Educators' Website for Information Technology

Instructional Resources

Academic Learning and IT

American School Directory
American School Directory offers links to many resources - some free and some paid - that assist teachers in incorporating Internet use into the curriculum.

AT&T Learning Network
The AT&T Learning Network offers online Resources for Educators with links to educational resources on the Web, including lesson plans, online projects, teaching aids, government sites, articles written by education experts, professional development resources, funding resources, and more.

Center for Applied Research in Education and Technology
CARET, the Center for Applied Research in Education and Technology, provides links to research-based reports, papers, and articles organized around the topics: Student Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, Online Teaching and Learning, Professional Development, and Assessment and Evaluation. CARET is a project of the International Society for Technology in Education in partnership with Educational Support Systems.

Girls Issues and Technology
Sponsored by Generation YES - a provider of technology courses and programs that emphasize student involvement - this semester elective course is for students who have opted out of technology electives or "don't like computers." The course centers around a series of modules that each emphasize an issue important to adolescent girls. Technology skills are interwoven into each module.

IBM's Education web page offer an overview of available IT solutions for schools and higher education institutions.

League for Innovation in the Community College
A League for Innovation in the Community College Web site, TLC's goal is to improve the use of information technology in community college instruction by supporting a global community of practitioners dedicated to improving student learning.

Marco Polo
The MarcoPolo program provides no-cost, standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and classroom. Online resources include links to top sites in many disciplines and professionally developed lesson plans and classroom activities. MarcoPolo also includes the Internet Content for the Classroom Teacher Training Kit, a complete train-the-trainer guide for use by school- and district-level technology coordinators. All sites listed on Marco Polo are reviewed and judged by experts in the field for their quality and usefulness in education settings. Curriculum and resources listed are aligned with national academic standards.

National Education Association
The National Education Association web site provides information and a discussion forum about professional development in technology and curriculum that incorporates technology.

PLATO Learning products cover a broad range of teaching and learning needs in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education —from intervention and credit recovery and innovative and teacher-facilitated solutions for traditional classroom instruction to trend-forward distance learning options.

Teachers First
TeachersFirst provides K-12 classroom teachers with resources and lesson plans to use with their students. TeachersFirst is a free service designed to help teachers integrate technology into their classes.
Sponsored by Learning Network, this site is devoted to the learning needs of K-12 students, parents, and teachers. The content is organized by grade level and by subject and includes many resources for incorporating IT into the curriculum. Find 15,000 pages of classroom-ready lesson plans, printables, and resources available through annual subscription.

The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)
GEM offers a catalog of resources, including educational technology and computer literacy, so that teachers and others can easily search across multiple participating websites. When educators connect to GEM, they are able to: browse through lists organized by subject, keyword, or grade/education level, search by subject, keyword, title or the full-text of the resource's catalog record, and go directly to the resource from the Gateway.

The Training Café
Based on ISTE standards, the Training Cafe is an interactive, web-based learning program comprised of a series of modules which provide educators with technical skills they can integrate into both their professional and their personal lives.

ThinkQuest is committed to engaging students worldwide in its programs - using the Internet and related technologies as learning tools - as program participants learn to assimilate, organize, and share their knowledge with others around the world by collaborating on web site creation projects.

Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS) project is a collaboration of high schools from around the country. VHS offers its students and teachers Net Courses ranging from advanced academic courses to technical and specialized courses. Schools donate computers, Internet connectivity, and staff time.

Web Teacher
Contains a set of free tutorials to help teachers learn about using the Web and multimedia.

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web.