Teacher Links

Here are some great teaching resources for 21st century teachers and students. Additional teacher/student web sites are located on Zachry's Library Page under Research Help. There's also a Student Links web page with lots of great resources for students.

Note:  some web sites may require a username and password.  Please see the Library circulation desk or the C.I.T. for them.

Are you looking for inspiration as a 21st Century teacher?  Check out these videos to see how educators are using technology with their students.

What is 21st Century Education?
Getting Smart Smart
Blended Learning:  Making it Work in Your Classroom
Power On Texas Videos
Project Based Learning: Explained
A Vision of K-12 Students Today
A Vision of 21st Century Teachers
Apple Tribute - "Here's to the Crazy Ones"
Edutopia - George Lukas Take on Education

The PowerOnTexas channel on YouTube gives you an inside look at how Texas schools are using technology to increase student achievement.  These videos will help inspire you along your journey as a 21st Century educator.

How can you use Technology integration to instill higher-level thinking with your students?  Try the SAMR model.  It will give you ideas on how to take technology integration projects and bump them up to the next level.  Pinterest has lots of SAMR pins for you to choose from.

Do you have a favorite web site that isn't listed here?  Feel free to e-mail the Zachry / Taft C.I.T. with your favorite teacher web sites.




Audio, Music and Video Resources
Blogs & Wikis
Copyright / Fair Use / Plagiarism
Copyright Free Pictures / Photography
Mobile Learning / iPod Touch Resources
Lesson Plans
Presentation Tools
Student News Sites
Search Engines
Teacher Tools
Audio, Music & Video Resources

100 Best Video Sites for Educators

Specifically designed for educators, Edudemic created a "Top 100" list of video sites based on educational and video collections, teacher education, lesson planning, specific curricula, video tools, network programming (like PBS), free movie clips, how-tos, and government & organizations.


BrainPop ESL

BrainPop makes learning fun and is the leading producer of standards-based animated educational movies for grades K-8. It is used to introduce topics, review fundamentals and explain current events. BrainPop creates an interactive learning experience that is both rewarding and unique.  Click here to see videos on  overviews of BrainPop , GameUp and BrainPop Educators.  You'll also find Getting Started Guides and searchable lesson plans and videos tied to the TEKS.

BrainPop videos can be used for flipped classroom lessons.  Click here for LOTS of classroom ideas on how BrainPop can enhance your curriculum.

*Zachry MS has paid subscriptions for staff and students.  See your C.I.T. or Librarian for username and password.

CommonCraft - Videos in Plain English

This site offers short videos that are straight and to the point for teaching technology concepts. Additional topics include going green, money and finances, and society issues.

Discovery Education Streaming Video

KLRN is a digital video-on-demand service offering over 3,000 full=length titles and 30,000 video clips in all K-12 subject areas. KLRN and Discovery Streaming are excited to offer this service to enhance classroom lessons and to impact student learning. A student login and password are available from the library circulation desk.


edPuzzle has two powerful reasons why to use it:

1)  ask questions of students during videos they are watching.  Quizzes are graded w/ data analysis

2)  YouTube videos can be saved on edPuzzle's site, which allows students to view teacher approved videos through edPuzzle link(s).

The History Channel

Brush up on history with the History Channel web site. You'll find text articles, related video and audio clips, photos and TV listings related to historical topics. Click here for a list of videos by topic.

How Stuff Works

As part of the Discovery Company, there are lots of videos on hundreds of subjects. See how things work and how different products are made. This is a fascinating site!


Created by NBC News, iCue is a new way to learn. iCue has hundreds of videos that include historic and current events. Users may view videos, collaborate with others, do research, play games based on events, take quizzes and compete with other users. The user is in control of what and how to learn!

Khan Academy

This is a great resource for students having trouble learning math, science, history, etc. With more than 2600 videos and 180 self-paced assessments, the Khan Academy can help students learn at home or at school. This site offers videos that are FREE and easy to understand, no matter what you're trying to learn.

