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App Inventor University of San Francisco, MIT App Inventor, National Science Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, University of San Franciscohttp://www.appinventor.org/Teachers, students, parentsComputer Science, Coding, Math, ScienceAdaptable to all 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12Tools to teach students how to code and build apps for Android. Includes teaching resources and curriculum materials.
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Be Internet Awesome Google https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/educatorsTeachers, students, parentsDigital Citizenship Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Game-based activities to help students, parents, and teachers learn about online safety. This site includes curriculum resources for teachers, family guides, and activity templates. It has been awarded the ISTE Seal of Alignment.
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Best Prep Best Prep https://bestprep.org/Teachers, parents Business Education/EconomicsAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Best Prep offers several programs that pair up students with business and industry and help them learn about economics. They also have a Stock Market Game that is very popular for classroom use.
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BioDigital HumanBioDigital Humanhttps://human.biodigital.com/Teachers, students, parentsScienceAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Explore the digital library for 3D models, offers custom tools to label, plus ways to collaborate
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Center for Interactive CollaborationSouth Central Service Cooperative (Mankato, Minnesota) https://www.cilc.org/Teachers, parents All Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 CILC provides a searchable database of learning opportunities that are available throughout the US through video conferencing. Teachers can find virtual field trips, simulations, and classroom collaboration opportunities. Some of the actual activities have a fee, but membership and searching on CILC is free.
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Code Academy Codecademyhttps://www.codecademy.com/Teachers, students, parentsComputer Science, Coding, Math, Science Adaptable to all 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Students and teachers can try out Code Academy for free. Codecademy has tools to try out coding, learn about coding careers, and different types of coding languages to learn.
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Code.orgCode.org https://code.org/Teachers, students, parentsCode.org has activities for students and adults that teach how basic coding works and provide the opportunity to try it at different levels.
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Common Sense Media Common Sense Media https://www.commonsense.org/education/Teachers, students, parentsDigital Citizenship Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Common Sense media provides a myriad of resources for teachers, students, and parents. Specifically to education they have curriculum on digital citizenship, including media literacy, cybersecurity, and other related topics. In addition, they have reviews of movies, screen time recommendations, and more.
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EconEdLink Council for Economic Educationhttps://www.econedlink.org/Teachers, students, parentsSocial Studies/EconomicsNational Standards in EconomicsK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 EconEdLink has lessons, activities, and other classroom resources across a wide range of economic topics. It also has parent guides to help model financial literacy in the home, and professional development for educators.
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Economics Education Teacher ResourcesMinnesota Council on Economic Education - University of Minnesotahttps://www.mcee.umn.edu/teachers/distance-learning-resourcesTeachers, students, parentsSocial Studies/EconomicsMinnesotaK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Offers a variety of online, independent learning, special education resources including webinars and LMS resources.
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EdSitement National Endowment for the Humanities https://edsitement.neh.gov/Teachers, students, parentsLanguage Arts, Social Studies, Art, Music, National Content Standards, Common Core Standards K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 EdSitement is a searchable website that provides lesson plans and activities on topics related to the humanities.
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eLibraryMN Minnesota Department of Education and MINITEX (University of Minnesota) https://elibrarymn.org/Teachers, students, parentsAll Minnesota Academic StandardsK-20eLibraryMN is a depository of information sources that are searchable and can be used for teaching, learning, research, and skills building. eLibraryMN is funded through state and federal tax dollars for Minnesota citizens.
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GeogebraGeogebrahttps://www.geogebra.org/?lang=enTeachers, students, parentsMathAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Free interactive math lessons and resources, along with online graphing abilities. Great for all ages and grade levels.
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Gilder Lehrman Institute of American HistoryGilder Lehrman Institute of American Historyhttps://www.gilderlehrman.org/collectionTeachers, students, parentsU.S. HistoryAdaptable to all 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 70,000+ primary source documents that can be searched independently or by browsing by historical time periods, topic, or object type (Books & Pamphlets, Broadsides & Posters, Diaries & Journals)
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Google Arts and Culture Google https://artsandculture.google.com/Teachers, students, parentsArt, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, MusicAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Google has digitized thousands of works of art, music performances, information resources, photographs, and virtual tours. This site is designed more for the general public, but individuals can sign in with Google accounts and create collections.
