Web-based digital archives
This page features just a sampling of available databases for student research. Each database is different and they all utilize technology in distinct ways. Teachers can direct students toward these sites to glean information about particular topics for both in-class and homework assignments. Some sites also give students the capabilities to create multimedia presentations. There are archives available for every content area.
Web quests
Web quests are structured inquiry lessons that guide students through a series of tasks to answer a question. The goal is to encourage students to use online resources rather than just looking for it. They were developed as an original example of how the Web can be useful in the classroom. There are samples for every content area, but they are harder to find than digital archives.
Web inquiry projects
Web inquiry projects are very similar to Web quests, and were developed by the same people. The attempt is to go beyond just the quest and more fully engage in higher-order thinking. The goal is to provide teachers with tools for guided inquiry and open inquiry. WIPs are more structured than Web quests and follow a specific format. As such, there are fewer examples for WIPs. Our examples are mostly for English and social studies.
Historical Scene Investigation
HSI was designed for social studies teachers looking for a solid method of applying primary sources in the classroom. Each HSI investigation follows a similar format based on the inquiry model of learning.
Digital Microscopes
An introduction to the use of powerful microscopes in a classroom environment. Primarily for science.
Virtual Math Manipulatives
This page offers logic and math puzzles for grades K-12. The site covers numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. There are activities for each grade level in each page.
Math and science widgets
Widgets and gizmos are focused, interactive tools that help students learn about specific concepts and relationships. They offer opportunities to support, enhance, and extend classroom lessons on a variety of topics in math and science.
Google Earth
Google Earth is a free software tool that "lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others". It can be used in a variety of content areas in both teacher- and student-directed ways.
Online simulations
Web-based games and simulations fuse video game skills with education to make learning more fun and engaging, in theory. There are games and simulations available for every content area, though there are more samples for math and science.
Show USA
This free site enables users to create customized maps of the US with layers covering dozens of possible topics (population figures by ethnicity, religion, Spanish speakers, etc.). Depending on the overlay used the maps could be used in math, science, and social studies. With direction, students from elementary through high school could use this site.
Quia quizzes
Quia offers a space where teachers from every content area can upload quizzes and other assessment activities and games for students to take, either in class or on their own time for review. Use the search function to find activities related to your content area. It is best to search for a single category or subcategory and see which activities pop up.
RAM 4: Reading Acceleration Machine
This is a program, free to download, in which you upload text or vocabulary and set the speed at which it flashes on the screen. Great for any vocabulary review (alternative to flash cards), but especially useful for Foreign Language or any reading that is difficult for students.
This site enables visitors of all ages to read picture books in their entirety, join discussions and chats related to the books, rate the books, and even buy them directly from the site.
Virtual Fieldtrips
Virtual field trips enable classrooms to visit places without ever having to leave the school building. VFT's are available for every content area for students of all ages.