NOVA beta

As part of PBS, NOVA is the highest rated science series on TV. There are many great videos to use with your students and there is even a section on Nova education.

National Geographic Video

Get the best of National Geographic with videos on topics around the world. Make sure to check out the tabs at the top, including Video Home, Nat Geo TV, Nat Geo Wild, Animals, Kids (NG Kids Videos), News and More!

NISD Digital Library

Northside ISD offers numerous audio books, eBooks, Music and Video collections for checkout. Students and staff members may checkout books with either their student ID or staff ID number. A free application, Overdrive Media Console needs to be downloaded for Audio books, Music and Video. Overdrive Media Console is available only for home download. For help, click



One-stop shopping for educational resources, including more than one million Common Core videos, games and assessments.  You can search by subject directory or standard.  Playlists can be crated to save your favorite resources and share with students and other teachers.  There's even an iPad and Android app!  This is best viewed using Chrome, as it will not work with Internet Explorer 8.

PBS LearningMedia

Sign up for this free digital resource from PBS.  Here you will find lesson plans, videos, interactives, audio, documents and much more.  Filter your results by subject, grade level, standards and special collections.  Put the resources you want to refer back to in a favorites folder.

Special Features:  Be Inspired, Be an Innovator and Middle School Literacy


360 degree tours from around the world, including architecture, the 7 Wonders of the World, The Moon, Mount Everest, The Grand Canyon and much more. You control which direction you look in, as well as zooming in and out. Fantastic!!

Royalty Free Music

Through an agreement with Northside ISD, Royalty Free Music provides some of their most popular full length music for academic purposes only. Included is music for backgrounds, PowerPoint, documentary, meditation and hypnosis, classical, sports, children's, hip-hop, sound effects, acoustic, piano, specialty and jazz. Username and Password are available in S:/Templates folder. Enter the Username and Password in the Music Promo area half way down on the right of their web page.

School Tube

A free and safe site for students and educators to post educational videos. Student products can only be posted by a registered teacher. All videos are screened to meet SchoolTube's strict standards.

Skype in the Classroom

How can Skype be used in education? See how to open up your classroom to outside resources, talk to experts, connect with classrooms around the world and create experiences that wouldn't normally be available to your students. It's all free and available for you to use! Talk to your C.I.T. about how you can make it happen.

Smarter Every Day

Destin Sandlin, mechanical engineer, has created some great science YouTube videos, dealing with the scientific method.


Do you know how to use music for presentations and still stay within the copyright and Fair Use Policy? Soundzabound is the solution! Soundzabound gives Zachry Middle School students, faculty and staff full rights to use their music as per our subscription. Soundzabound has educationally safe content and includes a variety of music and sound effects. Soundzabound is now online and can be accessed at school or at home! Username and Password are available in S:/Templates folder.

Teaching Channel

Through Internet videos, Teaching Channel showcases inspiring and effective teaching practices throughout America's schools.  You'll find K-12 videos that cover a wide range of subjects, aligned to Common Core State Standards and ancillary materials for teachers to use in the classroom.  You can search by subject, grade level or topic.  There's even a section for new teachers!  This is a great resource for any teacher!

Teacher Tube

An online community for sharing instructional videos. You may search for videos with the built-in search engine.


TED-Ed has a different approach to viewing videos on the Internet. It's called "flipping the classroom. Teachers can turn any video from YouTube into a lesson. They can even add quiz questions and other supplemental materials.

Flipping the classroom puts the video before the lesson, so students have an idea about the lesson before it is presented. Here's a short video on how it works.

Ready, set, flip!!


Created by the co-founder of Wikipedia, this is a great one-stop resource that provides free videos for teachers, students and parents. Like a 24-7 tutor, this site provides additional resources for any topic students learn in school that are reliable and relevant. You can filter by age and / or topic.

