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OWL - Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Quiz Hub

Free Online Interactive K-12 Quiz Games (iPad-Compatible). There are just a few that are free and the entire quiz collection must be purchased for $30 per student.

Merriam-Webster Online - Dictionary and Thesaurus

Along with being both a dictionary and thesaurus, this site also has tons of great games in the quizzes and games section!

What Should I Read Next?

Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A classic reference about occupations from A to Z. Compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes a description of the work, training and education, earnings, expected job prospects, and working conditions. The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

Tennessee Electronic Library

Great variety of resources available for free. The best way to search would be to go into the different areas below rather than just searching home screen.

EasyBib  This site only offers MLA for free and charges a fee for APA and Chicago.

Citation Machine  Offers APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago styles for free. Also includes a choice to enter ISBN for MLA and APA and fills out all of the information fields for you from the web.

BibMe Offers MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago free of charge. It has the option of enter all information into the fields or has a auto-fill mode where it will search web for information once you enter title or author.

KnightCite Citation Service  Offers MLA, APA, and Chicago styles without registration. However, with the free registration, the site includes additional resources such as saving and editing previously saved citations, alphabetizing the citations in paper, and exporting them to Word document.



Provides free and easy to use resources for teachers from Pre-K through high school.

Microsoft Office Tutorials

A great site with tutorials for all of the microsoft office suite.

New Teacher Online Resource

Resources for new teachers as well as great educational sites for teachers in all areas of experience and subject area.

Annenburg Learner

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum.

Education World

Educator's source of information including lesson plans, tools, templates, and much more!


Great website founded by two teachers who have experience from Pre-K up to the university level that provides free resources which can be used in classroom instruction, as a topical resource or as an exercise for building a student's skill on a specific concept. Wonderful easy-to-use website!!


Education Information for New and Future Teachers

Wayne County Portal

Portal including several different areas such as TVAAS, ACT, EOC, Writing Assessment, standards, curriculum, and other assessment resources.  Each area has several website links with helpful information.

American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century LearnerNew for 2012, the Top 25 Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.  They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Department of Education: Teacher Section

Includes classroom resources as well as other information important in the teaching profession.

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center

World's largest digital library of educational literature

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Everything

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators has been retired but a great deal of that information moved to her guide to everything as well as new information.

eduScapes: A site for lifelong learners

Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson have designed this website to share a love of learning with others. As authors and educators, we work with teachers, parents, and children around the world to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning environments.

Smithsonian Education for Teachers

The Center provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian through hosting, the gateway to the institution’s educational resources and programs, including state standards and lesson plans.

Library of Congress Teacher Resources

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.  Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

Gateway to 21st Century Skills

The Gateway contains a variety of educational resource types from activities and lesson plans to online projects to assessment items.

WebQuest Resources

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.  Information on finding and creating webquests.


Wonderful free educational resources that are customizable and standards-aligned to both state standards as well as common core.  Also, has a student section of resources with practice in all curricular areas.  The teacher section definitely has more at this time for math and science.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
Amazing talks. Amazing people. makes the best talks from TED conferences available to the world for free. TED is a nonprofit that seeks to promote "ideas worth spreading". It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment, and design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Watch a speaker--be inspired.

Edmodo: Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students

Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.

Zunal WebQuest Maker

It is a web-based software for creating WebQuests in a short time without writing any HTML codes.

PBS Learning Media

Register for a free account in order to do the following:

  • Save, download and share resources
  • Discover local content
  • Access storyboard, quiz maker and lesson builder tools
  • Participate in exclusive events, sweepstakes and giveaways
  • Students may also create accounts.

Spell with Flickr

Type any word in the blank and then click on each letter to get the look you want for your heading or title.  Then save each individual letter to be incorporated into posters or presentations.

Big Huge Labs

Helping you do cool stuff with your digital photos since 2005.  A large selection of utilities to change or use your photographs in some way from turning it into popart to a jigsaw puzzle to using cool effects and filters.


Free Photo editor with tons of cool effects from basic edits, effects, and makeup touching up to adding text, symbols, frames and textures.


Simply copy-and-paste a set of links in our text box and click 'Stich It'. The site converts those links into one short URL for you to share. It's that easy!


Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly.

Create and share visual ideas online.  There is also a video in top-right corner that explains purpose of site as well as some tutorial information.


Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web's content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.


Includes several color schemes for powerpoint or presentation ideas as well as a downloadable app called ColorSchemer ColorPix that is free.  ColorPix automatically translates any screen color into RGB, HEX, HSB and CMYK color values, and comes with a zoom-able magnifier built in!


Search high quality Flickr images for powerpoints, presentations, projects, etc.


Startpage, and its sister search engine Ixquick, are the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches.

Every time you use a regular search engine, your search data is recorded. Major search engines capture your IP address and use tracking cookies to make a record of your search terms, the time of your visit, and the links you choose - then they store that information in a giant database.

Those searches reveal a shocking amount of personal information about you, such as your interests, family circumstances, political leanings, medical conditions, and more. 

Also, useful for teachers is the fact that when you ask students to conduct a search all of the websites will be the same on all of the computers.


Wordle is a word cloud creation program. Wordle is a website that combines a series of words and creates a visual picture of frequently used words.


Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.


A presentation tool to help you organize and share your ideas.

Glogster EDU

 Make interactive posters and share them online or in presentations.

BeFunky Photo Editing

Great photo effects with a single click.  The effects can also be adjusted after on the picture.  It is free for the basic package which includes many effects, edits, frames, text, and clipart. There are two other options that include more but require payment.


Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books – all for free.

Good Reads

Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.

What Should I Read Next?

Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

YALSA: The Hub

The mission of The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads is to provide a one-stop-shop for finding information about teen reads, including recommendations for great teen reads, information about YALSA lists and awards, book trailers and other book-related videos, and best of the best lists.

Tennessee Watchable Wildlife

The web site has extensive information on the birds, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians of Tennessee. We provide life history and additional information on each species that is specific to Tennessee, a variety of photos of each species, and songs or calls for many of birds and frogs and toads. We also have detailed information for nearly 200 places to watch wildlife in the state.

Biography Resource

A large source of biographical information for a large number of people from both past and present.

Celebrity Almanac

The Celebrity Almanac is extremely interesting reading because it not only includes information on show business personalities but also on high profile personalities in the arts, literature, sports, business and political fields. Imagine having celebrity birth dates, place of birth, first career break and most memorable career events and many other interesting details at your finger tips; and all of the data is confirmed by the celebrities themselves.

Official site of A&E's Biography

Offical site of A&E's Biography television series. Includes the searchble text of 15,000 entries from The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia.

Academy of Achievement

This site depicts the achievements of "extraordinary individuals who have shaped the twentieth century." The role models described are listed in the Gallery of Achievers in the following areas: the arts, business, public service, science & exploration, and sports. The site includes an internal search engine, links to "Steps of Success," and information about scholarships. There are profiles, biographies, and interviews (including audio and video supplements) of more than 80 people. A few examples are: Johnny Cash, Whoopi Goldberg, James Kimsey, Ralph Nader, Rosa Parks, Sylvia Earle, Linus Pauling, Tenley Albright, and Willie Mays.


Part of the large site, this boasts over 30,000 biographies of historical and contemporary figures. Search by name or one of the categories (sports, presidents, vice presidents, entertainment, people in the news, business leaders, world leaders, and deaths in the current and previous years). Information varies from minimal to detailed.

Bartleby publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.


Access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Literary Criticism

Literary criticism on the web!

The Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism

The ipl2 Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Literary Resources on the Net

Large variety of literary resources categorized and maintained by Rutgers University.

The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is an indispensable resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse. Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements and is updated annually. It includes more than 300 alphabetically arranged entries and subentries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods

Shakespeare on the Net

The most popular pages at this site remain a Shakespeare Timeline, which is an online biography mounted at this site. Part of the timeline is a separate Shakespeare genealogical chart and a timeline summary chart that places the events of Shakespeare's life into historical context. A bibliography is included for those wishing to pursue their own research.

High School Journalism Game-Based Learning Resources

Games-based learning is a field that is developing as quickly as the tools that teach it. In educational terms, it builds on our nature to play and discover through competition, problem-solving, engagement, decision-making, immediate awards and applying what we learn to real life. In journalism, games turn news consumption into active engagement rather than a passive experience.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Welcome to the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

Small Demons

The people, places and things from books, and everywhere they can take you.  Select a book. Start with one you love or one that looks interesting. From there, it’s all about discovering everywhere it can take you.  You can also register for free to create your own storyboard and save for future reference the books and all you like about them in one place.

