I really admire our teachers out there. Teachers use the resources and information that they have available to them to help stimulate innovation, and growth among their students. Their commitment, dedication, and passion for the education of others is inspiring. It is important for teachers and students to have access to reliable, and readily available information and resources. In today’s post, I would like to provide a little assistance to our educators out there by highlighting some great information, and wonderful resources.
The online education community is remarkable. You can find a lot of free information and available resources online for educators. Although we will be focusing mainly on STEM information and resources due to the nature of this site, I do encourage other educators to visit the websites listed below, because they offer a wide variety of resources for various other disciplines as well. Listed below are a few websites that offer resources such as free downloads, documents, videos, physics kits, lesson plans, worksheets and education passes.
A Few STEM Related Website Resources for Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers: This is a great websites. It is the worlds first, and largest educational marketplace. One can access activities, worksheets, videos, printables, and curriculums. This site also offers plenty of free downloads.
Stossel in the Classroom: This website offers free DVD’s and videos to encourage critical thinking in schools.
Flinn Scientific: Flinn Scientific is a nice resource for STEM educators. There, you can access free documents and videos on a wide variety of scientific subjects.
Physics Central: What is more exciting than physics? Physics allows us to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us. Physics Central is a great website for anyone interested in physics, and it also provides a few wonderful resources for educators. One of those resources is a free physics quest kit.
Lenovo Lesson Plans: The lesson plans provided here are wonderful. Lenovo Lesson Plans provide great information and resources for STEM educators. In addition, the lesson plans also introduce students to new career paths and opportunities.
Math Mammoth: One can never have too many math work sheets. If an educator out there feels that they may be running low, don’t worry. Math Mammoth is there to help.
Kennedy Space Center: I loved field trips as a kid. Covid-19 may have changed the game for field trips this year for students, but when all of this is over, please keep the Kennedy Space Center in mind. They offer free education passes.
A Few Free Open Source Calculators and Apps
I think free calculators are awesome. Listed below are a few free apps and open source calculator that teachers can share with their students, or use for themselves. In a previous post, I shared my previous views on mandatory high priced graphing calculators, and why I’m not a fan of them. Well, free is a price any student can afford.
CalcKit All-in-One Calculator: The CalcKit All-in-One Calculator is a scientific calculator app that features over 150 calculators and unit converters. It is available for Android.
Desmos Graphing Calculator: What more can I say other than I love the first paragraph of their About Us page which states, “Desmos wants to build a world where every student learns math and loves learning math, where a student’s access to the power and beauty of math doesn’t depend on their place of birth, race, ethnicity, gender, or any other aspect of their identity”. Down load the app or visit their desktop page by clicking the link above. It is available for Android and iOS.
GeoGebra: On GeoGebra’s About page it states, “GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. GeoGebra is a rapidly expanding community of millions of users located in just about every country”. It is also available for Linux, Windows, or Apple Mac OS X (desktop and apps).
Speed Crunch: It is a fast, high-precision and powerful desktop calculator. It is also available for Linux, Windows, or Apple Mac OS X (desktop).
So, Until Next Time
There is so much more out there that I would like to include but I’m trying my best to write shorter post for quick reads. We will likely revisit this, as well as other topics as time moves along. I hope that someone out there finds value in the resources listed above, and continues to enrich the lives of others through education.