Want to learn more? This video explains more about the site.

YouTube Teachers

This site showcases the use of YouTube in the classroom. Recommended tabs include "Why YouTube?" and "Classroom Videos" to help you figure out how to use YouTube in your classroom.

Why use YouTube for Schools? Check out this short video!

YouTube EDU

YouTube EDU is a sub-section of YouTube that is strictly devoted to high-quality educational content. Included are videos from Khan Academy, UCBerkeley, MIT, Spacelab, BBC Worldwide, TED, National Geographic and many more! Search by category or type keywords into the search box.

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Blogs and Wikis

CommonCraft - Blogs & Wikis in Plain English

What is the difference between a Blog and a Wiki? These short videos will help you determine what they are and which one may work best for you.


This web site is similar to Facebook, but it's for educators, students and parents. It's an NISD secure site where social media allows teachers to collaborate, share content and educational applications, access homework, have class discussions and even receive notifications. Best of all, it's free!! Please see your C.I.T. for the school code to set up your account.


Create stunning online multimedia posters. They're easy to create and use. They can include text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, attachments and links.


Want to create a Blog? NISD has provided LearningSpace as a safe place to create and manage a blog for you to use with staff and/or students. A manual and video support are provided to help users on this site.

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Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright Laws / Fair Use Policy for Students and Educators

Technology has made it easy to copy text, pictures, audio, music and video. What is right and wrong when it comes to copyright and intellectual property? Teaching students what is ethically right helps them make good choices now and in the future. Do you know the Fair Use Policy for education? 


Landmark's Citation Machine

This useful site allows you to select the type of resource that you are using, fill in as many details as you can about the title, author, publisher, date, web address, etc. and Citation Machine will create a citation, based on the data you input. Then copy and paste the citation into your document or PowerPoint bibliography.

Click here for help.

Movie Licensing USA

Each year, Zachry MS purchases a license to show select DVDs / VHS tapes throughout our campus. Not all videos may be shown. Here you will find a list of studios / producers that we can show to our students and remain in copyright compliance. You'll also find FAQs for many questions you may have.

Royalty Free Music

Through an agreement with Northside ISD, Royalty Free Music provides some of their most popular full length music for academic purposes only. Included is music for backgrounds, PowerPoint, documentary, meditation and hypnosis, classical, sports, children's, hip-hop, sound effects, acoustic, piano, specialty and jazz. Username and Password are available in S:/Templates folder. Enter the Username and Password in the Music Promo area half way down on the right of their web page.


Get the best in free sound clips, royalty free sounds and public domain sounds.  In this site, you will find sound effects, sound clips and sounds, other than music.


Do you know how to use music for presentations and still stay within the copyright and Fair Use Policy? Soundzabound is the solution! Soundzabound gives Zachry Middle School students, faculty and staff full rights to use their music as per our subscription. Soundzabound has educationally safe content and includes a variety of music and sound effects. Soundzabound is now online and can be accessed at school or at home! Username and Password are available in S:/Templates folder.

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Copyright Free Pictures* / Photography

*Remember to cite your source(s)!

Adobe CS5 Photoshop Tutorials 

Learn how to edit and manipulate pictures like the pros do.  All school computers have either Adobe CS4 or CS5 on them, which includes Photoshop.  Here are some great tutorials that start out with the basics and work into more and more advanced techniques.  As part of Adobe TV, you will find video tutorials on many of the CS5 programs.  THESE are 21st Century skills for TEACHERS and students!

Creative Commons Search

Use this search engine to help find copyright-free pics you can legally use for your projects.  Choose from over 10 search engines.  This is a great way to teach students about copyright and fair use.

Free Digital Photos

Lots of royalty free photos for use, broken down into categories.


You'll find thousands of low, medium and high resolution pictures by photographers that can be freely used.


Check out thousands of pictures taken by students, teachers and amateur photographers for use in projects.


