THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
Better Lesson: A website that offers teachers Common Core-aligned math, science, ELA, and blended learning lessons. Teachers can provide feedback, download resources, and read Master Teachers’ commentary to aid implementation.
Education Genius: Close reading for the 21st Century! Education Genius lets students analyze and discuss any text line by line, online, either publicly or on a class page.
Open Culture The best free cultural and educational media on the web.
CommonLit: A collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms, organized by essential question.
NetGalley: Librarians, reviewers, educators (and students with book blogs!) can browse by category to request advance reader copies of digital books in exchange for book reviews.
TheKidShouldSeeThis Searchable blog of 2,000+ smart and cool “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos curated by a parent, along with her 4-year-old and 7-year-old
Atlas Obscura: Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.
Story Toolz: Resources for authors, including word count meters, readability tools, story idea generators, half title generators, and more.
InkleWriter: Create choose-your-own-adventure-style stories.
Spell Up: Google spelling game
Quill.org: A free open-source tool with interactive writing/grammar lessons for middle school students.
NoRedInk: A freemium grammar instruction website that allows teachers to assign activities and track students by standard as they progress through personalized exercises.
SOCIAL STUDIES & GEOGRAPHY
World Digital Library: The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.
The Public Domain Review: Curated collections of images, books, audio, and film shining a light on curiosities and wonders from a wide range of online archives.
Wisconsin Media Lab: Amazing resources! Check them out!
Flocabulary: Access via Wisconsin Media Lab to get free weekly current events rap videos.
Geoguessr: Google Earth high score game. Land in 5 random places on Earth and guess where you are. The closer, the better your score! Try to beat 13,000..highest student score!
Pursued: You are kidnapped and dropped off in a random place. Use the clues around you to figure out which city you are in to make a call & be rescued!
CODING AND GAME DESIGN
Fight Code: Web app to write Java robots & battle against friends.
CODING AND GAME DESIGN - ADVANCED
Tux Typing*: Desktop application for typing practice in game format & traditional.
Klavaro: Desktop application for typing practice.
MATH & SCIENCE
Wondermind: Mini-games and interactive films for children aged 8-12, designed to illustrate the neuroscience of the growing brain in child development in simple, fun ways.
Radix Endeavor: Massive Multiplayer Online Game created by MIT for STEM-based education. Students interact with a world full of math-based problems that need solving.
Lure of The Labyrinth: a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game.
Beatlab: Choose from thousands of instruments and create an instrumental with an easy user interface beat creator.
AudioTool: Learn how to use professional soundboards, equalizers, effects, etc. to create your own album, song, or loop.
Noteflight: Free with paid features. Primary functions are available free of charge.
MuseScore*: Desktop application to download and install. Create, play and print beautiful sheet music
Audacity*: Professional Audio Editing software. Desktop application to download and install.
DIG.ccmixter: Free music to use in video creation.
Soundzaboundz: Free resource for all Wisconsin Schools. Thousands of free downloadable music to use for media creation & presentations. Access via Badgerlink.
Historic American Sheet Music: Digitized collection of American sheet music through Duke University’s Digital Archives
VLC Media Player: Opens ANY audio or video file
Sign Language Video Dictionary: Watch and study sign language using videos created for thousands of words & common phrases.
Duolingo For Schools: Free app for pc & mobile devices. Monitor your students progress from a teacher console & print reports.
Google Translate: Translate anything into a different language! Listen to the pronunciation & read translation in text format.
LESSON TOOLS & PRODUCTIVITY
Libre Office: Open any file format.
Kahoot: Create instant quiz-style games for your class. Must have devices to use.
ScreenFaceCam: Best Free Screencasting Tool Available. Includes webcam, audio, and HD quality! Made by a father for his son to make Minecraft Videos.
GRAPHICS AND VIDEO
Voki: Avatar creator & video creator tool to use with avatars.
Slides Carnival Google Slides templates