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Poll Junkie allows you to get exactly the information you want via a series of survey options. You can ask responders to rate items on a number scale, rank items in order, or use classic multiple choice. A completed poll generates two links: one with the questions for responders, and one with the results for you. There’s also HTML code for embedding questions on a website.

Like any web reference, Qwiki begins with a search box on its main page. But instead of an article on a topic, the topic is explained by an automated voice while pictures, maps, and statistics appear to complement the spoken facts.

Gone are the days when teachers have to rely on the limited selection of paper-bound “readers” for supplementary material like primary documents or scholarly articles. There’s a plethora of sources on the web, and Google’s specialized searches make it easier than ever to find what you want.

EdMoney Schools Database tracks the flow of federal education stimulus money. The site has an interactive map for each state, or you can type in geographic locations to see where the money is going. is a link aggregator that will take as many links as you’d like to feed it and generate one short URL. Since students sometimes have a tendency to wander while online, this could be a great tool to keep them focused on the task at hand.

BY DAVID BARGER Classroom Earth is a dynamic website that synthesizes materials from numerous sources into a virtual cornucopia of useful environmental information. Are you an environmental news junkie and not getting what you need from the mainstream news media? The In the News section should be your first stop to see real-life stories of […]

BY BILL FERRIS As further proof that my pop-culture awareness stopped sometime in the mid-90s, this month’s random roundup features Indiana Jones, apparently Instructify’s go-to reference to convey that a history or archaeology tool is exciting or adventurous in some capacity. Of course, now that they’re making a fifth Indiana Jones movie, I don’t feel […]

BY NICK YINGLING MBTN last week was a straight up embarrassment. Bill called in to Instructify headquarters and handed down two options: I should commit seppuku immediately OR I should make certain that MTBN for 8/24/09 is a slam dunk. Did I choose the razor-sharp samurai sword or rapier-like witticisms? Find out after the jump.

BY THOMAS RHEINECKER Searching the internet for information is a tricky business. There are countless resources out there but there is not a lot to govern the quality or accuracy of the information that you find. A web site may look genuine but may still contain inaccurate information. This is even more important when you […]

BY BILL FERRIS Back in my day we had to figure out arcane citation formats by poring through dusty old style manuals. This was during that awkward window after people started putting good information on the internet, but before the style manuals told you how to cite web documents. Your students don’t know how lucky […]