The following websites are sure to capture students attention. These sites are for teachers but parents can use the websites as well to provide educational activities for their child. Most websites require the need to set up an account but all are free. Enjoy the sites and see what your children can create within a few minutes!
Online publishing tool designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to encourage oral and written communication in and out of the classroom. Very user friendly and completely safe for students of all ages. Teachers have complete control over all posts.
Interactive multimedia poster where teachers and students can share information outside of the typical research project. Posters can include video, pictures, text, and music.
Educational website that incorporates language arts and math skills along with beginning computer skills. Lessons and games are visually appealing and tailored to all levels and abilities in grades K-5. Excellent site for skills practice at school or at home. Apps are available for the iPod, iPad, and certain smartphones.
4. Cool Tools:http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/
A wiki that offers a vast variety of web 2.0 tools for students and teachers, including mapping, quiz and poll, graphing, video, music, and writing. Easy to use and provides descriptions of each tool. Site is easy to navigate and includes a teacher resource section organized by subject and topic.
Created by the National Center for Family Literacy, Wonderopolis focuses on subjects of which children are curious. This immediately engages the child and encourages them to learn more. A video is included in each topic of information.
6. International Children’s Library: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ Multicultural digital library created by the International Children’s Library. Students can read books online in 19 different languages from dozens of different countries. Children and teachers can search for books by age level, topic, color of cover, length, award winners, and recently added. Books are visually appealing to early elementary students and children can begin reading any story immediately. All text and pictures can be enlarged.
7. My Story Maker: http://www.clpgh.org/kids/storymaker/
Students can create their own digital stories. They can choose their characters, setting, and topic. Children have many opportunities for creativity, as they can change the setting and add details to their stories. Students can preview before they print and share their stories.
8. Kerpoof: http://www.kerpoof.com/
Best for second grade and older, Kerpoof allows students to create stories, spell a picture, make a card, and create movies, drawings and pictures. This site offers a teacher tool section which can help create lessons incorporating Kerpoof. Students can save their work as they go, so projects can continue throughout the year.
9. Wordle: http://www.wordle.netand/ and http://www.tagxedo.com/
Both of these sites offer interactive word clouds. Wordle is more user friendly for early elementary students. Tagxedo offers many more creative outlets (shapes, colors, sizes). Each site is visually stimulating and allows for individual creativity
10. E-Learning http://www.e-learningforkids.org/
Organized both by grade level and subject areas. Includes interactive learning videos with practice within the video, perfect for the interactive white board. Each “course” lists the appropriate age level for the students. Geared for students in K-6.