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Google Teacher Center Google https://teachercenter.withgoogle.com/trainingTeachersTechnology SkillsNot applicable K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Online training to help teachers use GSuite (Google Apps for Education).
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Graphing Calculator - DesmosDesmoshttps://www.desmos.com/calculatorTeachers, students, parentsMath and ScienceAdaptable to all 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Explore math with our beautiful, free online graphing calculator. Graph functions, plot points, visualize algebraic equations, add sliders, animate graphs, and more.
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HippocampusMonterey Institute for Technology and Educationhttps://www.hippocampus.org/Teachers, students, parentsMath, Science, Social Studies, HumanitiesAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Over 7,000 helpful videos in 13 subject areas from vetted sources. Teachers can create playlists or pull helpful tutorials from a number of reliable organizations.
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iCivicsiCivicshttps://www.icivics.org/Teachers, students, parentsGovernment, Civics, U.S. HistoryAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 A diverse and relevant lesson plans, curriculum units in addition to games (length provided)
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Kennedy Center for the ArtsThe Kennedy Center https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/Teachers, students, parents National Arts Standards, Common Core State StandardsK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Lesson plans, activities, and other resources for arts education. The site offers many resources that are cross-curricular with English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science.
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Khan Academy Khan Academyhttps://www.khanacademy.org/Teachers, students, parentsScience, Math, Arts & Humanities, Test Prep Adaptable to all K-20Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing online learning help in science, math, and the arts and humanities. There is a teacher section where teachers can log in and access lessons and other materials for the classroom. Parents and students can also view the content and choose what they need to support learning.
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Library of Congress Civics InteractivesLibrary of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/teachers/civics-interactives/Teachers, students, parentsGovernment, Civics, U.S. HistoryAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Offers K-12 resources and activities covering the U.S. Government, Civics, and U.S. History. The DB Quest is excellent for AP Government and APUSH
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Library of Congress Primary SourcesetsLibrary of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/Teachers, parentsGovernment, Civics, U.S. History, Science, EnglishAdaptable to all 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Primary sources compiled for a specific category including The Constitution, American Authors in the 19th Century, The Harlem Renaissance, Found Poetry, various Civil War collections, Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information, Weather Forecasting just to name a few.
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LOC Collection ConnectionsLibrary of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/connections/Teachers, parents U.S. HistoryAdaptable to all Mostly 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Historical context and ideas for teaching with specific LOC primary source collections
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LOC Lesson PlansLibrary of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/Teachers, parentsSocial Studies, English, Science, HumanitiesAdaptable to all Mostly 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, but some 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Very well-developed lesson plans including overview, preparation materials, procedure
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LOC Presentations & ActivitiesLibrary of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/Teachers, parentsU.S. HistoryAdaptable to all 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Media-rich historical context for specific United States historical topics including immigration, presidential inauguration speeches, and music
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Curriculum Resources https://www.metmuseum.org/learn/educators/curriculum-resourcesTeachersArt Adaptable to all 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Lesson plans and activities digital books with museum artifacts and related information.
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Microsoft Educator CenterMicrosoft https://education.microsoft.com/en-usTeachers, parentsAll Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Microsoft Educator Center provides a host of resources for teachers using technology for teaching and learning. In addition to tutorials on Microsoft tools, there are collaborative opportunities for classrooms using Skype, resources for distance learning, and lesson plans and activities.
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Minnesota Department of Education COVID 19 Guidance and Resources https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/AdministratorsAdministrationNot applicable K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Minnesota Department of Education on school laws relating to attendance, distance learning planning, and other aspects of the COVID19 pandemic that affect Minnesota's K-12 education system.
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Minnesota Open Educational Resources (OER)Minnesota Department of Education, Minitex, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Learning Commons, Minnesota State Colleges & Universitieshttps://www.oercommons.org/hubs/minnesotaTeachers All Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 The Minnesota OER Commons has a variety of teaching and learning resources that are searchable. There is professional learning for teachers on teaching, and resources and online course content for K-12 in a variety of content areas.
