School supplies are not cheap, whether you are a parent buying them for your kid or a teacher purchasing them for the classroom. It all quickly adds up. Rather than taking out a loan or borrowing from your child’s college fund, there are certain places you can look online that could save you some serious money. Quality downloadable material for the classroom or for home is just a click away!
Pinterest is not just for women wanting to catalog future ideas for shoes, dresses, recipes, and home design. It is much more than that. Create a free account if you do not already have one, then do a search for educational material. The amount of free downloadable things is quite amazing. Schedules, worksheets, posters, and calendars are just the tip of the iceberg.
Chrome Web Store Education
Google Chrome’s Web Store offers enough free educational content that it could literally occupy a child’s time until they are ready for retirement with grandkids of their own. The Store offers free apps for every content area at every grade level. If you have never explored the Chrome Web Store’s educational apps, be ready to have your mind blown.
There are math apps that will save you money from having to buy extra workbooks and flashcards. They also have math apps that teach algebra, geometry, and calculus! Music apps are available that will have your child composing their own music like a young Beethoven. Free typing programs that will soon have your child’s words-per-minute typed surpassing yours. Science apps are in the Store for kids whether they are primary, junior high, high school, or college. Reading programs that will work with kids to improve fluency and comprehension. Coloring pages, free story books, learning another language apps, 3D solar systems, world history timelines, painting tutorials, lesson planners, world maps, spelling apps, writing programs, and photography apps are just the beginning.
Discovery Education’s website provides digital content available to all schools and parents with curious kids. The free resources are quite staggering for those that like educational videos and technology. Discovery prides themselves with igniting student curiosity and inspiring educators through reimagining education. The site offers Techbooks, online textbooks combined with interactive technology, that is sure to grasp a child’s attention. Virtual field trips are another option with Discovery Education. This is a 21st century educational experience for the classroom or the home!
Sure, it sounds a bit like a Salt N Pepa rip-off (nothing better than Salt N Pepa), but Shmoop is a website that offers quality material for both elementary and high school teachers and students. Plus, it is refreshing that they present their material in humorous ways. Too often in education the fun gets sucked out of learning.
Shmoop offers free learning guides, online courses, college readiness prep, and test prep for those that are interested. For elementary teachers, they have day-to-day lesson plans for the entire school year. Imagine the hours that will save! There are teacher guides, literature guides, and a general life guide showing an honest description of what happens after graduating from high school. Thousands of schools around the globe use Shmoop, and the company has also been honored by the Interwebs: twice by the Webby Awards and twice by Scholastic Administrator Magazine (“Best in Tech”).
We all remember the Scholastic book orders we ourselves had as school children, and they continue to have to this day. Scholastic offers a site where adults can not only still order all of those great books for kids, but there is a ton of bonus resources available as well. There are parent guides, homeschooling information, newsletters, expert tips and strategies, free printables, writing activities, flashcard makers, educational blogs, lesson plans, monthly themes, graphic organizers, science projects, and holiday ideas.
As teachers and parents, we often head on over to YouTube to find a suitable video for our kids. However, in doing so, we run the risk of questionable content being displayed to our youth. Once they see something, they cannot unsee it. And the amount of questions to follow will leave you banging your head against the wall and cursing all technology.
TeacherTube will help ensure that this situation does not happen to you. It’s like YouTube, but with educational content and the lack of angry comments below every video. Creating an account and adding videos and pictures to your playlist will guarantee that you can use this material year after year. A quick search on any subject will yield great results for home or the classroom without needing to purchase videos or go searching for hours online.
Math-Aids is a simple website to navigate around, and an important one as well. This is a go-to site for free downloadable worksheets for kindergarten through high school mathematical concepts. It is quick and easy to generate extra worksheets for your child. This can easily take the place of a math workbook that you would have to buy in stores. The site is totally free because of the funds created by the advertisements allowed on the website. It is well worth having to look at educational ads for the impressive content they have to offer.
Written by Ryan Crawley
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