Free Educational Resources

June 2012

Fun Stuff:
Fruit Machine:

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to free websites that will not be blocked by your school filter. Included will be video sites to replace YouTube, ebooks and interactive sites to increase achievement and student engagement.

Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0

Too often Web 1.0 was authoritarian and top-down-"this is the way it is". Web 2.0 is democratic and bottom-up. Instead of the New York Times 1.0 site telling you what the important stories of the day were, and shows the stories users have voted the most important.

Web 1.0 sites were simply to be read passively. Web 2.0 sites invite participation: voting content up or down, rating it, commenting on it, submitting new posts. By 2000, was letting you review books, but these days you can participate in many more ways: create lists of products (top 10 lists, lists of classics by certain authors, etc.), write product guides and edit wiki articles (Amapedia). In 2000, Amazon was using its sites to sell products it stocked; in the Web 2.0 world, Amazon now lets you list and sell your own new and used books and products through their site as well.

Web 1.0 sites were static and rarely changed (except for news sites), where Web 2.0 sites are dynamic and change hourly or more often, reflecting all of those user contributions.

Web 1.0 sites were closed, but Web 2.0 sites are collaborative. Where quickly became the leading Web 1.0 news web site, now has a sister site,, where videos are submitted by users. CNN then mines this content and fact-checks some videos for inclusion on

Website Evaluations

In addition to evaluating sites, there are sites out on the internet that are created for the sole purpose of teaching students that searching and finding a website does not mean that it is a worthwhile resourse:

Using the first rubric above, compare the two websites below. When you finish complete the form below.


Copyright Information

Copyright On Campus

A Fair(y) Use Tale

ccLearnOpen learning and open education (OER) division of Creative Commons

Fair Use Checklist
This checklist is a tool to assist you in applying the balancing test for determining whether you may make or distribute copies of works protected by copyright without having to obtain the permission of the copyright holder.

Thinking through Fair Use

US Copyright Office

Copyright guidelines FAQ
The assumptions and rules that applied in the classroom no longer apply when that same material is committed to recorded media. Because the consequences of improperly using copyrighted material can be great the University of Washington has but together a FAQ about copyright issues you should consider.


Explore the Thinkfinity website and complete the form below with a resource you can use in the coming year.

Class Contributions on Thinkfinity:

Internet Safety

Be Aware
Be Web Aware is a national, bilingual public education program on Internet safety. The initiative was developed and supported by Media Awareness Network (MNet), Bell and Microsoft Canada.'s site contains educational programs and resources to help people deal with the act of bullying and its long-lasting negative consequences.

Common Sense Media
Provides trustworthy information, education and tools. This site provides FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum. Items you will find on this site include Cyberbulling and Internet safety resources.

FBI Safety Tips
Safety tips and resources from the FBI.

Internet Safety
Internet safety site from the US Department of Justice.

Internet Safety
Internet safety tips and resources from the National PTA.

It's My Life
A site for kids on bullies developed by PBS.

Kids Agains Bullying
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities. Safety Advice
Information on Bullies.
National Crime Prevention Council
Internet safety resources from the National Crime Prevention Council.

NetSmartz Workshop
Learn Internet Safety from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

NS Teens
NSTeens resources empower tweens (children ages 8 - 12) to make safer online choices through lessons taught in a series of animated videos highlighting the Internet-related adventures of a diverse cast of teenagers. Educators may reinforce the videos’ safety lessons through the use of accompanying activity cards.

On Guard is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. The Federal Trade Commission manages, in partnership with the federal agencies listed below. is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. is one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety. It's creator, Karry Magid, is the co-director of

Stop Bullying Now
A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on bullying.

The Carnegie Cyber Academy
Perfect for 4th and 5th graders. This site trains students on how they can protect themselves online.

Web Wise Kids
A unique and effective resources to equip young people to safely use.

Do you have what it takes to graduate from the Webonauts Internet Academy?

Wired Safety is a US group operating through its volunteers worldwide. It is the largest and oldest online safety, education, and help group in the world.

Virtual Field Trips

A Hot list of Virtual Field Trips
A list of various virtual tours.