Storybird: Artful Storytelling

Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards.  Sign up for Free!

Chomp Chomp

Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Includes detailed terms, interactive exercises, handouts, PowerPoints, and more!

Art a GoGo: Art Over Easy

This site provides links to museums, events, exhibitions, and ways to learn about art in an easy-to-read style.

Art History Resources on the Web

Organized by time period and country of origin


The Fine Art Search Engine

The Artchive

Over 2,000 scanned images of fine art, historical background on art and artists, theory and criticism, and rotating "gallery" exhibitions.

Learn Spanish

If you’re currently taking Spanish classes and are looking for some extra help, there are three distinct areas that you will need to work on:  grammar, vocabulary, and oral proficiency.  Also, has a teacher section as to how this site can work for you.

The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.

African American History

This site is the largest online encyclopedia and social network dedicated to Black history and culture. Users can browse the collection of African American profiles of the past, and interact with thousands of today's Black history makers.

U.S. History

The mission of this site is to educate the public about the Revolutionary and Colonial eras of American history.  Great collection of historical websites and information.

Fifty States and Capitols

States and capitols as well as other state specific information

History Channel

Website featuring material from the History Channel as well as other topics for discussion on events that occurred in history.

Internet Public Library: Potus Project

Presidents of the United States

Library of Congress American Memory Collection

Primary source and archival materials relating to American culture and history (images also available!).

Nation Master

NationMaster compiles statistics from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. It compares countries with a variety of topics.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.  Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.  Everything is not available on the website but they are working to digitalize more documents all the time.


EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

NativeWeb: Native Americans

NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples' usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples' use of this technology.

PBS Online

Free online videos exploring history

PBS American Presidents

Click on the Episode Menu below the quote to pull up a different page.  Then click on the person's name or portrait.

The History Place

The Web site presents a fact-based, common sense approach in the presentation of the history of humanity, with great care given to accuracy.

African Studies Center

The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania is recognized as a vital and forward-looking center where researchers, students and cultural and business entities come to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa.

Asia Society

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

CIA - The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Digital History

This Web site was designed and developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges and is supported by the College of Education at the University of Houston.

The materials on this Web site include a U.S. history textbook; over 400 annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, supplemented by primary sources on slavery, Mexican American, Asian American, and Native American history, and U.S. political, social, and legal history; succinct essays on the history of film, ethnicity, private life, and technology; multmedia exhibitions; and reference resources that include a database of annotated links, classroom handouts, chronologies, glossaries, an audio archive including speeches and book talks by historians, and a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images.

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History

EuroDocs links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history). The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.

PBS History Videos

PBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.

Cybrary of the Holocaust: Education

This section of the Cybrary of the Holocaust is for teachers to exchange lesson plans, share new ideas, and help students learn. Witness testimonies are available, as are interactive maps from survivor Harold Gordon and Abe's Story. Also visit our Online Education Links page and the Cybrary Bookstore featuring over 2000 titles available online. View the art of survivors Jan Komski and Tamara Deuel.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Library of Congress: Country Studies

This Web site contains the online versions of books previously published (1988-98) in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army. Because the original intent of the series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser-known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. The date of information for each country appears on the title page of each country and at the end of each section of text.  This Web site also contains brief, more up-to-date Country Profiles on select countries.

The History Place

Browse by table of contents, subject, keyword, or title.

Timelines of History

Current and Historical Timelines of the World

United Nations

 Please visit the following sites to find general information about the UN: UN Charter, UN Emblem and Flag, UN in Brief, UN History, and Cyberschoolbus.


History site that could be used by all history classes as well as other classes.  Old photographs and memorabilia are scanned into this site and searchable by date or place.  It also has a 90 second video tutorial on the home page detailing how it can be used.  Some things obviously have no historical value but some photographs are contributed by historical societies and libraries.

World History TimeMap

The TimeMap of World History is an interactive history atlas and timeline that lets you navigate to any era of history to visit any civilization, nation or empire. Now contains over 650 history maps and over 1,000 pages of high quality supporting narrative all made easy to navigate via our TimeMap interface.  Teachers click on the History Teacher? tab where you will find the 11 ways to use TimeMap in your classroom including lesson plans.

ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies

The ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies.

Annenburg Media Exhibits: Collapse

Why do civilizations fall?  You'll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse. You can also try your hand at "garbage-ology" and study what trash can tell us about a society.


The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth's easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. Each user will be able to find an Ariadne's thread through the maze of information on the Web.

National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults

Screenshot of the Digital Vaults showing an interconnected web of records. Explore the National Archives collection in the Digital Vaults.

History Central

American history and world history can be found at historycental- History's home on the web. Explore our complete time lines of major events in American history as well as World History. Research our special sections on diverse subjects ranging from presidential elections to naval history. Whatever aspect of history you wish learn about, you will find it at

HistoryNet: Where History Comes Alive

The website contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines. We have something from almost every period of history. Our popular features include;

Article Archive from 10 magazines! – Over 5000 feature length articles on historical subjects.

Daily Quiz – Play our Daily Quiz to win free subscriptions to any of our magazines. Changes every single day.

Today in History – What happened on this day in history? We have the answer!

Photo of the Day – View a photo from history, every day!

Discussion Forums on History – The Weider History Group operates one of the biggest (and professionally maintained) history forums on the Internet today. We have over 1,000,000 posts covering just about everything in history.

Wolfram MathWorld: The Web's Most Extensive Mathematics Research

MathWorld currently features a number of innovative interactive elements that enhance its usability for a variety of different readers. These features include: 

  • The MathWorld Classroom, which provides a set of pop-up "capsule summaries" for more than 300 mathematical terms.
  • Extensive citations to books and journal articles, many of which are active hyperlinks.

WebMath: Solve Your Math Problem

Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks "solve." In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.

Math Forum

This online community includes teachers, students, researchers, parents and educators who have an interest in math and math education. The site includes Ask Dr. Math, Problems of the Week, discussion groups and much more.

Cool Math

An amusement park of math and more... Lessons and games designed for fun!


Everyone can create music.  Just a fun website that lets you select instruments and click on squares to create your own melody.

CHEMICOOL Periodic Table of Elements and Chemistry

Chemicool was created by David D. Hsu. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. Chemicool went online in 1996 and since then has been trying to help out anyone involved in chemistry. Information about each element on the periodic table.

SciCentral - A clearinghouse for science information in all major categories.

The sources featured in any section of the site have been hand-picked and ranked by the SciCentral editors based on 7 criteria:

  • Reliability

  • Timeliness of the information

  • Extent of daily coverage

  • Multidisciplinary coverage

  • Leads to follow up information

  • Presentation and general appeal


Eric Weisstein's World of Science contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.

Scientific American

The leading source and authority for science, technology information and policy for a general audience.  Website based on the most continuously published magazine in the U.S. that was founded in 1845.

Smithsonian Museum

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

Exploratorium - the museum of science, art, and human perception

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. We create tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a Web site with over 25,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults—plus much more. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.


MaxPreps is America's Source for High School Sports. We are proud to be involved with America's hometown heroes – the young men and women working hard to improve their skills, place team above self, and serve as inspirations to their local communities.  MaxPreps aspires to cover every team, every game and every player. We do this in partnership with nearly 25,000 varsity coaches throughout the United States.


The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association administers sporting events for an estimated 110,000 participants, 374 schools, 4,000 coaches, 3,000 officials, and 5,500 teams in the American state of Tennessee. First organized in 1925, the TSSAA oversees athletic functions of both public and private schools. It includes schools throughout the state of Tennessee, as well as a single private school located in Mississippi.

Sports Science

Part of the Exploratorium of Science that focuses on Sports Science, such as websites on specific sports.  For instance, one of the websites is the Science of Baseball.

HTML Crash Course for Educators

This tutorial will introduce you to the basics of HTML design and style. Even though the Crash Course was originally designed with teachers in mind, anyone is free to use it.

Online Resource for Teachers Integrating Technology works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate online resources such as ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use.


TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

Zamzar: free online file conversion

Free for up to 100 mb with option to upgrade for a fee for larger files. 


ToonDoo: World's fastest way to create cartoons!

Website requires a free way to create cartoons, but you must sign up free with a login name and password.


Comics and cards starring you and your friends!