This free app was created by the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, DC. There are eight interactive activities, a sketchbook, and a place for personal exhibition. This app is easy to use, child-friendly, and a great way to explore some of the great works of art held in the National Gallery.
The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkley has put together a fun site for students in 3rd grade through middle school. There are several fun games that drive home basic science concepts, like Bridge Builders and Crystals. Scroll down to find science comics in both English and Spanish. This site is well organized and easy to use.
This app holds hundreds of fun, creative ideas of things to make and build. Instructions are kid friendly and the app will hold a digital scrapbook of your creations to share. Great ideas for rainy days, science projects, and fun!
Preparing for college entrance exams is a stressful experience for students. This app can be downloaded on both iOS and Android devices and tailors questions to the student’s strengths and vulnerabilities. This can also be upgraded to receive a tutoring function.
Tiny Tap is a free App that can be downloaded using iTunes and Google Play where teachers and students can create their own learning apps and play learning apps created by their classmates. Looking for that “just right” app for students to practice a new concept but can’t find it? Create it on TinyTap. Looking for an innovative way for students to present? Have them create a TinyTap! Create games, puzzles, quizzes, e-books, soundboards, digital textbooks, interactive presentations, and more. This fun, useful, easy, and free!
This museum, located in New Orleans, has put together many multidisciplinary WWII resources. There are amazing primary sources, science lessons discussing the technology and scientific advancements during the war, and of course, many high quality, highly engaging historical references. And because most teachers cannot actually take their students to the museum, they offer a number of virtual field trips guided by a museum educator. During these “trips,” students are able to analyze maps, photographs, artifacts, posters, speeches, and songs as they explore WWII history.
The National Science Foundation has an easy to search Classroom Resources link where K-12 and higher education teachers can find lesson plans and teaching resources to help their students grasp difficult science concepts or to compliment a lesson.
Looking for trustworthy and engaging science current events? Don’t forget to check out the BBC News: Science and Environment site. They maintain up-to-date current events as well as articles and news stories that kids of all ages will enjoy, such as the hidden dangers of being an astronaut, or how fish and chips are harming the eider ducks.
This is an amazing site with 8,007,019 items from libraries, archives, and museums that are sure to be engaging for both students and teachers. This site has amazing search capabilities that are easy to use for everyone. Be sure to check out the timeline tab as well! Students can click on a time in history and view resources about the events that were occurring. Overall, the organization of these resources makes exploring fun and searching easy but it is daunting for students under middle school age.
If you are teaching US history and looking for some student friendly, engaging primary sources try the National Archives site http://www.archives.gov. Once there, you have access to materials that can help students and teachers research their history as well as the country’s history. Be aware, though, that the site is not designed for students so there may be a learning curve involved. The more defined the student’s search topics are, the easier the site is to use. Click on Teacher’s Resources http://www.archives.gov/education/, for ready to use lesson plans and advice on which documents are particularly student friendly.