Interactive Learning Web Sites


Click on the category below to access the links!

Starting Points
(Portals for Interactive Sites)
Specific Content Area Sites :
Application Sites
(Image Editing, Graphing, Calculators, Productivity, etc.)
Artistic Creativity Sites
(Creating Music, Art, etc.)
Student Publishing Sites
(Blogging, Poetry, Stories, etc.)
Collaboration Sites
(Online projects, Keypals, Email, etc.)

Miscellaneous Simulations
(Solve Crimes, Conduct Research, etc.)



 
Starting Points
(Interdisciplinary Portals for Interactive Sites)

 

ClassTools.net
http://www.classtools.net/

Shodor Curriculum Materials
http://www.shodor.org/curriculum/

Teacher Tap: Interactive Websites, Games, and Activities
http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic86.htm

Jefferson County Schools - Interactive Web Sites
http://www.jc-schools.net/tutorials/interactive.htm

Internet4Classrooms - Grade Level Skills Help Pages
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm

HomeSchoolMath Interactive Sites
http://www.homeschoolmath.net/math_interactive_links.php

Melissa Anderson Interactive Sites
http://my-ecoach.com/online/webresourcelist.php?rlid=9346

PBS Kids
http://pbskids.org/

Syvum Online Activities for Kids
http://syvum.com/online/index.html
Math, English, word problems, etc.

Edhelper.com
http://www.edhelper.com
This site has links to thousands of interactive resources (as well as lesson plans and other stuff).

FunBrain
http://www.funbrain.com/
Lots of interactive math, language arts, and geography activities.

Prongo.com for Kids
http://www.prongo.com
Lots of interactive games and quizes for kids (all subjects).

Houghton Mifflin Education Place
http://www.eduplace.com/kids
A textbook site, but has many activities.

Enchanted Learning
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/
LOTS of activities here, for every subject.

Arcademic Skill Builders
http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/
Research-based and standards-aligned free educational math games and language arts games.

Quia
http://www.quia.com/
This one is really different because here teachers use Quia's free tools to create your own Internet-based educational activities like online flashcards, quizzes, matching games, word search puzzles, hangman games, and TV-game-show-style trivia games.  Best of all, these activities can all be customized with the teacher's own content.

 

 
Application Sites

Applications: Online Graphing and Charting

Plotting 2D and 3D Graphs with gnuplot
http://www.shodor.org/master/gnuplot/software/create.html

Create A Graph (from Kids Zone)
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/

Allows you to create five different kinds of graphs. Lots of customization features!

Grapher
http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/grapher.html

Online Function Grapher
http://www.walterzorn.com/grapher/grapher_e.htm

Applications: Online Image Editing

Pixler
http://pixlr.com
One of the most advanced online image editors.  An astounding set of tools, and you do NOT have to sign up for an account!  Be sure to try out the EASY mode, if the regular mode seems too complex.

PicMonkey
http://www.picmonkey.com/
A fun way to create high quality artistic images with your photos.

FotoFlexer
http://fotoflexer.com
Another highly advanced online image editor. 

20 Great Online Image Editors
http://mashable.com/2008/11/13/online-image-editors-2/
This blog describes tewenty cool sites for online image editing!

Myimager
http://www.myimager.com/
Allows you to upload and edit both JPEG and GIF images. Lots of cool tools!

Online-Image-Editor
http://www.online-image-editor.com
This site actually allows you to edit animated GIFs! For example, you can make the background of an animated GIF transparent.  If you are starting with a JPEG and you want to make the background transparent, the you can select to have the site convert the file to a GIF as it is uploaded.

SnipShot
http://snipshot.com/
Very impressive basic image editing tools, and it accepts images up to 10 MB in size!

Applications: Online Text and Image Creation

Flaming Text
http://www.flamingtext.com/
Create headings, text buttons, etc.

Cool Text
http://cooltext.com/
Create headings, text buttons, etc.

Applications: Online Word Processing

These online word processing and spreadsheet sites require you to create an account so that you can access your own personal documents. The ones listed here are free.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets
http://docs.google.com/

Zoho Writer
http://www.zohowriter.com/jsp/home.jsp

Ajax13
http://us.ajax13.com/en/ajaxwrite/

G Office
http://goffice.com/

Applications: Online Calculators

Calculateforfree.com
http://www.calculateforfree.com/
Calculators for every need!

Math.com Online Calculators
http://www.math.com/students/calculators/calculators.html

Martindale's Calculators Online Center
http://www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators.html
Check it out... over 22,000 different online calculators!

Also: Learn Excel
http://www.pdfconverter.com/resources/blog/learn-excel-by-yourself


 
Artistic Creativity

Artistic Creativity: Art

PBS Kids Coloring Activities
http://pbskids.org/coloring/index.html

Coloring.com
http://coloring.com

Offers a selection of online pictures to color, each with its own palette.

