Part 4: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit


Welcome to the fourth post…  and almost last post of this series.  There is still some summer left so I thought I will add one more post… a fifth one for next time. I have a goal every summer to bring you at least 40 new tools… now it will be 50… that you may not know about. 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 …… Part Four (This Issue)…… Part Five (Coming)

Part 4: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit (

Google Cultural Institute: Art Project

  • Experience, virtually, art that has shaped the world.
  • Search by person, event, artwork title and more.
  • “Discover”  allows exploration of related topics.
  • Save items to your own Gallery and share.


  • Digital writing solution Elementary to Higher Ed
  • Free = Content Capturing, Organization and Prewriting, Google Docs Integration
  • Premium = Video-based lessons, Access to “millions” of academic articles, more
  • Resources  – useful writing lessons and other information.

Big History Project

  • Multi-disciplinary middle/high curriculum on history of universe.
  • 13.7 billion years of history covered
  • Videos, animations, articles, and classroom activities.
  • Big name key partners, contributors, and sponsors
  • Optimized for mobile and tablet devices.


  • Multi-player practice quizzes for students.
  • Select “curated question set” or create your own.
  • Give students the game code, then start.
  • Teacher sees/can save student data.

The Radix Endeavor

  • Great STEM game (Gr 8 -12) in 2-D fantasy world.
  • Science/math skills used to help inhabitants.
  •  Individual/multiple players can be tracked.
  • Developed at the MIT Education Arcade

Smithsonian Tween Tribune

  • Daily news articles for kids K-12 selected by professional journalists.
  • Students post teacher-moderated comments.
  • Aims to encourage a well-informed public
  • Companion sites: Teen Tribune, TTEspanol, and TTJunior


  • Members review books, contribute to forums
  • Reviewers (Gr. 4+ ) need adult sponsor on application.
  • Students find books of interest.
  •  Authors connect with reader/reviewers.
  • Adults gain insight into young adult reading interests.


  • Develops writing, communications, problem-solving, and collaborative skills.
  • Authentic, global (and guaranteed) audience for your class blog.
  • One “Quad” blogs weekly – other 3 classes visit and comment.


  • “Social networking for schools.”
  • Twitter-like but for Education (private network)
  • Post deadlines, inspiration, news, web URLs
  •  Students can ask questions, collaborate on problems, embed pictures 

Graphite Lesson Flows

  • Create a Lesson with an amazing App
  • Provide written instruction
  • Use multiple apps and resources
  • Created and vetted by teachers
  • So much more

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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2 responses to “Part 4: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

  1. Some educators might find Beyond the Classroom Aquarium of some interest.

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