Wikimedia Commons

As part of Wikipedia, over 12 million images, sounds and videos are available for free use. Users can search by topic, location, type, author, etc.


Would you like to learn how to take better pictures? Kodak has numerous tips and tricks for you, including the top 10 tips, photographing animals and people,nature, holidays and events, and much more. There's something for everyone from beginners to advanced photographers.

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Mobile Learning / iPod Touch Resources

Thinkfinity - Mobile Learning Meets Common Core

There are some great mobile apps that can be used for standards-aligned activities by your students.  Check out these suggested apps with more app links on the side of the web page.

NISD Resources

Links are provided to video resources, free apps and NISD's Lessons Collaboratory. These lessons were created by NISD teachers.

Apple in Education

Thousands of Apps are available for the iPod Touch. Currently, NISD only allows free apps for download.

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Lesson Plans

Apple in Education

Directly from Apple, you will find lots of resources for the classroom, including lesson plan ideas, podcasting collections, challenged based learning and the National Education Technology Standards.

Collaborize Classroom

A free resource site for teachers to share, download and archive lessons to engage today's students. Here you will find thousands of peer-reviewed and topic based lessons shared by teachers around the world.

Differentiation - Graphic Inquiry

From renowned Educational Technologist, Dr. Annette Lamb, here's an array of ideas how to differentiate instruction for students, using technology. There are literally hundreds of ideas and links for many curricula to get your creative juices flowing. Dare to explore!

Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom

Technology has changed the way we teach.  One of the latest teaching innovations using technology is called "Flipping the Classroom".  Everyone learns at a different pace.  By viewing videos at home, students learn new material.  Some may need to view the video more than once or pause while practicing new concepts.  Then teachers can concentrate on helping students grouped together by their knowledge of the concept.  See videos on Flipping the Classroom to get you going.

Google Earth Lessons

Great resources for teachers with lots of how-to's, lesson plans and more! Check them out.

Google Earth Home Page - Learn how to use Google Earth. Pages include features, showcases and galleries, as well as a tutorial video.

Academic Tech. Solutions Google For Educators 2
GE - Classroom Resources Juicy Geography
eThemes GE - Lesson Plan Library
Google Earth Community My Wonderful World
Google Earth For Educators Real World Math GE Lesson
Google Earth Lessons Scholastic.com - Explore...
Google Earth Science Tech Tips for Educators
Google For Educators 1  

Google in Education

Learn how to use Google for teaching.  Included are resources for Google Classroom, tools such as Gmail, Drive, Calendar, etc.  You'll find training resources, success stories from educators, webinars and much more!  Check out their lesson plans for each section.

Infinite Thinking Machine

Looking for some great ideas to inspire creativity and innovation in teaching?  This is an Internet TV show especially for K-12 educators, parents and students.  There are great ideas here at your fingertips in the way of short, informative videos

Kathy Shrock's Guide to Everything!

Kathy Shrock is a nationally known educational technologist. In this web site, she has showcased her work, and included great integration ideas and useful links for teachers. Whether you are a novice or immersed in technology integration, this site has something for you.


Do you want to add Technology Integration to your teaching? Here's a great way to get started. Northside I.S.D. has a subscription with Learning.com to help master TEKS in most subject areas. Included are interactive lessons, journal assignments, internet and video resources and tutorials. There are lessons in Spanish and Office 2010 tutorials. Student interactive lessons can even be graded online. See your C.I.T. to have your account set up.

Microsoft in K-12 Education

Microsoft helps teachers use technology to motivate and engage students in your classroom. You'll find lesson plans, free tools, training and other info. for teachers. Links are provided for teaching guides to Microsoft Office and product how-tos.

PBS LearningMedia 

Sign up for this free digital resource from PBS.  Here you will find lesson plans, videos, interactives, audio, documents and much more.  Filter your results by subject, grade level, standards and special collections.  Put the resources you want to refer back to in a favorites folder.