Artistic Creativity: Music

PBS Kids Music Activities
http://pbskids.org/music/index.html

Children's Music Workshop
http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/

Creating Music
http://www.creatingmusic.com/

National Arts Center - Musical Activities and Games
http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/activitiesgames/index.html

Artistic Creativity: Comics and Animation

Read Write Think Comic Creator
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/index.html
This one is made specifically for students and teachers. Includes numerous lesson plans as well as this interactive comic creator.

StripCreator
http://www.stripcreator.com/make.php
Easy to use online comic strip creator. Beware... some of the contributed examples here are not kid-appropriate! Just have students go straight to the creator.


 
Student Publishing Sites

Acrostic Poems
http://www.holycross.edu/departments/socant/dhummon/acrostics/acrostics.html
Read acrostic poems and share your own.

The Environmental Art and Poetry Gallery
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/gallery.htm

Fern's Poetry Club
http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/poetry/

Story Book
http://www.kids-space.org/story/story.html

KidsWWWrite
http://www.kalwriters.com/kidswwwrite/index.html

Online Student Publishing and Writing Resources
http://www.publishingstudents.com/Online%20resources.html
And still more sites.


Collaboration Sites

ePals
http://www.epals.com
An incredible site for bringing students together, no matter what country they are from. Allows you to find partner classes and provides safe email accounts for students.

Gaggle.net
http://www.gaggle.net
Provides safe, school friendly email communication for students, for carrying out collaborative projects.

Education World - Collaborative Projects
http://www.education-world.com/projects/index.shtml
Another collection of links to online collaborative projects.

Internet Projects Registry
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsh/pr/
Another very good directory of online collaborative projects.

Class2Class - Math Projects
http://mathforum.org/class2class/

Collaborative Math and Science Projects
http://mathforum.org/workshops/sum96/data.collections/datalibrary/lesson.ideas.html

The Globe Program - Science Projects
http://www.globe.gov/fsl/welcome/welcomeobject.pl

Collaborative Science Projects
http://www.science-projects.com/

TEAMS Educational Resources - Collaborative Internet Projects
http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/gayle/projects/projects.html#keypals

Global Virtual Classroom
http://www.virtualclassroom.org/
This fun, innovative program brings together primary and secondary students in a unique and stimulating
environment that simulates a real classroom. Your students can learn to:
- communicate and work with people from different cultures
- improve typing, language proficiency and writing skills
- research, analyze and solve problems
- work in teams and make group decisions
- use the Internet to communicate and research

The Special Species Project
http://www.specialspecies.com/
Participate in or create your own collaborative projects related to living things.

Online Feeder Project
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/


Miscellaneous Simulations

Crime Scene Evidence Files
http://www.crimescene.com/
Solve an international environmental crime by using modern investigation techniques. Caution... graphic crime scene photos here!

Coral Reef Fish Count
http://warrensburg.k12.mo.us/coral/index.html
Conduct a Coral Reef fish survey, without getting wet!

Ecotourism Game
http://www.eduweb.com/ecotourism/eco1.html

Eduweb Online Adventures
http://www.eduweb.com/portfolio/adventure.php

The Annenberg Exhibits Collection
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/

National Geographic for Kids - Online Adventures
http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/0206/adventures/

DiscoverySchool.com - Interactive Adventures
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm

KET Online Adventures
http://www.ket.org/Education/IN/adventures.html




LANGUAGE ARTS LINKS

FunBrain - Words
http://www.funbrain.com/words.html

BBC Language Arts Activities
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
Interactive, educational games and activities for all grade levels.

Funster Multiplayer Word Games
http://www.funster.com/
Learn new words and make new friends with Funster's multiplayer web word games.

Cyberkids
http://www.cyberkids.com
Are you a budding composer, writer or artist looking for a place to publish your masterpiece? This site, created by Mountain Lake Software, Inc., offers kids the opportunity to submit their work online and also the chance to enter writing and art contests, and chat with others.

Jefferson County School Interactive Language Arts Sites
http://www.jc-schools.net/tutorials/tools/lang-arts.html

Internet4Classrooms Language Arts Skills Sites
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_4th_lang.htm

Site for Teachers - Language Arts Sites
http://www.sitesforteachers.com/resources_sharp/language_arts/languagearts.html

Interactive Web Sites - Reading and Language Arts
http://www.globalclassroom.org/2005/inservice/reading.html

TeachNology Language Arts Sites
http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/educational_technology/internet_in_class/students/literature/

Woodlands Junior School - Interactive Literacy Activities for Kids
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Games/educational/literacy.html

Great Sites for Use with the SmartBoard
http://www.juliethompson.com/SMART.html



MATH LINKS

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
A very impressive collection of Java manipul
atives!

