Part 2: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit


Welcome to the second post in this series. Summer is a great time to check out some new edtech tools and possibilities. My goal every summer is to bring you at least 40 new tools… maybe more… that you may not know about.  I am sending out ten new ones in each post. Remember I am picking these from thousands and I am trying to find those sites that are up and coming and might just be the next big edtech hit. You might also notice I am also including a few sites that have been around for awhile.  They include ones that I feel educators might want to be a little more aware of. I hope you enjoy and try some of these out during the summer months. It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full.

Read the others in the series:

Part One,,,,,,,  Part Two (This Issue)……. Part Three (Next Issue)…… Part Four (Coming)…… Part Five (?)

Part 2: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit (

Crash Course

  • Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green
  • Entertaining episodes teach Science, Social Studies, Literature and more.
  • YouTube Channel has Playlist of all offerings.
  • Partnership with PBS Digital Studios = more courses.


  • Build reading comprehension using daily news.
  • Each article available at 5 reading levels.
  • Archived and new daily articles.
  • Assign articles and quizzes.
  • Pro version offers annotation & more.

Simple English Wikipedia

  • Articles use simple English words and grammar.
  • Sentences short but information more than basic.
  • Great for ELL, both children and adults.
  • Use for collaborative writing with basic vocabulary.

Haiku Deck

  • Create inspirational, powerful presentations.
  • Limit text, use high-impact images.
  • Simple, beautiful, fun”
  • Share, embed, view on any web-enabled device.
  • Web-based or iPad


  • Use existing videos or upload, then add questions  with your voice.
  • Track student views and answers.
  • Embed in LMS, website, or blog.
  • Student-created videos are private.
  • iOS, Chrome, Android (soon)


  • Create presentations (your content or their libraries).
  • Add animation as desired.
  • Encourage student creativity while requiring critical thinking.
  • Share via YouTube, Facebook or download.

ThingLink for Education

  • Interactive images to develop 21st century skills
  • Turn video into a new kind of conversation platform.”
  •  Add “Tags” (links to sound, video, text, etc.) to image.
  • Embed or Share
  • Desktop, iOS, Android; Premium at $35/year.

Earth Rangers

  • Kids Conservation Organization (250,000+)
  • Aims to educate and empower children to preserve wildlife
  • Missions teach that collectively, impact can be made.
  • Science activities and lesson plans

Smithsonian Education

  • Catalog of Smithsonian websites for students
  • Art, Science & Nature, History & Culture, People & Places
  • Categories link to multiple sites including games and activities.
  • Educators link allows resource search  by KW or Standards.

Science and Math activities for out-of-classroom settings.
Explore by Keyword or Topic.
Currently available: DIY Lake Science app for iOS.
Includes links to episodes of 10 PBS  Kids Science shows.

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (

Coming Soon: Three Great Posts – The ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning, The Rest of the  40 Amazing Educational Websites, and More STEMtastic Resources. These are some wonderful posts you will not want to miss. Sign Up Now

Booking Info for Michael Gorman – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already more than half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

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