Part 3: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit



Welcome to the third post in this series. I cant’t think of a better time then summer to check out some new edtech tools and possibilities. I have a goal every summer 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 ……. Part Three (This Issue)…… Part Four (Coming)…… Part Five (?)

Part 3: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit (


  • San Francisco Science museum online.
  • 50,000 pages of original materials.
  • Webcasts, videos, articles, podcasts
  • Slideshows, online exhibits, and activities
  • Web projects, competitions, virtual field trips

Teach With Movies

  • 350+ free Lesson Plans based on feature films and movies.
  • Subject matter index lists films by curriculum area.
  • Also indexed by appropriate age, title, and more.
  • Full length films as well as short video clips.

Make Beliefs Comix

  • Helps English Language Learners and Special Needs students communicate.
  • 350+ printable graphic writing prompts in 50 categories.
  • Supports multiple languages
  • iPad app (free or $1.99 for ad-free) or web-based.

  • Create charts, infographics, maps from templates.
  • Let students tell a story with uploaded spreadsheet data.
  • “FAQ” at bottom for tour and video tutorials.
  • PRO Plan (Educ. Pricing) for added features.

Gapminder For Teachers

  • Aims “ to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview.”
  • Depicts social, economic, and environmental development statistics over time.
  • Videos, handouts and lesson plans, interactives
  • Download software for offline use.
  • “For Teachers” – developing site for using tools in the classroom.
  • Links to TED Talks by developer, Dr. Hans Rosling.


  • Create online exercises (of 8 different types) or adapt from their library.
  • Assign, and track student progress.
  • WATCH the tutorials or you may think it isn’t working!

Breaking News Generator

  • Create a newscast screen shot.
  • Place a crawler at the bottom.
  • Download, Embed or Tweet it!
  • Great free tool from


  • For the DIYers and Makers…
  • Technology, 3-D Printing, Robotics, Reuseables, Everyday things, more…
  • View and download instructions.
  • Create your own and share.

Get the Math

  • “Algebra in the real world” for middle and high school students.
  • Presents interactive challenges used by pros in many fields.
  • Develops algebraic reasoning skills and awareness of use in “real world.”
  • Resources for teachers


  • Place “questions, quizzes, and rich media” annotations on top of any text.
  • Non-fiction content via current USA Today articles.
  • Available curriculets are editable or create your own.
  • Assign to students and view progress reports.

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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