Textbooks typically have websites for people to use basically for videos, flash cards, exercises, practice quizzes, and practice tests. If your students have textbooks by McDougal Littell, there is a good likelihood that they have access to this website. They include language arts, math, science, social science, and languages for the middle and high school students.
As for the ability to use the textbook websites, it is probably going to be different for each textbook company. As for www.classzone.com that I refered to, you can use the self-check quizzes with no need for a code. For anything else like the flash cards for example, the teacher needs to work with the textbook company.
1. Twitter (http://www.twitter.com )- a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time. You can ask students to post 100 characters on twitter. Connect the language with life.
2. Online dictionary- look for new words or terms
3. flickr (http://www.flickr.com )- a web to share photos with classmates
4. listen to this (http://www.iflylanguage.com/ListenToThis )-copy or type an article, it will read the content in either male voice or female voice.
5. Voki (http://www.voki.com )- Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc.
6. Voice Thread (http://www.voicethread.com )- A Web-based digital-storytelling application that enables you to share your stories or slideshows through audio, images, videos, or text with others online.
I use a variety of online resources to assist students in achieving their goals. It depends on many factors, such as, grade level, area of difficulty and the level of the student's current achievement. For young readers, I like to use Starfall.com because it has engaging stories, phonic and vocabulary exercises and some fun games the student needs to read in order to complete. If a student has difficulties with spelling - Spellcity is a good website. Math Blasters is fun for students who struggle with math.
Two of my favorite websites to use in the classroom are Starfall.com for reading and Math Magician, http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/cathymath.html, for practicing math facts.
The internet is full of useful information, but sometimes it can feel daunting trying to sift through all the websites. Teachers do create their own materials, but often get resources from others or just need some creative inspiration. Why recreate the wheel? Below are a few useful websites that I like to use. I will continue to add to the list as I come across more. Enjoy!
1) Common Core State Standards Literacy eHandbook (K-5th): http://mhschool.com/lead_21/lead_21.html
2) Mac App Store-Education: https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/mac-education/id12003?mt=12
3) American Literature: http://americanliterature.com
4) Making Learning Fun (Early Childhood): http://www.makinglearningfun.com/index.html
5) Printable calendars, lessons, etc...: http://www.freeprintable.com/
6) Preschool & Kindergarten Readiness: http://www.schoolsparks.com/
7) K12 Reading: http://www.k12reader.com/
8) Fact Monster-Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Thesaurus:...