Welcome to Free Resources for Everything that’s Education

If you’re new to my blog, here’s a little intro.

freeresourcesforeverythingthatseducation

So, why a site for free educational resources you might ask?  Why not!?  After being asked time and time again, “Hey, where did you find that great link?” or “Wow, I can’t believe you didn’t pay anything for [whatever]…” I decided to create a place for sharing the best-of-best resources for parents, students, and educators.

Who doesn’t like getting something for free?  There are literally hundreds of businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations willing to contribute to educators and students.  Among the items I’ve personally received and will be listing links to include:

Downloadable curriculum: all subjects, K-12, Adult Basic Skills Development, GED, Pre-GED

Links to current educational articles, websites, and other educational needs, i.e., apps, tutoring, and other types of support.

Free classroom supplies, i.e., book marks, pencils, posters, stickers, DVD’s, and more.

Free professional development opportunities, i.e., webinars, DVD’s, PDU’s, study guides.

Last, but not least, an opportunity for…

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Free Math Worksheets (Yes, this is the title of their site)

Worksheets are grouped into sections: Geometry and Algebra and Pre-Algebra. Each section contains worksheets with different complexities, each worksheet has 10 assignments each with 24 questions and answer sheet. So each free math worksheet has 240 unique questions.  

Okay, so what makes this website different from the hundreds of other ones offering worksheets?  Their math professor solves a minimum of three questions from each category and then they will publish the video with each worksheet so you can see exactly how to solve the question!  Visual-audio learners, this one is for you!

Free Math Worksheets has successfully combined step-by-step instruction with Youtube videos, creating a unique learning environment aimed at easing the stress that often accompanies mathematics.

Discovery Education-Puzzlemaker

As puzzle-making sites go, I really like this one; not only is it easy to use, but offers a great variety too!  Puzzlemaker offers ten different types of puzzles, including word search and crossword (which they call criss-cross.)

Create and print customized word search, crossword, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.

National Institute for learning Outcomes Assessment

A Learning Outcomes Assessment Resource Library-Free!

A variety of information including articles, presentations, reports, books, and helpful websites are located within this searchable library database.  Search information by Title, Author, Description, Publication Date, Organization, and Keyword.  Many of references are published in the last five years.

Topics range from Accountability, Portfolio, and Student Affairs…plus dozens more!

29 Clever Organization Hacks For Elementary School Teachers

I love anything that helps teachers stay organized, especially if it doesn’t cost money (or very little).  Here’s some DIY for the elementary teachers out there!  From the blog, BuzzFeed life, comes twenty-nine of the best do-it-yourself ideas to save time and money in your classroom.

I’m pretty sure I’ll taking a few of these ideas home!

Direct web link:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/clever-organization-hacks-for-elementary-school-teachers#.heRlLw4V6

SeeSaw – Easily Create Digital Portfolios on iPads, Chromebooks, and Android Tablets

With so many school districts having access to iPads (through grants, etc.), many teachers are looking to the latest, greatest apps to introduce or synthesize common core.  As I’ve said before in previous posts, if you haven’t subscribed to Free Technology for Teachers written by Richard Byrne, do so today!  Here is another post from his blog I checked out; it is a home run for those instructors that have access to iPads and want to utilize portfolios in their classrooms.

SeeSaw, a powerful and popular iPad app for creating digital portfolios, is now available as a Chrome web app and as an Android app. The new apps allow students to create and add content to digital portfolios.

“Through SeeSaw students can add artifacts to their portfolios by taking pictures of their work (in the case of a worksheet or other physical item), by writing about what they’ve learned, or by uploading a short video about things they have learned. The SeeSaw apps students can add voice comments to their pictures to clarify what their pictures document. Students can create folders withing their accounts to organize content from multiple subject areas.”

Resources are free to students, teachers, and parents; the site does offer an upgraded account for parents at a VERY minimal yearly cost, when you consider the added benefits.

Direct Web Link:  http://web.seesaw.me/

Teachers Transform Lockers into Book Spines

Looking for a cool idea for decorating lockers?  I love this for middle or secondary schools!

A group of teachers and volunteers are turning the 8th grade English hallway into an “Avenue of Literature” by painting the 189 unused lockers—which had been sealed shut for security reasons for more than 15 years—to look like the spines of popular books.

Direct web link:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/65686/teachers-transform-lockers-book-spines

Coursera-Free Online University Level Classes Free! Learn Chinese, Calculus, Interviewing Skills, More!

I stumbled across this site a couple years ago and must share again.  Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.  Even greater, many of the courses offer certification for a minimal fee, so if your organization requires a verified certificate, this is an option.  Most of the courses allow you to work at your own pace, and connect with fellow learners.

Choose from hundreds of courses created by the world’s top educational institutions. Courses are open to anyone, and learning is free.

*Here’s some examples of current courses being offered:

*Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

*Introduction to Public Speaking

*Chinese for Beginners

*Calculus One

Just an overall mixture of great courses, from academic, to improving job skills.  Some of the top universities from across the United States and world have joined together to bring these courses to anyone who wishes to improve their life through knowledge and a love for learning.

Direct site link:  https://www.coursera.org/courses

            

easy TestMaker-Free Assessment-The easy way to make and grade your tests!

This website is definitely one of my top five, free resources for teachers.  I’ve used other “test generators,” but easy TestMaker allows educators to create, print and publish your tests online, like its name…easily! This site makes it easy for you to perfectly format multiple question types, print alternate versions, and publish to the web for online tests!

Key features with the free plan:

  • An easy to use test interface (export to Word or PDF)
  • All question types available  (multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true or false questions)
  • Answer sheets
  • Multiple sections
  • Automatic question renumbering when questions are moved
  • 25 test limit