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Friday, September 16, 2011

5 Resources For Homeschoolers

This is a guest post, and I am so happy to put it up for all my readers. These sights are ones I have never heard of, and can not wait to use them myself. Show some love for Sarah's article.



5 Resources for Home-Schoolers

Sarah Fudin currently works in community relations for the University of Southern California's online Masters in Teaching program, which provides students the opportunity to earn a teacher certification online. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running (she is currently training for the NYC Marathon), reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.

In today’s world we are very lucky to have access to great educational resources on the web and we are even luckier to have access to most of these resources for free! Here are five extraordinarily useful resources being used across subject areas that should be implemented in homes across the country:

1. Books Should Be Free
Books Should Be Free is a website dedicated to offering thousands of audiobooks for free! Books are downloadable in a few file format types: MP3, iTunes, and iPod. On booksshouldbefree.com you can find thousands of free audio books of all genres and types – you’ll want to bookmark this site! Happy reading!

2. Braineos
Braineos is a great site for both students and teachers promoting creative problem solving, inspiration and idea generation. Braineos makes studying fun and fast by allowing users to create decks of flashcards (or use already created decks by the community) and learning them by using a selection of games. Braineos is most effective in quick and dirty learning of vocabulary and facts for exams.

3. Google Body Browser
Google Body Browser is a 3D model of a human body, both male and female, available in Beta. You can “peel back” different layers of the human body to learn about the different human systems: muscular, vascular and nervous. You are also able to identify and search different muscles, organs, nerves and bones as you click through the 3D model. This great resource is free, but requires the newest versions of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

4. Game Classroom
Game Classroom is an enormous collection of the best and most trustworthy educational games to provide students, parents and teachers with the best interactive homework help on the web! Games are for students in grades K-6 and are sorted by grade level as well as content area. You’ll find this site easy to navigate! Have fun!

5. 21st Century Lit
21st Century Literacy is a site that provides students with the skills necessary to succeed in school and the workplace in today’s world. They focus on reading and writing skills that teenagers need and can be taught using journalistic methods and state of the art digital tools. 21st Century Lit focuses on text – it’s a great resource for both Middle and High School level homeschool teachers to explore!

As our online community of teachers continues to grow, resources will only continue to grow with them! For a one-stop-shop for great resources, check out eduTecher, a site created to track the growing number of web tools available for classroom use (whether your classroom is in your home or at a physical school)!

6 comments:

MissMOE said...

Great list! I can't wait to try out Books Should Be Free. Thanks for sharing these resources.

betchai said...

thanks for sharing Melissa, it's great to know so many resources available now for everyone.

Melissa said...

I love these resources too! I do a lot of searching and have never come across these particular ones. I can not wait to give them a try.

randomcreative said...

This is a great resource for all teachers! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the comments -- let me know which sites you find the most useful and check out this site: http://edutecher.com/ for a lot more!

Anne said...

These are some great resources. I have already checked out Books Should Be Free since I always love free books.

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