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Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative CurriculumMinnesota School Districtshttp://oermn.org/TeachersEnglish, Math, Science, Social Studies, Professional Development, MiscellaneousMinnesota Academic Standards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Online courses for various content areas developed by Minnesota teachers for Minnesota schools. Can be downloaded and used in Moodle, Canvas, and Google Apps. Districts need to be a member to use some of the content. There are over 200 member school districts in the project.
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Molecular Workbench: Visual, Interactive Simulations for Teaching & Learning ScienceThe Concord Consortiumhttp://mw.concord.org/modeler/index.htmlTeachers, students, parentsScienceAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Provides hundreds of simulations and embedded assessments. It also includes Selected Curriculum Models
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Mouse Mouse https://mouse.org/Teachers Computer Science, STEMAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Mouse provides coding, computer science, and other STEM related content. Right now it is free until the end of the 2019-20 school year. Provides professional development for teachers.
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NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration https://www.nasa.gov/Teachers, students, parentsScience, Math Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 NASA provides a variety of lessons, activities, interactives and other resources for K-12 students and teachers. Topics include space, climate, technology, and other STEM related topics. In addition, NASA operates NASA Kids Club https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html, which has games and simulations related to STEM topics.
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National Archives (Docs Teach) National Archives https://www.archives.gov/educationTeachers, students, parentsU.S. HistoryAdaptable to all 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Amazing number of resources. Highlighting two areas - Working with Primary Documents where they give a nice detailed look on how students should analyze and Docs Teach which offers three tools - Explore the docs, Discover Activities you can teach with, and Create Fun & Engaging Activities.
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National Geographic EducationNational Geographic Societyhttps://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/Teachers, students, parentsGeography, Social Studies, ScienceAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 National Geographic Education has a wide range of education resources available to teachers and students, including lesson plans, mapping tools, and reference materials.
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National Parks ServiceNational Parks Servicehttps://www.nps.gov/index.htmTeachers, students, parentsGeography, Social Studies, Science Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 The National Parks Service provides resources for teachers, parents, and educators relating to the history our national parks, what can be seen at each park, and educator resources such as lesson plans and activities.
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NBC LearnNBC https://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learnTeachers, students, parentsAll Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 NBC Learn uses stories from the news as learning resources for teachers and students. There are some things available for free, and the subscription service is currently free until June.
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Netsmartz National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenhttps://www.missingkids.org/NetSmartzTeachers, students, parentsDigital Citizenship Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Netsmartz provides interactives, videos, and other tools to help students, parents, and teachers learn about staying safe online. It includes downloadable tip sheets, lesson plans and other resources.
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OyezLegal Information Institute Supreme Court Resources/Justla Supreme Court Centerhttps://www.oyez.org/Teachers, students, parentsGovernment, Civics, U.S. HistoryAdaptable to all 9, 10, 11, 12Learn about the justices, but offers all cases dating back to 1789 includes a summary with "Facts of the Case" along with questions to ask and citation options.
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PBS Learning Media Public Broadcasting Servicehttps://tpt.pbslearningmedia.org/Teachers, parents, studentsAll National Standards in Content Areas, Common Core, Minnesota Standards Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Searchable education resources from PBS in various content areas. Resources include videos, teaching resources, teacher workshops, all searchable by topic, grade, or standards. There is a section for students who want to explore as well.
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Phet Interactive SimulationsUniversity of Colorado Boulderhttps://phet.colorado.edu/Teachers, students, parentsMath, ScienceAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Build and create Sims, topics include Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Math; Browse simulations by topic, type, subjects, levels, and languages
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Presidential LibrariesNational Archiveshttps://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/contact/libraries.htmlTeachers, students, parentsU.S. HistoryAdaptable to all Mostly 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Links to the presidential libraries from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama
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Read Works Read Works https://www.readworks.org/Teachers, students, parentsReading, LiteracyAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Passages and articles that can be used to cultivate literacy, increase reading comprehension, and focus on different types of subjects. Features a searchable library of content and tools to help teachers use it.
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Read Write Think International Literacy Association/National Council of Teachers of Englishhttp://www.readwritethink.org/Teachers, students, parentsEnglish/Language Arts Common Core Standards, Minnesota Standards for Language Arts, IRA and NCTE StandardsK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Read-Write-Think has teaching and learning resources on various English/Language Arts topics. The resources are searchable and leveled by grade range.
