, distance education opportunities, graduate and
    professional study, and summer programs for kids and teenagers.
  • Princeton Review
    (http://www.princetonreview.com/)
    College essentials, finding a college that fits, scholarships, tips on
    the application process and more. Also has resources, lists, and
    survey results from their annual href=”http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/rankings/rankings.asp”>Best
    Colleges publication.
  • School Grants
    Helping you with Grants, Loans, Financial Aid, Scholarships and other educational needs
  • Security on Campus, Inc.
    (http://www.securityoncampus.org/)
    This site supplies information on campus crime and crime prevention
    for current and prospective students, parents, and community
    members.
  • Send Your Child to College
    (http://www.guideforparents.com/)
    An annotated directory and helpful articles covering all aspects of
    the college application process. For parents and students.
  • Study in Europe
    (http://www.interedu.com/)
    Information on the education systems, living conditions, culture, and
    universities in eighteen European countries.
  • Studyabroad.com
    (http://www.studyabroad.com/)
    Listings for thousands of study abroad programs in more than 100
    countries throughout the world.
  • Test Prep Review
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    Resources and information about the test preparation process. Includes
    free practice test questions for the PSAT, SAT, GRE, LSAT and many
    others, using a modular approach to learning the content on these
    exams.
  • TOEFL
    (http://www.ets.org/toefl/)
    “The official Web site for Test of English as a Foreign Language
    programs and services.” Includes tutorials and practice questions. ETS
    offers official test preparation materials free of charge to anyone
    who registers for the TOEFL exam worldwide.
  • USNews.com: Education
    (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/eduhome.htm)
    A comprehensive offering from U.S. News Online that includes
    information on from choosing a college, graduate school or distance
    learning program. It includes a personal organizer for students and a
    guide for parents with financial aid data. The Premium Online Edition
    is available for $14.95/year.
  • Wilton High School College/Career Resource Center
    (http://www.wilton.k12.ct.us/whs/gui/CAREER.php)
    Visit this site for information about upcoming college rep visits,
    scholarships, a list of colleges recent WHS graduates are attending,
    and lots of guidance for planning your life after high school.
  • Yahoo! Education: Colleges and Universities on the Web
    (http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Higher_Education/Colleges_and_Universities)
    Search by region, country, or institution name. Additional categories
    include Distance Learning and Web Directories.