Special Features:  Be Inspired, Be an Innovator and Middle School Literacy


Provides access to periodicals, books, newspapers, medical, professional and images for educators and students.

Why use Proquest instead of Google or Wikipedia?

sirs Issues Researcher

This is an excellent database that provides current articles exploring social, political and global issues, as well as tools to assist students in researching and analyzing the pros and cons of issues.

Educator Resources


Thinkfinity - Content Partners

Thinkfinity offers links to fantastic educational Content Partners, such as EDSITEment, Illuminations, National Geographic, Read-Write-Think, ScienceNETLinks, History Explorer, and Wonderopolis.  

We Are Teachers

This site has something for every teacher.  Laughs and Inspiration, Arts & Creativity, Classroom Management, Deals & Discounts, Professional Development, Reading & Writing, STEM and a Teacher Helpline.  There are also Blogs, Lessons & Resources, Hot Topics and Education Directories.  


Used to inspire higher level thinking skills, WebQuests are inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. This is 21st century learning at its best!

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Presentation Tools

Sign up for a Free Animoto Plus Account for use in the classroom.  Make professional looking presentations quickly to tell stories thru video, which can also turn still pics into moving masterpieces. Add music to your presentations for a professional look and feel.  What's more is you may create up to 50 student accounts that are good for 6 months.  You can reapply at the end of your subscription. 

Free Presentations in PowerPoint

Lots of free PowerPoint presentations available for teaching, as well as interactive games for students.


Awesome PowerPoint templates for you to use and they're free! Each category has more templates, once you click on the category or search for a specific type of theme. On Indezine's home page there are tutorials and free add-ons for PowerPoint.


Collaborating has never been so much fun!  Create a wall for you and students to post information, pictures, links and videos on.  All of this is done in real-time, so everyone sees what everyone else is posting.  It works on computers, tablets and smart phones.  Your students will love it!


Create your own videos that are educational, informative and fun.  They're professional looking and they're free.


Take a journey beyond PowerPoint slides to the world of Prezi. This program allows you to create slides, zoom in and out, keep focus on each idea and tie ideas together. It's fun, easy and powerful! And... it's free!


This is a great new way to create interactive links over pictures.  Think of the possibilities for you and your students.  Create interactive diagrams, maps, infographics, historical sites, monuments, parks, cities and so much more!  Teachers can sign up for free.  Give your students a code to join your classroom.  Start creating ThinkLinks today!


This fun and free tool is a great way to use technology with your students. Users create cartoon characters, called "avatars", add voice and post them to a blog, web site or profile. They're easy to create. You'll even find lesson plans on how to use them with students!

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Student News Sites


This is a news and public affairs content site for teens. ChannelOne's goal is to get teens involved in discussion between young people and their parents and educators, on the important issues affecting young people in America.

Teachers / users can search using specific keywords for news articles, online videos and quizzes. Teaching Tools provides online tools designed to help educators integrate Channel One News, current events and public-affairs programming into their classes.

CNN - Student News

CNN Student News is a daily news program for middle and high school students. Produced by journalists and educators, this 10 minute newscast reports the daily news, commercial-free.

Teachers will find daily transcripts, for each show, daily discussion questions, the Media Literacy Question of the Day, in-depth Learning Activities, downloadable Maps and additional support materials to help students understand the news.

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Search Engines

Google Search Education

Helping students learn how to do effective web searches is critical in today's world.  Google has great lesson plans and activities for you to use with your students to become critical thinkers and independent learners.  Lesson plans go from the very basics to the advanced search features with great handouts, links and support for teachers.


Created by Google, this is a safe search engine, where all irrelevant links are filtered out. Not only is it a time saver for students, it gives educators peace of mind that searches are more focused.


NetTrekker is a trusted search engine for K-12 schools. As an all-in-one site, it saves valuable time, increases teacher productivity and effectiveness, and increases students' time on task.

