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Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
A categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth from Discovery School.

Discovery School
Tons of usable information!!!

This site includes many resources, including help in meeting diverse needs of students, creating rubrics for projects assigned in class, and creating online assessment tools that the students can complete either while in school or online at home. The resources all are available on the index page without having to hunt for them.

This site helps in the creation of assignments and exercises that help students learn and use information in many different ways. The same information can be used in a number of different assignment formats without having to re-create lists of terms or information.

Education World
You can't go wrong with the navigation and ease of this site.

The Learning Page
This Library of Congress site includes wonderful primary source materials for teachers of every grade level, as well as cool lesson plans any teacher can use. The site features links to history resources, as well as featured live chats, workshop opportunities, and downloadable handouts and materials for teachers.

This is a great general resource for teachers looking for assistance in integrating technology into their curricula.

There is so much at Scholastic for both teachers and kids. This is another site that is well worth exploring.

A fantastic place to look for ideas, whether you're incorporating technology or just looking for discipline-specific ideas, this Web site has it in a well organized way.

A great Web site for royalty free, non-copyright-violating pictures to use in your classroom or for your personal education use.

Enchanted Learning
Also offers free worksheets on a variety of topics, including animals, countries, explorers and more. Some resources are fee-based, but plenty of free worksheets also are available. The templates are particularly helpful for grades preK-3.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids
Just one section of a fairly extensive Federal Government Web site, Our Neighborhood is presented in the form of an interactive map. Students click a building on the map -- such as the library, for example -- to find out about a community helper who works in that building. The activity includes six helpers, with only about five sentences about each, but the information is written at a level appropriate for 3rd grade or below, making it one of the few research-based sites on this topic accessible for this age group. Easy navigation buttons help students return to the map or direct teachers to other sections of the Ben's Guide site.

Based on the award-winning TV show Cyberchase, a mathematics series for kids ages 8 to 12, this site demonstrates to kids that math is everywhere, that everyone can be good at math, and that math is fun! The site includes more than 40 interactive games; as well as printable activities, Web adventures, e-cards; and much more.

Math Cats
At this site, designed "to promote open-ended and playful explorations of important math concepts," students will have so much fun, they might not even notice they’re learning math. The site’s more than 100 activities include logic and math-story problems, probability experiments, arts and crafts, MicroWorld projects, and more. Covered topics include addition, subtraction, place value, multiplication, division, conversions, measurement, estimation, probability, statistics, fractions, decimals, geometry, and more. An idea bank for parents and teachers offers even more lessons and activities submitted by teachers, and a free newsletter also is available.

Primary Games
Teachers, there is a section where you can find games and activities on our website to meet your school's curriculum needs. This quick guide to contains a content description and grade level suggestion for each educational activity found on our site.

Free printable theme units, word puzzles, writing forms, lessons, book report forms, ideas, lessons, and much more.

This site teaches children things to do, not only while at the computer, but anywhere. It teaches children how to make things, explore the world, and discover their skills.

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The Education World Tech Team includes more than 50 dedicated and knowledgeable educational-technology professionals who have volunteered to contribute to occasional articles that draw on their varied expertise and experience. The following Tech Team members contributed to this article:

* Wally Fuller, middle school technology teacher, Upper Lake Middle School, Upper Lake, California * Lucy Gray, MS computer science, The University of Chicago Lab Schools, Chicago, Illinois * Patrick Greene, PhD, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida * Michael Hutchison, social studies teacher,Lincoln High School, Vincennes, Indiana * Nicholas Langlie, coordinator for BOCES technology, WSWHE BOCES (Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Hamilton, Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services), Saratoga Springs, New York * Bernard John Poole, Associate Professor of Education and Instructional Technology, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, Pennsylvania * Stew Pruslin, 3rd grade teacher, J. T. Hood School, North Reading, Massachusetts * Bob Reich, technology coordinator, The Janus School, Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania * Sally Stevens, instructional computer support, Linden Public Schools, Linden, New Jersey * John S. Tiffany, science teacher, Wauseon High School, Wauseon, Ohio * Jennifer Wagner, computer coordinator, Crossroad Christian School, Corona, California