List of helpful educational links

by Stephanie Chasteen on November 1, 2010

This was popular next time so I thought I’d do it again!  Here is a list of helpful educational links that I’ve come across in the last few weeks.  Many are from the NSTA Freebies page.

Paul Hewitt’s Next Time Questions (with solutions).  Freely downloadable from Arbor Scientific, this cartoon series is intended to keep your students reflecting on what they learned in class.  Check out the other cool (but not free) stuff at Arbor while you’re there.


Factors Influencing College Science Success (FICSS). Play an interactive game to find the results of this seminal study indicating what the key factors really are when college students succeed in science.

Citizen Science Clearinghouse. Want a science project for you and your offspring or students?  Browse a bunch of different projects in which you and your students can contribute to real honest-to-goodness science.  Free member registration.

100 Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers. A nice compilation, from collections of online lectures, to the Discovery Channel on YouTube.

Technology lesson plans. The Digital Wish organization has compiled a searchable, free collection of teach-submitted technology lesson plans, though I wonder how many of them are based in principles of good teaching and learning.

100 Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids. A lot of the online degree places have been compiling good resource lists to draw people to their sites.  And who are we to disagree?  This is sort of a laundry list of a variety of science-fair or other hands on type of activities.  Helpful for after school groups or a teacher looking for ideas.  Though don’t forget the Exploratorium Snacks!

How It’s Made. This is one of the few times I wish I had a TV.  The Discovery network has a series that’s all about how different things are made.  You can see short clips from the episodes on their website for free, and search for them on FindInternetTV.

Talk 2 Me:  Engineering for Middle School. A very cute, hip site on engineering for middle-schoolers.   Getting students interested in engineering (especially girls) is a huge problem.  I’d be interested to hear people’s reviews of this site, which seems to be headed in the right direction.

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