Web Literacy - November Learning

In today's world, it is extremely important for students to be able to find reliable information out on the Web.  Created by veteran teacher of 40 years, Alan November, you will find useful resources for helping students get the most out of their research on the web.  Included is an Information Literacy Quiz, evaluating web sites for validity, how to read a web address, finding the publisher of a web site, history of a web site and more.

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Teacher Tools

Top 100 Tools for Learning

Would you like to learn some new tools for teaching and learning? Compiled by learning professionals, these tools are listed by rank, as well as whether they are free, commercial, for Windows or Mac. You'll know which ones are available online or must be loaded on a server.


This site provides information about the preservation of the world's species. Included are photos, videos and fact files with lots of biology topics. All resources may be used by students and teachers in lessons and presentations.

Awesome Library

This web site organizes  the Web with 35,000 carefully reviewed resources, including  the top 5 percent in education.


This web site allows you to create lessons in 5 minutes that blends traditional teaching with technology.  Simply sign up for a free account.

Big Huge Labs

Create your own motivational, inspirational or humorous posters and print out for your classroom. Include digital pictures that you upload from your computer. Think of the possibilities!

Class Dojo

This classroom tool helps teachers improve student behavior and participation in class.  By the cartoon characters, you would think it was for elementary students, but it works well for middle and high school students also.  With a few simple clicks, you can promote good behavior, responsibility and participation.  You can also e-mail parents easily how any or all students are doing in your class, behavior-wise.

Curriculum 21

Curriculum 21 launches teaching into the 21st century for 21st century learners. This site provides a wealth of resources and services for educators who are interested in Curriculum Mapping for their students.


Hi quality FREE curriculum materials created by a community of educational experts. This site was developed by Sun Microsystems to promote collaboration with educators. Create an account and enjoy the benefits!

Discovery School Education

Great classroom resources for teachers including New Teacher Survival Kit, Puzzlemaker, Kathy Shrock's Guide, Fun Tools, Science Fair Central and Contests and Grants.

Education World

A place where educators can gather and share ideas. This site includes lesson plans, professional development and technology integration links.


Edudemic is one of the largest educational web sites in the world.  It brings teachers the best in technology, as it is used in education.  Here, you will find tools, tips, resources, guest postings from around the world and more.  There's something here to discover for every educator, from the technology novice to the more advanced.


Created by the George Lucas Foundation, this site is dedicated to improving education by showcasing successful educators, schools and educational strategies from around the world. Be inspired!

Want to get the most out of Edutopia at a glance?  Try Pinterest's pins on everything from Digital Citizenship to curriculum and teaching strategies.  Good stuff!!


This is a great site to find out all the new web 2.0 web sites and links available for teachers and students. Take your time and explore!


This is a great social networking site for educators to share information with peers, including best practices, innovative ideas and provide professional development. It's a free site for educators.


Do you ever forget where you kept things?  Evernote provides one place to put everything from notes, pictures, contacts, web links, etc.  You can access it from your smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Free Federal Resources
For Educational Excellence

Here, you will find over 1500 federal free federal resources for teaching and learning from dozens of federal agencies. More are added on a regular basis.


This is a one-stop shop for the latest and greatest in Instructional Technology.  From Common Sense Media, this site will help educators find, use and share the best apps, games, web sites, and digital curricula.  Each source has been tested by experts.  You'll find teacher reviews and ratings.  Best of all, the site is free, although some of the apps may not be.

The Jason Project

This is a free resource for Science teachers that connects classrooms with great explorers and great events. Teachers will find digital and print media, inquiry-based labs, educational games and videos, standards alignment, lesson plans and student assessments.


Create quizzes that include pics and videos, based on educational content.  Launch the quiz online and project it on screen.  Students can compete individually or in teams.  They answer questions  through the computer or even better yet, through their devices, including iPods, iPads or Smart Phones.  It's fun and it's educational!