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Science Netlinks American Association for the Advancement of Sciencehttp://sciencenetlinks.com/Teachers, students, parentsScience Minnesota Science Standards (2009) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 ScienceNetLinks provides lessons, interactives, experiments, collections, and other resources related to all types of science. There is also an "After School" section with activities.
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Smithsonian History ExplorerSmithsonian Institution https://historyexplorer.si.edu/Teachers, students, parentsHistory, Social Studies, Cross CurricularNational Standards for History, Common Core Standards K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Smithsonian History Explorer provides lessons, activities, and other resources related to the artifacts housed at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Teachers can find lesson plans and activities, and students can explore and learn about different eras in American History.
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Smithsonian Learning Lab Smithsonian Institution https://learninglab.si.edu/Teachers, students, parentsArt, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language ArtsAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Searchable database of digitized artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution. This collection is designed for use by educators. Teachers and students can search, build collections, annotate images, and share. Does require an account to save collections and share.
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Teachers First The Source for Learning, Inc.https://www.teachersfirst.com/Teachers All Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Teachers First is dedicated to helping teachers with their craft. Users can search for lesson plans, bulletin board ideas, calendars, teaching suggestions, and online collaboration opportunities. Resources are created and reviewed by educators.
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TED-Ed and TED Talks TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design)https://www.ted.com/Teachers, students, parentsAll Adaptable to all 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12TED provides video recordings of TED Talks in which experts provide a presentation on their ideas, philosophies, work, or life experiences. Most talks range from 6 to 20 minutes in length. The website is searchable. There is also a TED Ed site which provides lessons and other activities for teachers. Access TED-Ed from the main TED web page or at https://ed.ted.com/.
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The Avalon Project - Documents in Law, History and DiplomacyYale Law Schoolhttps://avalon.law.yale.edu/Teachers, students, parentsGovernment, Civics, U.S. HistoryAdaptable to all Mostly 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Lists of documents by category: Ancient, Medieval, 15th century, 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century. Plus, Project DIANA - An Online Human Rights Archive and The International Military Tribunal for Germany. Older site - documents must be read online and are not printable or downloadable.
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The Sixth Floor Museum Lesson PlansThe Sixth Floor Museumhttps://www.jfk.org/the-museum/plan-your-visit/education/teacher-resources/Teachers, students, parentsU.S. HistoryAdaptable to all Mostly 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Lesson plans regarding John F. Kennedy policies, causes, and assassination
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Thunkable for Education National Science Foundation, Congressional App Challenge, Technovationhttps://thunkable.com/#/Teachers, students, parentsComputer Science, Coding, Math, ScienceAdaptable to all 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7 ,8 ,9 ,10, 11, 12Interactives that teach students how to block code and build apps. Work completed in the free version is public.
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United States Holocaust MuseumUnited States Holocaust Museumhttps://www.ushmm.org/learnTeachers, students, parentsSocial Studies, HumanitiesAdaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 The US Holocaust Museum offers a range of online resources related to the Holocaust and genocide. There is a section specific to teaching about the Holocaust, which includes a searchable database of artifacts and a virtual tour of the museum through Google Expeditions.
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What Should I Read Next?WISRNhttps://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/isbn/0517266555Teachers, parents, studentsReading Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Search book titles you are interested in or find ideas of what to read. Links to Amazon for purchases. Users can also search for quotes.
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Wolfram AlphaWolframhttps://www.wolframalpha.com/Teachers, students, parentsMath, Science, Technology, Society & Culture, Everyday LifeAdaptable to all 6 ,7 ,8 ,9 ,10, 11, 12Compute expert-level answers using Wolfram’s breakthrough algorithms, knowledgebase and AI technology. Ask any question tied to math, science, and more and receive a step-by-step solution and reasoning.
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Wonderopolis National Center for Families Learninghttps://wonderopolis.org/Teachers, students, parentsAll Adaptable to all K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 This site is designed for PreK-3, but can be used with students of any age. Wonderopolis poses questions about how things work, what things are, and why things are the way they are. Students can easily explore this on their own or be guided to questions.
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