BCDS Grammar Ning: many helpful pages on various grammar topics.
Flickr Symbolics Group: What is a symbolic? Read this.
Freerice.com: Use this site to build vocabulary and social justice awareness.
Quizlet.com: Use this site to build vocabulary in a constructivist manner.
WebEnglishTeacher.com: One of my go-to sites for lesson ideas and English links
Examples of my wikis:
- Modern Slavery Projects (current)
- Local Living Writers Class wiki (2009): this wiki was partly responsible for getting former poet laureate Robert Pinsky to visit our class.
- Public Speaking-TED wiki (2012): I teach a public speaking elective based on TED talks, and we use the wiki (partly) to create our own “textbook.”
- IB Literature Wiki: the very first wiki I created…begin somewhere. It does not have to be elaborate.
- Getting Tricky with Wikis: where I send my students for wiki tips.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I do not receive any payment for these endorsements. These are simply tools I use often and recommend highly.
Membean.com has been the single most effective vocabulary tool I have used in the classroom. They offered me a trial membership, so they might do the same for you. Read my blog post to learn more. This is not a paid endorsement; it’s simply a great tool that I highly recommend.
The IPEVO document camera is powerful and affordable (69.99 USD). It works just as well as many more expensive models and is a quick and easy way I project smaller objects to the entire class. I used it to teach a room of 400 people how to fold paper cranes with no problem. The image is clear, and the auto-focus works perfectly.
Animoto for Educators offers a free, full-access account to teachers and 50 students. These accounts do have a shelf life of about six months, but I have been able to renew every time without a problem. I believe in this product so much that I do purchase a yearly personal subscription (around 60.00 USD) just to support the company. There is no difference in the personal or education accounts I use.