Teachers can create games, quizzes, flashcards and more to help students study individually or in groups. The free version is more limited, but the paid versions offer more options.

The Library of Congress

This government site offers more than 10 million primary sources for teachers.

Manga High

Do you want a fun way to reinforce Math TEKS with your students? Here's a user-friendly site for teachers and students that reinforces what you teach. Teachers set up challenges for students, who are given a login. Teachers view the data, which includes mastery, time on site, formative assessment and response to intervention. And... it's free!! Check out the video on the home page and the 10 Reasons why Mangahigh.com is irresistible for teachers.

Maps 101

Maps 101 has over 6000 maps in a variety of formats. You'll find current event information for countries around the globe, educational games and puzzles, and reference atlases. For teachers, there are hundreds of imbedded lesson plans. Whether you are planning a lesson or just looking for a place to visit, you'll find lots of great geographic information at Maps101.com! This is a paid subscription at Zachry / Comm Arts / Taft. Please see the librarian for username and password.

Promethean Planet

After registering for free, teachers will find lots of free resources, including lesson plans, resource packs, web links and more!


Need a puzzle? Then this is the site for you! Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crisscross, math puzzles, and more using your own word lists.


Need help with reading comprehension for your students? This site includes teaching strategies, Lexile scores and more for all ages. Here's a video with more information.


A valuable tool, approved by NISD for a teacher to text students and parents about important information, upcoming events, projects, tests and more.  Teachers sign up for a free account, build classes or  groups and Remind creates unique text phone numbers and codes for students and parents to subscribe to. Using the Remind web site or phone App, a teacher can log in, choose the group(s), type up a message, click Send and Remind will send it out to those that have subscribed. Users can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.


Have you ever wanted to make a quality rubric? Try Rubistar. It's free and it's easy! You'll even find rubric templates by curriculum or project type.


Scholastic provides great teaching resources, including lesson plans, time savers, printables, graphic organizers, interactive online learning activities, podcasts and more!

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

Renowned educator, Kathy Shrock shares her list of teacher resources. There's something for everyone!


This is a super-easy way to create an online quiz for students.  Students can login and answer the questions using either a smartphone, iPod, tablet, laptop or computer.  Instant feedback is provided for the teacher.  Click here for a video to see how it works.


Similar to Wordle, this site lets you turn words into a shape - either from their site or upload your own image for words to be shaped into.  You can customize the look including layout, font, color.  Check out the link "101 Ways to use Tagxedo".  Click the Create link to start your very own word cloud in Tagxedo.


Created by Google, this site provides lots of resources and lesson plans for educators.

TEA - SBEC Technology Standards

Besides TEKS standards for core curricula, there are TEKS for technology . Although many of the TEKS are addressed through our Technology Applications (Computer Lit.) classes, those campuses that are using the full integration model must cover these TEKS by the core teachers. See which ones you might be able to teach!

Visual Dictionary Online

This visual dictionary from Miriam-Webster allows users to associate words with pictures. This is especially useful for visual learners.


More than a dictionary, this web site helps you improve your vocabulary and has an adaptive learning system.  You'll be taught useful words and because of the Adaptive Vocabulary Instruction, the site focuses in on words you don't know, instead of ones you do.  You'll also be given hints and explanations to help you learn.


This is a free site for K - 12 students, teachers and virtually anyone who would like to learn new vocabulary words. Each session has 3 levels x 12 words each = 36 new words. There are also lots of activities and puzzles.


Create word clouds with or for your students. Include topic words to summarize units or see how many times a word is used in a passage, magazine article or poem. Change the font, color or layout easily. It's lots of fun!


Help your students study with Quizlet. There are over 11 million flashcards for any subject and students can play educational games, memorize vocabulary or study online.

Virtual Learning Resource Center

Selected by teachers and librarians and designed by Google, this site links to some of the best academic web sites that are current and relevant for today's students.

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