Shodor's Interactivate
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate

Great Sites for Use with the SmartBoard
http://www.juliethompson.com/SMART.html

Multimedia Math Glossary
http://www.hbschool.com/glossary/math2/index_temp.html

The Fractionator
http://syzygy.virtualave.net/webwork/OL_Text/tfractionator.htm

A Tour of Fractions
http://mathforum.org/paths/fractions/index.html

FunBrain - Number Activities
http://www.funbrain.com/numbers.html

S.O.S. Mathematics
http://www.sosmath.com/
This site has LOTS of math activities. Most are for High School, but the algebra area has lots of good activities on fractions.

About.com ­ Kids Math
http://kidsmath.about.com/kids/kidsmath/mbody.htm

A+ Math (Flash Cards, the Game Room, Homework Helper, and Worksheets)
http://www.aplusmath.com

Allmath.com
http://www.allmath.com/

The ArithmAttack (How many arithmetic problems can you answer in 60 seconds?)
http://www.saab.org/mathdrills/attack.html

Education 4 Kids Math Activities
http://www.edu4kids.com/

Math Goodies
http://www.mathgoodies.com

House of Math ­ Word Problems for Kids
http://www.mathstories.com

QuickMath Automatic Math Solutions (for algebra and above)
http://www.quickmath.com/

AAA Math
http://www.aaamath.com/
This sight links to many, many math games. Appropriate for fifth grade.

CoolMath for kids
http://www.coolmath4kids.com/
This "amusement park for math" makes learning fun. There are games to play that will sharpen your math skills as well as sections for teachers and parents.

Ohio MathWorks
http://www.ohiomathworks.org/
Ohio Math Works is an interactive, multimedia project that shows students in grades 7, 8 and 9 how industry professionals use mathematics in their careers! Videos take students behind the scenes in companies and give students an opportunity to do the math-based tasks that are done by professionals on the job.




SOCIAL STUDIES LINKS

FunBrain - Culture
http://www.funbrain.com/culture.html

TIME for Kids - World News and Activities
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/

Jefferson County Interactive Social Studies Sites
http://www.jc-schools.net/tutorials/interactive.htm#Social%20Studies

Social Studies Resources
http://www.globalclassroom.org/2005/inservice/socialstudies.html

Online Activities - Social Studies
http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/onlineactivities.html

Interactive Social Studies Sites
http://kittyk70.tripod.com/interactivesites.htm#Social%20Studies

Mr. Nussbaum Interactive Social Studies
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/circumcode.htm

Internet4Classrooms Social Studies Activities
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/social.htm

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

http://www.bensguide.gpo.gov




SCIENCE LINKS

Intel Education Resources-STEM
http://inteleducationresources.intel.com/
A large collection of interactive science activities. 

High School Science Interactives
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/tools/science-hs.html#Interactive
A large collection of interactive science pages.

eSkeleton
http://www.eskeletons.org/
A fascination site that allows you to explore the bones that make up the skeletons of a variety of different mammals.

Cells Alive!
http://www.cellsalive.com/
Lots of great 9-12 activities!

Nova Interactives Archive
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/hotscience/
A large collection.

Famous Experiments and the Scientisys that Earned Nobel Prizes for them
http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/

Woods Hole - Great Images and More
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewVideoGallery.do?gallery=true&clid=2418

Java Applet Library for Chemistry, Physics, Math...
http://www.edinformatics.com/il/il.htm
Another large collection, divided into science subjects (great resources for 9-12)

Crest Capital - Motion Energy and Simple Machines
http://www.crestcapital.com/tax/motion_energy_and_simple_machines.aspx.html
A large collection of interactive activities.

NASA For Kids Only - Games
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/games/
NASA's not just for grown-ups anymore! Kids of all ages are invited to find out how NASA studies air, natural hazards, land, and water. Visitors can explore phenomena such as tropical twisters, air pressure, plate tectonics, and more.

Science Experiments for Kids
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/sci.htm

The Virtual Body
http://medtropolis.com/VBody.asp
Try out these interactive puzzles and tutorials.

The Breathing Earth
http://www.breathingearth.net/
A great interactive page for learning about the CO2 emmisions, birth rates, and  death rates of all the countries.

ZipcodeZoo.com
http://zipcodezoo.com/
Spend some time looking around here.  YOu will besurprised at the number of activities and resources.

Access Excellence Mysteries
http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/mspot/
Mysteries to solve while students learn/apply science knowledge. And here are a few more science mysteries:
http://www.mclph.umn.edu/watersedge/
http://btc.montana.edu/sciencemystery/

Evolution Lessons
http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/evol.fs.html
Virtual age dating and understanding geological time.

Dolan DNA Learning Center
http://www.dnalc.org/

Learn Genetics (University of Utah)
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/
A nice collection of animated and interactive tutorials. 

Cell Size and Scale
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/
A great example (from the above site) of a really engaging interactive learning page.

