is rapidly approaching. It is time to rest, relax, and leisurely
explore new Web sites that offer timesaving tools and practical
tips. Begin your next school year with a digital folder full of
new ideas, worksheets, puzzles, and software tools that will liven
up your lessons.
The Internet is changing, and many sites that were free are now
charging. At $29.95 per year, eBoard is still a bargain for posting
notes, photographs, homework assignments, and lists of Web sites
for your students. The step-by-step instructions are a snap. Schools
can obtain discounted group pricing with a customized design. The
service is hosted and managed by eBoard, but appears as a seamless
piece of your existing Web site. All you do is add a link!
Communicate with students and parents via SchoolNotes, a free bulletin
board service for teachers. Use the Flashcard feature to add lists
of reading words, foreign language words, chemistry words, math problems,
and spelling words that students can review online. Edgate, a supplier
of information technology and services, and its partners NASSP, ACTE,
DECA, USA TODAY, Family Education Network, Encyclopedia Britannica,
Smithsonian Institution, Flying Rhinoceros, and Griffin Publishing
Group support SchoolNotes.
Store all of your bookmarks or favorites in one place. Begin by
uploading your current bookmark file. Easy-to-follow instructions
are provided. Then, access the files from any computer connected
to the Internet. Registration is free. Features include adding, editing,
sorting, moving, and deleting links and folders as well as setting
passwords for visitors. This is also a great tool for creating safe
sites for your students to visit.
MyBookmarks began as a private service then expanded into the public
sector in 1998. The site offers limited space for bookmarks. You
can add, edit, sort, move, and delete links and folders. In addition,
the site offers Remark, a utility for Windows. Remark runs in your
taskbar and works MyBookmarks.com. It allows one click access to
your bookmarks, exporting and importing to and from Netscape, Internet
Explorer, and AOL, and an easier way to add bookmarks. This is another
easy-to-use site for accessing bookmarks from a remote location.
BINGO Card Maker
Here is a slick tool for creating BINGO games. Select from 3x3 or
5x5 cards, insert words or math problems, and click on a button.
The card is ready for printing. Shuffle the words and print a new
Create certificates from pre-built templates or start from scratch.
Save the finished product for later access or print it out. The cost
of membership is $27.95 for 1 year. Try before you buy in the free
area where there are a limited number of templates.
Discovery School Teaching Tools
Discovery School offers a variety of tools to help teachers in the
classroom. At the Quiz Center, select from five options: short answer,
true/false, essay, multiple choice, and mixed type. Produce your
quiz and have your students complete it online. Generate your own
crossword puzzles, math squares,word searches, and cryptograms with
Puzzlemaker. Use them with a lesson, or in your newsletters or flyers.
Make a worksheet in less than 5 minutes. Choose from an array of
vocabulary word or basic math functions worksheets. Fill in the blanks,
click a button, and print. Joining the free Customized Classroom
will allow you to save your documents and create lesson plans. Rounding
out the tools at this site are hundreds of clip art selections categorized
by subject areas.
Personal Educational Press
Wow! What a slick program. Create free educational worksheets such
as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your
browser. Simply choose a word list and an output style. Alphabet
answer lists include Braille and American Sign Language. English,
Spanish, French, and German are supported. You won't want to miss
Want to make a rubric but don't have time or need some assistance?
Choose from a variety of templates and work through a 10-step process.
Before you know it, you will have created a rubric to save and print.
This is a real timesaver and a wonderful way to understand how rubrics