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Agencies & Institutions
These places can offer a range of help related to technology.
- Adirondack Teacher Center
The NYS Teacher Centers were originally formed to provide training for educators in what was just becoming mainstream at the time: computers. The ATC has remained true to that original mission, with opportunities for training and grants. Best of all, the ATC is now located in Franklin Academy.
- International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE is dedicated to helping educators improve learning through the effective use of technology. If you want to know what is available now, what is cutting-edge, and what will be around in the future, ISTE is a good place to start.
- New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education
NYSCATE is a wonderful source for all aspects of technology integration. They have webinars, newsletters, regional workshops, website resources and more. Best of all, membership is free. You can sign up right on the site.
Specialized search engines, as well as information on how to search more effectively.
- 10 Tips for Smarter Google Searches
Learn to make your searches more productive, and less time consuming.
Trying to rival Google, Microsoft has come out with its own serach engine. Like Google, you can use the engine a variety of ways, which are listed here.
- Boolean Basics
From Colorado State University, this interactive tutorial does a nice job explaining how using a few terms in your searches can save you time and stress in getting to the information you're looking for.
- Finding Information on the Internet
From UC Berkley, this site covers the basics of effective searching and goes into more detailed topics like the invisible web.
- Google Advanced Search
A great way to limit your search results in ways you may not have thought possible.
- Google's Many Uses for a Web Search
Google gives you examples of some of the things you can find with the right search terms, like flight times, currency conversions, definitions, etc.
A visual search engine which displays results in a 3-D cube which can be manipulated.
- Wikimedia Commons
Affiliated with Wikipedia, this site lets you search for media on pretty much any topic. One of the nice things is each file includes clear information on permissions, and the majority are free to reuse as you like.
Think of it like an online encyclopedia created and edited by its users. It has gotten a bit of a bad rap in education. While you may not want students to use it as a source for hard research, it can be an invaluable tool for quick reference.
- Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha doesn't search for other websites, it uses your search terms to compute answers for you. For example, try asking it what day of the week it was on the date you were born.
Sites on better searching and tips for safe and effective Internet use.
- Glossary of Internet & Web Jargon
A subsection of UC Berkley's "Finding Information on the Internet" site, this page is worthy of its own link here.
- Internet 101
A nice starting point for learning how the Internet works; what browsers you can choose from, and how to pick; basic safety practices to avoid viruses or spyware; and more.
- The Quality Information Checklist (QUICK)
An easy to use checklist for evaluating a website to determine whether it is a reliable source of information.
Lessons & Resources
These sites provide free lesson plans and/or resources.
- BBC History
The site covers a huge range of world history. The resources range from videos to articles which can be printed out for classroom use.
- Khan Academy
More than 2,500 extremely well-made videos offering tutorials on a very wide range of topics. This site is a great resource for teachers and students, and also for parents looking to help their kids with homework.
- Kathy Schrock's Guide
Kathy Schrock was one of the first teachers to put together a list of websites for education. The list has grown to pretty massive proportions and is now part of Discovery's programs for education.
- Library of Congress - Teacher Resources
This site has a huge amount of material from lesson plans to primary sources.
- NY Times Learning Network
Covering everything from current events to math and science, this site contains lesson plans and activities which draw their content from the paper.
- PBS Teachers
Lesson plans on many topics which run K-12. The plans are searchable, and many include multimedia drawn from the PBS programming.
A free resource that lets you create a rubric for your assignments or assessments.
- SAS Curriculum Pathways
This site is FREE for all educators. Once you have registered, you can go through the Common Core Standards for your discipline and level to find free lessons and interactive web resources. This might be a good starting place for putting together an aligned unit.
Like YouTube, but specifically for teachers and students.
Free to use, Thinkfinity provides thousands of complete lesson plans and resources from assessments to worksheets and interactive web-based activities.
This site is designed by National Geographic to be used for geography education. It has everything from lessons to printable maps (great for creating outline maps).
These sites could be used by students for instruction or reinforcement.
This site, created by the American Museum of Natural History, lets kids see what a range of scientists do, and play around with some of the tools and techniques at their disposal.
- Regents Prep
Built by the Oswego City Schools, this site will let students go through practice Regents questions. It is interactive and will give explanations of responses.
- Test Your Geography Knowledge
The title is pretty self explanatory. You can choose from "big picture geography", like the world, down to parts of individual countries.
These sites provide services which might help make your presentations better.
- Presenters' Resources
Done as a blog, you can download free templates or browse through hundreds of tips and how-to guides.
This site lets you share your presentations, or view those uploaded by other people. Once uploaded, they can be used by anyone. So, you could use them yourself, or just take a look to get some ideas.
Links relating to Smart Boards, Smart Respsone, Notebook and other Smart products.
- Smart Exchange
This site allows users to download and upload files and complete lessons for Smart products. It's a great place to go to get some ideas or grab a quick resouce.
- Smart Express
This is a web-based version of Smart Notebook. It doesn't have all of the features of the full product, but if you need to open a file, or even start one, and don't have access to Notebook, this is a great site.
- Teachers Love SMART Boards
Lots of tutorials, examples and challenges on this site. He has information appropriate for all levels.
These sites can help you keep up-to-date with what's new in the world of technology and general geekdom.
Another site that tries to keep up with the latest rumors about what's next, but it's also fairly heavy on reviews of technology that's available now.
Billing itself as a gadget guide, the site keeps up on the latest rumors about what's coming next in hardware and software.
As the site describes itself, it has "Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done." Many of those tips and tricks are ways to make technology work better. Some are decidedly low tech.
Wired is a magazine that is dedicated to the high tech world, and has news on everything from the latest trends in operating systems and smart phones to games.