Art Project
Virtual tour that features more than 32,000 artworks from 46 museums.

A Teacher's Ultimate Destination - Virtual Tour List
An extensive list of virtual tours available on the Internet.

Colonial Williamsburg
Take a virtual tour of Colonial Williamsburg.

Grand Canyon
This is a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon.

Mount Vernon
Virtual tour of Mount Vernon.

OOPS Virtual Field Trip Page
Large list of virtural tours available on the Internet.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Take a tour of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Simple K12 - Virtual Field Trips
A listing of many virtual tours available on the Internet.

Take a virtual tour of the sky.

Tour the collections of the Smithsonian.

The Vatican
Virtual tour of the Vatican.

The Vatican Museum
Virtual tour of the Vatican Museum.

The White House
Virtual tour of the White House.

Tours from Above
Aerial photos from across the globe.

Virtual Field Trip Collection
List of virtural tours.

World Wonders Project
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.

Video Resources

All lessons and videos on this website have been reviewed and screened by K-12 teachers and have been deemed appropriate to use within the classrooms. Also available on this website are Web2.0 tools for learning and teaching. Locating items on this site is easy since everything is divided by content area. This is an alternate resource for those schools that are blocking YouTube.

Teaching Channel
This video showcase is on the Internet and TV. The videos are produced by a unique team of professionals and offer a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core Stand Standards and supplemental materials for teachers to use in their own classrooms.

TED-Ed's videos aim to capture and amplify the voices of the world's greatest educators. To achieve this, we pair extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of exceptional educational videos.

Watch Know Learn
An index of over 33,000+ educational videos in a directory of over 3,000 categories. These videos are available without any registration or fees. These videos are pulled from a number of sources including TeacherTube, YouTube, Google Videos, National Geographic, eHow, Howcast, Graspr, SchoolTube, Internet Archive, Slideboom, Hulu, Slideshare, and brightstorm. This is another alternative to YouTube

National Archives/Digital Vaults

National Archives
Explore the nation's history by browsing through photos, documents and maps housed at the National Archives.


IU1 Primary Sources Wiki

Primary Sources

American in Class
Collections of primary resources — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions.

American Memory
Browse all the primary source material in the Library of Congress American Memory collection.

Civil War Documents
Primary Sources from every aspect of the Civil War including photos, maps and speeches.

Documenting the American South
Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

From Revolution to Reconstruction
The main body of this hypertext project, which was started in 1994, comes from a number of USIA-publications: An Outline of American History, An Outline of the American Economy, An Outline of American Government, and An Outline of American Literature. The text of these Outlines has not been changed, but they have been enriched with hypertext-links to relevant documents, original essays, other Internet sites, and to other Outlines.

National Park Service
The National Park Service's Cultural Resources Programs are dedicated to preserving history, education, and grants. History is everywhere. In nearly 400 national parks and every hometown. It covers everything from the remnants of ancient civilizations to the boyhood homes of U.S. Presidents to the stirring sagas of hard-fought wars to the reverberations of one woman refusing to give up her seat on a bus. History is a part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

Library of Congress
Browse all the digital archives of the Library of Congress.

Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library
Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library highlights two collections at the Library of Congress that illuminate the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the sixteenth president of the United States.

New Deal Network
At the core of the New Deal Network is a database of primary source materials—photographs, political cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters, and other historic documents)— gathered from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and other sources

Repositories of Primary Source
A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.

Smithsionian American Art Museum
The Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture document more than 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide.

Browse the collections of the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Source
Primary sources for teaching American History.

The Papers of Jefferson Davis
The Papers of Jefferson Davis, a documentary editing project based at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is publishing a multi-volume edition of his letters and speeches, several of which can be found on this web site.

Truman Library
Primary source material from the Truman Library.

University of Oklahoma College - A Chronology of US Historical Documents
A Chronology of US Historical Documents

Valley of the Shadow
“The Valley Project details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown’s Raid through the era of Reconstruction” . This project contains original letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches, census and church records from people in Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Yale Primary Resources
This site contains links to multiple primary source collections at Yale.


Explore the following Moodle Site:

Be prepared to share out one resource with the class before you leave.