- Best for Young Readers: www.scholastic.com/stacks
- Best for Finding Books: www.scholastic.com/bookwizard
- Best for Craft Projects: www.crayola.com/educators
- Best Way to Start the Day: www.scholastic.com/teachers/daily-starter
- Best for Writing: www.educationnorthwest.org/traits
- Best Online Dictionary: www.wordsmyth.net
- Best Math games: nlvm.usu.edu
- Best for Geography: earth.google.com
- Best for History: free.ed.gov
- Best for Science: www.nsta.org
- Best for Current Events: magazines.scholastic.com
- Best for Middle School: www.figment.com
- Best for Virtual Trips: www.smithsonianeducation.org
- Best Web 2.0 Tool: edu.glogster.com
Glogster bills itself as a tool for making "digital posters," or glogs, containing pictures, text, video, links, and animation. A glog on To Kill a Mockingbird might contain a link to the Scottsboro trial, a clip from the Gregory Peck movie, and a drawing of the tree where Boo Radley leaves gifts for Scout. Fun!
15. Best for the Interactive Whiteboard: exchange.smarttech.com
Go to Smart Exchange before creating any lessons for your interactive whiteboard from scratch. Chances are you'll find an existing lesson ready to grab and go, or inspiration from other teachers who've taught the same material. Plus, the customizable Whack-A-Mole game is a must-have for test prep and review.
16. Best for Interactive Whiteboard Help: prometheanplanet.com
Even if you've deemed yourself an interactive whiteboard pro, Promethean's teacher community offers a boatload of tips and practical advice you'll find useful. Find help the next time your toolbox goes missing, or if you want to punch up a lesson with cool graphics.
17. Best for Online Classroom Workspaces: wikispaces.com
Wikispaces Classroom walks you through process of creating an online classroom workspace that's private and customizable. It works across browers, tablets, and phones, and can be used for day-to-day classroom management, tracking formative assessments in real-time, and connecting with students and parents in and out of the classroom.
18. Best for Video Clips: teachertube.com
TeacherTube is the best source for instructional videos in a safe environment. We especially love the clips of teachers showing off the catchy rhymes they've made up to teach certain topics — check out the "Mrs. Burk Perimeter Rap" and the "Mr. Duey Fractions Rap."
19. Best for Moviemaking: powtoon.com
Moviemaking has never been easier than it is at PowToon. To create a short animated clip, all you have to do is write a script and choose characters and other graphics using a simple drag-and-drop tool. The classroom possibilities are endless — challenge kids to write an additional scene for a book you are reading in English class, or have one character explain the water cycle to another for a science project.
20. Best Standards Help: corestandards.org
This site not only offers an overview of the new Common Core State Standards, but provides a thoughtful framework for how the standards were determined and what we can reasonably expect students at given grade levels to achieve.
21. Best for Tough Topics: tolerance.org
Along with an excellent blog that tackles some of the more difficult aspects of education, Teaching Tolerance offers activities and teaching kits on topics ranging from the civil rights movement to the separation of church and state.
22. Best Professional Development On the Go: learner.org
Many of the PD series from the Annenberg Foundation are available on demand here, with videos on teaching measurement, writing workshop, and more. You'll see master teachers at work and undoubtedly snag an idea or two for your own classroom.
23. Best for Your Career: nea.org
In the hustle and bustle of the classroom, it can be easy to lose track of the outside forces affecting education. The National Education Association explains how to take action regarding the issues you care about most — including merit pay, the No Child Left Behind Act, and funding for education.
24. Best for Inspiration: scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-ideas
Reading the Top Teaching blog is like paging through a cooking magazine. Just as you might be inspired to try a 12-course meal instead of your usual mac and cheese, you'll leave wanting to push your teaching to the next level. No matter what you're interested in — Pinterest-worthy bulletin boards, savvy tech-integration tips, or how to save money on classroom materials — these veteran teachers' wealth of experience and knowledge will leave you satiated.
25. Best of Facebook: facebook.com/scholasticteachers
So we may be biased, but we think you'll find our page your most useful one on Facebook by far. Each week, you'll find free printables, lesson plan and craft ideas, frequent giveaways, and note-worthy news. All you have to do is "like" us. And stand by for the fascinating discussion that happens on our page, including the 10 O'Clock Teacher Question, posed by — and answered by — teachers like you