Becoming Human
http://www.becominghuman.org/
Human evolution simulations and lesson plans.

Secret Worlds - The Universe Within
http://tinyurl.com/hck

Explorations Through Time
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explotime.html
A series of interactive modules that explore the history of life on Earth.

NASA/MSU-Bozeman CERES Project Educational Activities
http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/EdActivities.html
For k-12 (there are 5 for k-4). Longer inquiry-type activities. Astronomy-oriented. They use web sites but they are not simple online applications.

TryScience (lots of interactive experiments, field trips, live cams, etc.)
http://tryscience.org/site_map.html

FunBrain ­ Universe (Science activities)
http://www.funbrain.com/universe.html

Sandlot Science
http://www.sandlotscience.com/
This one has lots of great optical illusions! Includes explanations of all of them. The reason this is better than an optical illusion BOOK, is that many of these are interactive!

Exploratorium: the museum of science and art
http://www.exploratorium.edu/

Froguts Virtual Frog Dissection
http://www.froguts.com/

Soda Constructor
http://sodaplay.com/constructor
At this site students can construct things out of masses, springs, and muscles. A series of problem-solving activities.

The Particle Adventure
Interactive tour of the inner workings of the atom and the tools for discovery.
http://particleadventure.org/

Educational Web Adventures
http://www.eduweb.com/portfolio/adventure.php

Cool Science for Curious Kids
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience

Hands-on Science Centers
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mwm/sci.html

The Reconstructors
http://reconstructors.rice.edu
Requires Flash plugin. Interactive game in which you look at history of pain relievers, etc.

TRYSCIENCE
http://tryscience.org/home.html
Nothing quite captures a child's attention like a good science experiment. That's why more than 400 science learning institutions contributed experiments to this site. Children and adults alike can participate virtually online or use household items offline.

Ranger Rick's kid zone
http://www.nwf.org/kids/
Grades 2 - 5. Kids of all ages are sure to find something interesting to do at this National Wildlife Federation site. Games, riddles, and online tours of various natural environments such as wetlands and national parks are just some of the resources available at this site. Check out the Reader's Corner to read some popular online children's magazines such as Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard.

 

ScienceMaster
http://www.ScienceMaster.com/
This site is a good starting place for learning pages related to all areas of science. Click on the Space, Earth, Life, Physical, and Technology links on the left to get started.

Woodlands Science Zone - Interactive Science Games
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/Science/
Another large collection.

Science Netlinks Tools Index
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/tool_index.php
A huge collection, divided by grade range.  Scroll down to find the grade level you need.

Internet4Classrooms Science Activities
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/science.htm

Engineering Interact (Science and Engineering)
http://www.engineeringinteract.org/

Science Tests and Resources
http://www.quia.com/pages/hostetterscience.html
Be sure to scroll down and look at the links in all of the specific science categories.

Jefferson County Schools - Interactive Science Sites
http://www.jc-schools.net/tutorials/interactive.htm#Science

Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Science
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?s=science&a=ks1

TeachNology - Science Sites for Students
http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/educational_technology/internet_in_class/students/science/

Interactive Science and Math Sites
http://eiffel.ilt.columbia.edu/Teachers/projects/science.html

The Biology Project
http://www.biology.arizona.edu/DEFAULT.html

HHMIs BioInteractive
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/

This Old Habitat
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/thisoldhabitat/
Visit habitats and learn about ecology.

SmartBoard Activites for the classroom
http://eduscapes.com/sessions/smartboard/#8

TryScience Activities
http://www.tryscience.org/

Iowa State University Entomology Gallery
http://www.ent.iastate.edu/imagegallery/

Molecular Expressions Protozoa Movies
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/moviegallery/pondscum/protozoa/amoeba/index.html

Smithsonian Exploring the Planets
http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/etp.htm

Planet Impact!
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/impact/home.html

Galaxy Hunter
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/ghunter/home.html

Black Holes
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/blackholes/

Inner Body
http://www.innerbody.com/

Interactive Weather Maker
http://www.scholastic.com/kids/weather/

Bitesize  Science
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/

Devices of Wonder
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/devices/flash/

Biology in Motion
http://www.biologyinmotion.com/

EdHeads - Activate your Mind
http://edheads.org/

Life Cycle SmartBoard Interactive Lessons (plants, froogs, and humans)
http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/Phase2delivery/Wales/Science/Keystage2/Lifeprocessesan/Lifecycles/Introduction/

IKnowThat.com Science Lab
http://www.iknowthat.com/com/L3?Area=Science%20Lab

The Physics Classroom
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/

Jefferson Lab Science Education
http://education.jlab.org/indexpages/index.php


SmartBoard Lessons and Activities

Interactive Tools for SmartBoard

Interactive Class Timer
http://www.vickiblackwell.com/timer.html

more to come!